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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE ON TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I believe teaching is a noble profession and only a few can do exceptionally well in it
because it entails incessant mastery of subject matter, great passion for it, and the inordinate
desire to impart this passion in your students. My teaching philosophy is as a product of my
upbringing, my experience as a teacher and also as a student for more than two decades ago, in
both US and Africa. Although my parents never stepped into a classroom, their aspiration to
invest in knowledge by taking us to school regardless of financial constraints inspired me a lot to
strive to learn and pass the knowledge to others. My first formal teaching experience was in
Kenya and this transpired immediately after finishing high school when I was hired as un-trained
(UT) primary school teacher for one year in my village. This first teaching experience indeed
was an eye-opener to appreciate the challenges teachers face in disseminating knowledge. It also
helped me appreciate the different paces of cognitive development in children and kept me busy
during the two-year period of waiting for admission to public university. I later pursued a bachelor
of education science degree [B.Ed (Sci)] in my undergraduate studies which provided the
foundations for effective teaching and for inspiring the desire to learn in my students, as well as
solidified my interest in placing an emphasis on teaching and mentoring in my academic career.

As a graduate student at Binghamton University, I have had opportunities to teach a
range of courses in Chemistry ranging from freshmen general chemistry to upper level
undergraduate chemistry as a Teaching assistant and as a class instructor. I have interacted with
students with varied personal characteristics and diverse career majors. As a teacher, I feel that it
is my mission rather than just my obligation to devotedly dedicate my service to my students and
their learning for the entire period of the course and impact their lives beyond classroom. My
pedagogic approach to teaching centers foremost on providing the best possible conducive
learning environment, offer various techniques of learning material and tools that are
fundamental for my students to learn. To have a positive class atmosphere, I try to invest time in
building a rapport with my students by encouraging active class participation by asking questions
and allowing students to ask questions about the subject in order to gauge their understanding
and the pace of assimilation of the learning material. Furthermore, I do not just expect respect from my students, but I treat them with the same kind of respect and show that I care about them
and I am interested in their learning.
The most intuitive lesson from my experiences as a student and as a teacher which I
strongly consider important for successful class instruction is to set course/class objectives right
at the beginning, elucidate how to achieve them, and explain the expected end-results to your
students. This may sound obvious, but many teachers seem to know their expectations of
students but they inadequately communicate them to their students in advance. During my
undergraduate studies, I learned that most students strive to excel in semester examinations and
they do everything possible to achieve this. During the examination period, most students engage in
what I consider unorthodox study methods such as rote learning to grasp the material and beat time.
As a teacher, I encourage my students to strive to understand the concepts rather than study for
sake of passing tests because I believe that comprehension of the learning material leads to an
instinctive excellence in examinations as well.
To impart knowledge more efficiently, I strongly believe in embracing new technology of
polling devices like i-Clicker to encourage active participation and class attendance. This
gives an instant analysis as to whether the students follow you or not, and in case of comprehension
is low; I quickly formulate an action plan to clarify the concept under discussion. Having gone
through a challenging education system in Africa where students have the perception that sciences
and especially chemistry is difficult; I desire as a teacher to demystify the impression that
chemistry is a difficult subject. Encouraging student-driven learning is effective in breaking hard
concepts for students to understand. To illustrate my point here, in my lectures, I encourage
small-group problem-solving sessions, random quizzes, class-demonstrations, and use eyecatching & intriguing lecture presentations furnished with easy to understand concepts.
Finally, I strongly believe that instilling confidence and being tactfully friendly to
students without necessarily spoon-feeding them or guiding them in a step by step learning will
help students appreciate their abilities. Borrowing from my experience as a student, I nurture
critical thinking by encouraging students to solve problems on the blackboard in front of the whole
class and when stuck they pass-on the chalk to another student until the problem is solved. In a
laboratory setting, guiding students to correlate the theoretical concepts and the hands-on
experiments help them to understand the concepts well and retain the knowledge forever.

How social media is slowing the spread of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had severe negative impacts on nearly all the economies of the world. As currently reported, about 4.2 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, which has led to approximately 285 250 deaths across the globe. The increasing number of cases is worrying, prompting researchers, governments, and policymakers similar to devise means of slowing if not stopping the spread of the disease. Social media is considered one of the most suitable tools that can be adopted in slowing the spread of the virus (Iwai). Social media platforms play a vital role in information sharing among users across the world, as such, such could play a significant role in the global response to the pandemic. Issues of misinformation and posting of fake news through social media platforms may negatively impact the fight against COVID-19 (Pulido et al. 2430). However, the current fact-checking policy embraced by the social media platforms and the surge in the platform users guarantees the spread of correct information to the many users and policymakers to adopt behaviors and actions capable of slowing down the spread of the virus.

Global Community Impact

Social media platforms create a virtual community to support useful information sharing among users. Such information is likely to reach a broad audience when many users are brought on board. During this pandemic, there has been a surge in the number of social media platform users. An increase in the number of users in platforms such as WeChat, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook has been in the recent past, with WhatsApp registering the highest increase of about 51% (Qin et al.). In Spain, for instance, the number of Facebook users increased by 10.5% in February and March when COVID-19 was reported in the region. Such an increase in the number of users presents an opportunity for people to interact widely in various regions and across the globe. Also, the interactions support appropriate information sharing on activities and behaviors that will aid in slowing the spread of the virus.

Slowing the rate of COVID-19 infection is only possible when credible and accurate information is shared across the many social media platforms. Initially, social media platforms had been marred with significant laxity in fact-checking the content and information posted by various users. In most instances, fake news and misleading information have been spread to many users across the globe, causing serious damages based on the consumers of such information. During this pandemic, a significant number of social media platforms have diverted from the non-fact checking policy of its content. Facebook, for instance, brought down a video shared by the Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, indicating that “hydroxychloroquine is effective in curing COVID-19,” notwithstanding the drug is still under testing (Bowman). Also, Google removed, Infowars, an App from its play store, initiated by Alex Jones, that disputed the need for quarantine and social distancing as actions needed to slow the spread of the virus. The effective fact-checking policies adopted by most of the social media platforms ensure that only correct information is spread to the users, consequently aiding in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Social media platforms support various campaigns to counter the impacts of COVID-19. Through platforms such as Instagram, celebrities have been involved in campaigns to communicate with their many followers and help stop the spread of the virus. The “Stay at home” campaign has been implemented by many celebrities through their Instagram pages to communicate the importance of social distancing in the fight against COVID-19 (Velez). The high number of followers exhibited by these celebrities has contributed to their effectiveness in reaching out and communicating with many people to stay at home (Iwai). World Health Organization Instagram page, for instance, has only 4.6 million users, while the CDC account has about 0.7 million users, numbers that are below those commanded by celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, who has 168 million followers (Velez). She has been communicating with her followers to practice social distancing and stay at home, a campaign that has yielded positive results based on the positive responses she received from the followers. Instagram has thus enabled celebrities to communicate the need and importance of social distance, a practice that is considered useful in preventing the spread of the virus.

Other campaigns, such as the “flattening the curve,” have also been constructed through the social media platforms to slow down the rate of COVID-19 infections. Many social media platform users have created content that has gone viral to communicate the need for the people to flatten the curve and ensure fewer people contract the disease (Iwai). A significant number of Facebook users have either posted videos or pictures of them staying at home or undertaking measures such as handwashing to minimize their chances of contracting the virus (Qin et al.). Such contents are creatively presented to ensure they are widely shared and go viral to create awareness on the need to lower the infection rates (Iwai). Videos of individuals singing in the streets, undertaking various chores at home have been posted on Facebook to showcase their willingness to stay at home and contribute towards flattening the curve and lowering the rates of infections.

