cultural identity

This assignment asks you to explore how cultural identity is reflected in the landscape by examining how

cultures use space, turn space into place, and form cultural landscapes. You are also being asked to

consider how we can ‘read’ the landscape, just like a book, as long as we try to read the signs that are

written into these landscapes. You will use Vancouver or the city or town that you currently live in as real

life examples for your analysis.

Part I

(Re)read the following sections from the text:

• Chapter 5: Cultural Geographies (p.164-166, 184-189)

• Chapter 6: Interpreting Places and Landscapes (p. 209-217)

Now, explore the city around you (either Vancouver, or the city/town that you currently live in) in order

to document cultural landscapes and coded spaces. In order to do this, follow these instructions:

  1. Bring a digital camera (or your phone), a pen and a notebook or paper
  2. Record field notes which describe what you see. When recording your observations, include

as much descriptive data as possible to assist you later when you write your paper.

  1. Document at least one example of EACH of the following coded spaces:
  2. Sacred space (p.213)
  3. Gendered space (p.188-189) *You may not photograph a bathroom
  4. Ordinary landscape (p.26, 209-211) *You may not photograph a house/suburb
  5. Symbolic landscape (p.26-27, 209) *You may not photograph Science World
  6. Derelict landscape (p.209)
  7. Make sure to take a picture of yourself at each location. This can be a ‘selfie’ or you can have

a friend take your picture. I have to be able to see the landscape, so make sure you do not

take up a majority of the image.

Part II

Review your photos and field notes notes.

Using the evidence you collected on your field observation, and what you have learned in class, analyze

the landscapes you have observed using the concepts of ‘landscapes as text’ and landscape ‘semiotics’.

Some questions to think about:

  • How do these five landscapes both produce and communicate meaning?
  • What do these landscapes say about the cultures that have produced them?
  • How do they reflect particular social relationships between different people?
  • How might different cultures and identities (eg. based on gender, class, sexuality, etc.) influence the way

people experience and understand these landscapes?

Provide a 3-4 page analysis of these ideas. Make sure to organize your thoughts into a cohesive

argument, rather than simply answering each question one after the other. A strong thesis statement in

the introductory paragraph can assist you in keeping your paper focused on a major claim, and guide the

reader through the whole argument.


• Your entire response should be typed, have a length of approximately 800-1200 words (3-4

pages, not including the photos), and be double-spaced. You do not need a title page.

• You must include the photos of each place, and make sure you that you are clearly visible in the


• Please write in full sentences (not bulleted lists). Include a short introduction and conclusion

which includes a thesis statement (claim).

• Be specific and explicit in your responses: someone with no prior knowledge of this topic should

be able to read what you’ve written and gain a reasonable understanding of the issues being

discussed. Do not assume I know what you mean when you use a key term. This means you

need to define key terms (eg. culture, semiotics, landscapes) in your reflection.

• In general, try to paraphrase rather than using multiple, lengthy, direct quotes. That said, if you do

use material from external sources (eg. the course text), use APA style in order to properly cite

where the information came from.





Criteria Maximum Value

Explanation of relevant concepts 20 points

Analysis of landscapes 20 points

Selection of landscapes as supporting evidence 20 points

Use of course material 20 points

Organization and coherence 10 points

Referencing and format 10 points

Total 100 points



Week 8 Learning Activities

To respond to the Learning Activities, click on the blue hyperlink in the Topic area.

Learning Activity #1

Watch “Strategic Management: Strategy Evaluation and Control” – List 4 major things you learned from this talk. Discuss the relevance to business and your chosen company.


Learning Activity #2

Read “Where Companies With a Long-term View Outperform Their Peers”  – List 1 or 2 Major companies you feel have taken a long-term view over the last 100 years or so. List 1 or 2 major companies you feel did not take the long-term view. Where did they go right? Wrong?  What were the results?

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Visit an early childhood program and observe and reflect on the types of creative play activities children enjoy, what they become engaged in and how to plan for emergent learning situations that are based on developmentally appropriate practice.  Relate your responses to Parten’s play stages.  Discuss the stages of art and play observed – be specific with evidence that matches various each stage discussed (at least 3 stages expected).

Assignment Criteria:

APA Formatted

3 pages double-spaced (excluding the title page)

Arial or Times New Roman 12-point font

To assist you in gain the competencies to write APA papers, a template is attached. For this assignment, you may not need a references page. If you don’t please delete it. Feel free to use this in other courses as well.

Refer to the course syllabus for the grading rubric or click on the assignment title to view it as well.




mechanical engineer

Lab#4:  Mechanical Properties of Materials in Tension

Directions: Be a detective and deduce the type of material of each specimen!

Measure the geometry and masses of 3 tensile samples.   Perform tensile tests on the samples and collect force (N) vs. displacement (mm) data and convert it to engineering stress (MPa) vs. strain plots.  Determine the mechanical properties of each sample and compare your results to theoretical values using VMSE, Appendix H, and literature/web resources (e.g.,


Sample Geometry:

sample Reduced area length (L0, cm) w (cm) t (cm) x-sect.

