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ASSESSMENT 2 – INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT

LAWS20062 – TERM 2, 2017
ASSESSMENT 2 – INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT
Marks
: 50% of the overall assessment for the course
Submission: Online via Moodle
Format: One file in .doc or .docx (MSWord) format.
Submissions in any other file format (e.g.
.zip) will be treated as a nonsubmission.
Word limit: 3000 words
Due date: Week 12 Wednesday (04-Oct-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return to students: Exam Week Monday (16-Oct-2017)
Extensions policy: The university policy on extensions of time will be strictly
enforced. Extensions will only be considered if made via the online system
and based on medical or compassionate grounds. Any extension application
should be made before the due date for submission. Medical conditions
should be supported by a medical certificate, and, since students are
expected to start the assignment early, temporary or last-minute conditions
are usually not grounds for an extension. Professionals are expected to
manage their time to meet their obligations, so work or personal commitments
are insufficient grounds for an extension.
Plagiarism: The university’s plagiarism policy will also be strictly enforced. If
plagiarism is found, a minimum penalty is likely to be zero marks for the
assessment. It could be worse.
Question 1: 25 marks, 25% of the subject
ChAFTA stands for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Answer the
following questions:
1. Describe how free trade agreements are created, and their legal status
at an international level. 5 marks
2. Discuss the history of ChAFTA. 5 marks
3. Explain the objectives of ChAFTA and how ChAFTA attempts to its
achieve its objectives? 5 marks
4. Analyse the benefits and any drawbacks for Australia because of
ChAFTA. 5 marks
5. Solve the issue as to whether ChAFTA can be enforced against either
China or Australia for breach of agreement. 5 marks

QUESTION 2: 25 marks, 25% of the subject
Compare and contrast how international commercial disputes are resolved in
the ICJ (International Court of Justice) and the DSB of the WTO (Dispute
Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization), with the High Court of
Australia, and the ACICA (Australian Centre for International Commercial
Arbitration), using case examples.

Assessment Criteria
The assignment will be assessed according to the following criteria:
~ accuracy, detail and comprehension of the legal issues (20%)
~ accuracy, detail and comprehension of the relevant rules (20%),
~ accuracy, detail, comprehension, and criticism of the various points of view
(40%), and
~ a reasonably plausible conclusion (20%).

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

 

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Energy Harvest

Read the following two research papers as follows, please give your critical reflection on the topic of Energy Harvest.

Shaikh, Faisal Karim, and Sherali Zeadally. “Energy harvesting in wireless sensor networks: A comprehensive review.” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 55 (2016): 1041-1054.

Ulukus, Sennur, et al. “Energy harvesting wireless communications: A review of recent advances.” IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications 33.3 (2015): 360-381.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2017 in academic writing, Academic Writing

 

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ASSESSMENT 2 – INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT

LAWS20062 – TERM 2, 2017
ASSESSMENT 2 – INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT
Marks
: 50% of the overall assessment for the course
Submission: Online via Moodle
Format: One file in .doc or .docx (MSWord) format.
Submissions in any other file format (e.g.
.zip) will be treated as a nonsubmission.
Word limit: 3000 words
Due date: Week 12 Wednesday (04-Oct-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return to students: Exam Week Monday (16-Oct-2017)
Extensions policy: The university policy on extensions of time will be strictly
enforced. Extensions will only be considered if made via the online system
and based on medical or compassionate grounds. Any extension application
should be made before the due date for submission. Medical conditions
should be supported by a medical certificate, and, since students are
expected to start the assignment early, temporary or last-minute conditions
are usually not grounds for an extension. Professionals are expected to
manage their time to meet their obligations, so work or personal commitments
are insufficient grounds for an extension.
Plagiarism: The university’s plagiarism policy will also be strictly enforced. If
plagiarism is found, a minimum penalty is likely to be zero marks for the
assessment. It could be worse.
Question 1: 25 marks, 25% of the subject
ChAFTA stands for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Answer the
following questions:
1. Describe how free trade agreements are created, and their legal status
at an international level. 5 marks
2. Discuss the history of ChAFTA. 5 marks
3. Explain the objectives of ChAFTA and how ChAFTA attempts to its
achieve its objectives? 5 marks
4. Analyse the benefits and any drawbacks for Australia because of
ChAFTA. 5 marks
5. Solve the issue as to whether ChAFTA can be enforced against either
China or Australia for breach of agreement. 5 marks

QUESTION 2: 25 marks, 25% of the subject
Compare and contrast how international commercial disputes are resolved in
the ICJ (International Court of Justice) and the DSB of the WTO (Dispute
Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization), with the High Court of
Australia, and the ACICA (Australian Centre for International Commercial
Arbitration), using case examples.

