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ALS

Writing project 4 consists of three parts that should be placed in the following order: (1) your research
question, (2) the literature review, and (3) the annotated bibliography. All three sections should be in
one document uploaded to Canvas. Although you will be able to write the literature review only after
you complete the annotated bibliography, the lit review should be the second item in the document.
The literature review section should be between 400 and 550 words, and it should directly address the
research question by synthesizing information from four to six relevant authoritative sources included in
the annotated bibliography. The lit review is a typical feature of most research papers; it summarizes
and synthesizes the sources that are most relevant to address a topic. This section should give your
readers an overview of the research you have completed on the topic, noting how they relate to answer
the research question.
The evaluative annotated bibliography must include ten authoritative sources with at least six of those
sources contained in an Santa Fe College library database or eBook. Each annotation should summarize,
assess, contextualize, and explain how you would use the source to address the research question. The
annotated bibliography should adhere to MLA style.

Personal Position on Internet Openness

Assignment Details:
You are to prepare a personal essay that reflects on the following after reading
The Master Switch (Timothy Wu) – ISBN: 978-0-307-26993-5
Consent of the Networked (Rebecca MacKinnon) – ISBN:  978-0-465-02442-1

From a personal perspective, do you feel the current internet environment is maximally “open” for use by any/all of its stakeholder/users? If not, what are some limitations to that openness?  What groups are affected?
Do you feel that the internet needs to have restrictions on “openness”? If so for whom and why?
What, if any, risks to internet openness do you see at this time?  How significant are any of these risks?  What might be done to address those risks? By whom?
How does the current model of internet governance impact “openness” for individuals?
What are some relevant things you have learned after reading the 2 books? How has anything after reading them changed your understanding or concerns about the internet as a shared resource?

Your submitted report should be reflective of a thorough (not cursory) consideration of the prompts above and should be presented in a professional and readable manner. Given this is your opportunity to summarize what you have gained through this course, your submission should be extensive enough to adequately explain your positions on the assignment’s questions and support your arguments while showing your knowledge. While this is not an exercise in extensive writing, a thorough consideration of the assignment’s questions requires AT LEAST 3 pages of narrative discussion (APA format, double line-spacing). If you need more length to fully express yourself, feel free to write as much as you like. NOTE: The paper must be at least 3 full pages of text (not including reference pages)
Also, given the self-reflective nature of this assignment, do not feel bothered about using the first person in your writings (“I feel this way because…”, “My opinion is that …”) Sometimes students feel concerned about using first-person in academic writing. This is a case where you are encouraged to use first-person.
Because this is a reflective essay, there will be less expectation of dependency on outside sources. However, you can certainly bolster your personal arguments through the use of outside sources and if you do, then be sure and include a properly structured ‘References’ section that is in APA format with appropriate citations of outside sources included in the body of the narrative as needed.
Proper grammar, spelling and writing style should be applied throughout.

International Management & Strategic Management

please respond to both questions below using the reading or material required:

1)the CEO for an international organization is eager to hire new international managers and is trying to figure out what are the most important considerations to use when making decisions about staffing, training and compensation.  Because of your expertise, create a slide presentation that has a title page, your 5 content slides and a reference slide to explain what are the five most important concepts you believe the CEO should consider.  Use chapter 9 concepts to create your 5 slides. Also, make sure you use the appropriate background, fonts and pictures and again, you need to add audio for your presentation

Reading: Chapter 9: Staffing, Training and Compensation for Global Operations

Book: Helen Deresky (2017). International Management: Managing Across Borders and Cultures, Text and Cases (9e).  ISBN: 978-0-134-37604-2. Publisher: Pearson Higher Education; Copyright 2017

2)Now that you are Midway through the Strategic Plan, what has the work you compiled showed you about Strategy?  What will you take with you moving forward?  Please explain.

Book: John Gamble, Arthur A. Thompson, Margaret Ann Peteraf. (2018). Essentials of Strategic Management: The Quest for Competitive Advantage, 6th Edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2018. (ISBN: 978-1259927638)

Break-Even Analysis

A break-even analysis is an analysis to determine the point at which revenue received equals the costs associated with receiving the revenue. Break-even analysis calculates what is known as a margin of safety, the amount that revenues exceed the break-even point.

