Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management


A new program is here for 2019 - study travel and tourism in the tropics of Far North Queensland

Welcome to the Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management (SIT50116) – a program designed to develop managerial skills for our future tourism leaders.

Study Period 1


Monday 11th February 2019

During Study Period 1 communication skills are developed. Students learn how to write reports, proposals and other documents, as they build the skills that will be required throughout the program and in the workplace.

Additionally, academic skills including researching and referencing will be introduced to ensure that students can source and present their assessments professionally, and prepare them for bachelor degree studies at university should they wish to move on to higher education.

Students will learn the major components and organisational structure of the hospitality, tourism and events industries. Current trends in food, tourism, and event management will be explored. Topics will include key issues including transportation and distribution systems, attractions, accommodation, and event management. While students will focus on their local region, and Australia generally. They will also be introduced to global brands, while developing the skills required to source information on the various aspects of the industries.

Good leadership is essential in all organisations, and the hospitality, tourism and events industries are no different. Students learn about different leadership styles, motivation and teamwork and apply them to the various projects they undertake.

As we live in a global world it is important to understand the importance of diversity within organisations and how diversity in a workplace can provide organisations with a strategic advantage.

Study workshops are offered throughout the year. In Study Period 1 they include:

  • Maths for business
  • Maths for accounting
  • English language for business

Students are advised to discuss the options available with one of the Edwards Institute of Further Education student advisors.

Study Period 2


Monday 29th April 2019

The importance of enhancing the customer experience will be examined throughout this study period. Students will also discover and analyse methods currently used to increase engagement via loyalty programs and social media. 

Students will learn about the key events in Australian history, both in terms of European settlement and Indigenous culture.

Students will visit local Indigenous sites within the region they live in and learn about the culture and traditions of the Indigenous people.

An optional camping trip to the Northern Territory to visit Alice Springs, Uluru and Kata Tjuta will be scheduled during late July for those students who wish to participate.

Students will build on the skills and knowledge gained in previous WHS units. In this unit the skills and knowledge required to implement pre-determined work health and safety practices to ensure a safe workplace. It requires the ability to monitor safe work practices and coordinate consultative arrangements, conduct risk assessments, provide work health and safety training, as well as the maintain WHS related records.

During Study Period 2 students participate in career planning workshops and networking groups. These are designed to enhance employment opportunities and to assist students to develop or enhance their careers.

Study Period 3


Monday 15th July 2019

Students will develop the skills and knowledge required to interpret financial information and reports used by organisations to monitor business performance, and provide information on operational or departmental financial activities

Students will learn the fundamentals of sales and marketing, including the development of marketing strategies and sales activities. Throughout Study Period 3 students will work on a project to apply the skills and knowledge gained during the program.

In Study Period 3 students develop project management skills to prepare them for the projects they will be working on in their final semester.

Students who need additional support with their mathematical skills can attend additional workshops that are designed to assist them further.

In Study Period 3, and over the break between Study Periods 3 and 4, students are expected to gain practical placements in related industries. The placements can be local, interstate or even international. Students will discuss various placements at the end of Study Period 2.

Study Period 4


Monday 14th October 2019

Students will develop the skills and knowledge to develop a budget. They will then interpret budgetary requirements, allocate resources, monitor actual income and expenditure, and report on budgetary deviations

This is a capstone subject designed to showcase the skills and knowledge gained throughout the program. All students will work on a major project to research, prepare and present tours and information sessions on a variety of topics related to the local region. Students will work in groups and as individuals throughout the Study Period.

During the final Study Period students are required to complete the capstone unit – Guiding and Commentary. Students are allocated time to work with their team in order to prepare group work and major projects. Workshops are held to assist students throughout the Study Period.

On-campus learning

This is a one year full-time program available at the Cairns campus. Classes are held on Mondays and Tuesdays to allow students the time to work while they study, rather than spreading classes over the week, which would make it more difficult for students to secure employment.

Blended learning (On-line with compulsory on-campus blocks)

The program is available via on-line learning; however, students are required to attend several week-long blocks in Cairns and Brisbane throughout the year. This is also available for groups in other locations.


Please contact Edwards Institute of Further Education to discuss your fees. We will provide you with information on any applicable subsidies and credit transfers.

Queensland residents may be eligible for the Queensland Government’s Higher Level Skills subsidy.

Phone 1300 729 298 during office hours – for further information.

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