Review and Application of Learning Theory

Background

In psychology, learning theory refers to how we acquire basic responses and behaviors. We study three different types of learning: learning through association (classical conditioning), learning through reward or punishment (operant conditioning), and learning through imitation (observational learning). Learning theory is explored primarily through the Behavioral perspective, which emphasizes how the environment shapes who we are and how we behave.

Instructions

Choose one of the following options and respond to the essay questions:

Option A:

  1. Provide an original example from your own life history of Classical Conditioning. Your example should provide enough specific detail to illustrate the concept.
  1. Explain how each of the five key terms listed below may apply to your example.
    • Unconditioned Stimulus
    • Unconditioned Response
    • Neutral Stimulus
    • Conditioned Response
    • Conditioned Stimulus

Option B:

  1. Provide an original example from your own life history of Operant Conditioning. Your example should provide enough specific detail to illustrate the concept.
  1. Explain how each of the five key terms listed below apply to your example. If a term does not apply to your example, explain why.
    • Positive Reinforcement
    • Punishment
    • Schedule of Reinforcement
    • Thorndike’s Law of Effect
    • Extinction

Your response should be at least one page (500 words) written in a clear, concise, and organized manner. Be sure to demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e. APA); and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION

In a 3-4 page double-spaced document, succinctly and clearly reflect on your experiences parenting your “virtual child.” Be sure to make references to course concepts whenever appropriate.

 

Section I – What Went Right/Wrong? (approximately 1-2 pages)

Reflect on your child’s experiences growing up. Describe in detail one thing that you believe positively influenced AND one thing that negatively influencedyour child’s development as they were growing up. In your role as a parent and/or an informed professional in the field of child & adolescent development, be sure to use appropriate terminology & concepts of development in your description about these experiences (and the impact of these experiences) on your child’s learning & development. A strong paper will incorporate theoretical perspectives and concepts which are directly applicable to the specific experience. In addition, a strong paper will illustrate that the author has a strong command/understanding of specific relevant concepts of child & adolescent development.

 Section II – Advice & Informed Suggestions (approximately 2 pages)

Reflect on your overall experiences in this class including your experiences as a virtual parent/parent. What have you gained from this semester experience learning about the physical, social, and cognitive development of children & adolescentsIn terms of your personal & professional life, in what ways has this impacted you? In what ways do you feel you will be able to use what you have learned/gained? In what ways do you expect you will use content gained from the course? A strong paper will provide in-depth, meaningful ways the course content is relevant to one’s personal & professional life.

 

Text book : The Developing Person: Childhood through Adolescence 9th ed

 

MLA format please.

Web Design Project Charter

Must be in APA format, in-yext citations and references. All questions must be addressed.

 

Web Design Project Charter

Research the concepts behind project management in Web design, and then create a project charter for the newspaper site that you are developing. Be sure to include the following categories in the project charter:

  • Project title
  • Business needs
  • Product description
  • Project schedule
  • Start and completion dates
  • Project deliverables
  • Major activities
  • Resources

A helpful step in the project management process is the creation of a work breakdown document. Such documents can help you outline what you need to do. For this class, your assignments function as a work breakdown structure; but in the real world, would you foresee creating such an outline? What benefits and drawbacks do you see in this planning phase of the project management?

In the Discussion Board, post a link to your chosen Web site and critique it. What do you like about the site? What don’t you like about the site? What improvements will you make to the site in your redesign?

Primary Task Response:Write 400-600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas:

  • Select a formal newspaper that you will redesign.
  • Create your course project charter by addressing the topics listed in the Assignment Description.
  • Do you think actual web developers/designers regularly complete breakdown documents for their projects? Explain.
  • What benefits do breakdown documents offer a project development team?
  • What are some possible drawbacks to creating a breakdown document?
  • Critique the original Web site that you have selected to redesign.
  • What do you like about the site?
  • What don’t you like about the site?
  • What improvements do you plan to make in your redesign?

Leader Profile

Leader Profile

Many argue that the single largest variable in organizational success is leadership. Effective leadership can transform an organization and create a positive environment for all stakeholders. In this assignment, you will have the chance to evaluate a leader and identify what makes him/her effective.

Consider all the leaders who have affected your life in some way. Think of people with whom you work—community leaders, a family member, or anyone who has had a direct impact on you.

