Hospitality, Tourism & Events Hospitality & Tourism Management
The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management (Part-time) is offered by HKU SPACE in collaboration with the University of Plymouth School of Tourism and Hospitality which is part of the University of Plymouth Faculty of Business. It is an 21-month part-time offshore degree programme which carries the same academic status and recognition as that offered to Plymouth’s on-campus graduates.
The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management is a qualification designed to provide a strongly vocational theme relevant for a wide range of employment sectors in the Tourism industry. Tourism continues to be one of the largest growth industries. Its successful management depends on high quality business skills and the ability to provide consumer satisfaction.
The tourism top-up degree programme aims to enable students to gain a broad understanding of the development of tourism and have a critical awareness of the issues that underpin best practice in this field. In addition, the programme enables students to develop vocationally relevant managerial skills needed for employment or further study, so that students are well-prepared to meet the changing demands of society and the economy.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES
A. Knowledge and understanding
- demonstrate a detailed understanding of relevant concepts and characteristics appropriate in the study of tourism and be able to apply them creatively;
- generalise and question the nature, structure and significance of tourism;
- identify and illustrate the importance of planning, development and management of tourism and tourists in a variety of contexts;
- demonstrate an understanding of the underpinning principles of business and apply them creatively; and
- integrate subject specific knowledge and transferable skills to develop a specialism in depth, conduct a research investigation, and effectively report the findings.
B. Cognitive and intellectual skills
- analyse new and/or abstract information and situations without guidance, using a range of appropriate techniques;
- transform abstract information and concepts towards a given purpose;
- critically evaluate evidence to support conclusions and/or recommendations, reviewing its reliability, validity and significance;
- deal with contradictory information and identify reasons for contradictions;
- be confident and flexible in defining complex problems and apply appropriate knowledge and skills to their solutions.
C. Key and transferable skills
- Transferable communication skills;
- Interpersonal and team working skills;
- Self-management and professional development skills;
- ICT skills;
- Numeracy skills.
D. Employment related skills
- Problem solving and research methods skills;
- Understand a variety of common responses to gather relevant information;
- Learning skills (reflection/evaluation, synthesis).
E. Practical skills
- Presentation and oral communication skills;
- Written Communication skills;
- Computer and Information Management Technology Skills.
Graduates have found exciting career opportunities all over the world. These include working with national tourism organisations, for specialist tour operators and travel organisations, and for tourism research and consultancy in the private sector. With the globalisation of the industry, new job opportunities are appearing in a host of countries, providing graduates with the option of travel.
Leadership activity in HKU Flora Ho Sports Center and Stanley Smith Swimming Pool (Sept 2016)
Alumni Night with students and teachers (Sept 2016)
The entire programme consists of 8 modules (20 credits each, except for Honours Project with 40 credits).
The programme will have 405 hours of contact in the form of lectures, tutorials and supervision. Except for the Honours Project, each module will consist of 30 hours of lectures and 15 hours of tutorials. University of Plymouth will send their professors out to Hong Kong to teach 15 hours for each of the five modules and will supervise the students for the Honours Project module over two terms. Local lecturers accredited by University of Plymouth will be appointed by HKU SPACE to deliver three modules with 30-hour lectures and 15-hour tutorial each.
- Festivals and Event Tourism*
- English for Academic Purposes*
- Cruise Operations Continuity Planning+
- Research Methods*
- Crime and Sustainable Tourism +
- Honours Project (divided in 2 parts) +
- Business Strategy and Consultancy for the Tourism, Hospitality & Events Sectors+
*Modules taught by HKU SPACE lecturers accredited by University of Plymouth .
+Modules and Honours Project co-taught by University of Plymouth and HKU SPACE lecturers.
The above programme structure is intended for use as a guide by prospective students. HKU SPACE and University of Plymouth reserve the right to vary the structure.
Students are expected to graduate from the registered programme of study upon satisfactory completion of all stated modules and the honours project, and they will be awarded the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management from University of Plymouth.
All coursework of the programme will be conducted in English.
The mode of assessment is different from module to module but will be generally based on a combination of coursework (including assignments and tests/ projects). Throughout the programme, students will be assessed by a combination of:
- Report Writing
- Case-study assignments
- Oral presentation
- Tests (open/closed book) - if applicable
All modules will be taught in English. Lecture notes, teaching materials and assessments will be in English as well.
On Campus Transfer
Overseas study opportunities for a full semester will be available for several students to study in Plymouth with all Hong Kong credits being counted toward the qualification. No additional tuition fees will be applied.
Students who complete all modules (180 credits) will obtain Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management. Under extenuating circumstances, students who complete modules 1 - 6, 8 will obtain an ordinary degree, Bachelor of Science Tourism Management.
