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Group Theory

CHTC 317
Spring, 2014
Mini Project 5: Group Theory
Due Date BOTH GROUPS: 3.17.14
Assignment- Use Headings!
Choose a group in which you are a current member. It can be a business, social, recreational, family or educational group. Analyze this group in terms of tenets of group behavior change theory. Be sure to refer to class notes. Please utilize the following headings to organize your paper:

1. Group Membership: State why you are a member of this group. Discuss why people join groups, group attractiveness and how you perceive that this group will benefit (or not benefit) you. What needs are you getting met in this group?
2. Group Member Characteristics: Discuss each group member’s physical and personality characteristics – refer to group members by initials only! How often does this group meet and in what setting.
3. Group Goals: What is the goal of this group and how were they decided. Which type of goals are used in this group? – give an example.
4. Group Dynamics: Describe how the tenets of selective perception are at work in this group, including: level of anxiety, level of trust and gestalt theory.
5. Group Problems: Describe any problem members who may be part of this group – give examples.
Paper Format- USE HEADINGS PROVIDED
 4-page minimum.
 Double spaced, page numbers and 1” margins, 12 pt. font.
 Title page, including name, course number and section number.
 Be sure your paper flows and transitions from one thought to another.
 Proofread and spell check.

Compare “Gimpel the Fool” to “America and I.” How do the protagonists differ in their handling of societal pressures?

Essay-writing guidelines/tips
When writing an assignment, how you present your analysis and argument are just as important as the information you are trying to present. If the reader cannot understand or follow your argument or information, your writing quickly loses its efficacy and credibility. However, if you create a structured essay with plenty of support, your writing will not only be more organized, but will assure the reader that your essay is the result of thoughtful analysis and not spur-of-the-moment thoughts put on paper. Here are some easy tips for creating a well-structured essay:

1) Your thesis or overall statement should be present within the first paragraph. The thesis does not need to be anything too philosophical, but should let the reader know exactly what type of information they will be receiving in your essay. After a brief introduction to the topic you will be discussing, state your thesis or argument.
1. Good thesis/argument example: While known mostly for the prevalence of manufacturing within the city, the Jewish community of Lodz also thrived in local and national trade, the production of art, and the practice of religious traditions.
2) Each paragraph should have a transition sentence, or a sentence which sets the stage for the information in the next paragraph. Good “transition” words to use in these sentences include: However, Nonetheless, Additionally, Significantly, Regardless, Therefore, Similarly, Above all, Comparatively, and Likewise. Use a “transition” sentence at the end of your paragraph to connect ideas throughout your essay.
3) Topic sentences should ALWAYS relate to your thesis in some way, and should be strictly about the paragraph you are about to discuss. Topic sentences are always the first sentence in your paragraph. This helps the reader to understand why you are including certain information, and can keep you more focused on your communicative goals. If you do not include it in your thesis, do not include it in your topic sentences! For the thesis italicized above, here are some good and bad example sentences:
1. Good topic sentences:
1. Manufacturing served as the largest form of economic wealth in the city of Lodz. (Good, because the reader now knows that you will now be discussing
manufacturing, and you included this in your thesis.)
2. Goods, especially fabrics, served as a major source of exported trade for Lodz.
3. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, Jewish citizens of Lodz created a wide
variety of nationalist folk art.
4. Despite commitments with manufacturing, trade, and cultural enrichment, the Jews
of Lodz continued to involve themselves deeply with religious traditions and
practices. (Great, because not only does this sentence relate back to the thesis, but
ties together all of the ideas you already discussed.)
2. Bad topic sentences:
1. Catholics also lived in Lodz. (Catholics are not in the thesis. You would need to
slightly alter your thesis to include this information.)
2. Not many people today know where Lodz is. (This statement has nothing to do with
your thesis.)
3. Art was very important. (To whom? What is the point of this sentence?)
4) Always write a conclusion of at least three sentences (All paragraphs should have at least
three sentences). A conclusion contains relatively the same type of information that is
included in your introduction.

What Makes Art so Valuable to Steal?

To quote the FBI Art Crime Team website, “Art and cultural property crime- which includes theft, fraud, looting, and trafficking across state and international lines- is a looming criminal enterprise with estimated losses running as high as $6 billion annually.” In 1990, paintings and other items were stolen from the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, and valued at over $500 million. They were never recovered. Your job in this assignment is to be a detective reporter for the New York Times and gain an exclusive interview with one of the following:

  • owner of a stolen art piece or
  • curator of the museum where a work of art was stolen

First Paragraph: You are not limited to the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum crime scene and may choose an art work from any of the crime scenes found in the web sites you are linked to below. When formatting your post to the Advanced Forum, include one paragraph that describes the crime scene you have chosen to study. Include the name of the stolen work, the players in the heist, such as the criminals and the museum curators, directors, detectives names. Include historical details such as the time, place and title of the stolen work, the date the work was made and the artist. .

Second Paragraph: Consider the many reasons why the work stolen is valued by a certain segment of society, other than the obvious financial one, and include those considerations in a second paragraph. Explain the New York Times interest in covering this story, since you are the reporter.

Third:  Tell us to whom you are asking your questions. Then ask your three questions. Respond to all ask of you and in at least 150 words

 

So, is Anne Bradstreet a true Puritan writer?

Choose one of the following topics and write a 300-400 word response to it.

It’s been suggested often that there are at least two voices in the work of Ann Bradstreet: one, whom we might call “Mistress Bradstreet” he speaks of religious doctrine, public duty and conventional belief, and another, “Anne” a woman who loves, grieves, fears, feels pride and experiences the full range of emotions and curiosities that the teachings of her faith was meant to suppress.

