General Information

Professor Information

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Li Yunfei






Office Hours

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:

  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
Reading,   discussing and evaluating leadership styles

Business Ethics Reinforced

Information Technology Emphasized
Formulate a personal professional philosophy

LinkedIn &



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 Group case analysis paper

Readings, online research 

Course Detail


Title: Leadership, A communication Perspective, Sixth Ed.

Author(s):Craig E. Johnson

Publisher: Waveland press, Inc.

ISBN 10: 1-4786-0259-7

ISBN 13:978-1-4786-0259-0

You may purchase your textbook online at the FIU Bookstore.

Expectation of the Course

Students are expected to:

  • attend class on time;
  • not to play mobile phone in the class;
  • prepare well prior to the class;
  • participate as much as possible;
  • be a team player and follow team rules;
  • submit assignments by the corresponding deadline

Course Communication

Communication in this course will take place via the Canvas Inbox, email and WeChat. I will respond to all correspondences within 24 hours.

Additional Information

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.

Student Responsibility

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.

Course Requirements

Number of Items

Points for Each

Total Points Available


Personal Portfolio110105%

Individual Case Study





Midterm Exam


Group Project

Project Presentation1303010%
Class Participation1101010%
Full Class attendance1222%

Grading  Schema

A93 or above
B83 - 87
C70 - 77
A-90 - 92
B-80 - 82
D60 - 69
B+88 - 89
C+78 - 79
F59 or less


  • Grade disputes must be brought to the instructor’s attention no later than one (1) week after the grades are returned. This includes grades on research paper, exams, analysis questions, and attendance credit.
  • All coursework must be submitted on Canvas. Emailed coursework is not accepted.

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.

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

Course Calendar

Weekly Schedule

DateLecture Topic

Assignments & Activities

Week 1

Leadership and Communication

  • Review of Syllabus and Course Assignments
  • Team forming; 
  • Resume Preparation Assignment:  
  • Creating Linked-In;  
  • Leadership Chapter 1;
  • Reading: Chapter 2;
  • Portfolio check list
Week 2

Leadership and Followership Communication Styles

  • Completion of portfolio development 
  • Leadership Chapter 2
Sep. 5/6

Leadership Behaviors, Factors, Power

  • Leadership Behaviors, Factors, Power;
  • Seven Qualities of Leadership
  • Assignment: Case study one
Week 4

Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Intelligence;
  • Group project parameter; 
  • Activity: Case one discussion; 
  • Assignment : Case study two
Week 5


Transformational Leadership

  • Chapter 4;
  • Activity: Case two discussion
Week 6
Leadership in Groups and Teams
  • Five Levels of Leadership; 
  • Chapter 7; 
  • Approval of group project ; 
  • Assignment: Case study three
Week 7
Oct. 3/4
No Class/Golden  Week  Break 
Week 8
Oct. 10/11

Organizational Culture
  • Activity: Case three discussion; 
  • Chapter 8
Week 9

Public Leadership
  • Midterm Exam Review;
  • Chapter 9
Week 10
Oct. 24/25
Midterm Exam

  • Midterm Exam
  • Assignment: Case four
  • Starbucks video
Week 11
Oct. 31/Nov.1
Leadership and Diversity
  • Activity: Case four discussion
  • Chapter 10
Week 12
Leadership Ethics
  • Midterm Comments
  • Leadership Ethics
  • Assignment: Case five
  • Ben & Jerry's video
Week 13
Leadership Development
  • Chapter 12
  • Leadership development Case
  • Activity: Case five discussion
  • Project due
Week 14
Group Presentation
  • Group Project Presentation 
  • Each group is given 20 minutes
Week 15
Group Presentation
  • Group Project Presentation 
  • Each group is given 20 minutes

Week 16
Finals Week
  • Group Project Presentation 
  • Each group is given 20 minutes