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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 FacilitiesEngineering 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

The main objective is to provide the prospective hotel or restaurant owner or operator with an introduction to, and a basic knowledge of, building-structures, their component mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems and related staff and service functions as they affect operations, expenditures and resources of the property. Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the fundamental terminology, concepts, facts and principles are presented for analysis, evaluation, modification and implementation.
  • Evaluate how the oriented Systems Engineering Management affecting overall management performance.
  • Assess the sustainable resource management practices in the property under current engineer systems and activities.
  • Analyze the impact on the local community with  the current operation .
  • Create a virtual mock hotel/resort with the knowledge learnt from this course and evaluate the pros and cons from each aspect of facility management.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to do the following:

1. Explain the goals and objectives of Hotel Engineering Management.

2. Explain the impact on the natural resources of a community by a hotel/resort property and how ‘Green’ management practices can contribute to the overall sustainability of the area. 

3. Describe theoretical aspects of utility systems, energy conservation, mechanical equipment, building systems. 

4. Describe the organization and management of a maintenance department and types of maintenance.

5. Identify the two primary categories of facility operating costs, the components of each category, and various factors that affect those costs.        

6. Identify resource conservation methods for water, energy and waste management as related to hotel and restaurant operations and the financial value of these efforts.

7. Describe the basics of HVAC, Electrical, Water and Sewer, Refrigeration and Illumination systems.

8. 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" 

9. Compute the impact of savings in facilities management on the bottom line.

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. For additional information, please visit FIU's Policy and Procedure Library.

 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.

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 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's 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.

Course Prerequisites

HFT 3403 “Accounting for the Hospitality Industry”

HFT 3453 “Lodging Operations Control”


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.

This course provides a guide to basic facilities engineering/economic concepts and tools for solving simple, typical problems in Hospitality Engineering Management and to build a foundation for the understanding of more complex ones.  Simplified options and formulae are presented and their effective application on hotel/restaurant systems illustrated. Knowledge of simple mathematics is all that is required to follow the lectures, assignments and to adequately solve the problems presented.  The emphasis is on practical method and result oriented application rather than theoretical discussion.  I believe that learning can and should be fun. This can only be achieved in an online forum if you participate in the assignments and engage with the material.

Textbook and Course Materials

Hospitality FacilitiesManagement and Design 4thEdition
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Hospitality FacilitiesManagement and Design 4thEdition

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David M. Stipanuk

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Additional Notes

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 getting started page located in the course modules;
  • introduce yourself to the class during the first week by posting a self-introduction in the appropriate discussion;
  • take the practice quiz to ensure that your computer is compatible with the learning management system, Canvas;
  • interact online with instructor and peers;
  • review and follow the course calendar and weekly outlines;
  • log in to the course times per week;
  • respond to discussions by the due date specified. No late work will be accepted; 
  • respond to emails within 2 days; 
  • submit assignments by the corresponding deadline

The instructor will:

  • log in to the course 4 days of a week;
  • respond to discussion postings within one week
  • respond to emails within 2 days
  • grade assignments within one week of the assignment deadline.

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. I will respond to all correspondences within insert turnaround time.

Discussion Forums

All students are expected to post their thoughts on discussion topics presented throughout the term.  The purpose of the discussion forum is to provide a platform for students to consider how new technologies / green activities may apply differently based on the norms, attitudes, values, beliefs and social practices of different cultures.  There are seven (7) topics, one for each week, worth 50 points each for a total of 350 points toward your final grade.

Introduction Video Discussion Forum

Because this class is strictly online, the only way for us to get to know one another better is to introduce ourselves.  Accordingly, you will need to record yourself and upload the file.  This video is worth 100 points of your total grade. The following information should be included in your introductory video:

  1. Your name(e.g., My name is ......)
  2. Where you are from(e.g., I was born and raised in .........)
  3. Where you are in your degree program(e.g., I am a junior in the hospitality management program)
  4. What you want to do when you graduate(e.g., I want to teach marketing at Florida International University because it has the best hospitality students in the country).

5.Where you are currently working/ have ever worked before(e.g. I’m a receptionist at the front office in the W hotel Beijing)

  1. Anything else interesting that you would like to share(e.g., I am a professional racing driver; I am a jewelry connoisseur).

Video is due 11:59pm 17 May 2020 (Sunday). Late submission will lose 20 points.