The darkening mood of the three elegies for her grandchildren seems to console less and less. Look carefully to answer the following. Give a detailed explanation for the question of who is speaking in these poems: “Mistress Bradstreet” or “Anne?”

The pastor of the Pilgrim colony, John Robinson, gave a powerful definition for Puritanism with the following suggestion on how to deal with children: “(They) must, in the first place, be broken and beaten down; that so the foundation of their education being laid in humility and tractableness, other virtues may, in their time, be built thereon.”

So, is Anne Bradstreet a true Puritan writer?

For writing The Wonders of the Invisible World, his history of the Salem Witch Trials, Cotton Mather is sometimes judged harshly for his militant enthusiasm for these inquests and executions.  Yet Mather’s writing about the Trials seems extremely familiar. Compare Mather’s writing with how we view other public trials or scandals (George Zimmerman, Jon Benet Ramsey, Scott Peterson, etc).

Provide a real life example of classical conditioning from your life experience.

Provide a real life example of classical conditioning from your life experience. Be sure to label the different components of classical conditioning in your example, namely:

Neutral Stimulus (NS)
Unconditioned Stimulus (UCS)
Unconditioned Response (UCR)
Conditioned Stimulus (CS)
Conditioned Response (CR)
Feel free to use TV commercials, music, fears or phobias, or other real world illustrations in your answer.

Here is an example post to help you get started:

“When I was a kid growing up in NY, my grandma lived in Queens in a two story brick semi-attached house near the park. Whenever I went to visit Grandma, she would always have the heat cranked up really high. As you might imagine, every time I went to visit her, I would sweat profusely. Eventually, over time, I would break out into a sweat before I even went inside Grandma’s house. I would just see her house, and start to sweat. This effect can be explained by classical conditioning, or the repeated pairing of one stimulus (the house) with another (the heat). In this example, Grandma’s house before conditioning or repeated pairing with the heat is the neutral stimulus (NS). The heat is the unconditioned stimulus (UCS) because it causes a response or reaction that did not have to be learned. It is innate or a reflex. Sweating in reaction to the heat is the unconditioned response (UCR). Again, this is an unconditioned response because your body does it automatically, without any thought. It is automatic. After repeated pairings, conditioning or learning takes place, and the neutral stimulus (NS) alone causes the sweating to occur. When the neutral stimulus (house) takes on the properties of the unconditioned stimulus (heat), conditioning or learning has taken place. In this example, Grandma’s house becomes the conditioned stimulus (CS), and sweating in reaction to just Grandma’s house (nothing else) is the conditioned response (CR).

Same-sex marriage

English 1A Paper 3 Definition Paper
Choose one of the following topics to research. Depending on the term you choose, you will need to give its history / origins, descriptions, explanations, examples, important people involved, any changes, and any other important background facts. In other words, your paper answers the question “What is ______________?”

Animal Rights
Child obesity                                                   Immigration Law
Cloning                                                            Legalization of Marijuana
Cyberbullying                                                  NSA (National Security Agency)
Drones (military, commercial, or private)     Welfare Drug Testing
Euthanasia
Gay Marriage (Same-Sex Marriage)
Genetically Modified Foods
Gun Control

For paper 3, you will write an extended definition, 3 (full) – 5 pages that define one of the words  / terms above. A definition essay does far more than provide a technical and basic dictionary definition; it will give a more thorough idea about what characterizes the word, where it is found, what it is not, etc.

There are many strategies to extend a definition and provide a clear idea about meaning:

  • You can begin with a dictionary definition.
  • Consider the origins of the word. When did it begin? First records?
  • Identify whether or not the word’s meaning has changed or evolved over time.
  • Explain how it works. (if it has a process).
  • Define by negation (say what it is NOT).
  • Associate the word with key people, places, or events.
  • Compare and contrast the word with other familiar words.
  • Give examples.
  • Describe the term.

A Thesis for a definition paper will avoid phrases such as “is when” or “is where”. For instance, you would not say Cyberbullying is when. . . .  Instead, classify or categorize the term, such as:  Cyberbullying is the deliberate act of . . . .

 

More directions on page 2 below.

You must conduct research before you can provide an accurate and complete definition.
While your first response may be to search Google or another Internet site, I strongly suggest you visit the Mt. SAC Library’s databases first. These database are like search engines, yet they are more refined and not publically accessible.

  • Go to library.mtsac.edu
  • Click the Databases tab
  • If you are using a computer off-campus, you’ll need to enter your portal ID and password.
  • Click “search our databases by title”
  • Search the various databases (and descriptions). My suggestions:
    • Academic Search Premiere
    • CQ Researcher
    • Issues & Controversies (Facts on File)
    • Once you click on a database, enter search words. You may need to vary the word(s) and phrases you use to search your topic.
    • Keep track of the sources you used. You will need to cite the source and create a works cited page.

You will be borrowing information. This is NOT the time to forget how to quote borrowed words and provide in-text parenthetical citations for borrowed words AND ideas. 

Why reading literary texts and writing about them is of value.

Topic: Why reading literary texts and writing about them is of value.

Purpose: To explain or persuade

Content

Demonstrates an understanding of the topic.

While the paper does not require outside source material, it may include support from the course texts or the provided supplemental readings. If secondary source material is used, it should be credited using MLA guidelines, both in-text and with a Works Cited.

Structure

A title for the essay

Introduction: Begins with an opening to catch the reader’s attention and ends with the thesis statement.

Thesis: A statement that includes the reasons that reading and writing about literary texts is (or is not) of value.

