Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration

HRT 2000             Introduction to Hotel, Restaurant,and Tourism Administration                                 3 cr.
A comprehensive survey of the lodging, food service, and travel industries emphasizing their historical development and current trends by examining the social, economic, technological, and geographic factors contributing to their evolution. Basic operating principles and industry concepts and terms are stressed. Guest lecturers are featured, affording students the opportunity to discuss hospitality careers with local industry executives and leaders.

HRT 2020             Hotel Operations                                                            3 cr.
Study of the operating departments and functions of contemporary hotels. Topics will include analysis of commercial, transient, resort, and convention properties. The course will examine the management processes and problems in operating hotels.

HRT 2030             Principles of Food Production                                                   3 cr.
A study of foodservice organizations utilizing the foodservice systems model as the framework for students to build a sound understanding of how managers can efficiently and effectively transform human, material, facility and operational resources to create meals, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and financial accountability.  The course will include demonstrations of the thirteen core cooking methods and a lab fee is required.  Open only to Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration majors.

HRT 2050             Principles of Travel and Tourism                                                                              3 cr.
An introduction to the principles of domestic and international tourism analyzing its history, organization and transportation modes; the motivation of travel and travel choice; tourism supply, demand, economic, and destination development; tourism marketing and research; and the future of tourism in international social and economic development.

HRT 2070             Introduction to the Conventions, Events, and Meetings Industry                               3 cr.
The course serves as an introduction to the segment of the hospitality industry dealing with meetings, conventions, events, and incentive travel.  The course provides a survey of the industry players; national associations; career opportunities; the wants and needs of the attendee as well as sponsors and organizers.

HRT 3002             Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Work Experience                                                1 cr.
The work experience will normally be completed during the progress through the HRT program.  Students are advised that most benefit will be gained by completing this requirement in a number of positions that provide insight into a range of hospitality and tourism career tracks.  The course consists of 600 hours of paid work experience that must be documented and approved on a pass/fail basis by the faculty advisor.  Formal enrollment should take place when the 600 hours requirement is completed.

HRT 3011             Tourism and Hospitality Marketing                                                                         3 cr.
A survey of modern marketing theory and techniques as applied in the tourism and hospitality industry. Emphasis will be placed on services marketing, and topics include an analysis of hospitality customer needs, marketing planning, segmentation, positioning, and promotion.

HRT 3016             Legal Environment in the Hospitality Industry   3 cr.
Nature and function of law and legal institutions in society; with emphasis on those areas of law most relevant to hospitality operations. Topics include attributes of hotels, licensing, regulation, hotel-guest and restaurant-patron relationship, obligations of hotels, guest property, rights of hotels and restaurants, sale of alcoholic beverages, and travel industry law.

HRT 3017             Service Organization Management in Hospitality                                                         3 cr.
Principles and practices of service management as applied to the hospitality firm. Emphasis will be upon the human resource component of the organization as well as the practical application of theoretical concepts.

HRT 3140             Cost Control of Hospitality Operations                                                  3 cr.
Prerequisite: ACCT 2130 and HRT 2030. Study of factors important in the control of expenses in food service and lodging operations. Topics will include: purchasing, receiving, storage, issuing, budgeting, menu pricing, labor cost control, and the use of source documents and forms.

HRT 3141             Management of Beverage Service                                                                           3 cr.
An advanced, comprehensive examination of beverage operations in the hospitality industry. Topics will include: purchasing, storing, issuing and serving alcoholic beverages; survey and study of wines, spirits, and beers; and a study of laws and social considerations pertaining to the serving of alcoholic beverages. Restricted to Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration majors.

HRT 3145             Layout, Design, and Maintenance of Hospitality Facilities                                                                           3 cr.
Prerequisite: HRT 2030. A study of facilities design and layout for effective delivery of hospitality services. Topics include equipment selection, space allocation, maintenance of the physical plant in hospitality facilities, principles of utilities management, ventilation, sanitation, acoustics, furniture and fixture selection, and maintenance.

HRT 3150             Tourism Planning and Operations                                                            3 cr.
This course examines the tourism planning approach, considering political, physical, social, and economic elements as interrelated and interdependent components. The development process of various tourism products at the national, regional, and community levels will be examined including the functions of tour operators, wholesale and retail travel agencies.

HRT 3240             Club Management and Operations                                                                         3 cr.
An analysis of the operation and management of private and public clubs (golf, tennis, military, country clubs, professional, and business clubs).

