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Task 1: Continuing your research from Assessment 1, write a Research Findings Report.

Module Code:BMAF003-20
Module Title:Foundation Project
Assignment:S2. Research Findings Report
Word Count:1,500
Contribution to Module Mark:40% of overall grade
Assessment outline (from the Module specification):Stage 2: Write a report on research findings and provide a tentative answer to research question.
Learning outcome assessed:By successful completion of the module, you will be able to demonstrate: LO2: Skills in collecting, analysing and synthesising relevant data in the execution of their plan; LO3: Effective, professional written communication of their research findings.
S2 Assessment Brief
An individually written Research Report which focuses on answering the research question you selected in Assessment 1 using the data collected. (1,500 words, including in-text references and excluding graphs, tables, appendices and references)   Read the scenario below before undertaking the tasks which follow:  

Task 1: Continuing your research from Assessment 1, write a Research Findings Report. You will need to collect your data. You will need to examine the collected data and identify possible links to earlier descriptions of scholarly literature, report on your findings from this examination and provide an answer to your research question.  

Task 2: Introduction (100 words approximately) You will need to write a brief introduction to your Research Findings Report. Data Collection (400 words approximately) (LO2) You will need to conduct primary data collection and record your results using an appropriate methodological. Research Findings (700 words approximately) (LO2 and LO3) You will need to examine and discuss the data you have collected, identifying possible trends and relationships. You will need to identify possible links to earlier descriptions of scholarly literature which you examined in the Literature Synopsis of Assessment 1. You will need to summarise your findings, referring back to your research question and identify the limitations of your data. Discussion and Conclusions (300 words approximately) (LO3) You need to write a clear conclusion which answers your research question based on the scholarly literature examination conducted in Assessment 1 and your findings.     Word Count: (1,500 words, including in-text references and excluding graphs, tables, appendices and references). Assignment 1: Needs to be submitted to Turn-it-in, by: Deadline Time: 10:00am Deadline Date: 9th November 2020

  Assignment Structure: Research Findings Report Cover Page This should clearly follow the cover page template in your Module Handbook: Your Student ID, Module Name and Code, Assignment Name and Number and the Word Count.  

Contents Page This should have clear titles and sub-titles correctly formatted.This should have the titles of all tables/ diagrams used throughout the report.This should present a clear list of any appendices provided.  

Introduction (100 words) (LO3) Introduce your Research Findings Report effectively and concisely explaining the topics the report will examine and discuss.  

Data Collection (400 words approximately) (LO2) (Matthews and Ross, Chapter C, E) After conducting the primary research data collection based on your methodology from Assessment 1, you will need to record the data.The data records should be clearly titled and in tables.Any issues/ challenges presented during data collection should be discussed in this section.  

Research Findings (700 words approximately) (LO2 and LO3) (Matthews and Ross, Chapter D) You will need to examine and discuss the data you have collected You will need to identify possible trends/ relationships in the data. You will need to identify possible links to earlier descriptions of scholarly literature which you examined in the Literature Synopsis of Assessment 1. You will need to summarise your findings, referring back to your research question and identify the limitations of your data.  

Discussion and Conclusions (300 words approximately) (LO3) (Matthews and Ross, Chapter D) The conclusion should seek to provide a tentative answer to your research question by considering the scholarly literature examined from Assessment 1 and the Findings from your data collection.                                    

References and Structure Your assignment should be Harvard Referenced and show a range of sources. You must demonstrate at least 8 references, of which 4 must be from academic journals/ articles and 1 must be from an academic textbook.

Your report should be properly referenced.   Research Question and Answer Forum Any questions regarding the assessments must be posted to the Research Question and Answer Forum on your Minerva Foundation Project Module page only. Any information posted here by the Module Leader will become a requirement of the assessment. Questions will be answered up to 2 weeks before the submission deadline.  

Criteria Mark Introduction  Introduce your research findings report appropriately. 5% Data Collection Demonstration of appropriate data collection techniques. Clear and appropriate recording of collected data. 20% Research Findings Present your findings based on the data collected and analysed. 50% Discussion and Conclusion Clear discussion on your findings and any conclusion drawn.   20% Presentation Structure and Styles Well-presented, clear and consistent academic writing; including spelling, grammar and punctuation. Appropriate and relevant academic referencing using Harvard Referencing. 5%  

