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Front Desk Operations

Course Code: HOSP 2240
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours Per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course introduces students to the Lodging Operations Front Office. Topics include reservations, front desk, guest services and human resource deployment issues specific to front office operations management. This course familiarizes students with the principles of front desk operational procedures; examines current trends in guest services; discusses online distribution of room inventory; and introduces students to the principles of revenue management strategies. Students work with a Property Management Software to become familiar with computerized reservations, arrival and charge posting systems.

Course Content

  1. Departmental organization, roles, responsibilities and task lists
  2. Current trends in guest services
  3. Rating Systems
  4. Rate structures, packaging, quoting and up selling strategies
  5. Forecasting and statistical analysis
  6. Procedures and equipment used by the front office through the guest cycle
    • Individual and Group Reservations
    • Guest Arrival
    • Charge Posting
    • Night Audit
    • Guest Departure
    • Cash Handling
    • Billing Credit
    • Guest History
  7. Property management systems related to managing the front desk
  8. Terminology and basic concepts related to front desk operation
  9. The function of all the departments in a hotel and the important role of the front desk in their coordination
  10. Accounting procedures and controls in the front office
  11. Revenue Management
  12. Traditional distribution channels, online distribution of inventory and e-commerce applications.

Methods of Instruction

The course will be conducted on the basis of lectures, discussions and use of a property management system software.

Means of Assessment

Participation 10% - 20%
Software Simulations 10% - 20%
Term Projects 10% - 30%
Midterm Examination 20% - 40%
Final Examination 20% - 40%
Total         100%



Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. Describe the roles and responsibilities of the Front Office;
  2. Describe Front Office Procedures;
  3. Identify stages of the guest cycle;
  4. Apply principals of customer service;
  5. Use Front Office accounting procedures;
  6. Apply terminology and basic concepts related to front desk operations;
  7. Construct group rate quotes;
  8. Formulate package sheets;
  9. Do a market share analysis;
  10. Do a RevPar analysis;
  11. Create AM PM task lists;
  12. Prepare a night audit manually and using a computer software application;
  13. Create a manual reservation and front office system;
  14. Room a guest;
  15. Execute property management skills on a PMS;
  16. Detail distribution channels;
  17. Identify AM and PM shift responsibilities;
  18. Create a Revenue Management implementation strategy;
  19. Do a SWOT analysis on the various booking engines to maximize revenues;
  20. Understand e-commerce applications in the hospitality sales sector.

course prerequisites

HOSP 1115 and HOSP 1210 or ACCT 1110 and HOSP 1325 or MARK 1120 OR currently active in the:
PDD in Hospitality Management or
PDD Hospitality Marketing or 
PBD Hospitality Services Management.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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