Musicians have also played a critical role in slowing the rate of COVID-19 infection. Using social media platforms as a channel to reach their fans, the musicians have presented concerts that advise their fans to stay at home and practice social distancing as efforts to slow the spread of the virus. Besides keeping their fans entertained to encourage them to stay at home, the concerts are also used as an avenue to pass messages on actions and change of behavior needed to prevent further spread of COVID-19 (Iwai). Discogs “Homespun” livestream series, for instance, has been involved in spinning vinyl records for viewers across the world. His Facebook livestream concerts also include various sessions where he persuades his fans to stay at home and contributes toward the COVID-19 relief funds geared towards assisting the affected persons. Billie Elish has also adopted the live concert approach to reach out to her many fans. She uses the “one world together at home” theme during her concerts as an encouragement for people to stay at home and avoid contacting the virus (Qin et al.). Such concerts streamed live on the social media platforms are effective in entertaining the users as well as encouraging them to practice social distancing as a practice to reduce the spread of COVID-19 virus.

Social media platforms have also been used as an avenue to promote healthy behavior focused on protecting individuals from contacting COVID-19 as well as assist the body fight the virus. Home workout videos are posted on the platforms to encourage the users to engage in physical activities that will boost their immunity (Breen). Individuals with weak or compromised immune systems are highly susceptible to the virus. Participating in active physical exercise will improve the immunity of individuals, thus lowering their vulnerability to the virus. Home workout videos such as “See10Do10” help people to stay active while social distancing (Breen). The challenge encourages users to do ten push-ups and tag other friends to do the same. The idea is to inspire people to remain physically active, despite the closure of the workout classes and gyms across the globe. The implications are a significant improvement in the immunity of individuals to limit their possibility of contracting the virus.

Educative campaigns have also been posted on the social media platforms as a measure to curb COVID-19. Contents such as “wash your hand” campaigns have gone viral in Facebook as a strategy to teach people, mostly children, on how to appropriately wash their hands to stay away from the virus (Iwai). Creative videos, mostly presented as a demonstration of the handwashing process, have been posted on the platform to reach many users and ensure they practice the same at home and other social places. The use of cartoons in educating the children on handwashing has also been profound, with many people engaging in creative ideas to attract and reach out to the children (Qin et al.). Such content has also included the benefits of handwashing and its role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Such educative content is focused on minimizing the viral spread across all populations.

The adverse effects of the pandemic can cause significant mental health problems for individuals in different parts of the world. Cases of depression and anxiety are likely to be reported owing to the increasing number of deaths and the lack of uncertainties in getting a cure for the disease. The boredom that comes with an extended stay in isolation can also result in mental illness. Social media has played a significant role in addressing the mental problems and ensuring people remain healthy during the pandemic (Iwai). Psychologists have been involved in the provision of counseling to victims affected by the virus to ensure they maintain social distancing even with the challenges. Through the Zoom platforms, psychologists are able to connect with many people across the globe that are experiencing various challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Telemedicine advertisements are also posted on social media platforms to further communicate the approaches that can be adopted by the affected victims to avoid going into depression (Qin et al.). Resolving the mental health issues and ensuring that people adhere to the set guidelines on COVID-19 prevention slows down the spread of the virus across the globe.

Research Community Impact

To the researchers and policymakers, social media platforms also play a significant role in assisting them to stop the spread of COVID-19. The researchers use data from the social media platforms to understand the extent of the spread of the disease, thus formulate policies to stop further spread. For instance, researchers at Georgia State University, for instance, retrieved a trove of data from Twitter that assisted them in analyzing the spread and impact of the virus in the region (Toumey Reetz). More than 140 million tweets dataset on COVID-19 is publicly available on Twitter that can be adopted in providing insights on the extent of the outbreak as well as responsive to treatment for various changes and adjustments to be made. The datasets readily available on social media platforms thus assists researchers in having a better understanding of the impacts of the virus in a region, for the formulation of appropriate policies to address and improve the situation.

The data from the social media platforms have also been adopted in the evaluation of the movement of people to aid in contact tracing. The conversations publicly available in the social media and the posts made by various individuals can be retrieved and used in identifying their immediate contacts and points of interactions in case that they test positive for the virus (Toumey Reetz). For instance, most social media users tend to post their location in various instances. Such information is important to the researchers in assisting them in reaching all the contacts that might have interacted with the confirmed COVID-19 positive case. Contact tracing and isolation of the contacts is one of the most appropriate approaches in slowing the rate of COVID-19 spread (Toumey Reetz). The practice is, however, only effective when all the people who came into contact with the positive case are traced. Social medial platforms have proven to be effective in assisting the contact tracing process, thus explaining its contribution towards the efforts to lower the spread of the virus to various parts of the world.

Understanding population behavior is also vital in the fight against COVID-19. It is reported that the behavior and actions of individuals within a locality will determine the rate of spread of the virus. For instance, strict adherence to the social distancing practice, practicing good hygiene and the use of masks when out in public places are activities that will limit the chances of an individual to contact the virus (Toumey Reetz). The behavior of a given population and their strict adherence to the communicated best practices can be explored over the social media platforms for the policymakers to adopt appropriate measures. Researchers from the state university of Georgia used the tweets, sentiments, and impressions to understand the behaviors of a target population. The resulting information obtained was used in improving the campaigns on social distancing to ensure people stayed at home. Such information apprises the decision of policymakers on the campaigns aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 from ensuring a desirable outcome is attained.

Issues of data privacy are likely to arise with the use of personal data from the social media platform. Collecting data of the individual to monitor their movement using various contact tracing apps is considered a violation of the principle of data minimization and results in serious security and privacy issues (Stolton). According to the European Commission, location data obtained from various apps is not recommended for contact tracing and may breach the data privacy policies (Auxier). Unless a specific app is endorsed and approved by competent authorities in charge of a COVID-19 health crisis, they should not be adopted in contact tracing.

Various social media platforms are ensuring that ethical retrieval of data is embraced. Twitter, for instance, has put up measures to assist researchers in obtaining public data on various conversations and sentiments without breaching their privacy. Twitter has introduced a new COVID-19 stream endpoint to those taking part in Twitter developer labs, a program that gives access to new API endpoints after their public release (Perez). The endpoint enables developers to ethically access COVID-19 tweets in various languages to acquire a data set capable of guiding research in a wide range of COVID-19 related topics. Public health authorities in different parts of the world have also been engaged in assessing the effectiveness of the contact tracing app prior to their application (Auxier). Such measures ensure that privacy and security issues do not arise from the use of twitter and other social media platforms in providing more insights to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Conclusion

Social media platforms have played a significant role in slowing the spread of COVID-19 across the globe. As much as issues of misinformation and fake news are likely to affect the effectiveness of the tool in accomplishing the above role, with the fact-checking policy and the approaches adopted in addressing the issues of data privacy and security; social media platforms are effective tools that promote behavior change amongst users and policymakers geared towards preventing the spread of the virus. Social media platforms support the creation of virtual communities that can easily interact with other users. As such, celebrities have used the platforms as avenues to conduct various campaigns to communicate the importance of staying at home and social distancing. Viral contents and educative programs aired on social media platforms have also been effective in convincing the users to adopt activities focused on lowering the spread of the virus. Professionals, mostly psychologists, have also made use of the platforms to reach out to users and address mental illness problems, that might have exposed them to the virus. To the researchers and policymakers, social media conversations and sentiments have proven effective in providing more insights on the extent of the spread of the disease in a region for appropriate policy to be implemented. Data from the social media platforms have also been employed to assist in contact tracing, a strategy considered effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19. The practical strategies put in place to address the issues of inaccurate information sharing and data privacy and security have enhanced the effectiveness of the social media platforms in slackening the spread of COVID-19 across the globe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The technological changes in the production, distribution and consumption of TV: A case of the Black Mirror TV series

Paper

Length requirements:

1250-1750 words (including the title and bibliography/works cited pages). For every 100 words under or over the word count, papers will be penalized 2%, e.g., a 1000-word paper will incur a 4% penalty, while a 1900-word paper will be levied a 2% penalty.

