Case Study: Mitigating Cloud Computing Risks

Write a five to eight (5-8) page paper in which you:

1.Analyze the new system and determine the design issues with this new system.

  1. Describe how you would correct the design issues with the system to make the restaurant managers happy.
  2. Create a design plan that:
    1. Lists and explains the tasks associated with improving this interface.
    2. Contains at least six (6) tasks.
    3. Includes realistic time estimates for each task to be completed.
    4. Analyzes the development of the system in your plan.
    5. Analyzes the testing of the system in your plan.
    6. Analyzes the implementation of the system in your plan.
  3. Examine how this system balanced security and usability, and explain the challenges of incorporating system security and system usability into a design.
  4. Suggest changes that could be made to the security of this system to still meet security objectives but make the system more usable.
  5. Use Microsoft Visio or an open source alternative, Dia, to create a graphical representation of your proposed interface. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page length.
  6. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality 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.
  • Include charts or diagrams created in Excel, Visio, MS Project, or one of their equivalents such as Open Project, Dia, and OpenOffice. The completed diagrams/charts must be imported into the Word document before the paper is submitted.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

·Describe the usability properties of interactive systems.

·Describe the inherent design issues across HCI environments

·Develop an interface `

·Use technology and information resources to research issues in human-computer interaction.

·Write clearly and concisely about HCI topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Wireless and Mobile Technologies

In this very competitive climate, many companies are seeking ways to connect with customers in ways that add value. Mobile and wireless computing have become key focal points to attract and retain customers.

Review this Article titled “Delta Named Top Tech-Friendly U.S. Airline”, .s. airline” href=”http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=20295&item=123856″>located here.

.delta.com/index.php?s=20295&item=123856″>http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=20295&item=123856

Use Internet or Strayer Library to search articles on wireless and mobile technologies as well as the application in business. Select one (1) company other than Delta which uses mobile and wireless technology.

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

  1. Define wireless technologies and mobile technologies. Next, determine at least three (3) ways which companies or organizations utilize such technologies to improve business efficiency.
  2. Determine the wireless technologies and mobile technologies that Delta has implemented. Next, evaluate the level of efficiency of the technology implementation. Provide a rationale for your response.
  3. Specify the overall manner in which the company that you selected from your research implements organizational systems, wireless technologies, and mobile technologies. Next, evaluate the level of efficiency of such implementation within the selected company. Provide rationale for your response.
  4. Give your opinion as to which company (i.e., Delta or the selected company from your research) is using the mobile and wireless technologies more strategically. Justify your response.
  5. Determine the operational and enterprise systems that support wireless and mobile technologies for each company. Provide a rationale for your response.
  6. Use at least three (3) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as 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:

  • Describe the use of network management, Web, wireless, and mobility technologies.
  • Compare and contrast operational and enterprise systems.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in information systems and technology.
  • Write clearly and concisely about topics related to information systems for decision making using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Paid Website Usability Testers

The design, development, and deployment of a product are the first steps toward a finished product ready for distribution in the marketplace. The next step is the evaluation of the user experience in order to gather data on the usability of the product. Testing centers (also called living labs) have been provided with built-in cameras and sensors to record user experiences of the invited volunteer and paid testers.A newer evaluation method or data-gathering method uses the Internet. There are Websites that will pay testers or give testers free products to test a Website in order to discover design flaws and assess usability of a Website. The following Website pays Internet users to become testers: UserTesting.com (.usertesting.com/be-a-user-tester/”>http://www.usertesting.com/be-a-user-tester/).Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:

  1. Assess the reliability of data gathered via paid Internet users.
  2. Describe and assess the evaluation method being used by the testing company, i.e., nonvisual and verbal recording of browser activities and tester’s vocal comments.
  3. Evaluate the natural settings of the test environment for Web users. Note: Test environments are usually labs designed to conduct testing. Natural settings refer to the user’s normal operating environment.
  4. Speculate about the validity of the data gathered from various users, each with their specific demographics.
  5. Imagine you want to evaluate the Strayer University’s Website (.strayer.edu/”>www.strayer.edu) using a usability test like UserTesting.com. Include a usability evaluation that you would apply to the Strayer University’s Website.
  6. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality 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:

  • Create a simple usability evaluation for an existing software application or product.
  • Describe common usability guidelines and standards.
  • Define the different types of interaction styles.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in human-computer interaction.
  • Write clearly and concisely about human-computer interaction topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Pricing & possible plant closure

Handy Household Products Ltd is a multiproduct company with several manufacturing plants. The Fremantle plant manufactures and distributes two household cleaning and polishing compounds, standard and commercial, under the Clean & Bright label. The forecast operating results for the first six months of the current year, when 100000 boxes of each compound are expected to be manufactured and sold, are presented in the following statement:

Clean&BrightCompounds,FremantleplantForecastresultsofoperationsforthesix-monthperiod endingJune30(in$’000s)

Sales
Cost of goods sold

Gross profit
Selling and administrative expenses: Variable
Fixed*
Total selling and administrative expenses Profit (loss) before taxes

Standard

$2000

1600 $ 400

$ 400 240 $ 640

$ (240)

Commercial

$3000

1900 $1100

$ 700

$1060 $= 4 0

Total

$5000

3500 $1500

$1100

§QQ

$1700 $(200)

*The fixed selling and administrative expenses are allocated between the two products on the basis of dollar sales volume.