HRT 3290             Hospitality Internship                                                                   3 cr.
Under the supervision of an HRT faculty member, the student will intern at the site of a participating organization for a specific research project or set of activities. Readings and other research activities may be assigned. Students desiring to take this course should apply a semester in advance for School approval. Only open to Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration majors. A minimum of eight hours per week at the site of a participating organization will be required.

HRT 3295             Independent Study in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration                     3 cr.
Offered each semester. Prerequisite: Approval of the supervising professor and the Director of HRT is required prior to registration. The student should refer to the College of Business Administration Policy on Undergraduate Directed Individual Study available in the School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration. Arranged individually in order to provide latitude for specialized study and research under the direction of a faculty member. Progress reports, readings, conferences, and a research paper are required. May be repeated for up to six hours credit.

HRT 4000             Policy Issues in Tourism and Hospitality                                               3 cr.
Prerequisites: FIN 3300, HRT 2000, 3011, 3017, and 3140 and senior standing or consent of the School.  A case-oriented course in strategic planning and management in the hospitality industry. Students will analyze tourism and hospitality industry cases to develop their skills in formulating and implementing business strategies. Not available for graduate credit.

HRT 4120             Advanced Lodging Operations Management                                                      3 cr.
Prerequisites: HRT 2020 and 3017 and senior standing or consent of the School. An in-depth study of management practices employed in the operation of hotels, motels, resorts, cruise ships, and other institutional lodging facilities. This course will focus on the organizational structure and management concepts that are applied to lodging operations.

HRT 4150             Meeting, Event, and Convention Planning                                                          3 cr.
This courses teaches how to plan, organize, staff and evaluate any meeting or event. The importance of this course is further justified given the increasingly important role meetings, events, exhibitions, and conventions play in both the local and national economies.  Learning will take place through a combination of lectures, readings, guest speakers, and a term project.

HRT 4230             Advanced Food Service Management                                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisites: HRT 2030, 3140, and senior standing or the consent of the School. Planning and managing the commercial foodservice operation including independent restaurants, banquets and catering, cafeterias, institutional foodservice, and quick service restaurants. Topics will include forecasting and budgeting, menu development, staffing, establishing operational control, and management decision making.

HRT 4250             International Tourism                                                                   3 cr.
A comprehensive examination of the complex world of international tourism as a modern mass cultural activity. The course will emphasize world geography and traveler flows, political environments and security relationships, government planning and destination development, economic development strategies and international competition, and the role of international agencies and organizations in world tourism.

HRT 4290             Special Topics in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration                         3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of the school. An advanced study of contemporary issues in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

HRT 4319             Wines of the World                                                                       3 cr.
An in-depth study of wine from vine to table and its role in the hospitality industry. The course will cover the wine regions of the world including, history, geography, climate, vineyards, producers, and styles of wine produced in each region. Topics include viticulture, enology, and grape varieties of world wine regions including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and the United States, among others. This course will provide students the opportunity to prepare for the Certified Wine Specialist (CSW) examination.

HRT 5150             Meeting, Event, and Convention Planning          3 cr.
This courses teaches how to plan, organize, staff and evaluate any meeting or event. The importance of this course is further justified given the increasingly important role meetings, events, exhibitions, and conventions play in both the local and national economies.  Learning will take place through a combination of lectures, readings, guest speakers, and a term project.

HRT 5160             Theories of Casino Gaming                                                 3 cr.
Prerequisite: MATH 2314. A study of theories pertinent to casino games including but not limited to craps, money wheel, slot machines, keno, blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and poker. Not available for graduate credit.

HRT 5250             International Tourism                                                   3 cr.
A comprehensive examination of the complex world of international tourism as a modern mass cultural activity. The course will emphasize world geography and traveler flows, political environments and security relationships, government planning and destination development, economic development strategies and international competition, and the role of international agencies and organizations in world tourism.

HRT 5290             Special Topics in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration                      3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of the school. An advanced study of contemporary issues in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

HRT 6001             Survey of the Hospitality & Tourism Industry                                  3 cr.
This course examines the areas of critical importance in the hotel, restaurant, and tourism industries. Students will be presented with a global knowledge of the industry, individual organizations, and current management trends and issues through the use of case studies. The management of hospitality organizations will be discussed in the context of various management related problems.

HRT 6102             Technology for Tourism & Hospitality Management                                                       3 cr.
This course is designed to investigate and present topics, trends, and issues of using technology in the hospitality and tourism industry.  The course will focus on technology to manage information and examine the Internet as a management and marketing tool.  This is a particularly dynamic area, crucial for the future success of managers, and it will feature presentations and interactions with industry professionals.

