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SLP Assignment: Organisational Culture


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SLP Assignment: Organisational Culture

For this final SLP, choose an organization that you currently work for or have worked for in the past manager at an insurance firm. You will be applying the concepts of organizational culture that you read about in the background materials to this organization.

Write a two to three page paper addressing the following issues:

1. Describe how your organization rates on these cultural characteristics: detail-oriented, team-oriented, innovative, aggressive, outcome-oriented, and people-oriented.

2. Discuss how strong the organizational culture is at your organization. To what extent is the organization’s culture shared by employees and managers?

3.What aspects of your organization’s culture do you think should be changed, and what steps would you recommend to change the culture? Use concepts from Rao (2010) in forming your recommendations.

Expectations in your SLP Assignment
Answer the assignment questions directly
Stay focused on the precise assignment questions, don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials
Make sure to use reliable and credible sources as your references. Articles published in established newspapers or business journals/magazines are preferred. If you find articles on the internet, make sure it is from a credible source.
Reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations.

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BUS6012 Business Operations and Systems


Birmingham City Business School

BUS6012 Business Operations and Systems

Assignment 2016

You may find the information for B&M Home Store UK online, in Keynotes in the Library, Company reports, cases online, and the financial press. The literature sources should be books, journals, refereed papers and appropriate online sources. You should find the sources of information that you will use to deliver the three assessment parts within the first four weeks of the course. This is important and failure to complete this task will jeopardise your performance on the module.

Part 1

B&M was formed in 1978 and they are variety retailers in the UK. B&M operate 450 stores across UK and employs 20,000 workers (http://www.bandmretail.com/).

You should outline the essential components for ‘effective business operations management’ for B&M stores (B&M) in the UK. Use a soft systems methodology to evaluate the issues B&M might face if they decide to introduce facilities to enable their customers to order goods online and have them delivered to the door. Support your discussion with appropriate business operations models (i.e. operation strategy performance (priorities) model, customer value, the service gap model, four v’s profile etc.).

TIPS:

  1. You should start with what B&M are doing well compare to the sector (why customers turn up to the stores).
  2. Research the problems they may face going online (the change) using Soft Systems Methodology (critical analysis of need/problem to be solved).
  3. Support your discussions with appropriate operations models (quality/depth).

You should compare and contrast different models used by the sector in which B&M operates and recommend appropriate solutions for online shopping, make easier for customers to select and buy their products with fully integrated mobile applications (issues to consider centralised/decentralised inventory and delivery chain, customer value chain, cost implications, sustainability etc.).

With reference to the parcel conundrum (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18709348) recommend how B&M should respond to this conundrum (keeping in mind the possible technological and environmental (CO2) impact).

TIPS:

  1. Your academic enquiry should lead to synthesis of important issues around the problem and solution.
  2. Critical analysis and evaluation of customer’s digital experience.
  3. Innovative ways to serve their customers better.
  4. Consider the services which are unique and benefits to B&M.
  5. Consider customer value for shopping online.
  6. Comparison of different solution with costing and choose one solution to take forward with reasoning.

Part 2

For the new system you should include Root Definition, CATWOE and produce a detailed “Rich Picture” (hand drawn) to fully illustrate your answer. Your rich picture must indicate the problems well as the solution. (Not included in the word count).

By means of a business process plan illustrate the changes including “AS IS” and “TO BE”. Detailed explanations of both plans are required and support your discussions with relevant literature. (Business process plans not included in the word count but explanation is included).

Tips: Structure for part two:

  1. Rich picture (fully illustrating part one).
  2. Root Definition (based on your chosen solution).
  3. Table for CATWOE (this is to test the Root Definition).
  4. “AS IS” process plan (include brief summer of the process plan).
  5. “TO BE” process plan (include summery to explain the process plan)

Part 3

Discuss how the managers would turn performance objectives into operations priorities and the resources that would be necessary for effective implementation of the new process (about six hundred words).

Using a Balanced Scorecard, discuss how the business performance can be measured post implementation (refer to the last three years of company annual reports and any other relevant data for improvement and target trends for B&M). (Balanced scorecard charts are not included in word count but discussion on each prospective is included, about hundred words for each prospective)

Your work should be referenced including in text referencing with appropriate literature and form a logical and concise discussion.

