How Raphael Used Drawing as Part of His Process for Painting The Alba Madonna

Write a 750- to 1,050-word paper that explains how Raphael used drawing as part of his process for painting The Alba Madonna. Imagine that you have been asked to describe how the artist Raphael used drawings to prepare for the more sophisticated and unforgiving mode of painting. Answer the following questions:

  • What materials were needed for Raphael’s drawings?
  • What materials were needed for Raphael’s paintings?
  • How do the elements of Raphael’s drawings come together to form the final composition?
  • Why do you think Raphael drew before painting?
  • What did Raphael intend to convey through his painting?
  • How was his intended meaning successfully conveyed through the painting?
  • Do you consider drawing to be as important an art form as painting? Explain your answer.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Security Within Your Organization

Assignment Preparation: Activities include watching the SkillSoft® videos, completing the SkillSoft® course, independent student reading, and research.

Write a 3-4 page paper summarizing how information security is currently being implemented within your organization, an organization with which you are familiar or a potential organization you would join as an IT Security Resource. Our readings from week 1, Ch. 6, “Security in Cyberspace,” of Ethics and Technology: Controversies, Questions, and Strategies for Ethical Computing, contains reference material for this assignment. Address the following issues in your summary:

1) Define the concepts of Hacktivism, Cyberterrorism, and Information Warfare. Include an overview on “hacker” ethics. 2) Describe how these concepts specifically threaten the information resource in your company.

3) Describe the following tools being utilized in your company or recommend a tool for use in each of these “Security Counter Measures; also define the purpose of the tool: 1) Firewall, 2) Antivirus and Antispyware, 3) Encryption, 4) Anonymity tools.

Rubrics: Concepts and security threats defined – 2. Threats posed from security concepts – 2. Security and Counter Measure Tools – 5. Overall content, grammar – 1

Information Privacy Paper

Write a 3-4 page paper discussing information privacy issues and laws in an industry. Select the industry, if possible, that the company you described in week 2 is in. Include the following in your paper:

1) Identify information privacy regulations and laws for an industry that includes your organization selected in week two’s assignment. Use the Internet to research this material. 2) Define the purpose of the information law and the specifics addressed in this law. 3) Identify any penalties or fines for noncompliance. 4) Identify high level requirements for security implementation requirements for your company or an organization in this industry to ensure compliance. Rubrics: Privacy regulation and laws identified and defined, including penalties for noncompliance – 5. Security implementation requirements identified – 5. Overall content, grammar – 2.

PLC & Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies

Final Paper To complete the following final paper, go to this week’s Final Paper link in the left navigation.

PLC & Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies By completing this Summative Assignment, you will demonstrate your abilities with the following objectives:

Apply teaching techniques and strategies that incorporate respect for all cultures. What strategies are beneficial to inclusionary practices? What ideas have you obtained from critically reviewing your own learning and that of your peers while reviewing their presentations designed in Week Five that will contribute to social change?

Illustrate socio-historical impacts on language and culture in education.

Discriminate the contemporary context of prejudice.

Examine educational practices of the school system as it relates to different groups.

Justify the importance of parent and community involvement in the school.

Additionally, this assignment will provide the opportunity to answer the essential questions of this course’s topic, which are intended to provoke critical thinking not only in this course but also throughout your preparation for and during your professional career. Recall, this course has addressed the integration of multicultural relationships and its content-based instruction in the educational setting and within the community. Cultural differences, as a whole, have been evaluated along with specific groups. In the following summative assessment you will choose a unique cultural group with whom you most relate to either personally or professionally. You may pick a cultural group that has been explicitly addressed in this class or one of your own choosing.

Part 1: The Task Imagine you are the team leader of your school’s Professional Learning Community (PLC) regarding a specific student cultural population on campus. Your school’s principal has asked that you create an online presentation about this population.

You are receiving this assignment at the end of the school year with the expectation that you will present it at the start of the upcoming school year. Additionally, you will have both new and tenured staff that will receive your information. This presentation will be available to all faculty, staff, and administration.

The goals of both the written paper and presentation are to address the following:

Overview of Culture: Discuss the culture in terms of behavior, social values, family values, gender roles, academics, and traditions from the perspective of someone from that culture.

History of Culture: Highlight the history of this culture as well as how it has been regarded in the US. Illustrate the impact on language, culture and education.

