Senior Seminar in Hospitality Management
Class Day/Time: Face to Face sessions: Mondays, 3:30pm to 4:50pm, HM 249
Course Time Zone | Eastern Standard Time (EST). Course due dates and times are according to this time zone.
Course Description and Purpose
Student groups identify and research a major problem of a hospitality enterprise. Discussions will focus on problems and solutions. Final report required. Seniors only.
Through their time in this class students will develop critical thinking capabilities, problem solving abilities, and communication skills through analyzing and creatively solving fundamental challenges faced in the hospitality industry. They will also be able to professionally communicate the research process as well as the solutions conducted on hospitality issues. Additionally, students will gain an understating of fundamental leadership principles and apply them to their lives.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
The World We Live in
Over the past several months, the U.S. has experienced the emergence of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has caused, and continues to cause, fear, stress, and pain for many members of our community, and will continue to impact each of us in various ways throughout this term. Under these circumstances, it is completely normal to feel overwhelmed or anxious, and to have difficulty concentrating. I have designed this course with these challenges in mind, and am committed to continuing to work with all of you to create a positive and supportive learning environment throughout the term. If your health, well-being, or school work are being impacted by recent events, I encourage you to make use of the resources FIU provides, which I have included later in this syllabus.
As cases and hospitalizations due to the Delta variant continue to increase in our community, we must unite and take necessary steps to prevent further spread.
I have great respect for students who are balancing their pursuit of education with the responsibilities of caring for children or other family members. If you run into challenges that require you to miss a class, or if your caregiving responsibilities are interfering with your ability to engage in remote learning, please contact me. There may be some instances of flexibility we can offer to support your learning.
Many students face obstacles to their education as a result of work or family obligations or unforeseen personal difficulties. If you are experiencing challenges throughout the term that are impacting your ability to succeed in this course, or in your undergraduate career more broadly, please reach out to me immediately so that we can work together to form a plan for your academic success. If you are unable to attend my student drop-in hours, please email to set up a time that works for you or arrange a meeting by Zoom.
HFT4294 should be the final class taken in the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management curriculum. The advising office must check that this is the last course needed to be taken.
Textbook and Course Materials
As of Fall 2021, FIU has implemented the Panther Book Pack. This is an affordable course materials subscription rental program providing you with the print and digital course materials required by the instructor at a flat rate of $20 per credit hour. When you registered for this course you were notified via email of the materials included in the Panther Book Pack for all your classes. I recommend that you review the pricing for all materials per semester for the greatest savings. You have the option to opt out of this subscription for the semester until the cancellation of enrollment date for the term. Once you opt out, the flat rate subscription amount will be credited to your student account. For more details, visit http://bookpack.fiu.edu.
In recognition of the high cost of a college education, every effort has been made to provide no cost learning materials for this course. To that end, there is no text-book for the course. In its place, course materials will be provided in Canvas for your review. Therefore you may want to opt out of the Panther Book Pack.
Expectations of This Course
This is a hybrid course, which means half of our sessions will be face to face and the remaining time engaging with content will be 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.
Students Are Expected To:
The Instructor Will:
My Commitment to Your Success:
Your success in this course is very important to me. Some aspects of this course may be more challenging than others. You may also find yourself needing extra guidance, advice, or direction in order to be able to fully grasp the course material and complete the assignments. This is all very normal and expected! Please know that I am here and committed to assisting you in any way that I can, while maintaining the academic rigor of the course. Please feel free to make use of my 'student drop-in hours' listed at the top of the syllabus. However, if those hours do not work for you, please send me an email and I will be sure to get back to you within 1 business day either with resources for you or so that we can set aside some time to discuss the issues. If you are willing and able to put in the work, I am willing to provide the support you need to be successful.
I am committed to creating a learning environment where diverse perspectives are recognized and valued as a source of strength. I request that all students work with me to create a class culture based on open communication, mutual respect, and inclusion. As a class we will approach all discussions with respect and civility. Disagreements and debates in academic discourse are expected and welcome, but personal attacks are never OK, and will not be tolerated. I strive to ensure an open and welcoming classroom for all students. If I ever miss the mark, please don’t hesitate to come and talk to me. We are all learning together.
