Associate Degree of Business (Hospitality and Tourism Management)

Associate Degree of Business (Hospitality and Tourism Management)

Course Overview

The Associate Degree of Business (Hospitality and Tourism Management) is embedded in the Bachelor of Business (Hospitality and TourismManagement) and has been designed as an exit qualification.

It prepares students with the skills needed for paraprofessional of hospitality and tourism industry roles and further study at the bachelor level.

The course provides students with a broad general education focusing on developing students’ knowledge and skills in business and hospitality tourism management skills and competencies.
Students are required to study eight core units which include Academic Skills for Success; Marketing Foundations; Business Communication and Stakeholder Management; Principles of Management and Organisations; Foundations of Information Technology; Business and Corporations Law; Statistical Data Analysis for Business; and Leadership and Evidence-based Business Decision Making.

These core units are enhanced with six specialised hospitality and tourism management units which include Introduction of Hospitality and Tourism; Food and Beverage Management; Accommodation Services; Quality Customer Service; Global Innovation and Future Thinking; and Visitor Management.

Some of the higher level units are generic, including those dealing with statistical data analysis, law and leadership. Students select two electives out of a pool of units to complement the core and specialised units.

These studies are designed to produce graduates who have the foundations of a coherent and cohesive body of understanding at the general business and hospitality and tourism management level.

Nested Qualification and Exit Awards

Key information

CRICOS Code: 112647G


2 years

AQF level:



– Sydney
– Melbourne (commencing 2024)

Course Intakes:

February, May, August, October


Domestic and International

Credit points per unit:


Total Credit Points
required for award:


2023 Fees

Course tuition Fee
Over 2 years


Fee per annum:


Fee per unit:



All fees and charges listed are in Australian dollars. Fees are subject to change without notice. Course fees are to be paid in full before enrolment/selection of subjects in any given semester. AIH ensures that the conditions and processes for international and domestic students to apply for a refund of tuition fees are equitable and comply with government regulations. Refer to Refund Policy for International and Domestic Students.

What you will learn

Study Hours

As a student, you will need to allocate time to attend classes. Generally, if you are studying full-time, you will have between 8 hours of classes each week, on- campus. In addition, you will need to set aside a minimum of 10-12 hours each week in your own time to complete assignments, readings, projects and prepare for quizzes and presentations.


Your studies at AIH will encompass 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
  • Quizzes
  • Practicals and team-based projects
  • Q&A

Learning Outcomes

  1. Use knowledge of best practices on how to further sustainability (economic, environmental, and cultural/social) in the hospitality and tourism industries.
  2. Discuss knowledge of trends and key issues affecting the hospitality and tourism industries.
  3. Discuss relevant theory and practice in the context of the contemporary global hospitality and tourism industries.
  4. Explain personal and professional goals and development based on perceived strengths and potential for life-long learning.
  5. Outline leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills needed for managing diverse and global hospitality and tourism operations.
  6. Identify personal and professional standards for ethical decision-making and social behaviour..


Graduates at this level will have broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of a specific area or a broad field of work and learning.


Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:

  • Analyse information to complete a range of activities.
  • Interpret and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems.
  • Transmit knowledge, information and skills to others.


Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility

  • In contexts that are subject to change
  • Within broad parameters to provide specialist advice and functions

Units you will study


To complete the degree, you will need to pass 16 Units. These Units are divided into two levels based on contents and level of difficulty. The first level (Level 1000) has 5 core units and 3 specialisation units. The second level (2000) has 3 core units and 3 specialised units. In addition, you will get to select 2 electives.

Level 1000+

BBUS1000 Academic Skills for Success-

Unit Description:

BBUS1000 is a core unit in the Bachelor programs of Australian Institute of Higher Education.

This unit introduces students to academic skills that are required for academic studies. It develops academic communication and study skills including time management and organisational skills, digital skills, referencing, critical thinking, academic writing, research and investigation techniques and presentation skills.

Weekly workshops are used as interactive sessions where students are given practical exercises to enhance their understanding of the topics and materials covered in this unit.

