What is your projected sales volume by month for the first year?

Create an Action Plan and Financial Projections and Budgets or your company.

The next two sections of the marketing plan include Action Programs and Financial Projections and Budget. You will complete phase IV of your marketing plan in two parts. First, you will put together your action programs. Then, you will complete your financial projections and budget.

The Action Program

The Action Programs section of a marketing plan basically serves as a detailed promotions “to do” list. This section spells out specific programs that the company will participate in to promote their products. The Action Program will describe what will be done, when it will be done, who will accomplish the task, and how much it will cost. An example of an item that would appear in an Action Program would be a trade show. The Action Program would list the specific trade show and date. It would state the company’s objectives and reasons for attending it. It would also list who would attend the trade show, expected results, costs, etc.

  1. In 1-2 pages, provide summaries of the Action Programs that you will use during the first six months of launching your product in order to achieve your objectives.

Financial Projections and Budgets

The Financial Projections and Budgets section of the marketing plan include budget details of expected revenue, estimated expenses, and a break-even analysis

  1. Complete your Financial Projections and budget by providing 1-2 paragraphs about each of the following items:

 

  • Sales Revenue Forecast: What is your projected sales volume by month for the first year?
  • Expense Forecast: What is your total expected marketing costs? Break your costs down by each marketing, promotion, and action program strategy that you listed earlier in your plan.
  • Break-Even Analysis: The break-even-analysis is the price at which total revenue equals total cost and profit is zero. This shows how many units must be sold monthly to offset the monthly fixed costs and average per-unit variable costs.

What affect do you think another catastrophic terrorist attack on US soil would have on the US approach to national security?

Terrorism and the Approach to National Security

Please respond to the following discussion topic. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length. Then, make at least two thoughtful responses to your fellow students’ posts.

Based on how the US government reacted to 9/11, what affect do you think another catastrophic terrorist attack on US soil would have on the US approach to national security?

 

Explain why they are considered to be primary or secondary and discuss the sources of these pollutants.

Air and Water Pollution

Read the instructions in the University of Phoenix Material: Air and Water Pollution and select one option to complete the assignment. You can choose from the following options:

  • Option 1: Air and Water Pollution Paper
  • Option 2: Gulf Oil Spill Paper

Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.

 

Option 1: Air and Water Pollution Paper

 

Air and water pollutants exist in many forms. Understanding what they are and where they come from better equips you to address air and water pollution.

 

Select two types of air pollutants and two types of water pollutants.

Write a 350- to 700-word paper in which you analyze your selected pollutants and their effect on the environment. Include the following items:

 

  • Indicate whether the selected air pollutants are considered primary or secondary pollutants. Explain why they are considered to be primary or secondary and discuss the sources of these pollutants.
  • Describe how the air pollutants affect the different layers of the atmosphere. Discuss how these pollutants affect human, plant, and animal life.
  • Examine the selected water pollutants. Discuss the sources of these pollutants and indicate their effects on water resources and aquatic life.
  • Discuss the effect of poor water quality on humans and the environment. What are some solutions for reducing poor water quality?

 

Cite at least two references.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Option 2: Gulf Oil Spill Paper

 

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill that started on April 20, 2010, and ran 86 days was a terrible disaster, but is was also a grimly informative experiment. In its wake, scientists are learning many lessons about deep-drilling technology, the environment, and the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Write a 350- to 700-word paper in which you answer the following questions:

 

  • Identify the types of air and water pollutants that occurred because of this oil spill. Are these primary or secondary pollutants? Explain.
  • What are the short- and long-term effects of this spill on the environment and wildlife?
  • Describe how the different layers of the atmosphere interact with different pollutants. Will the pollutants from this disaster affect the atmosphere? Why or why not?
  • In the face of such disasters, what cleaning procedures, including bioremediation, can be undertaken?
  • What are some new regulations and safety measures for oil drilling?
  • As the world runs out of oil, what are some other technologies or alternative energy sources? What would be your first plan of action if you were to identify possible solutions to this crisis?

 

Cite at least one reference.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Explain how each of the three choices could be a point and non-source of water and air pollution.

Atmospheric Issues

Complete Episode 3: “Maintaining Terrestrial and Atmospheric Resources” of Gamescape.

