Corporate Report Assignment Due April 17 Your final paper should include: -5 pages double-spaced narrative. Papers over 5 pages will receive point deduction. -Additional Pages: -Graph of stock performance 3 year price history of company (with article marked), S&P 500, and a benchmark company -Bibliography. But you still need to cite sources in the body of your paper. -Ratio Worksheets – fully completed. You will attach the same ratios that were graded; any corrections that were indicated in the initial grading should be made. -Headings and page numbers -Labels for the ratios (example: times, %, days) Format of Paper: COMPANY BACKGROUND (½-1 page) Include information like founding date, headquarters location, product or service provided, date when first traded in public markets, market on which it trades, and any other information that seems important for understanding the company. FINANCIAL ANALYSIS (2-3 pages) Discuss at least 8 ratios from the Ratio Worksheet that you feel explain the trends/changes within the company over the time period. You will need to choose at least one ratio from each of the overall categories (i.e. one from asset utilization, one from liquidity, etc.) Discuss all of the following for the ratios chosen: -Has it improved, deteriorated or stayed the same over the last 3 years? Do not use the words increasing/decreasing or higher/lower. Instead use better/worse or improving/deteriorating. Explain whether the change in the ratio was a good thing or a bad thing. -What is the reason behind the changes in the ratio? Not just what part of the ratio changed, but what was happening with the company that could have affected the ratio? If you can not find specific news, what do you think was affecting the ratio? -How does it compare to the industry? At least one ratio from each category should be discussed. As you write your paper think about (These were top reasons I docked points in the past): What are the ratios? This is a finance class give me numbers What does the ratio mean or measure? Discuss components (assets increasing but not as much as_____) Discuss company specific things that might impact the component Compare to industry or benchmark After talking about ratios in a specific category, state how the company is doing in that category of ratios. For example: Liquidity ratios measure the firm’s ability to meet short-term obligations. Are you confident your company can meet their short term obligations? Overall discussion of the company’s performance based upon the ratio analysis. Although you don’t have to tell me every number you looked at you should include plenty of numbers in your paper. STOCK GRAPH (1-2 pages) Analyze your company’s stock performance over the last 3 years. Comment on any patterns you notice for your company and how it moves with the S&P500. When and what was the high price/low price? Does this make sense with what you see overall in your financial analysis? Discuss if the Beta of your company makes sense with what you see on the graph (and your financial analysis.) If your company is too new that no beta has been calculated, you will have to estimate what you believe the beta would be based on the performance. What was the price trend throughout the semester? Why did it move this way? Discuss at least one news event found in an article from a business publication or journal (i.e. Wall Street Journal, Business Week, or any article from library website) that occurred in the 3 year time period you are evaluating. Summarize the article (more than one sentence) and tell me whether you thought the stock price would increase or decrease when investors heard this news; and then tell me what actually happened. Mark the date of the article on your graph. The news event should be about the company not just about the industry. CONCLUSION (¼-½ page) State what actions you think the company should take to become or remain financially strong. The paper should end with a statement about whether you would buy, hold or sell your stock in this company. BIBLIOGRAPHY All sources used should be referenced on the bibliography and throughout the paper.