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.

Discussion Forum Guideline

You post on each discussion is expected to be at least paragraph long and thought provoking. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE FROM THE ONLINE SOURCES!! or you will receive zero for the discussion.

When making a post online, keep in mind the following things:

  • All comments are appropriate and on topic. This is not a chat room, the same respect expected in person is expected online as well.
  • All comments are written in complete sentences with correct conventions.
  • You may consider the following tips when make post:
    1. Give a complement
    2. Add new information
    3. Make a connection to the writer
    4. Give advices or suggestions to help them meet the goal
    5. End the question
    6. If a post that already has 3 comments, you must choose another post to comment on.


For each week, you will have a 10 question for chapters that covered in the week. You will have two attempts to take this quiz, so please make sure you have a good Internet connection before starting it.  These quizzes are given to insure that you are keeping up with the reading. It will be timed, and you will only have 30 minutes to complete each quiz.  Each quiz will be released on Monday and you have until 11:59 on the Friday of that week to complete the quiz. There are 50 points each for a total of 350 points towards your final grade.

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 Canvas Help Team.

Team project assignment

Project Scope

The assignment is to, in teams of approximately 35 students; Create an overview design of a hotel/resort property in a location from Destination list provided by Prof. Each team needs to design a model/layout of the project. The hotel/resort must have a variety of recreation facilities. Your team may determine the additional amenities. Students may not change the team once they are selected and assigned to each team.

The assignment is to identify green operating activities that will reduce resource use, while assuring guest and staff comfort, for the entire major operating systems of the hotel/resort. Discuss how your project design incorporates design factors, building materials, furniture fixtures & equipment as well as wall coverings, flooring and floor covering and other interior products and materials. Food and beverage must also address ways in which you will reflect environmental management in the food and beverage operations.

The project will identify how the hotel/resort will impact the surrounding community in the areas of energy and water use as well as waste-trash and sewerage. The project will identify how the property, its’ activities and guests will impact the surrounding environment, depending on the nature of your recreational activities. Identify ways in which the property team will contribute to efforts in the community to reduce the impact of the property and help to support environmental programs for the community.

Project Paper Assignment

All teams are required to write a paper in a minimum length of 10 pages, including a bibliography and citations page. Make sure to document all of your sources and site them in the body of the paper. Failure to credit the source is plagiarism and will result in receiving a failing grade (F) for the course.

The paper format will follow the standard APA research paper requirements (see to online writing lab (OWL) for information on APA format). Proof your paper for typographical and spelling errors as this severely detracts from the content of the paper. Paper must to be conducted in English ONLY.

Pages must be numbered; the page starting with the Introduction is page 1.  The paper should include a Title Page with title of project and all team members’ names (with Panther ID for each student in the team) and the date.  Following the Title Page is the Table of Contents. The paper then begins with the Introduction, followed by the Body of the Paper, followed by the Conclusion, followed by the Bibliography/citations (Page number ends) and others if applicable.

The main body of paper is to be 3000 +10% words in length (not including cover/title page, table of contents, lengthy quotes, tables, or case examples which should be placed in an appendix) according to the APA standard. Papers with less than 500 words in the main content will not be accepted and will receive a “Zero” for the project assignment. The major content shall include, not limited to, the following issues of the property:

  1. brief introduction of the locations, includes geographic position, climate, environment, culture, economics .......
  2. layout of the property according to your design and short explanation may help understanding. 
  3. introduce the major faculty systems that covered in the course, such as building structure/materials, safety&security concerns and preventions, laundry system design if on premises, lighting system, alternative ways of generating electricity,  waste disposal program, water supply systems, entertainment activities, impact on surrounding/local communities and affections of any advanced theologies on these perspectives in daily operation. 
  4. no less than 10 references in English.

All teams, no exception, must submit ONE e-copy of the paper in PDF on Canvas on no later than 3rd July, 2020 (Friday)No later online submission accepted. The paper’s similarity should be NO MORE than 10% in total or you will lose 1point for 1% that is over 10%.

Please remember: This is an irreversible submission, not a practice! You may not have the second chance to resubmit. It is students' wish/responsibility to have the similarity check before submission on Canvas. 

Please be noted, some of you may plan to have your paper checked similarity with any other outside authority before submission, and in case different tools may give you different results, in all circumstances, our similarity results will be subject to the one on Canvas.

