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Weitzen Paper Company

Weitzen Paper Company (Project materials under Content)

Each student needs to upload one report – two files: one word document file with the supporting optimization, one Excel file, into this Dropbox. Please make sure that you write down your name on the title page.

The report should include executive summary, introduction, model/methodology, and recommendations/conclusions.

In your executive summary, you summarize your whole report in one page.

Introduction briefly explains the company’s background and its problem.

Methodology in this case is your Excel optimization. Just like many exercise we have done, please formulate the problem, include decision variables, type formulas for constraints, and optimize your solution using solver. When face a new scenario, please use a new sheet in Excel. You may use other tools in Excel for forecasting.

Based on your Excel results, you may answer these questions on page 4 by making appropriate recommendations and conclusions.

Type your report with a double-space format and use the APA style. You may check following websites for further details about APA style

Character sketch

This assignment comprises two parts:

(a) Compose a 600-word character sketch in which you create a composite character who is based on the traits of at least two fictional characters we have come across in the stories we have read throughout this semester. Give your character a name of your own making and a “context” in contemporary society. Your sketch could be an extended descriptive portrayal of a “stationary” of “fixed” character, or you could put your character in action in a little story or episode.
For example, my character’s name is Adam Walcott, a theatre director who is ambitious like Dee and manipulative like Montresorbut also a reflective truth-seeker like Mel. For him, the end justifies the means. Walcott can be devious and unethical in how he raises money to keep his theatre in business, and he isn’t aboveharshly criticizing his actors and driving them hard in rehearsal – sometime too hard. But everything he does isalways with the intention of producing the best play and best performances possible. Let me tell you a little story that illustrates how he operates….
To begin with, you may think of your character as the ideal or not-so-ideal spouse, friend, roommate, business partner, spy, politician, neighbor, teammate, therapist, doctor, super-hero etc … the list can go on …. Let your imagination and creativity flow! This exercise calls for vivid, precise descriptions featuring bold verbs and meaningful adjectives and adverbs.

(b) Write one paragraph in which you identify the fictional characters from the stories we’ve read whom you use to create your own character and describe their particular traits that you use in your sketch. “My character Adam Walcott is based on Alice Walker’s Dee, Edgar Allan Poe’s Montresor, and Raymond Carver’s Mel….”

Biological theories of gender development and gender schema theory Poster

For this part of the unit you need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
• Biological explanations of sex and gendereg, hormones, chromosomes, reproductive organs, Oestrogen and Testosterone.
• Gender schema theory and its strengths and limitations

Your poster must outline biological theories of gender development and gender schema theory. You should also briefly include some evaluation of the 2 theories.
Create a poster which demonstrates your understanding of the theories of how individuals acquire gender identity. You should contrast biological explanations: the role of genes and hormones with psychological explanations: gender schema theory and social influences. You should include some examples of research to accompany each theory and refer to psychological terminology where appropriate.
Gender Development
Two theories of gender development:
Biological: Genetics and Hormones,
Social/Psychological: Gender schema theory
What factors affect development of gender identity?
Can you categorise your ideas?-physical, emotional, social etc.
Sex is a biological fact- whether a person is genetically male or female.
Gender is socially constructed – a sense of who you are –maleness and femaleness.

Drafting an internal business proposal

The purpose of this assignment is to begin drafting an internal business proposal that outlines how you will implement the solution to the problem you have identified in your organization.
There are several parts to this assignment, and each part has been explained and briefly outlined in the “Business Proposal Project Summary” document in the Course Materials. That document should be used as a guide to assist you with constructing key elements of the proposal. Word count guidelines are provided for each section of the business proposal. For this assignment, you will complete the Purpose Statement, Problem Statement, Data and Research Findings, Proposed Solution, Stakeholder Analysis and Benefits, and Implementation Methods sections of the Business Proposal. Much of this content has been generated in the Topic 1-4 assignments, as noted below.
1. Purpose Statement (100-250 words) provides clear statement of why the business proposal is being made.
2. Problem Statement (revised as needed from Topic 1 assignment feedback) including specific data (statistics and numbers) related to how the problem impacts the business. This part of the proposal should include the graph/chart/data you collected in Part 1 of the Topic 2 assignment.
3. Data and Research Findings (250-500 words) should include a summary of what you learned from conducting research related to what has already been done to address the organizational problem. This part of the proposal should include the graph/chart/data you collected in Part 2 of the Topic 2 assignment.
4. Proposed Solution (250-500 words) should include a summary of the top three problem solutions you considered to address the problem. In addition to including the graph/chart/data you collected in Part 3 of the Topic 2 assignment, this section should provide a succinct discussion of the pros and cons of implementing each of the top three solutions being considered to address the problem.
5. Stakeholder Analysis and Benefits (500 words, revised as needed from Topic 3 assignment feedback)
6. Implementation Methods (250-500 words) summarize specific strategies that will used to implement the problem solution including time and costs associated with implementation.
It is important to include specific data throughout the business proposal. Include statistics that support the problem statement; can be used to establish and track goals; relate to specifics of implementation, timing, and cost; and illustrate stakeholder benefits. Keep in mind that the proposal is an internal document that will be read by stakeholders within the organization where the problem exists. Focus on this audience as you write. Within the Word document, include subsection titles to organize content according to the categories listed above to provide easy reference points for the reader.
APA format is required for essays only. Solid academic writing is always expected.

