HFT4323: Hospitality Facilities Environmental Systems; Section RVD

Professor Information

Instructor Profile Picture


Dr. Nancy Scanlon


HM 336 (BBC Campus)


(305) 919-4775

Office Hours

Thursday 8am - 10am EST on Zoom


Course Description and Purpose

A comprehensive survey of engineering, maintenance and efficiency controls in hotels, restaurants and institutions. The course discusses and emphasizes the importance of Sustainability and Resource Conservation in Operations Facilities Engineering Management. This course provides hospitality managers and students with the information they need to know to manage the physical plant of a hotel or restaurant and work effectively with the engineering and maintenance department. The course also prepares managers for responsible, educated, effective and efficient management of the physical plant demands; especially in the areas of energy, water and waste as related to their impact on the environment and facilities management.

Course Objectives

Global Learning Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to detect the distinctive and common qualities between their own perspective and the perspectives of others.
  2. Students will be able to assemble a multi-perspective analysis of an issue.
  3. Students will be able to discuss prevailing world conditions associated with local, global, international, and intercultural issues, trends and systems.
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the interrelatedness of local, global, international, and intercultural issues, trends and systems.
  5. Students will demonstrate a willingness to accept shared responsibility for solving local, global, international and intercultural problems.
  6. Students will demonstrate a willingness to address local, global, international and intercultural problems by taking action within the context of their own lives.

Important Information

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:


  • 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.

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.

Textbook and Course Materials

Hospitality Facilities Management and Design (4th Edition)
title : 

Hospitality Facilities Management and Design (4th Edition)

authors : 

David M Stipanuk

publisher : 

Educational Institute of the American Hotel Motel Assoc, 2015

publish date : 

November 1st, 2015

isbn 10 : 


isbn 13 : 



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 X times per week;
  • respond to discussions by the due date specified. No late work will be accepted; 
  • respond to emails within X days; 
  • submit assignments by the corresponding deadline

The instructor will:

  • log in to the course X week;
  • respond to discussion postings within X days of the deadline
  • respond to emails within 24 hours
  • grade assignments within X days of the assignment deadline.

Course Detail

Course Communication

Communication in this course will take place via the Canvas Inbox. 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 all correspondences 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 Forum Expectations:

  • Provide clear guidance on the expectations and requirements
  • Available dates (unlimited or for an specific time)
  • Criteria for evaluating the originality and quality of students' comments and grade credit expected
    (Rubric is highly encouraged)
  • The expected turn-around time for feedback or grades.


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.

  • List all assessments (i.e. graded or practice)
  • Provide the dates and times when assessments will become available (i.e. From Monday 10:00 am – Tuesday 11:59 pm)
  • Provide assessment duration (i.e. 30 minutes, 1 hour)
  • Provide details for results
  • When will students be able to see the results (i.e. Immediately after exam, after the availability period has ended, or not at all)
  • What will they be able to see the results (i.e. Total score only, all of the questions and answers, etc.)
  • The expected turn-around time for feedback or grade.\

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.


Course Requirements
Number of Items
Points for Each
Total Points Available
Final Exam110010015%
Team Project110030020%
Online Quizzes5155%


0% of Total
10% of Total
Due Feb 26 2022 at 11:59 am | 100 pts
Due Apr 09 2022 at 11:59 am | 100 pts
15% of Total
Due Apr 29 2022 at 11:59 am | 100 pts
5% of Total
Due Apr 29 2022 at 11:59 am | 2 pts
Due Apr 29 2022 at 11:59 am | 1 pts
Due Apr 29 2022 at 11:59 am | 1 pts
Due Apr 29 2022 at 11:59 am | 1 pts
Due Feb 18 2022 at 11:59 am
Due Apr 15 2022 at 11:59 am | 100 pts
Due Apr 15 2022 at 11:59 am

Grading Schema

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< 95%
< 90%
< 87%
< 83%
< 80%
< 77%
< 70%
< 60%

