Design a Hotel

This is an open-ended business simulation task, involving calculation, money and estimation. Students are given data about salary and hotel occupancy rates, and they then need to design a hotel and produce a costed business plan.

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Overview of task

This is an open-ended business simulation task, involving calculation, money and estimation. Students are given data about salary and hotel occupancy rates, and they then need to design a hotel and produce a costed business plan.

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Strand

Financial Maths

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Prior knowledge

Very little mathematical content beyond GCSE is required to get started with this task. Students will need to be able to work confidently with money and percentages, and the use of a spreadsheet is highly recommended for the financial modelling aspects of the task. The ability to work with accurate scale diagrams is needed for the design brief.

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Relevance to Core Maths qualifications

•AQA

•C&G

•Eduqas

•Pearson / Edexcel

•OCR

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Suggested approaches

This could form the basis for a substantial piece of group work extending over several lessons; it might be suitable as an assessment task following work on finance or measures. The work could be organised as a ‘team challenge’, with the members of each team being allocated specific roles.

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Resources/documentation

The materials supplied (the document ‘Design a Hotel’) include a basic brief for the task as well as details of pay rates, staffing and occupancy levels. You could choose to provide all of this information to students, or simply give them the first page and allow them to research and suggest suitable values of their own.

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Relevant digital technologies

As well as spreadsheets to model the calculations required for the task, a computer drawing package of some kind would be useful for drawing the plans. Presentation or publishing software will be needed for producing the final reports.

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Possible extensions

The task presented here has the potential to be developed into an extensive and detailed piece of work. If this is done, it is important to help students to organise the work effectively; for example, they may need to be encouraged to start with a high-level financial plan rather than detailed budgets for particular aspects of the operation.

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Acknowledgement

Developed by Martin Newton and Core Maths students at Stoke-on-Trent College.