Students should upload their assignment as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx).

Formatting requirements:

Submissions should be double-spaced, with a 12-point font (Times New Roman/Arial/Cambria). Citations should be formatted in APA citation style, with a bibliography or works cited section at the end of their submission

Submissions should include a cover page that includes student name, number, and course information, along with an appropriate title (e.g., “Soundcloud Killed the Video Star: Hip-Hop as Subculture and as Cultural Dominant” or “An Analysis of Jeffree Star as Micro-Celebrity”).

Students may use first-person pronouns (e.g., “I,” “my,” etc.) in the course of writing their response.

Turnitin:

Students’ submissions will be checked for originality after they have uploaded their assignment, using Turnitin (see the syllabus).   For their paper to be accepted for grading, students must produce a similarity index score lower than 20%. Papers submitted with a score of 20% or higher will not be graded until they are resubmitted with a satisfactory score.

Research requirements:

Students must cite or refer to at least five (5) academic sources, of which no more than two (2) can be from the course assigned readings. (Course assigned readings do not have to be used; all five academic sources can be from outside of the course.) An academic source can include an article from a peer-reviewed journal, a chapter from a text published by a university or scholarly press, etc. If students are unsure as to whether a source can be considered sufficiently academic, they should ask the instructor to confirm its acceptability. Non-academic sources like newspaper articles or blog entries can also be used but will not count towards the minimum number of academic sources that must be included in the paper.

SAMPLE

The technological advancements reported in the broadcasting industry has had significant effects on the production and distribution of television content. Such changes have also affected the consumption of the content with the current consumers dictating the kind of information they devour (Van Dijck, 2007). According to Li, et al (2019) the emerging technologies have empowered the audience to control the conversation and content directed to them through the television programs and series. The power of the audience to research and share ideas and have been enhanced by increased access to information and heightened connectivity achieved by the changes in the technology. Consequently, television series’ producers are forced to change how they connect with the audiences. Significant changes have been evident in the nature of the content produced and their distribution process via different media (D’heer & Courtois, 2016). The Black Mirror TV series, first launched in the year 2011, clearly depicts the changes evident in Television production and distribution in the current times (Oihab, 2019). While exploring the impacts of technology on Television, this paper gives a discussion of the important changes evident in the production, distribution, and consumption of the Black Mirror series. The emphasis is on the integration of the emerging technologies in the production and distribution of the series’ content to meet the expected consumption needs of the current audience.

Technological Changes in production, distribution, and consumption of Television

Changes in technology in the broadcasting industry entail the inception and diffusion of new production techniques and products. Such changes have led to the demise of old practices and the emergence of new activities that form the basis of competition in the sector. To keep up with the changes and remain competitive, producers in the industry have embraced the technological changes and incorporated them into their production.

Focusing on TV production, major changes have been witnessed with the emergence of digital technologies incorporated in the production of various TV programs. According to Li et al (2019), the increasing capacity of the viewers to use smartphones, tablets, and computers in the production process has affected how various contents are produced on television. The many avenues for the production of TV content have resulted in a significant decline in the cost of production. Also, the proliferation of various contents available over internet platforms such as YouTube and Hulu have made it possible for the producers to avail content at a reduced cost. Such advancement in technology has reduced the issue of financial constraint that was initially reported amongst TV producers as an impediment to their production (Beutler, 2019). Consequently, the release of TV programs and series has seized to be a daunting task for most producers.

Besides, reducing the cost of production, the digitization of the TV production process has also resulted in changes in the features and nature of actors that can be included in a program. The high capacity of data transmission supported by the digitization process has enabled the produced to avail higher quality images and interactive processes in their production (Li, et al., 2019). The high interactivity also supports the inclusion of more actors in the program, and the ability to compress the TV series content to occupy less storage space. Overly, the digitization of the TV production process has increased the data transmission capacity and relatively reduced the cost of operation for producers giving them an opportunity to avail quality content to the target audience.

Further emergence of new medium for the distribution of the TV content has also been reported within the broadcasting industry. Technological changes such as the development of the internet and increased accessibility of the same has made it possible for the producers to avail their content through a wide range of media (Van Dijck, 2007). Initially, TV producers were limited to air their content through television channels, however, current development have made it possible for such contents to be aired through the internet and over other technological devices included smartphones and tablets. The propagation of new video service providers such as Netflix and YouTube have made it possible for the producers to further reach a large audience (D’heer & Courtois, 2016). Also, the increase in number of devices and gadgets that can be used to access such video have also resulted in the ability of the producers to reach more viewers. The distribution of the TV content has thus been made easier by the increase in internet accessibility and the emergence of many technological devices that supports the viewing of such content.

Changes in the consumption of the TV content has also been reported following the changes in the TV programs’ production and distribution techniques. Significant growth in the on-demand consumption of TV content has been reported with most viewers choosing when to watch the programs (Lotz, 2009). The basis for the selection of the programs has overly been based on the quality of their content and display features. Also, the subscription fees labeled on a program determine its selection by the many viewers (D’heer & Courtois, 2016). Most viewers would opt for quality and entertaining TV series that can be accessed through the many digital platforms. It is reported that young viewers rely on internet platforms to view most of the TV programs and series, thus are likely to opt-out of the traditional cable-TV subscription (Beutler, 2019). Producers are thus forced to consider the demands of their targeted viewers in the distribution of the TV content, to reach a large audience and attain a maximum viewership.

The Black Mirror Case

The Black Mirror is a contemporary series that clearly depicts the many technological changes evident in the current production and distribution of the TV content. Besides being based on an overarching theme of technology, the TV series has integrated the new technologies in its production and distribution (Oihab, 2019). Taking into consideration the current consumption needs of its targeted consumers, the TV series focused on examining the modern society, in regards to the unanticipated impacts of new technologies. The episodes of the series are independent and invite the audience to think of the role of technology in transforming behavior as well as its probable role in harming the society (Blanco-Herrero & Rodríguez-Contreras, 2019). As much as users desire to understand the technological changes and their benefits, they also wish to know the dangers that the manipulation of such technologies can cause to the people and the society at large. Justifying the relevance of the series to the targeted audience.

The Black Mirror series indicates that social media and technological devices such as tablets and smartphones are the most recent forms of technologies evident across the globe. While these forms of technology have contributed significantly in improving the quality of life of the users, the series postulates that they might have adverse impacts if poorly used. According to Blanco-Herrero and Rodríguez-Contreras (2019) the development of addictive behavior, loss of security and privacy and lack of distinction between the virtual and real-life are some of the adverse risks and negative impacts that the technologies are likely to cause in the future. Such information is of importance to the current generation who are keen on implementing and utilizing emerging technologies. As such, the series was largely accepted by many viewers.