Body: Body paragraphs with topic sentences that connect to the thesis, support that develops the idea presented in the topic sentence.

Paragraphs: Clear topic sentences that relate the paragraph to the thesis, development that is representative and adequate. Paragraphs are coherent, and there are clear transitions between the paragraphs.

Conclusion: A conclusion that returns to the main idea, the thesis, and does more than summarize.

Grammar and Sentencing

Demonstrates the ability to write clear sentences.

Uses strong subjects and verbs.

Subject-verb agreeement, pronoun antecedent agreement, complete sentences (no run-ons, comma splices, or fragments).

Bus 409 W – Strategic Management – Breakdown of Key Requirements for Intensive Writing

Bus 409 W – Strategic Management – Breakdown of Key Requirements for Intensive Writing

This class has three Distinct Stages and Deadlines.

You are required to begin Stage 1 and introduce two key companies: One which is a strong one and the other should be a weaker one, whether in the same or different industries. Create an overall idea about what you will be working on, how you will navigate the process of comparing and contrasting the two companies and your research strategy. When you begin Stage 1, remember that the elements of this stage will then be absorbed into Stage 2 and so on. Each Stage will build upon the last Stage and you will bring the best of each Stage to the next Stage. That means that when you are finished with Stage 1, you will review it carefully and create a synopsis of the complete paper and show the reader what you had discussed in the earlier stage and then where you will be leading into Stage 2. Each stage will build upon the research process and will showcase more ideas and strategies.

When you begin Stage 3, you will add a separate introduction called Executive Summary that will give a brief of what the reader will find in your paper. The Executive Summary should be Page 1 and will show how you will take the reader through the research and strategic understanding of building the weaker company into a stronger company. It will give the reader a sense of what will be addressed in the paper including issues, comparisons and some possible conclusions. Review samples of Executive Summaries online or other sources to plan this page.

Your Opening and Closing statements in each stage must be strong and clear as to give the reader the clarity of your thought process. Bibliography, citations, in-text citations, footnotes, and other proper credits must be given to all sources used for your paper. You must use Financials of the companies to show why one is better than the other and how do you interpret them. Use key ratios to supplement your answers. Use current and latest news on the companies to show that your work is up to date.

Stage No.    Length of Paper (Min-Max)    Focus Chapters    Primary Focus
70% Of Paper    Secondary Focus
30% of Paper
Stage 1

600-750 words

Minimum Citations Required:
5 – 8 Resources    1 – 3    Introduction of Two Company Profiles
Brief of  Their Business including
Products and Services (stay within one product range to avoid too much confusion)
Brief SWOT analysis
External Analysis/Internal Analysis
Leadership skills of CEOs
Steps you will take to build the case and provide the Case Development (Stage 2) and Comprehensive case assignment (Stage 3)    Preliminary Competitor Analysis
Review Porter’s Five Forces Model. Review mission statements and begin formulating your own mission statement for the weaker competitor

Stage 2

1500-2000 words

Minimum Citations Required:
10 – 15 Resources    4 – 8 plus concepts from Chapters 1-3    Take Stage 1 and create less than one page of the complete paper as introduction in  beginning of Stage 2
Develop the Case based on Porter’s Five Forces Model/Functional Level/Business Level Strategies/Strategy and Technology
Strategy in the Global Environment
Mission Statement & Goals Established
Chaining, Franchising, mergers and acquisitions, product/ capacity control    Begin reviewing some of the issues laid out in Chapters 9 -13 especially  in Business Ethics
Wrap up Key points on economies of scale, competitive and comparative advantage, mergers, outsourcing
Introduction of Corporate Governance, and Business Ethics (Chapter 11)
Stage 3

3000-4000 words

15 – 25 Resources    9 – 13 plus concepts from Chapters 1-8    Create an Executive Summary of the paper on Page 1. Complete presentation of Case Strategic Action Plan, Governance, Ethics, Organizational Design Implications, adaptation, corporate culture, dynamics of macro environment, role of government entities, financial institutions, and the interdependence of global economies, green technologies, interdependence and sustainability efforts    Use 2- 5 Key Ratios from Pages C11 to C15 based on access to corporate data and explain why you think it is important to use these numbers and how it helps the overall strategy of the company
Your recommendations and conclusion based on your complete research process
Advice about your mission statement and how it aligns with your strategic plan and goals

 

Bus 409 W – Strategic Management – Breakdown of Key Requirements for Intensive Writing

This class has three Distinct Stages and Deadlines.

You are required to begin Stage 1 and introduce two key companies: One which is a strong one and the other should be a weaker one, whether in the same or different industries. Create an overall idea about what you will be working on, how you will navigate the process of comparing and contrasting the two companies and your research strategy. When you begin Stage 1, remember that the elements of this stage will then be absorbed into Stage 2 and so on. Each Stage will build upon the last Stage and you will bring the best of each Stage to the next Stage. That means that when you are finished with Stage 1, you will review it carefully and create a synopsis of the complete paper and show the reader what you had discussed in the earlier stage and then where you will be leading into Stage 2. Each stage will build upon the research process and will showcase more ideas and strategies.

 

When you begin Stage 3, you will add a separate introduction called Executive Summary that will give a brief of what the reader will find in your paper. The Executive Summary should be Page 1 and will show how you will take the reader through the research and strategic understanding of building the weaker company into a stronger company. It will give the reader a sense of what will be addressed in the paper including issues, comparisons and some possible conclusions. Review samples of Executive Summaries online or other sources to plan this page.