HRT 6200             Hospitality and Tourism Operations Analysis                                             3 cr.
Prerequisite: HRT 6001 or consent of school. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of management/operational problems specific to the hospitality and tourism industry will be used to synthesize knowledge with the more advanced and unique aspects of hospitality/tourism operations. Management theories, marketing principles, financial concepts, and advanced analytical techniques are applied to the hospitality and tourism industry. Readings and case analysis are used to illuminate the diverse segments of the industry.

HRT 6202             Hospitality and Tourism Research Methods                                   3 cr.
This course is designed to introduce students to the research function using both descriptive and inferential statistics.  This course will aid students in understanding the role of information in decision-making and in learning the techniques involved in acquiring information.  Students will learn the research process and be able to evaluate the appropriateness of research methodology.

HRT 6203             Marketing Applications for Hospitality & Tourism Industry                                         3 cr.
This course is designed to apply the fundamentals of marketing to the hospitality and tourism industry.  It involves understanding that the world around us alters the decisions we make about our product/service, price, distribution, and communications.  Emphasis will be on strategic marketing and the development of marketing plans.

HRT 6204             Hospitality & Tourism Internship                                             3 cr.
This supervised internship allows students to learn by working with the sponsoring hospitality or tourism organization to critically examine a major aspect of their operations.  Objectives are set and evaluation is accomplished jointly by the program coordinator, the student, and the on-site supervisor.  A research report on the internship is required.

HRT 6205             Change Management for Hospitality & Tourism                                           3 cr.
This course examines the critical area of change management in a service quality environment.  It discusses the components of leadership, change management, and human resource management that have increasingly become recognized as the main drivers of success for all hospitality and tourism organizations.  The course sets these components within the quality improvement framework.  It further examines the development of the quality movement and the issues of measuring quality within the hospitality and tourism context.

HRT 6207             Work Experience in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry           0 cr.
The work experience is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Science in HTM as a required course and to the College of Business Administration MBA students with an HRT option. The course consists of 400 hours of work experience, approved in advance by the graduate coordinator of the Master of Science program in HRT. Formal enrollment must take place no later than the second semester of enrollment in the graduate program.

HRT 6250             Tourism Destination Development                                                                         3 cr.
Prerequisite: HRT 6001 or consent of school. Planning, development, and marketing of tourism at the destination level, from small communities to cities, regions, or countries. Approaches and guidelines for the integrated and sustainable development of tourism that is coherent with community needs, and for the marketing of tourism destination. The social, environmental, and economic costs and benefits of tourism with their implications for planning and management. This course will require an active participation of the students through the presentation of cases, and the elaboration of tourism development and marketing plans.

HRT 6300             Hospitality & Tourism Revenue Management                                                              3 cr.
This course examines the critical areas of revenue maximization as applied to the hospitality and tourism industry. Course topics include analysis and interpretation of financial statements, principles of revenue management, key profit indicators, demand forecasting, and strategic pricing.

HRT 6301             Hospitality & Tourism Industry Strategic Management                         3 cr.
Concepts and formulation of business strategy are analyzed and determined in the framework of the total business environment.  Roles and actions of top management and supervisory personnel in developing and implementing policy and strategy are examined in the highly competitive settings of the hospitality and tourism industry.  Case studies are utilized to solve problems in the classroom.  This course should be taken in the final semester of study and it will draw extensively upon the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program.  Open to M.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management students only.

HRT 6491             Independent Study In Hospitality & Tourism                                                         3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Readings, weekly or biweekly reports, conferences, and a research paper under the direction of a graduate faculty member is required.

HRT 6495             Special Topics in Hospitality & Tourism                                      3 cr.
An intensive study of selected special topics in hospitality and tourism management.  Topics will vary based on contemporary needs as dictated by the discipline as well as the interests of the students and the instructor.

HRT 7000             Thesis Research                                                              3 min. cr. - 6 max. cr.
Offered each semester.  Prerequisite:  HRT 6202 and permission of the department.  To be repeated for credit until thesis is accepted.

HRT 7040             Examination or Thesis Only No Credit                                                    0 cr.
Open to students in a thesis program who have only (other than application for degree) on the final typing and acceptance by the Graduate School of their thesis or to students in a non-thesis program who have only (other than application for degree) to pass the final examination to complete graduation requirements.