The scriptwriters and producers of the Black Mirror film focused on a theme that is largely putative by the targeted audience to not only increase its acceptability but also benefit from its proceeds (Oihab, 2019). The high level of acceptance and increased performance was depicted by the high viewership and many nominations and awards that the series has attained since its inception (Blanco-Herrero & Rodríguez-Contreras, 2019). The series won the Emmy awards and three repeated wins in the Outstanding Television Movie category justifying its high level of performance in relation to the previous series of similar categories.

The role of technology in changing the consumption patterns of the Television content audience is also evident in the case of the Black Mirror series. Initially, the producers availed the program through traditional television media but were forced to distribute the content through other media (Oihab, 2019). As reported by Beutler (2019) the evolution of media network technology has entitled the consumers to many choices of accessing media data thus the need to avail the TV content through the many media platforms. The Black Mirror for instance was initially aired on Channel 4, but later the producers negotiated a deal with Netflix to have them air the series, with more than 19 episodes of the series being aired on the platform (Oihab, 2019). The results were enhanced viewership from about 1.6 million viewers reported on Channel 4 to more than 2.5 million viewers on Netflix (Oihab, 2019). The focus on the Netflix platform enabled the viewers to also access the TV series contents through their handsets since the platform is available as an app, further explaining the high number of viewers reported. The emergence of technology played a major role in influencing the distribution of the Black Mirror TV series’ content.

Conclusion

From the discussion advanced, it can be deduced that the advancement in technology has had significant changes in the production, distribution, and consumption of television content. Besides, changing the production styles, and distribution media, the emergence of new technologies have entitled the viewers to more choices of accessing the TV content, consequently, producers have been forced to distribute their content through many platforms, to reach a wide audience. Focusing on the Black Mirror TV series, the changes in technology have affected the production and distribution of the program. The series is based on a technology theme, a content that is highly sought after by the current viewers. Also, the producers have taken into consideration the changing needs and habits of the audience, to not only air the program through the traditional TV channels but also to avail various episodes through the Netflix platform. The adoption of the new technologies in the production and distribution of the Black Mirror series has resulted in increased viewership and consequently an enhanced performance of the program.

In the spring and summer of 2020, dramatic social unrest emerged around the topic of racism. What evidence is there that people of colour are disadvantaged? Given the evidence, should changes be made in the world? If yes, what changes should be made?

Type of Paper: This is a research paper, not an opinion essay. The purpose is to give you experience in writing and researching a sociological paper. Your job is to display the available evidence, cite it properly, and make your conclusions based on that evidence. It must have a clear thesis statement in the introduction.

Feedback: A link to your marked grading rubric with comments will appear in the Paper section once your mark has been released. It will be in the bottom, right-hand side, and will be a file with your name on it. There will also be comments made directly on your paper

Content:

All information must be properly cited in APA format. The paper will include information from:

 

  • AT LEAST three additional peer-reviewed, academic journal articles must be used as a source (from UOIT library website). To find these, go to https://ontario.ca/sites/library/, type your search terms into the Omni search engine, and download full text of articles you find (you may need to enter your student number and password if not on campus).
  • Your textbook May be used but is not required

 

  • You MAY use government websites, news, or magazine articles only if the information used is not already available in peer-reviewed journals and you must have already used your minimum number of peer-reviewed journals.
  • Lecture notes are NOT acceptable as a source.
  • There is a marking rubric at the end of this document. This rubric must be copied and pasted to your paper after the bibliography. If you fail to do so, you will lose 2 points and will not receive an overall paper evaluation with comments – you will receive just a mark.

 

Mandatory Guidelines:

  • Style: May be written in either first or third person depending on student’s preference
  • Title Page: Must contain a title, professor’s name, date, and course code.
  • Page Numbering: All pages must be numbered EXCEPT the title page – the page with your intro paragraph will be page #1. (in Word, start page numbering at 0 and suppress page numbers on the title page to do this). Numbers may appear anywhere on pages as students desires.
  • Intro Paragraph: Must have an introductory paragraph which contains the following elements, in ANY ODER that you feel comfortable with:
    1. The sell: A sentence or two that convinces the reader that the paper is addressing and important topic (i.e. make the reader care about your paper). Example: “poverty rates, as baker (2011) has shown, are rising dramatically in Canada, it is important, then, to explore the causes of poverty in this country.”
    2. Topic Statement: A statement about WHAT your paper will explore: Example: “This paper will explore the causes of poverty in Canada”.
    3. Theses Statement: A strong stance that you will be arguing with regards to the topic – often contains the word “THAT.” Example: “I will ague THAT poverty in Canada is caused by a lack of opportunity available to those with lower incomes” (Yes, you will be giving away the ending of your paper here).
    4. An Outline: A very brief (one or two sentence) explanation of the form that your argument will take in the paper. Example: “In the first part of the paper, current thinking about [the topic] will be explained; this will be followed by a critical reflection on the issue”.
    5. IMPORTANT: Be concise. A good introductory paragraph should be between ½ and ¾ of a double-spaced page and must NEVER exceed one page in length.

 

  • Body Paragraphs: A paper this size should contain 4-8 body paragraphs that are approximately ½ to ¾ of a page in length. If you are writing a paragraph that exceeds one page, you should break it down into two separate paragraphs.
  • Topic Sentences: Each body paragraph should have a clear topic sentence (usually the first sentence) that relates directly to every other sentence in the paragraph. It is like either a thesis or topic statement for just that paragraph. It may not have to be cited if it is just your indication of the content of the paragraph to follow.
  • APA In-Text Citation: Cite properly, according to APA guidelines ALL INFORMATION YOU WERE NOT BORN KNOWING. You must cite information whether is in your own words, or is a direct quotation. Examples of APA in-text Citation are here: https://guides.library.uoit.ca/ld.php?content_id=4715041

 

Everything must be cited except:

  1. Your topic sentence: Since this is just a statement of what you want to explore. You also may not need to cite topic sentences of each paragraph if they are just your indication of the content of the paragraph to follow (you will have to use your common sense to decide when a topic sentence needs a citation and when it doesn’t)..
  2. Your thesis sentence: Since this is by definition YOUR FINDING after critically considering all information..
  3. Your Conclusion: The conclusion paragraph should be a summary of your entire paper and especially your findings. NO NEW INFORMATION should appear. Therefore there should be no need to cite anything. It is your own very concise summation of the issue.
  • Conclusion: All papers should have a short concluding/summary paragraph in which you (in any order you like):
    1. Re-state your thesis
    2. Summarize the main arguments
    3. This should be little more than a summary of information and findings that you have already presented. Somebody should be able to read it without reading the rest of the paper, and know the main points you made.
    4. Keep it very short – including only the most important information.
  • List of References: All papers must contain a proper APA-format list of References. Examples of a proper APA reference list are Here: https://guides.library.uoit.ca/ld.php?content_id=4715041
  • Overall Outline: Given the information above, the paper should roughly follow this outline (the number of paragraphs for the body sections are up to the discretion of the student):
    1. Title page
    2. Introductory paragraph
    3. 4-8 body paragraphs
    4. Concluding/summary paragraph

Proper APA Reference Page.

