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CREATIVE WRITING

DISTANCE AND E-LEARNING PROGRAM 2017

COM 110:      CREATIVE WRITING

 

FINAL PROJECT

Your final project will be submitted in hardcopy and spiral bound during the final week of semester (exam week). Your work will comprise two parts submitted as one document using Times New Roman font size 12 and 1.5 line spacing. Include a simple table of contents for ease of reference. Use page breaks between the two sections and include page numbers at the top right hand corner. Please note that the final project accounts for 60% of your final grade.

 

Part I  (10 marks)

Review “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin. Focusing your attention on elements of craft (point of view, structure, plot, narrative voice, etc.), comment on why you would recommend this text as a good read.

Part II   (50 marks)

Write a short story (800 – 1000 words). Ensure that your story contains the following elements:

  1. A brief captivating title.
  2. Details of the setting of the story woven into the text.
  3. At least one believable; well developed character.
  4. A conflict introduced at the beginning of the story and developed towards a climax as the plot progresses and finally resolved.
  5. At least two themes; well developed.
  6. Elements of style/ literary techniques creatively and uniquely used to enhance the text.

 

 

 
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Assignment 2: Quantitative Methodology

M4 Assignment 2 Submission Quantitative Methodology

Instructions

Assignment 2: Quantitative Methodology

Your research question may or may not be appropriately answered using Quantitative Research methodology. In this assignment you will apply what you have learned about quantitative methodology from the readings and the Assignment 1 discussion to your own research question. If your research question is best answered using Quantitative methodology, stick with it and complete the critique below. If not, how might you alter your question so that it may be answered using quantitative methodology? Although research is driven by questions, for this assignment we are going to turn it around so we may explore the benefits and differences of various types of methodologies. Adjust your question to fit a quantitative design and complete the critique below.

For example: The question “What are the perceptions of students regarding their experiences with faculty mentors” is best answered by gathering qualitative data through unstructured interviews via email correspondence. This question could become a quantitative question by altering the question to “What types of interactions do students value most with their faculty mentors?” To answer this quantitative question we could survey 250 students using an instrument identifying 15 functions of a faculty mentor on a likert scale (very helpful to not helpful).

By the due date assigned, complete the following dissertation critique for the Quantitative research you propose.

  1. Research Topic:
  2. Purpose of the Study:
  3. Overarching Research Question:
  4. Specific Research Questions/ Hypotheses:
  5. Type of Study: Quantitative
  6. Variables: Identify the Dependent and Independent Variables.
  7. Quantitative Research method design: survey, experimental, quasi-experimental, pretest/posttest control group, cross-sectional, longitudinal, etc.
  8. Instrument(s) analysis: Identify potential measures that will help to answer your research questions and discuss their reliability and validity.
  9. Data analysis: Discuss the statistical software, if any, that will be used in analysis of the data and the type of analyses that may be included. Discuss the anticipated generalizability of the results.
  10. Consent: What type of consent, if any, will be obtained from the participants?

*If your topic was not originally best suited for a quantitative design: What did you need to change to adjust your research to fit a quantitative design? How does this design address your overarching topic differently? Discuss the differences in the type of information you would gain by using this research design.

All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Included research topic, purpose of study, overarching research question/theory, specific research questions/philosophical underpinnings, methodological approach and sample. 4
Identified the quantitative research design. If appropriate, discussed design changes made to fit Quantitative methodology. 6
Discussed the procedure. 4
Identified the DV and IVs. 4
Identified the instruments and discussed their reliability/validity. 6
Discussed which types of statistical analysis or software may be used in the study; anticipated generalizability. 6
Discussed consent. 10
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Justified ideas and responses by using appropriate examples and references from texts, Web sites, and other references or personal experience. Followed APA rules for attributing sources. 5
Total: 45

 

 
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Research Methods: Qualitative Approach

Module 5 Overview 2 of 2)

Research Methods: Qualitative Approach

Creswell’s (2009) chapter provides a brief summary of qualitative research design. His book (2007), Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five approaches, discusses the five approaches (narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study) more in detail. While there are similarities among the five approaches, in terms of the general process of research, there are differences in several areas, such as the type of data one would collect or analyze. For example, in narrative research, the researcher focuses on the stories told from the individuals and arranges the stories in chronological order. In ethnography, the focus is on setting the individuals’ stories within the context of their culture and culture-sharing group. In case study research, a single case is selected to illustrate an issue and the researcher compiles a detailed description for the case.

Listed below are some examples of qualitative studies.

Narrative Research:

Angrosino, M. V. (1994). On the bus with Vonnie Lee: Explorations in life history and metaphor. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 23, 14–28.