As Newly elected Mayor of Sparksville, the town’s citizens are eager to hear what you plan on doing to promote the local economy while maintaining a high level of environmental air quality.

Write a 350- to 700-word speech for a Town Hall Meeting that addresses the following points:

  • State the current economic situation and the three choices that were available to the town of Sparksville.
  • Discuss how these three choices would impact water pollution and indoor and outdoor air pollution. Explain how each of the three choices could be a point and non-source of water and air pollution.
  • Describe how the air and water pollution generated from these sources can impact the health of Sparksville’s citizens, the local ecosystem, and the local economy. Include some potential solutions.
  • Explain why your decision addresses the key environmental challenges and is the optimal choice given this situation.

Include two outside references to support your main points. One reference should be an academic journal found at the University’s Library.

Include the Episode Score Report that you generate once you complete the activities from Episode 3. The report is generated in PDF format.

Format your citations consistent with APA guidelines.

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What do you think are the costs and benefits of a market economic system?

What do you think are the costs and benefits of a command economic system?   What do you think are the costs…

What do you think are the costs and benefits of a command economic system?

 

What do you think are the costs and benefits of a market economic system?

 

What do you think are the costs and benefits of a mixed economic system

 

Name a country that is primarily a command economic system.

 

Name a country that has a primarily market economic system.

 

Name a country that is primarily a mixed economic system

 

Briefly explain the economic system for the command economy you named above. Show that you have used the CIA Factbook and other research sources without copying and pasting from those sources

 

Briefly explain the economic system for the market economy you named above. Show that you have used the CIA Factbook and other research sources without copying and pasting from those sources.

 

Briefly explain the economic system for the mixed economy you named above. Show that you have used the CIA Factbook and other research sources without copying and pasting from those sources.

 

 Based on all the information above, which type of economic system do you think is best? Why do you think so?

Explain the causation of PTSD

PTSD

Over the past 10 years, the United States has been engaged in a series of conflicts around the world. There are more and more men and women of the armed services returning home with either physical or psychological wounds, sometimes both. PTSD is a serious disorder that affects many military personnel as well as police officers. While there is treatment for this disorder, many times the individual does not seek treatment until it is too late. For this Assignment, research PTSD and:

  • Explain the causation of PTSD
  • Describe the treatment options and outcomes
  • Predict the future research possibilities for PTSD

Submitting Your Assignment

Compose your 2 to 3 page paper in Microsoft Word and save your document in the following format: Last name First name Assignment. (Example: SmithJohn Unit 4 Assignment). Submit your Assignment by selecting the Unit 4: Assignment Dropbox by the end of Unit 4

Identify, using simple heuristics, the indicators that show that the specific problems experienced by the three stores can be resolved through training.

 

You have recently been appointed as a training manager for the southeast region of a major supermarket chain in the U.S. Your territory includes 15 retail stores. Your responsibility involves working directly with store managers and other stakeholders to develop training solutions to meet specific needs of employees in various stores. This includes, but is not limited to, performing needs assessments, determining appropriate instructional design and training delivery methods, as well as implementing and evaluating training initiatives.

Three of the stores in your territory have missed sales goals for the last two quarters. All three stores have received low customer satisfaction scores and are experiencing increased employee turnover rates. The high employee turnover has resulted in the store managers hiring many new and relatively inexperienced sales associates, which further contributes to the problem.

The senior management team of the supermarket chain believes that training and development may help decrease employee turnover and increase customer satisfaction. You have been asked to assess training needs and develop a proposal to address the situation in these three stores.

 

Instructions:

 

Use scholarly resources and your learning, address the following:

 

  1. Identify, using simple heuristics, the indicators that show that the specific problems experienced by the three stores can be resolved through training.
  2. Design a needs assessment plan and identify three specific training initiatives you would recommend for these employees. Include the expected outcomes for the three training initiatives in your proposal.
  3. Select one of the specific training initiatives you identified and develop a budget of projected costs to implement this initiative.

 

Write a seven-to-nine-page training proposal in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources

Identify the information needed to develop a template that will be used to complete the individual employee’s learning plan.