  • Choose one leader you consider to be effective. This can be a leader you are personally aware of, or someone you don’t know, but have observed to be an effective leader. Write a paper addressing the following:
    • Explain how this leader has influenced you and why you think he or she is effective.
    • Analyze what characteristics or qualities this person possesses that affected you most.
    • Rate this leader by using a leadership scorecard. This can be a developed scorecard, or one you develop yourself. If you use a developed scorecard, please be sure to cite the sources of the scorecard. Once you have identified your scorecard, rate your leader. You decide what scores to include (for example, scale of 1–5, 5 being the highest) but be sure to assess the leader holistically across the critical leadership competencies you feel are most important (for example, visioning, empowering, strategy development and communication).
    • Critique this individual’s skills against what you have learned about leadership so far in this course. Consider the following:
      • How well does he/she meet the practices covered in your required readings?
      • How well has he/she adapted to the challenges facing leaders today?
      • If you could recommend changes to his/her leadership approach, philosophy, and style, what would you suggest? Why?
  • Using the assigned readings, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet including general organizational sources like the Wall Street JournalBusinessWeek, or Harvard Business Review, build a leadership profile of the leader you selected. Include information from personal experiences as well as general postings on the selected leader from Internet sources such as blogs. Be sure to include 2–3 additional resources not already included in the required readings in support of your leadership profile.

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

Technology and strategic position

Apple Inc. is known for its state-of-the-art designs for products such as the iPhone, but most are unaware that Apple has used technology to streamline its supply chain management and operational systems to provide competitive pricing. This use of technology has allowed the company to under price its competitors and yet maintain a 25 percent margin on their products. The use of IT has provided Apple with a strategic and competitive position which most of their competitors find difficult to match or exceed.

Using your company or a real-world example from your research, analyze how information systems affect the firm’s strategic and competitive position.

Using the assigned readings and  online library resources, explain how information technology:

  • Impacts competitive rivalry, such as pricing, promotion, and distribution
  • Enables or dissuades new entrants
  • Enables customers to achieve greater bargaining power
  • Enables suppliers to gain more bargaining power
  • Gives rise to substitute products or services that threaten the existing market

Give reasons and examples from your research to support your responses.Write your initial response in approximately 300 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Domestic Organized Criminal Group Vs Terrorist Group – Compare And Contrast

Create a 10- to 12-slide Microsoft PowerPoint presentation with speaker’s notes, comparing a domestic organized criminal group with a terrorist group. e.g Cocaine Cowboys and FARC . Select one of each based on the readings and additional resources, and answer the following questions:

  • What are the differences and similarities of organized crime and terrorism?
  • What is the scope of each group and their interrelationships with similar groups?
  • Explain the differences and similarities between the fundamental makeup of the groups’ origins as they relate to ethnic background, political ideology, social orientation, religion, and financial motivation.
  • Identify past and current trends for each group, and plot out future trends or actions in which each group may potentially take part on a national and international level.

Format your references consistent with APA guidelines.

Assignment 2: LASA 1—Preliminary Strategy Audit

Assignment 2: LASA 1—Preliminary Strategy Audit

The end result of this course is developing a strategy audit. In this module, you will outline and draft a preliminary framework for your final product. This provides you with the opportunity to get feedback before a final submission.

In Module 1, you reviewed the instructions for the capstone strategy audit assignment and grading rubric due in Module 5. By now, you have completed the following steps:

 

  • Identified the organization for your report
  • Interviewed at least one key mid-level or senior-level manager
  • Created a market position analysis
  • Conducted an external environmental scan in preparation of your final report and presentation

In this assignment, you will generate a preliminary strategy audit in preparation for your final course project.

Prepare a report that includes the following:

  • In preparation for your course project, prepare the preliminary strategy audit using the tools and framework you have focused on so far including the following:
    • Analysis of the company value proposition, market position, and competitive advantage
    • External environmental scan/five forces analysis
  • Identify the most important (5–7) strategic issues facing the organization or business unit.
    • You may modify the strategic issues in your final report based on the additional analysis you will conduct in the next module as well as the feedback you receive on this paper from your instructor.
    • Keep in mind that it is important to look at the strategic issue(s) from more than just one perspective in the business unit or company—speak to or research the issue from more than one angle to offer a 360-degree approach that does not cause more problems or issues.
    • Strategic issues arise from a mismatch between internal capabilities and external trends such that important opportunities are not being pursued or significant external threats are not being addressed under the current strategy.
  • Include a preliminary set of recommended tactics for improving your company’s strategic alignment and operating performance.
    • You may modify these recommendations in your final report based on the additional analysis you will conduct in the next module as well as the feedback you receive on this paper from your instructor.
    • Keep in mind that recommendations can include, but are not limited to, tactics in marketing, branding, alliances, mergers and acquisitions, integration, product development, diversification or divestiture, and globalization. If you recommend your company to go global, you must include a supply chain analysis and an analysis of your firm’s global capabilities.