Please keep the deadline in mind and NO SBUMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTED IN DELAY FOR ANY REASON (S). Failure to do so will result in receiving an F for the course. Papers submitted from other classes will receive no credit.


The project presentation is about 30 minutes oral presentation. Each member must participate. The project Design part of the project presentation may include three dimensional, graphic and/or media interpretations of your design, depending on the skills, talents and creativity of the team members.

As this is an online course, members in each group need to record the video and compile into one complete file and upload no later than 3rd July 2020, Friday, Remember: EVERY MEMBER OF THE TEAM MUST PRESENT. 

The structure of the presentation is up to the teamMake your presentation as creative, interactive and fun as you can. The material model is not required this time.

It is important that you spend time rehearsing your presentation. The length of the Presentation is less than 10 minutes will not be accepted and will receive a “Zero” grade for the Team Project Assignment.


Project paper rubrics

Paper will be considered and evaluated as a team work, which means all members will receive the same grade.



Paper adheres completely to each guideline and format stated in posted Paper Guidelines.

Paper adheres completely toall but one guidelines and format stated in posted Paper Guidelines.

Paper adheres to all but two guidelines and formats stated in posted Paper Guidelines.

Paper adheres to all but three guidelines and formats stated in posted Paper Guidelines.
Paper does not adhere to four or more guidelines and formats stated in posted Paper Guidelines.
Paper contains a well detailed introduction and a thorough conclusion
Paper contains an introduction or a conclusion.
Paper contains an introduction and a conclusion. But either/both of them is/are very weak.
Paper contains either an introduction or a conclusion.
Paper contains neither an introduction nor a conclusion.
Clarity of

Paper, all aspects, is clearly and coherently organized; contains all A headings; has no problems with grammar, spelling or punctuation; Bibliography and citations all cited correctly.

Paper is clearly organized with few or no irrelevant sections; contains most A headings; has few problems with grammar, spelling or punctuation; most Bibliography and citations correct.
Paper has adequate organization may be redundant in places; contains no headings; has some problems with grammar, spelling or punctuation; few citations correct.
Paper is somewhat organized but is poorly focused; has many problems with grammar, spelling or punctuation; no citations correct.
Paper is poorly organized or has many irrelevant sections; has many repeated problems with grammar, spelling or punctuation.
ThoroughnessPaper is thorough while clearly and appropriately organized; uses specific and appropriate details; Body of paper is 3,000 +10% words in length.
Paper appropriately organized; uses appropriate details; body of paper is 1,800~2,700 words in length. 1,800 words is minimum to receive better than 60% overall on your paper.
Paper poorly organized, information listed but fail to elaborate properly; may have inappropriate or insufficient details; body of paper is 1,000~1,800 words in length.
Paper barely organized; information is only listed; body of paper is between 800~1,000 words in length.
Paper is not organized at all; contains many irrelevant details; has many unclear response; body of paper less than 800 words in length.
Content qualityPaper innovatively identifies Green Operating Activities in all facility perspectives that will reduce resource use; discusses fully how the project incorporates design factors; discusses in depth how the it will impact the surrounding community; identifies various ways in which the property team will help to support environment programs for the community.

Paper generally identifies Green Operating Activities in most facility perspectives that will reduce resource use; discusses some how the property incorporates design factors; discuss some of property designs that will impact the surrounding community; identifies some ways in which the property team will contribute to help to support environment programs for the community.

Paper identifies some Green Operating Activities; discusses some design factors; discusses poorly how it will impact the surrounding community; identifies few ways in which the property team will help to support environment programs for the community.
Paper identifies few Green Operating Activities; discusses very few design factors; fails to discuss how it will impact the surrounding community; fails to identify ways in which the property team will help to support environment programs for the community.
Paper has no Green Operating Activities at all; does not discuss the designing factors as well as the impact to the surrounding community; no property team contribution to the local society.
Total /250

Presentation rubrics

Presentation will be evaluated individually, which means one's grade may differ from others in the team.




