Courses & Units

The Business of Leisure ZAA136

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


Rapid social change impacts on the ways people socialise, spend their money, work and participate in leisure. The leisure industry is also going through rapid change with the emergence of new forms of leisure such as extreme sports, multi-purpose leisure centres, online gaming, and adventure tourism. This unit introduces you to leisure industry components such as recreation, sport, entertainment, events, the arts, and tourism to examine how businesses, governments, and communities may leverage opportunities that arise with changes in leisure participation.

In conjunction with the discipline theory, this unit introduces learning through practice by exposing you to authentic learning experiences. These experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment, so you have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to respond to industry, community and/or global needs.

You will be introduced to:

- a range of methods, tools, techniques and approaches to practice

- principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios

- reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations

- ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry


Unit name The Business of Leisure
Unit code ZAA136
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Business

Dr Clayton Hawkins

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 1 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 1 On-Campus Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 1 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 1 3/2/2020 24/2/2020 31/5/2020 9/4/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Define and assess the influences on changing leisure participation in society.
  2. Identify and analyse business, government, and not-for-profit activities in the leisure industry.
  3. Analyse and propose new business opportunities for the leisure industry.
  4. Reflect on and evaluate relevant behaviours and skills for the contemporary leisure industry.
  5. Apply practice and discipline-based skills and knowledge to communicate solutions to leisure industry changes



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 040103

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Teaching Pattern

Blended mode: Online content, full-day workshop (x2), weekly tutorials


AT1: Mapping Your Week of Leisure  (20%)

AT2: Leisure Asset Mapping (30%)

AT3: Leisure Opportunity Proposal (50%)

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Veal, AJ, Darcy, S & Lynch, R, 2013, Australian Leisure, (4th ed.). Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson

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