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EGR 3350 Technical Writing Schedule


EGR 3350 Technical Writing Schedule

 Week One: May 9, 2016

Topics:

  • Introduction to technical writing,
  • Plagiarism,
  • Ethics
  • Documentation

Do the following by midnight Thursday, May 12, 2016

  • Email me immediately as soon as you join the class
  • Read the syllabus thoroughly, and email me with any questions you might have
  • Read chapter 1 in the text, “Introduction”
    • Pay particular attention to the five characteristics of technical writing on pages 7-8
    • Review the PowerPoint, “5 Tenets of Technical Writing”
    • Read “Technical Writing Sample from the British Navy” and look for any violation of the 5 Tenets of Technical Writing (make notes for yourself for discussion topic)
    • Read this article about technical writing and airline toilets: http://wssa.net/wp-content/uploads/Examples-of-Good-and-Bad-Technical-Writing.pdf
    • Once you complete all the above readings, post a 250 word response in Discussions to the “Technical Writing” thread:
      • Define “Technical Writing”
      • Point out any violation of the 5 Tenets of Technical Writing in the British Navy article
      • Describe qualities of effective technical communication
      • Respond to the article about airline toilets by sharing your reaction to it
    • Read chapter 2 in the text, “Ethical Considerations”
    • Do the Plagiarism exercises: Situation 1 and Situation 2 in the text on pages 20-21
      • Post your responses to each one in the “Ethics” thread
    • Print, read, sign, scan, and upload the Acknowledgment of Course Policies, which is located under “Basic Class Documents,” into Dropbox
      • WARNING: You MUST upload the signed Acknowledgment of Course Policies document in order for me to grade any of your upcoming assignments
    • Introduce yourself in the “Introduction” thread
    • Read chapter 14 in the text, “Documentation,” and look at the APA information in the Owl Purdue cite, which is located under “Basic Class Documents”; we will be using APA for this class, which means you need to familiarize yourself with how to do APA in-text citation as well as create a Reference page correctly. Chapter 14 has good information about documenting sources, but do not follow the documentation type in that chapter. Use APA! We will be revisiting this issue throughout the semester

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that this class requires quality writing.  You must post only well-written, carefully edited responses to the Discussion threads and other course communication (including emails to me).  Use proper capitalization, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.  Organize your thoughts using paragraphs and/or lists.  You will not receive credit for poorly written posts or documents that have numerous errors.

Also, you must do the entire requirement(s) for each posting. A partial posting will not be counted.

Week Two: May 16, 2016

Topics:

  • Technical definition; the formula for Technical Definition is as follows:

(Qualifier) + Term = Classification + Differentiation

  • Introduction to Mechanism Description (MD)
  • Grammar Review
  • Visuals

 

Do the following by midnight Thursday, May 19, 2016

  • Read chapter 3 in your text, “Technical Definition”
    • Read the “Technical Definition” PowerPoint (make sure you download all the PowerPoint presentations; opening them in just the viewer pane might not allow you to see all the information)
    • Read the “Mechanism Description” PowerPoint
    • Read the “Common MD Errors” PowerPoint
    • Go to the “Technical Definition” thread in Discussions and post one technical definition for one of the following terms: mouse, paper clip, keyboard, bicycle, laptop, screwdriver, or coffee maker. Then include two extensions (pages 30-32) and identify the type of extensions you have used
  • Read chapter 4; pay attention to the Outline 4.1 on pages 38-39 and the Developed Example 4.1 on pages 40-45, which gives exact instructions for the Mechanism Description assignment; notice the repetition of the technical definition!
  • Read the “MD Common Errors” PowerPoint
  • Look at the MD Tasking Sheet
  • Look at the MD example
  • Answer the following questions for the “Mechanism Description” topic in Discussions:
    • What specific mechanism will you writer your paper about? (Criteria: it must be related to your major, have 2-4 parts, and be very specific and very simple mechanism)
    • How many parts does it have?
    • How is it related to your major?

NOTE: Make sure your answers are clear, concise, and numbered to correspond to the numbers listed above; also, be very specific about your mechanism: NOT “printer” BUT instead “HP laser printer”

 

Week Three: May 23, 2016

Do the following by midnight Thursday, May 26, 2016

  • Work on Mechanism Description
  • Read chapter 13, “Grammar, Style, and Punctuation”
    • Look at the numerous grammar and punctuation PowerPoints I have uploaded in Week Three in Pilot; if you are interested in doing any worksheets for any issues, let me know and I will send them to you as well as the answers
  • Read chapter 15, “Visuals,” familiarizing yourself with how to insert and label visuals properly
  • Do exercise on pages 56-57 (applying checklist to Finkel BOAT MD) and respond with answers in Discussion topic, “MD Exercise”

