Thomson One – Business School Edition – Walt Disney Prospectus

Students are to go to the Thomson One site and find the prospectus filed on December 19, 2008, by Walt Disney Company (ticker symbol, DIS). This prospectus can be accessed under the filings table and look for PROSP under filling type. Read the prospectus in preparation for completing this assignment.

You are to write a three to six (3-6) page report that answers the following:

1. Indicate the type of debt did Disney offers to the public for sale and discuss the various approaches Disney incorporated to ensure successful marketability of these securities.

2. List the dollar amount of debt Disney proposed to sell to the public. Indicate whether this amount has increased or decreased from 2008 to 2010. Discuss some potential causes of this increase or decrease.

3. Determine the percentage of the sales price Disney nets after discounts and commissions. Indicate whether this amount as decreased or increased from 2008 to 2010. Discuss some potential causes of this increase or decrease.

4. Indicate what Disney stated they would use the proceeds for from the sale of securities. Discuss whether or not Disney was able to use those funds for the reasons stated in the prospectus. If not should Disney be held accountable by their investors? Why or Why not?

The format of the report is to be as follows:

Typed, double spaced, Times New Roman font (size 12), one inch margins on all sides, APA format.

Use headers for each of the subjects being covered, followed by your response.

Obesity and Physical Activity – Annotated Bibliography

Withal, J., Jago, R., & Cross, J. (2009). Families’ and health professionals’ perceptions of influences on diet, activity and obesity in a low-income community. Health & Place, 15, 1078-1085.
This article is about a research study conducted to explain the presence of nutrition problems among low-income earners. Withal, Jago and Cross set out to identify the factors that challenge consumption of balanced and health diets among low-income earners. The research took the qualitative approach where the researchers conducted interviews with various focus groups. The National Health Service (NHS) determined participation in the research by organizing for the participation of various families and health professionals.  The research concluded that overweight/obesity problems were prevalent due to lack of adequate measures of healthy living, which is a factor of various factors affecting low-income families. Lack of access to all the ingredients and components of healthy diets is among the factors challenging the consumption of healthy diets in low-income families. Lack of access to such components is due to high costs, which low-income earners cannot afford. The research recommended that behavior change regarding the social, cultural and family life should be the main strategy of dealing with the challenge of unhealthy consumption, which has led to obesity among children and the youth.
Walker, R., Keane, C., & Burke, J. (2010). Disparities and access to health food in the United States: A review of food deserts literature. Health & Place, 16, 876-884.
Walker, Keane and Burke main interest was studying matters related to availability of healthy foods in some geographical locations. The cost of nutritious foods in some areas is influenced by lack of access, which leads to nutrition disparities in the United
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States. Researchers in this study did a secondary research on various sources of information regarding food deserts in the United States. They reviewed various articles from January 2008 to January 2010, with food access in the United States being one of the considerations.  The study found out that the geographical environment of individuals influences their diets. Low-income environments have relatively low number of supermarkets and food outlets compared with high-income environments. Racial disparities also lead to creation of food deserts in some environments.  Therefore, most of the nutrition-related health problems experienced in low-income environments are due to lack of access to healthy and nutritious diets.
Ewing, R., Meakins, G., Hamidi, S., & Nelson, A. (2014).Relationship between urban sprawl and physical activity, obesity and morbidity – update and refinement. Health & Place, 26, 118-126.
The effect of physical activity on obesity and other nutrition-related health problems has been a subject of discussion in many forums. This study invested in identifying the relationship between physical activity and prevalence of obesity and other nutrition problems. The researchers started by identifying various items that are fit to be included among physical activity. Travelling to work and carrying out routine duties are among the items that are fit to be considered as physical activity. The researchers identified three health conditions that are often related to lack of physical activity and obesity. However, the study concluded that physical activity is not responsible for the increased cases of overweight adults, especially in the United States. The environment as well as factors within the environment have led to increased prevalence of obesity among adults in the United States. Therefore, the only solution to the problem is through the development of environments that will help eliminate the existing environmental challenges.
Berge, J., Wall, M., Larson, N., Forsyth, A., Bauer, K., &Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2014). Youth dietary intake and weight status: Healthful neighborhood food environments enhance the protective role of supportive family home environments. Health & Place, 26, 69-77.
Adolescents are most vulnerable to nutrition-related health problems due to their diet patterns. This research study investigated the interaction between local neighboring associations among adolescents. The research study wanted to identify the influence of neighboring environments on healthy living among adolescents in a local home setting. The study investigated factors within the two environments, for example family income and parental guidance, which affect healthy eating behaviors. The study sought to fill the existing literature gap related to the issue of obesity among adolescents. Many scholars have recommended intake of fruits and low calories of fats as an approach of reducing cases of obesity among adolescents. However, the research found out that parallel implementation of healthy living policies in both the local and neighboring environments is the most feasible way of dealing with obesity among adolescents. This is because adolescents value the co-existence between local and neighboring environments as an important determinant of behavior. Therefore, according to this study, the solution towards obesity lies in various factors within the environment.
Ding, D., & Gebel, K. (2012). Built environment, physical activity, and obesity: What we learned from reviewing the literature? Health & Place, 18, 100-105.
Ding and Gebel conducted a secondary research to evaluate the interaction between the built environment and physical activity/obesity. The researchers questioned the relevance of some research studies that have been affected by a myriad of flaws in both their conceptual frameworks and application of statistical methods. For instance, travelling and physical activity in some environments has been associated with obesity problems among individuals. However, the studies have neglected looking at all possibilities regarding physical activity and obesity that capture the reality. The research recommended a different approach to research pertaining physical activity and obesity in different environments. Studies should concentrate on specific physical activities and characteristics of the environments under scrutiny in order to avoid conceptual mismatches. However, it is worth noting that the researchers in this study rest upon the fact that the environment has an influence of obesity and other nutrition problems affecting individuals in the society.