Assessment Criteria
The assignment will be assessed according to the following criteria:
~ accuracy, detail and comprehension of the legal issues (20%)
~ accuracy, detail and comprehension of the relevant rules (20%),
~ accuracy, detail, comprehension, and criticism of the various points of view
(40%), and
~ a reasonably plausible conclusion (20%).

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2017 in academic writing, Academic Writing

 

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PS253 – Physics Lab for Engineers

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  1. An outside company is doing an audit of a small business and records the annual salary of individual employees in the thousands of dollars to be:

45, 35, 40, 50, 65, 75, 30, 35, 40, 55, 35, 40, 30, 70, 55, 30, 45, 35, 50

  1. Determine how many employees there are per $5000 salary block starting at $25k. Complete the table below.
Salary Block $30k $35k $40k $45k $50k $55k $60k $65k $70k $75k
# of employees                    

 

  1. What is the decimal fraction of employees paid in each $5000 salary block? Give your results in a table similar to how you answered (1.a). Sum, add, all of these fractions and make sure they add up to 1.
Salary Block $30k $35k $40k $45k $50k $55k $60k $65k $70k $75k
fraction of employees                    

 

 

  1. Find the mean salary for all 19 employees by using:
    1. The method given in Equation 3 on p.3 of the lab manual.

 

 

  1. The method given in Equation 5 on p.3 of the lab manual

 

 

  1. From the histogram, determine the fraction of students that are greater than 66 inches tall?
  2. From the histogram you made in Excel representing 50 rolls of a d12, write down here the normalized frequency for each side of the die from 1 to 12. Use a table. Sum, add, all of these fractions and make sure they add up to 1.
Die side 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Frequency rolled                        

 

 

  1. Did the results of this simulated random dice roll turn out the way you expected them to? Explain your answer. What do you think would happen if we redid the simulation and rolled the d12 100 times?

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Do a simulation to see the results of rolling the d12 100 times. This should be easy as you are just following what you did to make your first histogram. You can drag down the randomization formula to make 100 rows of data instead of 50. Keeping the same bins, redo the histogram function but this time select all 100 data points. Find new normalized frequencies for this run of our simulation.
    1. Record below what the normalized frequencies are after 100 runs.
Die side 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Frequency rolled                        

 

  1. How do your results compare to your answer for #4? Would we need to roll the die even more times to represent a truly random event? How good do you think Excel’s randomization function really is?

 

 

 

  1. Some students performed an experiment to determine the spring constant of a spring. They hung a mass hanger on one end of the spring and continued adding mass recording how far the spring stretched each time. Using a modified form of Hook’s Law they can determine the spring constant from the slope of a best fit line. Their results are in the table and plot below.
Stretched length

(cm)

Mass

(g)

5 500
8 550
11 575
15 600
17 650
23 700
29 750
36 800
38 850
43 900
50 1000
64 1100
71 1200
85 1300
93 1400
Figure 1Stretched length with added mass.

 

 

 

Describe at least 5 different ways in which this graph should be improved upon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Continued on next page)

  1. Refer to the x-y scatter plot you made in Excel for the oscillating pendulum.
    1. What is the equation for the linear fit on the graph? Remember this is in y=mx+b format.

 

 

  1. What is the slope of this line? Write the numerical value and its units.

 

 

  1. Compare the equation for the fit line to our physics equation: .
    1. Physically, what is the slope equal to now? Write it out like an equation.

 

 

  1. Determine the value of g from our data.

 

 

 

  1. Repeat questions 7 and 8 only this time use the values given to you by the Regression command in Excel. Remember to use proper significant figures (based on the original values given in Table 2 on p.11.
    1. What is the equation for the linear fit, using the results of Regression.

 

 

  1. Comparing to our physics equation what is the slope equal to? Write it out…

 

 

  1. Determine the value of g using proper significant figures and the values from Regression.

 

 

  1. From the results of Regression what is the uncertainty of our slope? Use proper significant figures.

 

  1. Now what is the calculated uncertainty in g?
 
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Posted by on September 22, 2017 in academic writing, Academic Writing

 

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Week 6 Learning Activity

Week 6 Learning Activity #1

You are a service disabled veteran Asian female working for a Contractor and see some lucrative business opportunities if you establish your own company.  But, you know it takes a lot of cash/capital to start your own business – and you also want to hedge your bets – so you’d like to keep your current job too.  Therefore, you ask your boss if you could perform your current technical position as a subcontractor (through your own business) rather than as an employee.

