General Information

Professor Information

Instructor

Gloria Sanders

E-mail

Please use Canvas Inbox

phone

(352) 328-6042

Office Hours

By Appointment

Course Description and Purpose

HFT 3741 – Planning Meetings & Conventions is an undergraduate course covering an introduction to the meeting and convention industry and concentrating on specific and practical research, planning, supervision and control guidelines used by today's Professional Meeting Planner. Topics explored in this course include key industry terms and tools, key industry players and critical elements in meeting and convention planning. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to understand and utilize key industry tools and terms, identify and differentiate key players within the industry, and recognize current and critical considerations pertaining to the planning and management of meetings and conventions.  This will be assessed by tests, online discussions, and projects.

Course Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Identify and distinguish the key components of the meetings and convention industry (Readings, Discussions, Quizzes and Exam).
  • Identify and analyze current trends within the hospitality industry (Discussions, Class Project, and Current Trend Article and Video Presentation).
  • Recognize and differentiate key players within the industry (Readings, Discussions, Quizzes and Exam).
  • Utilize and apply a managerial perspective throughout the planning and execution of conference and meeting planning activities (Discussions).
  • Define key industry terms (Discussions, Quizzes and Exam).
  • Examine and critique the fine details involved in planning both meetings and conferences (Discussions and Project).
  • Gain exposure to real world hands-on industry experience (Project and Current Trend Article and Video Presentation).

Major & Curriculum Objectives Targeted

This course has been designed to offer a broad introduction to the meetings and conventions industry thereby allowing students to assess their interest in this field pertaining to career opportunities.  Should you have any questions, please contact the professor.

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. Should you have any questions, please contact the professor.

Important Information

Policies

Please review the FIU's Policies and Netiquette 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.

Privacy Policy Statements for partners and Vendors

This course utilizes the following tools:

  1. Smartphone or other technological option which allows you to take and upload short videos and photos.

Please visit our Technical Requirements webpage for additional information.

Accessibility and Accomodation

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 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. 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

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Textbook and Course Materials

<p>Meetings, Expositions, Events, and Conventions: An Introduction to the Industry (5th Edition)</p>
title  : 

Meetings, Expositions, Events, and Conventions: An Introduction to the Industry (5th Edition)

authors  : 

George G. Fenich

publisher  : 

Pearson, 5th edition, 2019

isbn 10  : 

0134735900

isbn 13  : 

9780134735900

Purchase/Rent at FIU Bookstore
additional notes  : 

Professional Convention Management Association https://www.pcma.org/

Meeting Professionals International website: https://www.mpiweb.org/

Expectations of This Course

  • Grades for assignments will usually be posted within a few days of the deadline, but no longer than 2 weeks after the assignment deadline

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/s and peers
  • Review and follow the course calendar
  • Log in to the course 2-3 times per week
  • Respond to discussion boards, blogs and journal postings within 1 week
  • Respond to emails/messages within 2 business days
  • Submit assignments by the corresponding deadline

The instructor will:

  • Log in to the course 2-3 times per week
  • Respond to discussion boards, blogs and journal postings within 1 week
  • Respond to emails/messages within 2 business days
  • Grades for assignments will usually be posted within a few days of the deadline, but no longer than 2 weeks after the assignment deadline


Course Detail

Course Communication

Please use the Canvas messaging system (Canvas Inbox) to contact the instructor with questions about the course. Any other questions, please use the following email: gsanders@fiu.edu and sanders.gloria.m@gmail.com

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

Quizzes and Exams

Quiz Expectations:

  1. There will be a graded quiz at the end of each learning module for Chapters 1 – 15, plus a practice quiz. (On some weeks you will be responsible for reading 2 chapters and taking 2 quizzes.  Please refer to weekly schedule.)
  2. Learning Module/Chapter quizzes will be available at the beginning of the semester and close Sunday December 1, 2019 at 11:59pm. The quiz availability timeframe allows you to work at your own pace.
  3. You may use your book while taking the quiz, however, the quiz duration will be 30 minutes.
  • Students will be able to see the results of quiz immediately after submission.
  • Results will appear as total score only.