Phenomenological:

Anderson, E. H., & Spencer, M. H. (2002). Cognitive representations of AIDS. Qualitative Health Research, 12 , 1338– 352.

Grounded Theory:

Morrow, S. L., & Smith, M. L. (1995). Constructions of survival and copying by women who have survived childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 42, 24–33.

Ethnography:

Haenfler, R. (2004). Rethinking subcultural resistance: Core values of the straight edge movement. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 33, 403–436.

Case Study:

Asmussen, K. J., & Creswell, J. W., (1995). Campus response to a student gunman. Journal of Higher Education, 66, 575–591.

 

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2017 in academic writing, Academic Writing

 

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Unit 1 Assessment

Question 1

  1. Transactions during the first year of operations are provided below.
    The owner, Sharon McCoy, contributed $10,000 cash in exchange for capital.
    Paid $1,100 cash for equipment to be used for plumbing repairs.
    Borrowed $12,000 from a local bank and deposited the money in the checking account.
    Paid $300 rent for the year.
    Purchased $200 of office supplies by cash.
    Completed a plumbing repair project for a local lawyer and received $3,200 cash.
    Calculate the amount of total liabilities at the end of the first year.

    $12,000

    $10,000

    $20,900

    $3,200

5 points

Question 2

  1. Spring Company has assets and equity that amount to $260,000 and $70,000, respectively. Liabilities total __________.
    $70,000
    $190,000
    $260,000
    $330,000

5 points

Question 3

  1. The equity of Alliance Company is $100,000 and the total liabilities are $10,000. The total assets are __________.
    $200,000
    $20,000
    $90,000
    $110,000

5 points

Question 4

  1. GAAP refers to guidelines for accounting information in the United States. The acronym GAAP in this statement refers to __________.
    Globally Accepted Accounting Policies
    Government Approved Accounting Principles
    Generally Accredited Accounting Policies
    Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

5 points

Question 5

  1. The earnings of a sole proprietorship are __________.
    combined with the personal income of the proprietor
    not combined with the proprietor’s personal income
    subject to double taxation
    handled similarly to that of a corporation

5 points

Question 6

  1. The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) was created __________.
    by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
    to perform audits of public companies
    to make restitution to investors who were defrauded by the issuance of fraudulent financial reports
    to require auditors to take responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of financial reports from firms they audit

5 points

Question 7

  1. Dynamic Production Services started the year with total assets of $130,000 and total liabilities of $50,000. The company is a sole proprietorship. The revenues and the expenses for the year amounted to $100,000 and $60,000, respectively. During the year, there were no new capital contributions, and the owner withdrew $45,000. Calculate Dynamic’s net income for the year.
    $40,000
    $100,000
    $60,000
    $130,000

5 points

Question 8

  1. Which of the following organizations requires publicly owned companies to be audited by independent accountants (CPAs)?
    Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
    Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)
    Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)
    American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

5 points

Question 9

  1. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) __________.
    requires independent accountants to take responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the financial reports
    created the SEC
    ensures that financial scandals will no longer occur
    requires companies to take responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of their financial reports

5 points

Question 10

  1. Which of the following statements is TRUE of a sole proprietorship?
    A sole proprietorship joins two or more individuals as co-owners.
    The sole proprietor is personally liable for the liabilities of the business.
    A sole proprietorship is taxed separately from the owner.
    A sole proprietorship has to pay business income taxes.

5 points

Question 11

  1. Which of the following organizations is responsible for the creation and governance of accounting standards in the United States?
    Financial Accounting Standards Board
    Institute of Management Accountants
    American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
    Securities and Exchange Commission

5 points

Question 12

  1. Precision Camera Services started the year with total assets of $120,000 and total liabilities of $40,000. The company is a sole proprietorship. The revenues and the expenses for the year amounted to $140,000 and $50,000, respectively. During the year, there were no new capital contributions, and the owner withdrew $45,000. What is the amount of owner’s equity at the end of the year?
    $50,000
    $140,000
    $125,000
    $45,000

5 points

Question 13

  1. Which of the following is the correct accounting equation?
    Assets + Liabilities = Equity
    Assets = Liabilities + Equity
    Assets + Revenues = Equity
    Assets + Revenues = Liabilities + Expenses

5 points

Question 14

  1. Managerial accounting provides information to __________.
    internal decision makers
    outside investors and lenders
    creditors
    taxing authorities

5 points

Question 15

  1. Which of the follow statements regarding the primary objective of financial reporting is correct?
    The primary objective of financial reporting is to provide information useful for the acquisition of long-term assets.
    Information that is faithfully represented is complete, neutral, and free from error.
    Relevant information ensures that users of the information will make the correct decisions.
    To be useful, information must follow the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, which are created and governed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

