Operation, Technology, and Management Plan

Use the “NAB Company Portfolio”.

Write a three to six (3-6) page paper in which you provide the following information below.

Operations Plan (1 – 2 pages)

Note: Remember to assign a dollar amount to each operational cost you find, as you will need these figures for your income statement and cash flow in Week 8.

  1. Create an operations plan for your NAB company using the template in the text as a guide (p. 214 | Operations Plan Preparation Form – Click here for help accessing a specific page number in your eBook). Extract appropriate information from the NAB Company portfolio, where applicable. Other required items in the template should be filled in using your personal preferences.
  2. Provide a rationale for the competitive advantages section using appropriate functional-level and business-level strategies to explain the competitive advantages.
    • Note: Much of the research pertaining to the hints provided here can be found in the NAB company portfolio.
    • Hints: Consider whether you will rent or buy your facilities or outsource production to an existing company.
    • Hints: One of your biggest expenses as a startup non-alcoholic beverage company will be transitioning from a small batch prototype of your beverage to production on a large scale. Research the equipment you will need (vats, refrigerators, burners, ovens, bottling equipment, and so on), whether you will rent or buy, how you will maintain and clean it, and so forth. Consider how you will ensure quality control. What capacity do you intend to reach?
    • Hints: Deliberate your inventory control. Where do your supplies come from and what is your turnaround time to produce your beverage once you have received an order?
    • Hints: Consider your distribution method. Refer back to your notes for the SWOT analysis assignment in Week 2 of class.
    • Hints: How will you stay abreast of new developments in your industry? What new products do you have in development now, in addition to your flagship product?
  3. Describe your research and development activities and explain how they will contribute to the company.

Technology Plan (1 – 2 pages)

  1. Create a technology plan for your NAB company using the template in the text as a guide (p. 227 | Technology Plan Preparation Form ). Extract appropriate information from the NAB Company portfolio, where applicable. Other required items in the template should be filled in using your personal preferences.
  2. Provide a rationale for the personnel needs section by incorporating appropriate functional-level strategies.
    • Hints: Consider the type of technology your company will use to conduct the following activities: manage personnel; take, fulfill, and track orders; manage inventory; communicate with customers and provide customer service; and produce your beverage.

Management & Organization (1 – 2 pages)

  1. Create a management plan for your NAB company using the template in the text as a guide (p. 248 | Management Plan Preparation Form ). Extract appropriate information from the NAB Company portfolio, where applicable. Other required items in the template should be filled in using your personal preferences.
  2. Using the flow charts on p. 242 as a guide, outline your company’s management hierarchy. Note: Charts or diagrams must be imported / included in the MS Word document.
  3. Provide a rationale for the management structure and style section by incorporating appropriate functional-level strategies.
  4. Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements:
    1. Cite the resources you have used to complete this exercise. Note: There is no minimum requirement for the number of resources used in the exercise.
    2. Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
    3. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Create a plan to implement a firm’s strategy and manage the change from current operations.
  • Describe strategic planning techniques used to formulate alternative strategies designed to achieve stated business goals.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in strategic management.
  • Write clearly and concisely about strategic management using proper writing mechanics.

Conducting an Environmental Analysis

Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write up to 300 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas:

  • Search the Internet, and provide information that illustrates how internal analysis is completed and its implications if not completed accurately and honestly.
  • Discuss if this internal analysis of the business could increase a level of competitive advantage? Explain.
  • Provide specific examples to support the points in your post.

Quantitative Research

Using the CSU Online Library and other disciplinary resources, research how quantitative research is used in your discipline. Using this information, write an essay that describes how quantitative research tools can be used to aid in decision making within your field. Be sure your essay addresses the following questions/topics:

1. Describe specific quantitative methods and tools that could be used within your discipline to gather data. Include your rationale.

2. Evaluate their effectiveness with respect to certain areas within your discipline.

3. Include company or organizational examples within your essay, as relevant.

4. In your opinion, what is the future of quantitative research both within your discipline and in general?

Corporate Strategies & Decision Making

For this essay, you will conduct research on corporate strategies and the affect they have on the decision process. You may use the same company or organization you have previously used, or select a different company that is going through, or has gone through a decision-making process on a given business issue within the company. As you explore the decision process, consider how corporate strategies influence these decisions. In your essay, address the following questions:

 

1. What is a functional strategy?

 

2. What are stability strategies in business? What are the pros and cons of these strategies?

 

3. What are competitive and cooperative strategies?

 

4. What are the tradeoffs (pros and cons) between an internal and an external growth strategy? Which approach is best as an international strategy? Why? What about retrenchment?

 

5. In which ways does policy impact corporate strategy implementation and achievement of organizational goals and objectives?

