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Hospitality and Accommodations Management

Course Code: HOSP 2445
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 examines the management challenges inherent in hotel/resort operations especially as they relate to the housekeeping, maintenance, and security operations; and to the group tour and conventions department. Topics will include: functions and interrelationships of the various departments within a hotel/ resort operation, managing service quality, facilities management, and human resource deployment issues specific to hotel operations. The planning and execution of conventions and meetings will be approached from operational and marketing perspectives with emphasis on the management and skills required for successful group business management.

Course Content

  1. The organizational structure of a medium to large hotel or resort.
  2. Basic principles of hotel housekeeping including; policies and procedures; human resource management; staffing guidelines and procedures; shift procedures and room assignments; room inspections.
  3. Operation and management of the minor operating departments in a hotel including: garage, telephone, and spa.
  4. Hotel security issues including: room key security and property protection; crisis management; emergency contingency planning: fire safety systems, bomb threats, medical, accidents, power failures, search and rescue, natural disasters, first aid, emergency evacuation plans, employee training plans and emergency communication plans.
  5. Basic engineering and critical components and procedures of physical plant management for successful maintenance of a lodging property.
  6. Safety programs and policies and procedures for handling disturbances affecting guests, employees and management.
  7. Environmental stewardship in the housekeeping department including: current environmental programs in use; cleaning products and waivers associated with products used in housekeeping; and energy management programs.
  8. The principles of meeting and convention planning for associations and corporation including: site and property selection; use of meeting planners; room designs and layouts; meeting material and technology; audio visual requirements; food and beverage services; reservation and participant service and post event evaluation and follow-up.
  9. Tour group marketing and management including development, background and special considerations of the tour product.

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, discussions, field trips, guest lecturers, case studies, problem-solving sessions and student presentations.

Means of Assessment

Attendance/Participation 0- 10%
In Class Assignments      20-40%
Midterm Exam  20-30%
Projects/Presentations 20-40%
Total 100%


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the role of and interrelationship between all major and minor operating departments of a large hotel and describe the routes for advancement within each department and the hotel operation as a whole;
  2. Create a housekeeping system and implementation strategy which includes the key steps in room inspections; a quality control strategy; and a staffing plan complete with job descriptions and specifications;
  3. Design  (or critically analyze): a security system; a safety program; and a maintenance program for the rooms department of a hotel and develop recommendations and an implementation strategy for each;
  4. Design for each of the above departments a minimum staffing guideline; a capital plan; and complete a Division of Work Document and Area Responsibility Plan for housekeeping purposes.
  5. Develop policies and procedures for handling disturbances within the rooms department of a hotel;
  6. Articulate the economic impact of convention and tour group business departments in a hotel;
  7. Describe how to effectively market, sell and re-book conventions, group tours and meetings by recognizing the unique sales and marketing challenges inherent in marketing to this department; including the market segmentation; the importance of networking;
  8. Be able to understand and articulate the needs, wants and desires of clients wishing to undertake a successful convention or meeting;
  9. Describe the operational issues inherent in tour group management.

course prerequisites

HOSP 1115 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.

course schedule and availability
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.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.