Bachelor of Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management)

  • Learn how to deliver interesting and innovative leisure experiences
  • Develop skills in communication, creativity and culture
  • Opportunity to gain industry experience with a semester-long internship

Program title: Bachelor of Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management) (Program code: BU362)
Award abbreviation: BBus(TourLeis&EventMgt)
QTAC code: 012061 * (Sippy Downs); 018061 (Southbank)
OP / Rank for 2014 entry: OP-18 / Rank-61
Duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Commence: Semester 1 or Semester 2
Recommended prior study: English; Maths A, B or C
Fee type 2014: Commonwealth supported places, Fee paying places, International fee-paying places
Total units: 288
CRICOS code: 066415J. Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa.

* Campus note: In addition to being able to study all courses at Sippy Downs, students may choose to complete some core and foundation business subjects at the Noosa Centre or Gympie campus. There may be a limited selection of  subjects available at South Bank. The option to study at Noosa or Gympie is not available to international students on a Student visa.

Follow your love for travel and new experiences, or watch your event plans come to life.

Our Bachelor of Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management) program is your ticket to a fast paced industry filled with opportunities. Build your management and communication skills, and learn how to create innovative tourism, leisure and event experiences.

This program gives you the confidence to respond to the latest trends and personally grow in areas such as public speaking, communication, time management and inter-cultural understanding. With a shift in focus to sustainable tourism, employers are looking for a new breed of tourism, leisure and event managers.

Our program offers you insights and opportunities to gain industry skills and knowledge. You’ll have access to guest speakers from the tourism and event industry, as well as volunteer and work experience with local businesses. Take on a supervised 12 week internship to further develop your practical skills and build your industry contacts. Our students have recently interned at V8 Supercars, Sunshine Coast Council and Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd.

Career opportunities

Accommodation/destination management; marketing; festivals/sporting events; attraction/leisure/conference management; research; policy; hospitality.


Australian Tourism Research Institute; Pacific Area Travel Association; Ecotourism Association of Australia; Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education.

Program coordinator
Vicki Schaffer

Dr Vikki Schaffer
Tel: +61 7 5459 4705

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Complete 8 required introductory level (100 coded) courses.
  • Complete 8 required advanced level (200/300 coded) courses.
  • Complete 8 elective courses, 6 must be advanced level (200/300 coded) courses.
  • (Optional) Use electives to complete a minor (4 courses) to supplement the required major.
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses, including the core course.
  • Complete no more than 6 courses from the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering.
  • Register any selected Majors or Minors with your Faculty.
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses).
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods.
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider. It is advisable to contact your Faculty Program Advisor to discuss timing and course issues.
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa.

Program Structure

Introductory courses (8)

BUS101 Business Analytics
BUS102 Introduction to Economics
BUS104 Management and Organisational Behaviour
BUS105 Introduction to Marketing
BUS106 Accounting for Business
BUS108 Introduction to Informatics
COR109 Communication and Thought
TSM102 Introduction to Tourism, Leisure and Events

Advanced courses (8)

BUS203 Business Law and Ethics
BUS320 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
TSM211 Tourism, Leisure and Special Interests
TSM221 Tourism and Leisure Policy and Planning
TSM223 Sustainable Tourism, Leisure and Event Management
TSM313 Technology and Innovation in Tourism, Leisure and Events
TSM314 Event Management
TSM315 Business Events

Elective courses (8)

Select 8 elective courses. Six electives must be advanced level (200/300 coded) courses. Two electives must be from the School of Business while the remaining 6 electives can be from either faculty (Arts and Business or Science, Health, Education and Engineering).

Students can choose to use these electives towards a major from the Business majors listed below:

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Sippy Downs
South Bank
Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) – Use the relevant QTAC code specified on the program summary

International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

If you have questions about domestic applications and admissions:

International students should contact USC International

If you have questions about your program:

New students

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your classes.

Please note: USC will complete the enrolment for:

  • Headstart students
  • Honours students (excluding Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) students)
  • Cross-institutional and visiting students  
  • Higher Degree by Research students
Current students

Information on how to enrol is contained in tutorial videos in the USC Central Guide.

Your study load can be varied between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in a study period. Your Study Plan in USC Central will guide you with choosing your courses, or alternatively contact your faculty office for advice.

Refer to the timetable for class information and the Academic Calendar for key semester / trimester / session dates.

It may be useful to use the Program Planner (PDF 283KB) * to plan your degree and Student Timetable Planner Semester 1, 2015 (PDF 147KB) * to plan your classes for the semester / trimester / session.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the classes you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/session, details of the course requirements can be found in My Courses in the USC Portal / BlackBoard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Contact Student Central.

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.

Get real-world experience

During your degree you’ll work with a real business to create and manage a social media plan, giving you industry connections and real experience for your resume. You’ll also have the option to complete an internship in the tourism/events industry.

Students have recently interned at V8 Supercars, Sunshine Coast Council and Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd.

Anne Mueller
Anne Mueller

Regional Coordinator — Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA)

Anne spends her days on pristine beaches rescuing endangered animals. As the regional coordinator for CVA she takes volunteers from around the world on conservation trips to the Kimberly and Arnhem Land.

“Thanks to my lecturers and my degree, I discovered my passion for ecotourism and marine science. I am very lucky to get paid for what I am passionate about.”

Take your studies overseas

Live and study overseas through the Study Overseas program. While abroad you’ll earn academic credit towards your degree. Take your pick from more than 80 cities around the world including New York, Paris, Amsterdam and Tokyo. Find out where the Study Overseas program could take you.

Vicki Cunningham
Vicki Cunningham

Concierge — Residences at Little Nell, Colorado, USA

After going on two overseas study tours during her degree, Vicki headed to Aspen (Colorado, USA) to follow her passion for travel and skiing. She began working as a front desk agent at Gateway Canyons Resort and now is the concierge at the Residences at Little Nell.

She is fortunate enough to work in one of the two five-star hotels in all of Colorado. “It’s amazing and I’m so excited for the opportunity.” 

There’s help available

Find out about student support services and scholarships including the ANZ Bank Scholarship and the Judy Henzell Bursary specifically for business students.

Study commitment

In general, you will attend lectures and tutorials for three hours per course per week. You will require further time to complete readings, research and assessment tasks. Your assessment tasks include presentations, business reports, group work and exams.