 

6. How does a company’s portfolio guide decisions?

 

Your essay should be at least two pages in length, double-spaced, and in 12 pt. Times New Roman font. The title and reference pages do not count towards the minimum page length. To complete this assignment, a minimum of three reputable sources must be used, cited, and referenced.

Corporate Strategy Implementation Essay

For this essay, you may use the same company you have previously used, or select a different company for your analysis on how a company has implemented a corporate strategy or a future policy rollout. Consider a company that has done a strategy development, and is in the implementation phase, or has been through the implementation phase. In your essay, address the following questions.

 

  •  What are the stages of a corporation’s life cycle? How can a corporation’s life cycle be extended?

 

  •  What is strategy implementation? What questions must strategy makers consider to begin the implementation process?

 

 

 

 

 

  •  What are some of the approaches a company can take to identify and prepare its people for important positions?

 

  •  It is important to assess the strategy-culture compatibility when implementing a new strategy. Do you think that culture follows strategy, or does strategy follow culture? In your response, use the company to illustrate your points. Justify your answer.

 

  •  What is Six Sigma? Why would a company want to implement it?

 

 

Your essay should be at least two pages in length, double-spaced, and in 12 pt. Times New Roman font. The title and reference pages do not count towards the minimum page length. To complete this assignment, a minimum of three reputable sources must be used, cited, and referenced.

Developing Communications Policy

In this assignment, you will prepare a communications policy for a company that you are familiar with or a fictitious company you create. The communications policy will map the type of communications messages (e.g., organizational or strategic changes, procedural changes, information important to organizational subgroups, confidential information, unwelcome information, etc.).

Using the module readings and the Argosy University online library resources, research requirements of and methods of creating communications policy documents.

Create a communications policy document that covers the following:

  • Identify the audience
  • Describe the media (including social media) to be used
  • List and explain the appropriate approvals required
  • Explain the tools and tactics to be used

In developing your plan, you should utilize at least five peer-reviewed articles in addition to the readings from the textbook and online resources.

Analyzing Policy

“Analyzing Policy”  Based on the lecture, respond to the following:

 

  • Evaluate how useful the conservative/liberal policy typology is to describe and analyze policy. Suggest at least one recommendation for improvement.
  • Analyze the benefits and shortcomings of labeling an idea, organization, or person as a liberal or conservative, and apply these benefits or shortcomings to what you see happening today with an example.

Historical Timeline and Predecessor Assessment Draft

This week, you will submit a draft of your Historical Timeline and Predecessor Assessment. This portion of the Course Project will include a historical timeline that diagrams at least three predecessors to the emergent technology and a written assessment explaining how these technologies influenced the development of the current technology (roughly two pages, APA format).

This section should include the following:

  • A visual historical timeline that diagrams at least three predecessors to the emergent technology
  • An assessment on how these three technologies influenced the development of the current technology
  • In-text APA-formatted citations with a reference page

The assessment should be well written and should incorporate proper grammar and no spelling errors. It should incorporate an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.

Personal Debt Management

Develop a plan for managing your debt. How many sources of debt do you current have, and what are the balances owed on each? What specific behavioral steps do you personally need to take to match your debt aspirations with your debt reality?  How will you practically implement these steps? 

Criteria:

The requirements below must be met for your paper to be accepted and graded:

  • Write a minimum of 400 words (approximately 2 pages) using Microsoft Word.
  • Attempt APA style, see example below.
  • Use font size 12 and 1” margins.
  • Include cover page and reference page.
  • At least 60% of your paper must be original content/writing.
  • No more than 40% of your content/information may come from references.
  • Use at least two references from outside the course material, preferably from EBSCOhost.
  • Text book, lectures, and other materials in the course may be used, but are not counted toward the two reference requirement.
  • Reference material (data, dates, graphs, quotes, paraphrased words, values, etc.) must be identified in the paper and listed on a reference page.
  • Reference material (data, dates, graphs, quotes, paraphrased words, values, etc.) must come from sources such as, scholarly journals found in EBSCOhost, online newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, government websites, etc.
  • Sources such as Wikis, Yahoo Answers, eHow, etc. are not acceptable.

Risk description

Choose a company that interests you and access their most current financial statements, MD&A and SEC filings. Using this information and any additional information you can gather about the industry, economy, and regulatory environment the company operates in complete a Risk Assessment for the company’s audit.

You should have multiple risks in each area. Risk areas may include competition, economic, industry, regulatory, environment, etc.

 

At a minimum, your risk assessments should include the following:

  • Risk description
  • Estimated impact (low med high) based on materiality
  • Estimated likelihood (low med high)

Use an Excel table to present your risk assessment. This workbook will then become your audit working papers.