 

Your Opening and Closing statements in each stage must be strong and clear as to give the reader the clarity of your thought process. Bibliography, citations, in-text citations, footnotes, and other proper credits must be given to all sources used for your paper. You must use Financials of the companies to show why one is better than the other and how do you interpret them. Use key ratios to supplement your answers. Use current and latest news on the companies to show that your work is up to date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secondary Focus

30% of Paper

 
Preliminary Competitor Analysis

Review Porter’s Five Forces Model. Review mission statements and begin formulating your own mission statement for the weaker competitor

 

 
Begin reviewing some of the issues laid out in Chapters 9 -13 especially  in Business Ethics

Wrap up Key points on economies of scale, competitive and comparative advantage, mergers, outsourcing

Introduction of Corporate Governance, and Business Ethics (Chapter 11)

 
Use 2- 5 Key Ratios from Pages C11 to C15 based on access to corporate data and explain why you think it is important to use these numbers and how it helps the overall strategy of the company

Your recommendations and conclusion based on your complete research process

Advice about your mission statement and how it aligns with your strategic plan and goals

 

 
 

Key Points to Remember

  1. Pages C1- C14 have eight key questions to address. You can assimilate them into your paper and should not address them individually or with separate headings
  2. Not all the questions can be addressed in detail at Stage 1 but you should keep them in perspective as you address Stage 2 & 3
  3. Recommendations should be kept for Stage 3 although you may mention some of the areas that you will explore in Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 and lay the groundwork for addressing the exploration stage in Stage 2
  4. Resources should be from various periodicals, professional journals, newspapers, books, news items and other magazines
  5. Use Primary and Secondary Resources
  6. Follow MLA guidelines for quoting and other key areas of Bibliography
  7. Review the requirements about writing the paper given separately
  8. Spell Check carefully and ensure that you maintain the paper restrictions
  9. Use Resources carefully and provide any appendices that you might have used or can develop
  10. Be careful about time constraints and ensure that you write continuously and edit and reedit your work
  11. Use Writing Center to help you plan your paper and show them your work before final paper is submitted

Why Marriage?: The History Shaping the Debate over Gay Equality, by George Chauncey, According to Chauncey, why is marriage at the center of the debate over gay equality?

Gender and sexuality were central themes in the culture and politics of the late twentieth century, as witnessed by the battle of the Equal Rights Amendment and abortion. In fact, there might be no greater wedge dividing Americans than their attitudes about gender and sexuality. That is still true today, although the most debated issue relating to those themes is gay marriage. Our book for this assignment helps us understand the history behind today’s debate over gay equality.
Why Marriage?: The History Shaping the Debate over Gay Equality, by George Chauncey, investigates why and how this debate came to be. Your assignment is to answer the title question of the book

Analyzing Nursing Research Articles

•    Select a systematic review from a peer reviewed nursing journal.

•    Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper analyzing key elements of the article, and discuss the article’s potential impact on clinical practice.

•    Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Content
5 points possible     Points available    Points earned
•    Analyzed key elements of the article
•    Discussed the articles potential on clinical practice    5
Format
4 points possible    Points available    Points earned
•    Follows rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation
•    Has a structure that is clear, logical, and easy to follow
•    Consistent with APA guidelines for formatting and citation of outside works    4
Total    9

Below is a list of articles for the assignment due Week 5. Please note that this list is APA style except they are numbered, the first line is not flush with the left margin, and they are not double spaced throughout.

1.    Akyuz, A., Guvenc, G., Ustunsoz, A, & Kaya, T. (2008). Living with gynecologic cancer: Experience of women and their partners. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 40(3), 2412-247.

MUST follow rubric and answer all parts

What it takes to be an adult.

In our society there seems to be a disagreement about the point at which a person becomes an adult. Traditionally, age has been the determining factor; however, there are many other factors which could be considered. What are the characteristics and responsibilities you believe demonstrate that an individual has become an adult? You might want to consider in your argument the following aspects of human behavior: the emotional, financial, biological and social. Be sure to develop your reasons in a well-organized essay. INCLUDE forms of Pathos, Logos, and Ethos. Long and lengthy conclusion.

Mutual Mistakes in Contract Law

Suppose Josh Hartly is interested in purchasing a new car and visits his local auto dealer. In the course of his negotiations, he tells the salesperson that he wants the 3.2 liter V-6 engine, and not the 3.9 liter because he has concerns regarding the fuel economy of the 3.9 liter engine. Josh signs a contract agreeing to purchase a car with the 3.2 liter V-6 engine. What neither Josh nor the salesperson knew was that the manufacturer had already stopped manufacturing both the 3.2 liter and the 3.9 liter, and was equipping the cars with a newly designed 3.5 liter engine.

What do you think about this situation? Should parties to a sales contract be able to rescind a contract because of mutual mistake of fact? Why or why not? Did either party act unethically in this case? Why or why not? What application does the UCC have here? Finally, in the overall context of contract law, are there any winners or losers when a contract is rescinded based on mutual mistake of fact? Why or why not?

Policy Formation

Choose a topic on which to write the policy. This topic may address a needed change in technology, staffing, billing, diagnosis, etc. Using the services found in chapters 6-9 of the textbook, construct a policy using the seven steps of policy formation. Address the following:

1. Define the problem.

2. Assemble the evidence of the problem or need for a policy.

3. Construct alternative solutions to the problem.

4. Select the criteria for choosing the correct solution from the alternatives.

5. Predict the outcomes of the policy changes.

6. Confront the trade-offs of not having a policy or addressing the problem.

7. Decide on a recommendation.

In a 500-750-word essay, explain your policy’s intended use and evaluate the effect that your policy may have on patient care in America.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is required.