 

Week Four: May 31, 2015 (Take off Memorial Day)

Topic: Introduction to Process Description (PD)

  • MD Due in Dropbox by noon Tuesday, May 31, 2016

 

Do the following by midnight Thursday, June 2, 2016

  • Read chapter 5 in your text, “Description of a Process”
  • COMMENTS: Be careful that you don’t confuse a process description with a set of instructions. A process description explains what is happening while a set of instructions explains how to do something.
    • Do not use “you” or an implied “you” in process descriptions
    • Do not use 1st person pronouns either, such as “we”
  • Read the “Process Description” PowerPoint
  • Read the “PD Common Errors” PowerPoint
  • Look at the PD tasking sheet
  • Look at the PD example
  • Respond to the Discussion topic, “Process Description”
    • What specific process will you write your paper about?
    • What are the parts of the process?
    • How is it related to your major?

 

Week Five: June 6, 2016

Topics:

  • Feasibility and recommendation reports
  • Research strategies

Do the following by midnight Thursday, June 9, 2016

  • Read chapter 8, “Feasibility and Recommendation Reports”
  • Read the “Feasibility and Recommendation” PowerPoint
  • Look at the Feasibility report tasking sheet
  • Look at the Recommendation report example
  • Respond to the prompts below for the “Feasibility and Recommendation Report” topic in Discussions:
    • What is your topic?
    • Are you planning on writing a Feasibility Report or a Recommendation Report?
    • Briefly describe the problem in 1-2 sentences.
    • List the criteria you plan to use to evaluate the candidate solutions
    • List the candidate solution(s)
    • List at least one source that provides the type of data you need to make the evaluation
    • How does your problem directly relate to your major?
  • COMMENTS: You will definitely need to do some research for this report in a stronger way then the earlier assignments. Because you will most likely use numerical data, you will need to research the technical specifications for most candidate solutions as well as possibly pricing issues. You need to provide a complete URL and the date you accessed the information in your References page.

 

Week Six: June 13, 2016

Topics:

  • Laboratory and project reports
  • Instructions and manuals
  • Progress reports
  • Historical research reports
  • State-of-the-art research reports
  • PD Due in Dropbox by 5:00 pm Thursday, June 16, 2016

 

Do the following by midnight Thursday, June 16, 2016

  • Read chapter 7 in your text, “Progress Reports”
  • Read chapter 9 in your text, “Laboratory and Project Reports”
  • Read chapter 10 in your text, “Instructions and Manuals”
  • Read chapter 11 in your text, “Research Reports”
  • Work on your FEAS RPT
  • Make sure you read the chapters; I might just give you a pop quiz J

 

Week Seven: June 20, 2016

Topics:

  • Proposals
  • Proposal assignment
  • Annotated bibliographies
  • Annotated bibliography assignment
  • Formal Report assignment

 

Do the following by midnight Thursday, June 23, 2016

  • Read the “Proposal Writing 101” PowerPoint
  • Read the Word document on “Proposal Terminology”
  • Read the tasking sheet for the Proposal Assignment (the Annotated Bibliography is part of the assignment)
  • Look at the example of the Proposal Assignment
  • Read the tasking sheet for the Formal Report
  • Read the Word document on “Report Types”
  • Look at the two examples of Formal Reports

 

COMMENTS: The last four assignments (proposal, annotated bibliography, formal report, and presentation) are all related to each other. You need to pick a topic that you are interested in! That is key. The proposal outlines your topic and research strategy for your formal paper; the annotated bibliography helps you find good sources for your formal paper; the formal paper is worth 35% of your grade, so it is very important that you spend some time on it; the presentation is a brief overview of your formal report topic. You will upload the presentation (I will tell you how to use voice on PowerPoint; you do not have to have a visual presentation).

 

Concerning the annotated bibliography, you must use good sources, which do not include popular magazines and/or things like Wikipedia, etc. I expect you to use sources that people in your field of study would use on the job. When in doubt, contact Phil Flynn in the library for further help on sources. We will keep revisiting topic of research/sources through the rest of the semester.

