Department Mission Statement
The Hospitality Management Department of New York City College of Technology educates students for careers in the hospitality industry through foundational knowledge of hospitality operations and experiences that cultivate diverse perspectives, lifelong learning, collaboration, and community engagement.

Program Learning Outcomes
To graduate students who:

  • identify and demonstrate skills relevant to the operational areas of hospitality management. (PLO #1)
  • utilize the dynamics of collaboration in diverse settings. (PLO#2)
  •  demonstrate effective communication skills.(PLO #3)
  •  exhibit the analytical and social skills essential for success in the global workplace. (PLO #4)
  •  value and integrate lifelong learning, civic engagement, ethical reasoning, and social responsibility. (PLO #5)

Course Description
Overview of legal implications of acts by hospitality professionals, employees, guests and visitors. Analysis of rights, responsibilities and risk management of hospitality industry establishments. Discussion of historical and current liability, governmental regulations, predictability and provability in the environment.

HMGT 2302, HMGT 2303, HMGT 2304, & HMGT 2305

Course Objectives
Upon completion of HMGT 3601, students will be able to

  1. Comprehend basic contract law, City, State and Federal Civil Rights Law and the variety of laws that apply to the employment setting.
  2. Extend legal reasoning to business formation and operation.
  3. Recognize the importance of risk management in the everyday operations of a hospitality entity.
  4. Describe a hotel’s duty under common law to receive guests, its obligation to protect its guests, steps in limiting its liability for loss of guest valuables.
  5. Explain food and beverage sales warranty of merchantability, restaurants as insurers of wholesome food.
Student Learning Outcomes Method of Assessment
a. Solve case scenarios applicable to hospitality law (HMGT Knowledge; PLO #5) Ethical Reasoning Case Study


b. Apply legal reasoning to business formation and operation

(Gen Ed: Integration HMGT: Knowledge)

Homework Case Study, Quizzes


c. Analyze risk management.

(Gen Ed: Integration HMGT: Knowledge)

Class participation


d. Assess a hotel’s common law duty in regards to its guests.

(HMGT Knowledge)

Midterm, Final Exam


e. Prepare a comprehensive report examining the food and beverage sales warranty

(Gen Ed: Skills)

Homework Case Study




Grading Procedure

Class Participation                               15 %
Homework Case Study                          5 %
Ethical Reasoning Case Study              5 %
Quizzes                                                20 %
Midterm                                                25 %
Final Exam                                           30 %
TOTAL                                                 100%

Participation – At the start of each class period, student will be required to answer, in writing, a prompt question that relates to the daily lecture topic.

Home Work Case Studies – Students will be assigned to write a summary of and answer questions pertaining to various assigned case studies.

Ethical Reasoning Case Studies* (rubric attached – Students will be assigned to write a summary of and answer questions pertaining to an Ethical Reasoning case study which will be assessed by an Ethical Reasoning Value Rubric.

Quizzes – Student will take quizzes throughout the semester which will coincide previous lessons covered in lecture.

Midterm Exam – A mid-term examination will be administered in week 7 of the semester.

Final Exam – A cumulative final exam will be administered at the end of the semester

Grading System
A         93 – 100
A-        90 – 92.9
B+       87 – 89.9
B         83 – 86.9
B-        80 — 82.9
C+       77 – 77.9
C         70 – 76.9
D         60 – 69.9
F          59.9 and below

Required Text

Suggested Texts and Readings
Jeffries, J. (2019). Understanding hospitality law (5th ed.). Lansing, MI: Educational Institute of America Hotel & Motel Association.

Selected Bibliography
Liuzzo, A, (2019). Essentials of business law (10th ed,), New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Kubasek, N. (2019) Dynamic business law: the essentials (4th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Langvardt, A, (2019) Business law: the ethical, global and e-commerce environment. (17th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Barnes, A. (2018). Law for Business (13th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

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