General Information

Professor Information

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Dr. John D. Buschman


HM 372



(305) 348-4033

Office Hours

Tuesdays 2-3pm & Wednesdays by appointment.


Turn Around Time

Within 24 hours

Additional Notes

Course Description and Purpose (Course Curriculum) 

HFT 3735 Destination and Cultures is required core curriculum for the Tourism Management Major and an elective for the Global Sustainable Tourism and other majors.  It is a geographical analysis of worldwide tourist destination regions and their major attractions. The course emphasizes how geographic and cultural factors are critical to the attractiveness of a tourist destination.  

Course Goals and Objectives

 Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. To provide students with an understanding of popular worldwide tourist regions and their 
    major attractions. 
    2. To provide students with an understanding of relationships between tourism, geography 
    and cultures. 
    3. To allow students to analyze the geographical, human and cultural attractions of a tourist 
    destination and orally present their findings. 

Expectations of the Course

Expectations of the Course

Teaching Methodology

The methodology for this course includes instructor lectures, discussions, exams, tastings, and readings. 
The following is a schedule of course progression for your reference in preparing and planning for 
assignments and discussion. It is expected that the material referred to below will be covered during or 
approximately on the dates indicated; however, discretionary changes and modifications may be made to 
the syllabus and to the schedule when necessary in order to meet course objectives. Students are 
expected to read and be prepared to discuss the material assigned for the date indicated

This is a hybrid course, which means some of the course work will be conducted online. Expectations for performance in a hybrid course are the same for a traditional course. In fact, hybrid courses require a degree of self-motivation, self-discipline, and technology skills which can make these courses more demanding for some students.

Your on-time presence is a requirement of the course.  The course does not have a Zoom remote option and therefore is not being recorded.  If you cannot be in class with good reason you must send me a Canvas Inbox message ahead of time.  If you do not have access to Canvas at the time please send me a  What's App to my cell number below.  If at all possible you should then talk to me during the office hours below to find out what you missed.  

It is assumed that students have attained a level of maturity that motivates them to take responsibility for 
achieving the learning objectives of this course by using the learning tools provided. This course is 
designed to be completed successfully through the use of three learning tools: 

1) Doing the homework assignments on a timely basis
2) Doing the reading assignments on a timely basis, and 
3) Attending all classes, taking appropriate notes and PARTICIPATING IN CLASS DISCUSSIONS. 

Class discussions and activities will be conducted in English although we will explore the use of other languages during the course. 

Since managers frequently engage in group presentations, as future managers you are expected to gain 
experience in developing and expressing your ideas before a group of your peers in the class. This being 
a learning environment, it is the instructor's intent to use class participation to enhance respect for each 
individual and help develop their self-confidence in a friendly setting. 

A student who does not use all three of the above tools appropriately and in a timely fashion runs the risk 
of falling behind and being unable to keep up with the rest of the class. More importantly, the student is 
wasting an opportunity to improve himself/herself. 

A. If, after doing the reading and homework assignments, a student does not understand a topic that 
has been explained in class, it is the student's responsibility to visit the instructor during office 
hours to seek additional instructional assistance, or to seek such assistance from classmates, or 
from any other source that is available. 

B. It is impossible to cover all assigned reading materials in class. Therefore, it is of particular 
importance that a student request further explanation of any assigned material that the student 
does not understand, and that is not covered in class. Students are responsible, in the relevant 
classes, and on the relevant examinations, for the corresponding material in the reading and 
homework assignments regardless of whether it is, or is not, covered in class. 

C. In the unfortunate event that a student is obliged to miss a class for circumstances beyond his/her 
control, the student is responsible for taking any exceptional steps necessary to learn the material 
discussed in that class. Such steps may include obtaining assistance from classmates and/or 
requesting assistance from the instructor during office hours, going to tutoring sessions, or from 
any other available source. 


Arriving Late, Leaving Early: Classes start on time and students must arrive to class prior to the class 
start time and stay in the classroom during the entire class period. Students may enter class late only if 
given permission by the instructor and only if they can do so without disruption. 

