Tourism Services and Distribution Management - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam - (45%-55%) , Paper - (10%-20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
HECS 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

The unit seeks to equip students with a thorough understanding of the diverse service components of the tourism industry and of the means by which the tourism product is 'packaged' and 'distributed' to the consumer. Combining both a theoretical and practical perspective, the unit examines the factors that give rise to tourism flows and the operative units that facilitate the movement between two points. On-going sections of the unit encourage students to adopt a comprehensive perspective of the components of the tourism product to include less obvious elements such as gaming, shopping and entertainment.

Please note, assessment values are indicative only: details will be advised at the start of the unit.

This unit will provide discipline-based knowledge and professional capabilities and experiences contributing to students' progress in attaining generic skills such as:

  1. analysis skills
  2. communications skills
  3. the ability to work independently.
  • Invigilated Exam — (45%-55%)
  • Paper — (10%-20%)
  • Research Assignment — (20%-30%)
  • Test — (15%-25%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • TOU250 — Tourism Services and Distribution Management

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed TOU25.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The evolutionary development of, and spatial patterns reflecting, international and domestic Australian leisure travel
2An overview of the air, water and land transport sectors on which leisure travel is dependent
3An analysis of the growth, diversity, current status, trends and problems of the hospitality sector, globally and in Australia
4An examination of service delivery in the context of the hotel industry
5A review of the management and marketing processes involved in organising meetings, conventions and special events
6Issues relating to the provision of gaming services
7An examination of shopping as a tourist activity with significant economic impact
8The distribution system of travel services, as well as the players involved and their roles
9The central role of travel agencies in this system and in the tourism industry as a whole

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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