By the end of the unit students will have developed the understanding and skills necessary to help them complete all required assessments and to pass all their units.

BBUS1002 Foundations of Information Technology-

Unit Description:

This unit introduces students to the field of information technology. It provides both theoretical knowledge and practical application of basic aspects of information technology and their relevance to 21st century business operations.

The unit starts on a global scale in the e-world of the Internet before visiting the micro-world of computer hardware, operating systems, and software tools for productivity, creativity, and information processing. The unit explores networking and communication systems before looking at database technology and the design and management of business information systems. The unit concludes with a discussion of current issues and trends in information technology.

BBHT1001 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism-

Unit Description:

This unit introduces students to the characteristics, relationships, dynamics and complexity of the tourism, hospitality, and event sectors. It explores the concepts, the stakeholders, the nature and complexity of tourism, hospitality and events, and their interrelationships. In analysing the potential impacts on the current and future growth, students research emerging trends and management issues relating to a changing visitor profile and the experience economy. This unit also aims to give a solid foundation for future tourism, event & hospitality units and insights into potential career pathways.

BBMG1002 Principles of Management and Organisations-

Unit Description:

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of principles of management applied across organisations.

Throughout this unit, students will examine theories of management and evaluate how inquiry-based skills can be applied in the contemporary workplace.

This unit introduces students to key perspectives and discusses a range of fields that inform the theory of leadership and management practices.

This unit will cover theories of management and their application to contemporary practice, strategies of working in a diverse global workplace, teams and teamwork, planning and controlling information flow, organising and leading, motivating and rewarding, and management strategies in both personal and professional contexts.

BBMG1003 Business Communication and Stakeholder Management-

Unit Description:

This unit provides students with the fundamentals of business communication, with an emphasis not only on theoretical knowledge but also on application of relevant concepts in easy-to-understand communication situations within and outside the organisation.

It aims to help students analyse, select, and apply appropriate strategies, in both internal (from top management to junior-level employees, and among colleagues) and external (customers, vendors, suppliers, and other key stakeholders) communication.

The unit employs several teaching methods, including traditional lectures, which provide theoretical and analytical models, class discussions, self- assessments, videos, experiential learning, practical examples and exercises and group work.

BBHT1002 Food and Beverage Management-

Unit Description:

Managers in the Hospitality and Tourism industries must understand current food and beverage practices and operations used to meet the current and future demands of customers. These are diverse, informed and value conscious. Hence, Hospitality and Tourism managers need to be equipped with the underpinning knowledge and skills of food and beverage management.

This unit will enable students to develop an understanding of the core principles and practices of food and beverage management. The unit provides an overview of the concepts and principles of effective and successful operational management within the constraints of the food and beverage managerial environments. The unit covers areas within food and beverage management, including restaurant operations: the management process, marketing, production and service, sanitation and safety, design, current and future trends.

BBMG1004 Marketing Foundations-

Unit Description:

Marketing Fundamentals offers an introduction into marketing and locates the function of marketing within the organisational context and career. It also informs the non-marketer how one might interact with marketing as an organisational member.

The unit aim to enable students to become knowledgeable regarding the concepts that inform the practical tools that marketers use to plan, implement and evaluate marketing decisions. In addition to the study of selected journal articles, current events and campaign will be used to enhance students’ learning of marketing concepts application and issues.

The unit focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in core main marketing topics (such as micro and macro environmental analysis, ethics, 4Ps) and provides strong foundation for more specialised AIH marketing units in year two and three.

BBHT1003 Visitor Management-

Unit Description:

Integral to the success of a tourism product and destination is a solid knowledge of consumer trends and tourist motivations and drivers. With a clear understanding of tourist profiles, their motivations and behaviours, hospitality and tourism managers can apply service design frameworks to develop and manage authentic and sustainable experiences, supported by effective marketing and management practices.

This unit explores how tourist behaviour is shaped and influenced by a wide variety of internal and external forces. Students examine theories related to tourist motivation and decision-making, and the impact both have on tourism product development, destination planning and management. Using research and workshop activities focussed on service quality, visitor experience, technology and the role of interpretation, students will demonstrate the practical application of service design and experience design in visitor management context.

