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Tourism Management

Faculty of International Economics and Administration 
Department of Administration and Management

 

SpecialityBusiness Administration and Management – Tourism Management

 

Awarded qualification: Business Manager in Tourism

 

Level of qualificationBachelor

 

Length of programme: 4 years

 

Number of credits: 240

 

Field(s) of study (ISCED-F): 041 Business and administration

 

Specific admission requirements
Diploma of Secondary Education or Diploma of Higher Education, successfully passed entrance examination. State matriculation examinations and international certificate examinations in language and computer skills are recognized as entrance examinations.

 

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning: 
The ECTS coordinator, Assist. Prof. Gergana Zhelyazkova, (e-mail: gergana.zhelyazkova@vfu.bg, ggzhelyazkova@gmail.com), of the Department of Administration, Management and Political Science provides initial information and guidelines for the existing possibilities for recognition and awarding of credits from prior learning. 
The recognition of credits is possible on the basis of submitted documents (an academic transcript of records or a diploma from a previous study; international diplomas and certificates, etc.).
Certification of knowledge and skills is carried out by taking examinations at Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” in the following areas:

  • foreign languages;
  • computer literacy;
  • specific for the professional area knowledge and skills at the Department of  Administration, Management and Political Science.

The Department awards ECTS credits in compliance with the major’s curriculum, on the basis of achieved certification results.

 

Qualification requirements and regulations: 
In order to be awarded this qualification, students need to obtain 240 credits, 182 credits are awarded for doing compulsory courses, 30 credits are awarded for doing elective courses, 15 credits are awarded for doing optional courses, 3 credits are awarded for training work placement and pre-graduation internship and 10 credits are awarded for State Examination (Thesis Defence).

 

Programme profile: 
The process of study in "Business Administration and Management – Tourism Management is based on the following fundamental areas: Economics, Sociology, Management, Information Technology. It aims at training highly qualified specialists and experts in the field of tourism management who can work competently and loyally, occupying responsible positions at different types of tourism organizations.
The process of study in "Business Administration and Management – Tourism Management focuses mainly on the problematic and creative presentation of lectures and on the application of active methods - case studies, role plays, individual or team development of presentations and project assignments, doing tests and other forms of training and continuous assessment. Students are encouraged to write essays and develop research papers, participate in contests and student competitions and conferences held at the university, in Bulgaria and abroad.
The curriculum provides students with the opportunity to conduct work placements and pre-graduation internship in tourism organizations at students’ own choice. 
The process of training is organized in a way which provides the opportunity for horizontal mobility within the major and offers courses that can be selected by students in other majors at the university. Students are encouraged to participate in academic mobility under the “Erasmus” program.

 

Programme learning outcomes: 
Students acquire specific knowledge and skills such as: develop specific competences enabling them to research and evaluate real facts and phenomena of business practices in tourism; form capabilities for expert analysis and evaluation of management problems and develop options for management decisions in tourism enterprises; adoption of policies to capture target markets; capacity building for implementation of functional strategies of tourism enterprises, development of communication skills by active participation in business games, case studies and the experience gained during the work placement.

 

Programme structure diagram with credits *:

 

ECTS Code

Course Title

Lectures and Seminars

Out-of-class workload

Credits

1

 

2

3

4

5

1

MAN1420

Introduction to Management

60

120

6

2

MAN1426

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

60

120

6

3

INF1465

Computing

30

60

3

4

 

Foreign language

60

120

6

5

 

Optional course 1

30

60

3

6

MAN1434

Online Positioning of the Organization

30

60

3

7

SPO1007

Sports

30

60

3

Total for semester I

300

600

30

1

PSY1100

Social Communications

60

120

6

2

LAW1156

Fundamentals of Law

30

60

3

3

SOC1082

Sociology

30

60

3

4

MAN1425

Visualizing and Interaction

30

60

3

5

ECO 1067

Micro and Macroeconomics

60

120

6

6

 

Foreign language

60

120

6

7

SPO1007

Sports

30

60

3

Total for semester II

300

600

30

Total for year I

600

1200

60

1

PSY1040

Psychology of Management

45

90

4,5

2

INF1466

Information and Booking Systems in Tourism

30

60

3

3

MAN1331

Management of Tourist Destinations

30

60

3

4

MAN1435

Fundamentals of Tourist Activity

30

60

3

5

ACC1034

Accounting

45

90

4,5

6

 