The standard compound sold for $20 a box and the commercial compound sold for $30 a box during the first six months of the year. The manufacturing costs are presented in the schedule below. Each product is manufactured on a separate production line. Annual normal manufacturing capacity is 200 000 boxes of each product. However. the plant is capable of producing 250 000 boxes of standard compound and 350000 boxes of commercial compound annually.

Direct material

Direct labour

Variable manufacturing overhead
Fixed manufacturing overhead
Total manufacturing cost
Variable selling and administrative costs

Costperbox
Standard Commercial

$7.00 $8.00 4.00 4.00 1.00 2.00 4.00 5.00 $16.00 $19.00 $4.00 $7.00

The following schedule reflects the consensus of top management regarding the price-volume alternatives for the Clean & Bright products for the last six months of the current year. These are essentially the same alternatives management had during the first six months of the year.

Alternative prices (per box)

$18 20 21 22 23

Sales volume (in boxes)

Alternative prices (per box)

Sales volume (in boxes)

175000 140000 100000

55000 35000

Standard compound

Commercialcompound

120000 $25 100000 27 90000 30 80000 32 50000 35

4

Handy Household Products’ top management believe that the loss for the first six months reflects a tight profit margin caused by intense competition. Management also believe that many companies will leave this market by next year and profit should improve.

Required:

  1. What unit selling price should management select for each of the Clean & Bright compounds for the remaining six months of the year to maximise profit? Support your selection with appropriate calculations.
  2. Independently of your answer to requirement 1, assume that the optimum alternatives for the last six months were as follows: a selling price of $23 and volume of 50 000 boxes for the standard compound, and a selling price of $35 and volume of 35 000 boxes for the commercial compound.
  3. (a) Should management consider closing down the plant’s operations until January 1 of the next year in order to minimise its losses? Support your answer with appropriate calculations.
  4. (b) Identify and discuss the strategic factors that should be considered in deciding whether the Fremantle plant should be closed down during the last six months of the current year.

Motivation and Performance Management

Write a 2-3 page paper in which you:

Compare the difference between job satisfaction and organizational commitment. Determine which is more strongly related to performance for your selected company. Apply motivational theory and performance management principles to evaluate the company as a potential employer.

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 Cold War and U.S. Diplomacy

Select a president from the table, “Presidents and Their ‘Doctrines,’” in Roskin, Chapter 4. Then write a 3-5 page paper on the doctrine that president used according to Roskin. Your research must include at least four (4) credible sources, apart from your textbook. Your paper must address the following:

1.Summarize a situation that required U.S. diplomatic efforts during the president’s time in office.

2.Explicate the diplomatic doctrine the president followed, with reference to specific actions or events that occurred.

3.Describe the effects of these diplomatic efforts for the U.S. and other countries.

4.Assess, in conclusion, the advantages and disadvantages of the particular doctrine that was followed.

5.Cite at least four (4) reputable sources in addition to the textbook, not including Wikipedia, encyclopedias, or dictionaries.

Your assignment must:

•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:

•Identify the cultural, economic, and political context of information resources, and interpret information in light of that context.

•Use technology and information resources to research issues in international problems.

•Write clearly and concisely about international problems using proper writing mechanics.

One-Way ANOVA in Practice

For this Assignment, you will continue your practice as a critical consumer of research. You will critically evaluate a scholarly article related to one-way ANOVA testing.

To prepare for this Assignment:

  • Use the Course Guide and Assignment Help found in this week’s Learning Resources and search for a quantitative article related to one-way ANOVA testing.

For this Assignment:

Write a 2- to 3-page critique of the article you found. In your critique, include responses to the following:

  • Why did the authors use this one-way ANOVA test?
  • Do you think it’s the most appropriate choice? Why or why not?
  • Did the authors display the data?
  • Does the results table stand-alone (i.e., are you able to interpret the study from it?) Why or why not?

Use proper APA format, citations, and referencing.

Designing a Secure Network Solution

Write a ten to fifteen (10-15) page paper in which you complete the following three (3) Parts. Note: Please use the following page breakdown to complete your assignment:

  • Overall network diagram: One (1) page
  • Datapath diagrams: Three (3) pages (one for each diagram)
  • Write-up: six to ten (6-10) pages

Part 1

  • Using Microsoft Visio or its open source alternative, create a diagram showing the overall network you’ve designed from the user or endpoint device to the Internet cloud, and everything in between, in which you:
    • Follow the access, core, distribution layer model.
    • Include at a minimum:
      • Authentication server (i.e. Microsoft Active Directory)
      • Routers
      • Switches (and / or hubs)
      • Local users
      • Remote users
      • Workstations
      • Files share (i.e. CIFS)
      • Mail server
      • Web servers (both internal and external)
      • Firewalls
      • Internet cloud
      • Web proxy
      • Email proxy
      • FTP server (for internal-to-external transport)
  • Explain each network device’s function and your specific configuration of each networking device.
  • Design and label the bandwidth availability or capacity for each wired connection.

