General Information

Professor Information

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Miao Wang


C-516, Tianjin campus



022-26669732, 15922190168

Office Hours

Mondays after class


Course Description and Purpose

Planning Meetings offers an overview from the eyes of the Meeting Planner, of the Conventions, Expositions and Meetings Industry (CEMI). The course reviews meeting industry organizations and why meetings are held, program planning, design and arrangement, site selection, marketing, promotion, entertainment, personnel management, transportation, food and beverage selection, housekeeping and budgeting & fiscal management. State of the art event software is reviewed for booking and scheduling facilities and events.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • To define industry organizations and why they hold meetings.
  • To define practical strategies for program planning, design and arrangement development and to provide specific research, planning supervision and control guidelines used by the professional meeting planner.
  • To present venue selection, marketing and promotion techniques.

Course Methodology

The course consists of lectures, discussions, electronic site inspections.

Important Information


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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.

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

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Textbook and Course Materials

The Meeting Spectrum
title : 
The Meeting Spectrum
authors : 
Rudy R. Wright, E. J. Siwek
publisher : 

HRD Press

publish date : 
isbn 10 : 


isbn 13 : 


notes : 
Whether you are a meeting professional or new to event planning, a corporate or association executive, or independent consultant, the book synthesizes what you need to know to achieve professionalism in the management of conferences, exhibitions, and conventions.

A Reference Book

Business Events
title : 

Business Events

authors : 

Rob Davidson

publisher : 


publish date : 


isbn 13 : 


Course Detail



You will be asked to complete a group project at the end of the semester. This project includes two parts, written assignment and oral presentation. 

Written assignments will be discussed in the classroom, therefore timely completion is imperative. Written assignment must be computer generated, double spaced and properly referenced where appropriate, and is due as listed in the schedule.

You are expected to deliver an oral presentation together with your group members at the end of the semester based on the project that you complete.

Make-Up Examination Policies

We have mid-term exam and final exam. Please make sure you can participate them on time. There will be no make-up exams.


Course Requirements
Number of Items
Points for Each
Total Points Available
Attendance and Participation101010010%
Mid-term Exam
Final Exam110010030%
Group Project_oral & written110010030%

Grading Schema

Name From To
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< 90%
< 87%
< 83%
< 80%
< 77%
< 70%
< 60%

Course Calendar

Weekly Schedule

DateTopicsAssignments / Notes
Week 1,  1/9

Course Introduction / Review of Syllabus

Week 2,  1/16Chapter 1 Meeting: A medium for communication Read Chapters 1
Week 3

Spring Festival Holiday 

Week 4Spring Festival Holiday
Week 5, 2/6

Chapter 1 Review

Chapter 2 Professionalism in the industry

Read Chapter 2

Week 6,  2/13

Chapter 3 Meeting Sponsors

Chapter 4-1 Initial Planning

Read Chapter 3
Read Chapter 4
Week 7,  2/20

Chapter 4-2 Meeting and Convention Venues

Chapter 5 Program Development / Videos for venues

Read Chapter 5
Week 8,  2/27

Chapter 6-1 Program Elements

Chapter 6-2 Meeting Planning Timetable (self-study)

Project Discussion on – Initial Planning, Program Development

Read Chapter 6

Week 9,  3/6

Chapter 7 Budgeting and Fiscal Management / Review for Mid-term

Chapter 8 Getting There: Air & Ground Travel (self-study)

Chapter 9-1 Event Promotion and Marketing

Read Chapter 7

Read Chapter 8 

Read Chapter 9
Week 10,  3/13

Mid-term Exam(Covers Chapters 1-7)

Chapter 9-2 Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)

Week 11,  3/20Chapter 10 Food and Beverage
Read Chapter 10
Week 12,  3/27

Chapter 11 Registration and Housing

Chapter 12 Meetings and Event Technology (self-study)

Chapter 13 Planning & Managing Exhibitions

Read Chapter11

Read Chapter12 

Read Chapter13
Week 13,  4/3

Chapter 13 Planning & Managing Exhibitions (continued)

Chapter 14 Pre-meeting Coordination

Read Chapter13

Read Chapters 14
Week 14,  4/10

Chapter 15 On-site Operations

Review for Final-term/Projects discussion

Read Chapter 15

Week 15,  4/17

Group Project Presentations (3)

Group Project Presentations (3)

Week 16,  4/24

Group Project Presentations (1 or 2)

Submit written projects

Answer questions about final-term exam

Week 17Final-term Exam