Appendix 2: Guide to Foundation Project Report Marking Criteria

  Fail 0-39 Poor QualityD. 40-49 Satisfactory QualityC. 50-59 Sound QualityB. 60-69 Good QualityA. 70-84 Excellent QualityA. 85-100 Outstanding Quality
Introduction (LO3)   Key areas to consider: Final research aim, objectives and questions.Explanation of the research.Contribution to theory/ practice.  5%The research question is unclear. The introduction fails to explain the research aim, objectives and questions of the Research Findings Report. Little to no explanation for the choice of Research Title.A general introduction to the research question. An attempt has been made to explain the research aim, objectives and questions, however this lacks feasibility. A weak explanation for the choice of Research Title is provided in a descriptive manner.A well-constructed introduction. A relevant research aim, objectives and questions showing potential for improvement. Some explanation for the choice of Research Title is provided for the research question.A thorough introduction which provides the research aim, objectives and questions in moderate detail. The relevance of the report is explained with some contribution to the Research Title discussed. Good consideration of a rationale structure indicated for the work.Excellent introduction, with a detailed explanation for the choice of Research Title. A clear rationale for the research aim, objectives and questions. Excellent presentation of a rationale structure of the work.As before plus a Research Title showing potential to make a novel contribution to theory and/or practice. 
Data Collection (LO2) Key areas to consider: Appropriate, accurate and evidenced recording of collected data.Appropriateness of the data collection techniques applied and presentation of the data.Identify trends/ relationships from the collected data.Issues/ challenges in the data collection.20%You have failed to collect data. You have not provided appropriate records of data collection.You have demonstrated the ability to collect some data and evidence for this has been provided. You have recorded the data collected poorly. Little to no attempt has been made to identify trends/ relationships from the data. Little to no attempt has been made to identify issues/ challenges in the data collection process.You have collected the research data in full. You have made a reasonable attempt at appropriately recording the data. Some attempt has been made to identify the trends/ relationships from the data. Some issues/ challenges have been identified in the data collection process.You have collected the research data in full and recorded this using the appropriate tabula and graphical representations.  You have recorded the data with consideration to the trends/ relationships identified by your research question. You clearly identify the issues/ challenges in the data collection process.Excellent evidence of data collection and recording. The data is recorded in detail with an appropriate graphical and tabula structure which follows the core topics/ trends of research question. A detailed presentation of the trends/ relationships in the data and issues/ challenges in the data collection process.The data has been collected in fully and presented in a clear and concise format. The data outcomes have been mapped and recorded in line with the research objectives and questions.
Research Findings (LO2 and LO3) Key areas to consider: Analysis of the collected data.Examination of the identified trends/ relationships from the collected data.Limitations of the data collection and data collected.Connection to scholarly literature, research objectives and questions.  50%Your findings are presented in a vague manner with little to no analysis of the collected data. You do not consider the limitations of the data. Little to no connection is made to the scholarly literature, research objectives and questions.An attempt has been made to appropriately assess the collected data. A few trends/ relationships have been examined, however this is descriptive. An attempt has been made at connecting the data to the scholarly literature. You make an attempt at discussing the limitations of either your data or data collection, however this is descriptive and room for improvement.  A good attempt has been made to assess the collected data. You make a reasonable attempt to identify several limitations of your data and data collection process. An attempt has been made to connect the data collected to the scholarly literature, research objectives and questions.A thorough analysis of the collected data and the data collection process, by looking at their limitations. The trends/relationships from the data have been discussed in detail and with some linkages to the scholarly literature, research objectives and questions.  An excellent analysis of the collected data and data collection process, demonstrating your key findings. The limitations are discussed in detail and with the consideration of the selected methodological approach. Detailed connections have been made between the scholarly literature, research objectives and questions and the trends/ relationships in the data.As before plus Your findings are presented in a professional manner. The analysis of your data is of a very high standard. You have used the key findings to assess the similarities and differences in the scholarly literature.   
Discussion and Conclusion (LO2 and LO3)   Key areas to consider: A tentative answer to the research question.Summary, comparison and evaluation of primary and secondary data.  20%You provide little to no evidence of your ability to collate information from a variety of sources.   You fail to provide a tentative answer to the research question. You have attempted to collate information from the findings and the literature to provide a descriptive and limited summary. An attempt has been made to provide a tentative answer to the research question. You demonstrate your ability to compare and assess information from the literature and the research findings. You provide an adequate tentative answer to the research question.You show how your data integrates with the issues raised in the literature and provide a good assessments of different sources. There is an in-depth investigation of the application of your findings which supports your tentative answer to the research question.You demonstrate your ability to analyse and integrate the key findings from a variety of sources. You provide an in-depth assessment of the different sources utilised in the research. Your investigation supports a thoroughly considered answer to the research question.   As before plus there is originality and flair in your research.  Your ability to critically integrate your findings with the literature is outstanding.
Presentation Structure and Styles Key areas to consider: Appropriate use of academic writing, language, grammar, spelling and punctuation.Harvard Referencing for both in-text comments and the Referencing Section.  5%No references or no reference list/ The presentation of your research is poor in terms of grammar, spelling and format. References are used, but in a very poor manner (i.e., only reference list or only in text referencing is used). The style and format of your research project is satisfactory. Major mistakes in the use of grammar, spelling and punctuation. A poor attempt at academic language.Basic references, with some mistakes in the application of the Harvard Referencing style. Your research is presented in an appropriate manner, however minor mistakes in the use of grammar, spelling and punctuation. Appropriate use of academic language used throughout the report.Good reference list, however with minor mistakes in the application of the Harvard Referencing style. The presentation of your research report is good in terms of grammar, spelling and format.A broad and appropriate list of references, presented with only minimal inconsistencies in the Harvard Referencing. The presentation of your research is of a very high standard. Excellent use of grammar, spelling and format.  An excellent range of updated, and relevant references listed with a professional and consistent application of referencing styles. The presentation of your research – style, grammar, and spelling is flawless. 
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Prepare a presentation on developing a work climate in which grievances are a last resort and how to properly address them when they do occur.

Assignment Details

After spending some time observing the day-to-day operations of Elora Jean & Co., you have noticed a trend in employee and labor relations issues. These issues include perceived unfair treatment from managers, distress over disciplinary actions, and anxiety about new human resources (HR) policies.