Final Exam:

There will be a final exam in this course. The exam is 80 questions. You will have 3 hours to complete. The final exam must be completed by Friday December 13 at 11:59pm.

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.

Project

For this project, you are to interview a meeting/event professional of your choice. You are to contact a meeting professional and request about 10 minutes of their time for an informational interview. This can be done over the phone, in person or via email. Please see the class project folder on Canvas for further details about this project and what needs to be included.

This project is due Sunday December 8 at 11:59pm.

Weekly Assignments: Discussion Forums

As noted in your learning module for each week, you will be completing a number of assignments in the course which you will post to the discussion forum in Canvas, giving you an opportunity to review, comment, and discuss with your classmates.

Discussion Forum Expectations:

  • There will be 8 Discussion Forums throughout this course.
  • Learning module Discussion Assignment will be due on or before each Sunday (by midnight) of the learning module. 
  • Please review learning module for specific instructions on each Discussion Forum.
  1. The approximate length of a thorough response is one page, approximately 300-350 words.
  2. Students are expected to post at least one peer comment in addition to their response to the discussion question for each forum, unless otherwise instructed within the learning module.
  3. Since these assignments are designed to link the chapter readings to real-world situations, it is important that you make these connections.  When referring to information taken from your textbook, please note the page number where the information can be found in your text.  These page links should be made within each assignment.  
  4. Each Discussion Forum will be graded using the following Rubric:
Discussion Forums: 10 points
Unacceptable – 0 points
Acceptable – 5 points
Excellent – 10 points

The quality of the information is of low quality, includes grammatical errors, is off-topic, or does not include relevant information.

OR 

Assignment has not been completed.


The quality of the information is of acceptable quality; lacks full development of concept or thought; has not been completed as directed which includes not commenting on a peer’s post or linking to the textbook and weekly readings.

The quality of the information is of high quality, reflective and links to the textbook and weekly readings.

The information is succinct, informative and completed in a thorough manner. 



Discussion Forums: 20 points
Unacceptable – 0 points
Acceptable – 5 points
Excellent – 10 points

The quality of the information is of low quality, includes grammatical errors, is off-topic, or does not include relevant information.

OR 

Assignment has not been completed.


The quality of the information is of acceptable quality; lacks full development of concept or thought; has not been completed as directed which includes not commenting on a peer’s post or linking to the textbook and weekly readings.

The quality of the information is of high quality, reflective and links to the textbook and weekly readings.

The information is succinct, informative and completed in a thorough manner. 



If you would like to discuss a grade, you must email me your questions within 3 days once the grade appears on Canvas.  I will not revisit grades once they have been posted on Canvas for 3 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.

Current Trend Articles and Video Presentation

While the textbook and resources for this class offer valuable information, the meeting and event industry is constantly changing. You will research one trend impacting the industry and produce a video presenting your findings. See course module for detailed description of this project.

Due date is Sunday November 10 at 11:59 pm.

Grading

Course Requirements
Number of Items
Points for Each
Total Points Available

Discussion Forums: 10 pts 

Discussion Forums: 20 pts

6

2

10

20
60

40
Current Trend Articles and Video Presentation1100100
Final Exam18080
Project17070
Quizzes1510150
Total
26
500
LetterRangeLetterRange
LetterRange
A465 - 500B415 - 439C350 - 389
A-450 - 464B-400 - 414D300 - 349
B+440 - 449C+390 - 399FBelow 300

Course Calendar

Weekly Schedule

Module/DateTopics and Tasks (See Weekly Learning Modules for Complete Details)

Module 1

Aug 26 – Sep 1


Topic: Introduction to the Meetings, Expositions, Events and Conventions Industry (MEEC)

Tasks:  

  1. Read Chapter 1
  2. Complete Activities found on Learning Module
  3. Complete Practice Quiz
  4. Take Quiz 1
  5. Complete Discussion Assignment #1

