Monthly Archives: July, 2016

“junk bonds” (high yield bonds)


The paper instructions:

The paper should be written within 2 pages in APA format.

Write addressing the two questions below:

(1) Are “junk bonds” (high yield bonds) an overlooking and undervalued
investment, or a foolish and risky investment? Please explain your
reasoning.

Junk bonds are risky and you may end up losing investment. Therefore
you should use investment strategies utilizing fixed income securities
to diversify risk. So (2)What other fixed income securities would you
buy to diversify risk? Why? Please explain your reasoning.

Remember while writing to keep in mind things like risk and return
related to junk bonds, types of fixed income securities (e.g., bonds,
T-bills, etc.), and key factors in analyzing bond investment risk.

Trade and Geography


Trade and Geography: How can regional concentration of firms in an industry lead to external economies of scale? Give examples (at least three) of these types of industrial clusters in the United States or any other country. Are they always beneficial? Compare the trade patterns under economies of scale and comparative advantage. Is the US trade with Germany more likely to be based on comparative advantage or economies of scale? Why? What about the US trade with Brazil?

ECNS 201; Principles of Microeconomics


Principles of Microeconomics,

ECNS 201 Section 2, Exam #1 Essay Questions

2 questions will be asked, then an additional for extra credit.

  1. Briefly define productivity and explain its relationship to a country’s standard of living (13-14).
  2. Draw and label the circular flow economic model (24-24).
  3. Draw and label a simple production possibility frontier that is bowed out. Label and explain all regions, explain what the frontier actually is and why it is bowed.  Where is consumption, and can that point ever be beyond the curve and why?  What are the limitations of this model? (26-28, 50-53)
  4. Draw and label a standard supply and demand curve, labeling all axis and curves. Show a shortage, then a surplus, and what the consequences of those conditions are.  Then give an example of how the demand curve and the supply curve shift and why (77-84).

 

 

 

HIST 121 Essay Exam 1


HIST 121 Essay Exam 1

Prompt:. Create a short essay style exploration of at least FIVE of the topics/themes listed below. You should have a separate thesis statement for each* and be sure to not repeat yourself in separate questions.You will want to think about how they have been discussed in the class, problematized in the readings, and what your own thoughts are on them. You must use a minimum of SIX assigned readings overall and your total page length should not exceed TEN pages. *Alternately you may wish to have one thesis and explore five themes in one 7-10 page essay.

Instructions:

  • Provide a short essay style response to any FIVE of thethemes below. Worth a total of 100 points, 20 points each.
    • Please bold type the keyword/theme when you introduce it.
    • You will be graded on the strength of your argument (thesis), how well you use readings to back up your argument (evidence), as well as thoroughness, clarity, and organization. Your argument may be your opinion but opinion must not outweigh your analysis (doesn’t make up more than 25%).
    • Use specific examples from assigned readings. When you refer to material from the text cite them as: (author’s last name, page number). For lectures refer to them as (Montague, date). No works cited/references page required unless you use outside sources.
  • Format:
    • Keep your responses to 1-2 pages (~500 words)
    • Your exam needs to be typed, 12 pt. font, double-spaced and stapled.
    • Put your name in upper left-hand corner.

 

  • THEMES to explore:
  1. Geography
  2. Colonialism (including justifications for and lasting legacies of)
  3. Neo-colonialism
  4. Dependency Theory
  5. Debt and Structural Adjustment Programs
  6. Modernization theory and Industrialization
  7. Capitalism and Neoliberal Development
  8. Democracy, “Good Governance,” Nation-States
  9. Millennium Development Goals

Psychology paper


Psychology paper
Your textbook outlines four types of operant conditioning: positive
reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive punishment, and
negative punishment. Within your post define and give your own
examples for two of these, one positive and one negative. Then, make
two other posts in which you reply to your fellow classmates with
suggestions of improvements or alternatives to their examples, or cite
authoritative research regarding their examples. As noted in the
syllabus:
Some examples of substantial contributions include elaboration on a
point, constructive criticism, finding relevant examples or
counterexamples from authoritative sources or personal experience,
finding outside research on the topic, or addressing an example in the
context of what is discussed in course materials.

250 words required for this essay. Furthermore, I also need two 150
words short paragraphs talking about the same thing but no outside
research needed. They need to be separated.

Hence, 250 words essay (with one outside source)
150 words paragraph
150 words paragraph
Total: 550 words

Five times when a credit union isn’t your friend


5 times when a credit union isn’t your friend
You’ll still need to read the fine print.

