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Sustainable Service Management for Hospitality and Tourism

Sustainable Service Management for Hospitality and Tourism

This comprehensive course will cover the principles and practices of sustainable service management. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable hospitality management. The course will provide a sustainable approach to service management, incorporating the role of the customer, employee, leaders, and the environment. After successful completion of this course, students will understand and be able to explain the fundamentals of sustainability in the hospitality industry.

Objectives

  • Articulate the importance of customer-centered service in the hospitality industry
  • Know how to empower employees to create sustainable service
  • Be able to describe leadership qualities that contribute to a sustainable service environment
  • Be able to identify drivers of sustainable success in service businesses
  • Understand how green policies and social profit benefit the planet and the bottom line

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Hospitality & Tourism
Course Length: Semester

Planning Meetings and Special Events

Planning Meetings and Special Events

This course is designed as an introduction to the study of planning meetings and special events. Being a meetings and special events planner is both demanding and rewarding. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects this profession will grow by 43.7 percent between 2010 and 2020. It's not all fun and parties, though. In 2012, Career Cast ranked being an event planner as the sixth most stressful job, with soldiers and firefighters holding the top two positions. That's because a meeting coordinator is responsible for every detail of an event. Planners must know how to communicate, be empathetic, and think of their clients. It's crucial to remember that in some instances the event will be a once-in -a-lifetime occasion, so it's important to get it right.

  • The Big Business of Meetings and Special Events: This unit offers an historical overview of the meetings and special events industry and how it has grown to be an annual $273 billion industry in America. It also reviews different types of meetings and helps students learn to communicate with those in the convention and visitor industry. Students will also learn about committees, supervision styles, and how to set up work schedules.
  • It All Comes Down to the Plan: This unit, students become familiar with definitions needed to work in this industry, and why it is so important to lay the foundation for a meeting or special event. Students will also start to develop a network and became familiar with the professional associations. The tools of the meetings and special event planner trade are also reviewed: smartphones, iPad, computers, and the Internet. Finally, students will learn about developing budgets.
  • Getting Organized: This unit is all about getting organized. In this part of the course, students will work through topics such as site selection and how to map meeting room space using the latest apps. Students will also understand how to work with suppliers, and the importance of using precise language and getting everything on paper.
  • F & B, Equipment and Getting It Out There: Unit Four discusses food and beverage (F & B) and equipment. Students will learn about the different kinds of food set-ups, how to use pipe-and-drape, and the importance of checking everything twice. Students will also learn about working with mass media, and about using the Internet and SEO for promotion.
  • Logistics: This unit the transportation logistics of meetings and international considerations. Students will learn how to organize transportation, monitor shuttle services, and understand airport codes. Students will also gain the knowledge to develop evaluations that will provide valuable feedback to improve future meetings.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Hospitality & Tourism
Course Length: Semester

Marketing and Sales for Tourism and Hospitality

Marketing and Sales for Tourism and Hospitality

Marketing and Sales for Tourism and Hospitality Course OverviewThis course is designed as an introduction to the study of tourism and hospitality marketing and sales. Students will be introduced to marketing theory and application of the basic principles of marketing as applied in hospitality and tourism. The relationship between marketing and other functions such as advertising, sales techniques, and public relations to maximize profits in a hospitality organization is addressed. Students will have an opportunity to explore this multi-faceted world, identifying multiple career paths and opportunities.

  • Introduction to Marketing: This unit introduces students to marketing and sales. Students learn about the historical development of the field, and about the core principles of marketing. The also learn the importance of the differences between marketing and sales. Students will also explore components of a marketing plan, and about a technique to evaluate the effectiveness of a plan.
  • Marketing Research and Analysis: Because travel is both a product and a service, it needs a unique marketing strategy. Students will learn how to develop that strategy, as well as about market segmentation and research for the travel industry.
  • Marketing Strategy and Planning: Specifics about promotion and sales are covered in this unit, which also details the use of promotion as a component of the marketing mix. Students also learn about the importance of effective selling and the importance of closing the sale.
  • Delivering Hospitality Services to Customers: This unit reviews the wide variety of distribution methods typically used to promote tourism and hospitality to the travel trade and customers. It also reminds students of the importance of customer needs and wants and how to obtain this information through technology and market research.
  • Career Opportunities in Tourism and Hospitality: This unit discusses the career paths of tourism entities and hospitality businesses, the skills needed to work in tourism and hospitality, and the educational levels that are essential today to perform in an exceedingly competitive arena.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Hospitality & Tourism
Course Length: Semester

Food Safety and Sanitation

Food Safety and Sanitation

This comprehensive course will cover the principles and practices of food safety and sanitation that are essential in the hospitality industry for the protection and well-being of staff, guests and customers. The course will provide a systems approach to sanitation risk management and the prevention of food contamination by emphasizing the key components of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety system. After successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to meet the requirements of state and national certification exams.