Foreign language

60

120

6

7

 

Elective course 1

30

60

3

8

 

Elective course 2

30

60

3

Total for semester III

300

600

30

1

ECO 1195

Globalization of Economy and Development

45

90

4,5

2

MAR1160

Marketing

60

120

6

3

MAN1078

Management of Small and Medium Business

60

120

6

4

MAN1378

Management of Tourism

45

90

4,5

5

 

Elective course 3:

30

60

3

6

 

Foreign language

60

120

6

Total for semester IV

300

600

30

Total for year II

600

1200

60

1

MAN1424

Business Planning

60

120

6

2

MAN1303

Human Resource Management

60

120

6

3

MAN3268

Organization and Management of Tourism Company

45

90

4,5

4

MAN1445

Innovation Management

45

90

4,5

5

 

Elective course 4

30

60

3

6

 

Elective course 5

30

60

3

7

 

Optional course 2:

30

60

3

Total for semester V

300

600

30

1

TUR1138

Sustainable Development of Tourism

30

60

3

2

MAN1048

Hotel Management

45

90

4,5

3

PSY1232

Organizational Behaviour

60

120

6

4

MAN1346

Specific Tools of Financing

30

60

3

5

MAN1077

Quality Management

30

60

3

6

 

Elective course 6

30

60

3

7

 

Optional course 3:

30

60

3

8

 

Optional course 4:

30

60

3

9

 

Workplace training

0

60

1,5

Total for semester VI

285

630

30

Total for year III

585

1230

60

1

MAN1442

Strategic Management

60

120

6

2

MAN1045

Restaurant Management

45

90

4,5

3

MAN1438

Project Organization and Management

45

90

4,5

4

MAN1084

Tour Operators and Travel Agencies Management

45

90

4,5

5

MAN1062

Logistics Management

45

90

4,5

6

 

Elective course 7

30

60

3

7

.............

Elective course 8

30

60

3

Total for semester VII

300

600

30

1

MAN1431

Cultural Heritage

30

60

3

2

MAN1008

Controlling

45

90

4,5

3

 

Elective course 9

30

60

3

4

 

Elective course 10

30

60

3

5

 

Optional course 5:

30

60

3

6

SPO1007

Sports

20

40

2

7

 

Pre-diploma internship

0

60

1,5

8

 

State examination/Thesis defense

0

300

10

Total for semester VIII

185

730

30

Total for year IV

485

1330

60

Elective Courses

     

1

MAN1423

Business Ethics

30

60

3

2

PSY1246

Social Psychology and Tourist Behavior

30

60

3

3

TUR1105

Sea and Mountain Tourism

30

60

3

4

MAN1350

Leisure Time Management

30

60

3

5

TUR1090

Rural Tourism

30

60

3

6

ADM1034

Business Correspondence

30

60

3

7

TUR1150

Balkan Region Tourism

30

60

3

8

TUR1131

Religious Tourism

30

60

3

9

 

Specialized foreign language (level 1)

30

60

3

10

MAN1369

Event Management

30

60

3

11

TUR1126

Ecotourism

30

60

3

12

TUR1109

Adventure and Expedition Tourism

30

60

3

13

MAN1422

Outsourcing

30

60

3

14

TUR1120

Health and Social Tourism

30

60

3

15

 

Specialized foreign language (level 2)

30

60

3

16

TUR1116

Congress Tourism

30

60

3

17

ECO1205

Economics of Tourism

30

60

3

18

MAN3277

Risk Management

30

60

3

19

MAN1353

Educational and Training Company 1

30

60

3

20

MAN1361

Guide and Animation Activity Management

30

60

3

21

ECO1186

Insurance in Tourism

30

60

3

22

SEC1137

Security and Safety in Business Sector

30

60

3

23

MAN1335

Spatial Development in Tourism

30

60

3

24

MAN1436

Behavioural Studies and Analyses

30

60

3

25

MAN1357

Educational and Training Company 2

30

60

3

26

MAN1373

Technology of Tourist Service

30

60

3

Optional Courses

     