5 points

Question 16

  1. Maxwell Plumbing Services earned $500 by completing a job for Smith Company. The $500 earned by Maxwell Plumbing Services is its __________.
    revenue
    expense
    gain
    debt

5 points

Question 17

  1. Nick’s Landscaping Services incurred $500 as a repair expense and promised to pay the repair company within 30 days. Which of the following accounts will increase as a result of this transaction?
    Accounts Receivable
    Cash
    Accounts Payable
    Nick, Capital

5 points

Question 18

  1. Mulberry Company collected $7,000 from one of its customers, the amount owed from the previous month. How does this affect the accounting equation for Mulberry?
    assets increase by $7,000; liabilities decrease by $7,000
    assets increase by $7,000; assets decrease by $7,000
    assets increase by $7,000; liabilities increase by $7,000
    assets increase by $7,000; equity increases by $7,000

5 points

Question 19

  1. __________ are professional accountants who serve the general public, not one particular company.
    Certified public accountants
    Financial managers
    Internal auditors
    Controllers

5 points

Question 20

  1. Green Lawns Company earned $500 for landscaping services rendered. The customer promised to pay at a later time. Which of the following accounts increased as a result of this transaction?
    Accounts Payable
    Supplies
    Cash
    Accounts Receivable
 
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Demonstrate leadership theory for non profit organization

You have noticed a marked decline in volunteers for your NPO. You have been informed by the Board of Trustees that calls to previous volunteers resulted in the discovery that the volunteers no longer find the NPO to be worth their time and energies.
For this assignment, write a letter to all volunteers, including the volunteers that previously left.
What would you say?
How would you compel them to return?
How would you validate the importance of your NPO to the volunteers?
As you write the letter, support your ideas with scholarly research as well as data to support your ideas.
Length: 5 pages,
References: Minimum of five scholarly resources.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2017 in academic writing, Academic Writing

 

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English and Psych

In this essay, you will use the comparison and contrast mode to develop your ideas about culture (theme). You will use comparison and contrast to help your reader better understand both your subjects. Your essay will need to have all the characteristics of comparison and contrast including an effective comparison and contrast thesis, strong topic sentences, an effective comparison and contrast method of organization, equal and balanced development of relevant points of comparison, and an effective introduction, and conclusion

 

Your essay will need to have all the characteristics of an academic essay including an effective thesis statement, focused topic sentences, strong organization, unified paragraphs, and a well-crafted introduction and conclusion.

 

Important: In selecting your topic and developing your ideas, be sure that your comparison points to a larger purpose: some lesson, insight or point that makes the comparison important. Additionally, you should support your essay with specific, clear, well developed examples all related to the unit theme.

 

 

Essay A: David Sedaris and Hugh Hamrick are both products of their experiences. Ask a friend or colleague to share the most important experiences they have had, the ones that have shaped their identity and made them who they are. Then, using this information for support, write an essay that compares and contrasts those with the experiences that have shaped your own identity.

Essay Guidelines

 

  • Your essay should be 3-5 pages long.
  • It should be typed using a standard 12 point font. MLA standard pagination is required. SeeThe Little Seagull Handbook 149 for a sample essay in MLA format.
  • Follow directions carefully.
  • It should be double-spaced with margins no bigger than 1 inch. (These are standard settings in Microsoft Word.)
  • You should carefully review the strategies for writing a Comparison and Contrast essay.
  • Be sure to include your name on your essay.
  • Create a Works Cited page and cite the essay you respond to. Cite any other outside sources used in the essay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this essay, you will write a cause and effect analysis essay about your chosen topic. Each topic has several supporting texts to use as support; read some or all essays listed with the topic to help develop your ideas. The listed supporting documents are the only ones you may use for this essay unless your instructor approves another.

Cause and effect is an in-depth examination of the relationship between causes and effects. It is not simply a list of causes or effects. In this essay, you will use at least two paraphrases or quotes from at least one of the listed texts to support your ideas. The emphasis in your essay should be on your ideas.

 

 
Essay B: Societal campaigns against obesity make fast food restaurants react and change: list calories, expand their menu offerings and more. Explain some other ways that fast food industry should respond to the changes in society (changes in economy, environment protection, culture) and predict the future of fast food chains. Use the sources below for additional reference.

Schlosser, Eric. “What We Eat”

“Good and Hungry” from The Economist online.