Course Calendar


WEEK ONE TO DO: We begin this course by stepping back and looking at how CLIMATE IMPACTS influence our lives and the Hospitality Industry both in the world. This past year we have had the experience of how climate and disease impact our industry. We will look in these first few weeks at the science of climate change and its impacts and how we can influence our environment. Some of you are already familiar with many of these resources and others of you perhaps not as much. We begin with our guest speaker former Vice President AL Gore. He tells the story very well. There is a set of updated power points in this module which you can access. It is a little hard to download but give it a try. I have also posted the Miami Beach Rising Above website link so that you can review what Miami Beach is up to to help adjust to climate change impacts. Then there is An Inconvenient Truth Discussion Question. I have also added a link to Clyde Butcher's website and you can watch a short video about his photography in the Everglades. If your are interested then explore his website. That is our beginning here. The Team Project is about creating a Sustainable Hotel Resort Property and that's coming up next week, but you can explore the module with the information. Have fun and expand your horizons...... the world is an exciting place. Dr. Scanlon
Week Two TO DO List: What is in week 2 Class 2..... Chapters 1 and Chapters 2. You will find power points and a lecture for both of these chapters. 1. Read Chapter 1 in the text book and watch the video lecture. 2. Read Chapter 2 and watch the video lecture for Chapter 2. Make sure to look at all of the terms that are pointed out in the lectures as these will be fill in the blank questions on Test One ! 3. Watch the TIPPING POINT video. There are 5 Key Issues identified that will also be part of Test One. The Tipping Point ties back into Class One was well. Lots of information in Chapters 1 and 2 to remember. The UN 17 Sustainable Development Goal information to help with the UN 17 Development Goal Assignment is in the module as well.
Week 3 To Do List: Team Projects: As of Monday September 6th The Project Teams are posted as Team A, Team B....... you have been placed in a Project Team . In the Modules you will find the Team Project Module which has all of the information for the team project. Also to do this week is WASTE which is part of Chapter 3. Watch Chapter 3 Waste Management ppt and Audio Lecture, watch Zero Waste Audio Lecture, Access the Waste Management Company web site (wm.com) and look for the Waste Management Phoenix Open site. This is a ZERO WASTE EVENT. Watch the website video and explore the website. Watch and Read Compost King, Complete and Submit the Zero Waste Discussion Question.
Feb 06 |10 pts
Class 4 To Do List: Chapter 5 Water and Wastewater, Watch the Water Nowhere ppt and audio lecture. Watch the Water Calculation Problem Video Tutorial. You can download the Water Worksheet and follow along.Watch the POMEC Problem Video Tutorial. You can download the POMEC Worksheet and follow along. TEST ONE includes the POMEC BUDGET PROBLEM. Study for TEST ONE WHICH OPENS ON SEPTEMBER 22ND AND CLOSES ON SEPTEMBER 24.
TEST ONE SEPT 22-24 INFORMATION: TEST ONE for this course opens SEPTEMBER 22. The test closes on SEPTEMBER 24 at 11:45 PM. ABOUT THE TEST: The test covers TEXT BOOK CHAPTERS 1,2, AND 3 ... the Al Gore Inconvenient Truth video, the TIPPING POINT power point and the POMEC BUDGET Problem in Module 4 as well as the Class Modules for Class One, Two and Three. The test includes true/false and multiple choice questions as well as the calculation questions for the POMEC BUDGET questions. Don't forget the Abbreviation Terms in Chapter One and TWO which are in the power points. There are questions are about the KEY ISSUES identified in the Tipping Point power point and also discussed in the video An Inconvenient Truth. You will find what you need in the text book as well as the Modules for Week One, Week Two and Week Three and the POMEC BUDGET Problem. You will have 60 minutes to complete the test. The test is ONE TRY ONLY for the questions.
CLASS 5: TO DO: TAKE TEST ONE. SEE THE INFORMATION NOTES ABOVE IN CLASS FOUR ABOUT TEST ONE. Review Water Calculation Problem Video Tutorial and do the problem worksheet. Water Calculation is on TEST 2.
Feb 26 |100 pts
Class 6 TO DO LIST: Read Chapter 9 Laundry Systems ( ON TEST TWO ) ... watch the Laundry ppt and Audio Lecture. Watch the Laundry ReUse Problem Video Tutorial. Download the Laundry ReUse Worksheet and follow along.
Class 7: Here we are at the Mid Point of the course in Week SEVEN. I have posted a Guest Lecture by Mr Brian Lomel on all things about building operations. There will be a question on Test 2. This Class starts looking at Buildings and how they work.... Hopefully you will find information here to use in developing the building structures for your projects. Watch Chapter 10 Buildings and Structure Video Lecture. Read Chapter 10. Watch Providence Renaissance Video. Watch Chapter 10 Transportation Video Lecture. Transportation is about how we move people around in buildings. Have a good week as we now head toward the second part of the semester.