 

My understanding is that most students find the Historical Research report and the State-of-the=Art Research report to be the easiest types of reports to write. All you really need to do is research a technical topic that you find interesting and synthesize the information into a report. You do NOT need a thesis statement or an argument to support. These types of reports are strictly informational. Here is some further information on these two types of reports (from Brandy Foster):

 

Historical: 

  <———A———-B————>

If the line represents the continuum of time, then points A and B represent a specific span of time in the past that you define as it makes sense for your topic.  For example, that span can be a few thousand years if you’re writing about cyphers and start with Caesar’s cypher.  Or, that span can be only the 5 years during WWII when radar technology was developed and rapidly evolved.  You get to determine the span, so you should keep in mind that larger spans will require much broader information, and shorter spans will require you to discuss your topic in more specific depth.  Anything occurring before A and after B are beyond the scope of your report.  The Historical Research Report is excellent for discussing the evolution of a technology.

 

 

 

State-of-the-Art:

A————->

If the line represents the continuum of time, then point A represents the present or very recent past (less than 10 years), and the arrow represents the future.  This is a great report type if you’re interested in recent, new, or even speculative technology.  For example, students have written about quantum computing, which is cutting-edge technology, and they’ve written about human interplanetary travel, which is still theoretical.  Note that even though topics might still be theoretical, they are being described by the scientific communities online and in publications.

For the Formal Report (FR) assignment, you will pick a topic and choose the report type from one of the report types discussed in your book.  This PowerPoint provides a very general overview, so you will need to learn more about certain report types in by reading the first page or so of the chapters that describe each report type.  Anything before point A in time is beyond the scope of the report.

Be careful not to propose a topic that combines these two report types.  You can’t describe both the historical evolution and the expected developments in the same paper.

The most critical part of this assignment is selecting a topic that you’re intensely interested in.  It has to be related to your major, but not closely.  Try to think of a topic that inspired you to choose your field, or a topic related to a hobby or passion.  In the past, a Mechanical Engineering student described the evolution of snowboards–they’re his passion AND related to his major.  Other students have discussed different aspects of gaming technology, artificial intelligence, fighter aircraft, micro air vehicles, the Mars Rover, cryptography, medical imagine or sensors, roller coaster design, etc.

More from Ms. Foster Concerning the Proposals:

The syllabus does an excellent job of describing the last three, interconnected assignments for this course.  It all starts with the proposal and annotated bibliography assignment, which documents your strategy for researching and writing the final report.  Some students are very confused by the proposal assignment because they fail to follow the explicit instructions.  Therefore, I’ve created some materials to help keep on you track.

First, let’s talk about proposals in general.  It is helpful if you know the terminology used when discussing proposals.  So, read the file “Proposal Terminology.”  As you read that document, be aware that those terms relate to the type of research proposals you might write once you’re practicing your profession in business, industry, or academia.  However, they are also useful for understanding the basic concept of the proposal assignment, if you know the following things:

  1. The RFP for this assignment is in your syllabus.
  2. I am the program manager.
  3. I am the funding agency.

 

Specifically, the proposal that you write for this class will not be a research proposal.  Instead, your proposal is a student proposal for a class project and must follow the example on pages 101-104 in the textbook.  You should not use any other template or sample from the book for this assignment.  In addition to the example on pages 101-104, I’ve created a step-by-step explanation of the assignment that details exactly what each section of the proposal should accomplish.  See the file “Proposal Instructions.” Do not deviate from those instructions.

Before you begin writing the proposal, you must consider the purpose of the assignment—the proposal will document your strategy for researching and writing your final report.  So, your proposal will identify the report type and topic that you plan to write about in your final report.  Think of the proposal as a gateway assignment; I need to approve your strategy and topic so that you can write the final report.  See the file “Report Types” to learn about the different report types you’re able to choose from for writing your final report.  Each report type corresponds to a chapter in your book.  However, I’ve summarized the report types for you, so you only need to read the chapters that you’re considering using for your final report.  You do not need to read several irrelevant chapters.  I advise you to keep your book as a reference tool for instructions on how to write various reports should you need to in the future.

As you are choosing your report type, think about the topic you want to write about.  You need to pick a topic that is related to your major and that you are intensely interested in.  For example, mechanical engineering students have written about topics ranging from micro air vehicles to the design of snowboards.  Electrical engineering students have researched topics ranging from the development of radar technology during World War II to electric cars to wireless power transfer and smart home technology.  Computer science and computer engineering students have discussed the evolution of gaming technology (Nintendo consoles!) to cyber security to quantum teleportation.  The possibilities are endless, as long as they are technical topics relating to your field.

As you choose your topic, keep in mind that this is a technical writing class, so your papers should focus on the technical aspects of your topics.  Do not write position or argument papers that posit that a particular technology is “good” or “bad.”  Those types of papers are not appropriate for this class, as we do not deal with social implications.

