HTF3603 RVC

Professor Information

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Instructor

Alessandra Piras Torrens

Office

Office

phone

(305) 586-0955

Office Hours

By Appointment

Course Description and Purpose

This is a basic course in hotel, motel and restaurant law emphasizing risk management and security. The student is introduced to the fundamental laws, rules and regulations applicable to the hospitality industry. Case study approach is used to develop an awareness and understanding of the legal problems confronting the manager and executive in policy and decision making. The course takes on a managerial approach to legal aspects of the hospitality industry, with emphasis on compliance and prevention of liabilities. It focuses on the understanding of the law and its implications, and provides specific perspectives on identifying, assessing, and minimizing legal risks for hospitality organizations.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the main concepts of “Hospitality Law,” and apply legal theories through critical analysis.
  2. Recognize and evaluate legal issues affecting the hospitality industry from management perspective
  3. Identify issues of negligence law in the hospitality industry.
  4. Identify the legal issues relating to establishments that serve food and alcohol
  5. Recognize and solve problems related to management of employees
  6. Identify the special legal issues relating to cruise lines, casinos, and space travel
  7. Identify and plan strategies to protect guests and their property while minimizing liability
  8. Demonstrate oral and written presentation skills in presentations and assignments
  9. Analyze legal issues related to the hospitality industry.
  10. Formulate legal standards for identified legal issues.
  11. Propose management guidelines to obtain beneficial results for legal issues.
  12. Compare different legal standards in different jurisdictions.

COURSE METHODOLOGY AND OBJECTIVES

Course materials include lectures and assigned reading of cases and materials. Students research from sources of law including constitutions, statutes, administrative codes, cases and legal publications. Class discussion is a very important component of the course and a key tool to recognize and analyze legal issues.

 PLO Course ObjectivesAssessment Activity Learning Activity 
 

Critical thinking

Communication skills, Written communication Information literacy 

Business ethics
  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the main concepts of “Hospitality Law,” and apply legal theories through critical analysis.
  2. Recognize and evaluate legal issues affecting the hospitality industry from management perspective
  3. Identify issues of negligence law in the hospitality industry.
  4. Identify the legal issues relating to establishments that serve food and alcohol
  5. Recognize and solve problems related to management of employees
  6. Identify the special legal issues relating to cruise lines, casinos, and space travel
  7. Identify and plan strategies to protect guests and their property while minimizing liability
  8. Demonstrate oral and written presentation skills in presentations and assignments
  9. Analyze legal issues related to the hospitality industry.
  10. Formulate legal standards for identified legal issues.
  11. Propose management guidelines to obtain beneficial results for legal issues.
  12. Compare different legal standards in different jurisdictions.
 Written exams; written case brief; mock trial judgment graded by rubric Lectures; class discussion on boards; mock trial presentation

Policies

Please review the FIU's Policies webpage. The policies webpage contains essential information regarding guidelines relevant to all courses at FIU, as well as additional information about acceptable netiquette for online courses. For additional information, please visit FIU's Policy and Procedure Library.

 As a member of the FIU community you are expected to be knowledgeable about the behavioral expectations set forth in the FIU Student Conduct and Honor Code.

Technical Requirements and Skills

One of the greatest barriers to taking an online course is a lack of basic computer literacy. By computer literacy, we mean being able to manage and organize computer files efficiently and learning to use your computer's operating system and software quickly and easily. Keep in mind that this is not a computer literacy course, but students enrolled in online courses are expected to have moderate proficiency using a computer. Please go to the What's Required webpage to find out more information on this subject.

Privacy Policy Statements for Partners and Vendors

Please visit our Technical Requirements webpage for additional information.

Accessibility and Accommodation

The Disability Resource Center collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and community members to create diverse learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable. The DRC provides FIU students with disabilities the necessary support to successfully complete their education and participate in activities available to all students. If you have a diagnosed disability and plan to utilize academic accommodations, please contact the Center at 305-348-3532 or visit them at the Graham Center GC 190.

For additional assistance please contact FIU's Disability Resource Center.