Upon graduation, students will have developed independent thinking skills, critical analysis of current hospitality and tourism management knowledge. Honours degree students will have undertaken a final-year project which includes data collection and analysis, therefore, students will be well-equipped with research skills necessary for further studies. Graduates with second-class honours are eligible to apply for the Master of Science Tourism and Hospitality Management programme, in collaboration with University of Plymouth at HKU SPACE (Full time: 12 months; Part time: 18 months), and they can enjoy 10% alumni discount of tuition fee.
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This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.
The module allows the student to explore the role of leadership within organizations and workplaces, with an emphasis on the tourism and hospitality industries, including both the practical and theoretical aspects of leadership and how the concept is changing over time. It also provides an introduction to leadership theories and techniques so that students can review the key elements of leadership and its use for different circumstances.
2. Festivals and Event Tourism
This module allows students to examine the importance of festivals and event tourism in relation to a tourist destination’s policy and planning strategies. This will determine the value of events to the tourism industry. The module will also examine the evolution of event tourism, and discuss the authenticity dilemma of event tourism with particular reference to festivals and festival tourism.
3. English for Academic Purposes
This module focuses on the academic English language content and skills which students need to master in order to study successfully. Students will receive input on academic vocabulary, academic writing skills, giving presentations and developing critical thinking and research skills. Students will be exposed to a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group discussions, pair work, watching videos and listening activities. This module is interactive in nature and students are expected to take an active part in classroom activities. Students will be expected to study outside of class time and show initiativein this area and focus on developing their individual language and academic skills.
4. Cruise Operations Continuity Planning
This module considers the complex issues associated to managing change, evaluating risk and ensuring continuity for cruise operations. In order to achieve this, a critical appraisal of contemporary industry issues is undertaken. Thereafter, the module uses individual case study work centred on a cruise operation to enable students to apply their understanding of business continuity planning to a realistic problem.
5. Research Methods (pre-requisite module for "Honours Project")
This module investigates the potential contributions of different disciplines and approaches that help to explain the nature of businesses and the way in which they operate. The module examines the research methods used in investigations that focus on managing businesses, customers and target audiences
6. Crime and Sustainable Tourism
This module focuses on two contemporary tourism topics – crime and sustainable tourism. Included are the relationships between tourism and the environment and the principles, approaches and pitfalls to sustainable tourism management in an international context. The module generally focuses on tourists and the tourism industry, and the relationships between these and crime.
Specifically, this module aims to evaluate the contribution and impacts of tourism in social, environmental, political, cultural and other terms; to appreciate the ethical issues associated with tourism development, the importance and implications of sustainable approaches to tourism and issues associated with policies and practice in tourism management; and to develop an understanding of the relationships between tourism and crime.
7. Honours Project (divided into 2 parts)
The student integrates subject specific knowledge and skills to develop a specialist area of knowledge in depth and conducts their own research investigation and reports their findings with some guided supervision. This module aims to give the student an opportunity to develop a topic relevant to their programme of study in depth. It also enables a student to show their ability to integrate a range of knowledge and skills in tackling their project topic, whilst giving a student the experience of taking control of a major live assignment.
8. Business Strategy and Consultancy for the Tourism, Hospitality & Events Sectors
8. Business Strategy and Consultancy for the Tourism, Hospitality & Events Sectors
This module focuses on exploring and understanding a range of theoretical approaches to developing strategies for businesses in the tourism,hospitality and events (THE) sectors and applying these principles to a live consultancy project. The learner is provided with the opportunity to gain experience of working with a business in THE industries on a consultancy basis, either in a research or strategic development setting. Learners will engage with a client business to mutually identify a suitable project and develop findings and guidelines to inform a new strategic direction.
Except for the Honours Project, each module consists of both Block Teaching Week and Tutorial weeks, lasting for approximately 2 months.
Block Teaching Week (Consecutive four-day lecture, subject to change)
Thurs & Fri : 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat : 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sun :10:00 am - 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tutorial Weeks (Right after the Block Teaching Week, one or two days per week, subject to change)
Any Mon – Fri : 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
For Honour Project, it consists of 30-hour lecture, 12-hour tutorial and many face-to-face and online consultation sessions. Students will be supervised by Plymouth University lecturers over a period of approximately 8 months.