SAMPLE

Racism and Discrimination of People of Color in the USA

Recent developments have seen a surge in discrimination cases of black, in different parts of the world, specifically in the United States of America. According to the 2019 Center survey, more than 84% of blacks reported that they have been treated unfairly by the police, while 87% of blacks and 64% of whites agreed that the US Justice System treats the blacks less fairly (Desilver, Lipka & Fahmy, 2020). These findings justify the need to investigate whether the black are disadvantaged in various spheres within the economy. While exploring the issue of racism in the USA, the current paper discusses the extent through which people of color are disadvantaged or treated unfairly within the society.  The increasing cases of police brutality on blacks and minority groups, limited access to medical services, and unfair treatment within the workforce is a clear indication that people of color are disadvantaged. This paper argues that unless a conscious decision is made to stop white supremacy, and vilification of blacks in all spheres, the issue of blacks’ discrimination and prejudice is likely to remain pervasive in America.

The paper begins with a discussion of the issue of racism in the USA, followed by the provision of evidence to justify that the blacks and other minority people are disadvantaged in the region. Lastly, a discussion of the changes that need to be implemented to address the issues is presented.

Racism and Discrimination of Blacks in the USA

The black people and minority communities including Hispanics have continually been treated unfairly in the United States of America. Even with the abolition of slavery, more than 150 years ago, the country has not made much progress towards racial equality (Horowitz, Brown & Cox, 2019). There is much skepticism on whether blacks will have equal rights to those of whites in the region. About 58% of Americans have reported that race relations in the region are bad and are likely to worsen in the future (Hoskin, 2020). The findings from a survey by Pew Research Center indicates that blacks, far more than whites receive unfair treatment in different life realms such as the acquisition of employment, police treatment, and access to various facilities such as loans, mortgage, education, and health care services (Desilver, Lipka & Fahmy, 2020). For a long time now, the possibility of experiencing racial equality has remained an elusive goal for many blacks in America.

The discrimination of blacks has been evidently witnessed in their acquisition of employment and in their management within the workplace. According to Horowitz, Brown, and Cox (2019), blacks are disadvantaged when it comes to access to employment opportunities. The research done by Pew Research Center on racial inequality indicates that more than 80% of Americans believe that being white is an added advantage in the society, especially for those seeking for employment (Horowitz, Brown & Cox, 2019). The report also showed that blacks and other minority groups such as Hispanics are disadvantaged not only in getting jobs but also in enhancing their ability to grow and move ahead in their career. Further surveys have also indicated that blacks have limited access to employment benefits including rewards, loans, and leave programs (Horowitz, Brown & Cox, 2019). It is thus observed that blacks have been continually been discerned in their places of work.

Significant inequality in access to essential services such as health care and education have also been reported amongst the black in the USA. According to Boutwell et al (2017) people of color including Africans and African Americans were educated in segregated schools that offer limited education services in relation to the schools serving whites. As much as there were attempts to end segregation in the subsequent years, such changes were never reported. As Grinstein-Weiss et al (2016) assert the educational experiences have been substantially unequal and separate for the black and minority students. It is reported that about 75% of black and minority students will attend schools that are predominantly for the minority communities and are mostly located in the central cities (Grinstein-Weiss et al., 2016). In a recent data done on school finance cases in New Jersey, Alabama, New York, Texas, and Louisiana, shows that tangible resources needed in schools, such as qualified teachers and a comprehensive curriculum largely differs in schools serving a higher number of students with color, than schools hosting mostly white students. Inequitable access to education services and resources reported inflicting disproportionate damage on the black students, disadvantaging them economically.

Discrimination of blacks is also evident in the access and provision of health care. In a focus group discussion for a study that sought to explore the issue of racial disparities in health care, it was reported that substantial discrimination exists in the provision of health care (Grady & Edgar, 2003). More than 85% of the participants involved in the study asserted that their race acted as a predicating factor in the quality of health care they received, in case they obtain any medical treatment (Grady & Edgar, 2003). The black participants reported that they are normally treated differently by health care practitioners who often assume that they are poor, less educated or deserved less respect because of their race. A significant number of black patients are thus likely to receive poor quality health or fail to access the same than the whites.

Blacks in America are also more susceptible to police brutality and unfair access to the justice system. According to Hoskin (2020) increasing cases of police brutality mostly targeting the blacks have been reported in America indicating the existence of racial discrimination in law enforcement. The fact that most of these cases are not met with satisfactory legal address further justify the discrimination of blacks and their unfair treatment when it comes to getting justice (Shakour & Hillyer, 2020). Most recent cases of police brutality were evident in the news of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd (Newman-Bremang, 2020). According to Newman-Bremang (2020), Arbery was fatally shot while undertaking his routine jogging by a white, who associated with a robber. As much as the victim, McMichaels was arrested and charged with murder, the hate and discrimination of the blacks by the whites in the region become more evident (Newman-Bremang, 2020). The death of George Floyd after being handcuffed and held down by a wedging knee is a further indication of police brutality against blacks. The three names mentioned above are just but examples of blacks who have been subjected to the brutality of the police in America. According to Hoskin (2020), 24% of individuals killed by police in the year 2019 were blacks, unarmed black men, further justifying the unfair treatment of the people with color by the police in the USA.

Proposed Changes

Ending racism and discrimination requires that a conscious decision is made both at an individual and a community level to stop the menace. Changing the world and individual views about self and treat everyone fairly and equally is the initial step towards reducing the incidences of racism (Shakour & Hillyer, 2020). Currently, white supremacy is observed in almost all spheres within the society, and there is a belief that whites are more sovereign than the blacks in their places of work or any social places where blacks and whites interact. There is a need to blur the concept of self and treat people equally regardless of their skin color.

At the community level, changes should be made to oppose the current ideologies of racism. For instance, the vilification of the dark skin and barring blacks from accessing essential services within America should be opposed. This can be achieved by incorporating policies to ensure admission offices in schools, hospitals, and public service corporations do not discriminate against people based on their color and race (Shakour & Hillyer, 2020). There is a need for the community to continually support the minority and oppressed groups who are overly underrepresented in nearly all areas of public life.

Conclusion

Racial discrimination and unfair treatment of blacks are evident in nearly all areas of interaction between blacks and whites in America, presenting the people of color as highly disadvantaged in the region. Cases of unfair treatment of blacks have been reported in schools and in their attempt to seek medical services. Also, blacks have been subjected to unfair treatment by the police and the inability to get justice as their white counterparts. While the issue of racism and discrimination has negatively affected the quality of life of blacks,  a conscious decision made both at an individual and community level to change the current situation can assist in curbing the racism pandemic. Individuals should abolish the belief of white supremacy and move towards a belief in racial equality. Also, the community and the government should implement policies to ensure individuals are treated equally and fairly in all areas of public life.

Reflective Critical Analysis – community nurse for individual client

Instructions

The purpose of an RCA is to provide an in-depth exploration of your experience and to demonstrate your professional growth, and the ability to integrate evidence into practice.

Introduction

Clearly identify an experience that relates to the required topic of the RCA ( community nursing in Canada)  and introduce the central idea(s) you will be discussing. You must include a central thesis statement (i.e. what your RCA is going to discuss).

community nurse  –  advocate your client.

Body

Description of the experience.

Provide a clear and concise explanation of the experience. The experience should be clearly

related to, and an illustration of, what you will be discussing throughout your paper. The

following questions may help guide you:

  1. Why is this significant to explore in relation to your practice?
  2. What is meaningful to you about this experience?
  3. Why do you need or want to look at this experience in detail?

