GMIT Prospectus 2021/22

Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Tourism Management (Level 8) Bachelor of Business in International Tourism Management (Level 7)

Code: GA381 Level: 8 Code: GA377 Level: 7

Why study Tourism Management? This award will prepare you for many of the business roles available in the tourism industry. You will develop skills appropriate to both operational and supervisory management levels. The programme will also develop entrepreneurial skills to facilitate new business start-ups and, in today’s economic climate, these skills will prove invaluable upon graduation. The integrated work placement in Year 1 and Year 2 allows you to experience at first hand the challenges, demands and rewards of working in this exciting and ever-changing industry. In addition, students of this programme do extensive training in Guiding where they qualify as a ‘Regional Tour Guide’, a certificate awarded by Fáilte Ireland.

What will I study? Year 1: • Tourism & Hospitality Industry Skills • Introduction to Tourism • Communications and Customer Care • Learning and Innovation Skills • Tourism Geography • Information Technology *Prior study of a language is not required. Year 2:

Field Trips Field trips are a key component of this programme in Year 1 and Year 2 and students will be asked to contribute towards the cost of bus hire, visitor attraction admission, guides, etc. Work Placement At the end of Year 1 and 2 students undertake a 12-weeks mandatory work placement (normally June, July, and August). Year 1 Work placement takes place in Ireland, while work placement in Year 2 takes place in an international destination. Work placements are supported and co-ordinated by the Links Office in conjunction with the student. What are my career opportunities? Graduates of this programme work in the following types of businesses: visitor attractions, tourism agencies, transport operators, visitor information centres, festival and event management, hospitality operations in Ireland and overseas. Many graduates also set up and run their own successful tourism businesses as the programme provides a foundation for the development of entrepreneurial activities. The inclusion of modern European languages will also aid students’ ability to travel as well as enhancing employment opportunities. Follow-on Studies Level 7 graduates may progress to the final year of the Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Tourism Management. GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry.

• Introduction to Accounting and Business Maths • History • Heritage and Culture in the Tourism Industry • Language (French/German/Spanish/ Gaeilge) and Culture*

• International Tourism • Marketing Principles • Introduction to Tourism Law • Financial Accounting

• Guiding • Management Accounting

• Placement Reflection and Reporting • Language (French/German/Spanish/ Gaeilge) and Culture

Year 3: • Tourism Economics • Environmental Tourism • Financial Management • Entrepreneurship • Contemporary Tourism • Human Resource Management • Services Marketing • International Study Tour** **Students will be involved in planning, organising and fundraising for this international field trip as part of their Study Tour module. Year 4: • Management Accounting - Performance • Management and Decision Making • Destination and Resort Management • Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism Management • Food and Beverage Tourism • Tourism Learning Seminar • Applied Research Project • Marketing Management • Strategic Tourism Management • Water & Marine Tourism • Professional Digital Desktop Publishing • Tourism Facilities Management and Design • Language (French/German/Spanish/ Gaeilge) and Culture • Festival and Event Management • Tourism Transport Management

Student experience

Max Reid (Current Student)

All the way from the Wicklow Mountains, I decided to move to Galway and study the Bachelor of Business in International Tourism Management at GMIT. I chose to study this course because I felt it offered a diverse taste of what the tourism industry offers as an exciting career. Over my three years, I have had many memorable moments. My highlights would have

to be, our course trips to Ireland's most popular tourist attractions, our overnight stays at the Aran Islands and our international mandatory study trip to Lisbon, Portugal. The work experience was very enjoyable, for my 12-week international placement I travelled to New Zealand where I worked in the hospitality and tourism industry for the summer. The work experience was an important part of the course that gave me a valuable insight into the tourism industry. I have received so many amazing opportunities thanks to the Galway International Hotel School, who all give incredible support to their students. Once graduated, I would like to obtain a post- graduate degree with Fáilte Ireland or Tourism Ireland. The world is your oyster with this course.

Galway International Hotel School

Places 60

Duration 3 years

Campus Galway

Talk to us: Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, Head of Department of Heritage & Tourism, Galway International Hotel School Tel: +353 91 742232 / 742209 E-mail: diarmuid.oconghaile@gmit.ie

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