Category: Essay Writing

PERSONAL/ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP AUDIT, COVEY

| July 25, 2014

PERSONAL/ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP AUDIT, COVEY

Students will read the assigned sections from the Covey text and write a paper as follows:
•write a short review of the key aspects that the student was impacted by
•elaborate on how the key ideas are currently dealt with in the writers life
•develop a SMART(http://topachievement.com/smart.html) plan for increasing effectiveness
The goal of this assignment is to help students understand what effective and efficient leadership looks like in the 21st century, analyze where they currently are as leaders, and also provide them with the tools to equip themselves to make specific adjustments and changes that will enable them to achieve their highest potential.
Paper template:
Section One
Elaborate upon at least one key concept from each chapter from the assigned readings.
Section Two
Explain why the concept/idea is important to the student. Provide at least one example for each concept that demonstrates how the student current handles these concepts/ideas.
Section Three
Develop a SMART plan for maintaining or improving at least three concepts/ideas/challenges.
Section Four
Progress report on previous SMART Goals
This week’s readings – Covey 1-8

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Aging Population in the United States

| July 25, 2014

Aging Population in the United States

Paper instructions:
Final Research Paper

How to Begin: This week you will incorporate feedback from the Week Three Assignment to complete the Final Research Paper. You will have formed your own conclusions about these issues, based on factual information and evidence from scholarly sources. At this point, you have examined the social aspects of aging. In addition, you have assessed the impact of aging on society in the areas of economics, discrimination, and political influence, and assessed the role of demographics on aging in terms of health, income, employment, and retirement. Moreover, you have had the opportunity to examine the numerous policies that are in existence for the purpose of assisting the aged in our society.

Task: The Final Research Paper will focus on the impact of a growing aging population in the United States and the aging population in general. This impact could be defined in terms of increased health care costs with simultaneous decreased economic contributions, increased housing needs, and a reduced proportion of the population contributing to Social Security. As you address the political embattlement related to programs for the aged (i.e., Medicaid, Medicare, Disability, Welfare and Supplemental Security Income, and The Older Americans Act), you must include the following elements, which you began in your outline assignment from Week Three:

1.Title page
2.Explain the rapid increase in the older population using the demographic transition theory.
3.Analyze the implications of an increasing aging population for two or more of the following social issues: a.The funding and availability of Social Security.
b.The funding and availability of Supplemental Retirement Income.
c.Work and retirement challenges facing seniors.
d.The funding and availability of adequate health care for seniors.

4.Summarize what the experts have written about the issues facing the United States in terms of the growing elderly population. How do experts suggest addressing these issues? Assess whether their conclusions are methodologically sound.
5.Assess how the growing aging population is going to impact the younger generations in terms of political power and their need for social support.
6.Evaluate the actions that are currently being taken to address these issues of having an increasing aging population. What have been the results of those actions? Justify which remedies you agree with, and support your conclusions with your scholarly research.

The paper must be eight to ten pages in length (excluding title page and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style. In addition to the course textbook, the paper must include a minimum of five scholarly sources located using ProQuest or a similar database in the Ashford University Library. The sources must have been written within the last five years. Make sure to cite your sources in the text as well as on the reference page.

Writing the Final Research Paper
The Final Research Paper:
1.Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (excluding the title and reference page), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
2.Must include a title page with the following: 1.Title of paper
2.Student’s name
3.Course name and number
4.Instructor’s name
5.Date submitted

3.Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
4.Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
5.Must end with a well-supported conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
6.Must use at least five scholarly sources, including a minimum of three from the Ashford University Library.
7.Must document all sources and include a separate reference page in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME TO BE SUCCESSFUL

| July 25, 2014

Paper instructions:
    APA

    Write a 750- to 1,050-word paper in which you do the following:

    Identify what major personal, professional or academic obstacles you will need to overcome to be successful in the Licenced Practical Nurse to RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

    Discuss what you think is your greatest challenge for success.
    —-SETTING GOALS AND ATTAIN THEM AS I MOVE ALONG THE PROGRAM

