AUT - Tourism major: Bachelor of Business


Tourism major: Bachelor of Business

Global tourism faces the effects of climate change on travel patterns, exchange rate fluctuations and political events. The industry needs people who can adapt and innovate in response to these challenges.

The Tourism major equips students with the knowledge to adapt and respond to these challenges, while still providing a quality experience to overseas visitors.

The Tourism major also addresses future challenges, including sustainable practice issues, to ensure growth and long term viability in the industry.

Structure and content

Part 1

Papers in part 1 provide you with an introduction to the roles of business and fundamental concepts in business disciplines. You complete 5 core papers in part 1 which are:

  • Business in Context (30 points)
  • Management and Organisation (15 points)
  • Accounting for Decision Making (15 points)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (15 points)
  • Economic Principles I (15 points)

In addition to the 5 core papers, in order to major in Tourism you must complete the elective paper Introduction to Tourism (15 points) and you choose 1 elective paper from the list below, or from elsewhere in the university:

  • Economic Principles 2 (15 points)
  • Introduction to Finance (15 points)
  • Fundamentals of Marketing, Advertising, Retailing and Sales (MARS) (15 points)
  • Business Information Systems (15 points) 
  • Design Thinking (15 points)
  • Sustainable Enterprise (15 points)

Part 2

Over the next 2 years, you will gain an understanding of how tourism and technology interact. You will learn how to implement procedures to sustain tourism visitor levels by analysing tourist/visitor behavioural impacts, and you will understand the contribution of tourism to today’s economy.

Part 3

This is the final part to the Bachelor of Business degree and takes a full semester of study. You have the opportunity to apply what you have learnt in your major(s) to the real world in a business, not-for profit organisation, or entrepreneurial venture. You choose 1 of the following papers:

1) Co-operative Education

A supervised industry placement related to your major in an organisation of your choice. Placements can be done either in New Zealand or overseas.


2) Applied Project (normally by invitation only)

You do a supervised individual or group project based within an academic department in the AUT Business School. This option is primarily aimed at those students interested in continuing on to postgraduate study.

Further information about Co-operative Education


Level Five:

215020 Introduction to Tourism

Level Six:

216015 Global Tourism

Select Two:

216001 Tourism Heritage and Culture
216003 Ecotourism
216004 Asia and Tourism
216010 International Spa Contemporary Issues
216014 Distribution and Information Systems
216901 Tourism Marketing

Level Seven:

217901 Contemporary Issues in Tourism

Select Two:

217001 Urban Tourism
217002 Tourism in the Information Age
217003 Tourism and Indigenous Culture
217011 Tourism and Popular Culture
217015 Wellness Tourism
217900 Tourism Planning and Development
217902 Tourist Behaviour
217903 Tourism Information and Research

Related programmes

Career opportunities 

  • Policy assistant
  • Service development manager
  • Tourism planning assistant
  • Tourism research analyst

Graduates and students of business

Last updated: 17-Feb-2014 12.03pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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