1. hold an Advanced Diploma / Higher Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management / Tourism and Marketing Management / M.I.C.E. and Event Management awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE;
2. A.(i) hold an Advanced Diploma / Associate Degree /Higher Diploma in Tourism
Management granted by a recognised institution;
(ii) hold an Advanced Diploma / Associate Degree /Higher Diploma in other related
disciplines such as Business, Marketing, Management, Leisure, and Recreation Studies
granted by a recognized institution;
B. Provide evidence of English proficiency such as :
(a) HKCEE English Language at Level 2; OR
(b) HKCEE English Language (Syllabus B) at Grade E (Grade C in the case of
English Language(Syllabus A)); OR
(c) HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 2; ; OR
(d) an overall band of 6.0 or above in the IELTS ; OR
(e) a score of 500 in the paper-based TOEFL or a score of 173 in the computer-
based TOEFL and a score of 4.5 in Test of Written English.
3. have a degree of other disciplines.
Applicants from (2) and (3) may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants from (2Aii) and (3) may be required to take and pass additional modules based on individual merit before the start of the programme.
HK$150 (Non-refundable)Course Fee
- Course Fees: HK$105,000* will be paid in 4 terms
(Overnight cruise line field trip where possible are not included in this fee)
(*The tuition fee is reviewed annually and is subject to change without prior notice.)
- The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
|Business Strategy and Consultancy for the Tourism, Hospitality & Events Sectors [Module from Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management (Part-Time)]|
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|Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)
Some modules of this course have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
Bachelor of Science (Honours) Tourism Management
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Application Form Application FormEnrolment Method
Specific application form for this programme can be obtained from any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, or you may download the form from this website.
All applications must be accompanied by:
- a completed Application Form;
- certified true copies of both the academic awards and transcripts
- Testimonials or other documentary proof of the applicant's working experience;
- Certified true copies of A-level /GSE A-level (if applicable) or HKCEE / GSE result
- Certified true copies of IELTS result (if applicable)
- Copy of applicant's HK identity card
- 1 recent passport sized color photo (For HKUSPACE Lifelong Learner card)
- a non-refundable application fee of HK$150
Note: When submitting your application in person at any of the HKU SPACE offices, please bring along the originals of your educational certificates / transcripts and documentary proof of working experience for certification. One set of hard copy of (2) to (6) will be collected and the original materials will be returned immediately upon certification by HKU SPACE staff.Payment Method
All fees paid are NOT refundable, unless a course is over-subscribed or cancelled.
Course Fees: HK$105,000 will be paid in 4 terms ( (Required textbooks are not included in this fee))
*Modules taught by HKU SPACE lecturers: HK$5,800 per module
+Modules co-taught by Plymouth University and HKU SPACE lecturers: HK$14,600 per module (Honours project = 2 modules)
Please note that the fees quoted above apply only to Term 1 modules. These fees may be subject to revisions even after a student is admitted to this programme. Fees for the following terms will be advised when you enroll on subsequent modules.
Separate fees will be payable for re-sitting the examination, re-submitting course work and repeating the studies for each module of study.
The tuition fee is reviewed annually and is subject to change without prior notice.
University of Plymouth
The University of Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation.
With a mission to Advance Knowledge and Transform Lives, Plymouth is a top 50 research university ( Research Fortnight Research Power League Table 2014),with clusters of world class research across a wide range of disciplines including marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. A three-time winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the University continues to grow in stature and reputation.
It has a strong track record for teaching and learning excellence, and has one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university. With over 19,000 students, and a further 9,500 studying for Plymouth degree at partner institutions in the UK and around the world, and over 130,000 alumni pursuing their chosen careers globally, it has a growing global presence.
The mission of Plymouth Business School is to put business ready graduates on the path to a successful career and happy life. With a focus on learning by doing through live briefs, experiential education and students as active researchers the lecturers are dedicated to building resilience, decision making and leadership capabilities in our studnets.
Staff within the Tourism and Hospitality teaching team also undertake exciting and innovative research covering such subjects as: genocide heritage; tourism and crime prevention; tourism employability; and the development of tourism and heritage related narratives. Plymouth staff have also published articles in top-rated tourism journals such as the Annals of Tourism Research and Tourism Management
The Guardian recently voted Plymouth University as one of the top 14 providers of tourism courses in the UK.
Plymouth has been ranked 14th overall out of 45 by the Guardian University Guide 2018: League Table for Hospitality, Events and Tourism and 12th out of 49 overall by the Sunday Times University Guide 2014: Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism. The Complete University Guide 2014 ranked the programme 12th place out of 60 for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism.
Plymouth shortlisted for University of the Year 2012
In 2012, University of Plymouth was shortlisted for one of the most coveted and prestigious awards in the national higher education sector. The institution has been named among six finalists for the University of the Year accolade, in the annual Times Higher Education Awards. It was nominated for Entrepreneurial University of the Year – for a third successive time – and in the Business School of the Year category.
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