  • Facing up to the Importance of Food Safety: This unit introduces students to methods of safely handling food, both in the kitchen and throughout food facilities, as well as good practices for personal hygiene for food handlers.
  • Food Travel Path: The Flow of Food Through the Operation: This unit teaches how managers examine the flow of food, identify the types of food that are at risk of contamination, and then establish critical control points in the flow of food to apply the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) process during the receiving, storing, preparing, holding, and serving processes.
  • Clean and Sanitary Facilities and Equipment: Clean and sanitary facilities and equipment are basic components in any HACCP system. In unit, students learn how to maintain cleanliness by establishing a master schedule of when different facilities are cleaned and stocked with proper supplies, who will do it, and what constitutes cleanliness. Students will also learn about proper handling of cleaning supplies.
  • Accident Prevention and Crisis Management: Students will learn that an important role of the foodservice manager is to look closely at the facility, the equipment, and employee behavior to identify safety hazards. Students will also learn about the types of injuries that may occur in a foodservice establishment and how to prepare for them. Compliance with OSHA standards will also be covered.
  • Sanitation Management: Students will learn that to successfully implement a training program, the manager must assess and analyze the training needs of employees by looking at critical control points and making sure there are written directions for each procedure and that each employee is fully aware of his or her responsibilities. Students will also learn about different management roles in a food service facility as well as about the different types of food styles a restaurant may serve.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Hospitality & Tourism
Course Length: Semester

Software Development Tools

Software Development Tools

This course introduces students to the variety of careers related to programming and software development. Students will gather and analyze customer software needs and requirements, learn core principles of programming, develop software specifications, and use appropriate reference tools to evaluate new and emerging software. Students will produce IT-based strategies and a project plan to solve specific problems and define and analyze system and software requirements.

Objectives

  • Understand the development of the computer.
  • Be able to describe the organization of the Central Processing Unit.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of widely used software applications (e.g., word processing, database management, spreadsheet development).
  • Identity three levels of programming languages.
  • Identity execution differences between interpreted, translated, and compiled languages.
  • Describe how computers address data in memory.
  • Design structures, classes, and objects that include variables and methods.
  • Summarize how data is organized in software development.
  • Understand the standard primitive types and operations of the java programming language.
  • Define and initialize Java arrays.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basics of structured, object-oriented language.
  • Write software applications using while, do while, for, for-each loops. 
  • Define logic statements using if, else if, else and switch statements.
  • Develop an application using conditional statements.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key constructs and commands specific to a language.
  • Develop an application that responds to user input.
  • Develop a web application that responds to user input.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester

New Applications: Web Development in the 21st Century

New Applications: Web Development in the 21st Century

New Applications introduces students to the rapidly evolving world of apps, or applications. The introduction of the Apple II in 1977 followed by the IBM PC and scores of compatible computers just four years later created strong consumer demand for software programs, as these applications were referred to at the time. Capable of formatting spreadsheets, composing and proofing hundreds of lines of text, or supporting classroom instruction, computer programs were initially sold by specialty stores, college bookstores, or through the mail.

The explosive growth of the Internet that followed at the beginning of the twenty-first century with the introduction of high-speed networking, the dynamic World Wide Web, and most recently the development of affordable smartphones and web tablets have all contributed to global, cultural, and societal change.

This course begins with a historical tour of the Internet and World Wide Web as well as the programs and applications that made it possible for computer users on every continent to begin to explore and better understand their world. Then, through astep-by-step introduction to WordPress, students gain the tools and insight necessary to create their own web pages and discover their online voice.

In addition to learning how to use WordPress and other applications that promote students' presence on the World Wide Web, this course discusses how the web has become the foremost channel for the distribution of applications that increase the functionality of the web and support a global hub of social networking and communication. Students are introduced to the evolution of networking and data-transfer capabilities beginning with early HTTP protocols continuing through to the recent introduction of smartphones capable of connecting to sites on the World Wide Web without having to rely on a browser for navigation.