Level 2000+

BBHT2001 Quality Service Management-

Unit Description:

The service economy is dynamic, influenced by evolving technology and innovative practices and driven by customers’ ever-changing wants and needs. To remain competitive, businesses need to understand their changing customers, their expectations and how to deliver a quality customer experience that goes beyond the product or service offering in the hospitality and tourism sectors. The guest experience is paramount in the hospitality and tourism industries.

This unit encompasses key components of quality service management including theoretical approaches to consumer behaviour: creating meaningful customer relationships, identifying customer needs, delivering quality services, service design, complaint resolution and processing customer feedback. Through practical workshops, student explore the impact of technology, experience design and emerging trends that impact on service design. The unit also examines the service culture ethos and the role of the staff (the internal customer) in the customer journey.

Balancing service management theory with practical application, this unit is a realistic and useful learning experience relevant to all hospitality and tourism industry sectors.

BBHT2004 Global Innovation and Future Thinking-

Unit Description:

nnovate or perish! In a dynamic and ever-changing challenging business environment, smart managers need to be able to identify trends and strategically predict the future of hospitality and tourism to remain competitive. Industry leaders need to understand changing economic conditions, the impact of mega trends and the use of innovative techniques as a platform for business growth and new product development.

In this unit, students will explore the macro environmental influencers, innovation and innovative thinking from a hospitality and tourism perspective. They will explore data mining from various sources as a tool for current trend analysis and predicting future trends and influencers.

Practical activities will support learning, integrating theories and concepts into the strategic business decision making process. Working collaboratively, students will apply future thinking frameworks and concepts to develop a strategic plan for a hospitality and hospitality business.

BACC2003 Business and Corporations Law-

Unit Description:

This unit introduces students to the legal framework and legal principles applying to commercial activity within the context of the Australian legal system. In particular, legal problems commonly encountered in business situations such as torts, contracts and consumer law.

This unit also introduces students to the legal framework and legal principles applying to companies primarily, but some introductory discussion is done in partnerships, trusts and associations as well. Some of the key topics include types of companies, process of incorporating, effects of incorporation, internal rules, appointment and removal of directors, duties of directors, shareholders’ remedies, share capital transactions and insolvency procedures.

In this regard, students develop the ability to interpret legislation and case law and apply them to given scenarios. The workshops will be used as interactive sessions where students are given the opportunity to test their problem-solving skills as well as ability to relate the relevance of the Corporations Act to various aspects of running a company.

BBMG2005 Statistical Data Analysis for Business-

Unit Description:

Statistics are data that have been gathered, analysed, and interpreted. The ability to use and apply relevant statistics in business-related decision-making is increasingly important for all business functions.

This unit facilitates foundational understanding of statistical tools and techniques that support efficient decision-making in finance, marketing, production planning, scheduling, inventory management etc. It develops deep knowledge and skills to identify and implement appropriate statistical procedures that can support managers in making business decisions.

The students will gain hands-on experience with Excel Solver using descriptive and inferential statistics to analyse business decisions, hypothesise data and measure relationships.

BBMG2006 Leadership and Evidence-based Business Decision Making-

Unit Description:

Evidence-based leadership is gaining immense popularity nowadays and organisations are looking for leaders who can guide an organisation to high performance with strong emphasis on decision- making with evidence. Their goal is to pursue high performance by bridging the gap between where the organisation is “now” and where it “wants to be.”

Evidence-based leadership is not about how to lead, how we communicate, inspire, or engage. It is about identifying key components of leadership and the application of critical skills to create a high-performance organisation.

This unit aims to provide in-depth knowledge about the role of agile leadership in an organisational environment to make decisions effectively based on substantial evidence. The unit further provides students opportunities to analyse and apply various approaches to leadership for 21st century organisations. The unit focuses on evidence-based decision-making, best practices, and key benchmarks as fundamental to successful leadership.