What to use: Excel File

Open Excel file: BreakEven-formula.xlsxPreview the document
According to your business product, update both data tables. You can focus on the red italicized costs in the tables shown below. You must change all numbers.
In the results tables, the column ‘Units Sold’ can be replaced from 1, 2, 3, to 10, 20, 30 or 1000, 2000, 3000 or any other increasing scheme according to your unit price and possible break-even point
All the numbers MUST be different from the sample sheet.
What to write: Word Document

Create and name your own business (fictional business with made-up data sets)
Describe your business’ mission statement: provide a one sentence “formal summary of the aims and values of a company, organization, or individual.”
Business operation description for break-even analysis
Describe your product
Discuss Fixed Costs (land, factory/plant, equipment, etc.)
Discuss Variable Costs (labor, materials/parts, power supply, water, etc.)
The sample excel file has all formulas embedded. Briefly discuss how formulas are used in the file.
Your decision-making guidelines
Which data table is suitable for your business?
Where is the break-even point the number of units sold?
When do you need to make the break-even point; 3 months, 6 months, 1 year? Explain why.
Data Tables copy and paste both tables: data table 1 and data table 2
Screenshots (alt + PrtScn, then paste it to your Word doc) of Excel Sheet with Charts
What to submit

Submit your (a) Word doc and (b) Excel file in Canvas:
ep4-steve-brown.docx
ep4-steve-brown.xlsx

Criteria    Ratings    Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Explanation of Issues – mission and operation description
40.0 pts
Full Marks
Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated clearly and described comprehensively, delivering all relevant information necessary for full understanding.
36.0 pts
Capstone
Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated, described, and clarified so that understanding is not seriously impeded by omissions.
32.0 pts
Milestone
Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated but description leaves some terms undefined, ambiguities unexplored, boundaries undetermined, and/or backgrounds unknown.
28.0 pts
Benchmark
Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated without clarification or description.
0.0 pts
No Marks
40.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Spreadsheet Solutions
40.0 pts
Full Marks
Implements the solution in a manner that addresses thoroughly and deeply multiple contextual factors of the problem.
36.0 pts
Capstone
Implements the solution in a manner that addresses multiple contextual factors of the problem in a surface manner.
32.0 pts
Milestone
Implements the solution in a manner that addresses the problem but ignores relevant contextual factors.
28.0 pts
Benchmark
Implements the solution in a manner that does not directly addresses the problem statement.
0.0 pts
No Marks
40.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Organization
20.0 pts
Full Marks
Organizational pattern is clearly and consistently observable and is skillful and makes the content of the presentation cohesive.
18.0 pts
Capstone
Organizational pattern is clearly and consistently observable within the presentation.
16.0 pts
Milestone
Organizational pattern is intermittently observable within the presentation.
14.0 pts
Benchmark
Organizational pattern is not observable within the presentation.
0.0 pts
No Marks
20.0 pts
Total Points: 100.0

Political Science – Public Opinion and Voting Behavior

*Answer the following questions using the files attached.  (about 400 words each)

1.    As The American Voter points out, a large proportion of mass publics political reasoning varies more or less between absence of issue content and group interest but are still quite remote from the concept of political ideology. Why does ideology have little values for explaining the behavior of most voters?
2.    How does political socialization affect the development of partisanship? Why does political socialization so powerfully explain some groups partisanship acquisition, but not others?
3.    Do minorities conceptualize or understand politics and partisanship differently from whites? (For example, partisanship can be shaped by social identity and the sense of belonging)
4. Did Obamas presidency indicate that racial resentment is no longer an issue in the United States?
5. Among Latino and Asian Americans, what are the major factors that account for their non- partisanship? According to Hagnal and lee (2011), immigrants are more likely to be indifferent to politics and less likely to vote. What are the major factors that account for this political behavior? You are free to agree or disagree with them, but please explain your points substantively and use empirical examples to support your argument.

*Answer the following questions using the files attached.

Sustainability in Hotel Industry

What is the Project About?

You are learning in this class about the Triple Bottom Line and the 3Ps of Sustainability (or EES).  Your are learning about Facility Management through understanding Housekeeping and Engineering operations in hotels.  For this project, I want you to combine all of these aspects of our course and look to the future.

You could start your project by first researching a sustainability topic or you can start by first researching a hotel company.

If you start with sustainability, you’re going to begin by researching what is new in the sustainability world, looking at it from the perspective of one of the 3Ps, or potentially all three.  As you learn more about the 3Ps, you’ll see how often two of them are integrally connected.    An important part of researching is to make sure your sources are credible, recent and valid for your area of interest.  I want you to research new initiatives, meaning that none of your sources should be more than 7 years old. You can look for initiatives that could connect to a hotel operation but they don’t have to come from a hotel setting and in fact, I encourage you to look outside the hospitality industry.  I want you to look at other industries and see if you can find some new technology, some new ideas that are taking hold in other fields that could be applicable in hospitality. 

