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Tourism, Hospitality & Events Learning Standards

The academic learning standards (aka threshold learning outcomes) for Tourism, Hospitality and Events were developed over a 20 month period, with $193,000 in funding support from the Office for Learning and Teaching. The project was lead by Victoria University, supported by University of Queensland and University of South Australia. Dr. Paul Whitelaw, William Angliss Institute (formerly Victoria University) led the project, assisted by a project team, a reference panel, an expert advisory group and a broad stakeholder community of about 900 academics, students, graduates, industry practitioners, industry representative bodies and government departments and agencies. 

The project associates included all 24 universities, 14 TAFE institutions and 12 private colleges that offer hospitality, tourism and events higher education programs in Australia.  Four major representative industry groups and three government departments were also project associates. The broader consultation included online discussions, workshops, presentations and symposia.

The five learning domains identified as crucial to the development of successful graduates include: service and experience design; interdisciplinary inquiry; collaboration; problem-solving and professional responsibility.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events is the fifth business discipline to develop learning standards for bachelors and masters coursework degrees. These standards provide a valuable benchmarking resource for Australian business schools especially when designing degrees or evaluating performance or intended learning outcomes in this discipline. For more details see project website.

Final Learning Standards