Web Accessibility Statements for Partners and Vendors 

Please visit our ADA Compliance webpage for additional information about accessibility involving the tools used in this course.

Academic Misconduct Statement

Florida International University is a community dedicated to generating and imparting knowledge through excellent teaching and research, the rigorous and respectful exchange of ideas, and community service. All students should respect the right of others to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students are expected to adhere to a standard of academic conduct, which demonstrates respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of the University. All students are deemed by the University to understand that if they are found responsible for academic misconduct, they will be subject to the Academic Misconduct procedures and sanctions, as outlined in the Student Conduct and Honor Code. Academic Misconduct includes:

Cheating

  • The unauthorized use of any materials, information, study aids or assistance from another person on any academic assignment or exercise, unless explicitly authorized by the course Instructor; 
  • Assisting another student in the unauthorized use of any materials, information, study aids, unless explicitly authorized by the Instructor; and 
  • Having a substitute complete any academic assignment or completing an academic assignment for someone else, either paid or unpaid; and

Plagiarism

  • The deliberate use and appropriation of another are work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the Student's own.
  • Assisting another student in the deliberate use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own. 

Learn more about the academic integrity policies and procedures as well as student resources that can help you prepare for a successful semester.

Panthers Care & Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

If you are looking for help for yourself or a fellow classmate, Panthers Care encourages you to express any concerns you may come across as it relates to any personal behavior concerns or worries you have, for the classmate’s well-being or yours; you are encouraged to share your concerns with FIU’s Panthers Care website.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers free and confidential help for anxiety, depression, stress, and other concerns that life brings. Professional counselors are available for same-day appointments. Don’t wait to call (305) 348-2277 to set up a time to talk or visit the online self-help portal.

Inclusivity Statement

This course will serve to embrace the diversity and inclusivity found within Florida International University. We appreciate and respect diversity, equality, equity, cooperativeness, community, and sustainability within our online courses. We are committed to the ongoing education of our students and their participation within the course regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, geographical location, religion, and disability. We strive in encouraging collaboration by preparing our students to value the differences in others. At the core of our intentions is the encouragement of acceptance and appreciation of differences within our student population and community.

Course Prerequisites


There are no prerequisites for this course.

A Book Component

Hotel, Restaurant & Travel Law 7th Ed., Morris, Cournoyer, Marshall
title : 

Hotel, Restaurant & Travel Law 7th Ed., Morris, Cournoyer, Marshall

publish date : 
Textbook Date
isbn 10 : 

1418051918 

isbn 13 : 

978-1418051914 

Notes

THE BOOK IS NOT MANDATORY BUT MAY BE USEFUL AS A REFERENCE FOR SOME LEARNERS. THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE IN PAPER ONLY. THE OTHER ONE BELOW IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN DIGITAL VERSION. THIS ONE IS PREFERRED AND I WILL POST A MODULE REFERENCE TO EACH CHAPTER

Label

text
Textbook Description

Textbook and Course Materials

Expectations of This Course

This is an online course, which means most (if not all) of the course work will be conducted online. Expectations for performance in an online course are the same for a traditional course. In fact, online courses require a degree of self-motivation, self-discipline, and technology skills which can make these courses more demanding for some students.

Students are expected to:

  • review the getting started page located in the course modules;
  • introduce yourself to the class during the first week by posting a self-introduction in the appropriate discussion;
  • take the practice quiz to ensure that your computer is compatible with the learning management system, Canvas;
  • interact online with instructor and peers;
  • review and follow the course calendar and weekly outlines;
  • log in to the course 3 times per week;
  • respond to discussions by the due date specified. No late work will be accepted; 
  • respond to emails within 2 days; 
  • submit assignments by the corresponding deadline

The instructor will:

  • log in to the course 5 times a week;
  • respond to discussion postings within 2 days of the deadline
  • respond to emails within 24 hours
  • grade assignments within 7 days of the assignment deadline.

Course Detail

Course Communication

Communication in this course will take place via the Canvas Inbox. You can also email the instructor at apirasdefiu.edu or send a text message at 305-586-0955. Check out the Canvas Conversations Tutorial or Canvas Guide to learn how to communicate with your instructor and peers using Announcements, Discussions, and the Inbox. I will respond to emails and canvas messages within 24 hours.

