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Professor Information

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Yunfei Li






Office Hours

2:00PM-5:00PM,Tuesdays or by appointment


Course Description and Purpose

Student groups identify and research a major problem of a hospitality enterprise. Discussions will focus on problems and solutions. Final report required. Seniors only.

Through their time in this class students will develop critical thinking capabilities, problem solving abilities, and communication skills through analyzing and creatively solving fundamental challenges faced in the hospitality industry. They will also be able to professionally communicate the research process as well as the solutions conducted on hospitality issues. Additionally, students will gain an understating of fundamental leadership principles and apply them to their lives.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define, discuss, and apply leadership principles in the hospitality industry.
  2. Relate leadership principles to your personal experiences.
  3. Develop a personal leadership philosophy.
  4. Explore and define challenges faced by the hospitality industry.
  5. Analyze a specific hospitality company through a variety of business lenses.
  6. Identify and propose creative solutions to the challenges faced by a specific hospitality company.
  7. Use academic resources to find, evaluate, cite, and document sources.
  8. Effectively communicate in both written and oral formats.
  9. Collaborate effectively to solve problems.
  10. Create a personal brand for self-marketing to the industry.

Learning  Outcomes

As the capstone course in the Hospitality and Tourism Management undergraduate degree program, this course requires the student to successfully demonstrate mastery of a number of learning outcomes. As the course proceeds during the semester, students will be evaluated on their oral and written communication skills, their critical reasoning and research skills, and of course, their grasp of the subject matter. This means that the student will receive assignments which will demonstrate their skill levels in each of these areas. The following table summarizes how the curriculum learning outcomes for the program are related to the specific course objectives, and lastly how course objectives will be measured and taught.

Curriculum Learning 
Outcome Targeted
Learning Goals (Course Objectives)
Assessment in Class
Learning Activity

Critical Thinking Reinforced

Information Literacy Reinforced

Examine how the concept of strategic management  can be applied to hospitality and tourism enterprises

Case study  and presentation scored by rubric

Reading, evaluating, researching and presenting a case study

Critical Thinking Reinforced

Written communication

Oral communication

Enhance critical thinking, managerial decision making, and communication effectiveness
Case study analysis paper and presentation (written and verbal)
Reading, evaluating, researching and resenting a case study


Business Ethics Emphasized

Comprehend the dynamics of operating hospitality and tourism enterprises


Case Study Paper

Discussion, lecture

Information Literacy Reinforced

Professionalism Reinforced

Evaluate different leadership styles and apply them to hospitality

Quizzes and Midterm

Reading,  discussing and evaluating leadership styles

Business Ethics Reinforced

Information Technology Emphasized

Formulate a personal professional philosophy

Linked in 

E Portfolio


Creating Linked in profile

Creating Portfolio

Business Ethics reinforced

Information Literacy reinforced

Appreciate the complex interrelationship among hospitality and tourism enterprises

Group case analysis paper

Individual case studies

Presenting projects and case studies

Professionalism reinforced

Critical Thinking

Impart principles of strategic planning and management to hospitality and tourism enterprises

Midterm and Group case analysis paper

Lecture and discussion and readings

Business Ethics Reinforced

Information Literacy Emphasized

Understand the marketing factors affecting operational success

Midterm and Quizzes

Group case analysis paper

Readings, online research 

Important Information


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.


Learning can be accomplished either as an individual or as a shared experience. This course provides you with an opportunity to benefitial  from both approaches. The class environment is designed to encourage your active participation. Your attendance and involvement is important to us all. The practice of leadership requires commitment on the part of the leader. In order to be successful in this class and in life, you must make a commitment. Your commitment requires that you attend every class, arrive on time, be completely prepared and participate fully until the end of class.

As in life, you are given one personal day  which you may take without penalty. However, when you miss class you are responsible for all work/assignments due on that date and any material distributed.  No make-up quizzes will be offered; and, late work assignments will not be accepted.  Each student MUST do their own work.  Duplicate homework and  papers will cause both participants to Academic procedures and sanctions.

3 class absences for any reasons will receive a failure grade 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:


  • 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


  • 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.

Course Prerequisites

Graduating Senior Status

Textbook and Course Materials

Leadership, A Communication Perspective, Sixth Edition
title : 

Leadership, A Communication Perspective, Sixth Edition

authors : 
Michael Z. Hackman, Craig E. Johnson
publisher : 
Waveland PressInc, Apr-2013
publish date : 
isbn 10 : 
isbn 13 : 

Course Detail

Course Communication  &  LinkedIn

Communication in this course will take place via the Canvas Inbox, Email, WeChat

One of the assignments in this course  is to create an online profile and build a professional network utilizing the social networking site, LinkedIn. Upon completion of this assignment, you will have a complete professional profile, you will have joined industry groups and engaged with their respective members, and you will have created your own professional network. 

This professional networking tool will allow you to be introduced to people in key roles in organizations (read: hiring managers!) and gain access to many career opportunities. As you prepare to enter the professional workforce, this online professional network will be invaluable in seeking out your next opportunity and connecting with other like-minded professionals.  


Course Requirements
Number of Items
Points for Each
Total Points Available
Individual case study 
Midterm exam
Group  project
Personal porfolio
Class participation
Full attendance bonus

Grading Schema

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Course Calendar

Weekly  Scedule

W1: Jan.10/11     

 Review of Syllabus and Course Assignments

 Team forming(size:4-5 students); Resume Preparation 

 Assignment:  Creating Linked-In;  Leadership Chapter 1;

 Reading : Leadership Chapter 2; Porfolio Check list

W2: Jan.17/18  
  Completion of portfolio development Leadership Chapter 2
W3: Jan.24/25 
Leadership Behaviors, Factors, Power;  Seven qualities of leadership; Assignment:Case study one
W4: Feb.14/15

  Emotional Intelligence;Reading: Chapter 3 ; Group project parameter;

  Activity: Case one discussion; 

  Assignment : case study two

W5: Feb.21/22

       Chapter 3; Activity: case two discussion

W6: Feb.28-Mar.1   

Five Levels of Leadership; Chapter 4;

Approval of group project ; Assignment: Case study three

W7: Mar.7/8 
     Case three discussion; Chapter 5
W8: Mar.14/15 

 Chapter 6; Midterm Exam Review; 

  Assignment: Case study four

W9: Mar.21/22  

 Activity:  case four study discussion; Chapter 7

 Assignment: case study five;Midterm Exam

W10: Mar.28/29 

Reading: Chapter 8; Case study five discussion;

 Activity:  Video: Starbucks

W11: Apr.4/5   
Video: Ben and Jerry’s Story ;   Chapter 9
W12: Apr.11/12  

  Reading:    Ethics and Values:  Chapter 10&12

  Group Project Due

W13: Apr.18/19 

Group Presentation                               

Group Project Presentation -Each group is given 20 minutes

W14: Apr.25/26   

Group Presentation                               

Group Project Presentation -Each group is given 20 minutes

W 15: May.2-6

Final Exam Week

Group Project Presentation -Each group is given 20 minutes