Business Disputes and Political Risks

A contract or agreement does not have to be between two companies. Another example of a dispute can be that of companies producing similar products and determining who has the rights to it. In determining a resolution, political risks must be considered. Conducting an assessment of the risk in order to determine the impact (macro- or micro-political) is important.

With this in mind, create a 1-2 page response to the following:

  1. Research an international dispute
  2. Describe the dispute and political risk
  3. Analyze the situation
  4. Conclude a possible way to avoid the dispute or risk OR a possible resolution

Your final assignment should be proofread for correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Business Disputes and Political Risks

A contract or agreement does not have to be between two companies. Another example of a dispute can be that of companies producing similar products and determining who has the rights to it. In determining a resolution, political risks must be considered. Conducting an assessment of the risk in order to determine the impact (macro- or micro-political) is important.

With this in mind, create a 1-2 page response to the following:

  1. Research an international dispute
  2. Describe the dispute and political risk
  3. Analyze the situation
  4. Conclude a possible way to avoid the dispute or risk OR a possible resolution

Your final assignment should be proofread for correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Analysis of Historical, Legal, and Ethical Issues

As someone knowledgeable about research on children with exceptionalities, you have been given the task of presenting a report to the court on your arguments for and against people with intellectual disabilities raising children.

Do the following:

  • Launch the online library (under Academic Resources).
  • Select Find Videos.
  • Select Filmakers Library Online.
  • In the search box, type “is love enough” and click Go.
  • The first result should be Is Love Enough?directed by Tom Puchniak. Review this video.

Analyze the historical, legal, and ethical issues in the video. Make sure you include the following in your analysis (in an order that flows well in your paper):

  • Compare the historical trends related to people with disabilities. How would outcomes be different fifty years ago for the people in the movie?
    • Compare the differences from about ten years ago when the movie was produced to today.
    • Explain how far we have come and what still needs to be addressed (such as terminology, acceptance, and support).
  • Explain how laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the IDEA influence these decisions.
  • Identify the ethical principles that might apply to the situation. Consider the professional ethics codes, including the following:
  • Synthesize your research and create two arguments: one for and one against parents with intellectual disabilities raising children. Consider the perspectives of the parents as well as the children. Use evidence and examples from research, utilizing your assigned readings, and at least two peer-reviewed articles on this topic to support your argument.
  • Given what you learned in the video, your assigned readings, and research you found, recommend supports or interventions for the following:
    • The family
    • Within the community for the family and child
    • The school
  • Although this video focused on those with intellectual disabilities, generalize the issues to other exceptionalities.
  • Conclude your paper with a review of current thinking for and against people with exceptionalities raising children, based on the sources used.

Write a 7–9-page paper (not counting the title page, abstract, or reference page) in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Be sure to include a title page, abstract, and reference page also in APA format. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M3_A2.doc.

Eyewitness Misidentification

Access the website for the Innocence Project and the link on the site regarding misidentification of criminal suspects:

http://www.innocenceproject.org/understand/Eyewitness-Misidentification.php

View the video that discusses the Ronald Cotton case. After watching the video, write a one page reaction paper to the video that answers the following questions:

  1. What did you learn about the Innocence Project and eyewitness identification?
  2. What surprised you the most?
  3. What steps, if any, do you think should be taken to make the identification process more reliable?

Diversity: Facing the Workforce of the Future

The diversity of the U.S. population has changed significantly over the past decade, and more shifts are expected over the next 20 years. Some examples include: 1) construction firms are employing a large number of Hispanic/Latinos and they must adapt their recruiting, training, and safety practices to reflect this diversity in their workforce; 2) Harley-Davidson increased the number of minority and women managers and workers by 20% over the past decade which has resulted in more African America, Latino, and women customers; 3) long-haul trucking companies are focusing on recruiting and training women to counter an expected shortage of 111,000 drivers by 2014.

Questions for Discussion: Please correspond with at least two members of the class and discuss this subject.

1. What do you think are the major reasons that more organizations are recruiting a diverse workforce?

2. What are some ways that recruiting would be done differently to attract more African Americans? Latinos? Women?

3. What are some ways that training would be done differently for African Americans? Latinos? Women?

Leading Organizational Change

Purpose of Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to provide an opportunity for the student to integrate and apply the individual and organizational leadership learning from this course by developing a plan for organizational change.

Assignment Steps

Review course assignments for Weeks 1-5, including the results of the Mastering Leadership Self-Assessment taken in Week 1.

Select an organizational change in your company or one you know.

Develop a 1,050-word analysis designing the action plan for you, as a leader, to address the organizational change.

Include the following, in any sequence you choose:

  • Identify the organizational change process steps you would take and prioritize the order in which you would take them.
  • Include both individual and organizational leadership actions.
  • Scholarly citations must be given to support your rationale and proposed actions.

Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines.

Using Leadership to Improve Ethical Performance

At this point, you should have identified the leader you would like to interview. You should also have already contacted him / her and have scheduled an interview time / date. If not, do it as soon as possible. The intention of this assignment is to describe leadership skills, ethics, and communication which impact motivation and improve ethical performance.

Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

  1. Create five to seven (5-7) questions to ask your chosen leader to determine his / her views of motivation, ethical leadership and performance. Then, conduct the interview based on your selected questions.

HINT: The following are some examples of questions. Feel free to select them from here. However, we urge you to revise your Assignment 2 for some ideas of what you would like to know from an experienced leader.

    1. How would you define leadership?
    2. As a leader, what do you do when people on your team aren’t pulling their weight?
    3. What is one of the greatest leadership challenges you have ever faced? What did you do? What was the result?
    4. How would you describe your communication style?
    5. Describe a situation in which effective interpersonal communication skills contributed to your success.
    6. Describe your personal actions by which you convey to your staff that ethics/ethical behavior is a high priority with you and that you also expect it to be a high priority with your staff.
    7. Related to the previous question, describe how your personal actions (demonstrating ethics is a priority) have impacted your staff and/or colleagues.
    8. Describe a situation where you recognized a need to communicate clear expectations for ethical practice. How did you recognize that expectations had to be clarified? What did you do or say to clarify the expectations?
  1. Analyze the leadership, motivation, and ethical values of the leader interviewed and assess its impact in the ethical performance of the organization.

HINT: You should summarize the answers that you gathered in your interview. Thereafter, you should compare and contrast his / her point of view about leadership with your own perception of it.

  1. Use at least two (2) quality academic resources you have located using the Strayer Library resources / data bases in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource, and neither do web-based blogs.
  2. Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
    1. Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
    2. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
    3. Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Explain the variety of motivational theories and job design considerations.
  • Explain the variety of leadership theories and roles.
  • Evaluate ways organizational culture can be managed and promote ethics in an organization.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in leadership and organizational behavior.
  • Write clearly and concisely about leadership and organizational behavior using proper writing mechanics.

Comparative Essay

  1. This “Assignment 2” writing assignment is a comparative essay focused on topics encountered in our HUM 111 class. The project will be based on research but will reflect your views and interpretation of the topic. This project is designed to help you stretch your mind and your abilities as an organized, innovative, and critical thinker. If approached properly, it should also be fun!

    Choose one (1) of the topics from the list of topic choices below. Read the topic carefully. Write a three to four (3-4) page paper (750-1,000 words) that follows instructions and covers each part of the topic. (The title page and References list do not get included in this word count).

    Note: Your instructor may require you to submit your topic choice for approval before the end of Week 5.

    For the topic you choose:

    1. Establish a clear thesis about your topic as part of the introductory paragraph (often the thesis is the last thing one determines after doing the basic research and outline; however it will be placed in the first paragraph of your paper).
    2. This is a comparative essay. Comparison approached properly will require some critical thinking on your part. Use a point-by-point approach for the essay. That means, if comparing subject A with subject B, don’t do the first half of the essay on subject A and then the second half on subject B–that will seem like two (2) separate essays and comparisons will tend to get lost. Instead, you should be mentioning both subjects in most of your paragraphs as you compare them throughout the essay. Comparisons will identify similarities as well as contrasts.
    3. Do not try to do everything on your two (2) subjects. You should end up narrowing your focus to a few insights and issues about the subjects being compared. And, from those fairly specific points of comparison, you will develop a thesis and glean some lessons.
    4. Follow closely the instructions below for your specific topic.
    5. Include a concluding paragraph at the end. This paragraph will, in some way, refer back to the thesis established in your first paragraph, since now you have demonstrated and supported it. It may be here that you also include your observations relating your study to the modern workplace or society (see your topic). Try to finish with flair!
    6. Use at least three (3) good quality academic sources, with one (1) source being the class text. Note: Wikipedia and other similar Websites do not qualify as academic resources. You are highly encouraged to use the Resource Center tab at the top of your Blackboard page.

     

    Topic Choices – Choose just one (1) of the topics below:

    • Qualities of the Hero: Comparing Gilgamesh and Odysseus. Write an essay comparing these two (2) heroic figures from ancient epics of different cultures, especially focusing your analysis on the sources about their encounters with monsters: Gilgamesh encounters the monster guarding the forest, Humbaba, in Tablets 3-5 of the Epic of Gilgamesh (see http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/mesopotamian/gilgamesh/; scroll down to the Tablet links; think of “Tablet” numbers like chapter numbers).” Odysseus encounters Polyphemus the Cyclops in Book 9 of The Odyssey (see http://www.theoi.com/Text/HomerOdyssey9.html; from line 105 to the end). Your paper should:

    a) Compare Gilgamesh and Odysseus as to their heroic qualities, noting similarities and differences, using specific examples from the epics.

    b) Summarize what this indicates about differences between ancient Mesopotamian and Greek cultures in their ideals and expectations.

    c) From this comparison, suggest ways that current cultural ideals and expectations shape modern notions about role models and heroes.