What are some of the potential issues and concerns that might arise from this scenario?

Week 6 Learning Activity #2

The “NAICS codes” issued by the SBA establish the thresholds for what constitutes a small business for literally thousands of different goods and services.  There is some variation among the codes, but as a general rule of thumb if a company has more than $27 million per year of annual revenue it cannot be considered a small business, and is therefore ineligible for small business preferences or set-asides.

A company with $27 million in annual revenue typically has about 125 employees.  Their competitors, however, are often industry behemoths like Lockheed, Boeing, General Dynamics, etc. who have 1000 (or more) times more annual revenue and employees and the economies of scale that provides.

Do mid-size companies provide any advantages over either a small business or an industry behemoth?  If so, what?

Should there be a “mid-size business” preference or set-aside program?  Why or why not?

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2017 in academic writing, Academic Writing

 

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Security Management and Migration

Assessment item 3

Security Management and Migration

Value: 25%

Due date: 25-Sep-2017

Return date: 18-Oct-2017

Submission method options

Alternative submission method

Task

Webb’s Stores is a successful regional retailer that operates stores in Australia and also in New Zealand. Webb’s sell a range of food stuffs as well as some speciality items. The company has two main data centres, one located in Sydney and the other in Melbourne. It also has a number of regional data centres located in Wagga, Bathurst, Port Macquarie, Brisbane and Auckland in New Zealand.

 

Webb’s Stores has engaged you as a consultant to advise them on the use of Cloud Computing in their daily operations. They have some 600 sales staff that work in their stores and 200 staff that work in their two main warehouses in Sydney and Melbourne. Webb’s have been facing increasing issues with application and operational complexity and the management of their data. They have been advised that a move to using a Cloud based infrastructure would be an advantage to them.

 

Webb’s are considering the following:

  • They are considering a plan to close their Auckland data centre rather than update or replace the older infrastructure. The existing data and services in that data centre would be moved to the Cloud. If this migration is successful, then this could be a first step in the eventual migration of all Webb’s services to the cloud.
  • They are concerned at the increasing costs of LTO 6 tapes that are being used for their backup of mission critical data. They are also concerned at the cost of off-site storage of these tapes, but they are really concerned at the time it is taking to complete a full backup of their databases and other critical data.

Webb’s Board is contemplating this strategy as a way to increase the company’s flexibility and responsiveness. The Board also expects to achieve significant savings on the cost of maintaining their ICT infrastructure by closing their Auckland data centre. This would entail retiring the infrastructure in that data centre rather than having to update it.

 

Webb’s has again approached you to advise them on this strategy. You have already advised Webb’s that this strategic approach will mean that they will need to design and operate a “Hybrid Cloud” methodology, where part of their data centre is “on premise” and another part in a Cloud.

 

Webb’s also plan to run a Risk and Security Workshop to assess the risks, security issues and possible methods of control that will be required with this “Hybrid Cloud” approach. You will be required to organise, run and facilitate this workshop.

 

The Board is also concerned about how this strategy will affect their BCP (Business Continuity Plan) and their backup and disaster recovery strategies.

 

Your task is to prepare a report for Webb’s Board that discusses the following:

 

  1. Webb’s have decided to migrate their MS SQL Server 2012 R2 database to an IaaS instance in the cloud.
  2. Describe the type of security that you would deploy to protect this mission critical database once it is moved to an IaaS instance in a public cloud.
  3. Describe the benefits and issues that would be the result of your deployment of these security measures.

 

  1. What are the risks associated with migrating this mission critical database to the cloud? You should name and describe each risk that you identify that applies to:
  2. The database
  3. The IaaS infrastructure
  4. The communications between Webb’s and their IaaS database in the cloud

 

  1. Webb’s is considering the use of the Cloud for backup and possibly also for archival of records.
  2. What are the risks and issues associated with backing up data to the cloud? You should name and describe each risk that you identify that applies to:
  3. Backing up data to the Cloud
  4. Storage of data in the Cloud

iii.      Retrieval of data from the cloud.

  1. How does Webb’s use of a Cloud backup affect their DR plans? Describe how you see that their backup and restore strategy will change as a result of this service.