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Unit 2 group project

In an Internet retailer, you will find a wide range of job functions. Leaders frequently need to adjust their own expectations to meet the reality of the situation. There are times when you might want an outcome much sooner than those whose job it is to perform the work. For this assignment, you must research motivational theories, pick 2 theories, and address the following:

  • Describe each theory, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each theory.
  • How would you apply each theory to working with a highly creative and complex technology workforce, such as those designing Web sites?
  • Discuss a few motivational tools and techniques that would apply to all employees in any organization.

Unit 3 assignment

Leaders face many hurdles when leading in multiple countries. There are several examples of disastrous public relations fallout that have occurred when companies have outsourced work to other nations. When determining where to move offshore as a company, the leaders of the organization must make several decisions.

Using course theories and current multinational organizations that have locations in several countries, convey your own thoughts on the subject and address the following:

  • What leadership considerations must an organization weigh in selecting another country to open a location such as a manufacturing plant?
  • How might leaders need to change leadership styles to manage multinational locations?
  • What public relations issues might arise from such a decision?
  • How would you recommend such a company to demonstrate their social responsibility to their headquarters country as well as any offshore locations?

Unit 4 assignmnt

When building a new organization or when an organization experiences dramatic growth, leaders must determine the structure and culture of the organization. While the culture will evolve over time and each individual that joins the new organization will leave some imprint on the culture, it is the leaders’ responsibility to define how the organization will look and how individuals will behave.

Individual Portion(Provide 800 – 1000 words):

Prepare a draft document that defines the new organization addressing the following considerations:

  1. What type of structure will be best suited to a multinational internet retailer? Why?
  2. How would you recommend building a culture that was inclusive of diverse cultures and accommodates highly creative technical staff?
  3. How would you measure the success of your organizational design in structure and culture?

Please add your file.


Group Portion
(Provide 3 – 5 slides with speaker notes of 100 – 150 words per slide – excluding Title and Reference slides):

Review your team members’ files and discuss in your small group the following:

  1. How would you build teams across a geographically diverse organization?
  2. How would you build a consensus discussion on the values of such an organization?

Develop a short presentation of 3 – 5 slides that reflects the consensus of your group.