Dress and appearance completely in character for a professional presentation.
Dress and appearance almost in character for a professional presentation.
Dress and appearance no different than what student would wear to class.
No attempt was made in dress and appearance for presentation.
InteractivenessStudent maintains eye contact throughout the presentation.
Student maintains eye contact most of the time.
Student maintains eye contact half  the time.
Almost no eye contact in the entire presentation.
ElocutionUse a clear voice and is very articulate; projects voice so that can be heard very clearly;
Use a clear voice with satisfactory use of inflection; can be heard most of the time
Use voice with only some level of inflection throughout delivery; have difficulty of hearing most of the time.
Student uses a constant monotone voice; cannot be heard.
Visualoutstanding visuals that reinforce information. Content on the ppt is readable and no spelling mistakes.
well done visuals that frequently relate to presentation. Most of the content on the ppt is readable. one  spelling mistake.
visuals are marginal and minimal. Half of the content on the ppt is readable. There are 2 spelling mistakes.
 poorly developed visuals that rarely relate to information. Few content on the ppt is readable. There are 3 or above spelling mistakes.
Logicno difficulty to understand the content at all.
presentation in general is logical and understand most content.
half of the content is understandable
content is poorly organized and only few content is understandable
Presentation is one of a kind. Presentation is one that can be utilized in the work place. very well fluent
Presentation is very innovative, using presentation aids that add to the interest. fluent in general
Attempt was made at some creativity in presentation. Presentation could not be used in all work place presentations. weak in  fluency in general
Weak attempt was made at creativity. Presentation lacks professionalism. not fluent at all.


Course Requirements
Number of Items
Points for Each
Total Points Available
Introduction Video1100100
Project Paper
Project Presentation1300300

Letter Grade

Letter Range (Points)LetterRange (Points)Letter Range (Points)
A1283 or aboveB1121 ~ 1213C945 ~ 1039
A-1215 ~ 1282B-1080 ~ 1120D810 ~ 944
B+1175 ~1214C+1040 ~ 1079F< 810

Grading Schema

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Zoom Video Conference 

Zoom is a video conference tool that you can use to interact with your professor and fellow students by sharing screens, chatting, broadcasting live video/audio, and taking part in other interactive online activities. We will be utilizing this tool to conduct course related discussion, e.g. answering all questions from students, explaining key knowledge and etc.,  during the term. 

Taking the potential  technical issues and various web condition of each individual student into consideration, we will have Zoom meetings every two weeks and Zoom Meetings will be held on the following dates/time: All date/time are in local Beijing time on mode of 24-hour.

  • Meeting 1: May 11 / 9:00~10:00 
  • Meeting 2: May 25 / 9:00~10:00
  • Meeting 3: June 8 / 9:00~10:00
  • Meeting 4: June 22 / 9:00~10:00
  • Meeting 5: July 6 / 8:30~9:30

Please be noted, these Zoom meeting date/time may change upon request by students or by Prof.  with a early notice and  the length of meetings may vary based on the actual situation. There might be more or less Zoom meetings in this term depending on students' feedback.

Zoom Test Meeting Room 
Use this link to access the Zoom Test Meeting Room. This meeting room is available to test out the software before joining an actual session.

Reference the provided links to access Zoom student tutorials to learn about the tool, how to access your meeting room, and share your screen.

Course Calendar

Weekly schedule 

Schedule is subject to change.


Course Introduction

Chpt.1: The Role, Cost, and Management of Hospitality Facilities

Chpt.2 :Hospitality Facilities Management Tools, Techniques, and Trends
Chpts 1 & 2Introduction Video due 11:59pm 17 May Sunday
Grouping on Canvas
Quizzes of Chpts 1 &2
Discussion 1

Chpt 3:Environmental and Sustainability Management

Chpt 4: Safety and Security Systems

Chpts 3&4Quizzes of Chpts 3&4
Discussion 2
3Chpt.5 Water and Wastewater Systems
Chpt.9: Laundry System
Chpt 5&9Quizzes of Chpt 5&9
Discussion 3
Chpt.6&8: Electrical/Lighting System
Chpt 6&8Quizzes of Chpt 6&8
Discussion 4
5Chpt.7: Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Systems

Chpt 7Quizzes of Chpt 7
Discussion 5
6Chpt.10:Building Structure, Finishes, and Site
Chpt 10Quizzes of Chpt 10
Discussion 6
7Chpt.12: Renovation and Capital Projects
Chpts 12Quizzes of Chpts 12
Discussion 7
8Project AssignmentN/AProject paper and presentation submission. Deadline is 11:59pm Friday, 3 July
9Final week N/AFeedback of project assignment and discussion of final grade