The experience – walk in one of my client room as a community nurse ( the client was 20 yrs old girl. The was diagnosed with epilepsy in early age). The client’s father is out of the picture, and her mother was deported back to Jamaica. The client lives with a sister who is a young mother of 4 years old. When I walk into the room that day, the client was on the floor have seizures every five minutes. Although the sister did want me to call 911, I did that to advocate my client.

 Analysis of the experience.

Question the outcomes, rationale, and impact of the experience on your own behaviors and

reactions or the impact on others. Incorporate caring philosophy, ways of knowing, nursing

theories, best practice guidelines, standards of nursing practice, and current literature. The

following questions may help guide you:

  1. What factors influenced the way you feel, think, and respond to this experience?
  2. What factors influenced the way your client (individual, family, group, or

community) responded in this experience?

  1. Why did this happen? What does it mean? What was my role?
  2. What are the consequences of this experience for the client, others, and yourself?
  3. What knowledge informed you? What might have better informed you?
  4. What is in the literature about this experience?
  5. To what extent did I act in tune with my values?

*Each idea links back to your experience.

 Personal areas for development.

Explore personal areas for development that demonstrate a solid understanding of new

knowledge and decision making. The following question may help guide you:

  1. What impact, reactions, and thoughts did this experience have on you?
  2. How might you respond more effectively in this situation again?
  3. How do you feel about the experience now?
  4. What insights have you gained through this reflection (framing perspective)?
  5. How would you revise your approach given this insight?
  6. What would be the consequence of this alternative action on clients, others, and

yourself?

  1. How has this reflection altered or changed your practice?

The body section can take many paragraphs to achieve the description and analysis of the

experience as well as an elaboration of your personal development from the experience. The

guiding questions may help but only use the questions pertinent to your experience. References

should be included in this section and used to support your ideas or conclusions with literature.

Conclusion

Summarize the main points of your paper and propose questions for future exploration. Make

inferences based on the information and link back to the main thesis of the experience from the

introduction.

*No new information, no references, etc. in the conclusion

Structure and Format

Reflective Critical Analysis

RCA papers should be four to five pages and include at least four scholarly, peer-reviewed

references. Other expectations include: proper use of language and grammar; well-organized and

a logical flow of ideas; clear transition between paragraphs; proper use of APA. The use of ‘I’ is

acceptable in reflective scholarly nursing writing and will help to explore one’s own practice,

ideas, new learning.

SAMPLE

Introduction

This paper is a critical reflection of my experience as a community nurse working with an epileptic patient in Canada. The goal of the reflection is to identify my strengths and weaknesses in providing quality care to an epileptic patient experiencing repeated seizures. To this end a description of the experience followed with the analysis of the impacts of the experience on others and my behavior is presented. A discussion of the new knowledge gained from the experience as well as areas requiring further improvement is also provided.

Description of the Experience

While undertaking my role as a community nurse in Canada, I encountered a 20-year old girl who was recently diagnosed with epilepsy. The patient was living with her sister who was a young mother to a 4-year old child. Both parents were absent, as the father was completely out of her life, while her mother had been deported to Jamaica.

On getting into the room, I found out that the patient was having seizures every 5-minutes and was on the floor. Even though her sister, was skeptical to seek for emergency help, I had to call 911 to ensure the patient is taken to the hospital to receive medication. As a community nurse advocate, my role was to ensure that the patient right to medication and proper care is protected. Epilepsy is a highly stigmatized disease that have significant negative impact on the quality of life of an individual. The disease is also associated with comorbidities that increase the direct and indirect cost of care (Prevos-Morgant et al., 2019). Also, the disease is associated with symptoms such as seizures that of not well-managed can lead to the death of the patient (Falco-Walter, Scheffer & Fisher, 2018). To deal with the disease and ensure that the victim achieve a quality life, nursing care within specialized domains are recommended.

Community nursing advocacy is one of the domains that is recommended in the provision of care for patients diagnosed with epilepsy. A nursing advocate working at a community level will ensure that the patient is safe both in a healthcare facility and at home (Dening & Hibberd, 2016). Also, the nurse will educate the patient on how to manage the chronic condition to achieve a quality life and ensure that their rights are always protected. It is important to investigate how well an individual can execute the role of a community nurse advocate, to ensure they offer the best care, thus presenting the need for the reflection of a personal experience in dealing with an epileptic-patient experiencing repeated seizures.

Analysis of the Experience

Epilepsy is identified as a complex brain disease that requires a specialized nursing approach in providing care for persons diagnosed with the condition. Adequate knowledge about epilepsy management is required of all nurses and other health care practitioners if the patient is to receive the recommended quality care (Smith, Wagner & Edwards, 2015). Seizures, sudden and uncontrolled electrical disturbance of the brain, is a major symptom of epilepsy that require specialized management to improve the safety and well-being of the patient. According to Johnson (2019) seizure affects the sensations, behavior and emotions of an individual, and in some cases resulted in convulsions and loss of consciousness. In instances, where convulsions or lapses in consciousness are reported, the patient is at risk of reporting physical injuries if proper care is not provided. Also, repeated seizures, seizures associated with high fever, seizures that last for more than five minutes and lack of consciousness after the seizure stops, are danger signs that requires the victim to seek medical help (Smith, Wagner & Edwards, 2015). Such severe cases of seizures may lead to permanent injuries or death of the patient thus should be treated as conditions requiring urgent medical attention.

According to the CNO guidelines on provision of first-aid to persons experiencing seizures, it is recommended that the care giver understands the nature of the seizure prior to offering any care (Higgins et al., 2017). The aim of first aid for seizures is to keep the victim safe from any physical harm of further complications until the seizure stops on its own. The first aid is accomplished by loosening anything around the neck of the person, clearing the area around them, avoiding restraining them or placing anything in their mouth and staying with them until the seizure stops (Prevos-Morgant et al., 2019). However, some seizures are complicated and do not end on their own. Seizures that lasts for more than 5 minutes or repeated seizures where a second seizure occurs immediately requires medical care, as can result in serious complications and even death of the victim.

The patient in the current case experienced repeated seizures, as such, I treated the situation as a “seizure emergency” necessitating urgent treatment and medical care. As much as the patient’s sister was reluctant to call 911 and ask for medical help, I insisted on the same knowing that the situation was life threatening. My decision was informed by my knowledge on the type of seizures that an epileptic patient is likely to encounter, as well as seizure conditions that must be treated to protect the patient from developing permanent injuries or dyeing such as the repeated seizures (Johnson, 2019). As much as my decision was not welcomed by the primary caregiver of the patient, I was advocating for the rights of the patient and ensuring that she gets quality care, thus insisted on calling for emergency medical help.

However, I ought to have educated the patient and her sisters on the dangers of such repeated seizures and the most appropriate care that needs to be offered. As reported by Johnson (2019) a basic knowledge of the types of seizures and their probable impacts on a patient is desired for an individual to effectively offer first aid to a patient. Educating the patient and the community at large on various diseases, health conditions and their management is a primary role of a community nurse to ensure they offer quality care to the patients as well as minimize the risks of death (Dening & Hibberd, 2016). From the observation made, the patient’s sister was reluctant to seek for medical help having known that seizures are likely to stop on their own, and that the patient only needs care during the process. Her lack of knowledge on the dangers and management or repeated seizures resulted in her reluctance to seek for medical help. As such, educating her on the risks of repeated seizures for an epileptic patient would ensure that she handle the situation amicably if it reoccurs in the future.