 

Unit 5 individiual assignment

 

Organizations, like all cultures, must continue to evolve or they stagnate and eventually become obsolete. Using change management tools can help an organization to stay vibrant and evolve over time to remain competitive. Research change management models, and address the following:

Equal Access to Healthcare

Equal Access to Healthcare

1. This discussion presents the opportunity for students to address the inequality of access to healthcare in the U.S. using moral and ethical reasoning. There is overwhelming evidence that social inequalities affect health outcomes. Many argue that lack of health care access related to poverty is a human rights concern in the U.S. and should be subject to public and social justice inquiry. As such, the enactment of the Affordable Care Act seeks to implement health equity. Prepare and post a response to the following prompt:

From the viewpoint of a social justice activist present an argument to a Congressional committee as to the ethical and moral reasons for supporting the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Through research, anticipate an item of debate that will be offered to you by the panel and use at least one ethical theory or perspective from the text to support your evidence of moral imperative.

2. Food Justice/Food Deserts

The purpose of this discussion is to offer students the opportunity to debate the issue of food justice and food deserts. Food deserts are a significant issue in poorer neighborhoods in the U.S. In many of these neighborhoods the only access to food is through a local convenience store or a fast food restaurant. This severely limits the options for the poor to have access to fresh and wholesome food and has been evidenced as a key reason for the obesity epidemic in the U.S. This issue is encompassed in the overarching topic of food justice, which highlights the issue of food deserts, as well as public access to genetically modified foods, organic foods, and the issues of equal access for positive food options in light of public health and social inequality. Prepare and post a response to the following prompt:

Read the Hilmers article assigned this week. From reading this article, assume the realization that your town is a food desert and you would like to do something about it. Prepare an evidenced argument to present to your local town council, which outlines an idea to offer healthy food options to your town. Use at least one ethical theory or perspective to support the moral or ethical reasoning for this program to be implemented.

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Database Administrator

Imagine that you have been hired as the database administrator for a local department store. The department store has recently expanded by opening five (5) stores within your local region. They have also launched a series of marketing campaigns to attract new customers and increase sales. For your hired role, you will be responsible for creating and maintaining an enterprise-wide database system that will hold the sales and inventory data for the organization. The designed database will help operations in supporting its new business marketing strategy. Using the concepts presented throughout the course, you will develop a plan to create this database and establish a design that aligns with the product sales initiatives of the organization.

Write a twelve to fifteen (12-15) page paper in which you:

  1. Identify the potential sales and department store transactions that can be stored within the database.
  2. Design a database solution and the potential business rules that could be used to house the sales transactions of the department store.
  3. Evaluate all relationships of each entity within your database solution using the Crow’s Foot notation. Include all data elements, entities, relationships (such as 1:M, 1:1, M:N), and cardinalities for the department store database in your diagram. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page length.
  4. Research the Internet for best practices of how retail stores use databases for retaining customers and increasing sales and complete the following:
    1. Justify how Big Data tools could be used for forecasting sales and inventory of the department store.
    2. Propose two (2) SQL Stored Procedures that use SQL functions to help sales associates perform explanatory or predictive analytics.
    3. Give your opinion on which of the two (2) ways you proposed in Question four (4) b provide greater value to expanding their business within the region.
    4. Provide a copy of your working SQL code as part of the paper.
  5. Research the Internet for database vendors that provide cloud computing services and complete the following:
    1. Estimate the types of costs involved or the pricing structure required when implementing a cloud-hosted solution for a database.
    2. Analyze security considerations and pricing of the different cloud implementation types.
    3. Rank the cloud services options of Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service in terms of functionality, mobility, and ability to provide distributed transaction concurrency. Compare how these cloud-based services fit within an environment where users are mobile. Determine the technical provisions that would be required to ensure data integrity.
  6. Evaluate whether the use of a distributed DBMS structure is appropriate and identify the optimization techniques that should be factored in to enhance the operations of the database in your design.
  7. Provide at least two (2) examples of how lost updates and uncommitted data may occur, keeping in mind that five (5) stores will be generating transactions.
  8. Determine the concurrency control factors that can be used to ensure valid execution of transactions within the current multiuser environment.
  9. Research the Internet for backup and restoration recovery solutions and database security threats that could be applicable to the department store. Upon your research, complete the following:
    1. Suggest at least two (2) options that could be made available to provide disaster management functions for the database system within the retail environment.
    2. Assess the types of security threats that may exist when managing the department store database and suggest measure(s) that can be performed to minimize these threats that are particular to retail.
  10. Use at least six (6) 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.

