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. The course covers overview of cruise industry: history, operating and marketing procedures, career opportunities, ship profiles, itineraries, and ports of call. Guest speakers plus optional field trip included. This course incorporates a mandatory cruise as part of the learning process. All students must attend this mandatory cruise, represent FGCU in a professional manner on board and in port at all times, and participate in all onboard activities in order to pass the course.


This course deals with the documents that facilitate international trade, such as the manifest, bill of lading, waybill and delivery order, as well as key concepts associated with these documents, such as international commercial terms and electronic data interchange. We discuss the future of automation, and the role of intermodal terminals for hinterland access, the port-city relationship and the importance of port-centric logistics for sustainable cities. The study considers the mitigation of environmental impact, port security and port state control, and their impact upon logistical cost and efficiency, as well as the importance of competition for efficiency in ports and maritime logistics.


This course explores the principles of modern transport economics from a neoclassical economics perspective. It uses microeconomic tools to explore the underpinnings of transport economics and applies micro principles to transportation issues and problems of interest. The course relies on the seminal ideas of Herbert Mohring, and the late Nobel Laureate William Vickrey– the pioneers of modern transportation economics – which bring transport economics into the mainstream microeconomics realm. Time permitting, topics include widgets versus transport, transport costs (internal and external), optimal pricing and investment, travel demand and the value of travel time, peak load and cost allocation problem, project appraisal and financing, consumers’ surplus and producers’ surplus measures, transportation improvements and land values, returns to scale and road durability, regulation and competition, and public versus private provision. The transportation economics and management module has three primary areas of emphasis: (1) application of demand, cost, and pricing principles to transportation; (2) the operating, service and financial characteristics of the various modes and types of transportation; and (3) managerial issues in transportation.


Principles of Taxation, is the first course that undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration students take that is devoted entirely to taxation. Although the course is intended for accounting majors, the content is relevant to finance and other majors seeking elective courses. The course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the concepts, terminology, and decision-making skills specific to the discipline of taxation that are germane to the professional development of those preparing for a career in accounting.


This course focuses on the crucial role of effective human resource management in achieving organizational success. It emphasizes the ways human resource management can provide a competitive edge for an organization and be the cornerstone of its corporate strategy. Special sessions are devoted to leadership in an era of change, human resource strategy, managing diversity, and managing behavior.


This is an introductory course on the financial management concepts, methods, and standards used in the public sector. Students review and analyze government annual reports and budget documents; critically analyze public sector performance information; review, evaluate, and/or recommend cost management and control practices in public sector enterprises; and identify and manage risk.  The course develops a thorough understanding of basic terms, concepts, and methods in public financial management. While the student learns economic reasoning from economics class, in this module the student will be trained in public finance reasoning. These two modules are complementary.


This course deals with the following topics: i) types of commercial/trading associations; ii) incorporation under the Corporations Act including the incorporation process and the types of corporations that may be incorporated; iii) the consequences of incorporation including the concept of corporate personality; iv) the regulation of the internal affairs of a corporation including the role of the corporate constitution and the way in which a corporation is managed and administered; v) dealing with a corporation including the contractual liability of a corporation; iv) share capital and company membership; vii) debt capital including credit and security arrangements; viii) the duties and liabilities of directors and other officers of a corporation; ix) the legal remedies and powers of members of a corporation; x) the regulation of corporations in financial difficulty including the administration and the winding up processes.


This course is an introduction to the most fundamental concepts, principles, analytical methods and tools useful for making investment and finance decisions regarding commercial real estate assets.  Real Estate represents a large fraction of the world's wealth. Its efficient utilization and the markets in which it is traded involve many interesting and complex economic and policy issues. A proper understanding of the real estate market is important for individuals to make sound savings and investment decisions, for businesses to make the right decision on whether to buy or lease a property, and important for banks to evaluate the asset risks underlying their mortgage loan portfolios and to innovate real estate related financial products.