Social Event Planning


    General Information

    Professor Information

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    Dr. Premila Whitney
    By Appointment - Please message via Canvas to set up a meeting
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    Course Description And Purpose

    Designed to focus the basic concepts of event planning as they specifically apply to the area of social events & weddings, including infrastructure design & budget management.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

    • Analyze the difference between planning social events and other forms of event planning.
    • Construct a proposal business proposal and marketing plan to start an event company.
    • Conduct the planning process needed for producing a wedding or other social event.
    • Identify on-site potentials and problems.
    • Be familiar with how to work with vendors.

    Teaching Methodology

    This is a fully online course in which all of the instructional materials and activities are delivered through Canvas, and/or other Internet-based media. All exams and assignments will be delivered and submitted online. No part of this course will be delivered in an on-ground setting, though you might have an assignment where you need to personally interview someone via phone or face-to-face.

    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.

    As a member of the FIU community you are expected to be knowledgeable about the behavioral expectations set forth in the FIU Student Code of Conduct.

    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.

    This course utilizes the following tools:

    1. Assignment submissions in Canvas
    2. Online delivery of quizzes and exams
    3. Online discussion boards

    Please visit our Technical Requirements webpage for additional information.

    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.

    Course Prerequisites

    Prerequisites: HFT 3754 or permission of the instructor.

    Review the Course Catalog webpage for prerequisites 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.

    Please visit our ADA Compliance webpage for information about accessibility involving the tools used in this course.

    Please visit the Canvas Accessibility webpage for more information.

    For additional assistance please contact FIU's Disability Resource Center.

    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 to 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 Handbook.

    Academic Misconduct includes: Cheating – The unauthorized use of books, notes, aids, electronic sources; or assistance from another person with respect to examinations, course assignments, field service reports, class recitations; or the unauthorized possession of examination papers or course materials, whether originally authorized or not. Plagiarism – The use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas, expressions or materials taken from another source, including internet sources, is responsible for plagiarism.

    Learn more about the academic integrity policies and procedures as well as student resources that can help you prepare for a successful semester.

    Expectations of this Course

    This is an online course, which means most (if not all) of the course work will be conducted online. Expectations for performance in an online course are the same for a traditional course. In fact, online courses require a degree of self-motivation, self-discipline, and technology skills which can make these courses more demanding for some students.

    Students are expected to:

    • Review the how to get started information located in the course content
    • Introduce yourself to the class during the first week by posting a self introduction in the appropriate discussion forum
    • Take the practice quiz to ensure that your computer is compatible with Canvas
    • Interact online with instructor and peers
    • Review and follow the course calendar
    • Log in to the course a minimum of 3 times on different days of the week between Monday morning and Sunday night
    • Respond to discussion boards and e-mails in a timely manner
    • Make every effort to respond to e-mails within 2 days, 4 days max
    • Submit assignments by the corresponding deadline keeping in mind that no late work is accepted unless one of the noted and documented reasons applies.  Those reasons are noted in the ASSIGNMENTS section of the syllabus.

    The instructor will:

    • Log in to the course at least 5 days per week
    • Respond to discussion boards within 7-10 days (for grading)
    • Respond to e-mails within 48 hours
    • Grade assignments within 7-10 days of the assignment deadline
    • Keep you updated with any changes in the syllabus, exams, or course assignments.


    Textbook Image
    Wedding Planning and Management (Required)
    Maggie Daniels, Carrie Loveless
    Routledge, 2nd Edition, 2013
    ISBN-10: 0415644453
    ISBN-13: 9780415644457
    You may purchase your textbook online at the FIU Bookstore.
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    Professional Event Coordination (Suggested)
    Julia Rutherford Silvers, Joe Goldblatt
    John Wiley & Sons, 2nd Edition, 2012
    ISBN-10: 9780470560716
    ISBN-13: 0470560711
    You may purchase your textbook online at the FIU Bookstore.

    Proctored Exam Policy

    Proctored Exam Policy

    Course Detail

    Course Communication

    Communication in this course will take place via the Canvas Inbox. Check out the Canvas Conversations Tutorial  to learn how to communicate with your instructor and peers using Announcements, Discussions, and the Inbox.

    Visit our Writing Resources webpage for more information on professional writing and technical communication skills.

