A study of the perceptions of graduates and students on hospitality management curriculum and career development

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A study of the perceptions of graduates and students on hospitality management curriculum and career development


Author: Kwong, Kwok-keung Raymond
Title: A study of the perceptions of graduates and students on hospitality management curriculum and career development
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2007
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations.
Hospitality industry -- Management -- Study and teaching -- China -- Hong Kong
Hospitality industry -- China -- Hong Kong -- Statistics.
Department: School of Hotel and Tourism Management
Pages: x, 75 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2166822
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/2253
Abstract: The hospitality industry in Hong Kong was booming. It was in need of the continuous supply of a well-educated, skilled and enthusiastic labor force. To meet the demand of continuous supply of labor force, hospitality and tourism management programs were widely available and established at different levels in Hong Kong. Some programs were developed locally and some programs were developed through the cooperation with overseas educational institution. The purpose of this study was to explore graduates and students' perceptions about curriculum of the Diploma in Hospitality Management (DHM) at University A and their relationships with the choice of subsequent further studies and careers. Based on Purcell and Quinn's (1996) exploring the education-employment relationship in hospitality management, a structured questionnaire was developed. Data were collected through a cross-sectional survey using a mailed questionnaire for graduates of first intake, 2004 and a questionnaire distributed during class time for students of second intake, 2005. The population of this study was composed of a sample of 150 graduates of first intake, 2004 and all students of second intake, 2005 from DHM in University A. All together, a total of 240 usable questionnaires were returned. The questionnaire comprised 22 curriculum variables, 2 dependent variables and 5 demographic variables. The data from the returned questionnaires were input into computer for the tabulation and analysis. Descriptive statistics (mean and standard deviations) and t-test were used to analyze the data. The four research questions and hypotheses were addressed and tested. All hypotheses were rejected because no statistically significant differences were found. The major finding was that there were statistically significant differences in all core modules except Tourism and the Hospitality Industry by year of DHM program intake. After reviewing the findings, drawing some conclusions and providing implications, the recommendations are offered. The result of the recommendations will benefit educators and program administrators who conduct curriculum review.

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