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Topic: Contracting Process Paper

| September 25, 2014

Order Description

Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word paper in which you explain the process for conducting and closing procurements. Include the following:

Outline and explain high-level process steps for conducting project procurements.
Outline and explain contract administration policies and procedures.
Describe tools and techniques for the contract administration process, including the following:

Contract change control process
Procurement performance reviews
Inspections and audits
Performance reporting
Payment process (n/30, n/60, and so forth)
Records management system (RMS)

Describe conflict resolution techniques used while managing contractual relationships.
Outline steps to be taken to close out project procurements.
Explain the importance of closing project procurements and accounts.
Examine external influences on the procurement and risk management process.
Analyze the relationship between the risk response plan and the external influences.

Format your paper consistent with APA guideline

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Topic: Power Station Cost-Benefit Analysis

| September 25, 2014

Topic: Power Station Cost-Benefit Analysis

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A power station is planned in your local area and you have been requested to submit a primary cost-benefit analysis of the potential economic and environmental impact

that the station could have. Prepare a list of pros and cons and a preliminary judgment on whether it should go ahead.

If a particular group to which you currently belong, or previously belonged, were to throw-out the list of pros and cons and rely on ethical predisposition of the

business, what would be the preliminary judgment?

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Topic: WK2 Journal-Personal & Organizational Ethics

| September 25, 2014

Topic: WK2 Journal-Personal & Organizational Ethics

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Objective
You will create profiles for the for-profit and not-for-profit companies that you have chosen to examine in this course.

Instructions
Fill out company profiles for both of the companies you chose to research. Follow the instructions and questions below for each company.

Company Profile (Not-for-Profit)
Profile of [Company Name] (Franz, 2005)

Write a paragraph here that describes the company. Identify the company’s:

1. Area of interest
2. History
3. Summary of activities
4. Funding sources
5. Mission statement
6. Values statement

Tip: Good sources of information to use are the company website and other credible non-profit web sites.

Include the company’s details:

1. Location
a. List the headquarters.
b. List any major branch offices.
2. Tax exempt status
a. Is the company a 501c)(3)? If so, what date was it granted this status? If not, what is the name of the umbrella organization?
3. Personnel
a. How many employees does the company have?

Then, examine and discuss the following:
1. What obstacles does the company face in its sector, and does the company have any innovative approaches to overcoming those obstacles?
2. Describe a time in which the company faced a major crisis that threatened its business. How did the company address and overcome this situation?

Reference
Frantz, P. (2005, February 13). Company profile template. Connexions. Retrieved from http://cnx.org/content/m12649/1.1/

Company Profile (For-Profit)
Profile of [Company Name] (Franz, 2005)

Write a paragraph here that describes the company. Identify the company’s:

1. Area of interest
2. History
3. Summary of activities
4. Funding sources
5. Mission statement
6. Values statement

Tip: Good sources of information to use are the company website and other credible non-profit web sites.

Include the company’s details:

1. Location
a. List the headquarters.
b. List any major branch offices.
2. Financial facts – Provide information regarding the following:
a. The company’s most recent revenues.
b. The company’s most recent profits.
c. The company’s historical growth in relation to its revenue and profit.
d. How the company compares to other companies in its sector.
3. Personnel
a. How many employees does the company have?

Then, examine and discuss the following:
1. Competitiveness. How does the company compare to its main competitors? Consider both domestic and local markets.
2. What obstacles does the company face in its sector, and does the company have any innovative approaches to overcoming them?
3. Leadership. Research and describe a time in which the company faced a major crisis that threatened its business. How did the company address and overcome this

situation?

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Topic: LAW (ARGUING A CASE)

| September 25, 2014

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Write an (I)RAAC arguing that John was not speeding, i.e., he was travelling at a reasonable speed under the circumstances. The problem is embedded in the last few

slides of the video/PowerPoint. Remember, you first must write the Rule (from the statute that I made up). Next paragraph is a description of case A. You begin with a

topic sentence that introduces the case and gives the holding (For instance, in Case A, the court held that ….” Then give facts of the case on which the court

determined that the speed was reasonable under the circumstances. Then next paragraph – write a persuasive argument that John was driving at a reasonable speed by

showing how the facts of John’s case are very similiar to the facts of Case A. The topic sentence is very important and must refer the reader back to the rule on which

you are going to base your argument (“John will argue that he was driving at a reasonable speed under the circumstanceses …”). Then compare the case A facts to show

how they are similiar to John’s facts. If you convince the judge that the facts are similar enough to Case A, then the judge must give the same holding as Case A,

i.e., that John was driving at a reasonable speed (precedent). So, here again are an outline of the paragraphs:

Rule Paragraph

Analogous case paragraph describing Case A (with good introductory topic sentence

Paragraph for John’s argument by fact comparison with Case A (again with good topic sentence based on the rule)

Vey brief Conclusion sentence or paragraph.