Class 8: To DO List: Watch Chapter 11 Lodging Design Video Lecture, Watch Venetian, Las Vegas Building Video.
Class 9: To Do List: The subject of ELECTRICITY is one that can appear very challenging to most of us. However, it is an extremely important area of information for management to understand. The power to operate buildings is changing the source of electrical energy but the mechanics are much the same. Technology is changing how energy is transferred throughout buildings. The basic concepts of electrical power, however, remain much the same. Our ability to reduce the amount of electrical power that we use in turn reduces the demand and reduces the amount of carbon emissions from buildings. A demand for renewable sources of energy empowers energy companies to change their sources of energy.... from coal to solar, wind, geothermal and others. Understanding how electricity and the demand for power works in buildings is the ENERGY system. Think about how energy powers lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, kitchens, housekeeping equipment, elevators and on and on. Read Chapter 6 in the text book. Watch the video lectures Introduction to Electricity; Electricity Parts 1,2, and 3. This will be on TEST 2.
Class 10: TO DO LIST: Watch the SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC UNIVERSITY Video Lecture. Access the SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC UNIVERSITY WEB SITE IF POSSIBLE. TEST TWO opens on Thursday November 4th and closes on Saturday November 6th. TEST TWO will cover Chapters 5..Water, 6..Electricity, 9... Laundry and 10...Buildings.and the Schneider Electric Video lecture posted in Class 10. The test will include True/False and Multiple Choice Questions along with the LINEN REUSE Calculation problem and the WATER USE Calculation Problem. There are Audio Virtual Tutorials of both problems posted in the modules along with worksheets for each problem for you to download and work along with.
Class 11: TO DO LIST. TEST TWO opens on Thursday November 4th and closes on Saturday NOVEMBER 6th. TEST TWO will cover Chapters 5..Water, 6..Electricity, 9... Laundry and 10...Buildings and the Schneider Electric Video Lecture. The test will include True/False and Multiple Choice Questions along with the LINEN REUSE Calculation problem and the WATER USE Calculation Problem. There are Audio Virtual Tutorials of both problems posted in the modules along with worksheets for each problem for you to download and work along with. WEEK 11 TO DO: Chapter 7 is Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning or HVAC. It is an important subject as we all need one of these three systems: Heating, Ventilation or Air Conditioning in our buildings every day. No matter what the building is, our home, school,, work, stores, restaurants...... every building. First we have a Guest Speaker Mr. Brian Lomel who is an engineer who designs HVAC systems for buildings of all kinds. You will enjoy watching his presentation and will find that it includes many aspects of HVAC and Energy. There are also ideas for your projects in his presentation!!! Then review Part 1 and Part 2 of HVAC.
Apr 09 |100 pts
Apr 29 |1 pts
CLASS THIRTEEN TO DO: Lots to do this week. Watch the Dr. Scanlon Introduction to Lighting. You also have the Chapter 8 Lighting Video and Power Points. Meet David Rockwell, Hospitality Lighting Designer. Watch How to Read A Lightbulb.... and then there is the Light Bulb Technology Change Problem Video Tutorial and worksheet. The Light Bulb Change Problem will be on the Final Exam. The Lighting Quiz is a partial review for lighting on the final exam. There is a lot to lighting!
CLASS 14 TO DO LIST: CHAPTER 12: Renovation & Capital Improvements brings us to the end of the text book but it is a very important information topic. View the video of the power point presentation and pay attention to the Life Cycle of a Hotel. This is the territory for the CAPEX Budget and looks at the Types of Renovation and the timeline by which these renovations are generally reviewed and implemented. As a property manager, a corporate officer or an investor it is important that you understand these renovation cycles and the market considerations and forces driving the decisions for these changes. The hotel/resort property featured in this presentation is The Little Nell in Aspen Colorado. Stephanie Carrasco is the Guest Speaker. She heads up Talent Acquisition and is looking for a few good people! You can contact her directly from the presentation. You can expect the renovation and life cycle information to be on the final exam!
FINAL EXAM NOTES: The Final Exam OPENS ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 1ST AND CLOSES ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 3RD. The Final Exam includes Chapter 4 Security: Chapter 7 HVAC; Chapter 8 Lighting: Chapter 12: Renovation and Capital Expenditures. The Exam INCLUDES The Lighting Valuation Problem in Module 13 (Class 13). There is a Lighting Problem Virtual Tutorial to watch if you have not already done so to study for the problem on the final exam. The exam is True False, Multiple Choice and The Lighting Math Problems.
Apr 29 |100 pts

