Syllabus

Hospitality Facilities Environmental Systems

1195-FIU01-HFT-4323-SECRVCC-54318

    General Information

    Professor Information

    Professor Photo
    Joel A. Gonzalez
    By appointment
    (561) 703-2303
    Canvas Inbox

    Course Description And Purpose

    This course is designed to discuss and learn the importance of facilities management in the hospitality and tourism industry.  We will also discuss the role of sustainability and resource conservation in facilities management. This course will provide you with information on how to manage the physical plant of a hotel and prepare managers for responsible, educated, and efficient management of the physical plant demands. You will learn the elements of sustainable building management and you will be introduced to the global discussion of climate change and forecasted impacts to the hospitality industry regionally and globally. This is a global learning course that is counted towards your requirement for graduation.

    You must keep up with the modules and dues dates – There is no extra credit or make-up work in this class.

    Course Objectives

    The primary objective of this course is to provide you with an introduction and a basic knowledge of building-structures, their component mechanical, related staff and service functions as they affect operations, and expenditures and resources of the hotel property.

    The fundamental terminology, concepts, facts and principles will be presented and discussed. Overall, it is expected that you will achieve the following at the end of the course:

    1. Understand the impact on the natural resources of a community by the operation of a hotel/resort property.
    2. Understand how Green management practices can contribute to the overall sustainability of the area in which a hotel/resort property operates.
    3. Explain the goals and objectives of Hotel Engineering Management.
    4. Describe theoretical aspects of utility systems, energy conservation, mechanical equipment, building systems.
    5. Describe the organization and management of a maintenance department and types of maintenance.
    6. Identify resource conservation methods for water, energy and waste management as related to hospitality operations.

    Teaching Methodology

    • This online section does not require an on-campus meeting and/or exam.
    • This is a fully online course, meaning that all course work (100%) will be conducted online. Expectations for performance in fully online courses are the same as for traditional courses; in fact, fully online courses require a degree of self-motivation, self-discipline, and technology skills that can make them more demanding for some students.

    Important Information

    Policies

    Please review the policies page as it contains essential information regarding guidelines relevant to all courses at FIU and additional information on the standards for acceptable netiquette important for online courses.

    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.

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    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.

    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.

    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. Learn more about CAPS at caps.fiu.edu. 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

     HFT 3403, HFT 3453. 

    Textbook

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    Managing the Built Environment in Hospitality Facilities
    Dina Zemke, Thomas Jones
    Prentice Hall, 1st edition, 2009
    ISBN 10: 0135135745 
    ISBN 13: 978-0135135747
    You may purchase your textbook online at the FIU Bookstore.

    YOU MUST READ EACH ASSIGNED CHAPTER TO PASS THIS COURSE!!!!

    Expectations Of This Course

    This is an online course, meaning that most of the course work will be conducted online. Expectations for performance in an online course are the same as for a traditional course; in fact, online courses require a degree of self-motivation, self-discipline, and technology skills that can make them more demanding for some students.

    Students are expected to:

    • Introduce yourself to the class during the first week.
    • Take the Chapter Exams Online as determined by professor.
    • Submit any projects by the due date.
    • Interact online with instructor and peers and keep up with all assignments.
    • Review and follow the course calendar.
    • Make sure your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements that are compatible with Canvas.
      • Cellular phones and some tablets do not qualify!!!!
      • Lack of a proper computer for an assignment/exam or discussion is not an excuse.

    The instructor will:

    • Log in to the course each week (except Sat & Sun).
    • Respond to emails/messages (except Sat & Sun).
    • Grade exams and assignments within a reasonable time frame.

    Course Detail

    Course Communication

    Communication in this course will take place via Inbox.

    Discussion Board: It will be used for class discussions and other postings of general interest that are directly related to the course. Everyone can read Discussion Board postings; therefore, do not post private information. *Note. In order to read your postings easily, please write on the discussion board directly and do not attach a separate word document file.

    Announcements: These will be used to provide additional information relevant to the modules, assignments, discussions, exams or other issues of importance.

    Fully online courses are not independent study courses. You will be expected to interact online with the professor and your fellow students; to do assignments; to meet deadlines; and in some cases, to work in virtual groups.

    EMERGENCIES – Contact the Professor IMMEDIATELY!!!! Not after a module has passed.

    Fully online courses are not independent study courses. You will be expected to interact online with the professor and your fellow students; to do assignments; to meet deadlines; and in some cases, to work in virtual groups.

    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.