“The Birth of Fast Food: How McDonald’s and other fast-food chains changed the way America eats–and lives” by Charles Wilson

 “Food: Serving Up Superbrands” (BBC film in MC Library Films on Demand database)

If at any time one of the links above stops working, please, let me know. Meanwhile, you can search for the titles either on MC Library websites or on the Internet depending where the original location was. If you discover that you need to use a source of information that is not listed here, please, email me with the source and a brief explanation why you want to use it. For example, you might want to use a video clip with an advertisement for illustration. 

Essay Guidelines:

  • Your essay should be 3-5 pages long.
  • It should be typed using a standard 12 point font.  MLA standard pagination is required.
  • Follow directions carefully.
  • It should be double spaced with margins no bigger than 1 inch.
  • You should carefully review the strategies for writing a Cause and Effect Essay.  This means, you do not list cause and effects; rather, you develop a larger purpose, some lesson or insight that makes the cause and effect discussion important.  Consider how the causes result in the effects or how the effects result from the causes and the importance of that cause/effect relationship.
  • Use at least one outside source (article) of information to develop your essay.
  • Use a minimum of two quotes or paraphrases from an outside source.
  • Be sure to include your name on your essay.
  • Create a Works Cited page and cite all outside sources used in the essay including images and videos.

 

 

 
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FIELD EXPERIENCE (FE)

FIELD EXPERIENCE (FE)

400 points

 

 

Youwillparticipate ina two-partfieldexperience.  You will be responsible for completing objectives of an external client in the Entertainment Industry (see below).  Additionally, you will collect consumer responses (via a survey) regarding the clients that will be analyzed externally.

FE 1-Part 1

 

You will visit and analyze three Performance/Theater/Center, etc. venues1) The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center (CEPAC) http://www.cobbenergycentre.com; and 2) Two additional, comparable Performance/Theater/Center venues. You should start by visiting all websites to determine the activities and events that take place at each venue to be sure they are comparable to CEPAC before choosing the two additional venues.  Here are some example venues: The Fox Theatre, Symphony Hall, Coca Cola Roxy Theatre, Tabernacle, Center Stage Theater, Infinite Energy Center, to name a few).

 

The analysis of each of the three (3)venues must include:

  • Name of venue
  • Documentation of sources
  • Date and location of review
  • Identify the stakeholders and target market (stakeholders includes owners, suppliers, partners, sponsors, etc.)
  • What are the objectives/goals of the organization
  • List the organizations key strengths and weaknesses (Internal)
  • Identify the opportunities and threats (External)
  • What is their Competitive Advantage

 

  • Submit in the Assignment Folder, an analysis of the three (3) entertainment venues. DUE: NOVEMBER 08, 2017.

 

 

 

RUBRIC

Score: 100% 80 70% 50 30% (0% if missing)
Criterion:          
Written Communication: 10%

 

 

 

Score =

Language is clearly organized. Word usage, spelling and punctuation are excellent. Faultless use of grammar and language.   Writing is sufficient. Adequate use of working grammar and punctuation. 3-4 errors in grammar and language.   Writing is rambling and unfocused. Topic and supporting arguments are presented in disorganized and unrelated way.

More than 5 errors in grammar and language.

Resource/Cita-tion Style 5%

 

APA Style

 

Score =

All sources are cited correctly and thoroughly (in text and on reference page): Citation Style is used consistently and correctly.   All sources are cited, the majority cited correctly (in text and on reference page); citation system is used correctly for majority of citations.   Some sources are cited correctly (in text and on reference page). Ciatation format is not used or used for a minority of citations.

0 if in text citation and/or no reference page is present.

 

CREATIVITY 20%

 

 

 

 

Innovative, inspired approach

Ideas “pop”

Originality

Unique approach

Daring and risk taking, resourceful

Matches the TM Needs

  Motivated

Conventional approach and strategy

  Impractical

No correlation to TM Needs

Content: 35%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score =

Concepts/issues/facts of specific assignments are presented and analyzed in depth. Links to applicable marketing theory, concepts and methods show a clear understanding of their use and possible limitations.   Concepts/issues/facts of specific assignments are presented and analyzed adequately with sufficient links to applicable marketing theory, concepts and methods to appreciate their utility.   Concepts/issues/facts of specific assignments are presented and analyzed incompletely. Links to applicable marketing theory, concepts and methods are absent or misunderstood.

 

0 if any content is missing.

Critical Thinking: 30%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score =

Concepts, assumptions, inferences and conclusions are clearly and thoroughly expressed. Analysis is logical and thorough.   Concepts, assumptions, inferences and conclusions are expressed clearly in most cases, but are not expressed thoroughly. Analysis is mostly logical, but may be absent or flawed in some places.   Concepts, assumptions, inferences and conclusions are unclear. Absent or flawed logic may be present. Analysis is minimal or absent or the logic used in argument may not be discernable.

 

 
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