Aware of the union and nonunion entities within Elora Jean & Co., you have observed that the production supervisors are unclear on the facility’s union grievance procedures, and the nonproduction supervisors are unclear on how to handle employee concerns in their offices. Employees often feel that they do not have the means to fully voice their concerns. With this level of confusion on grievance procedures, employee morale and performance has begun to decline, affecting Elora Jean & Co.’s ability to stay competitive.

As the HR consultant, you see an opportunity to educate Elora Jean & Co.’s management team on grievance practices. You decide to review guidelines on dispute resolution and grievance procedures and prepare a presentation for the company’s owner.

Prepare a presentation on developing a work climate in which grievances are a last resort and how to properly address them when they do occur. Your presentation should include the following components:

  • Include recommendations on a strategy that Elora Jean & Co. can incorporate to proactively avoid grievances. Your recommendation should include a way to create an environment in which employee issues are identified and addressed before they move into a formal grievance process. Recommendations for creating positive employee relations should be discussed.
  • Include recommendations for a dispute resolution process for the nonunion offices. Your proposal should include a sample procedure for nonunion employees to follow when complaints arise.
  • Present step-by-step guidelines for handling grievances in the production facility. Your presentation should include recommendations for investigating complaints, working effectively with union representatives, and summarizing supervisor responsibilities. Include cautions about actions to avoid when handling grievances.
  • Include a proposal for training to educate the line managers on handling grievances and avoiding grievances to ensure violations do not occur. Specifically, discuss the areas that such training should cover.

Scenario

Elora Jean and Co., based in central Indiana, is a family-run manufacturing business. The company manufactures grain products for the food industry. Currently, the organization consists of a production facility that has 110 unionized production employees and 2 administration offices that have 14 nonunion employees. Elora Jean and Co. is in the process of opening a production facility in Malaysia, which will have 20 nonunion employees. Elora Jean and Co. has been operating as a sole proprietorship for 18 months.

At the start-up phase, the company owner did not forecast an exponential increase in demand for her product. Consequently, she did not apply for unemployment insurance, purchase a general liability insurance policy, or obtain a worker’s compensation policy, because she planned to use her own family members to operate the business. Over the last 13 months, however, the company has grown, in part because of its aggressive hiring strategy and need to manage production demands. In spite of the company’s rapid growth, it does not have a dedicated human resources department. Instead, the company’s owner delegated human resource administration duties to the operations manager (OM), but the OM’s knowledge of human resource policy, practice, and regulation is limited. As the company continues to expand its operation, the owner has detected an increase in employee grievance cases. The owner foresees certain legal ramifications of an undermanaged workforce because of this lack of human resource administration experience.

You are a contracted strategic human resource (HR) consultant for Elora Jean and Co. Your role, over the next 5 weeks, is to ensure that the company’s HR policies and processes comply with local, state, and federal labor statutes.

The critical areas in which you intend to focus include equal employment opportunity (EEO) staffing laws, antidiscriminatory hiring practices, foreign worker provisions, and affirmative action regulations. You will be asked to review labor laws and relevant cases, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. You are also being asked to communicate labor and employment litigation risks and solutions to the owner.

The production facility with its union representation will present additional challenges. You have had experience dealing with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the past, and you are focused on keeping Elora Jean and Co. clear of its investigations and hearings. Therefore, you plan to review and identify management practices to minimize the risk of unfair labor practice charges. A comprehensive review of grievance procedures and labor relations practices within the context of union representation will be on your list of priorities.

Additionally, the production facility presents an increased risk for safety accidents. The owner has asked you to initiate a safety audit to ensure that Elora Jean and Co. is compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) laws. You will also review the safety records at Elora Jean and Co. to determine the company’s legal liabilities and limitations regarding its drug-free workplace policy. With the Malaysian production facility on the horizon, there will be international HR policies and regulations to consider, too. Elora Jean and Co. needs you to determine which U.S. and international HR laws might apply to the offshore operation, as well as the employer’s responsibilities to U.S. employees and non-U.S. employees working abroad.

The HR issues at Elora Jean and Co. will provide a challenging 5-week project for you, the human resource professional. The success of Elora Jean and Co. depends on your in-depth knowledge of U.S. labor laws, general knowledge of HR regulations as they apply to a global workforce, and your HR policy guidance to keep the company within its legal boundaries of human resource management.

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Use a range of theoretical perspectives to develop an analysis of the UNCRC with regard to 1) adult and child relationships 2) power 3) recognition of different childhoods in different societies.

8.4  Summative  Assessment 1 Essay

The following table provides an overview of the assessment requirements.