Discussion Forums

Keep in mind that your discussion forum postings will likely be seen by other members of the course. Care should be taken when determining what to post.

Discussion Rubric


Participation in the discussion boards is critical for optimizing your learning experience in the Hospitality Law course. You are now part of a virtual classroom who interact, through discussion, to enhance and support collaborative learning. A percentage of your grade (20%) includes an assessment of the quality and quantity of your participation in the discussion boards.


The parameters I will consider when assessing the quality and level of your participation are detailed in the chart below:


  • All your posts should be free of grammatical and spelling errors.
  • You should submit your initial post early in the week (by Wednesday), and your subsequent responses to the posts of other learners at timely intervals within the duration of the session. Keep in mind the goal is to have a dynamic discussion that lasts throughout the week.
  • Instead or posting an "I agree" or "Great idea" try to articulate why you support the idea.
  • Try to stay focused on the case presented and the issues arising out of it.
  • The goal is to create a dialogue. By responding to other students’ posts you can create discussion threads. Make sure you respond to what other students have posted to your initial post.
  • You may also want to add to the discussion by mentioning your personal experiences, references, Web sites, etc.
  • This rubric is based on a 100 point scale for each discussion board. All points will be added to determine your final participation grade.



MOCK TRIAL


What is a Mock Trial

Introduction
The mock trial has proven to be an effective learning tool for students to develop useful knowledge about the law, questioning techniques, critical thinking, and oral skills. The mock trials will also leave student participants with an appreciation of the difficulties that judges, lawyers and juries face in attempting to present all relevant facts and legal arguments and insure the just resolution of the issues involved.

The mock trial begins where actual trials begin with a dispute that the parties have been unable to resolve on their own. For this assignment all students will be divided into groups. This is a group project. Eight students will be selected to act as the attorneys and will be assigned to either the Plaintiff's side or the Defendant's side. Each student attorney will prepare a video explaining his argument in support of the side assigned trying to convince the class to render judgment for the client. There will be a folder with documents pertaining to an actual case and describing the legal dispute. Students selected to act as jurors will read the documents, watch the videos submitted by the students/attorneys and answer the four questions presented within their group. Each group will have its own space with discussion board, and an editable page where all group members can post their answers. The videos posting the students/attorneys arguments will be posted on the first day of the last week of the course with answers due in the last day of class. Each group shall receive a grade, and individual students shall receive a grade for their contributions to the group project.
Through this assignment collaborative learning helps  students meet  the following learning objectives:


  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the main concepts of “Hospitality Law,” and apply legal theories through critical analysis.
  • Recognize and evaluate legal issues affecting the hospitality industry from management perspective
  • Demonstrate oral and written presentation skills in presentations and assignments
  • Analyze legal issues related to the hospitality industry.
  • Formulate legal standards for identified legal issues.





Assessments

In order to mitigate any issues with your computer and online assessments, it is very important that you take the "Practice Quiz" from each computer you will be using to take your graded quizzes and exams. It is your responsibility to make sure your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements.

All assessments will auto-submit when (1) the timer runs out OR (2) the closing date/time is reached, whichever happens first. For example, if a quiz has a closing time of 5:00 pm but the student begins the exam at 4:55 pm, the student will only have 5 minutes to complete the quiz.

Assessments in this course are not compatible with mobile devices and should not be taken through a mobile phone or a tablet. If you need further assistance please contact FIU Canvas Help Team.