Savings offerings may be limited and yield less
Tech-savvy members may be disappointed

Brokerage services may be pricey, if the credit union has them at all
Credit unions have few branches for in-person transactions.
 

 

 

PO 5002: The 2011 NATO Intervention in Libya.


PO 5002: International Relations and Development
The Theory Review (2000 words) 
The 2011 NATO Intervention in Libya.

Paper details:

UseChoose one international political process to examine:
 The 2011 NATO Intervention in Libya
Step 2: Choose two theories to analyse and interpret this process:
 Classical Realism
 Liberal Internationalism
PO 5002: International Relations and Development
The Theory Review (2000 words) 
Please read these instructions carefully Assessment Outline: This assessment is designed to test your ability to apply the international relations theories that we have examined in Teaching Block 2, by using them to examine of a specific international political process or series of events The assessment requires you to produce a 2000 word written piece, where you use two IR theories to analyse and interpret an international political process chosen from the list below To do this, you will need to conduct some personal research into the political process that you choose to examine, using resources available in academic books, journals and from reputable online sources You will also need to engage with advanced theory literature, including original texts where appropriate. Guidelines:  Think about the characteristics of the theories you choose, the understanding of the world they produce, and how this relates to some of the key themes associated with the international political process you have chosen  The ‘theory as a lens’ metaphor might be useful here. If you look at your chosen political process, through the ‘lenses’ of your chosen theories, what kinds of things do you see?  Think carefully about which two theories you think will be most helpful in analysing and interpreting the international political process you choose  You will need a solid understanding of the chosen process you are analysing and the characteristics of the theories you are using. However, it is essential that you show you are able to use the theories to analyse and interpret the process you choose  There is a detailed reading list provided in the module guide for each of the international relations theories  To research your chosen political process, you will need to learn how to search for journal articles, search the library catalogue for academic books and locate reputable online resources. This kind of independent research is an essential skill for your advanced research project in the third year  The theory review does need to be fully referenced, but the bibliography is excluded from the word count 2 What Not to Do!  This assessment is not aimed at testing your ability to describe the theories and processes you choose. To perform well, you will need to show that you can apply these theories in an analysis of a specific international political process  You do not need to provide an extensive description of the political process that you are examining. What you will need to do when you research this process is to draw out some of the important themes associated with this process  Similarly, you do not need to provide an extensive description of your chosen theory. You will need to demonstrate that you understand this theory by applying it competently in analysing and interpreting the process you choose to explore Step 1: Choose one international political process to examine:  The 2011 NATO Intervention in Libya  The foreign policy of the Bush Administration (2000-2008)  The Ukraine Crisis of 2014 and the Russian annexation of Crimea  The foundation of the International Criminal Court (ICC)  The emergence of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) concept in international relations  The rise of ethics and values in UK foreign policy discourse since 1997  International negotiations on climate change since 1992  The United Nations Millennium Development Goals programme  The rise of China and India as potential challengers to US hegemony in International Relations Step 2: Choose two theories to analyse and interpret this process:  Classical Realism  Liberal Internationalism  Neo-realism  Neo-liberalism  The English School  Critical Theory  Constructivism  Post-structuralism 3 What am I looking for in your theory review? In addition to the qualities explained in the marking criteria on pages 8-9 of the module guide, I am looking for several important features in your theory review:  A Strong Understanding of the Theories and Process: You will be expected to provide an accurate and well informed representation of both the two theories chosen and the process you are analysing. You will need to look beyond the basic textbooks to help solidify your knowledge and understanding. Marks will be lost for errors of fact and overt misrepresentation or misunderstanding of theory content.  Good Personal Research Skills: Although a short piece, the theory review requires careful researching of the theories and process under discussion. You should base your analysis on a range of advanced academic sources (books and journal articles), many of which are listed in the module guide. Use of reputable online sources (such as those mentioned in the module guide) is acceptable. However, over-reliance on new media sources (e.g. BBC, The Economist, CNN etc.) and the use of unreliable online sources will be penalised.  Analysis and Argumentation: I will look closely at your ability to use the theories to help you interpret the process under discussion. You need to use theory as a ‘lens’ to help you develop a more nuanced and sophisticated explanation of the process you are examining. Your analysis needs to be logical and supported by appropriate evidence where necessary. You will need to think carefully about the structuring of your review and the organisation of your analysis.  Quality of Written Expression: The ability of your written English to convey complex ideas and facts in a clear, concise, elegant and exact manner is very important. Grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, organisation of sentences and paragraphs are all important elements of this.