 Assignment  1 Essay  (Summative Assessment in Term 1)
Module codeEDU3310
Module titleChildren’s Rights
Submission date, time 
Feedback type & date   Feedback will be annotated (written) throughout the essay in view of future academic writing and progression, verbal tutor feedback will be offered via turn it in.
Word count2000 words
Assignment typeEssay
Assignment structure and formatTerm 1: Essay (2000 words) Use a range of theoretical perspectives to develop an analysis of the UNCRC with regard to 1) adult and child relationships 2) power 3) recognition of different childhoods in different societies.  The analysis of the UNCRC might refer to formative assessment 1 by using examples from the reflective biog to illustrate if and how selected UNCRC articles interact with the reality of families. Areas you might explore: ‘how’ society, structures and adult power impact on the rights and voices of children; analyse where rights-based beliefs come from and how beliefs are inherited within the family unit; how might indivisible UNCRC articles conflict with or support one another; is there a discourse between the child/adult with regards to power,  explore why;   are children respected as autonomous actors, full citizens, and participants within society, or as objects; identify and justify evolving rights based perspectives (identify where your rights based position is from. , sociology, psychology, education, ECEC, or a mix). Identify how your current position regarding children’s rights has evolved.  Are you aware of a rights-based shift? If so, aim to explore how, when or why a rights-based shift evolved.   Identify and critique a range of competing rights-based positions underpinned by policy/theory/practice. Probe policy into practice tensions and explore why they exist (consider historical, economic, educational, social, religious, gender or cultural agenda or change at a local, national or global level).
Assessed learning outcome (s)3. Know and be able to analyse critically how key legislation and principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child underpin understanding of rights-based provision to promote child-initiated pedagogy 4. Be able to evaluate the congruence between selected policy, curricula and practice and conceptualisations of childhood analysing how theory translates into practice 5. Examine perspectives on particular areas of rights-based practice that affect how children’s self-determination skills and active citizenship is determined
  
Key reading and learning resources   Essay Structure (this is a suggested guide only)  Refer to weekly reading; essential and suggested reading; Introduction (100-150 words) What is to be addressed and why? Clearly signal the ‘specific’ area of children’s rights to be addressed and why (For example introduce main lens/focus.  (TIP: prior to submission ensure all of the sections introduced have been critically analysed and argued in the main body and summed up/articulated in the conclusion).
Main Body Aim to structure the essay into 2 or 3 main sections. Each section will have a main focus relating to the essay title. Each section will have a point/argument/evidence from EDU3310 reading or research and end with a mini summary.  Sections of the main essay body might have approx.  (560-820 words depending on how many sections you decide to have.  (Tip: self-assess each section to check if points made are clear, is argument included to oppose or strengthen points; is theory interacted with and challenged to support points made; has appropriate reading relating to EDU3310 been applied. For example, are key themes defined and main points/argument clear. Are ideas interacted with and related to examples or context(synthesis) (what is being stated via a rights-based lens and why? Is your position or argument clear throughout each section of the essay and the conclusion? Conclusion (approx. 200-250)
Articulate main argument and section conclusions addressed throughout the essay.  Has a clear position been taken? Clearly conclude what main issues have arisen from your themes. For instance, link back to essay title and introduction (and check everything in the introduction has been addressed; have main points been summed up in conclusion). Remember, no new material/references should be added at the point of conclusion, you are articulating the main issues.
Recommendations for future research or change.
Bibliography – A minimum of 10 sources relevant to this module and your investigation must be sourced. Ensure a genre of sources are referenced using books, journals, research, primary data or government/charity statistics.
Appendices – Appendices to include formative Task 1 reflection- (remember to link and evaluate into the essay somehow to develop synthesis. Ensure all sources are referenced and added to bibliography following Harvard style of referencing. Ensure points raised are supported with relevant EDU3310 material/research/reading. Assessment requirements Assignment word count is 2000 words (10% over/under)  
Coursework briefing    Assessment guidance and support for the essay will be provided in the Week 1, Week 9/10 and Week 11. Assessment requirements and criteria will be covered across these weeks.  
Sample assignments    A sample essay from previous student/s will be shared during a grading activity in Week 9; these will help students contextualise the coursework instructions.  
Draft feedback opportunities    Opportunities will be offered for students to receive feedback on their work in progress during the seminars in Week 10 and Week 11. Additionally, clarification of any student questions will be available via email and in seminar sessions.
 
 