     

    • Confucius and Aristotle on Virtue. Write an essay comparing these two (2) ancient thinkers on the concept of virtue or good ethical character and conduct. Stay focused on the issue; keep any biographical or other information short or limited. As much as possible, analyze their writings (in translation, of course), using Confucius’ Analects (at http://classics.mit.edu/Confucius/analects.html ) and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (at http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/nicomachaen.html ). Your paper should:

    a) Compare the teachings of Confucius and Aristotle on what constitutes virtue or good ethical character and conduct, noting similarities and differences in specific ideas or emphasis.

    b) Consider what your findings suggest about differences between ancient Chinese and ancient Greek culture.

    c) From this comparison, suggest ideas of virtue that can apply to ethics in a modern setting, such as a diverse workplace.

     

    • Comparing Sculptures of Ancient India and Greece. Write an essay comparing the way gods and humans were depicted in sculpture in ancient India and Greece, and identify the cultural values and ideals that these art works reflect in each case. Your paper should:

    a) Using specific examples, compare the way gods and people were depicted in the sculptures of ancient India and Greece, noting similarities and differences.

    b) Identify the cultural values and ideals that these art works reflect for each society.

    c) From this comparison, suggest a modern situation of artistic expression and the ways it reflects or counters prevailing cultural values.

     

    • Comparing Ancient Skeptics. Write an essay comparing Lucretius and Wang Chong (=Wang Ch’ung), skeptical philosophers of ancient Rome and China. They were skeptical about popular religious and spiritual beliefs and widely-held superstitions. Lucretius was an Epicurean philosopher of Roman culture (Chapter 6). Wang Ch’ung was a thinker in ancient Chinese culture (Chapter 7). Focus your comparison on their writings as found at http://www.humanistictexts.org/lucretius.htm and http://www.humanistictexts.org/wangchung.htm#On Not Flying to Heaven. Your paper should:

    a) Using examples from their writings, compare these two (2) thinkers on their views about specific subjects and on their approach in explaining and expressing their skepticism.

    b) From this comparison, identify popular beliefs in each culture that seem similar and those that seem different.

    c) From this comparison, suggest any modern situation in which materialist skeptics confront spiritual and religious beliefs, and comment on the considerations of free expression and cultural respect.

     

    • Comparing Ancient Male Rulers. Take any two (2) of these rulers and write an essay comparing them: Ramses II, Shihuangdi, Constantine, Ashoka, Pericles, or Charlemagne. Select rulers from different cultures. You may also propose (for approval or not) a ruler not listed. Avoid lengthy quoting or lengthy close paraphrasing from biographical sources. Make it YOUR comparative analysis. Your paper should:

    a) Compare the two (2) rulers in terms of their situation and methods of rule and their apparent ideals and practices, noting similarities and differences. Use specific examples.

    b) Consider what your study suggests about the cultures over which they ruled, identifying any similarities and differences between the cultures.

    c) From this comparison, suggest lessons about different types of effective leadership in the world of modern business and / or modern politics.

     

    • Comparing Ancient Female Rulers. Compare the Tang Empress Wu Zetian (also known as Empress Wu or as Wu Zhao; ruled China around 690-705 AD) with either the Pharaoh Cleopatra (ruled Egypt around 51-31 BC) or the Pharaoh Hatshepsut (ruled Egypt around 1478-1458 BC). You may also propose (for approval or not) a female ruler not listed. Avoid lengthy quoting or lengthy close paraphrasing from biographical sources. Make it YOUR comparative analysis. Your paper should:

    a) Compare the two (2) rulers in terms of their situation and ascent to power, their methods of rule, and their achievements and resourcefulness, noting similarities and differences. Use specific examples.

    b) Consider what your study suggests about the cultures over which they ruled, identifying any similarities and differences between the cultures.

    c) From this comparison, suggest lessons about different types of effective leadership by a female in the world of modern business and / or modern politics.

     

    • Other topic choice using a comparative approach (proposed by student or instructor) and approved by the professor and supported by the grading rubric.