    Discussion Forums

    • Discussion posts are due as noted in Canvas.  Each post includes a rubric by which it will be graded.  Students will always have an initial post and then be required to complete 2 response posts for each discussion.
    • Discussion posts will open on Monday at 12 AM and close on Sunday at 11:59 PM.  All initial posts should be made by Friday at 11:59 PM so that everyone has time to complete their 2 response posts.
    • Grading is typically done after the assignment due date.  I make every effort to turn assignment grades back within 7 – 10 days.

    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.


    Exam Expectations:

    • Total of 2 exams: midterm and final @ 100 points each
    • Dates of the midterm and final exams are noted in Canvas
    • Both exams will have a 90 minute window to complete from start to finish
    • Students will be able to see their exam score right after submission
    • Both exams will have only one attempt.  Questions will show one at a time and lock after they have been answered.  You will not be able to go back and revisit a question.
    • Students are expected to work individually, cheating on exams will not be tolerated

    Two exams will be given, each worth 100 points.  Exams will consist of multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions.  The final exam is not comprehensive.  No make-up exams will be given without verified excuses (e.g., university sports travel).  To replicate the real world, exams are open book. They will be given online through Canvas.  However don’t be lulled into a feeling of security by the open book option! Note that once the exam is started, it must be completed in that same session (no closing and returning to it later).

    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. If you need further assistance please contact FIU Online Support Services.


    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.


    NOTE: Each assignment is due, in electronic form, to be turned in by the end of day (11:59pm ET) on the date due. Submissions are through Canvas. Late assignments will not be accepted, unless documented proof of one of the following reasons

    1. Jury duty (summons submitted with further proof of being selected for more than 3 days of that class week)
    2. Court order (summons submitted with further proof of being in court 3 or more days of that class week)
    3. Death in the immediate family (Obituary and/or flights and/or services program submitted)
    4. Sick (with doctor’s note indicating back to work/class date)
    5. School sanctioned activity (i.e. required internship, sports team, etc)
    6. Unavoidable extreme circumstance (case-by-case basis/rarely accepted)

    Assignment Expectations: Assignments should be written at a college level and according to the instructions.

    • Only reliable sources can be used (either academic sources or reliable industry sources) followed by APA citations (in-text and on a separate page)  
    • Most assignments are due in Canvas by 11:59pm on Sunday and no late work is accepted unless for one of the aforementioned reasons above
    • All assignments will be submitted in the designated assignment area in Canvas.  As a rule, assignments will NOT be accepted via e-mail or any other form of delivery.  If you have a technical issue, it is best to e-mail the assignment to me ASAP and I will make a decision on a case-by-case basis to accept or not.
    • My goal is to always have assignments graded, with feedback within 7 – 10 days.  If I am not able to meet that timeframe, I promise to communicate with you in a timely manner.

    Please refer to Canvas for specific instructions for each assignment.

    Adobe Connect Pro Meeting

    Adobe Connect is an online meeting room where you can interact with your professor and fellow students by sharing screens, sharing files, chatting, broadcasting live audio, and taking part in other interactive online activities. We will be utilizing this tool to conduct office hours appointments only if a phone appointment will not suffice.

    Requirements for using Adobe Connect:

    • Disable any window pop-up blocker.
    • Adobe Flash Player is required to successfully run your Adobe Connect meeting. You can test your computer to make sure your computer and network connections are properly configured to provide you with the best possible Adobe Connect meeting experience.
    • Use of a combination headset and microphone with USB connection is recommended to ensure quality sound and reduce technical difficulties.

    Reference Adobe Connect (Tutorials & Help) to learn about the tool, how to access your meeting rooms and recordings.



    Course Requirements Number of Items Points for Each Total Points Available Weight
    Mid Term Exam 1 100 100 10%
    Final Exam 1 100 100 10%
    Term Project - Group 1 200 200 20%
    Discussion Posts/Responses 5 20 100 10%
    Article Review 1 98 98 9.8%
    Build Your Business 1 150 150 15%
    Planner shadow/interview 1 100 100 10%
    Design Elements 1 50 50 5%
    Production Schedule 1 50 50 5%
    Budget Review 1 50 50 5%
    Student Activity/Syllabus Review 1 2 2 .2%
    Letter Range (%) Letter Range (%)
    A 920 - 1000 D 620 - 719
    B 820 - 919 F 619 or less
    C 720 - 819