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Professor Information

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Nathan Dodge





(305) 919-4127

Office Hours

By Appointment


Turn Around Time

Within 24 hours

Additional Notes

Course Description and Purpose

AFWC POD - 1 credit. 

  • This practical, experiential POD will give students hands-on experience and first-hand knowledge of the wine industry, and how to plan and execute a multi-day event. 
  • This POD will be conducted by Professor Nathan Dodge who will be assisted by president of the AFWC, Shari Gherman. This POD will take place up to and during the 14th annual American Fine Wine Competition, the premier All-American wine invitational in the country.   It will take place at the Wine Spectator Restaurant at the Chaplin School of Hospitality.  
  • Over the course of 4 days, students will participate in wine selection, service, and judging during the wine competition.  They will get exposure to wine industry professionals including; judges, suppliers, distributors, winery owners and wine retailers. 

Course Objectives

Students will:

  • Organize time focusing on differentiating wine varietals during setup 
  • Design and create judging tables 
  • Demonstrate effective portion control and service of wine
  • Demonstrate proper wine bottle & glass maintenance
  • Develop wine presentation techniques, and choose the (ideal) serving equipment
  • Apply the basics of food safety and sanitation practices to the wine and service function
  • Apply and role-play the basics of wine service (FOH and BOH)
  • Apply in a managerial context, students will be expected to reflect on the event using cogent thoughts of what they found useful as well as changes they suggest

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Important Information


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 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

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Privacy Policy Statements for Partners and Vendors

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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.

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 are 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.

Inclusivity Statement

This course will serve to embrace the diversity and inclusivity found within Florida International University. We appreciate and respect diversity, equality, equity, cooperativeness, community, and sustainability within our online courses. We are committed to the ongoing education of our students and their participation within the course regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, geographical location, religion, and disability. We strive in encouraging collaboration by preparing our students to value the differences in others. At the core of our intentions is the encouragement of acceptance and appreciation of differences within our student population and community.

Course Prerequisites

If the course has prerequisites: This course has a prerequisite(s). Review the Course Catalog. webpage for prerequisites information.

If the course does not have prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Proctored Exam Policy

Please note that the information contained in this section applies only if your course requires a proctored exam.

Through a careful examination of this syllabus, it is the student’s responsibility to determine whether this online course requires proctored exams. Please visit our Student Proctored Exam Instructions. webpage for important information concerning proctored exams, proctoring centers, and important forms.

Course Detail

Uniform and Appearance

All students in class are expected to adhere to good industry practices for dress, personal appearance, safety and sanitation.

All students must follow these guidelines for uniform and appearance.

Wear a complete, clean uniform in the kitchen.

Expected Uniform

  • Cleaned and pressed black or khaki pants of proper fit, neither pegged nor cuffed. Pants must be hemmed above the natural heel and below the ankle.
  • Preferred black buttoned, collared shirts or blouses T shirts are also acceptable with prior approval
  • No Hats
  • Clean, black, sturdy work shoes that provide support to stand and work for long hours. They must have a closed back, non-slip, oil resistant soles.
  • Black or white socks (only), which cover the ankle.
  • One plain ring and one watch are the only jewelry permitted. 
  • Fingernails should be short, trimmed, clean, neat, and free of polish.
  • Hair must be restrained above the collar in a professional manner, with solid white or black hair restraints, barrettes, or scrunchies.
  • You must be clean-shaven, with sideburns not exceeding the middle of the ear for men. Beards must be neatly trimmed or covered with a beard guard. 
  • Mustaches must be neatly trimmed and must not extend beyond the corner of the lips.
  • Sheer or see-through clothing is not permitted.
  • In all instances, hair must be groomed, clean and restrained under the hat at all times.
  • No excessive makeup, cologne, aftershave, or detectable sprays and lotions.