IT security and troubleshooting

Write a ten to fifteen (7-8) page paper in which you analyze and solve the following issues: Imagine you are a senior systems administrator who has recently been given the task to help improve security of your company’s IT infrastructure after a series of network security breaches. These breaches included someone accessing the network who was not authorized to do so, and authorized users being asked for their passwords by someone who claimed to work in the IT department. You have also been asked to implement IT troubleshooting best practices to help improve the efficiency of solving IT issues that end users frequently experience. Your first task is to ensure secure user accounts since most network security breaches have occurred through social engineering means.</o:p>

List and discuss two (2) user authentication policies that you can implement to help improve the network’s security.</o:p>

You have been asked to develop an action plan that you will use to communicate the importance of IT security to all of the company’s employees by creating two unique forms of communication material (e.g., detailed email, detailed memo, brochure, electronic presentation, etc.) to help disseminate the security message to company employees. Approach the communication material from the perspective of the core tasks these employees are responsible for.</o:p>

Create a communication medium that:</o:p>

Caters to all company employees and these employees’ core tasks.</o:p>

Approaches this from the perspective of security best practices and awareness from the user perspective.</o:p>

Includes at least four (4) best practice methods.</o:p>

Create a communication medium that:</o:p>

Caters to technicians who work in the IT department and these employees’ core tasks.</o:p>

Approaches this communication from the perspective of specific technologies the IT technicians can implement to tighten IT security.</o:p>

Includes at least four (4) different Windows 7 technologies, excluding authentication.</o:p>

You need to present IT troubleshooting best practices to junior systems administrators at an IT department meeting to ensure departmental efficiency with solving issues. You want to present some of these issues from a case scenario perspective.</o:p>

Create and describe (3) scenarios where there is an IT problem that requires troubleshooting. </o:p>

Describe the steps you would take to handle the situation by modeling them after an effective troubleshooting methodology for each scenario you previously created in Question four (4).</o:p>

Explain the specific IT administration activities required to solve the problems.</o:p>

Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.</o:p>

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The specific Course Learning Outcomes associated with this assignment are:</o:p>

Demonstrate authentication and authorization in configuring secure user accounts.</o:p>

Demonstrate operating system troubleshooting techniques.</o:p>

Demonstrate the ability to understand operating system administration activities.</o:p>

Use technology and information resources to research issues in desktop administration and operating system environments.</o:p>

Write clearly and concisely about desktop administration and operating system environments using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions</o:p>

7 Questions about Hinduism

The Seven Basic Questions of Human Existence: The great religions of the world have been around so long and have gathered adherents in each new generation because they provide answers for most, if not all, of these questions. Though often stated in many different ways, these are the fundamental questions that most people wrestle with in trying to find meaning and purpose in life.

  1.  Who or what is the numinous in each tradition? What qualities are inherent in the numinous and how is the numinous revealed to or understood by humans?
  2. What is a person’s relationship to the numinous? In what ways are we like or unlike the numinous, how do we interact with the numinous, and what influence does the numinous have on our lives?
  3. Where do evil and suffering come from? How does the religion in question deal with the problem of “Theodicy”; why evil and suffering exist and how people can deal with, escape, transcend, overcome, or endure them? Another way to state this question would be in the context of salvation, deliverance, or release.
  4. What is the purpose of life and creation? What are the meaning, value, and reason for human life and the existence of all creation? Is there some inherent value or given value for the existence of reality and of life?
  5. What is the origin of the cosmos? Where did people come from and why were they created, formed, or evolved? What is the purpose or value of the universe?
  6. What happens to people after this life? Do we cease to exist or is there an afterlife? Does that afterlife involve punishment or reward or cycles of reincarnation?
  7. How does the religion in question create a social order? What does it tell us about who we are and what we should be like? How are we to relate to others? What is of value in society and what is the value of life, both human and other?