You must use the above paradigm. It is the one lawyers recognize, even if the problem is much more complex than this one. but still must conform to the RAAC paradigm.

And remember, you are only writing the analysis (argument) section, so do not give an outline of the facts nor a restatement of the issue.

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Topic: Discuss how social exclusion can impact on the health outcomes of people with a disability

| September 25, 2014

Topic: Discuss how social exclusion can impact on the health outcomes of people with a disability

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DETAILED INFORMATION ON ASSESSMENT TASKS:
Essay
The essay will assess the following unit learning outcome:
1. Analyse the impact of factors that influence health and well-being.
Details of Essay
Select one essay question from the list below and discuss in a maximum of 1500 words how this determinant influences the physical and/or mental health and/or well-

being of the target group of Australians.
Your answer should include:
• Background to the determinant including any relevant statistics and;
• Evidence of how the determinant influences the physical and/or mental health and/or wellbeing of the identified target group of Australians, i.e. relevant health

behaviours as well as health outcomes- there may be multiple impacts including physical, mental and social.

Essay Question Options: (please select one (1) question)

1. Discuss how social exclusion can impact on the health outcomes of people experiencing mental illness.
2. Discuss how social exclusion can impact on the health outcomes of people with a disability.
3. Discuss how living in a remote area (isolation) can impact on the health outcomes of all Australian adults (please do not just focus on Australian Aboriginal

populations).
4. Discuss how access to services (or lack of access to services) can impact on the health outcomes of migrants and/or refugees in Australia.
5. Discuss how food security can impact on the health outcomes of people of low socio-economic status.

Page 7 of 17

You will be required to present your essay in the manner expected for Foundations for Professional Health Practice 100 with a correctly formatted cover page, contents

page, page numbers (with the introduction on page 1, use section breaks to help with this), and an introduction, conclusion and reference page. You must use the APA

6th edition (as per the library guidelines) for citing, referencing and formatting requirements. Further detail about these requirements can be found on Moodle. The

due time for this assessment is 11.59pm on the due date.
You will be required to use only credible sources of academic information for your essay sourced from the Curtin library catalogue, databases and LibGuides. Peer

reviewed journal articles, credible books and reports are the preferred sources of information. Do not use media articles or media websites, fact sheets, commercial

websites or websites not suitable for academic writing.

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Topic: Nursing Research Critique Writing Assignment

| September 25, 2014

Topic: Nursing Research Critique Writing Assignment

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Purpose(s)
1. To better understand methodological features of nursing research.
2. To systematically appraise the strengths and limitations of a nursing research article.
3. To determine the credibility and usability of the research to nursing practice.
4. To strengthen critical thinking and writing skills.

Assignment:
Write a comparative research critique of two quantitative nursing research studies that use a theoretical framework from one of the following nursing theories: Meleis:

Transition Theory, the Roy Adaptation Model, or Pender’s Health Promotion Model. The research study may be from any area of nursing that interests you as long as the

framework is from one of the above theorists.
Section I: (1-2 pages) Use Box 5.2 on pages 112-114 as a guide to your critique. Be sure to address the critiquing questions listed for each aspect of the research

study. Answers to these questions should be in paragraph format and not merely yes and no responses.
Section II: (2-3 pages) Evaluate the usefulness of the study to nursing practice.
Requirements:
APA format required. Please include/attach a copy of the articles you critique.
Due: Wednesday 10/1. Please submit via Blackboard.
Tips for Success:
Read the article at least twice: first to understand the article and second to critique the study. You may want to search databases for other research critiques as

examples of how a critique is written.
As this will be graded using the USJ Target rubric, your goal in the first section should be to offer very detailed and accurate summaries of the articles,

highlighting key points that will come into play later on. In Section II, make sure you evaluate the applicability of the studies to your practice as a nurse. Highest

grades will be reserved for those evaluations that can engage the complexity of the issue by using perspectives from both articles to form a thoughtful perspective.