Part 2

  • Using Microsoft Visio or its open source alternative, create a Datapath Diagram for the following scenario:
    • Local user sends email to a Yahoo recipient. Local (corporate) user having email address .hill@Corp534.com”>jonny.hill@Corp534.com sends an email to user534@yahoo.com.
      • Document and label the diagram showing protocols and path of the data flow as data traverses through your network from source to destination.
      • Include path lines with arrows showing directions and layer 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 (OSI) protocols that are used for each flow.
      • Show user authentication when necessary.
  • Using Microsoft Visio or its open source alternative, create a Datapath Diagram for the following scenario:
    • Local user, Jonny Hill, transfers file using ftp through the Internet to another company’s site (.netneering.com/”>ftp.netneering.com). He has to access the secure shell using his active directory credentials to authenticate to the ftp server (linux running Redhat) on the DMZ. He needs to transfer files from his desktop across the Internet to.netneering.com/”>ftp.netneering.com.
      • Document and label the diagram showing protocols and path of the data flow as data traverses through your network from source to destination.
      • Include path lines with arrows showing directions and layer 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 (OSI) protocols that are used for each flow.
      • Show user authentication when necessary.
  • Using Microsoft Visio or its open source alternative, create a Datapath Diagram for the following scenario:
    • Remote user, Hellen Stover, connects via VPN from home through the Internet to her corporate desktop, DT-Corp534-HellenS. Hellen uses a browser to initiate her VPN connection. By browsing to .corp534.com/”>https://VPNaccess.corp534.com, she arrives at a login page where she needs to authenticate using her Active Directory credentials before the VPN tunnel is built.
  • Document and label the diagram showing protocols and path of the data flow as data traverses through your network from source to destination.
  • Include path lines with arrows showing directions and layer 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 (OSI) protocols that are used for each flow.
  • Show user authentication when necessary.
  • Explain how your overall design protects the organization from both inside and outside attacks. Give examples.
  • Explain how your layered design compensates for possible device failures or breaches in network security.
  • Determine whether any possible bottlenecks exist in your design.
  • Explain how to make the file transfer process more secure.

Part 3

  • Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality 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.
  • Include charts or diagrams created in Visio or an equivalent such as Dia. The completed diagrams / charts must be imported into the Word document before the paper is submitted.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Explain the essentials of Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol (TCP / IP) behavior and applications used in IP networking.
  • Identify network security tools and discuss techniques for network protection
  • Describe the foundational concepts of VPNs.
  • Design a secure network to address a business problem.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in network security design.
  • Write clearly and concisely about Advanced Network Security Design topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Motivation and Performance Management

Write a 2-3 page paper in which you:

Compare the difference between job satisfaction and organizational commitment. Determine which is more strongly related to performance for your selected company. Apply motivational theory and performance management principles to evaluate the company as a potential employer.

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.

ISMS plan for IT security of Healthy Body wellness Center

An Information Security Management System (ISMS) represents a systematic approach for designing, implementing, maintaining, and auditing an organization’s information system security objectives. As with any process, if an ISMS is not continually monitored, its effectiveness will tend to deteriorate.

For this task you will be using the attached “Healthy Body Wellness Center Risk Assessment” case study. In this task, you will be writing a 1–2 page white paper outlining the scope of an ISMS plan for the Healthy Body Wellness Center and an evaluation of the previously conducted risk assessment.

The first step in initiating an ISMS is to form a committee of upper level management that would set the tone for the ISMS. Assume you are part of that team. Initiating an ISMS involves developing a plan that includes the scope of the ISMS and identifying and assessing risk. The risk assessment for the Health Body Wellness Center has already been conducted. Your task is to define the ISMS scope for the Healthy Body Wellness Center and make recommendations for implementing the resulting ISMS plan.

Task:

A. Outline the scope (suggested length of 1–2 pages) for the ISMS plan being developed in the case study by including the following:

1. Information about the business objectives for the organization

2. A description of the guiding security principles of the organization

3. A justification of the processes that should be included in the scope

4. A justification of the information systems that should be included in the scope

5. A description of the IT infrastructure that includes a description of information flow

B. Recommend additional steps that the organization would need to take to implement the ISMS plan.

1. Discuss what each recommended step entails.

2. Justify each recommended step.

C. When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

Infrastructure and Security

This assignment consists of two (2) sections: an infrastructure document and a revised Gantt chart or project plan. You must submit both sections as separate files for the completion of this assignment. Label each file name according to the section of the assignment for which it is written. Additionally, you may create and / or assume all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment.

The last section of the project plan will present the infrastructure in accordance with the parameters set forth at the outset of the project. The network solution that is chosen should support the conceived information system and allow for scalability. The network infrastructure will support organizational operations; therefore, a pictorial view of workstations, servers, routers, bridges, gateways, and access points should be used. In addition, access paths for Internet access should be depicted. A narrative should be included to explain all the nodes of the network and the rationale for the design. Lastly, using the Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA) Triangle, define the organizational security policy. CIA is a widely used benchmark for evaluation of information systems security.