Written Paper due on June 4th by 11:59pm

Students will focus their assessment for the AFWC POD class on answering the following questions in a minimum of 500 word evaluation:

  • List student experiences
    • 5 Good (activities the students were proud of and wished to duplicate in the future)
    • 5 Bad (activities the student reflected on that they feel could have been done better or handled differently)
    • 5 Suggestion for creating a better American Fine Wine Competition experience for both students and judges

Guest and Client Survey development, feedback and plan due on June 4th by 11:59pm

  1. Students as a team will develop a minimum 5 question survey to be administered to guests after each service period. This needs to be completed PRIOR to start of first class.
  2. Students will administer and tabulate the survey results after each service period
  3. Students will prepare a GROUP PowerPoint “Dashboard” summarizing successes and opportunities to improve upon


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Zoom Video Conference 

This is a fully in-person class. There is not a ZOOM Option


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Course Requirements
Number of Items
Points for Each
Total Points Available
Guest and Client Survey Development Feedback and Plan110010025%
Final Written Project310030025%

Grading Schema

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< 95%
< 90%
< 87%
< 83%
< 80%
< 77%
< 70%
< 60%

Course Calendar

Weekly Schedule

It is assumed that students have attained a level of maturity that motivates them to take responsibility for achieving the learning objectives of this course by using the learning tools provided. This course is designed to be completed successfully through the use of three learning assignments:

  1. doing the homework assignments on a timely basis
  2. doing the reading assignments on a timely basis
  3. attending all classes, taking appropriate notes and PARTICIPATING IN CLASS. A student who does not use all three of the above tools appropriately and in a timely fashion runs the risk of falling behind and being unable to keep up with the rest of the class. More importantly, the student is wasting an opportunity to improve himself/herself.

A. If, after doing the reading and homework assignments, a student does not understand a topic that has been explained in class, it is the student's responsibility to visit the instructor during office hours, or contact via e-mail to seek additional instructional assistance, or to seek such assistance from classmates, or from any other source that is available.

B. It is impossible to cover all assigned reading materials in class. Therefore it is of particular importance that a student request further explanation of any assigned material that the student does not understand, and that is not covered in class. Students are responsible, in the relevant classes, and on the relevant examinations, for the corresponding material in the reading and homework assignments regardless of whether it is, or is not, covered in class.

C.  In the unfortunate event that a student is obliged to miss a class lab/lecture for circumstances beyond his/her control, the student is responsible for taking any exceptional steps necessary to learn the material discussed in that class. Such steps may include obtaining assistance from classmates and/or requesting assistance from the instructor during office hours, going to tutoring sessions, or from any other available source.

Expectations of this Course

The following guidelines will create a comfortable and productive learning environment throughout the semester.

You can expect me:

  • To start and end class on time.
  • To reply to e-mails within 24 hours on weekdays OR 48 hours on weekends and holidays.
  • To assign homework that adequately covers the material and meets the learning objectives of the course while adhering to the time expectations for a 16-week course.
  • To give exams that accurately reflects the material covered in class and assigned in homework.

I expect you:

  • To come to class on time.
  • To be attentive and engaged in class.
  • To use laptops, tablets and other electronic devices during class, to take notes and follow the lecture.
  • To refrain from using internet and media distractions during class such as surfing, texting, etc…
  • To spend an adequate amount of time on the homework assignments, and to complete and submit assignments as required in a timely and professional manner.
  • To actively engage and participate in classroom discussions and culinary labs.
  • To enthusiastically help with clean up chores as needed.
  • To seek help when appropriate.

This POD will have the following requirements:

  • Unboxing wines
  • Organizing by varietals
  • Tagging bottles
  • Placing bottle flights
  • Setting up glassware and tagging appropriately
  • Wine opening and pouring (Properly)
  • Wine service to Judging tables
  • Monitoring Judges as to when flights are done and collect glassware
  • Washing and Polishing of glassware
  • Restocking of glassware

Use of Mobile Phone During Class Policy 

Mobile phones are not allowed in the classroom or the lab. A student will receive TWO warnings, after the second warning, the student will lose all attendance/participation points for the day.