Ms. Foster Concerning the Annotated Bibliography:

The Annotated Bibliography assignment is part of the Proposal assignment.  Please read the “Annotated Bibliography” file.  An annotated bibliography is a list of potential sources that you can use for your final paper—it is not a Works Cited page for the proposal.  The Annotated Bibliography file will give you explicit instructions, but remember that there are three elements to the annotation:

  1. The citation of the source you plan to use.  Use APA 6th edition.
  2. A brief summary of the source.  You can summarize the source in 1-2 sentences.
  3. An explanation of how you plan to use the source in your final paper.  You should not include subjective, evaluative statements such as “this is an excellent source”; instead, you need to tell me how you plan to use it: “This source will be used in the section discussing biomimetics in micro air vehicle design.”

 

Your annotated bibliography should have 8 sources related to your final paper.  You are not allowed to use wikis, dictionaries, encyclopedias, HowStuffWorks, etc.  Use reputable sources from the library; databases from the library website; search tools such as Google Scholar; or relevant corporate, educational, or government websites.  There is no page limitation for the proposal and annotated bibliography assignments.

Week Eight: June 27, 2016

Topics: Presentations and briefings

FEAS RPT due in Dropbox by noon Thursday, June 30, 2016

 

Do the following by midnight Thursday, June 30, 2015

  • Read chapter 17 in your text, “Presentations”
  • Continue working on your Proposal and Annotated Bibliography
  • Look at the Presentation PowerPoint (has slides you will need for your presentation)
  • Respond the “Proposal Topic” thread in Discussions
    • What kind of report are you thinking about doing?
    • What is the topic of your report?
    • What kind of research do you think you will have to do for your topic?
    • How is your topic related to your major?

 

COMMENTS: Technical presentations are a fact of life in all technical fields. You must be able to communicate both in writing and verbally. You will be doing a presentation for this class using content from your final report. You will use bullet points to guide your presentation, but do not read them verbatim. Use them as a guide to have your discussion. You are not required to do a video for this presentation. Instead, you will do an audio with a PowerPoint presentation. Please use these instructions to do so:

 

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2012/12/add-voice-over-to-powerpoint-presentations-in-5-easy-steps/

Note: The link provides information for PowerPoint 2007, but includes a link for PowerPoint 2010.

STAC in the Dunbar library can provide free assistance to students for their technology needs.  Check the STAC website for more information and hours.

Here are the slides you will need to include for your presentation:

Introduction (1 slide)

Overview (1 slide)

Discussion (10 slides minimum)

Review/Recap (1 slide)

References (1 slide)

Conclusion (1 slide) 

 

Week Nine: July 5, 2016 (take off July 4, Independence Day, USA)

  • If you have not already done this, respond to the Proposal topic in Discussions by midnight Thursday, July 7, 2016, responding to the following questions:
    • What kind of report are you thinking about doing?
    • What is the topic of your report?
    • What kind of research do you think you will have to do for your topic?
    • How is your topic related to your major?
  • Annotated Bibliography and Proposal due in Dropbox by midnight Sunday, July 10, 2016
  • Begin working on your formal report

 

Week Ten: July 11, 2016

Topics:

  • Abstracts and Executive summaries (Read chapter 12 in text, “Abstracts and Summaries”)
  • Checklist for final report below

 

We are almost finished!  Here are the instructions for the final assignments:

You must include these components in your final report:

  1. Transmittal Letter–this simple letter formally conveys the final report to its intended audience with any desired action noted.  For example, I am the audience, and you would like for me to read and evaluate your final report.  See the example on page 333. Use your academic department’s campus address as your address.  You do not need to sign the letter, but should type your name.  Keep the letter short and professional. (1 page)
  2. Informative Abstract–this document should provide a brief summary of your final report.  Strive to keep it concise (200-250 words).  Do not include any images, direct quotes, or in-text citations in the Abstract. (1 page)
  3. Cover page–this is the same type of cover page you’ve used all term. (1 page)
  4. Final Report–this is the actual report. You should begin with the Introduction heading (Purpose, Background, Scope), followed by the Discussion heading (use subheadings to organize this section logically and include relevant images), and ending with the Conclusion heading (a brief summary of the report–do not introduce any new concepts). (10 pages)
  5. References/Work Cited–this is a list of only the sources you cited in your Final Report.  You should have at least 8 sources; do not annotate them. (1-2 pages)