Section 1: Infrastructure Document

  1. Write a five to ten (5-10) page infrastructure document in which you:
  • Design a logical and physical topographical layout of the planned network through the use of graphical tools in Microsoft Word or Visio, or an open source alternative such as Dia. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page length.
  • Illustrate the possible placement of servers including access paths to the Internet and firewalls. Note: Facility limitations, workstations, printers, routers, switches, bridges and access points should be considered in the illustration.
  • Explain the rationale for the logical and physical topographical layout of the planned network.
  • Create a comprehensive security policy for the company that will:

i. Protect the company infrastructure and assets by applying the principals of CIA. Note: CIA is a widely used benchmark for evaluation of information systems security, focusing on the three core goals of confidentiality, integrity and availability of information.

ii. Address ethical aspects related to employee behavior, contractors, password usage, and access to networked resources and information.

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. Include charts or diagrams created in MS Visio or Dia as an appendix of the infrastructure document.
  • All references to these diagrams must be included in the body of the infrastructure document.

Section 2: Revised Gantt Chart / Project Plan

Use Microsoft Project or an open source alternative, such as Open Project, to:

  • Update the Gantt chart or project plan (summary and detail) template, from Project Deliverable
  • Database and Programming Design, with all the project tasks.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of existing and emerging information technologies and strategic impact on organizational operations.
  • Evaluate the issues and challenges associated with information technology integration.
  • Evaluate the ethical concerns that information technology solve or present in a global context. Use technology and information resources to research issues in information technology.
  • Write clearly and concisely about strategic issues and practices in the information technology domain using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Mobile Devices in the Workplace

Write a two to four (2-4) page paper in which you:

  1. Explain what you believe are the three (3) most important concerns when it comes to mobile devices in the workplace. Justify your response.
  2. Determine whether or not you believe organizations should have strict policies regarding the use of mobile devices in the workplace, also known as BYOD. Recommend whether these policies should stretch across all industries or apply to only a select few. Provide a rationale for your recommendation.
  3. Select a current mobile operating system (e.g., iOS, Android, etc.) that you believe to be the largest concern in the workplace, and explicate why you believe that to be the case.
  4. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality 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:

  • Illustrate the use of information and communication technologies to solve problems as an information technology professional.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in information technology.
  • Write clearly and concisely about introductory information technology topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Database Systems

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Review the available SQL 2012 editions. Recommend the edition which you believe should be installed based on the usage. Justify your recommendation. Note: Keep in mind to consider scalability into the decision.
  2. Suggest the naming convention you would use for the object in the database.
  3. Analyze the potential backup / recovery options. Outline a plan for ensuring that the database meets the 24 / 7 availability.
  4. Provide a SQL script (DDL) to create the tables with their relationships, including data types, primary keys, and foreign keys. Note: You may optionally include constraints.
  5. Use at least two (2) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality 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:

  • Create an MSSQL database solution to solve a proposed business problem.
  • Create databases, tables, views, functions, constraints, and stored procedures.
  • Describe and apply backup and restore procedures in database environments.
  • Implement High Availability methods.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in the MSSQL environment.
  • Write clearly and concisely about introductory Database Administration topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Database Design Proposal Outline

The Database Design Proposal assignment consists of several parts which are due in various modules throughout the course. The assignment will also be referred to in some of the other individual assignments within the course. Module 1 discussion focused on data types and their categories and some challenges and strategies of dealing with data. In this Database Design Proposal, you are required to design and develop a database which will be used to compile and report distilled information using clinical health care data. The Proposal Outline is the initial step of this assignment.

Create a short outline of about 250–500 words of the project proposal. In the outline, briefly define and describe the scenario for which the database will be designed, the major problem(s) that the users in the given scenario would solve, and any other additional components of a standard project proposal outline that are needed. Utilize the following outline as a guideline:

1) Title Page

2) Abstract: A summary of the whole proposal in about 75 words.

3) Introduction: The introduction should explain the situation, the cause of the problems, the statement of the project problem, and definition of terms.

4) Solution: This should include the objectives of what needs to be created to solve the problem and achieve the proposed outcomes. Identify the limits of the project and outline steps required to meet the above stated objectives.

5) Resources: What resources will be required for this project?

6) Budget: What is the estimated budget?

7) Users (Personnel/Credentials): Who are your users? What are their competencies?

8) Conclusion: This part should clearly point out the value of the project with emphasis on feasibility, necessity, usefulness, and the benefit of the expected results.

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

This is an ongoing project and the feedback from the instructor at every stage will help you in improving your final project. Be sure to consult with your instructor throughout the course and incorporate suggestions and recommendations in your project.

Diversity of Approaches

According to the textbook, there are at least two (2) approaches to the SDLC, two (2) approaches to software construction and modeling, and many techniques and models. The following could be possible reasons for such a diversity of approaches:

  • The field is young.
  • The technology changes quickly.
  • Different organizations have different needs.
  • There are many types of systems.
  • Developers have widely different backgrounds.