Corporate Report Assignment Due April 17 Your final paper should include: -5 pages double-spaced narrative. Papers over 5 pages will receive point deduction. -Additional Pages: -Graph of stock performance 3 year price history of company (with article marked), S&P 500, and a benchmark company -Bibliography. But you still need to cite sources in the body of your paper. -Ratio Worksheets – fully completed. You will attach the same ratios that were graded; any corrections that were indicated in the initial grading should be made. -Headings and page numbers -Labels for the ratios (example: times, %, days) Format of Paper: COMPANY BACKGROUND (½-1 page) Include information like founding date, headquarters location, product or service provided, date when first traded in public markets, market on which it trades, and any other information that seems important for understanding the company. FINANCIAL ANALYSIS (2-3 pages) Discuss at least 8 ratios from the Ratio Worksheet that you feel explain the trends/changes within the company over the time period. You will need to choose at least one ratio from each of the overall categories (i.e. one from asset utilization, one from liquidity, etc.) Discuss all of the following for the ratios chosen: -Has it improved, deteriorated or stayed the same over the last 3 years? Do not use the words increasing/decreasing or higher/lower. Instead use better/worse or improving/deteriorating. Explain whether the change in the ratio was a good thing or a bad thing. -What is the reason behind the changes in the ratio? Not just what part of the ratio changed, but what was happening with the company that could have affected the ratio? If you can not find specific news, what do you think was affecting the ratio? -How does it compare to the industry? At least one ratio from each category should be discussed. As you write your paper think about (These were top reasons I docked points in the past): What are the ratios? This is a finance class give me numbers What does the ratio mean or measure? Discuss components (assets increasing but not as much as_____) Discuss company specific things that might impact the component Compare to industry or benchmark After talking about ratios in a specific category, state how the company is doing in that category of ratios. For example: Liquidity ratios measure the firm’s ability to meet short-term obligations. Are you confident your company can meet their short term obligations? Overall discussion of the company’s performance based upon the ratio analysis. Although you don’t have to tell me every number you looked at you should include plenty of numbers in your paper. STOCK GRAPH (1-2 pages) Analyze your company’s stock performance over the last 3 years. Comment on any patterns you notice for your company and how it moves with the S&P500. When and what was the high price/low price? Does this make sense with what you see overall in your financial analysis? Discuss if the Beta of your company makes sense with what you see on the graph (and your financial analysis.) If your company is too new that no beta has been calculated, you will have to estimate what you believe the beta would be based on the performance. What was the price trend throughout the semester? Why did it move this way? Discuss at least one news event found in an article from a business publication or journal (i.e. Wall Street Journal, Business Week, or any article from library website) that occurred in the 3 year time period you are evaluating. Summarize the article (more than one sentence) and tell me whether you thought the stock price would increase or decrease when investors heard this news; and then tell me what actually happened. Mark the date of the article on your graph. The news event should be about the company not just about the industry. CONCLUSION (¼-½ page) State what actions you think the company should take to become or remain financially strong. The paper should end with a statement about whether you would buy, hold or sell your stock in this company. BIBLIOGRAPHY All sources used should be referenced on the bibliography and throughout the paper.

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• Question 1 10 out of 10 points The composition of the Alexander Mosaic is designed to convey: • Question 2 10 out of 10 points What is so revolutionary about Walking Man? • Question 3 10 out of 10 points What does the Justinian mosaic in the Church of San Vitale in Ravenna demonstrate? • Question 4 10 out of 10 points Who is the artist of Brillo Box? • Question 5 10 out of 10 points What is Shiva Nataraja responsible for doing? • Question 6 0 out of 10 points Willard Wigan created a lifesize replica of the Statue of Liberty for the people of France. • Question 7 10 out of 10 points Who is the artist of The Nightmare? • Question 8 10 out of 10 points Astrolabes were used by Muslims to determine the direction of Mecca. • Question 9 10 out of 10 points Who is the artist of the painting Woman Holding a Balance? • Question 10 10 out of 10 points The lyre from the Royal Cemetery of Ur (4.14) cannot be appreciated by viewers today in the same way that it was by the ancient Sumerians who made it. • Question 11 10 out of 10 points Which part of René Magritte’s The Human Condition is painted? • Question 12 10 out of 10 points The sarcophagus lid from the tomb of Lord Pacal shows him ________. • Question 13 10 out of 10 points Which artist created a three-dimensional sculpture of his own face? • Question 14 10 out of 10 points Salvador Dalí’s painting Persistence of Memory shows warped clocks, ants, and a distorted face, all of which are symbols of his mother, who died the month before this was painted. • Question 15 10 out of 10 points Muqarnas are ________. • Question 16 10 out of 10 points Synesthesia is when stimulation of one sense triggers an experience in another, for example visualizing color when one hears music. • Question 17 10 out of 10 points Mary Richardson, the attacker of the Rokeby Venus in 1914, did so because: • Question 18 10 out of 10 points Which of the following is emphasized in Lewis Wickes Hine’s Power House Mechanic Working on Steam Pump? • Question 19 10 out of 10 points Artemisia Gentileschi made ________ paintings of the biblical story of Judith and Holofernes. • Question 20 10 out of 10 points Which artist was investigated by the U.S. Treasury Department for counterfeiting because his painting of a dollar bill looked so incredibly real? • Question 21 10 out of 10 points Ancient Egyptian pyramids were only positioned according to geographical coordinates. • Question 22 10 out of 10 points The form of the goddess’s figure in The Birth of Venus was based on ________. • Question 23 10 out of 10 points Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother shows ________. • Question 24 0 out of 10 points Which of the following artworks does not address social class: • Question 25 10 out of 10 points How are the dual genders of the Hermaphrodite with a Dog made visible? • Question 26 10 out of 10 points The ziggurat at Ur was dedicated to: • Question 27 10 out of 10 points The sculpture of a head, which probably represents a king of Ife (4.134), was made using which medium? • Question 28 10 out of 10 points What is the subject matter of Myron’s Discus Thrower? • Question 29 10 out of 10 points Nick Ut’s photographs of the Vietnam War are brutally truthful, but he was not an impartial photographer. • Question 30 10 out of 10 points J. M. W. Turner’s painting Slave Ship uses pale colors and smooth brushstrokes to depict the serenity of life at sea. • Question 31 0 out of 10 points A lyre is used for what purpose? • Question 32 10 out of 10 points The Hopi of the southwestern United States are responsible for making which of the following sculptures? • Question 33 10 out of 10 points What is the medium of Yves Klein’s Anthropométries de l’époque bleue? • Question 34 10 out of 10 points Artists have often been influenced by scientific discoveries. • Question 35 10 out of 10 points Rituals that connect with ancestors and nature spirits are as important as the tasks of daily life for African peoples like the Kongo. • Question 36 10 out of 10 points As described in the article, Linda Bengalis made headlines when she strapped dead eagle around her waist and posed in Art Forum • Question 37 10 out of 10 points Shepard Fairey sued Barak Obama for using his original image. • Question 38 10 out of 10 points Hennessey Youngman made the Spiral Jetty • Question 39 10 out of 10 points According to the video, Mary Mattingly’s greatest concern coincides with that of the Guerrilla Girls.

• Question 1 10 out of 10 points The composition of the Alexander Mosaic is designed to convey: • Question 2 10 out of 10 points What is so revolutionary about Walking Man? • Question 3 10 out of 10 points What does the Justinian mosaic in the Church of San Vitale in Ravenna demonstrate? • Question 4 10 out of 10 points Who is the artist of Brillo Box? • Question 5 10 out of 10 points What is Shiva Nataraja responsible for doing? • Question 6 0 out of 10 points Willard Wigan created a lifesize replica of the Statue of Liberty for the people of France. • Question 7 10 out of 10 points Who is the artist of The Nightmare? • Question 8 10 out of 10 points Astrolabes were used by Muslims to determine the direction of Mecca. • Question 9 10 out of 10 points Who is the artist of the painting Woman Holding a Balance? • Question 10 10 out of 10 points The lyre from the Royal Cemetery of Ur (4.14) cannot be appreciated by viewers today in the same way that it was by the ancient Sumerians who made it. • Question 11 10 out of 10 points Which part of René Magritte’s The Human Condition is painted? • Question 12 10 out of 10 points The sarcophagus lid from the tomb of Lord Pacal shows him ________. • Question 13 10 out of 10 points Which artist created a three-dimensional sculpture of his own face? • Question 14 10 out of 10 points Salvador Dalí’s painting Persistence of Memory shows warped clocks, ants, and a distorted face, all of which are symbols of his mother, who died the month before this was painted. • Question 15 10 out of 10 points Muqarnas are ________. • Question 16 10 out of 10 points Synesthesia is when stimulation of one sense triggers an experience in another, for example visualizing color when one hears music. • Question 17 10 out of 10 points Mary Richardson, the attacker of the Rokeby Venus in 1914, did so because: • Question 18 10 out of 10 points Which of the following is emphasized in Lewis Wickes Hine’s Power House Mechanic Working on Steam Pump? • Question 19 10 out of 10 points Artemisia Gentileschi made ________ paintings of the biblical story of Judith and Holofernes. • Question 20 10 out of 10 points Which artist was investigated by the U.S. Treasury Department for counterfeiting because his painting of a dollar bill looked so incredibly real? • Question 21 10 out of 10 points Ancient Egyptian pyramids were only positioned according to geographical coordinates. • Question 22 10 out of 10 points The form of the goddess’s figure in The Birth of Venus was based on ________. • Question 23 10 out of 10 points Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother shows ________. • Question 24 0 out of 10 points Which of the following artworks does not address social class: • Question 25 10 out of 10 points How are the dual genders of the Hermaphrodite with a Dog made visible? • Question 26 10 out of 10 points The ziggurat at Ur was dedicated to: • Question 27 10 out of 10 points The sculpture of a head, which probably represents a king of Ife (4.134), was made using which medium? • Question 28 10 out of 10 points What is the subject matter of Myron’s Discus Thrower? • Question 29 10 out of 10 points Nick Ut’s photographs of the Vietnam War are brutally truthful, but he was not an impartial photographer. • Question 30 10 out of 10 points J. M. W. Turner’s painting Slave Ship uses pale colors and smooth brushstrokes to depict the serenity of life at sea. • Question 31 0 out of 10 points A lyre is used for what purpose? • Question 32 10 out of 10 points The Hopi of the southwestern United States are responsible for making which of the following sculptures? • Question 33 10 out of 10 points What is the medium of Yves Klein’s Anthropométries de l’époque bleue? • Question 34 10 out of 10 points Artists have often been influenced by scientific discoveries. • Question 35 10 out of 10 points Rituals that connect with ancestors and nature spirits are as important as the tasks of daily life for African peoples like the Kongo. • Question 36 10 out of 10 points As described in the article, Linda Bengalis made headlines when she strapped dead eagle around her waist and posed in Art Forum • Question 37 10 out of 10 points Shepard Fairey sued Barak Obama for using his original image. • Question 38 10 out of 10 points Hennessey Youngman made the Spiral Jetty • Question 39 10 out of 10 points According to the video, Mary Mattingly’s greatest concern coincides with that of the Guerrilla Girls.

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Sex, Gender, and Popular Culture Spring 2015 Look through popular magazines, and see if you can find advertisements that objectify women in order to sell a product. Alternately, you may use an advertisement on television (but make sure to provide a link to the ad so I can see it!). Study these images then write a paper about objectification that deals with all or some of the following: • What effect(s), if any, do you think the objectification of women’s bodies has on our culture? • Jean Kilbourne states “turning a human being into a thing is almost always the first step toward justifying violence against that person.” What do you think she means by this? Do you agree with her reasoning? Why or why not? • Some people would argue that depicting a woman’s body as an object is a form of art. What is your opinion of this point of view? Explain your reasoning. • Why do you think that women are objectified more often than men are? • How does sexualization and objectification play out differently across racial lines? • Kilbourne explains that the consequences of being objectified are different – and more serious – for women than for men. Do you agree? How is the world different for women than it is for men? How do objectified images of women interact with those in our culture differently from the way images of men do? Why is it important to look at images in the context of the culture? • What is the difference between sexual objectification and sexual subjectification? (Ros Gill ) • How do ads construct violent white masculinity and how does that vision of masculinity hurt both men and women? Throughout your written analysis, be sure to make clear and specific reference to the images you selected, and please submit these images with your paper. Make sure you engage with and reference to at least 4 of the following authors: Kilbourne, Bordo, Hunter & Soto, Rose, Durham, Gill, Katz, Schuchardt, Ono and Buescher. Guidelines:  Keep your content focused on structural, systemic, institutional factors rather than the individual: BE ANALYTICAL NOT ANECDOTAL.  Avoid using the first person or including personal stories/reactions. You must make sure to actively engage with your readings: these essays need to be informed and framed by the theoretical material you have been reading this semester.  Keep within the 4-6 page limit; use 12-point font, double spacing and 1-inch margins.  Use formal writing conventions (introduction/thesis statement, body, conclusion) and correct grammar. Resources may be cited within the text of your paper, i.e. (Walters, 2013).

Sex, Gender, and Popular Culture Spring 2015 Look through popular magazines, and see if you can find advertisements that objectify women in order to sell a product. Alternately, you may use an advertisement on television (but make sure to provide a link to the ad so I can see it!). Study these images then write a paper about objectification that deals with all or some of the following: • What effect(s), if any, do you think the objectification of women’s bodies has on our culture? • Jean Kilbourne states “turning a human being into a thing is almost always the first step toward justifying violence against that person.” What do you think she means by this? Do you agree with her reasoning? Why or why not? • Some people would argue that depicting a woman’s body as an object is a form of art. What is your opinion of this point of view? Explain your reasoning. • Why do you think that women are objectified more often than men are? • How does sexualization and objectification play out differently across racial lines? • Kilbourne explains that the consequences of being objectified are different – and more serious – for women than for men. Do you agree? How is the world different for women than it is for men? How do objectified images of women interact with those in our culture differently from the way images of men do? Why is it important to look at images in the context of the culture? • What is the difference between sexual objectification and sexual subjectification? (Ros Gill ) • How do ads construct violent white masculinity and how does that vision of masculinity hurt both men and women? Throughout your written analysis, be sure to make clear and specific reference to the images you selected, and please submit these images with your paper. Make sure you engage with and reference to at least 4 of the following authors: Kilbourne, Bordo, Hunter & Soto, Rose, Durham, Gill, Katz, Schuchardt, Ono and Buescher. Guidelines:  Keep your content focused on structural, systemic, institutional factors rather than the individual: BE ANALYTICAL NOT ANECDOTAL.  Avoid using the first person or including personal stories/reactions. You must make sure to actively engage with your readings: these essays need to be informed and framed by the theoretical material you have been reading this semester.  Keep within the 4-6 page limit; use 12-point font, double spacing and 1-inch margins.  Use formal writing conventions (introduction/thesis statement, body, conclusion) and correct grammar. Resources may be cited within the text of your paper, i.e. (Walters, 2013).

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Module Overview Summary of Module Description For full details, go to Module Descriptor. Aims The aim of this module is to: • Develop individuals for a career in business and management • Enhance and develop employability , professional and lifelong learning skills and personal development Learning Outcomes Learners will be able to critically evaluate the acquisition of a range of academic and professional skills using a number of theoretical frameworks. Assessment – Summary Category Assessment Description Duration Word Count Weight (%) Written Assignment Essay 1 Reflective Essay N/A 3000 45 For full details, go to Assessment. Additional Information Remember that a variety of Resources is available to support your learning materials.Skills and character audit This document provides an initial picture of your skills and character. It will also provide the basis of further documents that make up the first assignment on the module. It is based on the skills statements that form a fundamental part of your Masters programme which were approved by a validation panel that consisted of members of staff in the Business School, academic staff from other higher education institutions and employers. The statements in the form are there for you and you will not be judged on whether your responses are positive or negative. The responses should enable you to identify what you are good or bad at from which you can create a personal SLOT analysis (Strengths, Limitations, Opportunities, Threats). From this SLOT analysis you can then concentrate on developing certain areas that will enhance your academic and professional development. We would very much like to” get to know” you through this document and would encourage you to also complete the notes section. In this you could give us a rationale for your responses to the questions. As a guide to how you should gauge your response consider the following: Strongly agree – I have a wide range of experience in this area and have been commended by a tutor or employer for my efforts in this area Agree – I am comfortable with this aspect and have been able to demonstrate my ability Disagree – I am Ok with this but realise that I do need to improve Strongly disagree – I know I am weak in this area and need to focus on this as I could fine this weakness to be detrimental to my progression Explain why – please take the room to consider the reasons for your answer as this is the reflection that is of most value. Do not worry if your section spills onto the next page.   Intellectual (thinking) skills Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree I am a creative person who can adapt my thinking to circumstances I am able to organise my thoughts, analyse, synthesise and critically appraise situations I can identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately and generalise appropriately Explain why: Professional/Vocational skills Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree I use a wide range of techniques in approaching and solving problems. I am comfortable with a range of research techniques I am able to analyse and interpret quantitative data I am able to analyse and interpret qualitative data My leadership skills are well developed and I can adapt them to different situations I am able to manage people effectively Motivating myself and others comes easy to me I am aware of my responsibilities to myself, the organisation and other people I treat people with respect and consideration Explain why:   Key/Common skills Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree I am able to use mathematical techniques to analyse data I can effectively interpret numerical data including tables and charts I am able to use a wide range of software on a PC I use a range Information Technology devices to communicate and access information I am a good listener I am able to communicate my ideas well in a face-to-face situation I can adapt my written style to suit an audiences needs I am comfortable presenting my ideas to an audience Whenever I have completed a task I always reflect on the experience with a view to seeking continuous improvement I manage my time effectively I am always prompt when asked to complete a task I am aware of the need to be sensitive to the cultural differences to which I have been exposed I am keen to learn about other people and their country and culture I enjoy working with others to complete a task I know my own character and am sensitive of this in a group situation I understand that a group is made of individuals and I am sensitive to the needs and preferences of others I will always ensure that I get my views across in a meeting I am willing to accept the viewpoint of others I always give 100% in a group task Explain why: SLOT Analysis Having responded to the statements above you should now be in a position to look forward and recognise those areas on which your development will be based. The SLOT analysis can help you to arrange this. Strengths – can be those skills and characteristics to which you have responded positively to in the previous section. It is worth noting that whilst you may be strong in these areas that does not mean you ignore their development. Indeed you may be able to utilise these strengths in the development of areas identified as weaknesses or to overcome strengths, this will enhance those skills and characteristics. Limitations – All of us can identify some sort of limitation to our skills. None of us should be afraid of doing this as this is the first stage on the improvement and development of these weaknesses. Opportunities – These arise or can be created. When thinking of this look ahead at opportunities that will arise in a professional, academic or social context within which your development can take place. Threats – Many threats from your development can come from within – your own characteristics e.g. poor time management can lead to missing deadlines. However we could equally identify a busy lifestyle as a threat to our development. Once again think widely in terms of where the threat will come from. Do not worry if you find that a strength can also be a limitation. This is often true as a characteristic you have may be strength in one situation but a limitation in another. E.g. you may be an assertive person, which is positive, but this could be negative in a group situation. Please try and elaborate this in the notes section at the foot of the table. SLOT Analysis (you may need to use two pages to set out this analysis) Strengths Limitations Opportunities Threats Analysis of the Bullet points in the SLOT table Objectives Having undertaken some analysis of your skills and characteristics the aim of this next section is to identify various aspects of your development during the course of this module, other modules on your course, and extra-curricular activities. Make sure the objectives are SMART:- S – Specific. Clearly identified from the exercises undertaken M – Measurable. The outcomes can be easily demonstrated (to yourself, and where possible others) A – Achievable. They can be done given the opportunities available to you R – Relevant. They form part of your development either on this award, in your employability prospects or in your current job role T – Timebound. They can be achieved within a given timescale Whilst there are 5 rows in the table below, please feel free to add more. However be sure that you need to do this development and that they fit within the scope of the above criteria. Area What I am going to do. How I am going to do it When I am going to do it by Force Field Analysis This technique was designed by Kurt Lewin (1947 and 1953). In the business world it is used for decision making, looking at forces that need to be considered when implementing change – it can be said to be a specialised method of weighing up the pros and cons of a decision. Having looked at your personal strengths and weaknesses we would like you to use this technique to become aware of those factors that will help/hinder, give you motivation for or may act against, your personal development. Whilst you could do this for each of your objectives we want you to think in terms of where you would like to be at the end of your Masters programme. In the central pillar, put in a statement of where you want to be at the end of the course. Then in the arrows either side look at those factors/forces that may work in your favour. Be realistic and please add as many arrows that you think may be necessary; use a separate page for the module if it makes it easier to structure your thoughts. Forces or factors working for achieving your desired outcome Where I want to be Forces or factors against working against you achieving your desired outcome

Module Overview Summary of Module Description For full details, go to Module Descriptor. Aims The aim of this module is to: • Develop individuals for a career in business and management • Enhance and develop employability , professional and lifelong learning skills and personal development Learning Outcomes Learners will be able to critically evaluate the acquisition of a range of academic and professional skills using a number of theoretical frameworks. Assessment – Summary Category Assessment Description Duration Word Count Weight (%) Written Assignment Essay 1 Reflective Essay N/A 3000 45 For full details, go to Assessment. Additional Information Remember that a variety of Resources is available to support your learning materials.Skills and character audit This document provides an initial picture of your skills and character. It will also provide the basis of further documents that make up the first assignment on the module. It is based on the skills statements that form a fundamental part of your Masters programme which were approved by a validation panel that consisted of members of staff in the Business School, academic staff from other higher education institutions and employers. The statements in the form are there for you and you will not be judged on whether your responses are positive or negative. The responses should enable you to identify what you are good or bad at from which you can create a personal SLOT analysis (Strengths, Limitations, Opportunities, Threats). From this SLOT analysis you can then concentrate on developing certain areas that will enhance your academic and professional development. We would very much like to” get to know” you through this document and would encourage you to also complete the notes section. In this you could give us a rationale for your responses to the questions. As a guide to how you should gauge your response consider the following: Strongly agree – I have a wide range of experience in this area and have been commended by a tutor or employer for my efforts in this area Agree – I am comfortable with this aspect and have been able to demonstrate my ability Disagree – I am Ok with this but realise that I do need to improve Strongly disagree – I know I am weak in this area and need to focus on this as I could fine this weakness to be detrimental to my progression Explain why – please take the room to consider the reasons for your answer as this is the reflection that is of most value. Do not worry if your section spills onto the next page.   Intellectual (thinking) skills Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree I am a creative person who can adapt my thinking to circumstances I am able to organise my thoughts, analyse, synthesise and critically appraise situations I can identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately and generalise appropriately Explain why: Professional/Vocational skills Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree I use a wide range of techniques in approaching and solving problems. I am comfortable with a range of research techniques I am able to analyse and interpret quantitative data I am able to analyse and interpret qualitative data My leadership skills are well developed and I can adapt them to different situations I am able to manage people effectively Motivating myself and others comes easy to me I am aware of my responsibilities to myself, the organisation and other people I treat people with respect and consideration Explain why:   Key/Common skills Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree I am able to use mathematical techniques to analyse data I can effectively interpret numerical data including tables and charts I am able to use a wide range of software on a PC I use a range Information Technology devices to communicate and access information I am a good listener I am able to communicate my ideas well in a face-to-face situation I can adapt my written style to suit an audiences needs I am comfortable presenting my ideas to an audience Whenever I have completed a task I always reflect on the experience with a view to seeking continuous improvement I manage my time effectively I am always prompt when asked to complete a task I am aware of the need to be sensitive to the cultural differences to which I have been exposed I am keen to learn about other people and their country and culture I enjoy working with others to complete a task I know my own character and am sensitive of this in a group situation I understand that a group is made of individuals and I am sensitive to the needs and preferences of others I will always ensure that I get my views across in a meeting I am willing to accept the viewpoint of others I always give 100% in a group task Explain why: SLOT Analysis Having responded to the statements above you should now be in a position to look forward and recognise those areas on which your development will be based. The SLOT analysis can help you to arrange this. Strengths – can be those skills and characteristics to which you have responded positively to in the previous section. It is worth noting that whilst you may be strong in these areas that does not mean you ignore their development. Indeed you may be able to utilise these strengths in the development of areas identified as weaknesses or to overcome strengths, this will enhance those skills and characteristics. Limitations – All of us can identify some sort of limitation to our skills. None of us should be afraid of doing this as this is the first stage on the improvement and development of these weaknesses. Opportunities – These arise or can be created. When thinking of this look ahead at opportunities that will arise in a professional, academic or social context within which your development can take place. Threats – Many threats from your development can come from within – your own characteristics e.g. poor time management can lead to missing deadlines. However we could equally identify a busy lifestyle as a threat to our development. Once again think widely in terms of where the threat will come from. Do not worry if you find that a strength can also be a limitation. This is often true as a characteristic you have may be strength in one situation but a limitation in another. E.g. you may be an assertive person, which is positive, but this could be negative in a group situation. Please try and elaborate this in the notes section at the foot of the table. SLOT Analysis (you may need to use two pages to set out this analysis) Strengths Limitations Opportunities Threats Analysis of the Bullet points in the SLOT table Objectives Having undertaken some analysis of your skills and characteristics the aim of this next section is to identify various aspects of your development during the course of this module, other modules on your course, and extra-curricular activities. Make sure the objectives are SMART:- S – Specific. Clearly identified from the exercises undertaken M – Measurable. The outcomes can be easily demonstrated (to yourself, and where possible others) A – Achievable. They can be done given the opportunities available to you R – Relevant. They form part of your development either on this award, in your employability prospects or in your current job role T – Timebound. They can be achieved within a given timescale Whilst there are 5 rows in the table below, please feel free to add more. However be sure that you need to do this development and that they fit within the scope of the above criteria. Area What I am going to do. How I am going to do it When I am going to do it by Force Field Analysis This technique was designed by Kurt Lewin (1947 and 1953). In the business world it is used for decision making, looking at forces that need to be considered when implementing change – it can be said to be a specialised method of weighing up the pros and cons of a decision. Having looked at your personal strengths and weaknesses we would like you to use this technique to become aware of those factors that will help/hinder, give you motivation for or may act against, your personal development. Whilst you could do this for each of your objectives we want you to think in terms of where you would like to be at the end of your Masters programme. In the central pillar, put in a statement of where you want to be at the end of the course. Then in the arrows either side look at those factors/forces that may work in your favour. Be realistic and please add as many arrows that you think may be necessary; use a separate page for the module if it makes it easier to structure your thoughts. Forces or factors working for achieving your desired outcome Where I want to be Forces or factors against working against you achieving your desired outcome