Area (A0, m2)


total volume

Mass (g) &

Weight (N)

Density ρ (g/cm3 or kg/m3) Notes on appearance


Stress-strain Properties:  From the plots, determine properties of each sample in the tables below.

sample E (GPa) σy (0.002 offset, MPa) εy σuts




εf Strength/weight ratio Notes during test/fracture




  • Which material was the most stiff? Which was the most flexible?




  • Compare the samples in order from highest to lowest values obtained for: σy, σuts, and strength-to-weight-ratio (σuts/ρ) for each of the 3 samples. Give an example of when each of these of the different strength properties (σy, σuts, and strength-to-weight-ratio ) might be preferred.








  • Based on the stress-strain curve, which material is most ductile? Which is most brittle?





  • Describe the fracture surface and fracture behavior of each material and what this conveys about the material (necking? shape/angle of fracture?).



  • Compare the mechanical and physical properties to literature and deduce the material (for additional points, name the alloy or specific grade for the metals). YOU MUST JUSTIFY YOUR RESPONSE!!!!  (i.e. what properties matched with literature and led you to your conclusion)






***Bonus: Comment on any major sources of error or uncertainty in this exercise. Be specific about how the results will be affected by any uncertainty.



Common food service concepts

For the first phase of your project, you will need to define your project.  The primary element for this milestone is the drafting of a Concept Statement. The concept statement will include the following information;  

  • Describe the type of operation in relation to common food service concepts
  • Identify the target market
    • identify type of cuisine
    • identify location
    • identify competition
    • explain/support decisions to serve that cuisine in that location
  • Determine permits that may be needed and their costs
  • Determine design professionals and contractors you will seek to hire and justify
  • Highlight key menu items
  • Discuss how pricing will be established
  • List the days and hours of operation or explain any variation from the traditional model
  • Determine approximate number of employees; total and by job role
  • Determine the capacity (number of seats) and justify your decision based on expected seat turnover rates
  • Indicate whether there will be a bar (and its capacity) and explain decision
  • Describe the mode of service
  • Discuss planned production approaches (cook to order, scratch versus convenience foods)
  • Determine if baking will be performed on-site and assess needs if so
  • Indicate how soiled dishes and utensils will be handled (cleared by servers; self-bussing, etc.)

DO NOT outline the concept statement by the above elements.  Draft a document you would use to present to investors or partners that includes the above information. 

Writing Guidelines

  • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.
  • Length of paper: Actual length will be based on assessing what information is necessary and what is extraneous.  You will need to determine what you need to communicate without adding “fluff” and assuring all identified elements from the instructions are addressed where and when applicable. 
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Business Structures

Overview:  Business Structures 


  • forms of business ownership
  • comparison of business structures
  • liabilities associated with business structures


Choosing a Business Structure



General Corporation

S Corporations

Limited Liability Company


Background:  Businesses are created in one of several organizational structures, or forms.  Before launching any new business, an essential step is to decide which business structure (sometimes called business form) is most favorable for the business and its owners.  Jo, Maddy, and Taylor recognize the significance and implications for choosing an appropriate business structure for PI.

A priority goal for all the owners is to minimize legal risks and liabilities, as well as tax liabilities, for the owners and the business.   They understand that a business organizational structure can achieve this goal, and can define their managerial roles and responsibilities clearly to satisfy their interests and maximize their areas of expertise.

The owners agree that weighing and balancing advantages and disadvantages for the company and its owners is the heart of the process of choosing a business structure for PI.  The owners have met privately to discuss business structures.  They are now ready to meet with BCA for further analysis, negotiation, and a decision regarding the PI business structure.

Instructions:  To assist in this process, Pat and Gale asked you to assess several business structures and their characteristics, advantages and disadvantages for PI and the owners.  Those structures are:

  • Partnerships (all types)
  • S Corporation
  • General Corporation
  • Limited Liability Company

Evaluate and synthesize this information, and do the following. ( Label all parts.)

  1. Create a comparison chartthat shows the four business structures and compares and contrasts each type of structure.  You may use the chart format in the hyperlink above, or create a similar chart, or create an excel chart.

    B.  Write a memo to PI owners:

  2. recommending a business structure for PI that best minimizes tax and personal liability for the new business and its owners
  3. explaining and justifying your recommendation, specifically and in detail.

Memorandum format:


TO:                  Pat Braden, Gale Roth

FROM:            (your name)

RE:                  Painted Images Business Structure



Double space; 12-point Arial or Times Roman font




IT governance planning

  • Search the Internet for IT governance planning. Select a specific  governance plan that exists at a company or a plan framework from an  organization. Write a 2-page paper on three or four of the most  important suggestions from the plan you select.

You must provide a reference to the site where you found the governance plan, in APA format.