Remember, I don’t want to see either/or thinking, e.g., article 1 is entirely better than article 2, or both of these articles have no value or great value. I want to

see how you can formulate a thoughtful conclusion using both articles, recognizing where they are valuable in parts and to degrees, and where they are not valuable in

parts and to varying degrees.

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Topic: discussion topic

| September 25, 2014

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discussion #4,

You have a paper due on Monday June 17 which is an Annotated Bibliography. Some of you may have not ever written an annotated bibliography. My focus for this weeks

discussion is to begin thinking about this paper and come up with a research topic for the paper (see below).

Come up with a research topic you can use for your annotated bibliography. Try and make it something that you are passionate about, no matter what your major or

discipline. Why did you choose this topic? What are you truly interested in?
Do you see a way that this interest could be integrated with your university experience to benefit you physically, or emotionally, or spiritually, or even enrich your

daily learning?
Please use this posting as a guide to help pick a topic that is specific for this paper. I will email each of you about your topic, be sure to look at the outline for

this assignment prior to entering your discussion posting.

Thank you
Module 4: Research Skills and Using a University Library

Introduction

Writing a research paper, and most of your university assignments in general, will require that you go beyond your personal knowledge and classroom learning to more

fully explore a specific topic of interest or to muster evidence to support a theory you wish propose. This involves methodical and focused searching of the vast and

various collections of knowledge already created about your topic of interest. Your discipline will determine the kinds of questions you ask, and the method of

research conducted in order to answer those questions, but there are some basic research skills that work across the board, no matter what your discipline.

Conducting research at the university level will require new research parameters, but you likely already have skills in place that will help you hone the research

skills necessary for academic work. For instance, the work you may have done in preparation for leasing a car, purchasing a home, or finding the right daycare centre

for your children, all required careful consideration of details after thorough and timely searching and researching. Everyone who uses Google does research, you just

don’t usually name it as such in your day-to-day life. Developing your research skills for university assignments begins with becoming familiar with the university’s

library. It should become the first resource you turn to when beginning a research project.

Important Note: As with the last module, we have gone to experts to get help with this module , Paula and Charlotte. Paule Cardozo is our Student Success Librarian,

and Charlotte Innerd is the Manager of Information & Reference Services. Both work in our Education Centre Library. They have offered to create a virtual research

orientation which would best introduce you to our library services and resources plus give you an assignment task which will integrate practical skills in research,

reading, writing and documentation.

Learning Outcomes

In this module you will

properly cite and credit authors and sources;
properly cite paraphrases or quotations to avoid plagiarism;
conduct research into a topic of your choice using various resources including books, periodicals and the internet;
critically evaluate the sources you discover in your research;
1. The Nipissing Education Centre Library

Libraries are all about information! Information comes in many forms. At the Nipissing library, there are books, journals in print, journals online and in print, DVDs,

CDs, kits, audio books, newspapers in print and online, image databases, microfilm and more! Just as with everything new, you will gain more familiarity with the

library as you advance in your studies. Even if you don’t have physical access to a university library, the e-books and academic journals available through our

library’s website are growing steadily and you can now do thorough research using your access to full-text articles in journal databases and using E-Resources. As

well, distance education learners have access to all the physical library materials, you just have to request things and they will be sent to you via courier!

Find out more about accessing library materials for distance education patrons, here:

http://www.eclibrary.ca/library/library-information-mainmenu-275/for-distance-ed-mainmenu-62

The Information Desk is one of the most important resources in the Library. The people who work on the Information Desk are there to help you use the Library. Things

that you can ask about: you can’t find a book on the shelf, not sure what database to use, not finding information on your topic, not sure which search terms to use,

and the list goes on. Remember that they want to help you!

If you don’t have physical access to the library you can always use the “Ask Us” feature on the website, and a librarian will get back to you with an answer to your

question:

http://www.eclibrary.ca/library/ask-us-mainmenu-322

2. Required Reading

Read Chapter 6, from your textbook, Keys to Success: Core Concepts.