Educational Consideration: Examine the historical and current inclusionary and exclusionary educational practices as it relates to the identified culture.

Inclusionary Practices: Generate a list of inclusionary practices through curricular, instructional, or campus-wide changes that all staff could employ to ensure cultural acceptance/ integration for this group.

Parent/Community Involvement: Improving the Learning Process Create suggestions for including parents in the learning process (e.g., making parents feel accepted and welcome) and justify the importance of parental and community involvement in the school and their child’s learning process.

Part 2: Written Paper You will prepare a written paper that addresses each of the five goals listed above. The content should consist of approximately 10-12 pages.

Written Communication Page Requirement: 10-12 pages, not including title and references pages.

APA Formatting: Use APA formatting consistently throughout the paper. It is recommended you use the goals labels as headings for each section of your content for the paper as follows: Overview of Culture. History of Culture. Educational Considerations. Inclusionary Practices. Parent/Community Involvement – Improving the Learning Process.

Syntax and Mechanics: Display meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Your written work should contains no errors and be very easy to understand.

Source Requirement: Uses no less than two scholarly sources in addition to the Wardle (2013) textbooks, providing compelling evidence to support ideas, and if applicable, reference to original project if enhancement of existing project occurred. All sources on the reference page need to be used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Part 3: Multimedia Presentation A presentation will accompany your written paper where you will include an overview of your main points from your written paper using presentation software of your choice such as Present.Me, Powerpoint or Jing. The presentation time should range 4-5 minutes only. The link to your presentation must be included in the introduction of your written paper.

Considering the variety of audience members that would be present at your school site, your presentation must be rich with information with the purpose of creating increased understanding and respect of the culture, improving instruction and ultimately, promoting student achievement.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Analyzing Trifles by Susan Glaspell


For this assignment, you will be reading and analyzing the Susan Glaspell play, Trifles. As you read the play you will notice that its format is quite different from that of a short story or novel. At first, reading the stage directions, characters’ names and dialogue may feel awkward; but rest assured that, as you keep reading you will find your rhythm and be able to follow the story with little difficulty.

Please write an essay of 1000 words or more discussing the questions below. As always, begin your paper with an engaging introduction and clear thesis statement, develop each point in the body of your paper using examples and quotes from the play, and conclude your paper with a restatement of your thesis and closing remarks. In addition, be sure to maintain your credibility by including in-text citations and a reference list correctly formatted in APA style.

  1. Setting: What is the setting of the play, in terms of the time period, region and weather? Explain the condition of the house. What emotional response does the setting evoke in you?
  2. Characters: Describe the main characters: county attorney George Henderson, sheriff Henry Peters, neighbor Lewis Hale, Mrs. Hale, and Mrs. Peters. What do you also know about John and Minnie Wright? Who in this story do you feel is/are the protagonist(s) and who is/are the antagonist(s)?
  3. Plot: Summarize the plot of the play in terms of its narrative arc (also known a pyramidal pattern): exposition, rising action, conflict, climax, falling action and resolution/dénouement. What makes the story suspenseful?
  4. Stage Directions: Comment on Glaspell’s stage directions. What information do they reveal that you would have not been able to glean from the dialogue alone?
  5. Symbolism: Elaborate on the symbolic meaning of the birdcage, the dead canary, the noose and the items referred to as “trifles.”
  6. Themes: Remark on the main messages of this play. What is the meaning of the title, Trifles? In your opinion, what is Glaspell saying about gender differences and marriage in this story?
  7. Genre: Because this is a play, most of the story is told in dialogue format. Articulate the differences between reading a drama and reading a short story. Comment, too, on the experience of reading a drama versus watching it performed by actors.
  8. Final Thoughts: Trifles is based on a true crime story that Susan Glaspell reported on as a journalist from 1898-1901. Do some background research on the actual events (one recommended website is and write about the increasing empathy Glaspell felt toward Margaret Hossack, the alleged murderess, as Glaspell covered the case. Do you empathize with Hossack and her fictional counterpart, Minnie Wright? Why or why not? What overall impact has the play had on you?

Please submit your assignment.




Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Over the years, trait theory has been increasingly used by corporations in hiring and in career counseling. Research has shown that certain combinations of personality traits fit well with different career paths. Thus, personality trait tests for specific jobs can be predictive of both success and satisfaction. Understanding your own personality-trait combinations can give you great insight into your own strengths and weaknesses. With this understanding, you can work to grow your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

In this assignment, you will explore your personality using a personality test and then analyze the results.

Part 1

First, explore your personality preferences by completing Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MTBI). The full version of the test can only be administered by a trained professional; however, there are many online informal versions of the test which you can find on the Internet. You can search for the test using any one of the following keywords:

  • Personality test + Myers-Briggs typology
  • Myers-Briggs test

Record your four-lettered personality type after completion of the test and use the Internet to interpret your personality type.

Part 2

In this part of the assignment, you will write a research paper that analyses your results. Do the following:

  • Mention your four-letter type and the URL of the Web site where you took the test.
  • Discuss whether this type accurately represents what you know about yourself. Examine the four spectrums and explain your answer thoroughly. Substantiate your agreement or disagreement with real-life behavioral examples.
  • Analyze what you consider the strengths and the weaknesses or challenges of this type. List three strengths and three weaknesses and provide a rationale for each.
  • Evaluate why this test could be a valuable tool for an employer.
  • Analyze how a clinician may use this test as a tool for promoting meaningful interventions in treatment.
  • Summarize what you have learned about yourself through this exercise.

Serial Killers

  • Serial killers attract a lot of attention because of their motives and brutal methods of committing heinous crimes. At the heart of studies of serial killers is the nature versus nurture argument. This argument can be expanded by asking whether serial killers commit crimes because of genetic dispositions or whether a person can be taught to be a serial killer. A lot can be learned from the in depth study and profiling of serial killers. As a victimologist, it is important that you understand that the serial killers don’t necessarily fit nicely into a little box with a theory label attached. Therefore, you know how and why a particular theory is used in these cases. This will help you predict and possibly prevent future victimization.

Victimology is important in the overall investigative process because it not only provides information about the victims (their health, personal history, social habits, and personalities) but also explains why they became victims.

To understand victimology, it is important to understand the method of approach, the method of attack, and the risk assessment by the offender. If we know the victim’s personality, then we may be able to determine, in conjunction with an analysis of the crime scene, how the offender initially approached the victim. The same will apply to the way the victim was attacked and overpowered.

If this information cannot be obtained by studying the crime scene, then an analysis of the victim’s overall risk, that is, the chances of his or her becoming a victim, may help. If we examine this along with the risks the offender was willing to take to acquire a certain victim, then we will get an overall picture of who the victim was and what drove the offender to choose a particular person as a victim.

Learning about the victims of serial killers is not less important than learning about carjacking, robbery, or theft victims. Learning about serial killers’ victims is as important as studying the victims of carjacking, robberies, or thefts. In the criminal justice system, the community and the government place a higher priority on homicides—including serial killings—than on other crimes. Police officers, detectives, and victim services workers are expected to prioritize cases involving homicides and serial killings even if they happen rarely.


Select a serial killer you find interesting. Using the Argosy University online library and the textbook readings, write a 3-page report that includes the following:

  • Any relevant information that was used or that you feel could have been used in profiling the serial killer.
  • Theories of criminology you feel might help explain the serial killer’s criminal behavior.
  • The theory of victimization you think best explains the selection of the victim.
  • For each theory selected:
    • Discuss the key points.
    • Apply the key points to explain the serial killer’s specific criminal behavior (method of operation).
    • Identify the characteristics (for example: ethnicity, gender, age, profession, and socioeconomic status) of his or her victims and discuss how the characteristics seem to be associated with the type of serial killer you chose.

Include an APA-formatted reference page that links back to your in-text citations and supports your recommendations. Remember, you cannot have only in-text citations or only references. You must have both because in-text citations and references link to each other.

Global Business Environment and Cultural Considerations – Steeping in opportunity

The following case study is a compilation of facts and data based on a real or hypothetical business situation.  The main objective of this exercise is to enhance your ability to solve business problems. Using a logical framework apply the concepts you have learned in this course to answer the following questions. Please do not ignore the qualitative and quantitative data.

Steeping in opportunity.