Write your report as though you are a consultant to your company and are addressing the executive officers of this company.

Write a 7–10-page report in Word format. Make sure your writing is clear, concise, and in an organized manner; demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and displays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Use the following format for your report:

  • Cover page
  • Executive summary/abstract
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction to company (each subsection should be an assessment)
    • Value proposition
    • Market position
    • Competitive advantage
  • External environmental scan/five forces analysis
    • Current environment
    • Assessment of external factors applying five forces
  • Strategic issues (label each issue and provide a header and the reason for why it is an issue)
  • Summary/key findings and recommendations
  • References

Risk and rate of return

Due Week 4 and worth 200 points
Write a five to seven (5-7) page paper in which you:
1. Analyze the relationship between risk and rate of return, and suggest how you would formulate a portfolio that will minimize risk and maximize rate of return.
2. Formulate an argument for investment diversification in an investor portfolio.
3. Address how stocks, bonds, real estate, metals, and global funds may be used in a diversified portfolio. Provide evidence in support of your argument.
4. Evaluate the concept of the efficient frontier and how you will use it to determine an asset portfolio for a specified investor.
5. Consider the economic outlook for the next year in order to recommend the ideal portfolio to maximize the rate of return for the short term and long term. Explain the key differences between the short and long term.
6. Use four (4) external resources to support your work. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

 Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
 Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
 Evaluate portfolio performance and develop recommendations to improve a firm’s investment performance.
 Use technology and information resources to research issues in corporate investment analysis.
 Write clearly and concisely about corporate investment analysis using proper writing mechanics.
Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

The Open Systems Interconnect

Description:

The Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) model is a conceptual model that characterizes and standardizes the internal functions of a communication system by dividing network communication functions into abstraction layers. The OSI model groups similar communication functions into one of seven logical layers. The questions below are based on internal functions of some of the OSI layers.

(a) In a communication system that is based on a layered OSI model, packet segmentation is to ease transmission of data packets over the network. Since packet segmentation performs functions that are associated with specific protocols and the OSI layer, answer the following questions:

1. What are the three functions of packet segmentation?

2. What protocols perform packet segmentation?

3. What layers of the OSI model are involved with packet segmentation?

(b) Network bridging and switching occurs on one of the layers of the OSI seven layers. The questions below are based on network bridging and switching.

(4) On which OSI layer do network bridging and switching functions occur?

(5) What are the similarities and differences between a network bridge and a switch?

Please answer the questions in a 4–6-page paper. As you answer each question, you must provide support or evidence that will enhance and empirically prove your answers. Academic IT articles or real-life IT findings that are not found in journals or other academic sources must be used in supporting your answers. Please use APA style for all cited sources, including your reference page.

Please address the following requirements in your 4–6-page paper:
  • A title page
  • A report that includes the following:
    • An introduction to the contents of the report
    • An explanation of the OSI network model as it relates to network segmentation, bridges, and switches

Please cite your references in APA format.

Please submit your assignment.

 

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.

JLB Enterprises: Managing Performance

JLB Enterprises: Managing Performance

JLB Enterprises is a computer manufacturer that is experiencing low employee motivation.  Evidence shows that efficiency has decreased 15% over the last two years while other factors, including the number of employees, have remained the same, and the process to assemble computers has remained the same as well.

Additionally, the 2011 annual employee survey shows that employee satisfaction and morale have decreased significantly (a 20% decline) over the last 3 years.  A recent survey of employees conducted by an outside consulting firm confirmed that employees do not feel motivated.  On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being “not motivated” to 10 being “very motivated,” the average of all reported results was 5.5.

Recent examples of research studies that have demonstrated a link between motivation and performance.  JLB Enterprises has a problem in that employee performance has declined over time.  This is a problem because lower performance means fewer products built for the same amount of time and money.  Therefore, efficiency has declined and costs have increased.

List and define one of the leadership theories that may serve as a lens to view JLB Enterprises’ current problem.

Then, using the components of the theory, show how the characteristics of the theory may potentially inform strategies for improving this performance problem.

Remember, your thoughts, feelings, and opinions must be supported with facts, statistics, testimonials, examples, cases and other references in critical thinking.  Research and facts support critical thinking efforts.

Your essay should be approximately 500 words (two typed, double-spaced, APA-formatted pages), well written, and documented per graduate guidelines for APA Style.
A cover page and References page are required.
Be sure to use proper punctuation, spelling and grammar; points will be deducted accordingly.
Support your analysis by referencing and citing sources when needed. It is suggested that you cite at least three credible sources.  Sources must be cited according to APA guidelines.