    The Project Paper will be graded on:

    1. The level to which the instructions were followed for the paper generally and for the specific topic.
    2. The establishment of a clear thesis about your topic.
    3. The adequacy and relevance of information, examples, and details which support the general thesis.
    4. Covering each part of the topic as instructed, including the comparisons, the consideration of ancient cultural differences, and the reflection on lessons for modern society or the modern workplace.
    5. The quality of your research and your persuasiveness using critical reasoning.
    6. The use and acknowledgement of a minimum of three (3) required references (the class textbook plus at least two (2) other quality academic sources) documented using the APA style –including both the use of a proper References list and the use of proper in-text citations.
    7. Adherence to standard rules of grammar, punctuation, paragraphing, and mechanics, and general clarity of presentation.

     

    Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

    • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides. Both in-text citations and a References list are required. Citations and references must follow APA style format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions specific to the selected topic. (Note: Students can find APA style materials located in the course shell for guidance).
    • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length. For our purposes, you may omit any abstract page.

    The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

    • Explain how key social, cultural, and artistic contributions contribute to historical changes.
    • Explain the importance of situating a society’s cultural and artistic expressions within a historical context.
    • Examine the influences of intellectual, religious, political, and socio-economic forces on social, cultural, and artistic expressions.
    • Identify major historical developments in world cultures during the eras of antiquity to the Renaissance.
    • Use technology and information resources to research issues in the study of world cultures.
    • Write clearly and concisely about world cultures using proper writing mechanics.

    Click here to view the grading rubric.

     

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Compare and Contrast U.S. Healthcare Policy

Review the health policies of each of the following countries. Then, choose a country from the following list to compare and contrast with the current U.S. healthcare system:

  • China
  • England
  • Germany
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan

Once you have thoroughly analyzed the health policy information for your chosen country, answer the following questions:

  • What is the main focus of the policy standard in this (chosen) country?
  • What are the similarities to the U.S. healthcare system?
    • Governance
    • Workforce
    • Leadership
    • Quality
  • How does the U.S. healthcare system differ in terms of policy?
  • Where do you foresee the U.S. healthcare system in the future (long-/short- term)? ( Review from one of the the following perspectives: the provider, the patient, or other stakeholders)
  • Summarize the meaning of universality in U.S. health policy versus your chosen country. (Include your research on the future of the U.S. healthcare system)

The paper:

  • Must be 4 to 6 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least four (4) scholarly sources in addition to the course text.   Sources should be dated no more than 5 years prior to current date of 2017.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Epidemiological Studies in Your Community

Instructions:

  1. Answer the following questions:
    • What are the vital statistics for your community, for example, maternal mortality rate, fetal death rate, perinatal mortality rate, infant mortality?
      • Do they vary by geographic location? By ethnicity? By socioeconomic status?
      • Where did you go in your community to find these data?
    • What kind of epidemiological studies that have been performed in your community in the past five years?
      • Do you know what kind of studies they were (descriptive, analytical, intervention)? How were they conducted? What were the results?
      • In your community, what groups or organizations are most involved in conducting epidemiological studies?
  2. Your response should be 50 – 100 words.

Case Study – The Elderly

Scenario:

As a community health nurse, you are working in an outpatient clinic in a community that serves mainly elderly clients.

This year, you noted that 85 percent of the visits resulting in hospitalization resulted from bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, and influenza as compared to last year. At that time; the visits weredue to  colds, sore throats, influenza, bronchitis, and pneumonia, in order of frequency.

Maria Perez, a 73-year-old Cuban American woman has been referred for community health nursing services following her discharge from the hospital. She smokes two packs of cigarettes per day. She was recently hospitalized as a result of a severe shortness of breath due to an asthma attack. The primary care provider prescribed respiratory treatments using Albuterol via jet nebulizer every 4-6 hours as needed. Mrs. Perez lives alone and has three cats to take care of.

Instructions:

  1. Read the scenario above and answer the following questions:
    • What are the biophysical, psychological, physical environmental, sociocultural, behavioral, and health system factors influencing Mrs. Perez’s health?
    • Describe at least three primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies that would be appropriate in resolving Mrs. Perez’s health problems. Why would they be appropriate?
    • What activities related to health promotion and disease prevention would you plan for the late fall?
    • How would you evaluate your nursing interventions? What criteria would you use to evaluate care?
  2. Your response should be 50 – 100 words.

Alternative Solution Proposal

Write a 1,100 word paper analyzing how a current criminal justice policy was developed as an alternative solution/strategy to its predecessor policy. Be sure to include the following:

  • Identify the policy.
  • Describe how it was an alternative solution/strategy to its predecessor policy.
  • Analyze the factors that contributed to the policy’s development.

Format your paper in accordance with APA guidelines.

Business Ethics

Ethics in business relationships include both the external and internal relationships that develop around the organization. For this assignment, we will focus on the internal relationships that develop inside the organization. Studies have indicated the more positive the environment within the organization, the more productive the employees.