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.

Policy Formation

For this assignment the author will develop a policy that addresses the problem of security at Carolina Behavioral Care, PA located in Durham, NC. Let’s find out the solution using the appropriate algorithm:

Defining the problem

            Carolina Behavioral Care is a 10,000 square foot two story mental health facility with no onsite security or emergency security plan. With increasing occurrences of 911 calls to this facility the author has is proposing a policy to protect staff and patients.

Assemble the evidence of the problem or need for a policy

            On each floor there are two doors leading to the back of the clinic where the Clinicians and nurses offices are. The doors leading to the clinicians offices are not able to lock, therefore patients and unauthorized personnel can freely roam the facility at all times. Patients are frequently found in the break room area or simply roaming the halls. Naturally, it is unfeasible to have security guards at such a small location, so a new policy that addresses a change in technology should be developed.

Construct and alternative solution to the problem

            Suggested alternative solutions to the problem are as follows. For security purposes all doors leading to restricted areas should be locked at all times. The best method for this would be to have a keyless entry with code only for restricted access. This will prevent unwanted access to clinical areas. For emergency purposes there should be a one key access code on the telephone. What this means is, with the push of one button on the telephone the conversation (between patient and provider) automatically goes to every employees phone to inform them of an emergency. This gives the provider time to coach the patient to keep others safe but at the same time the police are on the way because all employees can hear the conversation. This allows for the employees to remove all other patients and secure the building. The front desk should be a secure area with glass that locks at the end of each shift or in the event of an emergency.

Confront the trade-offs of not having a policy or addressing the problem

Not having strict security measure may mean that some people, especially the sneakiest, or mentally ill are likely to enter restricted areas and roam around. Not having a restricted access and speaker emergency call means that employees cannot feel safe.

Decide on a Recommendation

           The recommendation is to develop a policy that calls for the new technology, i.e. restricted access to clinical areas and the speaker emergency call with the touch of one button. This policy assures that no unauthorized persons enter to restricted areas. Also, in the event of emergency the provider can push one button on the telephone which makes their conversation heard by all employees in the building making this the most reliable security methods.

The “audit failure” issue is one that we should all be concerned about, but in doing so, we need to separate reality from urban myth while we still have the time (Pat McDonnell)

NEED 1500 WORDS

The “audit failure” issue is one that we should all be concerned about, but in doing so, we need to separate reality from urban myth while we still have the time (Pat McDonnell)
The admission by Olympus Corp that it falsified financial reports for more than a decade should not shock anyone. The shock is that, for years, auditors failed to detect such massive fraud. The failures of auditors to uncover cooked books, which run the gamut from Adelphia to Waste
Management Inc, are a cancer on the accounting industry.
Modern financial history is chock full of such stories, in which managements at brand name companies hide losses, fabricate revenues, report imaginary profits and claim to have assets that turn out to be non-existent, all of which supposedly independent auditors either fail to detect or keep quiet.
“A gray area where the accounting is being perverted; where managers are cutting corners; and, where earnings reports reflect the desires of management rather than the underlying financial performance of the company.” (David Johnstone)
Tony Tinker, an accounting professor at Baruch College in New York who is a leader in the critical accounting movement which favours more robust and skeptical examinations, says “auditors aren’t trying too hard to find stuff. Remember in Waste Management the management and the auditors signed a ‘contract’ to fix the mess, each year, for five years.”
Tinker points to a second problem: the SEC and other white-collar law enforcement agencies “are so understaffed and underfunded” that there is little risk of official inquiry and even less of official action.
Professor PremSikka, a reformer at the University of Essex in Britain, notes surveys showing that “as many as 70 percent of auditors admit to falsified audit work” in surveys of countries around the world.
“We need to look at the internal value systems and culture of the accounting firms,” Sikka said.
There is the real problem — the structure and the rules of auditing.
Discuss

Iliad Essay

Iliad Essay Assignment 2014:

Choice 1 :  Select a female character from the Iliad using the part we read or if you are conversant, use the entire book as a source.  The character you select for your persuasive essay should be the single character you believe is essential (or integral) to the story.  In other words, if this character were not in the story, the story could not exist.  Using a persuasive format for your essay, write a paper that supports that statement.  For example if this paper were about The Odyssey, I might select Anteclea, Odysseus’ mother.  My position would be that: “Without Anteclea, The Odyssey  the story of Odysseus’ travels, could not have taken place.”  My paper would then have at least three reasons for the claim (if I can’t think of 3, I need to pick another character) and at least one or two reasons that refute the claim that I then explain away making my claim even more valid.  See the www for help on how to write a persuasive paper.

Choice 2: Select a male character (see above)

To receive an A on this paper, quotes must be used and correctly cited using MLA format.  You’d need at least three to receive an A or B.  Frankly, it’s only your opinion if you don’t have a quote to back it up.  However, quotes need not come from The Iliad –think outside the box!

Remember:

  • MLA Format (Times New Roman 12 and all that)
  • Quotes are required for an A or B (must be cited)
  • No words we don’t use
  • Paper must be Persuasive format

How you see your self when your old

“When I am Old, I will…”

Your essay should be between 1000-1250 words long.

Citations should be in APA format.

Note: For all written assignments, only the material assigned in the course should be cited.

