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CULARTS 150 - Food Service, Cost and Controls - David Schutz

Course:Food Service, Cost and Controls
Professor:David Schutz
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


picture of instructor David

Welcome to Food Cost and Control. This letter will give you the basic information about the course as well as resources for ensuring your success in online education. Please read it carefully.

Let me start by telling you about me. I have a Bachelor’s in Finance from San Diego State University. Shortly after graduation and some time in commercial real-estate, I started the journey of becoming a McDonald’s owner operator. Over the course of 29 years I owned and operated 7 restaurant franchises with over 400 employees.  I now enjoy teaching for the last 4 years at COC. I am married with four amazing children. My hobbies include playing ice hockey and golf.

Course Description

This course will focus on food cost, controls and other various aspects of running a successful and profitable restaurant. Food cost is the highest expense a restaurant can have and therefore students will learn all aspects of the cost of food, pricing, purchasing and receiving.  In addition, we will cover the critical systems and routines needed to manage labor, expenses and revenue with an understanding of business financials.  Students will be applying techniques and skills necessary to set up and manage their own kitchen or restaurant.

What to Expect in this Course

This course is completely online for the next 8 weeks. The course will be conducted in Canvas and everything you need for your success will be found there. Once the course starts you will be able to login . Follow the login instructions at the bottom of the screen to log in. Here, you can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. For any Canvas related issues please call the Canvas Student Support line at (661) 362-3344 during college business hours, or (877) 889-9052 for 24/7 support. This is a fully online class and there will be no campus visits.

Types of Assessments

This online course will be much like a face-to-face course, and I expect your camera to be on for participation.  With the class work and reading, it may take you up to 10 hours per week working on the material. You will sometimes be working in groups and other times individually. There will be weekly assignments, online discussion groups, online lectures, quizzes and tests. You are responsible for the material and will be tested on your understanding of them. This course is designed to include collaborative learning. It is impossible to participate in a discussion or group project after the fact. Please do not wait until the last minute to complete your work. Each unit module is available at the beginning of the week and you should start immediately. Education code requires faculty to drop no-show students. In this online class we don’t meet therefore failure to participate in the online classroom in the first two weeks will result in your being dropped from the course.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

The book that we will be using for this course is: Foundations of Cost Control, Pearson Publishing, ISBN 9780132156554.

The COC bookstore is closed for walk-in visits however, an e textbook is available for free. Please visit the COC bookstore website for information on how to access the book. If you would like to purchase a hardcopy, the bookstore is offering free shipping. 

Other Relevant Course Information


You will need to have regular access to a reliable computer with stable, high-speed internet connection and a working camera. This can be either a personal computer, a computer in the COC library or in the TLC, or at a public library computer. 

Download the Canvas App for your smartphone! (Canvas by Instructure)    o Internet browser (Chrome works best with Canvas)

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 12/15/2021 Sub#: 1187