 

Modifications from Outline 11.1 in the text:  Students writing a Historical or State-of-the-Art report should follow Outline 11.1 in the text.  However, you can make these modifications:

  1. Change “Problem” to “Background” in the Introduction and include any information needed to provide context to your topic.
  2. Eliminate the Background heading, including Theory and History subheadings.
  3. Eliminate Recommendations in the Conclusion.  Your task is to simply synthesize research about your topic in your own words.  You should not include any recommendations.
  4. Eliminate “Sources Consulted But Not Used: in the References section.  This is a very confusing section and outdated.
  5. An appendix is an optional document that should only be used for large images, tables, or data sets that supplement the report.  These document elements should not be used to “pad” your paper to help it meet the page minimums.
  6. The Final Report page minimum is 10 pages (Introduction to Conclusion), but there is no maximum.

 

Week Eleven: July 18, 2016

 

  • Presentations due in Dropbox by midnight Thursday, July 21, 2016

 

Week Twelve: July 25, 2016

 

  • Final Reports due in Dropbox by midnight Thursday, July 28, 2016
  • Final Discussion due by midnight Thursday, July 28, 2016

 

 

 

 

NOTES:

  • This class schedule is not carved in stone. I reserve the right to make any changes I think are necessary for the good of the class.

 

  • Assignments will be graded and returned as soon as possible. I try to get them back to you within a week; however, sometimes it will most likely take longer—especially with the more complex assignments from the proposal on.

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Statement; Political Science, Government


Subject or discipline: Political science
Title: Writer’s choice
Number of sources: 0
Provide digital sources used: No
Paper format: Not applicable
# of pages: 3
Spacing: Double spaced
# of words: 825
Paper details:

Now that you’ve completed the course material, tell me about yourself and what you’ve
learned. Please write about the following in your personal essay (answering as many of the
questions below as you can; be sure you write in essay form):
1. EARLY POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION
 Where are you from (where you grew up) and did your home town, state, or country
influence your political beliefs?
 How did you learn about government growing up?
 How did the area of the country or the world your from help determine your political
socialization (“political socialization” being a term from our first unit referring how the
attitudes, beliefs, and understanding of one’s government is transmitted to new
generations)
 What influenced (and how) your political socialization—your parents, your religion,
your peers, your school, the media?
 Has your understand of government and politics and the beliefs you hold about
regarding those two interrelated institutions and procedures changed as you grew
older? How and why?
 What did you learn about the U.S. Constitution and our governmental system as a
young person in early life and public school as you grew up?
2. YOUR POLITICAL LIFE TODAY
 If 18 or older and a citizen, are you registered to vote and have you voted before?
Why or why not?
 Are you going to vote in the 2016 general election (and why)?
 If you are not a citizen, do you plan to be and will you vote? Regarding voting, why
or why not?
 Do you consider yourself a Republican or Democrat? Other? No party? Independent
voter? Why for any of those choices.
 Were your parents active in a political party, which one; and are you active or identify
with the same party? If different from your parents in this regard, why did you
change?
 Are you now following the campaigns for the 2016 general election (which will be
held in November after the state primaries select candidates for the general election
offices that are up for election)?:
 Who do you want to be the next president of the United States and discuss why,
giving at least three reasons why he or she should be president based upon what
you know about the candidate right now from what you’ve heard or read about
the candidate from family, friends, the news media, and from social media (such as
Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.).
 If your impressions are vague, simply discuss what you know and tell me where
you have heard what you know and how you’ve reached your decision.
 You do NOT have to do any research. I really want to read about what you know
now, where you learned it in general, and why you’ve made the decision the way
you have.
 In that same manner, tell me who you do NOT want to be president and why. What
about this person have you heard or read that makes you worried that he or she
might become president. Give two or three specific reasons based on your
impressions and opinion.
3. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED IN THE COURSE?
 Discuss the five most important things you’ve learned about government this
semester.
 Did you know about these things before or did you learn about them now, this
semester?
 Why do you consider them important?
 What issues that have been discussed in your study and reading affect your life in a
significant way?
 Are you more or less interested in government and politics now?
 Is government and politics important in your life now based on your studies this
semester? Why or why not?
 Do you now support or lead toward a particular candidate running for president? If so,
who, and why?
 Is there a person running for president you would not want to ever be president? If so,
who, and why?
 Do you know about any of the candidates running for Congress (the House or Senate) or
the Texas Legislature (House or Senate)? Are these elections important? Why or why not?
Does it matter to your education, to your future, who is elected to these offices? Why or
why not?
4. THE SUPREME COURT, CIVIL LIBERTIES, AND CIVIL RIGHTS
 Before this class, did you know anything about the U.S. Supreme Court—what it is, what
it does, its importance, its impact on your life? If you did, what did you know?
 Do you believe the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court have any impact on your life and
your future? Why or why not?
 If you do believe it does, what issues areas are you most concerned about that the
Supreme Court can affect?
 Of the Bill of Rights protections what do you consider to be the most important liberty
interest that is protected in the Bill of Rights and why.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PAPER:
 600 WORDS, MINIMUM (about 150 words for each of the four sections). You can write
well beyond 600 words if you wish. put the word count at the bottom of the paper.