Research one or a combination of these job-related topics found within organizations: job discrimination, reverse discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying, and/or unsafe working conditions. Your essay should address the following:

1. Briefly describe the issue.

 

2. Explain the significance of any ethics-based decision your research finds and the affect it had or has on overall morale, relationships within the organization, and ultimately overall productivity levels.

 

3. Research a minimum of one company involved in this type of issue.

 

4. What best practices might a company implement to avoid negative behavior within their organization?

 

Your response must include an introduction, thesis statement, and a clear discussion of the questions/topics above. It must be a minimum of two double-spaced pages. You are required to use at least two credible references. All sources used must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations and be cited per APA guidelines.

Motivational Methods Discussion

Read the following scenario:

Within your organization, upper management has decided that your department must be downsized, and it is up to each manager to begin preparing his or her team for the changes. One of the changes to be addressed involves motivational techniques. As manager, you must research and understand various motivational methods to lead and implement change within your area.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper that discusses the motivational methods you would use when introducing such a significant change to your organization.

Include the following in your paper:

  • Describe which three motivational methods you would apply as a manager.
  • Explain what theoretical concepts from your reading support the points you are making.

Cite a minimum of 3 peer-reviewed, scholarly, or similar sources to support your position.

Format your paper according to APA guidelines.

Contemporary Issues in Modern Police Operations and the Policing

Select one to two (1-2) contemporary issues in modern police operations and examine the related law enforcement agencies, change, and efficiency. The suggested contemporary issues are below:

  • Terrorism
  • Police evidence collection
  • Children and juvenile
  • Law enforcement hiring process
  • Criminal investigation
  • Gangs and drugs
  • Police patrol
  • Or other issues or topics from the textbook that interest you

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

  1. Summarize the history of law enforcement operations as it relates to the issue(s) that you selected.
  2. Determine the key law enforcement agencies that are responsible for enforcing law related to your chosen issue(s).
  3. Explain at least one (1) major change to law enforcement operations related to the issue(s) that you selected. Next, provide at least one (1) reason why the identified change was necessary. Support your response.
  4. Give your opinion as to whether or not the change that you determined in Question 3 improved police operations in dealing with your selected issue(s). Provide a rationale for your response.
  5. Discuss the main requirements related to training that local and federal law enforcement agencies must address as they relate to your selected issue(s).
  6. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources as references, such as journal articles, newspapers, magazines, and publications from law enforcement associations. Note: Wikipedia, blogs, and similar websites do not qualify as quality academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of law enforcement.
  • Compare and contrast the hierarchy of command associated with modern law enforcement agencies.
  • Discuss the theoretical undertones of policing strategies (i.e., community policing, patrol patterns).
  • Discuss ideological and practical positions and debate controversial issues in policing.
  • Examine the requirements of local and federal agency training requirements.
  • Use technology and information resources to research advanced issues in law enforcement.
  • Write clearly and concisely about advanced issues in law enforcement using proper grammar and mechanics.

Personal Ethics Statement: Statement and Story

Demonstrate your ability to apply ethics to your future career in a health care setting by creating a statement and story of your professional ethics and the story behind your ethical perspective.

This statement and associated story should clearly identify your “ethics bottom line” and be suitable for framing or use as a poster. Creativity is encouraged, so be free to express yourself visually as well as in writing. Be sure that your statements are complete sentences and are free from grammatical and spelling errors.

Support your ethics statement with a one-page support document that explains its origins and presents your story. This document can be single-spaced but must not exceed one page. Your document should elucidate why you chose the items that were included in your statement. It should also reflect how you applied your learning in the course to what you have written.

Access Controls

Access controls are built on authentication and session management. This discussion will focus on vulnerabilities of the three broad categories of access controls—vertical, horizontal, and context dependent.

Tasks:

In a minimum of 250 words, respond to the following:

  • Identify the common vulnerabilities of each category.
  • Provide at least one solution to eliminate the vulnerability.

Cost of Debt and Equity

The manager of Sensible Essentials conducted an excellent seminar explaining debt and equity financing and how firms should analyze their cost of capital. Nevertheless, the guidelines failed to fully demonstrate the essence of the cost of debt and equity, which is the required rate of return expected by suppliers of funds.

You are the Genesis Energy accountant and have taken a class recently in financing. You agree to prepare a PowerPoint presentation of approximately 6–8 minutes using the examples and information below:

  1. Debt: Jones Industries borrows $600,000 for 10 years with an annual payment of $100,000. What is the expected interest rate (cost of debt)?
  2. Internal common stock: Jones Industries has a beta of 1.39. The risk-free rate as measured by the rate on short-term US Treasury bill is 3 percent, and the expected return on the overall market is 12 percent. Determine the expected rate of return on Jones’s stock (cost of equity). Here are the details:

Jones Total Assets

$2,000,000

Long- & short-term debt

$600,000

Common internal stock equity

$400,000

New common stock equity

$1,000,000

Total liabilities & equity

$2,000,000

Develop a 10–12-slide presentation in PowerPoint format. Perform your calculations in an Excel spreadsheet. Cut and paste the calculations into your presentation. Include speaker’s notes to explain each point in detail. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M4_A2.ppt.