Twelve Trees is a Canadian company that imports loose teas from China. They receive the tea in bulk from independent Chinese farmers, and package the tea in 400g, 2000g, and 5000g portions for distribution among their retailers, for the price of $110.00, $410.00, and $1,180.00, respectively. Their suppliers reside in the Lingnan area (comprising the Guangdong, Guangxi, and Fujian provinces), and they specialize in Wulong tea, although some of their suppliers also grow green, black, and white teas. During the past fiscal year, the number of retailers interested in purchasing their product in bulk has increased by 37 percent. Twelve Trees attributes their product’s rise in popularity to an increasing interest in alternative health treatments, particularly among young and middle-aged women, and to the fact that the teas are certified organic and grown in a socially responsible manner. While they are excited about the prospects of increased business, Twelve Trees is struggling to find enough Chinese farmers to fill their orders.

There are several guidelines Twelve Trees requires their suppliers to meet. First, the tea must be grown in a way that maintains the long-term fertility of soils without using artificial inputs such as chemical fertilizers or insecticides. Second, the tea should be grown on an agriculturally diverse farm, a farm on which tea is not the only plant being produced. Third, the employees at the farms must be paid competitive wages, enough to sustain a decent standard of living. This final point is dependent on the location of the farm – a ‘decent’ standard of living is relative to the market forces of the region in which the farm is located. These three principles are ensured through regular visits to the farms by independent observers. By virtue of these inspections, Twelve Trees is able to guarantee an organic and socially responsible product to their consumers in Canada.

Diversification and cooperation After speaking with some of their independent suppliers in China, Twelve Trees discovered a cooperative of small tea farmers in the Southwest area of China, which includes farmers from Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan, and Tibet. This area produces mainly black and green teas, and specializes in Pu’er tea, which has been used in China for hundreds of years as a cleansing and detoxifying drink. The cooperative is  called Defang Hezuo’She, and it meets the three principles Twelve Trees insists upon to maintain their socially responsible and organic brand, and allows Twelve Trees to diversify their product offerings. An added bonus of Defang Hezuo’ She is that all of the participating farms have been growing tea for centuries, adding a rich historical background to the product.

Twelve Trees is interested in securing a long-term contract with the cooperative, but in order to do so, they need to travel to the Yunnan province to inspect operations and to create a stable relationship with the cooperative’s executive members. Twelve Trees does not currently employ anyone fluent in Mandarin. They have managed their previous Chinese business through an interpreter. Twelve Trees decides to continue using interpreters to begin contract negotiations with the Chinese cooperative. After a detailed negotiation process, Twelve Trees and Defang Hezuo’She successfully agreed upon contract terms, and the cooperative is now preparing its first major tea shipment to Canada.

Case Study Discussion Questions

  1. What are some actions Twelve Trees can take with regards to their interpreter, to ensure the success of their business deal?
  2. China is considered a ‘high context’ society. What qualities of such a culture have the potential to affect an international business relationship?
  3. Although no one on the Twelve Trees trade mission team can speak Mandarin, they can each pay close attention to non-verbal communication in order to ‘read’ the general reception they are being given. List some non-verbal communication techniques, and explain why it is important to read and understand these symbols.
  4. What steps can Twelve Trees take to ensure that the agreement they have with Defang Hezuo’She continues to be profitable and stable well into the future?

biotechonlogy application

Biotechnology refers to the technical applications of living organisms or their functions. These applications may be used in engineering, medicine, or agriculture, to name a few. Biotechnology processes and procedures are varied and range from the domestication of animals to genetic engineering. At its core, biotechnology involves the modification of a biological process for a human defined purpose.

Use the Internet, Argosy University library resources, and your textbook to research the field of biotechnology.

Write a paper which includes the following:

  • Evaluate current or future applications of biotechnology in the fields of medicine or agriculture.
  • Provide at least three real-world examples of current or future applications of biotechnology in either of these fields. Present a minimum of three reliable references.

Write a 2–3-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

OMM 640 Evolution of Ethics

  • Summarize the development of business ethics over the past several decades, including the rise of social issues in business.
  • Describe the major changes and events that gave rise to the present focus on business ethics.
  • Provide examples of how these changes impact current business philosophies and reporting practices.
  • In your conclusion, discuss how your values and principles relate to the evolution of business ethics.

Your paper should be formatted in accordance with APA guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center and reference two or more scholarly sources, in addition to the textbook.

This week a variety of scholarly journals specific to business ethics were presented as recommended resources, which you may choose to utilize in your research. You may also draw information from the Ashford University Library, t