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

  1. Analyze each reason listed above as a reason for a diversity of approaches to software construction and modeling, and give your opinion on whether or not each reason is valid.
  2. Propose at least one (1) additional reason why you believe such diversity of approaches exists. Provide support for your recommendation.
  3. Use at least three (3) quality resources outside of the suggested resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality 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, your 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:

  • Analyze and present methods to initiate, specify, and prioritize information systems projects and determine various aspects of feasibility of these projects.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in systems analysis and design.
  • Write clearly and concisely about advanced systems analysis and design topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Product Ordering System and Design Document

In the first Individual Project, you will be laying the groundwork for all of the work in this course. You will do the following:

  • Select a company and one of its products for which you will be creating an online ordering system. Get your instructor’s approval for your selections.
  • Install the required software.
  • Install the provided skeleton ordering system.
  • Customize the skeleton ordering system to meet your requirements.
  • Construct the shell document that will be your ordering system description.
  • Describe your ordering system using Unified Modeling Language (UML) Use Case Diagrams.

Now that you have a better understanding of object-oriented programming, you will use this approach to develop your interactive Java program that supports a company of your choosing to sell products online.

In this Individual Project, you will represent the design for your application using the UML diagramming techniques called use case diagrams. Later in the course, you will use another UML diagram to help design and describe your program, a class diagram.

You will also be setting up the foundation design document outline that you will add to each week. The combined Individual Project assignments will be your final Key Assignment design document deliverable.

Throughout this course, you will also be working on several aspects of this application that will result in the final version of a functioning interactive Java program. Additional information and the deliverables for each Individual Project will be provided in the assignment description for this project.

Project Selection

The first step will be to select a company and product(s) that are real or fictitious as the target for your ordering application. This project will be used as the basis for each of the assignments throughout the course, and it should conform to the following guidelines:

  • Nontrivial: The selected project company and products it sells should be realistic and only a few products (10 or fewer) should be described.
  • Domain knowledge: You should be familiar enough with the company and the products that it sells.

Select a company and products that fit these requirements, and submit your proposal to your instructor before proceeding further with the assignments in the course. You should seek approval within the first few days of the course. Your instructor will tell you how to submit this proposal and what notification will be given for project approval. Your proposal must include the following:

  • The name of the company
  • A description of the products
  • One specific product that you will use initially for your ordering system
  • The name of the product, its possible colors, and the range of costs

Implementing Software Project Management Strategies

Imagine that you are employed by an organization that would like to further invest in the development of internal software applications. The organization finds it very costly to maintain vendor built and maintained software apps. It believes that the strategy of developing internal software could provide cost savings in the long run.One of your responsibilities at this organization is to advise upper management on the latest trends and methodologies of software project management strategies. Upper management has asked you to identify and analyze the challenges and issues that the software development teams may experience if they transition to this new strategy. In addition, you are asked to provide your suggestions and solutions to mitigate the challenges and issues.Write a three to five (3-5) page paper in which you:

  1. Describe the latest trends of software project management strategies and suggest at least three (3) methodologies of software project management strategies for this project.
  2. Select the optimal software project management strategy for this project and provide a rationale.
  3. Select three (3) typical constraints that may exist while managing and leading software projects within this organization. Analyze why the determination and clarification of these constraints is essential within the planning phases of the project. Note: Please refer to Table 1.1 in Chapter 1 of the text for information on typical constraints on software projects.
  4. Analyze the relationship between the organizational structure and a project manager’s level of authority and responsibility.
  5. Suggest how a typical software engineering team could be staffed and describe each team member’s role. Determine the skills that are required for each team member for the success of the software project development.
  6. Select two (2) software project management frameworks as options for software development. Discuss how each framework provides an opportunity for efficient project resource management. Use examples to justify your answer.
  7. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality 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:

  • Discuss the challenges of leading software projects.
  • Compare and contrast the frameworks, standards, and guidelines for managing software projects.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in IT Project Leadership Strategies.
  • Write clearly and concisely about topics related to IT Project Leadership Strategies using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Elements of Reasoning and Intellectual Standards

Elements of Reasoning and Intellectual Standards Option A Using the 8 elements of reasoning that were outlined in week 2 (Purpose, problem, information, concepts, assumptions, inferences, points of view, implications or consequences) choose a news article and break it down according to those elements. OR Option B You will describe how each of the 8 intellectual standards (clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, and fairness) were used or not used in the article, supported by an example. For either option you choose: Write a conclusion of your paper to describe how you feel the article is biased. Please be sure to include the URL for the article that you have chosen. Your response should be at 500-600 words. Keep in mind you are being asked to analyze the article/author itself, NOT the topic discussed.

Conflicting Viewpoints Essay

When looking for information about a particular issue, how often do you try to resist biases toward your own point of view? This assignment asks you to engage in this aspect of critical thinking.