Workplace Ethics

Overview

This assignment will give you the opportunity to choose a case study, and then write about the ethical implications and the impact of the events that are described. Each case study includes a set of questions that you should answer. You can choose either Case Study 9.1: Unprofessional Conduct, or Case Study 8.4: Have Gun Will Travel.

You will be graded on the following criteria:

Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:

  1. Analyze the questions associated with your chosen case study and discuss them using concepts you learned in this course.
  2. Explain your rationale for each of your answers to your chosen case study.
  3. Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
    1. Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
    2. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
    3. Cite your textbook as a reference.
    4. Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Determine the considerations for and process of ethical business decision making to balance corporate and social responsibilities and address moral, economic, and legal concerns.
  • Analyze selected business situations using the predominant ethical theories, such as utilitarian, Kantian, and virtue ethics to guide ethical business decision making.
  • Determine the implications and impact of various civil liberty laws in the workplace, such as hiring, promotion, discipline, discharge, and wage discrimination.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in business ethics.
  • Write clearly and concisely about business ethics using proper writing mechanics.

Click here to view the grading rubric.

 

Choose one (1) of the following case studies for Assignment 2:

Case 9.1: Unprofessional Conduct?

Located on page 342 of your textbook

  1. Do you believe the Board of Education violated her right to privacy? Were they justified in firing her? Explain two to three (2-3) major reasons why or why not.
  2. Was Pettit’s behavior unprofessional or immoral? Do you believe she was unfit to teach? Provide a rationale for your position.
  3. If teachers have good performance inside the classroom, should they also be held to a higher moral standard outside the classroom? Explain why or why not.
  4. Analyze five (5) behaviors you believe would show unprofessional or immoral conduct for a teacher.

 

Case 8.4: Have Gun, Will Travel…to Work

Located on page 312 of your textbook

  1. Do you have not only a legal, but a moral right to own a gun? Do you believe that you have either a moral or a legal right to park a car with a loaded gun in a privately owned parking lot, regardless of what the lot’s owner wants?
  2. In your view, do employees have either a moral or a legal right to park cars with guns in them in the company parking lot? What do you believe should be the property rights and safety concerns of employers?
  3. Do you think state legislatures are right to get involved, or should the matter be left to companies and employees to settle?
  4. Because the workplace is the company’s private property, the company could choose to allow employees to bring guns not only into the parking lot, but also into the workplace itself. Are there ever circumstances in which doing so might be reasonable? Or would the presence of guns automatically violate the rights of other employees to be guaranteed a safe working environment?

Challenges in the Global Business Environment

According to the textbook, ongoing challenges in the global business environment are mostly attributed to unethical business practices, failure to embrace technology advancements, and stiff competition among businesses. Imagine that you have been appointed as Apple’s Chief Compliance Officer and must prepare a video presentation for Apple’s suppliers regarding Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct to deliver via a web meeting. To prepare for your presentation, review Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct, located at https://www.apple.com/supplier-responsibility/.

You must also create a presentation using PowerPoint summarizing the important changes and explanations regarding the code of conduct that you communicated in your paper to email to the suppliers after the meeting for future reference.

You must submit both parts of the assignment to receive full credit.

Note: 

Part 1:  Paper

Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:

  1. List specific changes that Apple has made to its Code of Conduct in recent years. Provide at least one (1) example of each change.
  2. Explain the identified changes to the suppliers in such a way that they will understand the standards that Apple requires in order to maintain their relationship with the company.

Part 2: PowerPoint Presentation

Create a six to eight (6-8) slide PowerPoint presentation in which you:

  1. Summarize Apple’s Supplier Responsibility information.
  2. Discuss Apple’s stance on each of the following areas:
    1. Empowering workers
    2. Labor and Human Rights
    3. Health and Safety
    4. The Environment
    5. Accountability
  1. Identify the key ways that Apple’s Progress Report has changed since last year.
  2. Examine the manner in which Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization.
  3. Provide detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation.
  4. Submit a reference page with at least two (2) quality references that you have used for this presentation / paper. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your PowerPoint presentation must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Format the PowerPoint presentation with headings on each slide and three to four (3-4) relevant graphics (photographs, graphs, clip art, etc.), ensuring that the presentation is visually appealing and readable from 18 feet away. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a title slide containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The title and reference slides are not included in the required slide length.

For the written paper, your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.