3. Conducting Research Using the Library

Paula has prepared a PowerPoint presentation as an introduction to what is in the Library and how to find information.

View the presentation as a PDF file.
Take some time to explore the library’s website to become familiar with its layout and features:

http://www.eclibrary.ca

4. Evaluating Sources

A library and its resources are only useful insofar as they present possibilities for you to learn and to conduct your own research. But how do you know what is

appropriate and expected of you as a university student? As Paula and Charlotte mentioned in their PowerPoint presentation, most of your courses will require that you

conduct research, and the research material that you gather must be credible, reliable, rigorous, and professional. In order for your own work to stand up to scrutiny,

you have to use research material that you can verify is accurate, objective, original, and in line with the standards of academic excellence. This is why many of your

professors will require that your research come from “academic sources” rather than popular sources such as magazines, internet websites, or pamphlets.

For instance, while it may be totally acceptable to use Wikipedia to find out the time period of Jean Chretien’s Prime Minister-ship to settle an argument around the

dinner table, your academic work requires references to research material that has gone through reliable checks and balances, including a respected publishing house,

editors, a double-blind peer-review process for academic journals, your ability to determine the expertise of the author, etc.

Here is a video that identifies the differences between scholarly/academic sources and popular sources:

And here are some of the things you’ll want to ask yourself as you begin to gather material for a research project, as recommended by Cornell University Library:

http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill26.htm

You might find it useful to print out the list developed by Cornell, and post it beside your computer or wherever you conduct your research.

5. Evaluating Web Sites

There is good information on the Internet, but there is also inaccurate information on the Internet. As discussed above in Evaluating Sources, you are being asked to

find information at an appropriate level for university courses. In many cases, using information from the Internet will NOT be acceptable. There are several reasons

for this:

Most Google results will not provide academic research; you need a different approach
Wikipedia is not a reliable source because it is anonymous, and does not go through the peer-review process. It is a good place to learn introductory facts but it is

not written for an academic audience, and its objectivity is questionable. It is not usually complex enough to suit your purposes.
Often internet sources are anonymous or unknown, and credentials are unverifiable.
Often websites are connected to advertisers, which can impart bias on the information presented.
Often websites are written for a general audience, and therefore not specific or detailed enough for your research purposes.
When you do use the Internet, you must take the time to evaluate websites to insure that you have some idea of who is putting the information out there in order to

judge its suitability. Some things to ask your sources when conducting internet research include:

Is there an author? Who has put the page on the web?
Is it a known organization or institution? Take some time to find out about the organization. Clicking on “about” or following a link to the parent organization can

often do this. (This is important. I once found what seemed to be a promising site on black history which, on further investigation, turned out to be from a white

supremacist group!)
Look for sites that end in .org, .edu or that are university sites.

What is the date of the page? How old is it?
If it has not been updated in a long time, you should be concerned that no one is looking after the site.

Does the site look professional or home made?
If someone is concerned about putting reliable information on the Internet they are usually going to take the time to make it look professional.
Watch for spelling and grammar mistakes. One or two typos are fine, but if there are lots of them then it is saying that not a lot of care is being put into the site.

Is the information reliable? Can it be verified?
You will be doing other reading on this topic. Does the information correspond to what you have found in other sources? If it doesn’t, does it at least address why

not.
Are the facts and dates correct? If they can’t get this information correct, what else is wrong?

Is it just advertising a product? Do they want you to buy something?
Be wary of .com sites. In advertising they are only going to give you one side of the story.
6. Looking ahead to the assignment: Creating an Annotated Bibliography

Once you have gathered suitable research material, you need to determine whether or not it will be useful for your own project. A quick way to do this is by reading

the abstract of a journal article (this is a summary of the paper), scanning over the headings of a journal article, examining the table of contents, introduction and

conclusion of a book, scanning the bibliography, and taking quick look at any charts, graphs, or tables. This initial “once-over” should help you decide whether you

should check out or print off the material. Once you’ve done this, you may find that you still have a stack of books and articles in front of you, and that you need

some way of organizing your research for use later on in your analysis and writing stages, or to remind you of an author’s central claims. An annotated bibliography

can be a great tool to meet these needs, put to use in different stages of your academic work.

An annotated bibliography is a bibliography that includes a citation for the sources used and a critical description of the source. This is usually 100-150 words in

length. It forces you to concisely describe an argument or position made by an author on their topic, which requires that you can identify these things in the first

place!