Cultural Anthropology Mini-Ethnography, Spring 2015


Cultural Anthropology Mini-Ethnography, Spring 2015

Cultural Anthropology-Spring 2015
Mini-Ethnography – 100 points
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By nowyou’ve all read about how anthropologists do what they do {ch. 3) and have read or seen
some examples of ethnographic fieldwork (Nanook of the North, most of the essays in Ferraro). Now it’s your
turn to conduct a mini-ethnographic field project and report on your findings.
Requirements:
1) observe or participate in a gathering, event or ceremony that involves 10 or more people. choosing
a good gathering, event or ceremony is an important first step to doing well on this assignmen! so here are
some tips: a) choose something that the participants don’t do every day b) pick something with way more
than 10 people – the more people to observe, the better c) pick something that takes a good amount of time
to complete – the more you have to report on, the better d) pick an event where you have some level of
access – you can move around and see the event from different perspectives, tatk to participants, gather
information easily. You cannot do your ethnography on something that you’ve attended in the past – you
must observe/participate in something new.
2i Either during the event or soon after, document what is happening or has happened. Taking notes
is a good idea; video and/or photographs are good ideas as well. you should be abte to describe the event in
great detail, describe the participants in detail, and have specific thoughts about how this event reflects on the
culture of the participants. Because this is a mini-ethnography, recording more information than you think
you’ll need is suggested. lf the event or gathering has literature associated with it (a program, a leaftet, a
poster, etc), getting one of those is a good idea as well.
3) write your mini-ethnography. To get an idea of how anthropologists describe events, review the
articles in the Ferraro book and think about the ethnographic films we’ve watched this semester. you mav
a Make sure you address
the following in detail:
1) What is the event – give brief introductory description of what it is you attended or
participated in
2) Describe the setting, when and where did this event take place and why did it take place
there and not someplace else?
3) Describe the participants. Who are they? Age? Sex? Ethnicity? What do they all have in
common? How are they different? What culture (s) and sub-culture(s) do they belong to? Why
are they there (asking one or more participants would be a good way to answer this)
4) Describe in detail what happened at the event. Who did what? Why do you think they did
what they did? what were the reactions of the other participants?
5) What meaning does the event have for those who participate in it {again, asking
participants this question would be a good way to address it)
6) What were your impressions of the event? What do you think is the event’s m’eaning or
purpose {this may differ significantly from what those who participated told you). How would __
an anthropologist analyze this event and how would they characterize it as a par!-“oJ broader

Anthro 697TM: Indigenous Research: Theories and Methods


Anthro 697TM: Indigenous Research: Theories and Methods
The course will broadly examine both theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of research conduction on indigenous issues. We will consider the range of all theoretical approaches, which scholars and also the community members rely on (at the present time and historically) when framing academic research papers. knowledge production contexts and in local/global community spaces of social change through indigenous activist. Our inquiry will be structured through three primary questions: first, in what ways do indigenous theories and methods form a distinct form of inquiry – what makes these approaches different and how/where/in what contexts are they similar or drawing from similar roots? Second, what knowledge do these forms of theory and method produce, uncover, allow for? And, finally, in what ways are the knowledge’s produced different (are these results necessarily “better”) than when other qualitative and quantitative methods are utilized?
Our Best research writers  will include principles and approaches found in decolonizing methodologies, anti-oppressive research strategies, and community-based participatory/action research. Research ethics, issues of intellectual property and the care, curation and “ownership” of knowledge and one’s research results, will be key strands of concern that weave throughout our inquiry. We will divide the course into two segments: in the first segment we will delve deeply into the literature on indigenous method and theory, moving between applied examples and meta-discussion of theoretical frameworks and specific methodologies; in the second segment of the course we will workshop specific methods and discuss how class participants might utilize the methods in their own research

Arthropology; paleontologists Discovery


Arthropology; paleontologists Discovery

We will assign our best suited professional writer to do your paper on Anthropology. Our writers who on Anthropology write best essays on different topics concerning this subject/course. This is a sample case of questions on anthropology. Make an Order by clicking  here.