    Describe at least two personal strengths that will help you be successful.
    —–DETERMINATION AND ENTHUSIASM

    Include at least two strategies that will help you enhance personal skills and contribute to your success.
    —–PICK ANY

    Describe how the use of external program resources facilitate success in transitioning from the LPN role to that of an RN.
    —–PICK ANY


OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME TO BE SUCCESSFUL

Paper instructions:
APA

Write a 750- to 1,050-word paper in which you do the following:

Identify what major personal, professional or academic obstacles you will need to overcome to be successful in the Licenced Practical Nurse to RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Discuss what you think is your greatest challenge for success.
—-SETTING GOALS AND ATTAIN THEM AS I MOVE ALONG THE PROGRAM

Describe at least two personal strengths that will help you be successful.
—–DETERMINATION AND ENTHUSIASM

Include at least two strategies that will help you enhance personal skills and contribute to your success.
—–PICK ANY

Describe how the use of external program resources facilitate success in transitioning from the LPN role to that of an RN.
—–PICK ANY

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ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR

| July 25, 2014

ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR

Description: Write a 2,000 words report on the following: Choose a leader (current or in past 50yrs) that you would like to write about and provide a detailed description of the following:

1. Their life experiences: discuss any significant events from childhood to adulthood that may have shaped their personality; values; attitudes; perceptions and motivations in life

2. Analyse their strengths and shortcomings in relation to their emotional dispositions and/or any records of moodiness and their Decision making skills;
In your analysis include discussion on: Ø? their cultural context (time in history, work culture and national culture) and explain how these elements could have also impacted on their leadership abilities including; Ø? their ability to work well with others;

3. Finally provide your evaluation of their successes and/or failures as leaders based on your analysis above.

4. Include personal insights on some lessons on leadership you have gleaned from this study.

Assessment Criteria Your Leadership Profile will be assessed on the following:

1. Introduce your chosen leader by providing a brief biography: pick only the points that are RELEVANT to this report: include reports of their experiences in life (from childhood to adulthood) that shaped your chosen leader’s personality, values and motivations in life.

2. Personality and values: expanding from point 1, further discuss your chosen leader’s personality and demonstrated values. Discuss how this has contributed to their leadership style.

3. The leadership style: Following on from point 2 you are required to discuss your chosen leader’s follower readiness based on Hersey and Blanchard’s Situational Leadership Model, and the leadership style that your chosen leader applied based on this situation. In your discussion provide specific case examples. Also include your analysis of how effective or ineffective their leadership style was/is based on their follower readiness;

4. Organisational Culture: Discuss how your chosen leader influenced/influences their organisation to establish or role model the culture of their organisation. Provide specific examples to demonstrate your point.

5. Conclusion: in your conclusion include lessons you have gleaned from your chosen leader’s example. What type of leader do you see yourself role modelling?

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management practices of planning, leading, organizing, staffing, and controlling are implemented in your workplace

| July 25, 2014

management practices of planning, leading, organizing, staffing, and controlling are implemented in your workplace

Paper instructions:
Focus of the Final Paper

Explain how the management practices of planning, leading, organizing, staffing, and controlling are implemented in your workplace. If you are not currently working, you may use a previous employer. You will analyze the application of these management concepts to your place of work; the paper will not be simply a report on the five functions in general. Include specific examples of how each of the functions is practiced in your place of work. Be sure to integrate vocabulary learned throughout this course and citations from the text to support your analysis. The paper should be five  pages long and formatted using APA style guidelines.

Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:

Must be five to eight double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style
Must include a title page with the following:
Title of paper
Student’s name
Course name and number
Instructor’s name
Date submitted
Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
Must use at least five scholarly sources, including a minimum of three
Must document all sources in APA style,
Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined .

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roposal for analyzing the best solutions to combat the invasive plant species in the Florida Everglades

| July 25, 2014

roposal for analyzing the best solutions to combat the invasive plant species in the Florida Everglades

Paper instructions:
Final Report Overview

Learning Objective: Write an effective three part business document that includes
information gathered from primary and secondary research with cited sources.