For more information, read through this guide to creating an annotated bibliography:

http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill28.htm

After the next module on MLA and APA formatting guidelines, you will be asked to submit an annotated bibliography on a topic of your choice. Using the information in

this module, you should begin this assignment by researching your topic through the library website. Start with the catalogue and then move onto the E-Resources

section, where you will find the journal databases. Make sure you try out a couple of the databases connected to your discipline; different databases can produce

different search results. In the next module you will be provided with an example of an annotated bibliography by Charlotte, prepared using the research she conducted

for this module on healthy eating habits and university students.

Additional Resources

The OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University is another good resource for all things written. Some sample topics::

Annotated Bibliographies
Paraphrasing Sources
Evaluating Resources
Sample Entries from an AB
Cool Tool

PowerTalk is a free application which reads (speaks) the text from PowerPoint slides as you view the presentation. This is a great tool for those with reading

disabilities or who are blind or have poor vision and cannot easily read the text from the slides.

For more information or to download PowerTalk, visit http://fullmeasure.co.uk/powertalk/

Getting Help From The Library

In person: the Information Desk at the front of the Library.
By phone: (705) 474-3450 ext 4221 or 1-800-655-5154.
By email: info@eclibrary.ca
Here are a few pointers for beginning your research for academic assignments, from adult learner Crystal, a recently re-married mother of 3 teenage boys who took a

year off, after 25 years in technology design:

Prioritize, and not just your school work. My priorities were family (and that included helping the kids become more self-sufficient), school (a very close second)…and

studying. Previous priorities became unimportant, such as a spotless house.

You will probably have a day “off” in your schedule, or a day with only one class. Book that entire day as a library day. I learned that from a mature student in my

first year, and it has paid off in huge dividends. I get so much accomplished, I actually have some time for Dave and the kids. Start everything early. As soon as you

get a project, do an outline and bookmark 20 sites for background/research. Use your library day to move it forward every week.”

- Crystal, Mature Student, Nipissing University, 2010

7. Discussion Topic

Come up with a research topic you can use for your annotated bibliography. Try and make it something that you are passionate about, no matter what your major or

discipline. Why did you choose this topic? What are you truly interested in?
Do you see a way that this interest could be integrated with your university experience to benefit you physically, or emotionally, or spiritually, or even enrich your

daily learning?

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Topic: Federal Domain (W5)

| September 25, 2014

Topic: Federal Domain (W5)

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The Federal government manages millions of acres of forest land across the country, but there are increasing pressures on the agencies to permit varying levels of

commercial access to the timber, other resources, and the water flows. Should the government have an absolute prohibition on commercial access or should there be a

working compromise with companies?

From your ethical perspective, should government have an absolute prohibition on commercial access or should there be a working compromise with companies?

From the ethical perspective a particular group to which you currently belong, or previously belonged, should government have an absolute prohibition on commercial

access or should there be a working compromise with companies?

Instead of the Federal government, suppose you managed millions of acres of forest land. Given you own set of ethical perspectives and values, what would you do?

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Topic: Child Labor (WK3)

| September 25, 2014

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Child labor is endemic in the poorer countries of the world, and for many children it is seen as way of keeping their families out of poverty. Critics point out that

if the governments were to invest more in educating children, they could be more productive and create more wealth for their nation when they are older. In the

meantime, multinational enterprises often secure suppliers who use children.

In your opinion, what is the best way to reduce child labor for multinational corporations? How is the phenomenon of child labor viewed from your ethical perspective?

Given the ethical perspective of a particular group to which you currently belong, or previously belonged, how would child labor be viewed?

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Topic: Portfolio Analysis (W4)

| September 25, 2014

Topic: Portfolio Analysis (W4)

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Reviewing the investments in your portfolio, you realize that the carbon footprint connected to your investments is relatively large, but your oil company stock also

pays for the family holidays each year. The company’s website also says that it uses a high proportion of its profits to invest in green and renewable fuels of the

future. Do you keep the stock or sell? Why? What principles did you apply in making this decision? Also, how does one check the credibility of the company and its

website?

Consider the ethical perspective of a particular group to which you currently belong or previously belonged, would the group keep or sell the stock? Why?

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