In these times of COVID and concerns about cleanliness, there could be many technologies or procedures being used or developed for airlines, hospitals or other public places that could be applicable in a hotel setting. Your job will then be to show how it could become valuable for a hotel.  And once you’re ready to do that, you’ll need to figure out which hotel company you want to suggest this initiative for.  After researching your chosen hotel/chain, be prepared to explain how that hotel or company would benefit from the initiative you have researched.  Be prepared to justify how you know they are not already using this particular initiative in your chosen hotel.

Your research, both on sustainability and on the hotel, will have to be secondary research using resources that are  accessible online.  The GBC library has many resources as does the world wide web!!  You may have access to some industry partners within certain hotel chains but I do not expect that level of research given the current conditions.  You will likely have to rely on hotel websites and other sources of information about the company to obtain that data.

An example of what I am talking about, and I’m going to use an example that is an old one so that I don’t steal a possible topic from anyone, would be recycling (which is another way of saying, you WON’T be choosing recycling as a project topic).  Let’s say you were me,  going to school when I was in university, way back when.  You might have researched and found that more and more cities were requiring their residents to recycle instead of throwing paper, glass and metal cans in the garbage.  Recycling connects very obviously to the Planet, but it also has an impact on Profit in a hotel and you could argue it impacts People too (and as we work further in Module 2 and 3, you will be able to make those distinctions).  You might have realized that Fairmont Hotels was not yet done anything about recycling.  You could propose a recycling plan, how it would be initiated, what impact it might have on which of the 3Ps within the context of the Four Seasons chain or just for their Toronto location.  A current example that involves recycling is the process that is happening the make producers of packaging waste, responsible for the recycling.  ” On August 15, 2019, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks issued direction to RPRA and Stewardship Ontario to begin transitioning the management of Ontarios Blue Box Program to producers of plastic and other packaging”, according to Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA).  While I’m not sure 100% what this means to us who recycle in our homes, I would assume part of the hope is that it will motivate the producers to create less packaging waste since it would cost them less to then have to recycle it.

Obviously the above example is very simply laid out and your research assignment would require more research and explanation to justify why your initiative was an important one and why it was a good fit for a chosen hotel company.

The other option for approaching your assignment is to start with a hotel company (or a single hotel), research how they are approaching sustainability, and then when you identify some gaps, go and find an initiative out in the rest of the world/industry that would help fill in that gap.  This direction requires that you have a bit of an idea of where you’d like to go in terms of addressing one of the 3Ps but you’d still have to do some serious research to back up your idea.

If it would help for you to frame this research, you could pretend that you work for your chosen hotel/company in a relevant department (either Housekeeping or Engineering).  In your role in that department, you are presenting your ideas as if you were trying to convince your General Manager or Owner of the need for your suggested improvements.  This may seem more relevant in a presentation but it could also provide you a way of thinking about writing your report too.  I could see the approach working for whichever format of project you choose.

If you choose to write a report, it must be 5-8 pages plus your reference list.  Standard font size of 10 or 12 pt in a san serif font.  You should have 1.5 spacing for legibility.

  If you choose to do a presentation, all members of your group must participate as equally as possible,  within a 8-10 minute presentation.  You may use some graphics or PPT but only sparingly – I would like to be able to see you present as much as possible.

Role of the Health Care Administrator

Introduction

As you complete your studies as a master’s-prepared health care administrator, what role do you envision for yourself? As you know by now, there are many roles and areas of specialty from which to choose. Since you have almost completed your masters degree, imagine you have been asked by your dean to make a presentation to a group of undergraduate students considering becoming health care administrators. Your ultimate goal is to sell a health care administrator career to this group of undergraduate students by providing them an overview of health care administration and then personalizing it to how you envision health care will succeed in the next decade.

Assignment Instructions

Write a 12 page executive summary of your presentation, plus a 35 page paper where you will synthesize the functions of the master’s-prepared health care administrator, including role, responsibilities, and priorities. You will also need to touch on all major components of a health care administrator, such as, but not limited to human resources, finance, information technology, regulatory topics, and leadership.
Your executive summary and paper must include all of the elements listed below, so be sure to address each point. You may also want to review the performance-level descriptions for each criterion in the scoring guide to see how your work will be assessed:
Provide executive summary of a health care administrator’s job responsibilities.
Outline at least six specific functions of a health care administrator.
Describe successful leadership traits for the six identified health care administrator functions.
Analyze current health care challenges confronting health care administration professionals.
Summarize the knowledge and skills necessary for health care leaders to succeed for the next 10 years.
Use at least three quality academic references.
Meet requirements for clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting.