THE FINAL REPORT IS NOT OPTIONAL!!! Without it your grade is “D” or less, depending on your grade on other assignments.

The final report is a three part process. First you will submit the research memo, along with an audience profile( see p. 31), requesting approval for your final report topic. This memo should include the statement of the problem, proposed solution, the scope (the areas of inquiry you’ll be perusing), and the methods (interview experts, do a survey,  use a questionnaire, research newspapers, books, journals and other publications.)  An example of this research memo can be found on p. 561-562. Put both the proposal and the audience profile in one document and submit to me as a Word attachment through course email by the due date.

Two topics are off-limits: obesity and global warming.

I AM NOT YOUR PRMARY AUDIENCE!!! I am your secondary audience. Who will use your report? Why will they use it?  How will they use it? What is their level of technicality?

We will have individual conferences to discuss your topic. Your audience profile is due before the conference along with the rough draft of your proposal memo. You will then revise the memo after our conference. You DO NOT need to resubmit the audience profile unless I specifically tell you to.

Step two is the progress report. This report lets me know how far along you are in the work for your final report. Have you completed most of your research? Done your interviews, if you are using interviews as a source ? Have your questionnaires been distributed and completed, if you are using questionnaires? An example of a progress report can be found on p. 493-494.  Use this format when writing your memo!

Step three is the final report. This will be due on the last day of class. The length of the final report is minimum 10 pages, single-spaced.

Are you writing a proposal report or an analytical report? In the proposal report, you are trying to persuade your audience to take action. You have a problem, a solution and a plan. In the analytical report, you have a problem for which you analyze several solutions and make recommendations. Read Chap. 22 and 23 in Technical Communication carefully to be sure you understand the difference.

The purpose of the final report is NOT to inform. It is NOT to argue. It is not a “should or should not” essay. It is a “HOW.”  It’s either to propose a solution to a problem with a plan or analyze several recommendations for a problem and make recommendations. Saying someone “should” do something is an argument report. A proposal report expands the “should” and gives the “how.”

Students sometimes try to recycle a paper written for another class. This always results in a low grade. READ DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY. The final report is a very specific type of research paper. Recycling or slightly modifying a paper written for another class might save you time but it will not fit the final report format and your grade will suffer. Any recycled papers, i.e. essays written for other classes, will receive a grade of F.

For proposal reports, make sure to clearly and briefly explain the problem. Focus on the solution and your plan. Be specific!! If your plan requires a budget, provide the figures.  The outline for a proposal report appears on p. 570.  A sample proposal report can be found on pp. 578-587.

For analytical reports, identify your focus (examine, evaluate, and compare). Clearly and briefly explain the problem. Analyze your possible solutions in depth. You must make recommendations! An outline for an analytical report appears on p. 522. An example of an analytical report can be found on pp. 538-549.

Make sure your reasons are fully supported by appropriate evidence. Back your statements up with facts and figures!!

Include counter arguments. Be sure to address the other side. Why might people disagree with your report? How would you answer their concerns? Especially address concerns about cost and feasibility.

Use balanced, varied, and reputable sources.  Have a works cited page. Follow MLA guidelines for your report and your Works Cited page.

Use appropriate visuals such as graphs, charts, or diagrams.

Please review the Final Report Rubric below for the grading criteria. The written report is 20% of your grade. Our conference contributes up to 5 of those points. Don’t miss it!

•    Problem is significant and clearly stated. Recommendations or plan are detailed and well-documented.
•    Audience has been carefully considered and the report is tailored to their level of technicality
•    Information is very organized with well-constructed paragraphs and subheadings.
•    All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented in MLA format.
•    Report includes letter of transmittal, complete table of contents, abstract, MLA-formatted Works Cited Page and appendices if appropriate.
•    Few to no grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. Format is Times New Roman font, 12 pt, single-spaced.