BBHT2005 Accommodation Services and Operations-

Unit Description:

At 2000 level, this unit aims to bring students up to date with the current accommodation state of play in today’s world. While the focus of the unit is for students to learn the functions and operations of each of the major departments in a hotel, it also exposes students to other important development of accommodation types such as AirBnB, CampBnB and the likes. These accommodation types have increasingly become formidable competitors to established hotels and it would be a mistake to ignore them in training our future accommodation service leaders.

This unit facilitates students to understand the link between revenue generation and the management of services and facilities within an accommodation establishment. Non-commercial accommodation sector such as nursing homes and retirement villages will also be discussed as they are quickly becoming an important and big employer for our hospitality graduates.

The unit explores concepts and principles of accommodation management and services in an easy-to-understand way, with many practical industry examples provided to facilitate students’ understanding.

Electives (Select any 2 from the list) +

BBHT2002 Business Events-

Unit Description:

Business events are an integral component of corporate and government activity, providing a platform to meet, connect, negotiate, present, discuss, facilitate innovation and transfer knowledge, build business networks, and generate sales. The diverse range of business events includes meetings, association conventions, conferences, exhibitions, product launches, brand activations, award ceremonies and incentive travel. Hybrid and virtual events are also integral delivery methods for hosting events.

Destination tourism authorities drive visitation through convention bureaus and strategically embedded infrastructure that can deliver Business events and in doing so the economic benefits of tourism.

The overall aim of the unit is to provide students with a sound understanding and insight into different business events in terms of management processes, audience expectations and future trends. Through research, experiential learning activities and site inspections, the topics covered include planning and management of conferences and events, stakeholder’s roles and influence, marketing, sponsorship and service design, destination selection and the bidding process.

BBHT2007 Facilities Management-

Unit Description:

Facility Management examines an organisation’s physical workspace in terms of the integration of people and its business processes that impacts on the triple bottom line. An organisation’s workplace infrastructure and its business activities say a lot about an organisation’s workplace strategies. How people interact with their physical work environment often provides important insight into the inner workings of a particular organization. As the world of work is fastly changing, so is our workplace environment. Thus, Facility Management has become an important part of an organization for both work efficiency and cost effectiveness. As a result, the design, location and operations of facilities have been transformed in recent years.

This unit not only enables students to gain an overall understanding of what facility management is but also provides students with some solid information on what types of career opportunities that exist in the field of facility management as well as the skills and knowledge which organisations seek in a facility professional. However, it is not only those who seek a career in facility management will benefit from this unit but also those graduates who aspire senior business management roles, up to C-Level positions.

BBHT2008 Wine and Beverage Management-

Unit Description:

The food and beverage business is hugely competitive. The key to success or failure between the many beverages and services offered is the staff members who make, sell and serve them. Customer expectations and demand are constantly increasing and so it’s crucial for all staff and management to have comprehensive product knowledge.

Within this unit, you will learn how to enhance the guest experience through effective wine and beverage management. You will be introduced to the steps involved in producing a range of alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages, as well as the factors involved in sensory evaluation of aroma and flavour profiles.

You will also learn about the main grape varieties and wine producing regions in Australia and around the world. You will be able to discuss the intricacies of food and beverage matching and apply that in different scenarios. In addition, you will evaluate the impact of effective beverage costing and pricing on profitability.

In this unit, your understanding of beverage management is greatly enhanced through practical application of theoretical knowledge acquired in the sessions. You must be aged 18+ to enrol into this unit in order to adhere to Responsible Service of Alcohol.

What you will achieve

  • Create effective organisational strategies to lay the foundation for achieving success.
  • Examine both local and global business trends to consistently maintain a competitive edge.
  • Acquire essential skills in critical thinking and strategic planning within a corporate environment.
  • Recognise intelligent business prospects and comprehend how to capitalize on them.

Career Opportunities

Potential career paths

  • Restaurant Manager
  • Travel Consultant
  • Operations Manager
  • Resort Manager

Entry Requirements

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How to Apply

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Further Study

Completion of this qualification provides direct entry and advanced standing into:

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Bachelor of Business (Management)

CRICOS Code: 112652K

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