Personal area for Development

Educating community members and specifically family members that offer direct care to a patient is a major role of a community nurse. Such learning process is desired to ensure that the care giver that interacts with the patient on a daily basis have the desired knowledge in the management of the condition and any issues that might arise (Dening & Hibberd, 2016). As such, for a patient that is likely to develop seizures, it is imperative that the primary care giver understands the nature of the seizures and its suitable management plan (Falco-Walter, Scheffer & Fisher, 2018). My failure to convey the information to the patient’s sister is a weakness that I hope to correct in my future interactions with an epileptic patient. I will not only communicate the basic seizure treatment interventions for various kinds of seizures to the family member or caregivers, but I will also develop a written seizure treatment plan for the patient based on her/his type of seizure. The plan will avail information on the type of seizure the patient has had, prescribed dosage for maintenance of the epilepsy and an intervention needed in addressing the type of seizure. Such information is important in ensuring that the patient receives quality care and effective management of the seizures even in the absence of a nurse.

Conclusion

Nursing advocates working at a community level plays a major role in offering quality care to patients in a community setting. In my experience with an epileptic patient who was experiencing repeated seizures, I discovered the importance of understanding the various kinds of seizures and their recommended management plans. My decision to seek for urgent medical help for the patient was effective since repeated seizure poses serious health risks that might lead to death if not treated with prescribed medication. However, I learnt the importance of educating the caregiver/family members on the effective treatment interventions for different kinds of seizures, to guarantee quality care to the patient at all times.

What is class, and how is it changing within the digital economy?

What is class, and how is it changing within the digital economy?

The world as we probably am aware it is consistently changing, and one of the principal drivers is computerized change. At its center, advanced change isn’t about Web “unicorns.” It’s tied in with utilizing the most recent innovation to do what you as of now improve.

The worldwide economy is going through an advanced change too, and it’s occurring dangerously fast.

All in all, what is the computerized economy? It′s the financial movement that outcomes from billions of ordinary online associations among individuals, organizations, gadgets, information, and cycles. The foundation of the computerized economy is hyperconnectivity which means developing interconnectedness of individuals, associations, and machines that outcomes from the Web, versatile innovation and the web of things (IoT).

The advanced economy is coming to fruition and subverting customary thoughts about how organizations are organized; how firms cooperate; and how buyers acquire administrations, data, and products.

How is class changing within the digital economy

Teacher Walter Brenner of the College of St. Gallen in Switzerland expresses: “The forceful utilization of information is changing plans of action, encouraging new items and administrations, making new cycles, producing more noteworthy utility, and introducing another culture of the board.”

As of late, TechCrunch, an advanced economy news site, noted, “Uber, the world’s biggest taxi organization, possesses no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most mainstream media proprietor, makes no substance. Alibaba, the most important retailer, has no stock. Furthermore, Airbnb, the world’s biggest convenience supplier, claims no land… Something fascinating is going on.”

What is it about these organizations that permits them to rethink the conventional limits and offer of their industry? What can these youthful organizations show you driving a computerized change in your industry? By what means will you adjust to the developing ease found in customary jobs?

There are four crucial regions of advanced change key to business achievement in the computerized economy.

Eventual fate of work

Individuals routinely work from various workplaces, their home, or a nearby café. While where we work has transformed, we as a whole expect a similar degree of availability experienced in the physical office. The rise of this adaptable, worldwide venture expects associations to deal with a powerful environment of ability and empower cutting edge computerized business measures that end up being compelling, in any event, when circulated across different places and time regions.

Client experience

In the computerized economy, all clients – business-to-business just as business-to-buyer the same – need to associate with organizations when and where they need and in a manner that is generally advantageous for them. Also, clients want commitment with brands through encounters that are consistent, omnichannel, immediate, relevant, and customized.

Computerized flexibly networks

While the worldwide working class is required to extend triple by 2030, there is expanding pressure on fundamental business assets, which are developing at a more slow pace of 1.5 occasions. The response to this jumble lies in how endeavors safely share information continuously to empower cutting edge trade applications to flourish.

The digitisation of everything is making new insightful computerized organizations of organizations that essentially change the manner in which trade is overseen, improved, shared, and sent.

The Web of Things (IoT)

As sensor costs keep on dropping, we are on the cusp of a period where everything can be associated – individuals, organizations, gadgets, and cycles – to one another. The merging of the physical and advanced world brings each benefit into a computerized space where programming rules.

At the point when an association can comprehend its physical and computerized resource stock at some random second, it can work with exactness beforehand unbelievable, preparing for a definitive lean venture. This won’t be a pleasant to-have differentiator, however a basic for any computerized business inside the following two years.

Mergers And Acquistion

Mergers And Acquistion

 

Submission to Turnitin via Moodle

For this assignment, you should analyse the takeover of Fairfax Media Ltd by Nine Entertainment Co
Holdings Ltd (ASX: NEC) in 2018. You should analyse the deal based on the information available at the
time the deal was announced.

 The assignment write-up should be about 1000 words (up to 2 pages long).
 You can add one more page of appendix of tables and graphs.
 You should make your own graphs and tables — do not copy graphs and tables from other sources).
 You should include a list of references — this will not count towards the page limit.
Your write-up should address the following points:
 Overview of acquirers’ industry and its business and discussion of acquirer’s business plan/strategy
and its merger strategy (about one page)
 The analysis should be based mainly on lecture 2 and include the following elements:
o Industry analysis:
 Focus your discuss on cyclical or structural changes that the industry might be
undergoing that might be relevant for the merger
o Company analysis:
 Analyse recent (last five years) financial performance and trends in performance
 Focus on financial performance and trend that might be relevant for the merger
o Devise/analyse company strategy based on the industry and company analyses above
o Devise/analyse company’s merger strategy
 What kind of companies should the acquirer acquire based on your analysis?
 Deal Rationale (about one page)
 Justify or criticise the deal concept and explain the logic (or lack thereof) of the deal.
o Using tools and concepts from lecture 1 (and the three slides on synergy in lecture 3), describe the
motivations and the rationale for the deal.
 What are the sources of synergy? Be specific and detailed.
 What are the other potential sources of value creation in this deal?
 What other objectives/reasons are behind the deal?
 Are there bad reasons for the deal?

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 Was the deal reasonably priced and correctly timed?
o Try to link the deal rationale with the industry/company analyses above.
 How does the current deal fit with your analysis (of acquirer’s business/merger strategy)
of the kind of targets the acquirer should pursue — i.e., is this deal a good ‘strategic fit’
for the acquirer?
 Does the deal make sense in a long-term or ‘strategic’ sense?
 The bullet-points above are given as a guide to organise your write-up.
o You do not need to address all the bullet points, and you may want to use other
concepts/frameworks from lectures 1 & 2, including the annex slides, in your write-up.
 Please be aware that all factors are not equally important in all deals, so you should vary the emphases on
different points as appropriate.
o Try to think what is the strategic challenge facing the industry and the firm, and what are the
major reason(s) for this particular deal.
o Then organise your write-up so the analyses support your conclusions on these issues.
 Your write-up should be based on thorough research. You should use all of the following sources to
gather the necessary background information:
o Financial ratio analyses of the bidder and target — analyse at least last 5 years
o Bidder and target’s annual reports, bidder’s statement and target’s statement (or scheme booklet,
for Scheme deals) — these are available from ASX:
https://www.asx.com.au/asx/statistics/announcements.do
o You should also consult other ASX announcements of the bidder and the target around the
proposal of the deal.
o News articles about the industry and mergers in the industry and about the bidder and the target.
You can use google search to find relevant articles.
Assessment Criteria:
 The following criteria will be used to assess the assignment:
1. Quality of your analysis and the soundness of your arguments and logic as evidenced by your ability to
analyse and discuss the factors driving the acquisition decision (the deal rationale).
2. Ability to apply the theories and concepts introduced in the lectures to analyse the deal rationale.
3. Clarity of writing and quality of presentation.
 Some additional guidelines:
o You should support your arguments and claims with evidence.
o Your analyses should build up to a conclusion, and should not be just a series of unconnected
observations and statements.
o You should not include information that is not relevant for your arguments and conclusions.
o The language of the report should be clear, concise, coherent and grammatically correct.

