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Start date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
DBBT

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 29,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 31,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
See full entry requirements

CRICOS Code
081139K

Key features

  • Enjoy a fast-paced career in travel, tourism, hospitality or events.
  • Attend and critique events and get involved with running events on-campus.
  • Learn effective problem-solving skills, strategic thinking, communication and awareness of business operations.
  • Focus on areas such as food and wine tourism, festivals and events, event marketing, tourism and policy planning, and international conventions.
  • Opportunities for industry placement and overseas exchange to Europe, Asia or the Americas.
  • Awarded the South Australian Tourism Award for Education and Training, and admitted to the SA Tourism Hall of Fame.
  • The University of South Australia’s Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and awarded five stars in the QS Stars Business School Rankings 2017.

1 UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 169 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Enjoy a fast-paced career in the growing travel, tourism and event management industries.

Our respected business degrees provide a solid grounding in the essentials of global business, and with a specialisation in tourism and event management you’ll gain the skills and knowledge that employers highly value.

During your studies you will have opportunities to attend and critique events, and to get involved with running events on-campus. You will graduate with solid theoretical grounding, industry knowledge and the management skills to enhance your career prospects in a diverse range of tourism, event and hospitality business sectors.

Why Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management)

Why this Degree

This highly regarded degree has been awarded the South Australian Tourism Award for Education and Training, and admitted to the SA Tourism Hall of Fame.

You will learn effective problem-solving, critical and strategic thinking and communication while you study areas such as:

  • food and wine tourism
  • festivals and events
  • hospitality
  • event marketing
  • food and wine tourism
  • tourism policy and planning
  • conventions

Our degrees are highly flexible and you can fast track your studies with our exciting summer and winter schools. By combining the Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management) with another business degree, you may be able to graduate with two different degrees for one extra year of study, depending on your study plan.

Real-world connections

You can get on the road to global citizenship with a student exchange program. We have more than 60 partner universities worldwide, and study options range from two weeks to one year. The Business Career Mentor Program helps you build your industry networks and your career. In 2016 we matched over 190 students with business mentors. The six-month program runs from March every year.

We also host also regular university-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Between now and 2020, employment in tourism and event management in Australia is expected to grow. The availability of roles is expected to increase by:

  • 2,200 jobs for conference and event organisers (or 9.5 per cent)
  • 17,300 jobs for accommodation and hospitality managers (or 14.3 per cent)
  • 15,600 jobs for cafe and restaurant managers (or 21.4 per cent)1

Careers to consider:

  • Event manager or coordinator: using strong organisational and project management skills to deliver successful, cost-effective events; managing staff and suppliers; booking venues, facilities and equipment; marketing and promotion; analysis and reporting on event performance
  • Tourism policy planner: developing policy and research papers, major industry reports, submissions and responses; engaging with stakeholders such as industry and the general public and maintaining these networks; monitoring and reporting; developing government or stakeholder relations strategies
  • Hotel manager: overseeing daily hotel operations; planning and supervising staff activities; ensuring the smooth and profitable running of business; strategic planning and reporting; communicating effectively with employees, customers and suppliers
  • Business development manager: working to improve an organisation’s market position and financial growth; defining strategic goals, building customer relationships, identifying business opportunities, implementing marketing initiatives

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015.

Industry facts

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Employment for amusement, fitness and sport centre managers in Australia is projected to increase by 20.8 per cent by November 20201.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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By 2020, employment in Australia for conference and event organisers is projected to increase by 9.5 per cent1.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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Accommodation and hospitallity manager employment in Australia is projected to increase by 17,300 jobs (14.3 per cent) by November 20201.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

What others are saying

I made the most of my experiential learning opportunities at UniSA by completing a tour in Taiwan and South Korea. I learnt the processes and planning of major international events and the global context tourism can take. The program gave me the unique chance to build international contacts.

Hannah Kemp

Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management)

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Hannah Kemp

Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management)

My passion for travel and culture lead me to study tourism, and with excellent staff and facilities UniSA was the obvious choice. The diversity of UniSA's events and tourism degree gave me not only the opportunity to explore tourism and events courses and core business courses, expanding my knowledge and skills in areas such as communications, negotiation and management, but also allowed me to participate in a Study tour to South Korea and Taiwan, to study and experience the tourism industry in a different country and gain an international perspective.