Final Report MUST include:

Title page (does not count for page count)

Letter of transmittal (see. P. 534-538)

Table of Contents

Informative Abstract(Summary) (see p. 541)
A specific summary of your research results.
Abstract should stand alone in terms of meaning
Write for a general audience
Present report’s highlights
1.    Identify issue that led to report
2.    Offer key facts, statistics and findings
3.    Include a condensed conclusion and recommendations or plan
Body- must be at least 6 pages single-spaced

Works Cited page-you must also use in-text citations.

Appendix or Glossary if needed

REPORT MUST BE A MINIMUM OF 10 PAGES—not counting title page

Final Report Check List
1.    Title page
2.    Letter of transmittal addressed to primary audience
3.    Table of contents with names of each section and page numbers
4.    Informative abstract that summarizes report and includes recommendations(analytical)  or overview of solution(proposal).
5.    At least 6 body pages,single-spaced,  not including graphics
6.    Works Cited page using MLA format. All works must also be cited in the text. Minimum 6 sources.
7.    Appendix if necessary
8.    Report format is MLA.
9.    Report is minimum 10 pages, not counting title page.

Memorandum
To:
From:
Date: July 21, 2014
Subject: Proposal for Analyzing the Best Solutions to Combat the Invasive Plant Species in the Florida Everglades.
Introduction
The Florida Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. It is a region of wetlands that begins in Kissimmee, Orlando, and finishes at Florida Bay at the Southern end of the state. Currently the Florida Everglades is under great threat. Its preservation and consequent restoration to previous glory has remained more of an aspiration than an actual realization. The ecosystem’s natural existence or rather its biodiversity faces more risk in these times than never before.  This is due to the fact that the region has been exposed to extreme environmental manipulation for a prolonged period of time.
Statement of Problem
The Florida Everglades is an ecosystem unlike any other on the plant. It is home to various species of threatened and endangered animals as well as various species of rare plants. The past introduction of non-native plants such as the Old World Climbing Fern (Lygodium Microphyllum), Brazilian Pepper (Schinus Terebinthifolius), and the Australian Pine (Casuarina Equisetifolia, Casuarina Glauca, Casuarina Cunninghamiana) have proven to be detrimental to other natural plant species as well as animals. The Brazilian Pepper displaces the natural vegetation of the Florida Everglades and prevents wading birds from reaching their migratory feeding locations. The accelerated reproduction rate of the invasive plants is a threat that is affecting the biodiversity of the region. If corrective actions are not directed towards remedying the situation, more animals and plants that are native to this region will become extinct our face the possibility of extinction.
Proposed solutions
Proper analysis of all previously implemented solutions that have been used to combat the invasive plant species in the Florida Everglades. The analysis should take into account positive and negative outcomes for each of the implemented solutions to determine what would be the appropriate solution. For example, the Brazilian Pepper is removed by hand with the use of excavation equipment and the larger plants are removed with the use of herbicides. We would need to review if other solutions have been suggested by determining which one be the most effective, has the least adverse effects, and is the most cost effective.

Scope
1. What solutions have been previously implemented?
2. What solutions are the most cost-effective?
3. What solution has proven to be the most effective and what solution has proven to be the least effective?
4. Is there anything that could be done to reduce the adverse effects of each solution?
5. Are there other solutions that have yet to be explored?
6. Is the combination of multiple solutions possible?

Methods
My primary data source will be with the US National Park Services and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. But I will also research online to read journals, blogs, discussion board, and any other relevant items that are available. I will also reach out to any active conservation groups to work in conjunction with them.
My Qualifications
I possess a four year degree in biology and have conducted and assisted on various research studies. I have also been an active member of the Everglades Coalition for the last seven months.
Conclusion
It is of utmost importance to review all the previous solutions that have been implemented to contest all of the invasive plants that are affecting the Florida Everglades. By analyzing all of the solutions we can come to efficient and cost-effective solution that can save and preserve the native endangered plants and animals of the Florida Everglades.