Module 2

Sep 2 - 8

Topic: Meetings, Exhibition, Event, and Convention Organizers and Sponsors

Tasks: 

  1. Read Chapter 2
  2. Complete Activities found on Learning Module
  3. Take Quiz 2
  4. Complete Discussion Assignment #2

Module 3

Sep 9 - 15

Topic: Destination and Marketing Organizations (DMOs)

Tasks: 

  1. Read Chapter 3
  2. Complete Activities found on Learning Module
  3. Take Quiz 3
  4. Complete Discussion Assignment #3

Module 4

Sep 16 - 22

Topic: Meeting, Expositions, Event and Convention Venues and Exhibitions and Trade Shows (Two Chapters)

Tasks:

  1. Read Chapter 4
  2. Complete Activities found on Learning Module
  3. Take Quiz 4
  4. Begin preparing for your Current Trend Articles and Video Presentation
  5. Read Chapter 5
  6. Complete Activities found on Learning Module
  7. Take Quiz 5
  8. Complete Discussion Assignment #4

Module 5

Sep 23 - 29

Topic: Service Contractors

Tasks: 

  1. Read Chapter 6
  2. Complete Activities found on Learning Module
  3. Take Quiz 6
  4. Complete Discussion Assignment #5

Module 6

Sep 30 – Oct 6

Topic: Destination Management Companies and Special Events Management (Two Chapters)

Tasks:  

  1. Read Chapter 7
  2. Complete Activities found on Learning Module
  3. Take Quiz 7
  4. Prepare for your Current Trend Articles and Video Presentation
  5. Read Chapter 8
  6. Complete Activities found on Learning Module
  7. Take Quiz 8

Module 7

Oct 7 - 13

Topic: Food and Beverage and Legal Issues in the MEEC Industry (Two Chapters)

Tasks: 

  1. Read Chapter 9
  2. Complete Activities found on Learning Module
  3. Take Quiz 9
  4. Read Chapter 10
  5. Complete Activities found on Learning Module
  6. Take Quiz 10
  7. Complete Discussion Assignment #6

Module 8

Oct 14 - 20

Topic: Technology and the MEEC Professional

Tasks: 

  1. Read Chapter 11
  2. Complete Activities found on Learning Module
  3. Take Quiz 11
  4. Complete Discussion Assignment # 7

Module 9

Oct 21 - 27

Topic: Sustainable Meetings and Events

Tasks: 

  1. Read Chapter 12
  2. Complete Activities found on Learning Module
  3. Take Quiz 12

Module 10

Oct 28 – Nov 3

Topic: Planning MEEC Gatherings and Producing Meetings and Events (Two Chapters)

Tasks: 

  1. Read Chapter 13
  2. Complete Activities found on Learning Module
  3. Take Quiz 13
  4. Read Chapter 14
  5. Complete Activities found on Learning Modules
  6. Take Quiz 14

Module 11

Nov 4 - 10

Topic: Current Trend Articles and Video Presentation

Tasks: 

  1. Current Trend Articles and Video Presentation Due Sunday November 10 at 11:59pm

Module 12

Nov 11 - 17

Topic: International Aspects in MEEC 

Tasks: 

  1. Read Chapter 15
  2. Complete Activities found on Learning Module
  3. Take Quiz 15

Module 13

Nov 18 - 24

Topic: Putting It All Together 

Tasks: 

  1. Read Chapter 16
  2. Complete Activities found on Learning Module
  3. Complete Discussion Assignment #8

Module 14

Nov 25 - Dec 1

Thanksgiving Break. 

All quizzes must be completed by Sunday December 1 at 11:59pm

Module 15

Dec 2 - 8

Topic: Class Project and Extra Credit Due

Tasks: 

  1. Class Project due Sunday December 8 at 11:59pm
  2. Extra Credit due Sunday December 8 at 11:59pm
  3. Study for your Final Exam

Module 16

Dec 9 - 13

Topic: Final Exam Due Friday December 13 at 11:59pm

Tasks: 

  1. Complete Final Exam