Paper and PowerPoint  due 02/07/16  due 8am

Consider the following scenario:

You work in the HR Department of an electric power company in the southwestern region of the U.S. The company was founded in 1940 and has an excellent reputation as a provider of electricity. It is also considered to be an outstanding corporate citizen and known to be an excellent place to work. It has been ranked among the top three employers in the community for several years.

Its mission is to serve customer’s needs for electric power in ways that provide exceptional value to all stakeholders including customers, shareholders, employees, and the communities in which it operates.

Its values include providing a safe work environment; fairness and respect for customers, employees, shareholders, and partners; honoring commitments to use resources wisely; providing a high quality of work life for its employees; and striving for excellence and having fun.

Given its long history, many of its current employees are children or grandchildren of former employees so there are close family ties to the company as well as a sense of loyalty.

However, technological advancements in the power generation business over the years have resulted in jobs being either redesigned or eliminated. For example, in the past, the company had many employees who read meters, which showed the amount of electricity used by households. Meter readers traveled from house to house each month to log the information for billing purposes. Now meters are read automatically and data is transferred to the billing department via computer. This technological advancement eliminated the need for many employees who were required to resign, be laid off, or be retrained for other positions in the company.

The company faces a challenge as it strives to maintain its reputation as an excellent employer in the community, and, yet leverage advances in technology, which help it increase efficiency and remain competitive.

As a member of the HR team, you have been tasked with the responsibility of drafting a plan for a career development program for the company which will help managers effectively guide their staff in developing individual career development plans that are integrated with and support the company’s mission and values. Your report will be reviewed by senior HR managers as well as executive directors.

The HR department will have conducted a needs assessment as part of its strategic planning process to determine how the company will achieve its goals and objectives over the next 5–10 years. This assessment identifies areas where employees with new skill-sets will be required as well as areas where current employees with skill-sets may need to be either maintained or reduced (laid off).

As part of their annual performance appraisal, all employees will draft a personal and professional development plan on their own which will then be discussed with their manager. This plan should cover a five-year period and be reviewed and adjusted annually. It should include both formal training programs and individual initiatives to support personal and professional development interests.

By combining information about the company’s needs from the needs assessment and employees’ interests from the personal and professional development plans, it will be possible to develop a career planning program for the company that identifies the overlap between the company’s needs and employees’ interests and also detects gaps which could become opportunities for growth in the future. Overlapping areas indicate where the company needs skill-sets and the employees want to develop them while gaps indicate where the company needs skill-sets and there are no current employee interests in that area.

This process should help the company achieve a greater return on investment (ROI) from its training budget thus improving the bottom line. It should also result in lower employee turnover since employees will see that their personal and professional growth and the company’s needs are in alignment so they will be able to stay with the company and meet their personal and professional development goals.

Instructions:

  1. Develop a six-to-eight-page document in Word format detailing how you would approach and organize a program to address needs for development of the company as well as individual employees. Be sure to clearly explain how you would create the plan, but do not create the plan itself. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M5_A2.doc.

Address the following in the plan:

  1. Identify the information needed to develop a template that will be used to complete the individual employee’s learning plan.
  2. Identify the information needed in order to develop the company’s needs assessment.
  3. Explain how you would coordinate both the individual employee’s plan and the company’s needs assessment into a comprehensive development plan. Be sure to identify overlaps or gaps.
  4. Explain how you would use this information to create a roadmap for development of a career development program for the company.
  5. Identify other factors that should be considered in this program’s development.
  6. Explain how the proposed plan would help managers effectively guide their staff in developing individual career development plans that are integrated with and support the company’s mission and values.
  1. Next, create a PowerPoint presentation for the senior management explaining how this proposed plan would contribute to the resolution of HR issues facing this company.

What does the person remember of the experience of being an immigrant or a subgroup member in that time?

raft of Final Paper

Read the complete description of the Oral History Interview Final Paper due in this class. Here in Week Four, you must submit a draft of this paper. The draft should include an introduction, thesis, the information you provided in the Interview Description you submitted in Week Two, and be at least three to five pages in length (plus a title page and a reference page) at this time. The draft must utilize the course text and at least three scholarly sources, at least one of which you obtained from preliminary research in the Ashford University Library. The draft must be in paragraph form, properly formatted in APA style, and include an updated reference list of sources you intend to use in the final paper.

