CBD in Food and Beverage Industry (Intensive POD in the Hospitality Industry) 

Professor Information

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Instructor

Imran Ahmad, PhD

Office

305 919 4533

E-mail

iahmad@fiu.edu

phone

786 702 4996

Office Hours

By Appointment

Turn Around Time

Within 24 hours

Additional Notes

Course Description and Purpose

Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive, health-oriented compound extracted from hemp and cannabis, has been touted as one of the top healthy ingredient trends in the food and beverage industry for 2022-23. This course will provide an introduction to the fast-growing market for CBD as a signature ingredient in mainstream U.S. food and beverage product development.

This POD examines the growing public interest of CBD and CBD-derived products and how this shift affects the food and beverage industry. This POD aims to educate consumers and prospective producers of the cannabis industry on current research, regulatory status, and market trends of various forms of CBD infused products.  

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain terminology used in the cannabis industry and identify the difference between CBD from industrial hemp vs. cannabis, the difference between full-spectrum hemp oil and CBD oil
  2. Summarize the evolving regulatory framework of commerce involving CBD and variants
  3. Demonstrate understanding of cannabinoid ingredients and extraction process to assure product impurity, consistency and safety in the context of food and beverage industry
  4. Develop a business plan on growing trends in the CBD market and its application in the food industry

Important Information

Policies

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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

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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.

Copyright Statement

The following conduct is prohibited by the Student Conduct and Honor Code. Lack of familiarity with University policy is not a defense to a violation of this Code. Unless specifically noted, the intent is not a required element to establish a policy violation. The following conduct violation or any attempt to violate the Code will be used in charging all Students or Student Organizations;

Section 5 | Conduct Violations - g. Computer Misuse

  • vii. Unauthorized distribution or downloading of copyrighted materials, including but not limited to, unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing. This is a violation whether the user is using their own personal computer or the University’s information technology system for unauthorized distributions.

Copyright Statement: The materials and content in this online course are provided solely for student use during the course. Course materials may not be shared outside of the course or with any third party without the explicit permission of the instructor or content publisher. Visit FIU Library’s Copyright Lib Guide to learn more about copyright law and restrictions.

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Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Expectations of This Course

This is an in-person course, which means most (if not all) of the course work will be conducted in-person. 

Students are expected to:

  • review the getting started page located in the course modules;
  • introduce yourself to the class during the first session;
  • take the practice quiz to ensure that your computer is compatible with the learning management system, Canvas;
  • interact with instructor and peers;
  • review and follow the course calendar and weekly outlines;
  • submit assignments by the corresponding deadline


Instructional Materials

  • Class materials provided through Canvas
  • Guest speakers
  • Selected industry publication and discussion videos
  • Research articles, as applicable

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 forums will be used for student engagement and out-of-the-class learning enhancement.

Assessments

Assessment Methods:

  • Pre-class survey, a quiz at the end of the course and class participation will be used to assess students
  • Creating a business plan for their own cannabis-infused product which will be an application of all learned materials 
    • Submissions will be presented to the class

Grading

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Course Requirements
Number of Items
Points for Each
Total Points Available
Weight
Quizzes
35020025%
Exams
220040025%
Discussion/Participation
110010025%
Assignments
310030025%
Total
10N/A1000100%

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

The course will be delivered in a weekly format on three consecutive Saturdays, three to four hours per session which includes lectures, discussion, class activity and guest speakers

DateTasks
January 15Supports Learning Objectives: 1
January 22Supports Learning Objectives: 2 and 4
January 29Supports Learning Objectives: 3 and 4