Unit description

Introduces students to the dynamic and challenging area of food and beverage operations. Initially it analyses the historical and cultural issues that have developed and influenced social and cultural norms. Students develop an understanding of the key operational activities and legal responsibilities of a food and beverage outlet. This is followed with an examination of the main issues facing food and beverage operators today and evaluates current trends and practices that are emerging.

Unit content

Topic 1: Historical, cultural and social context of food and beverage

Topic 2 : The scope of the food service industry , organisational structures and the roles and responsibilities within organisations

Topic 3: Overview of the major trends and issues facing food and beverage operators

Topic 4: The Menu

Topic 5: The world of wine and other beverages Topic 6 Service theory and principles for food and beverage

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Sydney - The Hotel School

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3hrs (12 weeks)
Restaurant Review Part A Checklist20%
Restaurant Review Part B: Report 50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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