Audience and purpose
Primary audience:    National Park Services, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and Florida Government
Relationship with audience:     Florida Resident, Student, and Member of Everglades Coalition
Secondary audience:         Professor Diane Mooney
Purpose of document:             Review, analysis and consequent overall recommendations
Audience and purpose statement:     I would like to review, analyze the prior efforts and recommendations that were done by other persons and incorporate them into a general inclusive document to be adopted in order to effectively and efficiently combat these invasive species in the Florida Everglades.
Intended use of the document:     To recommend the best approach to look at how to combat the invasion of invasive plant species within the Everglades.
Information needs:     This is the core of all preservation measures. Information about the definite plant species must be availed for their acute preservation. Information about the approaches must be availed to all relevant stakeholders and information of the previous used solutions.
Technical Background:     Intermediate research experience, active member of the Everglades Coalition, and intermediate knowledge of combative solutions to invasive plants in the Florida Everglades.
Cultural considerations:    Appropriate acclimation with the secondary audience and very little with the primary audience since they are aware of the invasive plants and the threat they pose.

Probable questions:     What is the most cost-effective and efficient solution? Is there one solution that can combat all invasive plant species?
Probable reaction:             Approval

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drive national policy

| July 25, 2014

drive national policy

Has the ability of the president to drive national policy increased or decreased over time?

What obstacles still exist for presidents who want to drive national policy?

Who should be the primary driver of national policy: Congress or the president?

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Aging Connection

| July 25, 2014

Aging Connection

Paper instructions:
The Aging Connection

How to Begin: Watch the videos below:
•Pinetop Perkins (95) at Notodden Bluesfestival 2008
•What does the older worker bring?
•StreetFilms-Portland: Older adults bike program
•Older adults see benefits from tutoring young children

Task: Write a paper that identifies at least three sociological concepts that are alluded to in the videos, pulling from aging, discrimination, and social stratification theories. At minimum, you should refer to one video, if not multiple videos, to support your ideas.

For each concept:
a.Identify the concept using sociological terminology.
b.Indicate how the concept is associated with a particular theory or theorist.
c.Describe the concept in your own words.
d.Describe the part of the video that you think exemplifies this concept.
e.Explain how the concept relates to your personal life and/or to your community (city, state, or country).

You need to accurately cite your sources, including any videos, the textbook, and at least one scholarly source. The scholarly source may be pulled from class readings.

The paper must be 800 to 1,200 words, or about three to four pages in length (excluding the title and reference page), and formatted according to APA style. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

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Problem Solving Report

| July 25, 2014

Problem Solving Report

Paper instructions:
Imagine that you or your ensemble has been offered the opportunity to perform a concert of western music in a non-western country. With the knowledge you’ve gained from this course, you realize that a concert may mean one thing to you and something entirely different to an audience in another culture, even other western cultures. Choose a non-western country or culture that we have examined.

explain how you would go about preparing for the concert.

How would you find out what is expected,

what the protocol is,

the concert attire,

how or if you should interact with the audience,

how long the concert should be,

is there an intermission, or does a concert suggested something more participatory in your chosen culture?

How does the audience express its approval or disapproval?

What kinds of pieces are you expected to play?

Does dancing or other activity accompany concerts in this culture?

Are they normally silent during performances or is talking tolerated or even expected?

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international business and cultures

| July 25, 2014

international business and cultures

Paper instructions:
The topic of the paper must be related with Intercultural business, international business practices or any cross cultural aspects in international business. Topic must be approved by your instructor in advance. Group of max of 3-4 students are allow to work. Please notify your instructor.

The Paper should be 10 double-spaced pages include bibliography, charts, etc. Typed in font 12 Times Roman.  MLA format. The first page must contain the title, your name or group names and W#, course name, date.

Paper will be grade based on:

• Descriptive, interpretative, and theoretical knowledge the students communicates about his/her theme/research,

• Presentation style,

• Content and updated information

• Creativity

• Knowledge and understanding about world-wide cross-cultural differences

• Ability to recognize cultural situations across the world and formulate solutions or recommendations.

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