Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Tourism Management

The information on this page is for the 2019 academic year. Updated information for the 2020 academic year will be available before the start of the 2020 registration period.

Qualification code: 98223
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 86247
APS/AS: 17
* The College has replaced FAC1601 with FAC1602 replaced DTM1502 with SUS1501, replaced DTM2602 with TRT2601, replaced DTM3702 with TRT3702, replaced MNM2601 with MNM1601, and replaced DTM3606 + DTM3607 with DTM3609. The name of module DTM3701 has changed from MICE Operations to Business Tourism. Students who have already passed FAC1601, DTM1502, DTM2602, MNM2601, DTM3606 + DTM3607, DTM3701 and/or DTM3702 in this qualification, will retain the credit(-s) and will not be required to complete the relevant replacement module(-s). However, please note that DTM3606 and DTM3607 are replaced by one module and students will need both these credits to be exempt from DTM3609.*Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of the Diploma: Tourism Management is to equip learners with generic business management expertise and appropriate practical skills within the context of the tourism industry. Qualifying learners will have a broad insight into tourism and a fundamental understanding of tourism management principles and theories. Those who achieve this qualification will be competent in consistently using a variety of technical, managerial and personal skills and strategies in the everyday running of a tourism enterprise. The successful learners will have developed a sound base for progression into management and industry leadership positions, and exploiting entrepreneurial opportunities. Lastly, the qualification is designed to allow qualifying learners to enter the tourism industry in a variety of both private and public sector tourism organisations, including, among others, hospitality, transport and support services. Furthermore, those who achieve this qualification will be able to manage tourism businesses, apply specialised industry knowledge and demonstrate initiative and responsibility in a professional or academic tourism management context.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
BSM2601 - Business Management IIA Pre-requisite:BSM1501 & BSM1602 or BSM1M1P & BSM1M2P
DTM2601 - Hospitality Operations Recommendation:TRT1602 or DTM1604
DTM2603 - Tourism Development IIA Pre-requisite:TRT1502 or DTM1503 or TDV101T
DTM2604 - Tourism Development IIB Recommendation:TRT1602 or DTM1604
DTM2605 - Cultural Tourism I Pre-requisite:TRT1502 or DTM1503 or TDV101T
ETP2601 - Entrepreneurial Skills
ETP2602 - Human Resource Management for Entrepreneurs
FAC1602 - Elementary Financial Accounting and Reporting Co-requisite:FAC1502
TRT2601 - Transport for Tourism Recommendation:TRT1601 or TRT1602 or TRT101X

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
DTM3605 - Cultural Tourism II Pre-requisite:DTM2605 or CTR101J
DTM3609 - Tourism in a Practical Work Context Co-requisite:DTM2601, DTM2602 or TRT2601, DTM2603, DTM2604, DTM2605, DTM3605
Recommendation:Students should have passed TRT1502 and TRT1602 or DTM1501 and DTM1502 before registering for this module or should have passed DTM1602, DTM1604 or TDV101T before registering for this module.
DTM3701 - Business Tourism Pre-requisite:TRT1602 or DTM2601 or TTP2M1T
DTM3703 - Sustainable Tourism Development IIIA Pre-requisite:DTM2603 or TDV201T
DTM3704 - Tourism Development IIIB Pre-requisite:DTM2604 or TDV201T
ETP3701 - Entrepreneurship IIIA Pre-requisite:ETP2601 or ETP2M1E
ETP3702 - Entrepreneurship IIIB Pre-requisite:ETP2601 or ETP2M1E
MNM3701 - Marketing Planning Pre-requisite:MNM2601 or MNM2603 or MNM2604 or MNM2605 or MNM2606 or MNM2607 or MNM2612 or MNM1601 or MNM2611 or MNM2614
TRT3702 - Special Interest Tourism Recommendation:MNG2601 (or MNG2016) or TRT1601 or TRT1602