GPU Databases (Kinetica, SQream, BlazingDB, Omnisci Etc)

GPU Databases (Kinetica, SQream, BlazingDB, Omnisci Etc)

database Products

I want a Power point Presentation(PPT) with 25 Slides which needs to cover below questions, I have already mentioned Title of Topic on Above.

Need to cover these Questions on Presentation:

  1. What are the key database products made by the vendor OR the key database platforms available under the database category (pick at least three for this presentation)
  2. If a vendor, who are the competitors to the platform? If a database technology class, who is the clear leader and why?
  3. What industries are these database vendor tools or database technology platforms used in? Is the market increasing or decreasing for technology?
  4. What are the key features for each of these database platforms? What are differentiators compared to other database platforms in its like-kind class?
  5. Are these databases used on-premise only? Cloud-based only? Mainframe only? Explain the infrastructure use case for each of these databases that you are discussing.
  6. Provide three (3) business uses for why a customer/client would want to use your vendors/class of database technology in their environment.
  7. What are key technical skills a data administrator or database administrator would require if they use this platform?
  8. Where do you believe this technology will be in 3-5 years?

Instructions to make PPT:

The presentation should be a MINIMUM of 15 slides (including Cover and References). The deck should NOT EXCEED 25 pages.

  • You should make the presentation for an executive audience. That means, Times New Roman or Arial Font Face, Size 14-18 for text. Size 20-24 for headers. (20% of your grade is presentational design)
  • Graphics are essential. A minimum of 8-10 graphics should be included that are meaningful. Custom graphics/tables are preferred!
  • If you put figures or tables in your slides, you have to make your own tables and figures. Please don’t copy and paste it from the reference.
  • Your first page should include your group member’s name, date, title, and course name.
  • Clearly, concise well written presentations are essential. Grammar/Spelling count for 10% of your grade.
  • Each slides should include a minimum of one reference. (You need to reference your source material for each slide in APA format).
  • Following APA is a strict requirement.

Assignment: Ethics in Accounting

Assignment: Ethics in Accounting

 

Effective financial reporting depends on sound ethical behavior. Financial scandals in accounting and the businesses world have resulted in legislation to ensure adequate disclosures and honesty and integrity in financial reporting. A sound economy is contingent on truthful and reliable financial reporting.

Instructions:

  • Read the following scenario.
  • Answer the questions that follow. This will be a 2-3 page submission in a question and answer format (also in paragraph form). An introduction and conclusion is not required.
  • Refer back to your textbook for guidance on how to think through the scenario.

You have been recently hired as an assistant controller for XYZ Industries, a large, publically held manufacturing company. Your immediate supervisor is the controller who also reports directly to the VP of Finance. The controller has assigned you the task of preparing the year-end adjusting entries.  In the receivables area, you have prepared an aging accounts receivable and have applied historical percentages to the balances of each of the age categories.  The analysis indicates that an appropriate estimated balance for the allowance for uncollectible accounts is $180,000.  The existing balance in the allowance account prior to any adjusting entry is a $20,000 credit balance.

After showing your analysis to the controller, he tells you to change the aging category of a large account from over 120 days to current status and to prepare a new invoice to the customer with a revised date that agrees with the new category.  This will change the required allowance for uncollectible accounts from $180,000 to $135,000. Tactfully, you ask the controller for an explanation for the change and he tells you “We need the extra income, the bottom line is too low.”

Required:

In a 2-3 page paper, discuss the following:

  1. Consider what you have learned relative to ethics and financial reporting. What is the rationale for the calculations/process used to estimate the $180,000 uncollectible allowance?
  2. How do you think the misstatement of funds will impact the income statement and balance sheet?
  3. What is the ethical dilemma you face? What are the ethical considerations? Consider your options and responsibilities as assistant controller.
  4. Identify the key internal and external stakeholders. What are the negative impacts that can happen if you do not follow the instructions of your supervisor?
  5. What are the potential consequences if you do comply with your supervisor’s instructions? Who will be negatively impacted?

Additional Requirements:

  • Use at least one (1) quality academic resource (in addition to your textbook) for this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar websites do not qualify as academic resources. You have access to Strayer University’s Online Library at https://research.strayer.edu and the iCampus University Library Research page at https://icampus.strayer.edu/library/research.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Your paper should be double spaced (Arial or Times Roman 12 pt font) and follow general Strayer Writing Standards (SWS) as they relate to references and citations. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details (more information and an example is included in the Strayer Writing Standards menu link located in your Blackboard).
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

Taxation Law: Legislation and Case Law

Taxation Law: Legislation and Case Law

 

  • This assignment must be presented as an individual effort.
  • The assignment requires individual research using a range of tax resources. It is expected you will survey the relevant literature, including decided cases, and select appropriate additional resources.
  • You are expected to identify the facts and issues presented by each question, identify and apply the relevant legislation and/or case law, and reach a conclusion.
  • This assessment assesses your research skills, your ability to synthesise an original piece of work to specific content requirements. It also assesses your written communication skills.
  • Your reasons for your conclusions and recommendations must be based on your research into the relevant cases and legislation. Please check the marking sheet (included below) for Part A to ensure that you have followed all the guidelines

 

 

PART A: Written letter of advice. (10 marks)

PART B: Advise net capital gains (losses) to be included in Madison Turner’s tax return for the years ending 2019 and 2020. Include ALL available methods for calculating a capital gain for both years. (10 marks)

 

Assessment Description

PART A: Written letter of advice.

Due to COVID-19, Madison was informed by her two current employers that she would be nominated as an eligible recipient for JobKeeper payments from the government. Madison is confused about the tax ramifications of receiving JobKeeper payments and she is seeking your advice. In your own words, explain the tax treatment of JobKeeper payments to Madison and the potential impact of having two employers nominating her. She also has some sole trader income on the side and is wondering whether this will impact her nomination. (500 word limit)

PART B: Calculate net capital gains (losses) to be included in Madison Turner’s tax return for the years ending 2019 and 2020.

Madison Turner, an Australian resident, seeks advice on the CGT consequences of the following events. She exchanged contracts for the acquisition of an investment property, at market value, on 30 January 1999, paying a 10% deposit of 60,000. Property settlement was deferred until 10 December 2001, when the balance of $540,000 was paid, title transferred, and her name was recorded as the registered proprietor. At the time of the settlement, the market value of the property was $800,000. She sold the property on 15 June 2019 for $1 million.

She also bought 20,000 shares in BHP Billion in October 1985, paying $18.50 per share. She decided to sell her entire holding, for $40 per share, and signed a share transfer document and handed the transfer and share script to the Stock Exchange on 21 June 2019. The transfer was not registered with BHP Billiton until 10 July 2019.

She also incurred a capital loss of $50,000 from another CGT event in 2019/2020.

You have to include ALL available methods for calculating the net capital gains for the years ending 2019 and 2020.

You have to show all workings.