The course concludes with a survey of the continuing explosion of new apps, or applications, designed to operate on one or more of the proprietary mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, and netbooks). Students are given an opportunity to track fundamental changes in this growing industry as development has moved from the original model of a single experienced programmer developing a single app for distribution at little or no cost to a model in which retailers, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies contract with mid-sized marketing and communications firms to develop sophisticated apps designed to raise global market and public awareness of institutions and issues. Additionally, students have an opportunity to understand that career opportunities in app development have evolved from programming and coding to now include marketing, public relations, creative arts, project and product management and sales, with a growing number of careers in the industry requiring little if any actual programming experience.

New Applications is a survey course that travels from the first software programs developed to facilitate communication on the Internet to the new generation of mobile and native apps that access the Internet without a reliance on a web browser. New Applications is also a practical course in how to develop a presence on the World Wide Web using WordPress and other available web-application tools. The goal of the course is to provide the learner insight into the rapidly evolving universe of programming and application development so that he or she can make informed career decisions in an industry that is changing as quickly as it is growing.

Objectives

  • Describe major advances in network and communications technology beginning with the early Internet and continuing through the introduction of web-enabled smartphones and other devices.
  • Create a web presence using simple applications.
  • Evaluate and select from a variety of web development tools and apps those most appropriate for their interests and needs.
  • Design a current generation app for use on a smartphone or tablet.
  • Evaluate the education and training qualities and experiences essential to secure a position with growth potential in the app industry.

This is an introductory course in the history and development of new applications for use on web-enabled devices including personal computers, tablets, smartphones, and ultra-books. While there are no specific prerequisites for this course, students should have a basic understanding of the Internet, the World Wide Web, browsers, file formats, hardware, and software applications. Students who have working knowledge of IP addressing, programming, the differences among local, wide-area, and cloud-computing networks as well as the current state of mobile devices will be well prepared to complete this course

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester

Network System Design

Network System Design

The Network System Design course will provide students with an understanding of computer networks and how they operate, as well as a basic understanding of how to manage and maintain computer networks. These skills will provide students with theability to design, configure, and troubleshoot networks of all sizes.Students will learn the basics of network design, including how to identify network requirements and determine the proper network architecture. They will be instructed on the requirements of network models, as well as be introduced to local area networks. Students will also learn about Internet Protocol and the basics of routing data on a network.Students will be introduced to wide area networks and network security issues. In addition, students will learn about networkmanagement, including monitoring and troubleshooting. Last, students will learn about network operating systems and their role in connecting computers and facilitating communications.

Objectives

  • Understand computer networks and their functions, as well as know how to analyze business and technical goals of a network to effectively meet customer needs.
  • Identify requirements to successfully support network users, applications, and devices. They will also understand network architecture and topology, protocols, and services of local and wide area networks.
  • Identify principles and operation of equipment like wire and circuits, as well as of standards such as open system interconnection, TCP/IP, and high-speed networking.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of security requirements and data protection on a network, as well as the role of security tools such as routers, firewalls, and virtual private networks.
  • Understand network operating systems and be able to support computer networks.

For topics in this course, it is helpful for students to be familiar with the basics of computer hardware (desktop and laptop), as well as desktop operating systems.

If students are not familiar with these topics, it is recommended, though not required, that they be introduced to computer hardware and desktop or workstation operating systems before starting this course. That includes examining hardware devices such as motherboards, hard drives, and processing chips and exploring the features and functions of a workstation operating system.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester

Introduction to Network Systems

Introduction to Network Systems

How can we automate the transfer of information from one computer to another? To answer that question, this course introduces students to the fundamental technology and concepts that make networking systems possible. The question itself is a very practical one and the concepts taught are more concerned with practices and processes rather than theoretical generalities.

The most important concept introduced is that of the OSI reference model and its bottom four layers, which are most directly concerned with networking instead of computing. Each networking layer is explored in a three-lesson chapter. By the end of the course, every student should be comfortable reading a sentence that says something like, “X is a protocol working at the third layer.”

The course also explores a good deal of technology, specifically the software and hardware supporting LANs, WANs, and Wi-Fi networks. Particularly important are the protocols in the TCP/IP stack that are used to communicate across a network, but the students are also introduced to the hardware, including hubs, switches, bridges, routers, and transmission media. The studentis expected to learn that a network is not some mysterious idea out there in cyberspace. It is a mechanism that is fully dependent on its parts working properly.

