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HOSP204 - Introduction to Hotel and Restaurant Law

Course Details

Course Code: HOSP204 Course ID: 2909 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

A study of the legal rights and liabilities of travel and tourism personnel, hotel and restaurant operators, including innkeeper and guest, landlord and tenant, liquor, sanitation, labor and other laws applicable to hotel and restaurant operations; insurance coverage for the protection of the hotel and restaurant operators from the various liabilities inherent to these types of operations; safety measures necessary to protect guests and employees from legal harm.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

1. Analyze the interrelationship of the decisions made as managers and leaders in the hospitality industry and their legal implications

2. Discuss the influence of changing cultural and social environments on legislation and regulations.

3. Outline the responsibilities of the hospitality organization as determined by statutes and regulations such as the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), contract law, and other legislation.

4. Explain the relationship of employers, employees, and guests within a legal framework.

5. Evaluate operational activities and procedures in various hospitality operational structures and their impact on guests and property.

Reading Assignments: The textbook and additional journals as assigned in the lessons

Forum Assignments:

Detailed forum expectations and grading rubrics are posted in the forums and in the classroom lessons.

Homework Assignments and Final Project:

There are assignments due throughout the course, and a final project due at the end of the course. Specific details for each assignment can be found in the Assignments section of your online classroom.


Online quizzes may be comprised of multiple choice, short answer and true/false questions.

NameGrade %
Weekly Discussion Forums 25.00 %
Intro/Acknowledgments 3.13 %
Forum: Week 2 3.13 %
Forum: Week 3 3.13 %
Forum: Week 4 3.13 %
Forum: Week 5 3.13 %
Forum: Week 6 3.13 %
Forum: Week 7 3.13 %
Forum: Week 8 3.13 %
Weekly Written Assignments 25.00 %
Week 2 Assignment: Case Analysis 8.33 %
Week 4 Assignment: Schurr v. Resorts Int'l Hotel 8.33 %
Week 6 Assignment: Meeting dietary needs 8.33 %
Litigation Reform perspective 8.33 %
Extra Credit: Food Safety Analysis 2.50 %
Term Project 30.00 %
Term Project: Learning Analysis Collage 30.00 %
Extra Credit: Industry update (week 3) 1.50 %
Extra Credit: Industry update (week 5) 1.50 %
Extra Credit: Industry update (week 6) 1.50 %
Extra Credit: Industry update (week 4) 1.50 %
Quizzes 20.00 %
Week 2 Review Quiz 5.00 %
Week 3 Review Quiz 5.00 %
Week 6 Review Quiz 5.00 %
Week 7 Review Quiz 5.00 %

Required Readings – As assigned, see Weekly Lessons and Forum Postings

Additional Resources and Websites – See Weekly Lessons

Book Title:Hospitality Law, 4th ed - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:VS-Wiley
Author:Barth, Stephen
Unit Cost:$86.59
Electronic ISBN:9781118654224
Electronic Unit Cost:$30.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.