Skip Navigation
Howard Community CollegeOnline Cataloguehcc catalogue '11-'12
General and Academic InformationPrograms of Study
hcc catalogue '11-'12

Course Descriptions


HMGT-101    Introduction to the
Hospitality Industry
3 Credits

This introductory  course acquaints the student with the scope and complexity of the hospitality industry by exploring the national and global relationships of lodging, food, and beverage operations. The course examines career op- portunities,  organizational  structures, histor y and human resource management. Students will examine trends, integrated technology and 
its effects on customer  and  guest ser vice in requirements in the lodging and food ser vice industry. (3 hours weekly)

HMGT-110    Introduction to Casino
3 Credits

This introductory  course acquaints the student with the unique traits of the casino industry. The student will have the opportunity  to contrast and compare the casino industr y with other segments of the hospitality industry. (3 hours weekly)

HMGT-111    Foodservice Safety and
1 Credit

This course develops the knowledge of basic principles of sanitation and safe food handling in hospitality operations. The course focuses on prevention of food borne illnesses and in- troduces the students to HACCP planning and implementation. Successful completion  of the course can lead to certification  as a “Safe Food Handler” by the National Restaurant Association. (1 hour weekly)

HMGT-116    Casino Organization and
2 Credits

This introductory  course acquaints the student with the organizational structure, the organi- zational culture, and the ethical responsibility toward disordered gambling of modern casinos. Prerequisites: HMGT-101 and HMGT-110. (2 hours weekly)

HMGT-120    Food Preparation I
3 Credits

Following  this introductor y course  in food production, students will be able to identify and analyze the elements of safe food preparation that include food chemistry, basic cooking tech- niques and proper  use of preparation  utensils and equipment.  Students will also prepare small quantity, industry standard menus in a commer- cial kitchen  setting. Prerequisite: CMGT-100. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Successful completion of Ser vSafe and possession  of approved  utensils and uniform required.

HMGT-160     Introduction to Travel and
2 Credits

A study of the components of the tourism indus- try and their interrelationships is the focus of this course. A review of the roles of tour companies, travel agencies, government bureaus, tourism associations and others that assemble, promote and sell tourism ser vices are included. Students 
will be able to operate within a tourism setting. (2 hours weekly)

HMGT-163    Introduction to Meetings, Conventions, and Expositions
3 Credits

This course provides the student with an intro- ductory approach to the various types of meet- ings and conventions, the types of organizations that stage these events, and how to reach and sell to this important group segment. It also includes the aspects of meeting and convention ser vice. The course examines practical advice on how  to reach each of the group meeting market segments, how to implement successful sales strategies, and how to ensure that an event flows smoothly. (3 hours weekly)

HMGT-164    Event Management
3 Credits

The course provides the student with an intro- ductor y approach  to planning  and executing meetings, special events and conferences. The course  examines  practical  advice  on ever y aspect of organizing and managing special events, such as how to choose the best venue; preparing and managing the budget; schedul- ing; coordinating  food and beverages, selecting decor, themes, and entertainment; media; and staffing. (3 hours weekly)

HMGT-165    Introduction to the Cruise Ship Industry
3 Credits

This introductory  course acquaints the student with  current  issues and trends related to the cruise industry. This also includes different types of cruise lines and the reasons for the popularity of this mode of travel. The course will focus on major  elements  of sea-based and land-based cruise preparation. (3 hours weekly)

HMGT-180    Hospitality Management Internship
2 Credits

Student will spend at least 240 hours of directed study in a chosen area of the hospitality industry at an off-campus facility. The faculty instructor and industry mentor will provide and coordi- nate course objectives, applicable experiences and evaluation. Student will maintain a written journal of internship experiences. Prerequisite: HMGT-101. (1 hour weekly plus field experience)

HMGT-220    Food Preparation II
3 Credits

This is an advanced course in food preparation that covers international cuisine and theme menus. It builds on the skills acquired in HMGT-120. Students  will learn to plan menus, write recipes that incorporate established food safety standards, schedule labor and production, and execute meals for up to 50 customers. Prereq- uisite: HMGT-120. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

HMGT-225    Hospitality Purchasing and Cost Control
3 Credits

This course will prepare students to employ the principles  of effective food, beverage, and supply purchasing and the cost controls necessary to support food preparation and ser vice depart- ments of a hospitality  operation.  The course will include procurement,  types of markets, food product identification and selection, beverage selection, nonfood products, costing procedures, product yields, and value analysis. Students will acquire knowledge of computerized purchas- ing, record keeping, and recipe costing and nutritional analysis. (3 hours weekly)

HMGT-235    Casino Marketing
3 Credits

This introductory  course acquaints the student with factors affecting the effective marketing of a modern  casino. The external  environment is explored  along with the decisions made by individual  consumers. The student is exposed to segmentation, positioning, the Ser vice-Profit Chain, and revenue management as well as ethical considerations affecting marketing deci- sions. Prerequisites: HMGT-101 and HMGT-110. (3 hours weekly)

HMGT-242    Lodging Management and Operations
3 Credits

This course presents a detailed study of the management systems in hotel or lodging settings. The student will be able to identify and analyze all relevant departments within a hotel setting. Management of these divisions, along with an examination of inter-departmental operations will be examined. (3 hours weekly)

