General Information

Professor Information

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Dr. Nancy Scanlon


HM 336 (BBC Campus)


(305) 919-4775

Office Hours

By Appointment

Course Description and Purpose

A comprehensive survey of engineering, maintenance and efficiency controls in hotels, restaurants and institutions. The course discusses and emphasizes the importance of Sustainability and Resource Conservation in Operations Facilities Engineering Management. This course provides hospitality managers and students with the information they need to know to manage the physical plant of a hotel or restaurant and work effectively with the engineering and maintenance department. The course also prepares managers for responsible, educated, effective and efficient management of the physical plant demands; especially in the areas of energy, water and waste as related to their impact on the environment and facilities management.

Course Objectives


  1. Students will be able to detect the distinctive and common qualities between their own perspective and the perspectives of others.
  2. Students will be able to assemble a multi-perspective analysis of an issue.
  3. Students will be able to discuss prevailing world conditions associated with local, global, international, and intercultural issues, trends and systems.
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the interrelatedness of local, global, international, and intercultural issues, trends and systems.
  5. Students will demonstrate a willingness to accept shared responsibility for solving local, global, international and intercultural problems.
  6. Students will demonstrate a willingness to address local, global, international and intercultural problems by taking action within the context of their own lives.


Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Explain the impact on the natural resources of a community by the operation of a hotel/resort property.
  2. Explain 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 the two primary categories of facility operating costs, the components of each category, and various factors that affect those costs.     
  7. Calculate the basic carbon footprint of an individual and explain how guests of a hotel/resort property contribute to the property’s overall carbon footprint.   
  8. Identify resource conservation methods for water, energy and waste management as related to hotel and restaurant operations and the financial value of these efforts to the business.
  9. Describe the basics of HVAC, Electrical, Water and Sewer, Refrigeration and Illumination systems.
  10. Compute basic statistics to help make decision regarding energy conservation", ”maintenance optimization”, "bench-marking", "profitability", “capital project evaluation”, “life cycle costing” "time-value-of-money"
  11. Compute the impact of green management operational activity savings in facilities management on the bottom line.

Important Information


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

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

Hospitality Facilities Management and Design (4th Edition)
title : 

Hospitality Facilities Management and Design (4th Edition)

authors : 

David M Stipanuk

publisher : 

Educational Institute of the American Hotel Motel Assoc

publish date : 


isbn 10 : 


isbn 13 : 


notes : 

Also available in an online edition and through various booksellers. Be sure to get the 4th edition.


Expectations of This Course

This is a hybrid course, which means some of the course work will be conducted online. Expectations for performance in a hybrid course are the same for a traditional course. In fact, hybrid courses require a degree of self-motivation, self-discipline, and technology skills which can make these courses more demanding for some students.

Course Detail

Course Communication

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.

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.


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.


Course Requirements
Number of Items
Points for Each
Total Points Available
Student Assignments251010%
Team Project Presentation and Paper110010020% 
Attendance and Online Quizzes


LetterRange (%)LetterRange (%)
LetterRange (%)
A93 or aboveB83 - 86C70 - 76
A-90 - 92B-80 - 82D60- 69
B+87-89C+77 - 79F59 or less

Course Calendar

Weekly Schedule

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

DateClass SessionClass TopicsAssignments/Activities
January 6 - 12

Class Session 1

Course Introduction

Climate Change/ Sustainability

HOME & Inconvenient Truth Viewing and Discussion
January 13 - 19Class Session 2Impact of Global Climate Change on the Three P’s

The Tipping Point presentation

Wyndham Worldwide

CSR Discussion

January 20 - 26Class Session 3

Waste Management 

Guest Speaker

ZERO Waste

Zero Waste Discussion
January 27 - February 2Class Session 4

POMEC Budget

Language of Facilities Management

Team Project Assignment

AHLA Green Guidelines

This is a *P project 

POMEC Budget Problem

Terms: Power Point Presentation

February 3 - 9Class Session 5Water and Wastewater
TEST 1,  Chapts: 1,2,3, film, speaker discussion AND BUDGET PROBLEM
February 10 - 16Class Session 6

Laundry Systems and ‘Project Planet’

WATER Calculation Problem

Laundry Reuse Problem
February 17 - 23
Class Session 7

Buildings and Structures

Lodging Design

Guest Speaker

Team Project Review
February 14 - March 1
Spring Break
March 2 - 8Class Session 9


Online Class Canvas Access
March 9 - 15Class Session 10Schneider Electric University
Team Project
March 16 - 22 Class Session 11Heating, Cooling and Ventilation Systems

Water Calculation Problem & Laundry Reuse Problem

March 23 - 29
Class Session 12Test 2Test 2: Chapters 5,6, 9
March 30 - April 5
Class Session 13


Light Bulb Retrofit Valuation Problem
April 6 - 12Class Session 14Carbon Emissions

The Complete Team Projects are due on these dates
April 13 - 19Class Session 15

Renovation and Capital Improvements


The Complete Team Projects are due on these dates
April 20 - 25Class Session 16Final ExamFinal Exam: Chapter assignments: Lighting Problem, and Carbon Emissions