 

  1. How should Webb’s protect access to these services that they are now moving to the Cloud? Describe what you would recommend to Webb’s Board to protect access to:
  2. Their IaaS infrastructure,
  3. Their Ms SQL Server 2012 R2 cloud instance,
  4. Their Cloud network infrastructure
  5. Their Cloud backup and restore infrastructure

 

Rationale

This assessment will cover the following objectives:

  • Be able to compare and evaluate the ability of different Cloud Computing Architectures to meet a set of given business requirements;
  • Be able to evaluate a set of business requirements to determine suitability for a Cloud Computing delivery model;
  • Be able to evaluate and design an ICT Risk Management strategy for a Cloud Computing Delivery plan to meet business requirements;
  • Be able to interpret, evaluate and plan the Governance and Security requirements for a Cloud Computing delivery plan;
  • Be able to analyse and evaluate business requirements to plan a migration to a Cloud model;

Marking criteria

Question HD DI CR PS FL
Information security Clear comprehensive assessment of InfoSec issues, critical points identified and discussed. Detailed assessment of InfoSec issues, most critical points identified and discussed. Good assessment of InfoSec issues, many critical points identified and discussed. Adequate assessment of InfoSec issues, some critical points identified and discussed. Inadequate assessment of InfoSec issues, few or no critical points identified and discussed.
Migration Risk Management Clear, comprehensive description of Risk Management issues, critical points identified & discussed. Detailed description of Risk Management issues, most critical points identified & discussed. Good description of Risk Management issues, many critical points identified & discussed. Adequate description of Risk Management issues, some critical points identified & discussed. Inadequate description of Risk Management issues, few or no critical points identified & discussed.
Backup Risk Management Clear, comprehensive description of backup and DR plan, all critical points identified & discussed. Detailed description of backup and DR plan, most critical points identified & discussed. Good description of backup and DR plan, many critical points identified & discussed. Adequate description of backup and DR plan, some critical points identified & discussed. Inadequate description of backup and DR plan, few or no critical points identified & discussed.
Access Management Clear and comprehensive description of protecting IaaS infrastructure, server and backup and restore infrastructure, and all critical points identified & discussed.

 

Detailed description of protecting IaaS infrastructure, server and backup and restore infrastructure, and most critical points identified & discussed. Good description of protecting IaaS infrastructure, server and backup and restore infrastructure, and many critical points identified & discussed. Adequate description of protecting IaaS infrastructure, server and backup and restore infrastructure, and some critical points identified & discussed. Inadequate description of protecting IaaS infrastructure, server and backup and restore infrastructure, and some critical points identified & discussed.
Presentation (Communicate in a professional manner), Grammar & Referencing Up to 5 marks may be deducted for poor grammar, presentation, spelling and not following the proper APA 6th edition style of referencing.

 

 

 

Presentation

Your report MUST be presented in MS Word format. Your assessment must be submitted electronically and should:

  1. Have a cover page including:
  2. Assessment No & Assessment Title
    b. Student Name, ID & Student Email
  3. The assessment should also include at least the following sections:
  4. Executive Summary – this section should contain a brief summary about the contents of the report. This section should be a maximum of one A4 size page.
    b. Main Body of the report – Use this section to answer all the questions in Part I and Part II. All tasks should be clearly identified with headings.
    c. References – must be in APA style both in-text and at the end of the assessment document.
  5. Use Calibri, or a similar font, in 11 or 12 point type.
    4. All diagrams and images are to be embedded in the document. Diagrams and images that are supplied separately will not be marked. All text should be left-justified.
    5. Each page must have a header or footer with your name and student number.
    6. Page numbers must be shown in the footer of each page, except on the title page.

Reports are marked and feedback attached using a MS Word based tool. Reports that are submitted in PDF format will be re-formatted to Word format in order to be marked. Allowances will not be made for any loss of information, diagrams or images as a result of the re-formatting.

Please note: Assessment MUST be submitted as ONE word file on Turnitin. Please do not submit *.zip or *.rar or multiple files. All assessment submissions MUST contain a Turnitin originality report with them upon submission. Details about the use of Turnitin are available from the subject site.

 

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2017 in academic writing, Academic Writing

 

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Week 4 Learning Activity #1

Week 4 Learning Activity #1

Your choice. do either (a) or (b):

(a) Pick one exemption to CAS, describe in layman’s terms what it means, and provide an example situation where it would apply. Is there any “wiggle room” in the exemption, or is it “cut and dried”?

 

(b) Go to FAR Part 31, choose a cost element, and provide a real life example of where it could be an issue for a contractor.

 

Week 4 Learning Activity #2

Your company does $80 million in government sales annually. Do you need to have a Disclosure Statement? Why or why not?

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2017 in academic writing, Academic Writing

 

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