9. Assessment Criteria & Grading Sheet

Assessment Criteria & Grading Sheet              Early Childhood Studies  –   Education Studies   –  Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) – Foundation Degree/Top-Up
Assessed academic skills – working towards to demonstrate and applyKnowledge & Understanding (K&U) Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and understanding of relevant subject area; systematic understanding; inter-relationships with relevant fields of study or specialist area (Key concepts and theories  understood & applied relating to module learning outcomes, content & assessment criteria)Reading and Research (R&R) Demonstrates skilled use of extensive range of sources of information and their application     (Relevant range of module material, literature and research applied; operates in complex & un/predictable context – Acts with minimal direction; limited supervision; limited autonomy)Intellectual & Cognitive  Skills (I&C) Demonstrates analysis, synthesis, creativity, evaluation, conceptualisation & critical thinking, Problem solving   (Reading& research is understood, applied, evaluated, critiqued & critically analysed.  Writing/Presentation Skills, & Personal Responsibility  (W&P) Demonstrates developing competence in using ethical awareness & application; academic writing/presentation & referencing conventions.  There will be evidence of development of individual style in the making of meaning; individual responsibility; effective professional & interpersonal  communication (Harvard referencing is applied to  cite quotes, paraphrase, apply reading & material to support argument.
Grade & Level                                        Level 6                                                                     (Year 3 )
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K&U   R&R   I&C   W&P      *Demonstrates extensive and systematic  knowledge and  understanding of key theories & inter-relationships with other fields of study *Assignment demonstrates considerable innovation in content/theory/specialism *Uses a variety of information sources appropriate to the assignment *Evidence of wider reading and research, placing topic in an appropriate broader context *Develops coherent, logical and relevant arguments, drawing appropriate conclusions *Demonstrates depth of critical analysis, perceptive/competing judgment and independent thought/concepts throughout;  *Writes fluently and effectively using a wide range of vocabulary; clarity of expression is excellent with consistently accurate use of grammar, spelling and punctuation *Explicit and logical structure designed to maximise development of ideas *Referencing consistently accurate *Demonstrates sound knowledge & understanding of  ethical policy and procedures
                                                                  UPPER                     SECOND                                          5-8
K&U   R&R   I&C   W&P  *Demonstrates clear and accurate knowledge and understanding of key ideas/theories & inter-relationships *Insightful and appropriate selection of content /theory in key areas *Good use of additional background information and reading, using appropriate sources *Well developed and connected argument *Demonstrates some evidence of independent thought and critical analysis *Language fluent; thoughts and ideas clearly expressed; grammar, spelling and punctuation essentially accurate *Clear structure that facilitates the development of ideas *Referencing relevant and mostly correct and consistent throughout using the Harvard System *Demonstrates sound knowledge & understanding of  ethical policy and procedures
                                                             LOWER                   SECOND                                   9  -12
K&U   R&R   I&C     W&P*Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of key aspects of the topic *Some weaknesses in understanding and knowledge *Some aspects of the topic not addressed *Clear evidence of additional relevant reading *Develops some arguments *Demonstrates critical thinking with limited interconnections *Language mainly fluent; work is coherent; minor spelling and/or grammar and/or punctuation errors *Structure is fairly clear but the material could be organised more effectively *Harvard Referencing errors evident but of a minor nature *Demonstrates sound knowledge & understanding of  ethical policy and procedures
                                                                           THIRD                                               13 -16
K&U   R&R   I&C   W&P    *Adequate knowledge of some aspects *Weaknesses in understanding and knowledge of key aspects        *Key aspects of the topic not addressed *Evidence of some reading around the subject, not always of key relevance *Assembles ideas *Weaknesses in development of argument *Significant errors in grammar and/or spelling and/or punctuation *Language not always fluent or coherent but meaning is apparent *Some organisation of material/ structure *Harvard Referencing System present but with major inconsistencies/inaccuracies *Demonstrates sound knowledge & understanding of  ethical policy and procedures
                                                                                   FAIL                                                      17  -20
17-20  (Fail) K&U R&R I&C W&P*Very confused knowledge and understandingof module content               *Inaccurate/inappropriate content *Very limited or no evidence of background reading                               *Sources not acknowledged *References confined to material given in lecture hand outs *No development of argument        *Account is purely descriptive              *Unsubstantiated claims based on anecdotes/generalisations *Language far from fluent; meaning unclear; spelling and/or grammar and/or punctuation consistently poor *Difficult to identify a coherent structure        *Referencing has major inconsistencies/errors or is absent. Or Harvard
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Each student will complete a FIVE to SEVEN-page analysis of some contemporary issue in International Political Economy – IPE

International Political Economy (IPE)

Paper Assignment

Each student will complete a FIVE to SEVEN-page analysis of some contemporary issue in International Political Economy – IPE (e.g. NAFTA, trade and the WTO, trade and the environment, the EMU, the role of the IMF and the World Bank in less developed countries, the nascent anti-globalization backlash, etc.). Students will need to do original research on their particular topic, but all papers will be required to also:

(1) apply insight from IPE theory and

(2) place their topic in historical perspective.

  1. Analyze a contemporary issue in international political economy.
  2. Contemporary: last 30 years or so
  3. Issue must be analytical not normative
  4. Analytical: why a policy was adopted; consequences of a policy, such as a trade agreement; evaluation of international financial institutions, codes of conduct, or fair trade; causes of land grabs; politics of tax havens….
  5. Normative: what should be done? This is not the purpose of this assignment.
  6. Paper must use International Political Economy (IPE) theory to analyze/explain the issue.
  7. Some suggestions for picking a topic.
  • Structure of Paper.
  • Intro – clearly defined thesis statement (no more than 1 page)
  • History – most important junctures to situate the issue and give relevant background (1-2 pages)
  • Theory and Analysis: which theories best apply and why? (2-3 pages)
  • Competing hypotheses: how would the relevant theories explain the issue and which explanation is more persuasive and why.
  • Conclusion– restate main argument. Implication for theory and future research/policy (1 page)
  • Other Information:
  • 5-7 pages (quality not quantity), double-spaced, with page numbers on the pages
  • MLA citation style
  • Sources: newspapers (at least one newspaper), periodicals (at least one), newsweeklies (at least one), academic journals (as many as you need to). Use the library’s academic databases – Use many as you think necessary but I think at least 10 sources would be fine from these 10 sources two of them should be from the two text books Cohn’s text and Broad’s text.
  • 30% of course grade.
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CRITICALLY DISCUSS HOW ADVANCING AND EMERGING ROLES WITHIN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE ENHANCE THE FUTURE OF THE PROFESSION AND THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF SERVICE USERS.

INTRODUCTION (100 words)

Clear, detailed introduction which includes an introduction into the importance of how advancing and emerging roles within Occupational Therapy practice enhance the future of the profession and the health and wellbeing of service users.

LO 1 – (400 words)

ARTICULATE THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE IN RELATION TO ADVANCING AND EMERGING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ROLES.

Insightful and articulate application of theoretical and practical knowledge to advanced and emerging occupational therapy roles, well supported by a broad range of evidence within the essay, with excellent linkages to seminar content.