Attendance: Students who miss a class are responsible for the course material covered in that class 
regardless of the reason for their absence. Absences, such as absences for work related travel or a 
family emergency, may be excused at the discretion of the instructor upon receiving documentation. It is 
the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor after any unanticipated absence. All absences other 
than approved school activities and medical emergencies for the student or their immediate family are 
considered unexcused. No exceptions. 

Attendance will be recorded at the start and end of each class. Students who have an unexcused 
absence or students who did not sign the attendance sheet will receive an automatic zero for the missed 
tasting note session.

Attendance (Attendance Sheet): Students can only sign their own name on the daily attendance sheet. 
If a student signs for anyone else in the course, they will receive an automatic zero for that day’s tasting 
note session. 

Attendance (Medical Related Absence): Florida International University is interested in supporting the 
success of its students and the safety and welfare of the community. Students should consider requesting 
a medical related absence for situations that significantly limit their ability to function successfully or safely 
in their role as students. The physical health situations below are examples of some reasons why a 
student might request a leave of absence:
 Severe and prolonged illness
To request a medical related absence, please contact your instructor before going on leave (especially in 
the case of a planned surgery). You must also provide supporting medical documentation. 
Supporting medical documentation must include:
 Include dates of illness and/ or length of disability
 Duration of time away from school / dates the student was unable to attend class
 Letter written and signed by the treating healthcare provider on his/ her letterhead
 Recommendations from the treating healthcare provider
The documentation must be submitted to the instructor. All documentation will be reviewed for verification 
and approval. 

Examination Policy: Examinations are to be taken by students at the time and date shown in the course 
syllabus. Students are responsible for all material covered in class, including lectures, discussions, guest 
speakers, as well as all material in the text. All exam scores will be provided to students in the class 
following the exam. 

Make-up exams are not allowed, except under extreme medical-related circumstances. Students 
who miss an exam will receive an automatic zero grade for the exam. Students must notify the 
instructor or proctor during the exam of any technical issue with his or her exam. Technical issues will 
only be handled during the exam. When the student leaves the exam room, the exam is concluded. 
University policy states that final exams must be given on the days and times scheduled by the University. 
The School affirms this policy. Students must make appropriate travel accommodations that do not 
interfere with the university exam schedule. The final exam schedule is posted on the university website 
within a few days of the start of each semester. 

Submission of Assignments: All assignments are to be submitted electronically according to the 
instructions on Canvas. Assignments will not be accepted via email or any other means other than as 
indicated on Canvas. All sources and work must be cited and referenced in APA style. See the following 
link for a comprehensive guide on APA style:
Late Assignments: No late assignments or tasting journals will be accepted. Always double check your 
assignment submissions to make sure they have been submitted correctly. 

Guest Speakers: On occasion, professionals from the hospitality industry may be invited to share their 
real-world experiences with the class. Students are required to attend guest-lecture sessions, to dress 
appropriately (business casual) and to conduct themselves in a manner to best represent themselves and 
Florida International University. 

General Behavior: Students shall conduct themselves in a professional, business-like manner and 
respect the faculty, fellow students, and others present in class and will follow the rules prescribed by the 
instructor for classroom behavior. Students who fail to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner may 
be asked to leave the classroom with a grade penalty. 

Electronic Devices: Cellular phones are prohibited during class time. Computers and Tablets are 
welcome in the course, if being used to compile notes or to seek reference for a subject matter discussed. 
Any recordings made at the instructor’s discretion are for the student’s personal use only and may not be 
reproduced, distributed or sold in any way.


Classes will consist of lectures, discussions, audiovisual presentations, and practical projects. This course requires that students regularly participate in class sessions since the topics will refer to national and international updates on events, case studies, data and experiences on the travel and tourism activity, which are not found in textbooks.


There will be an Exam 1 (midterm) and Exam 2 (second half) based on presentations, readings and materials presented both online and in class.

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 Online Support Services.

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.


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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.

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.

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.

Additional Resources:

Course Prerequisites

If the course has prerequisites: This course has a prerequisite(s). Review the FIU Course Catalog. webpage for prerequisites information.

If the course does not have prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Detail

Textbook and Course Materials - none required

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 correspondence 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.

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 our first class session.  

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

  • Meeting 1: Tuesday, June 21st, from 10 am to 1:20 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.

Course Calendar


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