    Chapter Exams / Midterm & Final Exam

    There will be a CHAPTER-EXAM for each chapter every week.  The exams will contain a combination of multiple questions and True or False questions. CHAPTER-EXAMS, Midterm  and FINAL EXAM will be 100 points each and they will not be cumulative. Most, if not all of the questions for CHAPTER-EXAMS, Midterm and Final are based on the course book. Details on CHAPTER-EXAM guidelines will be indicated in each exam description. Topic for each CHAPTER-EXAM is listed in the calendar below. Note! ALL EXAMS MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE DATE ON THE MODULE!  CHAPTER-EXAMS will not be available after each module is over, so remember to always take it by the due date listed.  A missed exam equals a Zero  0 for that grade!!! Don’t miss ANY!!!

    You will not be able to pass the exams without reading the chapters.

    MIDTERM EXAM – The MIDTERM Exam will include all chapters in the 1st half of course.

    FINAL EXAM – The Final Exam may include all chapters covered.

    It is expected that students will abide by the Honor Code. Plagiarism, or copying another’s exam, will result in a failing grade. There will be no make-up CHAPTER-EXAMS unless you have a legitimate reason such as observance of a religious holiday, University related activities, illness, job interviews, and family matters. Written documentation is required for records and I must be notified before that module is over.  You will not be able to make up for CHAPTER-EXAMS if you inform me after the module is over. Emergencies must be communicated immediately to the Professor.

    IMPORTANT!!! You will have ONLY 1 attempt for each CHAPTER-EXAM. You must finish it once you start. Make sure your computer is compatible with Canvas so you do not have any problems while you take the exam. If by any chance you any technical issues (such as computer froze during the exam, you accidentally clicked on the back button during the exam, etc.), contact SUPPORT SERVICES immediately. All technical issues will be solved through SUPPORT SERVICES, not me. You must note that you may not hear back right away from SUPPORT SERVICES if you contact them during the weekend and this may influence your grades.   There is no extra-credit or make-up work in this 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.

    Please note 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.

    Assignments, Participation & Discussion

    There may be a combination of assignments, journals, or discussions for students to participate in class. Each activity will be indicated in each learning module so please pay attention to the instructions. Participation in these activities is required, and will count as (15%) towards your final grade.  Assignments that are turned in late will be marked down to 50% credit.  Assignments will be closed one day after the due date and once an assignment is closed it will not be reopened. There is no extra-credit or make-up work in this class.

    The discussion board will be used for class discussions and other postings of general interest that are directly related to the course. Everyone can read Discussion Board postings; therefore, do not post private information. *Note. In order to read your postings easily, please write on the discussion board directly and do not attach a separate word document file.

    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.

    Grading

    Students will be graded on a point system, with the following areas of earning points:

    Course Requirements Weight
    Chapter Exams 35%
    Mid-Term Exam 25%
    Final Exam 25%
    Assignments/Participation/Discussions/Journals 15%
    Total 100%

    Points will be converted to percentages and then assessed a grade:

    Letter
    Grade
    Range Letter
    Grade
    Range Letter
    Grade
    Range
    A 92 and above B 82 - 87 C 70 - 77
    A- 90 - 91 B- 80 - 81 D 61 - 70
    B+ 88 - 89 C+ 78 - 79 F < 61

    There is no extra-credit or make-up work in this class.

    Course Calendar

    Weekly Schedule

    Tentative Semester Calendar: Schedules, exams, assignments, etc…are subject to change!

    Module/Week Start End Topic Chapters Chapter Exams
    1/1 5/6 5/12 Introduction - The Study of Facilities Management Ch. 1 Ch. 1 Exam
    2/2 5/13 5/19 The Engineering Department Ch. 2 Ch. 2 Exam
    3/3 5/20 5/26 Issues and Trends Ch. 3 Ch. 3 Exam
    4/4 5/27 6/2  Solid and Hazardous Waste Ch. 4 Ch. 4 Exam
    5/5 6/3 6/9  Water Systems Ch. 5 Ch. 5 Exam
    6/6 6/10 6/16 Electrical Systems & Heating Systems Ch. 6 & 7 Ch. 6 & 7 Exams
    7/7 6/17 6/23 Midterm Exam  Ch. 1 - 7 Midterm
    8/8 6/24 6/30 Cooling Systems Ch. 8 Ch. 8 Exam
    9/9 7/1 7/7

    Ventilation Systems

    Life Safety & Security

    Ch. 9

    Ch. 10

    Ch. 9 Exam

    Ch. 10 Exam

    10/10 7/8 7/14 Vertical Transportation Ch. 11 Ch. 11 Exam
    11/11 7/15 7/21

    Food Service and Laundry Systems

    The Building Envelope and Exterior

    Ch. 12

    Ch. 13

    Ch. 12 Exam

    Ch. 13 Exam

    12/12 7/22 7/26 Final Exam Due 7/23, Tuesday Ch. 8 - 13 Final Exam