  1. Discuss how your personal view of old age has been influenced by the developmental theories of aging to which you have been exposed.
  2. Reflect on if and how your reading of the social theories of Erikson (and possibly Peck, Neugarten, Maslow, Levinson and other lifespan theorists) changed your mind about older adulthood.
  3. And, as a result, finish your essay by quickly writing several responses to this phrase, “When I am old I will …”

Click here for resources that can help you successfully complete written assignments:

Please read the SUNY Empire State College statement on Academic Integrity before submitting any work for this course. Be sure to cite any and all sources correctly so that your academic integrity is not called into question.

contract law

only UK cases to use as reference case. no complicated explanation, simply straight forward and to the point.

Criteria reference

LO

To achieve the criteria the evidence must show that the student is able to:
 

1.1

Identify the essential elements required for the formation of a valid contract and define each and whether a contract was created
 

1.2

Discuss the impact of different types of contract.
1.3 Identify and illustrate the possible terms of the contracts identified with reference to their meaning and effect
 

2.1

Apply the elements of contract in given business scenarios and show how the contract if any was formed
2.2 Apply the law on terms of different contracts
 

2.3

Evaluate the effect of different terms in given contracts and suggest alternatives to the parties

 

 

Scenario1

 

Al operates a small business manufacturing specialist engine filters. In January, he placed an advertisement in a car trade magazine, ‘Trini Tuners”, stating that he would supply filters for $60 per filter, but would consider a reduction in the price for substantial orders. He received a letter from Toyota Trinidad Ltd. requesting his terms of supply for 1000 filters.

 

Al replied, offering the supply at a cost of $50 each.  Toyota Trinidad Ltd. responded to Al’s letter stating that they accepted his offer but that they would pay only $45.00 per filter. Al wrote back to Toyota Trinidad Ltd stating that he would supply the filters but only at the original price of $50. When Al’s letter arrived, the purchasing director of Toyota Trinidad Ltd. did not notice the alteration of the price and ordered the 1000 filters from Al, which was supplied.

 

Scenario 2

 

In January 2013, Addy entered into a contractual agreement with Big B Ltd to write a study manual for an international management body. The manual was to cover the period from September 2013 till 2015, and it was a term of the contract that the text be supplied by June 2013 so that it could be printed in time for September.

 

By 30 May, Addy had not yet started on the text and, indeed, he had written to Big B stating that he was too busy to write the text.  Big B was extremely perturbed by the news, especially as it had acquired the contract to supply all of the management body’s study manuals and had already incurred extensive preliminary expense in relation to the publication of the new manual.

 

Advise Big B as to whether he can take any action against Addy.

Task 1: Scenario 1

Students are required to present an essay:

 

  • Explaining the importance of the essential elements required for the formation of a valid contract and indicate whether a contract was made between the parties on an application of these principles.(LO 1.1)
  • Discussing the impact of different types of contract and their possible use in the scenario.(LO 1.2)
  • Identify and analyse the possible terms in the contracts with reference to their meaning and effect.(LO 1.3)

 

 

 

Task 2:Scenario 2

 

ASSIGNMENT 1

 

Each student will be required to take the role of a legal advisor.

 

Advise Big B as his legal advisor as to the options that are available to him against Addy and how he may specifically recover the time and energy he has lost on the contract between them.

 

You will be required to provide Big B with answers to his question, supporting them with relevant principles and case law. (LO 2.1, 2.2 & 2.3)

 

Leadership Styles Application

Select a multinational firm of non-U.S. origin. You are appointed CEO of your selected company, and you want to lead in accordance with your selected theory/model of leadership. Create 10–12 PowerPoint slides, answering the following questions:

•Is your leadership model applicable in the cultural environment of your chosen firm? Provide a rationale for your opinion.
•What is your favored leadership style, such as task-oriented, relationship-oriented, charismatic, transformational, situational, and so on?
•What leadership approach is likely favored in the company you selected? Why is this the case?
•Support your opinion using Hofstede’s criteria and your research from books and articles.

Follow the correct APA guidelines. Complete your presentation with speaker notes, citations, and visual aids such as tables, charts, data, links, and images.

Case Analysis # 2

From a given case or hypothetical case scenario, analyze the case/scenario  In the analysis, identify relevant legal issue(s), analyze and apply relevant legal concepts, describe legal outcome(s), and provide legal rationale for conclusions.

Case: Connie was employed by the Beaufort Distributing Company. She worked at an off- site location keeping track of the inventory in that facility. Connie was the only female in the building and Milton, her supervisor, subjected her to constant verbal abuse. He used vulgar language to refer to women and told lewd jokes in her presence. Additionally, Milton commented on her breasts daily, usually asking if he could touch them and offering to allow her to leave early if she would let him look at them. After 7 months, Connie couldn’t take it anymore and quit. She never complained to Milton’s supervisor about his behavior.

Explain what Connie must prove in order to maintain a claim for sexual harassment and constructive discharge. Discuss how Beaufort Distributing Company would defend against this claim .

Please also employment laws in the

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Ethical Systems and ME

What a busy five weeks we have had! We have learned to use moral reasoning and examined many ethical theories in this course. These include virtue ethics, utilitarianism, social contract, deontology with goals (Hinduism and Buddhism), deontology with divine authority (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), relativism (individual and cultural), and deontology with a categorical imperative (Kant).
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Think back about your impressions of each of these ethical systems and write a 1,000 to 1,250-word essay that addresses the following questions below. Be sure to write good introductory and concluding paragraphs in your essay.