Asian Currency Crisis


Asian Currency Crisis

The following is the list of questions for the paper:

  1. How did the Asian Currency Crisis Start?
  2. What were the major causes for the crisis?
  3. Why did it spread to other countries?
  4. What damage did the Asian economies suffer as a result of the crisis?
  5. How did it affect international trade and exchange rates, i.e. who were the winners and losers?
  6. How did it get resolved? Who suffered in the aftermath of the resolution of the crisis?
  7. What was the impact of the crisis on the financial markets in the U.S.?
  8. Scanning the globe, what country, or group of countries, could have the next currency crisis?

 

How to Approach the ACC Research Paper

  1. Do your research in the library , on the Web, etc.
  2. Read, absorb, process, understand the issues and then attempt to present the issue in your own words.
  3. Do not cut-and-paste!
  4. Make your explanations logical and easy to understand and follow
  5. Employ all that you have learned in the class, if applicable, to the events in the crisis
  6. The causes and origins of the crisis are the most important parts of the paper – concentrate on those issues and devote about ½ of the paper to them
  7. Keep your explanations and answers short, but logical
  8. Include your sources of research in bibliography
  9. Do not quote directly!
  10. The list of questions is just a backbone for your paper – you can cover other issues of importance as well

 

 

 

Argumentative Essay


Argumentative Essay

This writing assignment involves writing your Argumentative essay. Once you draft your essay and revise, you may submit it for feedback. The feedback will help you revise the draft so you can submit it as a final. The final version will be graded. Option #1: Your Position on Pirated Movies Develop a thesis statement on the topic of pirated movies (piracy hurts the economy by…, society can prevent movie piracy by…, etc.) and write an argumentative essay. Strive for at least three strong arguments in addition to a counterargument and refutation (see counterargument and refutation details in the Top Ten Tips section). Using argumentative topic sentences that include your opinion for each section can help ensure the majority of your essay is argumentative. Beginning of a sample topic sentence: “The first way movie piracy hurts the economy is….” Then be sure to support that claim with researched data. Conclude each paragraph with a sentence that summarizes the paragraph’s main ideas. Sample Thesis Statement: Ideally, a thesis would include the major assignment objectives for the essay, which in this case would be your claim/opinion, reasons why you have that opinion, and the counter-argument: “Movie piracy is unethical because (add argument 1), (add argument 2), and (add argument 3), even though (add counterargument focus).” Note that a thorough thesis statement will include the counterargument in addition to your own arguments. See Top Ten Tips section for more thesis statement assistance. Use at least three credible sources (the author should be considered an expert on the topic in which he or she writes; try Google Scholar to search), such as books, articles, and websites, to support your thesis. Include a mix of cited paraphrases, summaries, and quotes in your argumentative research paper. Use MLA format to create proper parenthetical citations as well as a Works Cited page at the end of your essay. For additional Works Cited assistance visit http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/ and use the left navigation menu to locate the type of reference you need. Option #2: Your Position on Electronic Policing Develop a thesis statement on the topic of electronic policing and anti-plagiarism software and write an argumentative essay. Your chosen topic needs to be specific and might address a question like the ones you see in these examples: • Should student writers be subject to having their work checked by anti-plagiarism software? Why or why not? • Is anti-plagiarism software an effective deterrent to stealing published work? Why or why not? • You may choose another topic regarding electronic policing as well; just be sure that your main thesis addresses the topic of electronic policing. If the assignment does not address one of the given options, it will not be graded. Strive for at least three strong arguments in addition to a counterargument and refutation (see counterargument and refutation details in the Tips section). Using argumentative topic sentences that include your opinion for each section can help ensure the majority of your essay is argumentative. For example, “First, students should be subject to having their work checked by antiplagiarism software because….” Then be sure to support that claim with researched data. Conclude each paragraph with a sentence that summarizes the paragraph’s main ideas. Sample Thesis Statement: Ideally, a thesis would include the major assignment objectives for the essay, which in this case would be your claim/opinion, reasons why you have that opinion, and the counter-argument: “Students’ work should be checked by anti-plagiarism software because (add argument 1), (add argument 2), and (add argument 3), even though (add counterargument focus).” See Tips section for more thesis statement assistance. Use at least three credible sources (the author should be considered an expert on the topic in which he or she writes; try Google Scholar to search), such as books, articles, and websites, to support your thesis. Include a mix of cited paraphrases, summaries, and quotes in your argumentative research paper. Use the MLA format to create proper parenthetical citations as well as a Works Cited page at the end of your essay. For additional Works Cited assistance visit http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/ and use the left navigation menu to locate the type of reference you need. More Tips Visit http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/01/ for more argumentative thesis statement assistance and to learn if your thesis is both arguable and narrowed. A counter-argument section for this paper should explain what the opposition believes, and it is the opposite of the opinion you are arguing in your paper. For example, if you are arguing that antiplagiarism software should not be used in college classes, then the counterargument would be that antiplagiarism software should be used. Then in your refutation, try to prove the counterargument false, insignificant, or unimportant with researched information that is new to the essay (avoid recycling facts from a previous argument in the essay). The guidelines for this assignment are as follows: Length: This assignment should be at least 750 words Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following information: • Your first and last name • Course Title (Composition I) • Assignment name (Argumentative Essay) • Current Date Format: • Three sources, documented using MLA style • Double-spaced throughout • Title, centered after the heading • Standard 12-point font • 1” margins on all sides • Save the file using one of the following extensions: .docx, .doc, .rtf, or .txt Underline your thesis statement in the introductory paragraph.

