- About the Associate Degree of Business (Hospitality Management)
The Associate Degree of Business (Hospitality Management) (ADBUSHOS16) course, has been designed to develop and integrate broad business theoretical knowledge together with technical and theoretical knowledge in Hospitality Management for those graduates wishing to enter the diverse areas found within the Hospitality sector in Australia, and globally. The course design enables graduates to combine broad technical and theoretical knowledge, with some depth in the underlying principles and concepts within Hospitality Management.
The course aims to develop graduates with attitudes of intellectual curiosity, independent thinking, a commitment to lifelong learning, and to be ethical, reflective professional practitioners.
Graduates may find a range of career pathways and employment opportunities related to their area of expertise and use their acquired skills to develop successful business practice. The proposed course structure will prepare graduates for, and provide pathway opportunities to, further academic and professional study.
Graduate employment opportunities
Graduates may find a range of career pathways and employment opportunities including:
- Area manager or Operations manager
- Banquet or function Manager
- Front Office Manager
- Café owner or manager
- Food and beverage manager
- Restaurant owner or manager
- Hospitality entrepreneur
|Course Title||Associate Degree of Business (Hospitality Management) (ADBUSHOS16)|
|Study Options – Domestic Australian students||Face to Face delivery
Hybrid delivery (10% Face to Face and 90% online)
Full-time, accelerated and part-time options available.
|Study Options – International students||Full-time Blended (Face to face on campus plus facilitated online – no more than 33% online)
International students are allowed to study a maximum of 33% of their total course through online learning.
International students must study at least one subject that is not online in each compulsory study period.
|Start Dates||February, June, September
For specific dates visit the website.
|Course Length||Full-time: 2 years
Accelerated: 4 trimesters
Part-time: 4 years
|Payment Options – Domestic Australian students||Upfront payment
This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.
FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses. It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold. Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.
|Payment Options – International students||Upfront payment
This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.
|Course study requirements||Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.||Assessment||Practical demonstration, reflective journal, essay, presentation and work integrated learning project work|
|Locations||Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne||Delivered by||William Blue College of Hospitality Management at Torrens University Australia|
|Provider||Torrens University Australia Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).||CRICOS Course Code||094178G|
|Provider obligations||Torrens University is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015||Accrediting body||Torrens University Australia Limited ABN 99 154 937 005,
CRICOS Provider Code: 03389E.
RTO No. 41343
|Course Fees||For details, refer to the website.||Any other fees||For details, refer to the website.|
- Essential requirements for admission
The general admission criteria that apply to Torrens University Australia courses can be located by visiting the Torrens University Australia website – /general-admission-information-for-torrens-university-australia-ltd.
- Student Profile
The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students who commenced in this course in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
|Applicant background||Trimester one / Full year intake |
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study||<5||N/P|
|(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
|(D) Recent secondary education:
· Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
|· Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
|· Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
Notes: “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.
N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.
- Admission Criteria
(For applicants who will be selected on a basis other than ATAR)
|Special Entry||Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.|
Via direct application to the institution
You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.
Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy – (/policies-and-forms).
- Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions
- Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)
- Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit approved.
Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2.
For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see /apply-online/course-credits.
- Where to get further information
- Torrens University Australia (TUA) Website
- Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Website
- Australian Tertiary Admissions Centres (TACs)
- Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) Website
- Additional Information
The Associate Degree of Business (Hospitality Management) (ADBUSHOS16) course structure comprises 6 common business core subjects, 7 specialised hospitality subjects and 3 elective subjects over levels 100 and 200.
To be awarded the Associate Degree of Business (Hospitality Management) (ADBUSHOS16) students must complete 160 credit points over 16 subjects including 2 Industry Practicums. Each subject has a value of 10 credit points.
A minimum of 800 hours of industry placement needs to be completed during the second year of the course.
|SUBJECT TITLE, DESCRIPTOR|
|BIZ101 Business Communications
The aim of this subject is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to enhance your personal effectiveness, employability, and academic success. This subject introduces you to the concepts of business communications and transferable academic skills.
You will examine the different stakeholders and communication contexts which occur in the internal and external business environment, developing the skills and knowledge to effectively interpret and deliver messages in a variety of business situations. This subject will provide you with essential business skills in information literacy, presenting, writing, academic integrity and the use of technology.
|MKT101A Marketing Fundamentals
Students will gain a solid foundation in the marketing discipline introducing relevant and contemporary concepts, theories and models. The unit magnifies the importance of understanding consumer behaviour, segmentation, targeting and positioning, the extended marketing mix and ethics in marketing. Industry relevance provides students with the opportunity of applying key concepts in practical settings. These marketing foundations are expanded on in other subjects available as electives.
|BIZ102 Understanding People and Organisations
The aim of this subject is to develop an understanding of modern organisations, their structure and how people collaborate within these structures to achieve the organisation’s strategic objectives and deal with the uncertainty of the 21st Century economy. This knowledge will form a foundation of theoretical knowledge about organisational behaviour that will be built on in future subjects. Moreover, it will develop the student’s emotional intelligence and the understanding of their strengths and their application in the business context. These learning objectives will be achieved through a mixture of theoretical readings, class discussions and group projects focusing on how theoretical concepts apply to the work environment. Additionally, reflective journals will be used to apply theory to develop the students own professional capability.
|BIZ104 Customer Experience Management
The 21st Century economy is dynamic and driven by customers ever changing wants and needs. To remain competitive businesses need to understand what their customers want and how to deliver a quality customer experience that goes beyond the product or service offering. This subject explores how a customers’ perceptions – both conscious and subconscious – effect their relationship with a brand’s value proposition. Students will explore how a customer’s interactions with a brand during the customer life cycle will determine levels of customer satisfaction. Students will analyze Customer Journey Mapping techniques, Employees engagement in the customer experience strategy and metrics of satisfaction, loyalty and advocacy.