Work type: Coursework
 Paper format:  MLA
. Develop a detailed, illustrated or illuminated overview of what paleontologists have discovered regarding the origin and evolutionary history of the mammalian order Cetacea (whales and dolphins). Include a phylogeny with Indohyus, Pakicetus. Ambulocetus, Rhodocetus, Durodon, and the modern Odontocetes (toothed whales and dolphins) and Mysticetes (baleen whales). Discuss evidence from the double pulley astragaus found in Indohyus and Pakicetus, that whales are descended from ancient artiodactyls (even toed ungulates) and therefore belong to the artiodactyl clade. Explain the significance of the thick, dense involucrum found in Pakicetus (a synapomorphy found in all whales). Finally, discuss the fossil evidence for the progressive reduction nd eventual loss of hind legs by ancestral whales, as well as the isotopic evidence for the timing of the adaptive shift by ancestral whales from fresh water to marine habitats.
3. In the “Your Inner Fish” video series, Neil Shubin shows that “we humans are all, every one of us, just jury-rigged fish”. Consider what scientists have discovered regarding the great transformations in vertebrate evolution and explain why the statement: whales are all, every one of them, just jury-rigged fish” is equally valid. Consider the following steps in whale evolutionary history: Tiktaalik (the flat headed traditional fish/ tetrapod found in 375 My old deposits on Ellsmere Island), Early Tetrapods (Paleozoic amphibians like Eryops), Late Permian Gorgonopsids (≈265-252 Mya), Early Triassic therapsids that survived the “Permo- Triassic Mass Extinction” of ≈ 245 Mya like Trinaxodon, the earliest mammals (from≈ 195 Mya) such as Hadrocodiem, Mesozoic placental mammals like Juramaia, early condylarths like Protungulatrm, and the carious whale lineages starting from Indohyus, through Pachycetus, Ambulocetus, Rhodocetus, Durodon, etc. to modern Odontocetes (toothed whales and dolphins) and Mysticetes (baleen whales like the humpback and blue whales). Use and cite information included in your answer to question #2.
  1. Develop a detailed, illustrated or illuminated overview of what paleontologists have discovered regarding the origin and evolutionary history of the mammalian order Cetacea (whales and dolphins). Include a phylogeny with Indohyus, Pakicetus. Ambulocetus, Rhodocetus, Durodon, and the modern Odontocetes (toothed whales and dolphins) and Mysticetes (baleen whales). Discuss evidence from the double pulley astragaus found in Indohyus and Pakicetus, that whales are descended from ancient artiodactyls (even toed ungulates) and therefore belong to the artiodactyl clade.Explain the significance of the thick, dense involucrum found in Pakicetus (a synapomorphy found in all whales). Finally, discuss the fossil evidence for the progressive reduction nd eventual loss of hind legs by ancestral whales, as well as the isotopic evidence for the timing of the adaptive shift by ancestral whales from fresh water to marine habitats.
  2. In the “Your Inner Fish” video series, Neil Shubin shows that “we humans are all, every one of us, just jury-rigged fish”. Consider what scientists have discovered regarding the great transformations in vertebrate evolution and explain why the statement: whales are all, every one of them, just jury-rigged fish” is equally valid. Consider the following steps in whale evolutionary history: Tiktaalik (the flat headed traditional fish/ tetrapod found in 375 My old deposits on Ellsmere Island), Early Tetrapods (Paleozoic amphibians like Eryops), Late Permian Gorgonopsids (≈265-252 Mya), Early Triassic therapsids that survived the “Permo- Triassic Mass Extinction” of ≈ 245 Mya like Trinaxodon, the earliest mammals (from≈ 195 Mya) such as Hadrocodiem, Mesozoic placental mammals like Juramaia, early condylarths like Protungulatrm, and the carious whale lineages starting from Indohyus, through Pachycetus, Ambulocetus, Rhodocetus, Durodon, etc. to modern Odontocetes (toothed whales and dolphins) and Mysticetes (baleen whales like the humpback and blue whales). Use and cite information included in your answer to question #2.
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