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Wenbo Huang, Ph.D., CHE


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Course Time Zone | Eastern Standard Time (EST). Course due dates are according to this time zone.

Course Description and Purpose

This course provides an analysis of principal operating problems facing managers in the food service industry. Various control systems necessary for profitability and quality are examined. Students will develop a basic business plan for a new restaurant operation, identifying concept, location, cuisine, menu and pricing, working in a team format on a semester long project. Quality customer service is a focus of this course as students develop restaurant service plans focused on specific service levels and styles of restaurant operations. Sanitation and safety issues are addressed in addition to responsible beverage service and opportunities to incorporate ‘greening’ a restaurant operation into concept and business plan development.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Prepare students to become successful restaurant managers by giving them the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed in this competitive environment.
  • Develop an appreciation of the scope and variety of operations found in the industry so that they may choose a management career in an area most agreeable to their own personalities.
  • Managers must be problem solvers. This course raises problems common to the industry and offers insights into how successful managers go about solving those problems.

Important Information


Please review 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 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 (BBC: WUC 139, 305-919-5345).

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.

Statement of Understanding between Professor and Student

Every student must respect the right of all to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students must adhere to a standard of academic conduct, demonstrating respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of the University. As a student taking this class: 

  • I will not represent someone else's work as my own 
  • I will not cheat, nor will I aid in another's cheating

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. Review more information about prerequisites in the course catalog. Must have knowledge of Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, & Excel.

Required Textbook and Course Materials

The Professional Restaurant Manager
title : 
The Professional Restaurant Manager
authors : 
David K. Hayes, Allisha A. Miller, Jack D. Ninemeier
publisher : 

Prentice Hall

publish date : 

Dec 2012

isbn 10 : 
isbn 13 : 

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 2 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 regularly throughout the week;
  • Respond to emails within 48 hours
  • Grade assignments within 7 days 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 48 hours.


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 virtual office hours.

Zoom meetings can be accessed via the Zoom link in the course navigation menu. Once you click on the Zoom link, it will route you to join the meeting for the respective class session. You will also be able to view upcoming meetings, previous meetings that you have already joined, and meeting recordings. Before joining an actual class session:

If you encounter any technical difficulties, please contact the FIU Canvas Help Team. Please ensure you contact support immediately upon the issue occurring.


Discussion Forums

Since managers frequently engage in group presentations, as future managers you are expected to gain experience in developing and expressing your ideas before a group of your peers in the class. This being a learning environment, it is the instructor's intent to use class participation to enhance respect for each individual and help develop their self-confidence in a friendly setting. Review the rubric attached to the discussion boards for further details. Discussion grades will be available within 7 days of the deadline.

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.

Weekly Assignments

There are totally 10 weekly assignments. Each assignment consists of 1 or 2 questions. 

  • Write a ONE page double spaced paper to answer the question(s)
  • The font size needs to be 12, Time New Roman
  •  Do not write the instructions on the assignment on this paper. Just indicate Q1, Q2
  • File name: Assignment 1(or 2,3,4,5,6) + your name + your panther ID.
    • For example, Mr. John Smith’s first assignment file name should be: Assignment 1 John Smith 6144888
    • Failure to use the correct file name will result in the loss of 5 points
  • You will have a full week to submit each weekly assignment in Canvas
  • Late submissions will not be accepted
  • Assignment grades will be available within 7 days of the deadline


There will be a Midterm and Final Exam. Both exams will consist of multiple-choice questions and have a 75-minute time limit. Exams are automatically graded and results will be available after the due date.

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.


Late Assignment Submission Policy

Please review the Late Assignment Submission Policy.

Course RequirementsNumber of ItemsPoints for EachTotal Points AvailableWeight
Discussion Forums102020030%
Weekly Assignments105050050%
Midterm Exam110010010%
Final Exam120020010%
LetterRange (%)LetterRange (%)
LetterRange (%)
A95 or above
B83 - 86
C70 - 76
A-90 - 94
B-80 - 82

60 - 69


87 - 89


77 - 79


59 or less

Course Calendar