1

PSY3267

Philosophy

30

60

3

2

BLT1002

Language Culture

30

60

3

3

MAT1027

Applied Mathematics

30

60

3

4

QMS1007

Statistics

30

60

3

5

MAN1428

Quantitative Methods in Management

30

60

3

6

SOW1009

Methods and Methodology of Social Research

30

60

3

7

MAN1429

Coaching and Management

30

60

3

8

MAN1252

Benchmarking

30

60

3

9

MAN1432

Leadership

30

60

3

10

MAR1161

Marketing Research

30

60

3

11

PCI1060

Public Relations

30

60

3

12

MAN1443

Spatial Planning

30

60

3

13

MAN1257

Business Processes Management

30

60

3

14

MAN3261

Conflict Management

30

60

3

15

SOC1006

Social Policy

30

60

3

16

MAN1313

Local Self-governance and Regional Development

30

60

3

17

ADM1169

State Governance and Administration

30

60

3

18

ECO1215

EU Institutional System

30

60

3

19

ADM3278

Tools and Mechanisms for Public-Private Partnerships

30

60

3

20

MAN1437

Legal Protection of Business

30

60

3

21

INF1468

E-Governance and E-management

30

60

3

22

LAW1057

European Union Law

30

60

3

23

LAW1018

Constitutional Law

30

60

3

24

 

Second foreign language( level 1)

30

60

3

25

 

Second foreign language( level 2)

30

60

3

 

Foreign Languages

Compulsory

First Year (Level 1)

1.

FLE 1002

English - A2

120

240

12

FLE 1003

English - B1.1

120

240

12

FLE 1004

English - B1.2

120

240

12

FLF 1001

French – A1

120

240

12

FLG 1001

German – A1

120

240

12

FLR 1001

Russian – A1

120

240

12

FLS 1002

Spanish – A2

120

240

12

Second Year (Level 2)

2.

FLE 1003

English B1.1

120

240

12

FLE 1004

English B1.2

120

240

12

FLE 1005

English B2

120

240

12

FLF 1002

French – A2

120

240

12

FLG 1002

German – A2

120

240

12

FLR 1002

Russian – A2

120

240

12

FLS 1003

Spanish – B1.1

120

240

12

Elective

1

Specialized Foreign Language (Level 1)

FLE 2003

Business English B1.1

30

60

3

FLE 2004

Business English B1.2

30

60

3

2.

Specialized Foreign Language (Level 2)

FLE 2003

Business English B1.1

30

60

3

FLE 2004

Business English B1.2

30

60

3

Optional

1.

Second Foreign Language (Level 1)

FLF 1001

French – A1

30

60

3

FLG 1001

German – A1

30

60

3

FLR 1001

Russian – A1

30

60

3

FLS 1001

Spanish – A2

30

60

3

2.

Second Foreign Language (Level 2)

FLF 1001

French – A1

30

60

3

FLG 1001

German – A1

30

60

3

FLR 1001

Russian – A1

30

60

3

FLS 1002

Spanish – A2

30

60

3

 

 

Mode of study: full-time, part-time, and distance learning

 

Examination regulations, assessment and grading scale:
The regulations are specific to each discipline (project or task assignments, research papers, interim tests, project assignment defence, etc.).

 

Obligatory or optional mobility windows (if applicable): none

 

Work placement(s) (if applicable): Pre-graduation internship

 

Work-based learning: Workplace training

 

Occupational profiles of graduates:
The acquired professional qualification allows graduates to successfully realize themselves as managers and organizers of hotels, catering companies and travel agencies; as managers and organizers in marketing, advertising, public relations; in human resource management and the activities of tourism enterprises.

 

Access to further studies:
The acquired knowledge, skills and abilities in the Bachelor’s degree program are a basis for further studies in Master's and PhD programs.

 

Head of Department:
Assoc. Prof. Mariya Velikova, PhD
Visiting day: Monday (16:00 – 17:00h.), Office A 403;
tel.: +359 52 359 595
е-mail: mariya.velikova@vfu.bgvelikova.mariya@gmail.com