The Graduate Diploma in Tourism is a 36-unit course which is part of the Graduate Program in Tourism offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

The course may be taken over two semesters full-time, or the equivalent part-time.

Students must enrol in one of the following streams:

The Graduate Diploma in Tourism articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Tourism and the 72-unit Master of Tourism.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally have completed the Graduate Certificate in Tourism or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances, and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature

Course aims

The course aims to meet the professional development needs of graduates with an interest in tourism. It draws on both theoretical and practical material and provides the opportunity for students to apply both the principles and the practical aspects of the course in a number of specialisations in tourism.

The course aims to:

  • provide students with a broad understanding of the role of specialised fields in tourism, both in Australia and worldwide
  • examine concepts in specialised tourism fields and examine how they reflect the arts, environment, culture and/or heritage of a place
  • produce graduates who will act ethically as professionals within their specialised field of the tourism industry
  • provide opportunities to apply both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to specific case studies both on and offshore
  • provide students with the opportunity for a work integrated learning experience across a range of tourism sectors
  • develop skills and knowledge which allow students to apply the principles and best practices of their specialised field of tourism
  • instil management and marketing skills necessary for professional endorsement within the industry.

Learning outcomes

The course is professionally oriented and is intended for people currently employed in tourism, festival or event design and management, those who would like to be so employed and those who have an interest in developing knowledge and skills in one of the areas of specialisation.

Upon graduating, students will be able to:

  • review and critically analyse current issues and trends in tourism
  • examine and assess the role of tourism in an international context, and generate sustainable solutions to a range of complex tourism related issues
  • initiate, develop and implement event, business and/or interpretation plans in a professional manner
  • communicate theoretical and practice issues in tourism, both verbally and in writing, to a wide range of audiences
  • enter the workforce as skilled and knowledgeable festival and event or tourism professional practitioners
  • undertake their work in an ethical way within the fields of festival and events and/or tourism

Credit

Students who have successfully completed the Industry Certificate in Festival and Event Design and Management at Flinders University may be eligible for 4.5 units of credit for the topic TOUR8111 Essentials of Festival and Event Design and Management in the Festival and Event Design and Management stream, and those who have completed the Industry Certificate in Interpretation may be eligible for 4.5 units of credit for the topic TOUR8115 Essentials of Interpretation in either stream.

Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Tourism will receive 18 units of specified credit towards the Graduate Diploma in Tourism and must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below. 

Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Tourism (Festival and Event Design and Management) will receive 18 units of specified credit towards the Graduate Diploma in Tourism (Festival and Event Design and Management) and must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Tourism a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

Students must enrol in one of the following streams:

Stream - Tourism

Core - Year 1 topics

 TOUR8114  Tourism Research Methods (4.5 units)
 TOUR8116  Essentials of Tourism (4.5 units)
 TOUR8118  Destination Image and Tourism (4.5 units)
 TOUR8125  Issues in Contemporary Tourism  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8210  Ethics in Tourism Research (4,5 units)
 TOUR8211  Tourism Research Proposal (4.5 units)
 TOUR9129  Sustainable Tourism Planning and Development (4,5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Select 4.5 units from the topics listed:

 BUSN9400  Workplace and Business Communication  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9401  Australian Workplace and Business Environment  (4.5 units)
 SCME8001  Screen and Media Production 1, Production  (4.5 units)
 SCME8002  Screen and Media Production 2, Post Production  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8115  Essentials of Interpretation  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8117  Essentials of Interpretive Tour Guiding  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8119  Tourism Business Planning GE  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8123  Tourism Placement  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8126  Tourism Case Study  (4.5 units)

Stream - Festival and Event Design and Management

Core - Year 1 topics

 TOUR8111  Essentials of Festival and Event Design and Management (4.5 units)
 TOUR8112  Festival and Event Design and Management Practice A (4.5 units)
 TOUR8113  Festival and Event Design and Management Practice B (4.5 units)
 TOUR8114  Tourism Research Methods (4.5 units)
 TOUR8122  Festival and Event Design  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8210  Ethics in Tourism Research (4,5 units)
 TOUR8211  Tourism Research Proposal (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Select 4.5 units from the topics listed:

 BUSN9400  Workplace and Business Communication  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9401  Australian Workplace and Business Environment  (4.5 units)
 SCME8001  Screen and Media Production 1, Production  (4.5 units)
 SCME8002  Screen and Media Production 2, Post Production  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8115  Essentials of Interpretation  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8117  Essentials of Interpretive Tour Guiding  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8119  Tourism Business Planning GE  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8123  Tourism Placement  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8126  Tourism Case Study  (4.5 units)