LO2 (400 words)

CRITICALLY APPRAISE ADVANCING AND EMERGING ROLES FOR THE PROFESSION.

Identifies and critically appraises an extensive evidence base for advancing and emerging roles in Occupational Therapy.

LO3 (400 words)

DEMONSTRATE APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL REASONING IN EMERGING AREAS OF PRACTICE.

Uses advanced professional reasoning and the critical synthesis of evidence to comprehensively justify an emerging area of practice

LO4 (400 words)

PROVIDE AN EVIDENCE-BASED RATIONALE FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN ADVANCING AND EMERGING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ROLES.

A comprehensive evidence-based rationale that supports the rationale for sustainability in advancing and emerging occupational therapy roles linking this clearly, with evidence, to the health and wellbeing of service users

LO5 (400 words)

DEMONSTRATE CONFIDENCE IN ARTICULATING, ADVOCATING, AND JUSTIFYING THE POTENTIAL SCOPE OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY.

Demonstrate confidence in articulating, advocating, and justifying the potential scope of Occupational Therapy.

CONCLUSION (100 words)

Clearly and succinctly summarises essay and evaluates conflicting views and synthesises information/evidence to form a clear and succinct conclusion.

Clearly and succinctly summarises essay and evaluates conflicting views and synthesises information/evidence to form a clear and succinct conclusion.

REFERENCE LIST

Information is evidenced with all quotes and sources referred to and referenced appropriately using the Harvard referencing system.

Assignment content

student should demonstrate understanding in how specialist and role-emerging areas of practice are relevant to National and International health and wellbeing. Student competence in advanced practice areas and managing complex care needs. Students will integrate and apply theoretical and advanced practice knowledge, to expand competence in specialist areas of Occupational Therapy.

  • diversity for OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
  • application of Occupational Therapy core knowledge and skills into advancing areas of practice.
  • Researching an emerging or non-traditional area for Occupational Therapy practice, relevant to policy and future directions in health and social care

Recommended/Essential books and journals

  • Occupational therapies without borders: Volume 2: Towards an ecology of occupation-based practices. Book by Frank Kronenberg; Nick Pollard; Dikaios Sakellariou 2011
  • A political practice of occupational therapy

Book by Nick Pollard; Dikaios Sakellariou; Frank Kronenberg 2009

  • Working with refugees and asylum seekers: Chapter 15 of: A political practice of occupational therapy in A political practice of occupational therapy

Chapter by R. Davies

  • Funding, policy, and legislative opportunities: Chapter of Enabling occupation II: advancing an occupational therapy vision for health, well-being, & justice through occupation in Enabling occupation II: advancing an occupational therapy vision for health, well-being, & justice through occupation Chapter  by E.A. Townsend,; L. Jongbloed,; R. Stadnyk,; H. Drumond
  • Being before doing: The cultural identity (essence) of occupational therapy in Australian Occupational Therapy Journal Article by Ruth Marguerite Watson 09/2006
  • Occupation & Practice in Context Book  by Gail Whiteford; Valerie Wright-St Clair October 28, 2004
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In this context, you are asked to think of an advertising campaign for a product, a line of products, a service, or even a social awareness campaign,

CN6070 – Advertising Theories
Take home assignment 2: Create a persuasive advertising message


Brief – The Context
One important impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and its related restriction rules has been the increasing
number of people who are forced to work from home (WfH). Several analysts have claimed that the WfH
format will be established on a worldwide scale as a permanent way of working in our everyday lives even
after the pandemic fades away (Baert et al., 2020). Greece is no exception.

Brief- The Task
In this context, you are asked to think of an advertising campaign for a product, a line of products, a service, or even a social awareness campaign, that “promotes” something that is directly related to the new
condition of WfH.


Brief – What exactly should I do?
1) Research first: Interview at least five (5) people who have experienced this shift to WfH. What is
their experience like? How do they feel about it? What do they think and feel about WfH? How do
they themselves work from home? What products, experiences, facilitators are they looking for? What
are their needs and wants?
2) Elicit insights from these interviews. You may identify common themes across these interviews.
3) Use these insights to think of a creative message idea for a product, a line of products, a service,
or even a social awareness campaign, that “promotes” something that is directly related to the new
condition of WfH.
4) Explain the whole process – from interviews, insights elicited, message and rationale for message
– in a max 3-pages free-form document. Submit your report as a single Word or PPT document by
the end of the semester (last class).
Therefore, for this assignment you are asked to produce an advertising concept that is:
a) Based on insights from your informal interview research, and
b) Is in accordance with best practices in persuasion, attitudes formation, but also drawing from pointers
regarding consumer behavior/advertising psychology concepts used in the advertisements.
Indicative Structure

  • These are major insights I drew from interviews I conducted.
  • This is the product that relates to the WfH emerging condition.
  • This is the message I am proposing. This is why it is a good and persuasive message and one based
    on consumer insights, as well as advertising/persuasion theories.
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Considering the guidelines for employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970,

Assignment 1 3 pages

Safety issues have been one of the leading concerns among members of the leadership team at Elora Jean & Co. There have been a few minor accidents in the past 18 months. Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) came to the facility to conduct an investigation. There were no formal violations cited; however, Elora Jean & Co. was advised to develop a comprehensive safety policy and provide formal safety education for employees. The owner has asked for your input on a policy that would protect the company from safety claims submitted to OSHA.