Assignment Format

On the executive summary, provide a cover page with your name, the course number and course title, your professor’s name, the university’s name, and the date.
Include a 12 page executive summary of your presentation, after the cover page and before the assignment.
Work should be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.

The specific course outcome associated with this assignment is:

Synthesize the functions of the master’s-prepared health care administrator, including role, responsibilities, and priorities.

Hip Pop Essay

Song List
Rapsody – 12 Problems, 2020

Goodie Mob – Frontline, 2020

Sampa the Great – Time’s Up, 2020

Babiboi – Molasses, 2020

Common with Black Thought – Say Peace, 2020

Clipping – Pain Every Day, 2020

Future and Lil Uzi Vert – Over Your Head, 2020

Gavlyn and DJ Hoppa – Stepping Stone, 2020

Trippie Redd – Weeee, 2020

Mulatto – In ‘n Out, 2020

5 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font.

– At least 3 bibliographic items.

– References and comparison to 2 songs from the course slides.

One song from the list found below in this module will be examined and deconstructed in detail. The song must be from the provided list.

The paper should be no shorter than 5 pages (excluding bibliography) and must reference 2 other songs from the lecture slides.

These references are meant to draw a connection between the songs on the list all released within the last year and the historical material that is discussed in class.

If you would like to expand on your discourse from Paper 1 you may use the same 2 songs, however remember that self-plagiarism is still plagiarism and it may tricky to avoid.

The continued use of Stingin Like Tabasco is suggested, along with at least one other written reference from the course materials and one print resource of your own choosing.

If you are stuck for bibliographic materials , contact your TA or myself to point you in the right direction.

You may use Genius, Wikipedia, or any other online source if you want but they DO NOT COUNT as one of the above 3.  Genius is often unreliable and Wikipedia is a collection of sources – you are free to use them alongside the others but be sure to double-check anything that you take from there. Remember, as I said for the last paper, “wrong is wrong” and if you include wrong information, no matter where you retrieved it from, you will be penalized.

Deconstruct the song in terms of the parameters as on Paper 1 signification, flow, political content, etcbut locate it in terms of the other two songs.

The grading rubric will be similar to the Paper 1 rubric.

Some Things to Think About
Below are two opinions on Hip Hop from 20 years ago that serve as kinds of predictions. Since you are writing about Hip Hop from “now ” and comparing it to Hip Hop from “then”, read these and think about whether or not you agree.

If you would like to use Greg Tates article Hip Hop Turns Thirty” as a source, I encourage it or anything else from Flyboy 2 , but regardless, meditate on these two quotes from the article before you begin writing.

“What the heck are we celebrating exactly? A right and proper question, that one is, mate. One to which my best answer has been: Nothing less, my man, than the marriage of heaven and hell, of New World African ingenuity and that trick of the devil known as global hyper-capitalism. Hooray.”

“Well tell them how fools thought they were celebrating the 30th anniversary of hiphop..when they were really presiding over a funeral. Well tell them how once upon a time there was this marvelous art form where the Negro could finally say in public whatever was on his or her mind in rhyme and how the Negro hiphop artist, staring down minimum wage slavery, Iraq, or the freedom of the incarcerated chose to take his emancipated motor mouth and stuck it up a strippers ass because it turned out there really was gold in them thar hills.”

Likewise, for a different perspective, any chapter from Nelson Georges Hip Hop America, could be a wise source, but here is a quote from Chapter 16 the final lines of the book – to ruminate on before you begin writing.

“The truth is that hip hop in its many guises has reflected (and internalized) our society’s woes so evocatively that it has grown from minority expression to mainstream appreciation..This thing labeled hip hop has simply been in the middle of much, and nothing at the turn of the century has changed that. The allegiance of its true believers is deep and looks to be lifelong”

“The long-term direction of America, and hip hop’s role in it, will be decided by two very different factors. First, the state of America’s soul. Will a commitment to social justice, to nonpolarizingpolitics and old-fashioned community resurface? If so, such a humanist movement would certainly alter the culture, perhaps spawning a musical movement as optimistic as the golden days of Motown. Don’t hold your breath.”

“One day ..all this fun and fury will seem as antiquated as spats and big bands do to us. The next generation may reject hip hop for the next sweeping cultural trend. And, by the logic of pop culture, they are actually supposed to.  But, whether they like it or not, they’ll know there once was a hip hop America.”