Once the students understand the fundamentals of the layers and network hardware, they can be introduced to questions of security, network management, and network operating systems. In particular, they should understand the role of the server. They have already encountered many examples of client-server relationships, and the material later in the course should introduce them to the many roles that a server can play as a part of a network.

Objectives

  • State the purpose of a computer network, and explain the role of network hardware in achieving that purpose;
  • List at least four protocols from the TCP/IP stack and explain how each contributes to data transmission;
  • Explain the technical differences between a LAN and a WAN;•Explain the importance of technical standards in networks;
  • List all seven layers of the OSI reference model and explain what each of the bottom four layers contributes to a network;
  • Compare and contrast the Windows Server and Linux operating systems.

Students who are unfamiliar with computers and/or the Internet are likely to be at a disadvantage in this course. There are, however, no theoretical concepts required or expected for students entering the course.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester

Intro to Information Technology Support & Services

Intro to Information Technology Support & Services

This course focuses on real-world application including common industry best practices and specific vendors that offer tools for technicians, project managers, and IT leadership. Emphasis should be made that the purpose of the IT department of an enterprise is to support the overall mission of the company, and it is not simply a standalone component of the company’s infrastructure. Students will continue to apply their knowledge of hardware and software components associated with IT systems while exploring a variety of careers related to IT support and services. Students will analyze technical support needs to perform customer service, perform configuration management activities, and evaluate application software packages and emerging software. Students will demonstrate and apply knowledge of IT analysis and design by initiating a system project andevaluating applications within the IT system. Information Technology is a dynamic discipline that is continuously evolving.

Objectives

  • Explore systems design and implementation.
  • Investigate the implementation and maintenance of IT infrastructure.
  • Review the basics of management collaboration and reporting.
  • Discuss education and careers in IT and how to pursue such a career.

This is an introductory course in support and services providing information technology services and management. There are norequirements other than a basic familiarity with personal computers and the Internet. Students should be able to access the web and to use it to retrieve information and create accounts on free services.

IT Support and Services Capstone
This capstone project provides students the opportunity to use their newfound understanding of IT Support and Services to create a full IT plan for a new business within an existing corporation. This course will enable the student to consider all high-level aspects of providing IT support and services through the lens of a new business unit “starting from scratch.” The student will—with the background of the previous units—create the project plan, identify the key steps, research and recommend products and architectures, design processes and procedures, and otherwise create a credible plan that would be useful when applying for positions in IT support and services. One of the key barriers in finding work in IT is perceived aptitude and prior experience. Unit Six will help the student to comprise some evidence for his or her further study or employment.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester

Introduction to Information Technology

Introduction to Information Technology

In this course, we introduce students to the knowledge base and technical skills that will help them to successfully compete for jobs within the Information Technology Career Cluster. Lessons are structured so that students learn and then demonstrate not only critical assessment and analytic skills, but also interpersonal skills that are valued so highly among IT employers.We explore a range of career tracks that include network engineers, application/programming developers, and systems analysts. These career paths are described in depth, discussing typical job responsibilities, educational and licensure requirements, working conditions, and job outlooks.Our lessons help students place the evolution of technology and job opportunities in context so that they will understand their important role in furthering its development. We believe that the most successful IT professionals combine technical know-how with leadership ability. To this end, students learn that their acquired expertise comes with the responsibility to represent themselves and the companies they work for within the highest legal and ethical standards.

Objectives

  • Identify the basic components and structure of a computer system and its use within a networking/communicationsenvironment.
  • Design and implement a basic network while being introduced to multiple types of network systems.
  • Apply both ethical and industry standard security policies to networks.
  • Discuss the history and development and use of the Internet in business and society.
  • Explain the development of human-centered technology interaction.
  • Apply mobile computing technology capabilities to learning and business.
  • Identify the variety of operating systems found on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.
  • Understand mobile application architecture, deployment, and marketing.
  • Determine best practice application skills for the variety of information technology systems available to implement.
  • Plan, develop, and implement an information system.•Maximize use of the Internet within the home and business.
  • Identify the structure of wireless communication networks and the mechanisms behind its functionality.
  • Identify and develop protocols for use of the Internet within business.
  • Identify and develop information system libraries and repositories of information.
  • Develop an understanding of the logic behind object-oriented programming.
  • Identify the multiple programming languages for use in mobile/Internet application development.
  • Plan, develop, and implement a mobile/Internet application.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester