## HW12: Histograms – Button Experiment – A table with data from your team (30 buttons), your section (300 buttons), and all EGR 186 sections (2,400-3,000 buttons).

HW12: Histograms – Button Experiment

PART I: Collect Experimental Data

• Measure the diameter of the provided 30 buttons (use mm).
• Follow the instructions presented in class on how to use the digital calipers.
• Record the diameter of each button to 2 decimal places (x.xx).

PART II: Organizing the Data

Create:

• A table with data from your team (30 buttons), your section (300 buttons), and all EGR 186 sections (2,400-3,000 buttons).
• Histograms (using EXCEL) to show the frequencies of button diameters of your team’s data (30 buttons), your section’s data (300 buttons), and all EGR 186 sections (2,400-3,000 buttons).

You will have 1 table and 3 histograms. Be sure your graphs are appropriately scaled. In other words, do not compare the diameters of your group (30 buttons) to the entire section (300 buttons). If you want to compare 30 buttons to 300, convert to a percentage (%).

PART III: Presenting the Experiment

Write a report to explain the experiment, show the data collected, and discuss the results.

1. Include a cover page with appropriate information.
2. The report must contain a 1) problem statement, 2) methods section, 3) results section, and 4) conclusion (make a conclusion by writing a short paragraph to answer the provided questions).

1. Conclusion: discuss your observations regarding the frequencies of button diameters.
2. Is there a distinct trend or trends? Is/Are the trend(s) similar across all 3 histograms?
3. Discuss why such a result may have occurred.

PAPER FORMAT NOTES:

Write your paper in 3RD PERSON! For example, “The data show…”, NOT “I saw a trend in the data…”. In

engineering technical papers, the data is the focus (not you…).

Properly label title and axes of every graph. No legend is required.

Explain what each graph and table is in the text. Refer to each graph in the text (Figure 1, Figure 2, Table 1, etc.).

Each graph must also have a caption centered directly BELOW the figure (i.e. Figure 1: Team results of…).

Each table must have a caption centered directly ABOVE the table (i.e. Table 1: Team results of…).

Refer to the articles you read for the Tech Comm Project for format, header, figure, table, and caption examples.

## HW08: Engineering Careers – Compare and Contrast the required and desirable knowledge and skills listed in the 5 job postings

This assignment is due at the beginning of next class.

1. Read the documents posted on Bb Learn:

–    Engineering_Disciplines_Handout

• Lists useful information about the different disciplines

–    Engineering fields

• An descriptive overview of engineering disciplines
• Be sure to review Table 1-1 regarding career paths
1. Visit the following websites:

–     http://tryengineering.org/explore-engineering/become-engineer

• If currently undecided, read about Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, and/or Mechanical (majors offered at NAU)

–     https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/home.htm

–    In LOUIE, select the “Search” tab and then the “browse course catalog” tab.

–    Engineering courses are found in these areas:

• CENE – Civil and Environmental Engineering
• CM – Construction Management
• EE – Electrical Engineering
• EGR – General Engineering
• ME – Mechanical Engineering

– For more detailed instructions on how to find the course catalog, follow this link:  https://nau.edu/its/learn/coursecatalog/

1. Find 5 engineering jobs that are interesting to you:

–    http://www .engineerjobs.com/

–     http://engineering.careerbuilder.com/

–     http://www.engineeringjobs.net/

1. Prepare and submit a table containing the following information for each job:

–    the title of the position,

–    the URL of the website,

–    the description of the position, and

–    required level of education / experience.

Compare and Contrast the required and desirable knowledge and skills listed in the 5 job postings.

## Assignment 5: Evaluation of the Agency’s Budgeting and Cumulative Report – Analyze two (2) major political influences on and primary accountability areas required of program administrators after reviewing FY2012 regarding mandatory and discretionary budgets

Assignment 5: Evaluation of the Agency’s Budgeting and Cumulative Report
Due Week 10 and worth 290 points

As a consultant, you need to develop an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the selected agency’s budgeting and then provide recommendations for improvement. Therefore, you will conduct interviews with agency representatives and research-related academic sources and Websites. The analysis will be read by the VP of Accounts and Client Support as well as by the leaders of the agency for whom you are working.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

1. Analyze the agency’s (or department’s) budget by following these six (6) steps and including the results of the analysis in your paper by: (a) identifying the agency’s budget as executive department or an independent agency; (b) determining which of the appropriation subcommittees has jurisdiction over each agency’s budget request; (c) determining where each agency’s operations fall in the functional classification of the federal budget; (d) determining the budget authority and outlays proposed for the agency; and (e) determining the actual outlays and budget authority for the agency in that year. (Title this section Budget Overview.)
2. Analyze two (2) major political influences on and primary accountability areas required of program administrators after reviewing FY2012 regarding mandatory and discretionary budgets. (Title this section Budgeting Assessment.)
3. Explain which intergovernmental agency, or agencies, contributes to and / or influences the budgetary decisions for the current and future budget over the next five (5) years. (Title this section Analysis of Budgeting Plans and Actual Expenditures.)
4. Analyze the impact of international policy making on the current year’s budgets and possible impact on future budget line items. (Title this section Implications of Foreign Policy.)
5. Recommend two (2) robust ways in which the agency could improve the budget for the next fiscal year. (Title this section Budget Request and Recommendations.)
6. Provide proof of one to two (1-2) interviews by submitting the completed interview form with a list of questions for and responses from each interviewee. (Put this in the Appendix under Interview Forms.)
7. Provide four to five (4-5) relevant and credible outside resources that support the content of this assignment. (Include no more than one (1) non-government Website.)
• Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
• 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 sections must have appropriate titles. The cover page, interview forms, reference page, and the appendices are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
• Recommend ways to improve specific areas of public administration.
• Analyze the fundamental components of effective budgeting, including sources of revenue, political influences, purposes, types, and accountability of program administrators.
• Use technology and information resources to research issues in public administration.
• Write clearly and concisely about public administration using proper writing mechanics.
Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

## Assignment 4: Evaluation of Agency’s Human Resources Management  – Analyze three to four (3-4) of the major components of the agency’s human resource system, processes, and performance evaluation plan for hiring and retaining a diversified workforce

Assignment 4: Evaluation of Agency’s Human Resources Management
Due Week 8 and worth 240 points

As a consultant, you need to develop an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the selected agency’s human resources management system and processes and then provide recommendations for improvement. Therefore, you will conduct interviews with agency representatives and research related academic sources and Websites. The analysis will be read by the VP of Accounts and Client Support as well as by the leaders of the agency for whom you are working.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

1. Analyze three to four (3-4) of the major components of the agency’s human resource system, processes, and performance evaluation plan for hiring and retaining a diversified workforce. (Title this section Human Resource Processes.)
2. Analyze and describe the implications impacting the agency’s current employment trend, growth, and delivery of its products and services. (Title this section Implications of Human Resource Workforce.)
3. Recommend two to three (2-3) managerial and professional skills and competencies required to improve the agency’s workforce by explaining each recommendation, providing reasons each recommendation would bring about improvement, providing two to three (2-3) ways the agency could implement programs in preparation for those skills not visible within the agency’s workforce as a method of promotion and advancement for current employees. (Title this section Succession Planning for Human Resource Management.)
4. Describe the consultant position you are performing by (a) giving it a title; (b) explaining two to three (2-3) major specifications required of the job and how each will be measured in a performance evaluation; and by (c) explaining two to three (2-3) ways this position will be used within the various departments of the agency and for meeting the specific goals / objectives of the agency. (This job description will be provided to the Agency Director who has requested it. As a resource, you are to use the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, located at http://www.occupationalinfo.org/and published by the U. S. Department of Labor located at usajobs.gov. (Title this section Job Analysis and Design.)
5. Provide proof of one to two (1-2) interviews submitting the completed interview form with a list of questions for and responses from each interviewee. (Put this in the Appendix under Interview Forms.)
6. Provide four to five (4-5) relevant and credible outside resources that support the content of this assignment. (Include no more than one (1) non-government Website.)
• Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
• 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 sections must have appropriate titles. The cover page, reference page, and appendix pages are not included in the required assignment page length. The assignment must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
• Recommend ways to improve specific areas of public administration.
• Analyze the major components of the system, processes, and methods for effective human resource management in the public sector.
• Assess external organizational and employee conditions, trends, and implications of these factors for human resource management of the private sector.
• Use technology and information resources to research issues in public administration.
• Write clearly and concisely about public administration using proper writing mechanics.
Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

## Assignment 3 – Analyze two to three (2-3) current events from the past two (2) years (using the e-Activity in Week 4*) focusing on the administrative responsibility and ethical implications to the stakeholders, organization, and public regarding the issues in described in the current event

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Instructors, training on how to grade is within the Instructor Center.

Assignment 3: Evaluation of Agency’s Ethics, Cooperation, Leadership, and Legal Decisions
Due Week 6 and worth 270 points
As a consultant, you need to develop an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the selected Agency’s Ethics, Cooperation, Leadership, and Legal Decisions and then provide recommendations for improvement. Therefore, you will conduct interviews with agency representatives and research-related academic sources and government Websites. The analysis will be read by the VP of Accounts and Client Support as well as by the leaders of the agency for whom you are working.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

1. Analyze two to three (2-3) current events from the past two (2) years (using the e-Activity in Week 4*) focusing on the administrative responsibility and ethical implications to the stakeholders, organization, and public regarding the issues in described in the current event. (Title this section Administrative Ethics.) (*Go to The Center for Public Integrity iWatch, located at http://www.iwatchnews.org/icij/about. Scroll to the bottom of the page to “What We Investigate.” Select a topic and review three (3) of the latest news items about it.)
2. Assess the leadership of this agency (in light of leadership models) and of the political context in which the agency operates, highlighting at least three (3) ways internal agency leaders and   political leaders have influenced the success and / or failure of the agency. (Title this section Leadership Influences.)
3. Analyze the power the agency has in enforcing the regulations they are asked to uphold (using the e-Activity in Week 5). Discuss two to three (2-3) challenges to enforce the agency’s regulations.   (Title this section Legal Decisions.)
4. Analyze three to four (3-4) strategies for the agency’s future plans for administrative ethics, leadership, and legal to improve the agency’s operation and its primary recipients. (Title this section Strategies for Consideration to Administrative Processes.)
5. Recommend two (2) strategies that will provide immediate improvement based on models that influence public policy and the three to four (3-4) strategies presented in criteria four (4) above with a reason each recommendation would bring about improvement. (Title this Recommendations for Improvements to Administrative Processes.)
6. Provide proof of one to two (1-2) interviews by submitting the completed interview form with a list of questions for and responses from each interviewee. (Put this in the Appendix under Interview Forms.)
7. Provide four to five (4-5) relevant and credible outside resources that support the content of this assignment. (Include no more than one (1) non-government Website.)
• Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
• 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 sections must have appropriate titles. The cover page, reference page, and appendix pages are not included in the required assignment page length. The assignment must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
• Analyze leadership models, theories, characteristics, and skills.
• Examine ethical issues and legal statues related to the various elements of public administration.
• Recommend ways to improve specific areas of public administration.
• Analyze past and present political and legal issues, strategies, trends, and models that influence public policy and public administration.
• Use technology and information resources to research issues in public administration.
• Write clearly and concisely about public administration using proper writing mechanics.
Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

## Assignment 2: Analysis of the Selected Agency – As a consultant, you need to develop an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the selected agency’s planning, organizational design, decision-making process, and implementation and then provide recommendations for improvement.

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Assignment 2: Analysis of the Selected Agency
Due Week 4 and worth 300 points

As a consultant, you need to develop an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the selected agency’s planning, organizational design, decision-making process, and implementation and then provide recommendations for improvement. Therefore, you will conduct interviews with agency representatives and research related academic sources, the agency’s Website, or any government Website. The analysis will be read by the VP of Accounts and Client Support as well as by the leaders of the agency for whom you are working.

Write a five to seven (5-7) page paper in which you:

1. Describe the history of the selected agency and department by explaining its reasons (goals / objectives) for being established. (Title this section History of {Insert name of Agency})
2. Analyze the organizational design of the selected agency and specific department by describing the design and organizational chart. Assess its effectiveness in making major policy decisions and providing services to its primary recipients. (Title this section Organizational Design.)
3. Include a figure of the current organizational design within the text of the paper.
4. Recommend a redesign of the agency’s structure to serve the needs of the department’s businesses better without jeopardizing the goals / objectives of the agency. Explain your reasoning for changing the design and explain the change’s impact on the agency’s effectiveness in delivering quality services. (Title this section Assessment of Organizational Design.)
5. Include a figure of the new organizational design within the text of the paper.
6. Analyze two to three (2-3) major milestones, factors (internal or external), or actors affecting the agency’s success and its influence on the effectiveness of the agency’s planning, organizational design, decision making, and implementation. Also, analyze two to three (2-3) possible causes (internal or external) that appear to have the effect of impeding the organization’s implementation of its policy and for meeting its goals / objectives. (Title this section Evaluation of Planning and Implementation)
7. Recommend two to three (2-3) strategies (from criteria 4 above) that the agency could implement to improve its effectiveness in the areas of planning, decision making, organization, and / or implementation by explaining each recommendation and providing reasons each recommendation would bring about improvement. (Title this section Recommendations for Planning and Implementation.)
8. Include a Cause and Effect Diagram in the text of the paper.
9. Provide proof of one to two (1-2) interviews by submitting the completed interview forms and a list of questions you asked each interviewee. (Put this in the Appendix under Interview Forms.)
10. Provide four to five (4-5) relevant and credible outside resources that support the content of this assignment. (Include no more than one (1) non-government Website.)
• Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
• 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 sections must have appropriate titles. The cover page, reference page, and appendix pages are not included in the required assignment page length. The assignment must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
• Examine the basic components and functions of public sector administration.
• Analyze the elements of effective planning in the public sector.
• Examine the steps and models used in effective decision making.
• Recommend ways to improve specific areas of public administration.
• Examine the fundamentals and process of effective organizational design.
• Evaluate the various strategies for and implications of implementing public administration programs.
• Use technology and information resources to research issues in public administration.
• Write clearly and concisely about public administration using proper writing mechanics.
Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

## VIRTUAL VISION BOARD PROJECT (FINAL PROJECT) – A vision board is simply a visual representation or collage of the things that you want to have, be, or do in your life. It consists of a poster or bulletin board with cut-out pictures, drawings and/or writing on it of the things that you want in your life or the things that you want to become.

VIRTUAL VISION BOARD PROJECT (FINAL PROJECT)

Student Learning Objectives:

A vision board is simply a visual representation or collage of the things that you want to have, be, or do in your life. It consists of a poster or bulletin board with cut-out pictures, drawings and/or writing on it of the things that you want in your life or the things that you want to become.

Creating a vision board is a fun and creative way for you to become clear on your dreams and desires and transform them into reality. We become what we think about and our lives are created from our thoughts. Unfortunately, we spend much of our lives thinking about what we don’t want and often that is what we draw into our lives. One of the most powerful aspects of a vision board is that you create a visual representation of your dreams and desires helping you to put your attention on what you want to bring into your life.

What does a Vision Board Do?
1.  A vision Board helps us to become very clear about what we want.

1. A Vision Board makes your goals visible and keeps them in front of your eyes.
2. A Vision Board reminds you of what you want.
3. A Vision Board allows you to choose your goals.
4. A Vision Board reminds you of what you are working for.
5. A Vision Board keeps you in a positive mood – as you put your attention on it you will feel yourself receiving what you desire.
6. A vision Board allows you to create a purpose in life.

Instructions:

1. Create a list of images you would like to include on your vision board. All of the following categories should be represented.
• Emotions (what do you want to feel?)
• Relationships (who do you want to have close relationships with?)
• Education (what education do you see yourself pursuing?)
• Work (what work do you see yourself doing for a living?)
• Required Skills (what skills would you need to do your work, hobbies?)
• Location (where do you see yourself living – both city/town, type of dwelling?)
• Recreational Activities (what would you like to do in your spare time?)
• Holidays (where would you like to travel?)
• Lifestyle (how much money do you want to have)
1. Select approximately 15-20 images that best illustrate your above goals or dreams (create a Vision Board folder under “My Pictures” and save images there).
2. Insert images into your Presentation.
3. Create text to describe images, thoughts or feelings.
4. Arrange images in your presentation to communicate your strategic future plans.

## The Company Research Paper – Understanding how and why to research companies is essential in determining if the organization is a fit for the employee as well as the employer.  Asking the correct question can often time provide information that will help the potential employee make the right decision about connecting with the selected organization.

The Company Research Paper

Understanding how and why to research companies is essential in determining if the organization is a fit for the employee as well as the employer.  Asking the correct question can often time provide information that will help the potential employee make the right decision about connecting with the selected organization.

• The Assignment. You will research your prospective company gathering information for their website about the organization. A great resource is   This research paper WILL BE TYPED, DOUBLE SPACED and ALL QUESTIONS WILL BE TYPED AND ANSWERED IN COMPLETE SENTENCES.  DO NOT Print Front and Back.  All Papers turned in will be ENCLOSED IN A REPORT FOLDER.  This research Paper will be due on the last day of class during CLASS TIME;  NO EXCEPTIONS.  STUDENTS WILL ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

What is the Name of the Company?

History of the Company

Type of Company

Number of Employees

Who is the CEO or Founder?

The Company Website

List 5 people that are employed there.

Who are the competitors?

Why would you want to be employed there?

What type of internships do the company offer and what are the requirements?

What is the company’s Mission Statement?

What is the company’s Vision Statement?

Do a SWOT Analysis of the selected company listing 2 attributes each from each core part of the SWOT Analysis

## SWOT Assignment (MKT 4101)  – Choose a product or service that you think is interesting (and different from a product or service chosen by your classmates). Decide if you’re going to focus on a whole company (i.e. Apple) or a product from that company (i.e. iPhone).  You may find it easiest to focus on specific products or services.

SWOT Assignment (MKT 4101)

(Value: 10%)

Assignment Objectives:

• To practice the SWOT tool as an important method to assess the marketing microenvironment.
• To get feedback on the SWOT so you can improve your use of this tool in future.

Instructions:

1. Choose a product or service that you think is interesting (and different from a product or service chosen by your classmates). Decide if you’re going to focus on a whole company (i.e. Apple) or a product from that company (i.e. iPhone).  You may find it easiest to focus on specific products or services.
2. Using the template provided (on page 3), create a SWOT for your chosen product or service:
• Research the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that exist for this product or service.
• Use the information you’ve found to create short, concise bullet points in the SWOT.
• Follow the tips for writing a good SWOT from our Week 3 class slides (posted in Blackboard under ‘weekly lessons’) (focused, concise, etc.).
• Cite and reference key sources of information (you don’t have to cite every point on the SWOT, just 3-4 key points) using learning about APA from your English Writing course.
3. At the top of your paper:
• Write the product name and SWOT i.e. ‘Product x SWOT’
• Write your name under the title
4. Save your file with the following name: SWOT Assignment_Your First & Last Name_MKT4101_2017.

Length & Format:

• Word file (.doc or .docx).
• You should be able to fit the whole SWOT on one page if you follow the tips for writing a good SWOT.
• References should be in a reference list at the end of page 1 or on page 2.