Book  – The Bhagavad Gita, Oxford World Classics, trans. W. J. Johnson (Oxford University Press, 2009).

ISBN-13: 978-0199538126

A hypervisor is computer hardware platform virtualization software that allows multiple different operating systems (O/S) to share a single hardware host.

A hypervisor is computer hardware platform virtualization software that allows multiple different operating systems (O/S) to share a single hardware host. The configuration is such that each O/S thinks that it has the host’s processors, memory, and other resources all to itself. The hypervisor actually controls the host processors and resources distributing the resources to each O/S depending on need, and ensures that no O/S can disrupt any other O/S.

Write an eight to ten (8-10) page paper in which you:

  1. Examine the technical advantages and disadvantages of using a hypervisor in an enterprise.
  2. Compare and contrast the hypervisors from Microsoft (Hyper-V), VMware (ESXi), and Hitachi’s (Virtage).
  3. Evaluate the effect of hypervisors on the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) in an enterprise.
  4. Determine whether the implementation of hypervisors has an impact on system administration. (i.e., Would system administrators need re-training?)
  5. 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:

  • Analyze the main classes of hardware and system software components in an enterprise context.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in enterprise architecture.
  • Write clearly and concisely about Advanced Computer Architecture topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Apple Computer Leadership Report

 

The Apple Computer Company is one of the most innovative technology companies to emerge in the last three decades. Apple, Inc. is responsible for bringing to market such products as the Macintosh computer and laptop, the iPod and iTunes, and most recently, the iPhone. The success of the company can be traced primarily to a single individual, the co-founder, Steven Jobs.

First, review the following case study:

Then, respond to the following:

  • Determine and explain what type of leader Steve Jobs was.
  • Explain how his vision and values were reflected in his leadership style.
  • Summarize the initial challenges he faced when starting Apple. Specifically, address Jobs’ strategy and implementation.
  • Identify and explain the drivers for change in the personal computer industry.
  • Discuss how Steve Jobs used partnerships and collaboration.
  • Analyze Jobs’ approach to continuous process improvement.
  • Determine what skills, ideas, and approaches might be useful in your own work/life situation.

Utilize at least two scholarly sources.

Write a 3–5-page report in Word format. Apply APA standards to the citation of sources.

Make sure you write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship through accurate representation and attribution of sources; and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

By Monday, March 16, 2014, deliver your assignment to the M1: Assignment 3 Dropbox.

Finkle, T. A., & Mallin, M. L. (2010). Steve Jobs and Apple, Inc. Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, 16(7), 31–40. (ProQuest document ID 814791833)http://search.proquest.com.libproxy.edmc.edu/docview/814791833?accountid=34899

Suppose you are a CPA, and your client has requested advice regarding establishing an irrevocable trust for his two (2) grandchildren.

Suppose you are a CPA, and your client has requested advice regarding establishing an irrevocable trust for his two (2) grandchildren. He wants the income from the trust paid to the children for 20 years and the principal distributed to the children at the end of 20 years.

Use the Internet and Strayer databases to research the rules regarding irrevocable trusts, gift tax, and estate tax. Be sure to use the six (6) step tax research process in Chapter 1 and demonstrated in Appendix A of your textbook as a guide for your written response.

Write a one to two (1-2) page letter in which you:

  1. Analyze the effect of an irrevocable trust on the gift tax and future estate taxes.
  2. Suggest other significant alternatives that the client could use both to reduce estate tax and to maximize potential advantages of the payment of gift taxes on transfers of property.
  3. Use the six (6) step tax research process, located in Chapter 1 and demonstrated in Appendix A of the textbook, to record your research for communications to the client.

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:

  • Prepare client, internal, and administrative documents that appropriately convey the results of tax research and planning.
  • Create an approach to tax research that results in credible and current resources.
  • Analyze tax issues regarding the gift tax and the estate tax.
  • Analyze tax issues regarding trusts and estates.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in organizational tax research and planning.
  • Write clearly and concisely about organizational tax research and planning using proper writing mechanics.