Weekly Schedule

DateClass SessionClass TopicsAssignments/Activities
January 10 - January 14
Class Session 1

Course Introduction

Climate Change/ Sustainability

  1. HOME & Inconvenient Truth Viewing
  2. IPCC UN 2021 Report Reading online link
  3. Climate Change Discussion Assignment 
January 17 - January 21
Class Session 2

Impact of Global Climate Change on the Three P’s

UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals 

  1. The Tipping Point presentation
  2. UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals Discussion Question 
January 24 - January 28Class Session 3POMEC Budget Problem

Language of Facilities Management
1. Read Chapter 1:
2. Role Cost Management
POMEC Budget Problem
3. Facilities Terms: Power Point Presentation
January 31 -February 4
Class Session 4

Waste Management

Guest Speaker

Zero Waste

1. Read Chapter 3

2. Zero Waste Event Discussion Assignment 

3. View Guest Speaker

February 7- February 11

Class Session 5

Team Project Assignment

AHLA Green Guidelines

This is a *P project

  1. View Team Project Information Module for Team Project Information
  2. Organize your TEAM 

February 14- February 18

Class Session 6

Water and Wastewater

Building Management Webinar 

1. Read Chapter 5 Water

2. Team Project Proposal Due

3. View Webinar Assignment recorded 

February 21- February 25

Class Session 7

Test One

  1. Test 1 Chapts: 1,2,3, film, speaker discussion and Budget Problem

February 28-March 5SPRING BREAK 
March 7-March 11

Class Session 8

Laundry Systems

Laundry Reuse Problem

Water Calculation Problem

  1. Read Chapter 9: Laundry Systems
  2. Laundry Reuse Problem
  3. Water Calculation Problem

March 14-
March 18
Class Session 9

Buildings and Structures

Lodging Design

Guest Speaker

  1. Read Chapters 10 & 11 Building Structures and Lodging Design
  2. View Guest Speaker
  3. View Webinar Assignment
  4. Team Project Review

March 21-
March 25
Class Session 10


Renewable Resources Reading

  1. Read Chapter 6: Electrical Systems
  2. Renewable Resources Assignment

March 28-April 1Class Session 11

Schneider Electric University

Carbon Emissions 

Heating Cooling and Ventilation Systems
Guest Speaker  

1.   Class Canvas Access to Schneider University Assignment

2.   View Carbon Emissions Presentation

3. On Line Quiz 1

4. Read Chapter 7 HVAC
3. On Line Quiz 2

April 4 -
April 8
Class Session 12


1. Test 2: Chapters 5,6,9 & 11 Water Calculation & Laundry Calculation Problems Schneider Electric Carbon Emissions 
April 11-
April 15
Class Session 13

*P Green Lodging Team Projects DUE 

Safety & Security 

Lighting Systems 

1. The COMPLETE Team Projects are due on these dates. 

2. Read Chapter 4: Safety & Security

3. On Line Quiz 3

4. Read Chapter 8: Lighting Systems
5. Light Bulb Retrofit 6. Valuation Problem
6. OnLine Quiz 4
April 18-
April 22
Class Session 14

Renovation and Capital Improvements

The Little Nell Guest Speaker 

1. Green Lodging Student Evaluation Assignment 

2. Read Chapter 12 Renovation & Capital Improvements

3 Student Survey Assignment worth 5 points

4. Study for Final Exam

5. On line QUIZ 5

April 25-
April 29
Class Session 15