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Unit Overview

Description

This unit offers a practical overview of how to run a financially sustainable heritage business. It looks at museums, heritage centres, public heritage sites and probes a range of good business practices that can lay the groundwork for financial sustainability. It also explores the most common reasons for financial failure and the practices that can help to avoid common mistakes. Students look at payroll, financial management and reporting, tax and auditing. Subsidy models are considered and grant funding options explored, along with case studies in successful income generation.

Credit
6 points
Outcomes

Students are able to (1) write a business plan for a heritage business; (2) know the basics of good heritage business practice; (3) understand common mistakes in heritage business management and how to avoid them; and (4) evaluate the pros and cons of different heritage business models.

Assessment

Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a research project; (2) class participation; and (3) in-class exercises. Further information is available in the unit outline.



Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Benjamin Smith
Contact hours
4 hours per week (over 6 weeks from week 7)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.