Responsibility in Hospitality Industry
General Philosophy Behind This Course Requirement
The main idea behind doing the term paper is to give you the opportunity to personally relate the information studied in the course to you career goals as well as to simulate a “real world” dynamic. It is not meant to be a mechanical exercise where you are required to grind out eight or more pages of dispassionate text.
In the “real world” you will most likely be working for an entity in the hospitality industry where you have a boss or a direct supervisor who assigns you projects. Sometimes those projects are very task specific and defined for you. More often than not, they are assignments that will require you to exercise your creativity, resourcefulness and ingenuity. This is what gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your worth to your employer. It gets you raises, promotions and the opportunity to advance.
Most of you want to be hospitality managers. As such, you are being hired to solve problems your boss does not want to confront, is not equipped to confront or simply does not have time to confront. When you are given a project, in addition to having to meet certain goals your boss is also saying, “Lighten MY burden and impress me with the results.” He/she does not expect to do the project for you or spoon feed you step by step directions. Although a reasonable amount of initial direction is necessary, ultimately your boss does not want to be absorbed in the project. That is one of the reasons he hired you.
A classroom environment does not directly lend itself to this dynamic. However, the goal of doing the term paper is an attempt to replicate it. You are being given very broad instructions and asked to use your mind to produce creative, original work product. Thus, your assignment is to research and create paper of no less than eight pages using a minimum of four outside sources on a topic of your choice that relates to the hospitality industry related legal concepts we’ve covered and your career goals. That’s it. There is no right and there is no wrong topic so long it falls within this broad parameter.