Respond to the following questions as you formulate your response to this task:

Considering the guidelines for employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, what do you feel will be important to include in your recommendations, and why?

Prepare a summary of your recommendations for the owner. Include information related to the potential implications of not complying with OSHA.

Assignment 2 4 pages

The Elora Jean & Co. owner has come to you asking for guidance on a few issues that were brought to her attention. With the rapidly growing workforce, an increasing number of employees have requested extended time off from work. The owner does not want to grant the time off because of its effect on productivity.

When asked for examples of the requests, she provides you with the following scenarios:

  • Employee #1 has been with Elora Jean & Co. for 13 months. She has requested time off to help care for her terminally ill mother-in-law. She is not sure how long she will need to be out of work, but it could be as long as 3 months.
  • Employee #2 has been with Elora Jean & Co. for 18 months. His wife just had a baby, and he is asking to take 6 weeks off of work to help with the new responsibilities at home.
  • Employee #3 developed health problems since her start with Elora Jean & Co. 7 months ago. Her work attendance is unpredictable. She has exhausted all of her sick days and advised her supervisor that her doctor is requiring her to stay home for a period of 6 weeks.
  • Employee #4, who has been with Elora Jean since the company started, has a son that has been called to active duty for the military. Her son, who is a single parent, has a 3-year-old daughter who needs to be cared for. The employee wants to take 8 weeks off work to get her granddaughter situated and transitioned into a new routine as her father leaves to fulfill his military responsibilities abroad.

As the human resources (HR) consultant, you have many questions, and you would like to gather all of the necessary information before providing additional guidance or recommendations. You are aware of the company’s legal limitations and discretions, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The owner has also advised you that the company has no formal leave policy for any type of employee absence, other than 7 paid sick days per year.

After conducting your research, in a memo to the owner, address the following questions:

  • Considering the Elora Jean & Co. work environment and history (124 employees, in business for 18 months, mix of union and nonunion), is the company currently exposed to any legal risk by not having a defined leave policy in place? If so, what are the risks and the penalties for violation?
  • Of the 4 employee cases described, discuss whether each one would qualify for FMLA leave. Why or why not?
  • For employees who do not qualify under FMLA, what would you recommend to the company? Explain other employee leave options for the company without compromising the company’s financial objectives.
  • Develop a sample leave policy to be presented to the company owner. Be sure that the policy covers the key components of a comprehensive leave policy, including requirements for eligibility, leave benefits provided, job restoration, pay, and benefits status while on leave. Outline a summary of your recommendations to the company owner, and advise her about the value of implementing this type of policy.
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A Cybersecurity Technology Strategic Plan, about 12 to 15 double-spaced pages in a Word document with citations in APA format

Project 5 (Group Project)

Data Loss Prevention Scenario

Wonderful news. The executive team of your media company has recognized the importance of cybersecurity and has promoted everyone in your group into the role of a chief information security officer, or CISO, for your respective subsidiary.

The company’s executive leadership team has tasked your team to plan the future of mass connectivity and data loss prevention technology for the company. You and your teammates will compile a technology strategy plan for incorporating IPv6, internet of things (IoT), and data loss prevention techniques—specifically blockchain, tokenization, data masking, data obfuscation, and other similar emerging technologies.

You will present this future technology road map and vision to the executive leadership. Your team will have about five members. In addition to the future technology road map and vision, your team will prepare a future view of the data flow of your enterprise network.

Your team discussions should be guided by your learning achieved through the other projects in this course. Your team will compile all the information into one cohesive report—the strategic technology plan for data loss prevention—to be presented to the executive team. Your team will also prepare an executive presentation explaining the highlights of your team’s plan.

The world of technology is changing at an unprecedented pace, and these changes represent business opportunities as well as challenges. Mass connectivity and faster speeds create opportunities for businesses to network more devices, complete more transactions, and enhance transaction quality. Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and internet of things (IoT) are two such technologies that represent significant opportunities for strategic cybersecurity technology professionals to create lasting value for their organizations.

IoT is the phenomenon of connecting devices used in everyday life. It provides an interactive environment of human users and a myriad of devices in a global information highway, always on and always able to provide information. IoT connections happen among many types of devices—sensors, embedded technologies, machines, appliances, smartphones—all connected through wired and wireless networks.

Cloud architectures such as software as a service have further enabled big data analytics and improvement in areas such as automated manufacturing. Data and real-time analytics are now available to workers through wearables and mobile devices.

Such pervasive proliferation of IoT devices gives hackers avenues to gain access to personal data and financial information and increases the complexity of data protection. Given the increased risks of data breaches, newer techniques in data loss prevention should be examined.

Increased bandwidth and increased levels of interconnectivity have allowed data to become dispersed, creating issues for big data integrity. In such a world, even the financial transactions of the future are likely to be different—digital currencies such as Bitcoin may be used for some future financial transactions.

To survive and thrive, organizational technology strategists must develop appropriate technology road maps. These strategists must consider appropriate function, protection, and tamper-proofing of these new communications and transactions.

It will be impossible to protect data by merely concentrating on protecting repositories such as networks or endpoints. Cybersecurity strategists have to concentrate on protecting the data themselves. They will need to ensure that the data are protected no matter where they reside.