 

Final Paper: Oral History Interview Paper

Throughout the course, you will be exploring various aspects of culture and intercultural communications. Your final assignment in this course will be to conduct an extensive oral history interview with a person who is somewhat older than you and from a culture or subgroup that you are not a member of. This person can be a relative or acquaintance who is from a different generation. It can be someone who immigrated to this country either recently or some time ago. Or, it can be someone who belongs to a different subgroup from you and whose cultural experiences you believe would be very different from your own. Obtain permission from the person you are interviewing to record the conversation (either an audio or a video and audio recording) or to take handwritten notes during the interview.

Your overarching goals during the oral history interview are as follows:

  1. To learn more about the culture and subcultures to which your interview subject belongs.
  2. To determine what issues they encountered in terms of intercultural communications.
  3. To relate concepts you have studied in this course to the experiences of this person.

After you have conducted the interview, review your recording or your notes and write a six- to eight-page paper (excluding a title page and a reference page), in which you discuss aspects of this person’s culture and/or subcultures and communication issues related to his or her cultural identity. In the paper, you must also include the following:

  1. The name of the person and his or her relationship to you.
  2. The interview subject’s cultural background and the culture and/or subcultures to which he or she belongs.
  3. At least six questions from the following list. You may add additional questions or other questions not on this list, if you wish. Remember, though, that the focus of your paper must be on intercultural communication issues.
    • How far back in time can the person remember? What is his or her first childhood memory? (Consider how it reflects the interview subject’s culture or subculture?)
    • What does the person remember of the experience of being an immigrant or a subgroup member in that time?
    • Which impressions or experiences from that time are most vivid to him or her today?
    • If he or she immigrated to this country, what was the country of origin like in terms of geography, government, transportation, economic system, and education system? If he or she were raised in this country, what were these aspects of life like during their childhood?
    • What does the person recall of the communication with members of the dominant culture? What barriers to effective communication did he or she encounter?
    • In the United States today, what is different in his or her life in terms of language, religion, family customs, diet, recreation, and work, as compared to childhood?
    • What role did the news media play in the interview subject’s life and in either supporting or contesting the intereview subject’s views of his or her culture? How did the media influence his or her individual beliefs and opinions about males and females, masculinity and femininity, and other aspects of gender belief systems and views about race and ethnicity? (Cite specific examples he or she gives you regarding these two specific issues.)
    • If your interview subject spoke a different native language, ask him or her to discuss differences between that language and English. (Consider the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.)
    • What are some of the most significant differences in day-to-day life in the past versus today?
  4. From this interview, what can you conclude about important values in you interview subject’s early life?

Your paper should be written in paragraph form, not in a question and answer format. Thus, you must weave the information you present into a coherent narrative form, paraphrasing the information gleaned from the interview or using direct quotations from your interview subject, as appropriate. Your primary sources of information for this paper will be the interview subject and the course text. However, your assignment is not merely to describe the conversations you had with this person but also to critically evaluate what you learned from them and to tie this information to concepts you have studied in this course about culture and intercultural communication.

To meet this objective, you must relate ideas you learned during the interview to material you have studied in the text or other course resources and supplement your textbook and course resources by researching at least one key cultural issue, in greater depth, using the Ashford University Library and/or the Internet.

A proposal and a preliminary reference page for the final Oral History Interview paper are due in Week Two of the course, and a draft of this paper is due in Week Four. The final Oral History Interview Paper is due at the end of Week Five. Specific requirements for each of these assignments are outlined in the written assignments section of the appropriate course weeks. The final version of the paper must be submitted in Week Five and must be between six and eight pages in length (six to eight pages of text plus a title page and a reference page). This paper is designated as a *Portfolio Project*, which means you should retain a copy of the final version of the paper (after incorporating any instructor feedback) to be used in a personal portfolio you will prepare in the capstone course in your Bachelor of Arts in Communication program.

Writing the Final Paper

The Final Paper:

  • Must be six to eight double-spaced pages in length (excluding the title page, reference page, etc.) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must have a cover page that includes:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
  • Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  • Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
  • Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include at least six references (one may be the textbook).
  • Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.