The mission is to alleviate the debt and expense burden on students in the state of Florida by encouraging faculty to incorporate low cost course materials with recognition and direct peer-tested resources.
This course has been certified to have less than $30/credit hour of additional cost.
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.
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 for students with visible or invisible needs. 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.
Panthers Care & Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
All of us need a support system, and many students benefit from the use of counseling services. 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.
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.
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.
In my experience, academic misconduct most often occurs because students are unaware of how to properly cite sources, or because students become overwhelmed and desperate. If you are concerned about how you are doing in this course or are having difficulties, please come speak with me so we can discuss and figure out how to help you manage the work in this course. This will hopefully prevent you from making a decision you would not normally make. I fully believe you are very capable of meeting all the expectations for this course!
Technical Requirements and Skills
One of the greatest barriers to taking a hybrid 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.
Please visit our Technical Requirements webpage for additional information.
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 our "7 minute discussion".
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.
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.
You are welcome to email me either through Canvas or directly to my FIU email. You are also expected to write in a professional manner, meaning there should be a salutation, body, and signature. I will do my best to respond to emails on a weekday within 24 hours. I will return emails sent over the weekend on the next business day. If for some reason I have not responded to you within 2 business days, please send me a follow-up, I will appreciate the gentle reminder.
My hope is that all students will develop the knowledge you need to do well in this course and that all students--even those who perform well early in the semester—will improve and develop greater knowledge and skills throughout the semester. In order to help you achieve these academic goals, I will provide multiple opportunities for you to receive feedback on your performance throughout the course which gives you opportunities to see how you are doing. This allows you to identify places you may need to apply more effort or new strategies and seek help in areas of struggle, thus improving throughout the semester.
This course is set up on 1000 points. In order to be eligible for full points, all work should be turned in by the due date and time. If work is late, it will be accepted, but 50% will be deducted before the assignment is graded. Work will not be accepted if it is more than 7 days late. There are built-in Extra Credit Assignments. You may earn up to 100 points from Extra Credit Assignments to help you get the grade you would like in the course. Please see the table below for assignments and their corresponding points.
The lowest grade in the Discussion Boards, LinkedIn Learning, and Attendance categories will each be dropped.
|Mandatory Assignments||Points||Extra Credit Assignment||Points|
|Canvas Profile and Introduction Video||10||Hospitality Leader Interview and Reflection||25|
|Syllabus Academic Misconduct Quiz||5||Senior Survey||10|
|Hospitality Challenge Team Contract||10||LinkedIn Learning “Leadership Course” I||25|
|Hospitality Challenge Sections I, II, III, and IV (Drafts) (4x10pts)||40||LinkedIn Learning “Leadership Course” II||25|
|Hospitality Challenge Sections I, II, III, and IV (Revisions) (4x10pts)||40||“Leadership” Movie Reflection||25|
|Discussion Boards (6 (out of 7) x 20pts)||120||7 minute conversation with professor||15|
|LinkedIn Learning Courses (7 (out of 8) x 15pts)||105||Meet with Career Services||25|
|Career Services Assignment||30||Tim Minchin Discussion Board||15|
|Leadership Philosophy Exercise||50||SPOT – Course Evaluation||20|
|Hospitality Challenge Final Paper||200|
Hospitality Challenge Presentation
Attendance (14 (out of 15) x8pts)
Total Points (Offered), only 100 points will be counted
|Letter||Range (%)||Letter||Range (%)||Letter||Range (%)|
|A||90 or above||C+||77 - 79||F||59 or less|
|B+||87-89||C||70 - 76|
In the "Assignments" section below you will find links to all the assignments for this course. If you click on the link it will take you to each assignment's page within Canvas. Within each assignment's page, you will find a 1 page document describing the assignment in detail, including why the assignment is important, what you will be doing, how you will be successful, as well as how points will be assigned.