In this project, you will work with team members to compile a technology strategy plan for your organization to protect data throughout the company. This project will take about two weeks to complete. There are 10 steps in the project, which will include a 12- to 15-page report, slide presentation, and lab report. First, begin with the project scenario above, and then move to Step 1, where you will be assigned roles within your team and sign the team project charter.

Deliverables

  • A Cybersecurity Technology Strategic Plan, about 12 to 15 double-spaced pages in a Word document with citations in APA format. The page count does not include figures, diagrams, tables, or citations. There is no penalty for using additional pages. Include a minimum of six references. Include a reference list in your plan.
  • A set of about five to 10 narrated PowerPoint slides (written narration or in-class presentation can be substituted for audio/video narration) as an executive overview briefing that reflects the key elements of your team plan.
  • Lab results of each individual member of the team.

Your work will be evaluated using the competencies listed below.

  • 2.1: Identify and clearly explain the issue, question, or problem under critical consideration.
  • 2.4: Consider and analyze information in context to the issue or problem.
  • 2.5: Develop well-reasoned ideas, conclusions or decisions, checking them against relevant criteria and benchmarks.
  • 4.3: Contribute to team projects, assignments, or organizational goals as an engaged member of a team.
  • 4.4: Demonstrate diversity and inclusiveness in a team setting.
  • 5.2: Knowledge of architectural methodologies used in the design and development of information systems, including the physical structure of a system’s internal operations and interactions with other systems and knowledge of standards that either are compliant with or derived from established standards or guidelines.
  • 6.3: Specify security solutions based on knowledge of principles, procedures, and tools of data management, such as modeling techniques, data backup, data recovery, data directories, data warehousing, data mining, data disposal, and data standardization processes.
  • 8.4: Possess knowledge of proper and effective communication in case of an incident or crisis.

Step 3: Develop Goals and Objectives

You and your team members have outlined the proposed devices and technologies for the data loss prevention plan. Next, focus on the organizational mission and develop a set of goals and objectives to show how your set of chosen devices and technologies will help your company prepare for the future. Include a discussion for deploying, maintaining, and securing these devices and technologies.

This section of the team plan should also include a discussion on the devices and technologies’ impact to the existing company infrastructure and security.

When you’ve completed this section, move to the next step, where you and your team members will conduct a detailed analysis of each device and technology.

Below you will find set ideas that will be in the overall paper. I am only responsible for step 3.

Name of Company: Global Media

Business Goals: Let’s stick with the theme of the course and be a media streaming/subscription company (Like Netflix). Important to protect intellectual property (shows, movies, music). Need to stop data leaks but also provide connectivity and high level of service to internal and external users. 

General Ideas for Solutions:

  1. IPv6 – Although there has been a lot of talk about IPv6, that “flip of the switch” from IPv4 to IPv6 hasnt happened yet and won’t really happen for a while. So although it might be good to get ahead of the game, it is not as critical as some might make it out to be.
  1. Choice – CISCO IOS Devices that are IPv6 ready.
  2. New networking hardware is pretty much all IPv6 ready. Issue is with legacy HW. That should be talked about in the paper.
  3. IoT – The amount of administration and maintenance needed to keep up with patches/vulnerabilities is probably more than the benefit of having “smart” devices in a corporate network, but we can always pick a device or two to talk about
    1. Hardware choice – open to ideas
    1. Software Choice – Altair SmartWorks for centralized IoT device management.
    1. Alternative – don’t have IoT devices connected within the boundary.
  4. Blockchain – Storage of corporate data within a blockchain platform could help with DLP by providing strong encryption, non-repudiation, etc.
    1. Oracle BlockChain Platform
  5. Data Loss Prevention Platforms – Agent-based DLP solutions
    1. ForcePoint
    1. Alternative – Sophos, McAfee.
  6. Big Data Analytics for Security (Thinking SIEM tool/analytics of network and system traffic to detect potential malicious activity) 
    1. Splunk
    1. Alternative – Elastic Stack, Solarwinds
  7. Data Governance
    1. IBM Data Governance

Other points are addressed within the above solutions.  I’m not sure we need to talk about a specific product that would address them. More of less rolled into other solutions, but still need to at least talk about what they are: Data masking, data obfuscation, tamper-proofing.

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Suppose you are a vendor and have been awarded a contract. Due to your vigilance and expertise, the project will be completed prior to the deadline.

Suppose you are a vendor and have been awarded a contract. Due to your vigilance and expertise, the project will be completed prior to the deadline. This event is great news as it is your first contract and you want to do
the job well. However, due to issues on behalf of your client, the government, delays have occurred in the final
stages of completion.
Describe your rights and remedies for the damages caused by the government’s delay. Then, describe the rights
and remedies of the government even though the government purportedly caused the delay. If it is determined
that you, as the contractor, are not responsible for the delay, how would you assess the damages against the
government?

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Thinking about the different types of pollutants and heat that can be effectively processed by our environment, which are the most critical to address?

In Chapter 6, “The Environment – Part I,” Hite and Seitz (2016) note that pollution and global warming were an
important concern of the first world conference on the environment that was held in Sweden in 1972.

Principle 6 of that declaration stated that we must stop the release of pollutants and heat that cannot be effectively processed
by our environment in the Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment [PDF],
Chapter I, p. 4.


• Thinking about the different types of pollutants and heat that can be effectively processed by our environment, which are the most critical to address? Identify three pollutants you consider to be the most critical to address and explain why you believe they are most important.