Summarize the principle components of each of the seven ethical systems studied in this course (listed above), including the principle ethicist involved in developing the system. Use two or three sentences for each ethical system.
Which ethical system is most prevalent in the United States today? In the World?  Explain your answer and support your response.
Which ethical system most closely matches your personal ethical system? Why do you think so?  Explain your position.
Please give a short, personal example that supports your decision to identify your ethical system (3 or 4 sentences) and explain why it does so.
Examine your response to previous assignments in Modules 1 thru 4 in this course.  Are there any inconsistencies or conflict between positions you took in earlier assignments and the ethical system identified in this paper? For example, monotheists (Christians, Muslims, and Jews) believe in universal maxims. Relativists do not think universal maxims are possible.  One cannot, for example be a Christian and believe no universal maxims exist, which is a relativist position. Monotheism (Christianity) and relativism are polar opposites. If inconsistencies exist between your earlier answers and this paper, how do you resolve them in your ethical decision-making process in the real world?
Add at least three references to support your analysis in this paper.
Post a 4-5-page (1000-1250 -word) paper to the M5: Assignment 1 Dropbox by Saturday, February 1, 2014. Include a title and reference page (not included in the 4-5 page count). All written assignments and responses should follow citation rules for attributing sources using APA format. Please use Microsoft Word spelling/grammar checker before submitting your essay.

Assignment 1 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
Summarized the seven ethical theories examined in this course with detail and focus.
80
Identified which primary ethical system is most prevalent in the United States and the world, applying significant critical analysis of course concepts.
40
Detailed a personal ethical system using significant critical analysis of the assigned prompts, which references the assigned readings and/or course concepts.
56
Discussed (three or four sentences) a personal, professional, and/or social issue of the day to illustrate choice of ethical system.
20
Showed sufficient mastery of concepts to be able to identify inconsistencies within course responses and student’s ethical system.
20
Justified ideas and responses by using at least 3 appropriate scholarly examples and/or references from texts, and Web sites.
20
Style (8 points): Tone, audience, and word choice
Organization (16 points): Introduction, transitions, and conclusion
Usage and Mechanics (16 points): Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure
APA Elements (24 points): In text citations and references, paraphrasing, and appropriate use of quotations and other elements of style

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t-test statistical process

Any conclusion drawn for the t-test statistical process is only as good as the research question asked and the null hypothesis formulated. T-tests are only used for two sample groups, either on a pre post-test basis or between two samples (independent or dependent). The t-test is optimized to deal with small sample numbers which is often the case with managers in any business. When samples are excessively large the t test becomes difficult to manage due to the mathematical calculations involved.

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Calculate the “t” value for independent groups for the following data using the formula presented in the module. Check the accuracy of your calculations. Using the raw measurement data presented above, determine whether or not there exists a statistically significant difference between the salaries of female and male human resource managers using the appropriate t-test. Develop a research question, testable hypothesis, confidence level, and degrees of freedom. Draw the appropriate conclusions with respect to female and male HR salary levels. Report the required “t” critical values based on the degrees of freedom. Your response should be 2-3 pages.

Salary Level
Female HR Directors Male HR Directors
$50,000 $58,000
$75,000 $69,000
$72,000 $73,000
$67,000 $67,000
$54,000 $55,000
$58,000 $63,000
$52,000 $53,000
$68,000 $70,000
$71,000 $69,000
$55,000 $60,000
*Do not forget what we all learned in high school about “0”s

 

 

 

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Network Security Information Systems

You have just been hired as an Information Security Engineer for a large, multi-international corporation. Unfortunately, your company has suffered multiple security breaches that have threatened customers’ trust in the fact that their confidential data and financial assets are private and secured. Credit-card information was compromised by an attack that infiltrated the network through a vulnerable wireless connection within the organization. The other breach was an inside job where personal data was stolen because of weak access-control policies within the organization that allowed an unauthorized individual access to valuable data. Your job is to develop a risk-management policy that addresses the two security breaches and how to mitigate these risks.

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Everyone likes to eat…you love food…why not open a restaurant?

Everyone likes to eat…you love food…why not open a restaurant? It may not be quite that easy. Kenny Lao, 30, he better be unique when he started his New York City Rickshaw Dumpling Bar in 2006. But Lao says, “If you have a strong concept and have your execution and operation strategies down pat, anytime is a good time to open a restaurant—even now.” Lao built his dumpling empire on six varieties of dumplings (including a chocolate dessert dumpling) and simple add on like Asian salad, noodle soup, and green-tea milk shakes. It takes approximately 2.5 minutes from order to delivery. Rickshaw sells about 1.4 million dumplings per year for $1.3 million in revenue.
Assignment question:
1.    Evaluate the business idea of Kenny Lao’s business. Dumplings are his signature menu item on his cool website www.rickshawdumplings.com. If you were to venture into the restaurant business, what would be your signature item? What would be your competitive advantage?
2.    Look at Figure 1.4 P.19 “Causes of Business Failure.” (In the book small business management entrepreneurship and beyond. 5E by Hatten.)  If a restaurant business goes under, what do you think are the most likely reasons?
B. Blind Date—Crazy   