|THE101 Introduction to Tourism, Hospitality and Events
This subject explores the major components and organisational structure of the hospitality, tourism and events industries. It presents historical development, opportunities and current trends including food service, lodging, tourism, and event management. Topics will include key issues within the larger visitor economy discipline including transportation and distribution systems, attractions, accommodation, and event management. This subject will introduce students to both global and local brands as well as develop skills required to source information on the Tourism, Hospitality and Events industries as well as incorporating aspects of career planning.
|FOO101 Front Office Operations
The Rooms Division within a hotel is a key revenue generating area within the context of hotel operations. This subject will introduce students to the Front Office department within the Rooms Division and how it plays an integral role in the overall customer experience. In particular, students will learn how critical the effective use of Property Management System (PMS) Micros Opera can contribute to the overall guest experience through the various functions within it. Students will cover daily front desk/reception tasks like:
Complete guest reservation, check daily arrivals accurately, allocate rooms, complete guest registration, check guests in and out of their rooms and complete invoicing of guest charges within typical workplace time constraints. In addition prepare and distribute relevant departmental reports.
|EGY101 Exploring Gastronomy
This subject introduces the student to gastronomy and gastronomic heritage, focussing on the role of beverages, the history of meals and their significance to both guests and service providers, the history and importance of restaurants and the development of gastronomic writing. Contemporary regional and indigenous cuisines are explored, including the importance of ethical foods such as organics, the slow food movement, socially responsible food and sustainable or eco gastronomy. This subject focuses strongly on gastronomic tourism, and uses case studies and practical assessments of both Australian and international gastronomic destinations to illustrate the rise, opportunities and challenges and innovations of sustaining such tourism. The impacts of gastronomic tourism, issues relating to regional destination marketing, and the growth of both food and wine tourism are examined through an introduction to wine varieties and their influence on food.
|INP201 Industry Practicum 1
This industry placement allows students to challenge, test, and hone the knowledge and skills they have acquired and developed in the classroom and to anticipate future areas of study. Through this experience, students become familiar with the culture of their chosen industry, developing the values, attitudes, and behaviours that will make them successful in the workplace. Each student must complete this 400-hour supervised placement at an approved placement site.
|INP202 Industry Practicum 2
This industry placement allows students to challenge, test, and hone the knowledge and skills they have acquired and developed in the classroom and to anticipate future areas of study. Through this experience, students become familiar with the culture of the hospitality industry, developing the values, attitudes, and behaviours that will make them successful in the workplace. Each student must complete this 400-hour supervised internship at an approved internship site.
|BIZ201 Accounting for Decision Making
The subject aims to provide non-accounting students with a broad, business-based introduction to the conceptual foundations of accounting and finance. The use of management accounting information assists in key areas of planning, controlling, reporting, and decision making. It introduces students to basic concepts and functions of the balance sheet, profit and loss statements, cash flow statements, techniques for analysing financial statements investment decisions, full costing and opportunity costing analysis and managing working capital.
|BIZ202 The Business Environment
The aim of this subject is to help students develop an understanding of how organisations work and the ability to evaluate factors that influence them. This includes all aspects of modern business and the changing external environmental forces at the micro and macro level.
Students should be able to take a strategic view of a business and contribute to the process of developing and implementing strategy. The focus will be on the political, legal, economic, social, cultural and technological environment. Analytical techniques will be used to uncover the opportunities and threats to businesses. An awareness of potential risks and challenges as well as corporate social responsibility of the organisation will be introduced as a key learning goal.
This case-based unit is designed to provide an overview of the business environment at the global, market and organisational level. This subject is designed to develop effective problem solving, critical analysis, and communication skills around the contemporary issues challenging the pursuit of sustainable business practice.
|PDR201 Product Distribution and Revenue Management
This subject covers the information technology needs of hospitality and tourism businesses. The subject will focus on the Internet and information technology as tools that influence hospitality and tourism businesses. Emphasis is placed on providing a thorough understanding of how e-marketing, e-commerce and online information distribution are keys to commercial success. Students will be taught about the opportunities and problems created by the development of e-commerce, e-commerce IT, E-commerce portals and business models and the legal and ethical issues of e-commerce through the context of Yield and Revenue Management. Students will also learn to use various tools which will assist them in predicting customer demand at the micro market level, and the maximization of revenue through pricing optimization. Students will be required to interpret and utilize financial data to make revenue and yield decisions.
|GIT201 Global Innovations and Trends in Tourism and Hospitality
Managers in any area of a business need to be equipped to predict, analyse and explain the industry they’re currently immersed in. In this subject, students will learn how to stay up to date with current innovations within the industry as well as explore and predict future trends through analysing various data sources, spotting trends, prioritizing details, and highlighting information most pertinent to business decisions.
|Students are required to choose an additional 3 subjects from the Bachelor of Business suite.|
*Note that some of the above subjects have pre-requisite requirements.
The Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) (BBUSHOS16) can be studied fully online or at the below Torrens University Campuses:
- The Rocks – 1-5 Hickson Road, The Rocks Sydney NSW Australia 2000
- William Blue Dining, 105-107 George Street Sydney, NSW
- Adelaide – 82-98 Wakefield Street, Adelaide, SA 5000
- Melbourne – 196 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Campus Facilities and Services
All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.
A positive student experience
Torrens University Australia values the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore has robust processes to resolve student complaints. The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures, can be accessed from the website (/policies-and-forms).
Paying for your qualification
We offer two payment options for this course:
- Upfront payment
If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each semester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or direct transfer.
FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses. It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($45, 881 in 2019-20). Just like with any other debt,
a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.
Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:
- FEE-HELP website:
- FEE-HELP booklets:
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