Julia Brunke

Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management)

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Julia Brunke

Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management)

I am conducting research on how events, arts, culture and tourism can be effectively used to activate local precincts and main streets in South Australia. Industry insight such as this, enhances student learning, making you career-ready.

Dr Sunny Lee


Sunny Lee, Tourism and Event Management student

Dr Sunny Lee


What you'll learn

What you Learn

The degree starts with core courses in business. These will give you a solid grasp of business fundamentals such as economics and accounting; business operations and intelligence. You will then go on to study specialised areas such as:

  • marketing, service management and new technologies in tourism, events and hospitality
  • destination management
  • the international business environment

You can also gain valuable insight and career skills while you study, with internships in industry and exciting career-focused electives. Electives to choose from include Creative Tourism: Food, Wine and Festivals, Tourism and Indigenous Peoples or take part in a Business International Study Tour.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects
  • practicals and team-based projects
  • participation in the workplace and in class

Global opportunities

International exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.

UniSA has links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests. Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Once you are a current student, you will be able to explore various study tours and exchanges and take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.

Global opportunities

Combined degrees

If you wish to specialise in two fields, you can pair two single degrees and create your own combined degree. This gives you choice, flexibility and increased value to employers at the start of (and throughout) your career. The flexibility of Business School degrees also means that you may be able to complete your study in four years full-time, depending on the combination. There are many combined degree options, including:

  • accounting
  • economics, finance and trade
  • finance
  • human resource management
  • logistics and supply chain management
  • management
  • marketing
  • property
  • sport and recreation management
  • tourism and event management

Find out more about combined degrees.

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Understanding Travel and Tourism TOUR 1001 4.5
Foundations of Event Management TOUR 2009 4.5
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5
Professional Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Accounting Principles for Business Decisions ACCT 1009 4.5
Service Management in Tourism, Events and Hospitality TOUR 2011 4.5
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Marketing for Tourism, Events and Hospitality TOUR 2006 4.5
Strategies for Events and Conventions TOUR 2012 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Destination Management TOUR 3009 4.5
New Technologies in Tourism, Events and Hospitality TOUR 3010 4.5
Business Operations BUSS 2065 4.5
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Policy and Planning for Sustainable Tourism TOUR 3006 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,4
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,4
Schedule for students awarded 36 units of block credit Note(s): 2
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Understanding Travel and Tourism TOUR 1001 4.5
Foundations of Event Management TOUR 2009 4.5
Professional Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
Business Operations BUSS 2065 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Strategies for Events and Conventions TOUR 2012 4.5
Marketing for Tourism, Events and Hospitality TOUR 2006 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Destination Management TOUR 3009 4.5
Service Management in Tourism, Events and Hospitality TOUR 2011 4.5
New Technologies in Tourism, Events and Hospitality TOUR 3010 4.5
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
Policy and Planning for Sustainable Tourism TOUR 3006 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,4
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,4
Schedule for students awarded 54 units of block credit Note(s): 3
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Understanding Travel and Tourism TOUR 1001 4.5
Foundations of Event Management TOUR 2009 4.5
Professional Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
Business Operations BUSS 2065 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Strategies for Events and Conventions TOUR 2012 4.5
Marketing for Tourism, Events and Hospitality TOUR 2006 4.5
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5
Policy and Planning for Sustainable Tourism TOUR 3006 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Service Management in Tourism, Events and Hospitality TOUR 2011 4.5
Destination Management TOUR 3009 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
New Technologies in Tourism, Events and Hospitality TOUR 3010 4.5

I have over 30 years of business-linked experience in Australia and internationally and a long held commitment to achieving wider business literacy in the community, evidenced through my teaching and consultancies such as co-writing the South Australian Year 12 Accounting curriculum. As the Bachelor of Business Program Director, I assist students to succeed in the Business School's exciting selection of industry relevant undergraduate degree majors in both Australia and Hong Kong.

Mr Stan Astachnowicz

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

The Business School Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business School Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language.

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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