Humanities

In an essay of three or more paragraphs, please answer the following questions:

We usually think of the Protestant Reformation as being primarily a
religious movement but there were also long-term social, political
and economic conditions that were shaping the events of the 16th
century in Europe.

Considering these long-term conditions and circumstances, in general,
why did some areas or groups of people become Protestant while others
remained Catholic? What were the general conditions that resulted in
Protestantism and what were the ones that resulted in Catholicism? 

Be sure to cite specific concrete examples in support of your thesis,
and make mention of what was happening in Germany, France, England
and Spain.

Hip Pop Essay

5 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font.

– At least 3 bibliographic items.

– References and comparison to 2 songs from the course slides.

One song from the list found below in this module will be examined and deconstructed in detail. The song must be from the provided list.

The paper should be no shorter than 5 pages (excluding bibliography) and must reference 2 other songs from the lecture slides.

These references are meant to draw a connection between the songs on the list all released within the last year and the historical material that is discussed in class.

If you would like to expand on your discourse from Paper 1 you may use the same 2 songs, however remember that self-plagiarism is still plagiarism and it may tricky to avoid.

The continued use of Stingin Like Tabasco is suggested, along with at least one other written reference from the course materials and one print resource of your own choosing.

If you are stuck for bibliographic materials , contact your TA or myself to point you in the right direction.

You may use Genius, Wikipedia, or any other online source if you want but they DO NOT COUNT as one of the above 3.  Genius is often unreliable and Wikipedia is a collection of sources – you are free to use them alongside the others but be sure to double-check anything that you take from there. Remember, as I said for the last paper, “wrong is wrong” and if you include wrong information, no matter where you retrieved it from, you will be penalized.

Deconstruct the song in terms of the parameters as on Paper 1 signification, flow, political content, etcbut locate it in terms of the other two songs.

The grading rubric will be similar to the Paper 1 rubric.
 

Below are two opinions on Hip Hop from 20 years ago that serve as kinds of predictions. Since you are writing about Hip Hop from “now ” and comparing it to Hip Hop from “then”, read these and think about whether or not you agree.

If you would like to use Greg Tates article Hip Hop Turns Thirty” as a source, I encourage it or anything else from Flyboy 2 , but regardless, meditate on these two quotes from the article before you begin writing.

“What the heck are we celebrating exactly? A right and proper question, that one is, mate. One to which my best answer has been: Nothing less, my man, than the marriage of heaven and hell, of New World African ingenuity and that trick of the devil known as global hyper-capitalism. Hooray.”

“Well tell them how fools thought they were celebrating the 30th anniversary of hiphop..when they were really presiding over a funeral. Well tell them how once upon a time there was this marvelous art form where the Negro could finally say in public whatever was on his or her mind in rhyme and how the Negro hiphop artist, staring down minimum wage slavery, Iraq, or the freedom of the incarcerated chose to take his emancipated motor mouth and stuck it up a strippers ass because it turned out there really was gold in them thar hills.”

Likewise, for a different perspective, any chapter from Nelson Georges Hip Hop America, could be a wise source, but here is a quote from Chapter 16 the final lines of the book – to ruminate on before you begin writing.

“The truth is that hip hop in its many guises has reflected (and internalized) our society’s woes so evocatively that it has grown from minority expression to mainstream appreciation..This thing labeled hip hop has simply been in the middle of much, and nothing at the turn of the century has changed that. The allegiance of its true believers is deep and looks to be lifelong”

“The long-term direction of America, and hip hop’s role in it, will be decided by two very different factors. First, the state of America’s soul. Will a commitment to social justice, to nonpolarizingpolitics and old-fashioned community resurface? If so, such a humanist movement would certainly alter the culture, perhaps spawning a musical movement as optimistic as the golden days of Motown. Don’t hold your breath.”

“One day ..all this fun and fury will seem as antiquated as spats and big bands do to us. The next generation may reject hip hop for the next sweeping cultural trend. And, by the logic of pop culture, they are actually supposed to.  But, whether they like it or not, they’ll know there once was a hip hop America.”

Song List
Rapsody – 12 Problems, 2020

Goodie Mob – Frontline, 2020

Sampa the Great – Time’s Up, 2020

Babiboi – Molasses, 2020

Common with Black Thought – Say Peace, 2020

Clipping – Pain Every Day, 2020

Future and Lil Uzi Vert – Over Your Head, 2020

Gavlyn and DJ Hoppa – Stepping Stone, 2020

Trippie Redd – Weeee, 2020

Mulatto – In ‘n Out, 2020

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