5W1H: Write Like a Journalist by David A. Baldwin June 1, 2014 (Updated)


5W1H: Write Like a Journalist

by David A. Baldwin  June 1, 2014  (Updated)

One of the most universally used tools for information gathering, analysis,
organization and presentation is the 5W1H framework.

This method is used across a range of professions, from process analysts to quality
engineers to journalists, to understand and explain virtually any problem or issue.
The same method can be used to organize the writing of reports, articles, white
papers, and even whole books.

The Basic Approach
This approach seeks to answer six basic questions in gathering information about
nearly any subject: WhoWhatWhenWhereWhy, and How. Sometimes,
depending on the context, a second “H” might be used: How Much.

In journalism, news story writing requires that the questions to be answered take a
basic form:

  • Who is it about?
  • What is it about?
  • When did it happen?
  • Where did it happen?
  • Why did it happen?
  • How did it happen?

Applying the 5W1H framework to other types of writing or investigation takes some
interpretation. The order in which the answers to the questions are presented may
vary, but the “what” is usually addressed first.

What
In journalism, the “what” identifies an event and is often stated in the “lead (or
lede),” the first paragraph of a news story.

The “what” is the primary subject, the reason the information is being gathered and
presented. Apart from journalism, it may be stated in a title and in a purpose
statement. The “what” may need to be defined, a process that may comprise the
remainder of a document.

Who
A news story identifies who an event involves. The “who” may be part of the lede,
and could be the reason the story is news worthy.

In other contexts, the “who” identifies the person(s) or group(s) the “what”
concerns. It might describe the audience of a document, or those who are affected
by a policy, process or procedure.

When
A key part of a news story is describing when an event happened.

Answering the “when” indicates any time-sensitivity related to the “what.” It may be
part of an instruction regarding the proper point at which an action should be
taken. Sometimes it may be part of an “If…then” scenario of conditional action.

Where
A news story reports the location at which an event took place.

The “where” describes a geographical or physical location of importance to the
“what.” At times, the where may be less important than other factors.

Why
The “why” is usually the most neglected of the questions in the framework. News
stories often lack information from authoritative sources to explain the “why.”

In other contexts, the “why” may be considered irrelevant, particularly when
describing a policy or procedure decreed by an organizational authority.

Efforts to determine and explain the “why” may help those affected be more
accepting of any change the “what” requires.

How
For journalists, determining how an event took place may be nearly as challenging
as explaining the “why,” although more effort is usually put into satisfying the
question.

When describing policies, processes or procedures, the “how” may be the most
important part of the effort.

A considerable appetite for understanding how to do something can be found
across audiences. Sometimes effort focuses on the “what” when more work might
be devoted to explaining the “how.”

Conclusion
The 5W1H framework can be applied to any topic at any level of granularity to
gather, analyze and present information from the simplest to the most complex.

Attributed to a Rudyard Kipling poem, 5W1H is the place to start and may be
enough to take you to the finish.

 

Source:

http://www.davebaldwinconsulting.com/5W1H.html

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