The assignment is divided into two (2) parts.
For Part I of the assignment (due Week 2), you read a book excerpt about critical thinking processes, reviewed the Procon.org Website in order to gather information, and engaged in prewriting to examine your thoughts.
* Remember that in the Week 2 Discussion, you examined the biases discussed in Chapter 2 of the webtext.
In Part II of the assignment (due Week 4), you will write a paper to synthesize your ideas.
Part II – Writing
Write at three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:
1. State your position on the topic you selected for Assignment 1.1.
2. Identify (3) three premises (reasons) from the Procon.org website that support your position and explain why you selected these specific reasons.
3. Explain your answers to the “believing” questions about the three (3) premises opposing your position from the Procon.org website.
4. Examine at least two (2) types of biases that you likely experienced as you evaluated the premises for and against your position.
5. Discuss the effects of your own enculturation or group identification that may have influenced your biases.
6. Discuss whether or not your thinking about the topic has changed after playing the “Believing Game,” even if your position on the issue has stayed the same.

The paper should follow guidelines for clear and organized writing:

  • Include an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph.
  • Address main ideas in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
  • Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.

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 Style 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:

  • Identify the informal fallacies, assumptions, and biases involved in manipulative appeals and abuses of language.
  • Create written work utilizing the concepts of critical thinking.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in critical thinking skills and informal logic.

Should Employees Be Punished for Unhealthy Lifestyle?

Johnson and Johnson Health Care Systems Inc., which sells wellness programs to companies estimates that 15 to 25 percent of corporate health care cost stem from employees’ unhealthy lifestyle conditions. As a result, individuals may not be hired, might even be fired, and could wind up paying a monthly penalty based on their afterhours activities. Here are some examples:

•TBS won’t hire smokers

•Pepsi, smokers pay surcharge of $50 per month

•Multi-Developer won’t hire anyone who engages in what the company views as high-risk activities like skydiving, piloting a private plane or mountain climbing.

Federal civil rights laws generally don’t protect against lifestyle discrimination because smoker and skydivers are not named as protected classes. However, some states passed laws that protect employees from adverse employment actions if their use of a lawful products (such as tobacco) occurs outside of work.

QUESTION: Should employers be able to implement “lifestyle policies”? Why or why not?

Discussion—Nonrenewable Resources

Today, more than any other time in history, there is growing support to move away from nonrenewable resources towards developing renewable resources to meet current and future energy needs. Fossil fuels are nonrenewable resources that continue to negatively impact the environment. It is important to learn how these resources are formed since this process of formation is at the very heart of why fossil fuels are considered to be nonrenewable.

Using the readings for this module, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, research the nonrenewable resource assigned to you:

  • Coal
  • Natural gas
  • Petroleum (oil)

Note: You are assigned a resource based on the first initial of your last name. Last names beginning with A–J research coal, names beginning with K–R research natural gas, and names beginning S–Z research oil.

Respond to the following:

  • Describe how this nonrenewable resource was initially formed.
  • Briefly explain where the major reserves of this nonrenewable resource are located and how it is extracted.
  • Examine the environmental impact caused by the extraction process.
  • Explain how this nonrenewable resource is used to produce energy, and identify the pollution problems that are caused from this energy source.

Support your statements with appropriate examples and scholarly references.

Write your initial response in approximately 350–400 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Review and comment on at least two peers’ responses. Address the following:

  • Given the environmental issue or issues the use of this particular resource causes, why do think society relies so heavily on it?
  • What kind of a role do you think governmental politics plays in current energy demands?
  • If in fact society were to change to an environmentally friendly fuel source, what do you think would be the political or economic ramifications?

Market Entry Strategies

Choose two articles from AND Library, one that addresses Market Choice Strategies and one that addresses Market Expansion Strategies. Write an article review of approximately 4pages answering the following questions:

  • What are the main ideas of the two articles?
  • How do the two articles relate to one another?
  • Are the ideas in the articles contradicted by more recent thinking on the subject of global market entry strategies; for example, by the ideas in this module’s text resources? Describe any contradictions you found regarding global marketing entry strategies in the articles.
  • How will you apply the ideas in these articles to your course project?

Decriminalization Of Status Offences

Your individual work assignment is to complete and explore the following:

  • Express your views concerning decriminalization of status offenses.
  • Why do you feel the way you do?
  • Have you ever debated this topic with anyone and if so, what are the alternate views?
  • How does your view compare to the text and to other sources you have read?

Please be thorough and complete in your submission.

This individual work assignment should be:

  • An in-depth submission free of spelling and grammar errors.
  • An essay containing a minimum of 600-800 words.

You will be assessed on your scholarship, the rationale you use in addressing the questions/issue posted, and how well you justify your argument regarding this issue.

Your response must be thought provoking, have well developed ideas and/or opinions and must include in-text citations, and summarized material from the textbook, lecture/slideshow and the web.

Please remember to cite your sources with APA, with in-text citations, and at the end a separate reference list page.

The Effects of War and Peace on Foreign Aid

Use the Internet to research one (1) developing nation of your choice. Your research should include an examination of the effects that war and peace have on the distribution of foreign aid, as well as the material covered by the Webtext and lectures in Weeks 1 through 3.

