TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY SIMULATION

THS3THS

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This capstone subject explores the real-time working of a hotel through the use of a computer-based simulation called HOTS. Based in teams, you will be able to use the HOTS software to simulate all business decisions of a hotel over a five year period. You are required to apply your knowledge of service operations, finance and marketing principles through SWOT analysis, cash flow statements and other appropriate methods of interpreting data. The HOTS program simulates real decision-making and will prepare you for working in teams and making managerial decisions for hotels.


SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaul Strickland

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (MKT1MDP or BUS1BUF or BUS1BIB) and THS1THE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
TechnologiesHOTS - Background Document and User GuidePrescribedOrange CompanyOrange Company - HOTS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate leadership and business decisions in a team environment.

Activities:
Ability to demonstrate leadership and decision making skills by creating a management team with specific titles and tasks within the simulation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)

02. Develop a marketing strategy including a S.W.O.T. and E.T.O.P. analysis.

Activities:
Develop a business plan including marketing strategy and undertake a S.W.O.T and E.T.O.P. analysis.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

03. Demonstrate leadership and decision-making skills.

Activities:
Each team has rotating Hotel Manager as a team leader.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)

04. Interpret financial data and make business decisions based on this information.

Activities:
Interpret the financial data generated by the HOTS simulation including cash flow and balance sheet and make group decisions of how to improve the profitability of the hotel.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

05. Ability to adapt to business market forces and hotel competition

Activities:
Create 3 goals and have regular team meetings on how to achieve these goals.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Research and source the optimum hospitality supplier to reflect the standards of a hotel.

Activities:
Ability to source suppliers from the HOTS manual based on the hotel star rating system.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaul Strickland

Class requirements

Computer Laboratory Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be allocated to teams. Attendance is compulsory. In addition, students are expected to undertake between 1 h and 3 h of learning and assessment activities each week prior to class. "

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 10-15-minute team presentation4-6 students per group - All group members must contribute to electronic presentation10 02, 04
One 2000-word individual reportThis report enables students to apply all knowledge acquired in their degree.60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One group report (500-800 words per student)Individual contribution to the group report will be 500-800 words sent electronically20 04, 05
Computer simulation (team/group activity) Hotel Objectives, SWOT and PEST Groups will be formed with 3 or more students and a group leader will be assigned5 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
Background document questions to be answered in a quizMust be completed before commencing the simulation.5 06

Singapore (SIM), 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaul Strickland

Class requirements

Computer Laboratory Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be allocated to teams. Attendance is compulsory. In addition, students are expected to undertake between 1 h and 3 h of learning and assessment activities each week prior to class."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 10-15-minute team presentation4-6 students per group - All group members must contribute to electronic presentation10 02, 04
One 2000-word individual reportThis report enables students to apply all knowledge acquired in their degree.60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One group report (500-800 words per student)Individual contribution to the group report will be 500-800 words sent electronically20 04, 05
Computer simulation (team/group activity) Hotel Objectives, SWOT and PEST Groups will be formed with 3 or more students and a group leader will be assigned5 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
Background document questions to be answered in a quizMust be completed before commencing the simulation.5 06