HMGT-244    Managing the Housekeeping Operation
2 Credits

This course assists students with the develop- ment of practical applications of housekeeping operation including the planning, organizing, staffing, and control techniques required to assure quality  ser vice. The course examines appropriate personal and professional prac- tices, career opportunities, and organizational structures within a housekeeping department. Prerequisites: HMGT-101 and HMGT-242. (2 hours weekly)

HMGT-245    Casino Surveillance Operations
3 Credits

This course acquaints the student with casino sur veillance. It specializes in on-site casino sur- veillance and security. The student is exposed to work done in corporate and Native American casinos related to surveillance, security, and gam- ing regulation agencies. Prerequisites: HMGT-101 and HMGT-110. (3 hours weekly)

HMGT-250    Food and Beverage Management and Service
3 Credits

This course is a comprehensive review of operations pertaining to food and beverage management.  Students will examine various carets, responsibilities, management issues, and operations  as they pertain  to food and beverage. Students will engage in the theory and practice of ser vice fundamentals.  Basic ser vice styles, such as French, Russian, and American  ser vice will be taught along with the management func- tions  as they pertain  to customer  ser vice. (3 hours weekly)

HMGT-255    Casino Operations
3 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the vari- ous games and gaming devices used in a casino. The techniques used to protect the games and gaming devices, casino floor layout criteria, departmental organization, and performance analysis are explored.  The student will learn the basics of casino mathematics. Prerequisites: HMGT-101 and HMGT-110. (3 hours weekly)

HMGT-260    Fundamentals of Wines, Spirits, and Beers
3 Credits

This course provides an over view of production, origins, purchasing, and responsible ser vice of wines, spirits, and beers. There will also be an emphasis on the principles of matching fine wines and beers with appropriate menu items. Prerequisites: HMGT-101 and HMGT-250. (3 hours weekly)

HMGT-285    Dining Room Service
1 Credit

The student will be involved in a directed study as part of an on-campus dining  facility. This course is designed to give students an oppor- tunity to gain experience in the wide range of skills and techniques that are directly associated with restaurant management by developing, producing, and evaluating an authentic dining experience. The students are expected to make managerial decisions and provide strong leader- ship, training, and guidance to classmates in the production  of a realistic and successful dining experience.  Prerequisite:  CMGT-100, HMGT-101, and HMGT-120 (3 hour lab weekly)

HMGT-290    Food and Beverage Management Field Internship
1 Credit

Student will spend at least 120 hours of directed study in a chosen area of the hospitality industry at an off-campus facility. The faculty instructor and industry mentor will provide and coordinate course objectives, applicable experiences, and evaluation. Student will maintain  a written journal of internship experiences. Prerequisites: CMGT-
100, HMGT-101 and HMGT-250. (3 hours weekly field experience)


hcc catalogue '11-'12

Accounting - ACCT
Aging Services - AGNG
American Sign Language - AMSL
Anthropology - ANTH
Arabic - ARAB 
Art - ARTT 
Astronomy - ASTR
Bioinformatics - BFMT 
Biology - BIOL 
Biomedical Engineering - BMET
Business - BMGT 
Cardiovascular Technology - CARD
Chemistry - CHEM 
Chinese - CHNS 
Cisco - CSCO 
Computer-Aided Design - CADD
Computer Forensics - CFOR 
Computer Systems - CMSY 
Conflict Resolution - CRES
Construction Management - CNST 
Cooperative Education - COOP
Criminal Justice - CRIM 
Culinary Management - CMGT 
Dance - DANC
Dental Hygiene - DHYG 
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography - DMSU

Economics - ECON 
Education - EDUC 
Electronics - ELEC 
Emergency Medical Technician/
Paramedic - EMSP
Engineering -ENES 
English- ENGL 
Entrepreneurship - ENTR 
Environmental Science - ENST
Exercise Science - EXSC 
Farsi - FARS
Film - FILM 
Financial Planning- FNPL 
Fine Arts - FINE 
First-Year Experience - FYEX
French - FREN 
Geography - GEOG
Geology - GEOL

German - GERM 
Greek - GREK 
Health Care - HEAL 
Health Education - HEED 
Hebrew - HBRW
Hindi - HNDI
History - HIST 
Horticulture - HORT 
Hospitality Management - HMGT
Human Development - HMDV 
Human Services - HUMS 
Humanities - HUMN
Interior Design - INDS
Italian - ITAL 
Japanese - JPNS
Korean - KORE 
Life Fitness - LFIT 
Mathematics - MATH 
Medical Laboratory
Technician - MLTS

Meteorology - METO 
Microsoft - MSFT 
Music - MUSC 
Nursing - NURS 
Nutrition - NUTR
Office Technology - OFFI 
Philosophy - PHIL 
Physical Therapist
Assistant - PTAP
Physics - PHYS 
Political Science - POLI 
Portuguese - PORT
Psychology - PSYC 
Public Health - PUBH
Radiologic Technology - RADT
Retailing - RETL 
Russian - RUSS 
Social Work - SOWK
Sociology - SOCI 
Spanish - SPAN 
Speech - SPCH 
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Women's Studies - WMST