A Culture of Success: How Zappos Is Transforming Organizational Structure

A maximum 2,500-word paper (not including title page, abstract, or reference list) that demonstrates mastery of the major seminar theories and concepts pertaining to the organizational leadership topic that you have chosen to research. This individual paper should contribute knowledge to the broader topic of study your team is covering and will contribute to the team presentation.
• Purpose: This assignment offers you an opportunity to analyze, reflect upon, research, and write about a topic of interest to you that supports your team’s area of research.
• Process:
1. Conduct a research review into a topic of interest that relates directly to an understanding of organization, management and leadership. Select a research topic that is sufficiently meaningful for each team member and one that will cause you to reflect upon your organization, management and leadership capacity and future goals. What is most important for this assignment is that your study both contributes to team learning (of the broader team topic) and serves to influence your thinking and possibly your own attitudes and behavior in the workplace.
2. Each team will determine the best way to research the topic and the optimal manner in which to write the paper. It is important to seek and effectively incorporate insights from relevant scholarly journal articles and texts and other sources of value. The questions addressed in this paper will be dependent on each team’s personal interest and point of exploration. The following grading rubric will be used to evaluate papers. It is intended to help guide the overall quality of your paper. It is not intended as an outline or blueprint.
• A. Research Factors (15% of grade) Meets or exceeds assignment requirements for citations from readings, scholarly journals and other sources. Effectively cites research to support key points
• B. Knowledge and critical thinking (50%) These are arranged by level of difficulty. Good to exceptional proficiency is expected in all factors at the graduate level.
Describe information: Accurately represents information from readings, articles, and lectures.
Comprehend: Correctly interprets and explains the meaning and relevance of ideas. Apply what has been learned: Effectively applies information to new situations or problems.
Analyze: Recognizes patterns, inconsistencies, assumptions, and issues.
Develop and present logical arguments: Avoids flawed logic, poor assumptions, etc.
Synthesize: Recognizes connections between and among ideas and predicts possible outcomes.
Evaluate: Evaluates the merits of ideas using appropriate criteria.
Decide and recommend: Recommends sound and supportable actions derived from research and analysis.
C. Writing/Presentation evaluation factor (35%) Organizes ideas to help the reader and ensure understanding. Writes and/or speaks clearly using Standard English free of errors in grammar or syntax. Properly uses APA or reference citation formatting standards as outlined in policy.
3. Research Paper Coverage: You are free and encouraged to select the best format for this paper. The following six sections or themes should be addressed in some capacity:
1. Title page – team name, members, topic title, date
2. Abstract – a brief description (usually a paragraph) of the research objectives, approach and findings
3. Philosophical Basis – Briefly explain the purpose of the assignment, the main points you will be making from your analysis of the topic, and the organization of the paper. Why is this meaningful to your team? What do you hope to learn? Why is this important? What or who are the theoretical areas of relevance and inspiration?
4. Critical Literature Review – Theoretical discussion and analysis of the relevant and critical theories and ideas that inform your research. These should focus on theories, models, topics that we have examined throughout this course. You are encouraged to use and cite articles, blogs, books, web sources, content and materials from both material that we have covered, and sources from outside our course to critically analyze your topic and address important questions you are exploring. The paper should incorporate 10 or more references and citations of relevant theory and concepts. This section drives the search for understanding by identifying what has been written and studied on the topic, identifying the subject matter experts and individuals of interest for future review.
5. Topic Strategic Integration or How the Topic Relates to Other Factors – This component simply relates your topic and research to at least two other organizational factors impacting our world. You should describe how your topic and research has implications for at least two other organizational factors. These two (or more if you see a strong connection) factors should come from the following list:
-Global and virtually distributed work
-Knowledge Management
-Social or Human Factors
-Talent management
-Portfolio and strategic management
-Implications for project and program work
-Entrepreneurship and new ways of working
-Innovation and creative structures
-Accelerated learning
-Digital technology and social media
-Governance, business management and operations
-Measurement
6. Group opinion, recommendations and diverse viewpoints –
• What does the team think about the topic and current research? (Feel free to disagree with current approaches and viewpoints.)
• Are there important issues or questions yet to be resolved?
What advice does the team have for managers in tackling this issue?
• What are the key lessons? (What does the team consider to be the key takeaways?)

