Senior Seminar in Hospitality Management
Tuesdays 3:00PM-7:00PM or by appointment
Course Description and Purpose (Course Curriculum)
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 Goals and Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
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 communicationOral 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 ReinforcedProfessionalism Reinforced
|Evaluate different leadership styles and apply them to hospitality||Midterm||Reading, discussing and evaluating leadership styles|
Business Ethics ReinforcedInformation Technology Emphasized
|Formulate a personal professional philosophy|
Business Ethics reinforcedInformation Literacy reinforced
|Appreciate the complex interrelationship among hospitality and tourism enterprises|
Group case analysis paperIndividual case studies
|Presenting projects and case studies|
Professionalism reinforcedCritical 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 ReinforcedInformation Literacy Emphasized
|Understand the marketing factors affecting operational success|
Midterm and Group case analysis paper
|Readings, online research |
Title: Leadership, A communication Perspective, Sixth Ed.
Author(s):Craig E. Johnson
Publisher: Waveland press, Inc.
ISBN 10: 1-4786-0259-7
You may purchase your textbook online at the FIU Bookstore.
Expectation of the Course
Students are expected to:
Communication in this course will take place via the Canvas Inbox, email and WeChat. I will respond to all correspondences within 24 hours.
Class Attendance and Participation
Learning can be accomplished either as an individual or as a shared experience. This course provides you with an opportunity to be beneficial 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 two personal days (free class absences; one for double-course sessions and two for single course sessions) 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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
Note: All course components are required. Failure to submit assignments, group project will result in zero score for the component.
Number of Items
Points for Each
Total Points Available
Individual Case Study
|Full Class attendance||1||2||2||2%|
|A||93 or above||B||83 - 87||C||70 - 77|
|A-||90 - 92||B-||80 - 82||D||60 - 69|
|B+||88 - 89||C+||78 - 79||F||59 or less|
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Academic Misconduct Statement
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Graduating Senior Status
Assignments & Activities
Leadership and Communication
Leadership and Followership Communication Styles
Leadership Behaviors, Factors, Power
Leadership in Groups and Teams
|No Class/Golden Week Break|
Leadership and Diversity