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

  1. Assess the positive and negative effects that peace and war, respectively, have on the distribution of foreign aid in the developing country that you have selected. Support your response with concrete examples of each of the results that you have cited.
  2. Analyze the specific actions that the leadership of the selected country has taken, through the use of its foreign aid from donor nations and international lending institutions, to relieve the severe problems caused by warfare.
  3. Discuss whether or not the extension of foreign aid has successfully reduced poverty and the incidence of warfare in the selected country. Support your response with examples.
  4. Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment.Note:Wikipedia, blogs, and other nonacademic websites do not qualify as academic resources. Approval of resources is at the instructor’s discretion. Resources must also be within the last seven (7) years. Â

When referencing the selected resources, please use the following format:Â

  • Webtext Format:
    • Name of the author. Name of title. Retrieved from website url.
      • Example:

Soomo. Understanding Development [Webtext]. Retrieved from http://www.webtexts.com/courses/9218-cathey.

  • Lecture Format:
    • Name of the Author. Name of the lecture [lecture type]. Retrieved from lecture url.
      • Example:

Strayer University. (2013). Understanding Development [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from /bbcswebdav/institution/SOC/300/1136/Week1/lecture/story.html.

  • Internet Resources:
    • Author’s Name. (Date of publication).Title of the resource. Retrieved from website url.
      • Example:

Wuestewald, Eric. (2014). Portraits of people living on a dollar a day. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/04/living-on-a-dollar-a-day-photos-renee-byer-thomas-nazario.

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:

  • Analyze how funding in the form of aid, investment, and loans moves from industrialized nations to the developing world to alleviate the problems caused by warfare.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in sociology of developing countries.
  • Write clearly and concisely about sociology of developing countries using proper writing mechanics.

Diversity in the workplace

Review a journal article you located on diversity in the workplace, and write an abstract. It should Include the following information:

  • Summary of the viewpoints in the article (4–5 sentences).
    • Summary of the article’s arguments regarding workplace inclusive theories (4–5 sentences).
    • Summary of the conclusions or recommendations in the article (4–5 sentences).
    • Your critique: Do you believe the conclusions or recommendations of the article are reasonable? (4–5 sentences).

Please use APA format with in-text citations and at least two (2) references.

Morality and Social Responsibility Application

Philosophical perspectives and theories on morality contribute to an understanding of the deep-rooted human need to question the role human beings play in society. Whether your views align with those of Aristotle, Kant, or Mill, you can explore the reasons behind your inherent motivation to act responsibly. At the outset of your life, you develop habits of thought based on what you are exposed to, where you live, whom you live with, and your experiences. In this Application Assignment, you critically examine these experiences as well as theoretical perspectives on morality and assess how they impact your moral and cultural identity. You also assess how these experiences influence your concept of social responsibility.

To prepare for this Assignment:

  • Review the “Classical Theories of Morality” as described in Chapter 3 of the Arthur & Scalet (n.d.) course text and summarize key points of each theory. Does one theory resonate with you more than another?

Write a 2-page analysis connecting the three “Classical Theories of Morality”. Explain how the theories align or do not align with your cultural identity. Include how cultural identity impacts social responsibility. Provide three references using proper APA citation.

Resources:

Scalet, S. & Arthur, J. (Eds.) (n.d.). Morality and moral controversies: Readings in moral, social, and political philosophy (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

  • Chapter 3, “Classical Theories of Morality” (pp. 74–121)

Global Economy: Between Free Trade and Protectionism

Globalization was welcomed around the world at the beginning of the 1990s. Different trade theories were used to explain benefits of free trade and market liberalization. However, by the end of the twentieth century, voices of discontent were beginning to rise from Asia to North America.

Identify and read at least three journal articles focused on trends in globalization. Then, respond to the following:

  • Identify current trends in globalization.
  • Reason whether the global economy will return to the mercantilist stage, or if benefits of free trade and market liberalization will prevail. Why or why not?

Write a two-to-three-page paper in Word format. Utilize at least three scholarly sources in your research.

Employee Training and Development

Directions: Be sure to save an electronic copy of your answer before submitting it to Ashworth College for grading. Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English, spelling, and grammar. Sources must be cited in APA format. Your response should be four (4) double?spaced pages; refer to the “Format Requirements? page located at the beginning of this learning guide for specific format requirements.

Respond to the items below.

Part A: Needs assessment involves organization, person, and task analysis. Which one of these analyses do you believe is most important? Which is least important? Why?

Part B: Your boss says: “Why do I need to tell you what type of learning capability I’m interested in? I just want a training program to teach employees how to give good customer service. Explain to the boss how “good customer service” can be translated into different learning outcomes.

Part C: If you were going to use online technology to identify training needs for customer service representatives for a web-based clothing company, what steps would you take to ensure that the technology was not threatening to employees?

Part D: Customer service training involves far transfer. What design features would you include in a customer service training program to ensure that transfer of training occurred? What is a curriculum road map? Why is it important?