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About the only thing harder than finding a date is choosing which Web site to meet him or her on. David Evans, online dating industry consultant, says there are over 2,000 online dating sites in the United States alone. The field wasn’t quite that crowded when Harvard mathematician friends Chris Coyne, Christian Rudder, Sam Yagan, and Max Drohn founded OkCupid in 2004—but they still had to figure out how to get noticed.
In previous vintures, free had been the operative word for OkCupid CEO Yagan. In the late 1990s, the team forever altered the market for student cheat sheets, then dominated by the iconic black – and – yellow CliffsNotes booklets, with SparkNotes, a free Web-based copycat they later sold to Barnes & Noble. After that, they disrupted the music business, creating the file – sharing tool eDonkey. Before the company was litigated out of existence by a record – industry lawsuit, it boasted the world’s most popular file-sharing software, bigger even than Napster.
Could free work in the industry of online dating? The growing market was, and still is, dominated by two large competitors: Mat he explains, “reduce the revenue that industry produces by offering a free product, and then claim the remaining revenue for yourself.”
Yagan and crew spent three years building the site, had raised nearly $7 million, but they were not gaining traction. Being free to join, they needed a massive audience to generate advertising dollars. After two years of growth, traffic was flatlining while competitors were growing rapidly. By early 2007, Yagan realized his window of opportunity was closing. He needed to jump-start his company or face a slow death.
Yagan figured the magic numbers needed were 8 million users and 2 million regular daters, roughly eight times his current traffic. And upping the pressure, new free dating sites were popping up and beating Yagan at his own game. PlentyofFish.com, a fast-growing Canadian site founded in 2003, surpassed OkCupid, attracting nearly 1.5 million unique viewers a month in the United States by early 2008. The online world constantly changing didn’t help their business model—people were turning to social networking sites as de facto dating services.
OkCupid could try fighting back with an ambitious advertising campaign, but where? “Any place you might advertise to attract daters, someone’s already there,” he says. “You might think Times Square. But JDate’s there. You might think Google, but Match is willing to spend well over $50 per subscription.” A quirky dating site like OkCupid seemed like a perfect fit for a guerrilla marketing campaign. They spent $ 10,000 in a test to distribute 10,000red roses in Boston, but gained few users. “It was a flop.”
A possible opportunity opened in May 2010 when Facebook founder Mark Zucherberg announced that out side software developers could build programs, called widgets, that would operate within his company’s wildly popular social network. But the problem with operating inside Facebook was the serious constraint on OkCupid’s ability to sell advertising. Furthermore, he worried that OkCupid risked being seen as just another widget maker in a crowded marketplace.

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The OkCupid team could see potential—10 percent of U.S. newly married couples met online—but promotional options seemed exhausted. Then Yagan remembered a wacky idea he and Coyne had once tossed around: a dating site with “a bline-date button.” What had been little more than a running joke suddenly seemed like a competitive advantage. They named their idea Crazy Blind Date (CBD). CBD would not be for everyone, but for social, outgoing, and adventurous twentysomethings it could by fun. Since all blind dates would be local, they could launch in selected cities such as Austin, Boston, New York City, and San Francisco, Potential daters would get verified by providing phone and e-mail contact info pulled from OkCupid profiles. Participants select the day of the week, the times available to meet up, and neighborhood on Google maps. Then they provide a freeform description of ideal date, age range, and gender of date. Finally, daters select the usual body type, ethnicities, religion, and so forth, and hit the “CBD” button.
At best, the novelty of instantaneous, face-to-face blind dates might catch on among users inundated with e-mails, phone calls, and instant messages; at worst, it might at least generate buzz for OkCupid.
Assignment question:
1.    We read in this chapter that entrepreneurs try to build competitive advantages for their businesses by being unique. How will these partners know if their CBD idea will make OkCupid stand out, or just creepy?
2.    Put yourself in the position of Yagan and Coyne. What should these partners do next?

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Leadership Technique

Success University (SU) is a medium sized undergraduate institution located in Southern California.  SU offers Associates and Bachelors programs in Business, Psychology and Education at their San Moreno campus and online. SU has decided to launch three new programs next Fall.

The three programs to be launched are:

1) A  Business Certificate in Leadership

2) An Associates of Science  (AS) degree in Business Administration

3) A Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration (BSBA) with a concentration in Organizational Leadership

The accrediting body of Success University has given the programs their blessing and the School of Business has been charged with launching the three programs.  They have created a team consisting of faculty, graduates, admissions staff, student services personnel and a marketing representative from the Corporate Office to assist in the launch of the programs.

You are tasked with bringing the team together, app

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rising them of their roles and responsibilities within the team and mapping out a timeline with deliverables.

You are to produce an executive brief of a 5 – 7 pages (not including the title or reference page) that clearly outlines the:

  1. Team plan: Your plan to create a cohesive team. Include at least three strategies you plan to use to ensure a unified team.
  2. Launch plan – a comprehensive list of steps (at least 6) describing how you will launch the new programs.
  3. Goals and Deliverables: Describe the goals you have set for this project and create a timeline with clearly marked deliverables.
  4. Evaluation and Monitoring: Explain how you plan to evaluate the progress of your team and individual team members – discuss the key strategies you will adopt to monitor your team’s progress and coach them to success. Examples might include weekly face to face meetings or written reports submitted to you weekly by each team member.
  5. Implementation plan: How do you intend to implement the launch plan? Discuss how the team will function and their roles during the implementation.
  6. Change plan: Create a strategy to deal with potential resistance from all stakeholders involved in the running and delivery of the new programs.  For example there may be a concern in terms of increased workload, having to learn new policies and processes and the speed of the planned changes.

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security policy

  1. What is information security policy? Why is it critical to the success of the information security program?
  2. For a policy to have any effect, what must happen after it is approved by management? What are some ways this can be accomplished?
  3. List and describe the three types of information security policy as described by NIST SP 800-14
  4. List and describe the three approaches to policy development presented in the text. In your opinion, which is better suited for use by a smaller organization, and why? If the target organization were very much larger, which approach would be superior and why?

Part 2: Module Practice

Using the framework presented in this chapter, draft a sample issue-specific security policy for an organization. At the beginning of your document, describe the organization for which you are creating the policy, and then complete the policy using the framework. What other scenarios do you think are important enough to need a plan?