Assignments

10% of Total
Due Jan 30 2022 at 11:59 pm | 5 pts
Due Feb 06 2022 at 11:59 pm | 5 pts
Due Mar 20 2022 at 11:59 pm | 4 pts
40% of Total
Due Jan 16 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Jan 23 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Jan 30 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Jan 30 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Feb 06 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Feb 06 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Feb 13 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Feb 13 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Feb 27 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Feb 27 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Mar 06 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Apr 17 2022 at 11:59 pm
Due Mar 06 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Mar 13 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Mar 13 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Mar 20 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Mar 30 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Apr 17 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
Due Apr 10 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100 pts
40% of Total
Due Feb 20 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100.38 pts
Due Apr 24 2022 at 11:59 pm | 100.000013 pts

Zoom Video Conference 

Zoom is a video conference tool that you can use to interact with your professor and fellow students by sharing screens, chatting, broadcasting live video/audio, and taking part in other interactive online activities. We will be utilizing this tool to conduct  meetings before each exam.

Zoom Meetings will be held on the following dates/time:

  • Meeting 1:February 14- 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Meeting 2: April 18 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Zoom meetings can be accessed via the Zoom link in the course navigation menu. Once you click on the Zoom link, it will route you to join the meeting for the respective class session. You will also be able to view upcoming meetings, previous meetings that you have already joined, and meeting recordings. Before joining an actual class session:

If you encounter any technical difficulties, please contact the FIU Canvas Help Team. Please ensure you contact support immediately upon the issue occurring.

Grading

Course Requirements
Number of Items
Points for Each
Total Points Available
Weight
Case Assignment110010010%
Exams
210030040%
Discussion/Participation
110010040%
MOCK TRIAL110010010%
Total
10N/A1000100%

CALENDAR

All Assignments must be completed by the date indicated.

Date of Deploymen
Date by which modules must be completed
Name of Module
Materials covered and Assignments
January 10January 16INTRODUCTION
Review Syllabus and dates on calendar. Take practice quiz. Check the list of cases assigned and note dates. Watch video on Declaration if Independence and post your comments on the Discussion Board. Review the Discussion Rubric in the Housekeeping folder.
January 17January 23CONTRACTS
Review materials, and post in the Discussion Boards : FACEBOOK and The Black Widow v Disney
January 24January 30NEGLIGENCE
Review materials, and post in the Discussion Boards : MCDONALDS and PARASAILING ACCIDENT
January 31February 6DISCRIMINATION
Review materials, and post in the Discussion Boards : WOMEN ONLY FLOORS and LGBT rights v RELIGIOUS rights
February 7February 13EMPLOYMENT
Review materials, and post in the Discussion Boards : WALMART Case and DISNEY case
February 14February 201 EXAMReview of materials covered
February 21February 27BUSINESS ENTITIES and GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Review materials, and post in the Discussion Boards : AIRNB and MCDONALDS' TOY CASE
March 7March 13TRUTH IN MENU LAWS
Review materials, and post in the Discussion Boards : NUTELLA LITIGATION and SUBWAY CASE
March 14March  20GUEST and PROPERTY
Review materials, and post in the Discussion Boards : GUEST DATA HACKING and  HOTEL THEFT
March 21March 27FOOD LIABILITY
Review materials, and post in the Discussion Boards : PEANUTS ALLERGY and HEART ATTACK GRILL
March 28April 3LIQUOR LIABILITY
Review materials, and post in the Discussion Boards : THE VERNI CASE and the JOHN GOODMAN case
April 4April 10CRUISES and CASINOSReview materials, and post in the Discussion Boards : MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ON CRUISE SHIPS and CRUISE LIABILITY FOR SHORE EXCURSIONS
April 11April 17DIVERSITY and INCLUSION in the HOSPITALITY INDUSTRYReview materials and post in the Discussion Boards: DIVERSITY PLANS COMPARISON and BABB v WILKIE
April 18April 242nd EXAMReview of materials covered
April 25April 30MOCK TRIALGroup Project. Review of materials and videos posted in the MOCK TRIAL FOLDER. Complete judgment assignment with group members.




Grading Schema

Name From To
A
100%
95%
A-
< 95%
90%
B+
< 90%
87%
B
< 87%
83%
B-
< 83%
80%
C+
< 80%
77%
C
< 77%
70%
D
< 70%
60%
F
< 60%
0%

Course Calendar

Weekly Schedule

Every week a new module will open with new materials and two discussions. At the end of each module there will be a quiz to take. Students will log in to review the materials, post on the discussion boards and take a quiz.