Remember to proofread your paper before submission to ensure it not only accomplishes the task but that it meets acceptable graduate level standards for writing mechanics and clarity. Also, be certain the paper complies with proper formatting rules, including treatment of citations and references.

Genetic Alterations and Cancer: Approach to Care

Write a paper (1,250-1,750 words) describing the approach to care of cancer. In addition, include the following in your paper:
Describe the diagnosis and staging of cancer.
Describe at least three complications of cancer, the side effects of treatment, and methods to lessen physical and psychological effects.
Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines. An abstract is not required.
This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the

rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.
Rubric
Explanation of the Diagnosis and Staging of Cancers is Provided.
At Least Three Complications of Cancer are Identified With Comprehensive Discussion of Available Treatments.

Provides Recommendations to Address Physiological and Psychological Side Effects of Care.

Textbook
1. Pathophysiology
Copstead, L. C., & Banasik, J. L. (2012) Pathophysiology (5th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier. ISBN: 9781455726509. (Available as eBook)
Review fundamental concepts from chapters 5 and 6.
Read chapters 7 and 11.

American Cancer Society (ACS)
I will be exploring the ACS website to answer the discussion question for my class this coming week
http://www.cancer.org/index
Read “A Tool To Balance Benefit and Harm When Deciding About Adjuvant Therapy,” by Knops, Goossens, Burger, Stalpers, and Ubbink, from the British Journal of Cancer (2009).
https://lopes.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=36966891&site=ehost-live&scope=site

I have found the Mayo Clinic another good resources/reference. However, I am fine with whatever references you find to make this an excellent paper.

Liabilities

Hypothesize a scenario in which one could intentionally misstate liabilities for his or her personal financial gain. Recommend two (2) actions that companies can take to prevent or detect intentional misstatements of liabilities for personal financial gain. Justify your response.
Imagine that you are advising an investor who is considering purchasing bonds from the selected company. Analyze the types of bonds the chosen company issues, and make a recommendation to the investor as to which type of bond would provide the most value. Justify your response.

Big Five Personality Types

Write a 800-word paper in which you address the following:

– Explains and addresses the big five personality types
– The paper includes strengths and weaknesses of each of the big five personality types
– The paper includes a discussion on how personality types can influence job performance.

Movie reflection

You should comment on whatever is most significant for you, what will you remember about the film a year from now, how did it inspire you (or not). I am interested in your reaction to the film, your analysis of why it was moving, compelling, boring, redundant, exciting for you, and why. I will evaluate the overall thoughtfulness and quality of your blog responses.

Movie: Ai Weiwei, Never Sorry

critical analysis of Social Realism

Write a 500-750 word essay on one of the following topics. The word count does not include formatting or the works cited page.
Write a critical analysis of one of the works from weeks 1 or 2. An overview of approaches can be found here, but many are quite straightforward. Psychological, gender, sociological, biographical, and historical are all approaches that many use naturally in viewing a work. However, if your interest lies elsewhere, feel free to choose another approach.

Compare and contrast two of the stories from weeks 1 and 2. Be sure that you have isolated a strong and debatable thesis on which to build the essay. Simply pointing out the differences is not analysis. Toward that end, you may want to focus on a specific element of the stories.

If there’s an aspect of the stories from these two weeks that particularly interests you, you may choose your own topic, but you must run it by me first to be sure it is headed in an analytical direction.

Your essay should be formatted in MLA style, including double spacing throughout. All sources should be properly cited both in the text and on a works cited page. As with most academic writing, this essay should be written in third person. Please avoid both first person (I, we, our, etc.) and second person (you, your).

In the upper left-hand corner of the paper, place your name, the professor’s name, the course name, and the due date for the assignment on consecutive lines. Double space your information from your name onward, and don’t forget a title. All papers should be in Times New Roman font with 12-point type with one-inch margins all the way around your paper. All paragraph indentations should be indented five spaces (use the tab key) from the left margin. All work is to be left justified. When quoting lines in literature, please research the proper way to cite short stories, plays, or poems.

You should use the online APUS library to look for scholarly sources. Be careful that you don’t create a “cut and paste” paper of information from your various sources. Your ideas are to be new and freshly constructed. Also, take great care not to plagiarize.
Whatever topic you choose you will need a debatable thesis. A thesis is not a fact, a quote, or a question. It is your position on the topic. The reader already knows the story; you are to offer him a new perspective based on your observations.
Since the reader is familiar with the story, summary is unnecessary. Rather than tell him what happened, tell him what specific portions of the story support your thesis.