Marketing Case Analysis

Background of the Case

You have been hired as a marketing strategy consultant for Nighthawk Motors’ new Plug-in Hybrid, the Ecostar. Nighthawk Motors is preparing for the auto show season in the United States and plans to showcase their latest model of the Ecostar at the various auto shows around the U.S. You have been hired as a consultant to develop Nighthawk’s marketing strategy to sell the hybrid to consumers in the United States.

Below is a link about designing displays at auto shows.

Why auto show display design is tricky: Marketing executive talks strategy

The Ecostar is a five person compact hybrid automobile equipped with a 1.8L 4 cylinder engine. It has a range of 80 miles on batteries alone and 500 miles on a tank of gas. Its EPA rating is 60 miles per gallon for city driving and 55 miles per gallon for highway driving. The Ecostar is available in white, silver, blue, green, orange, and red. The Ecostar’s direct competitor is the Toyota Prius, but the Ecostar’s base price is $3,000 less than the Prius. The Ecostar is also produced mostly in the United States with over 75% of its components being built in the U.S.

Below is a link comparing the different models of hybrids.

Car Rankings: Hybrid Cars

Although hybrid automobiles have been around for well over a decade, consumers are somewhat wary of buying them because the technology is still evolving. They worry about finding skilled mechanics to repair them. Many consumers have also heard that it will be expensive to replace the batteries when they get old. As well they are worried that they won’t be able to trade them in.

Your job is to develop a marketing strategy to overcome their reluctance and make the Ecostarthe first choice among all compact car buyers and not just among customers predisposed to purchase hybrid cars.

Nighthawk Motors’ goal is for the Ecostar to go beyond being a product just for “green” consumers and instead be the number one selling vehicle in the world. Priced at $3,000 less than the current leader, the Toyota Prius, Ecostar has potential to be competitive even in the tough U.S. market.

Market Research

The success of your marketing strategy will depend on your ability to design a marketing campaign that will influence the consumer decision making process. Your first step will be to research and understand the role that different steps of the consumer decision making process has in enabling the consumer to make a high value purchase decision.

Read Consumer Behavior: How People Make Buying Decisions.

Deliverables

Prepare a case analysis addressing the following issues:

1. Develop a detailed profile of the expected consumer for the Ecostar. Include things such as age, income, personality, profession, lifestyle, and any other characteristics you think may be important. Provide justification in support of your profile.

2. Analyze the consumer decision making process for automobiles in the segment you have identified for the Ecostar. In this connection examine how Figure 3.9 Stages in the Consumer’s Purchasing Process (refer Chapter 3 How People Make Buying Decisions) may be helpful in persuading potential customers to buy a high involvement product as Ecostar.

3. Auto shows are heavily attended by the purchasing agents for major corporations (e.g., IBM, Xerox, etc. for use by their service reps and sales force) as well as rental car companies (e.g., Avis, Hertz, and Enterprise). What strategy would you adopt in order to make large volume sales (or fleet sales) to these large businesses? Discuss how your Business-to-Business (B2B) marketing strategy will be different from your marketing strategy vis-à-vis individual customers. (Business Buying Behavior in Recommended readings will be useful for this question)

Format Requirements:

The case analysis should include three main sections with three main headings: Introduction, Analysis, Conclusions. In addition, in Analysis, use subheadings for each case question as shown below.

Title Page – List your name, class number, class name, Week 4 – Individual Assignment: Case Study Analysis, date of submission.

Introduction – In one or two paragraphs, discuss briefly the company background and case scenario.

Analysis – Answer each of the three questions described above using subheadings for each question.

Conclusion – Summarize the main issues of the case and discuss implications to marketing management and innovation.

General instructions

1. Try to utilize the following five steps of good case analysis i.e., a. Present case facts b. Identify key issues c. List alternative courses of actions . d.Evaluate alternatives e. Recommend best course of action.

2. Do make extensive use of the library resources (apart from the Required and Recommended readings for Week 4). Research Databases e.g., Hoover’s, Mergent Online will be particularly useful. You may also utilize other resources listed under ‘Resources for Marketing Plan’. Please cite all scholarly references adhering to the APA format.

3. Avoid lengthy repetition of the facts of the case in your paper. Your responses should be focused and factual in style.

4. The paper should be about 8-10 pages long and follow the APA format. This page count is exclusive of References. Executive Summary is not required; a concise Introduction will suffice. A brief conclusion at the end is recommended.

Consequential, Nonconsequential, and Virtue Theory

In this week’s Discussion, you will explore the major groups of ethical theories we call consequentialist (teleological), nonconsequentialist (deontological), and virtue theories. There are multiple theories in each category that you will be able to address in this week’s Discussion. These theories will serve as the foundation for all future Discussions and Assignments for the course. Having an opportunity to discuss these with your instructor and peers will help you understand how to use them to address ethical issues and questions.

To what extent do you believe that members of your family or your friends use consequential, nonconsequential, and virtue theory? Pick one example from each approach and describe how these approaches work or don’t work for them. Compare the strengths and weaknesses of your three chosen theories.