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Initial Data Collection After implementing your intervention/innovation, you may have noted that data collection isn’t exactly a linear process. Sometimes you need to go back and get more information, and sometimes you find yourself asking additional questions (that’s ok). In Chapter 6, Fichtman Dana and Yendol-Hoppey provide four steps to data analysis: 1. providing a description of the data; 2. making sense of what you have (and don’t have); 3. interpreting your data by creating statements about how the data informs an answer to the original question; 4. implications of the data. For this assignment, please develop responses to the first two steps using the following points as your guide: ● Please describe the data you’ve collected. ○ What did you see as you inquired? What was happening? ○ What are your initial insights into the data? ● Next, please explain how you have organized your data (“chronologically, by key events, or some combination of organizing units?”). ○ Have you provided the reader with evidence that you’ve looked at your inquiry from a number of angles and have collected trustworthy data? ○ Have you provided evidence of data triangulation? ○ What further questions do you have after your initial data collection? ○ How will you collect more information to satisfy your next questions? Assignment: Initial Data Collection (Due Week 2 Sunday, 11:59 p.m.) After implementing your intervention/innovation, you may have noted that data collection isn’t exactly a linear process. Sometimes you need to go back and get more information, and sometimes you find yourself asking additional questions (that’s ok). In Chapter 6, Fichtman Dana and Yendol-Hoppey provide four steps to data analysis: 1. providing a description of the data; 2. making sense of what you have (and don’t have); 3. interpreting your data by creating statements about how the data informs an answer to the original question; 4. implications of the data. For this assignment, please develop responses to the first two steps using the following points as your guide: ● Please describe the data you’ve collected. ○ What did you see as you inquired? What was happening? ○ What are your initial insights into the data? ● Next, please explain how you have organized your data (“chronologically, by key events, or some combination of organizing units?”). ○ Have you provided the reader with evidence that you’ve looked at your inquiry from a number of angles and have collected trustworthy data? ○ Have you provided evidence of data triangulation? ○ What further questions do you have after your initial data collection? ○ How will you collect more information to satisfy your next questions? Module 2 – Data Collection, Part 2 Module 2 continues to examine the data you are collecting with respect to issues of validity, reliability, trustworthiness, and sufficiency. Please continue to collect data relevant to your inquiry and begin to think about how you will code this data into meaningful organizing principles. Be sure to continuously write memos about your process as a sort of idea journal that you can continually draw from when writing your assignments. Required Readings: Dana, N. F. & Yendol-Hoppey, D. – Revisit Chapter 6 Assignments: For assignment details refer to the “Assignments for the Course” section in this syllabus or the submission link within Blackboard. Assignment: Initial Data Collection (Due Week 2 Sunday, 11:59 p.m.)

Initial Data Collection After implementing your intervention/innovation, you may have noted that data collection isn’t exactly a linear process. Sometimes you need to go back and get more information, and sometimes you find yourself asking additional questions (that’s ok). In Chapter 6, Fichtman Dana and Yendol-Hoppey provide four steps to data analysis: 1. providing a description of the data; 2. making sense of what you have (and don’t have); 3. interpreting your data by creating statements about how the data informs an answer to the original question; 4. implications of the data. For this assignment, please develop responses to the first two steps using the following points as your guide: ● Please describe the data you’ve collected. ○ What did you see as you inquired? What was happening? ○ What are your initial insights into the data? ● Next, please explain how you have organized your data (“chronologically, by key events, or some combination of organizing units?”). ○ Have you provided the reader with evidence that you’ve looked at your inquiry from a number of angles and have collected trustworthy data? ○ Have you provided evidence of data triangulation? ○ What further questions do you have after your initial data collection? ○ How will you collect more information to satisfy your next questions? Assignment: Initial Data Collection (Due Week 2 Sunday, 11:59 p.m.) After implementing your intervention/innovation, you may have noted that data collection isn’t exactly a linear process. Sometimes you need to go back and get more information, and sometimes you find yourself asking additional questions (that’s ok). In Chapter 6, Fichtman Dana and Yendol-Hoppey provide four steps to data analysis: 1. providing a description of the data; 2. making sense of what you have (and don’t have); 3. interpreting your data by creating statements about how the data informs an answer to the original question; 4. implications of the data. For this assignment, please develop responses to the first two steps using the following points as your guide: ● Please describe the data you’ve collected. ○ What did you see as you inquired? What was happening? ○ What are your initial insights into the data? ● Next, please explain how you have organized your data (“chronologically, by key events, or some combination of organizing units?”). ○ Have you provided the reader with evidence that you’ve looked at your inquiry from a number of angles and have collected trustworthy data? ○ Have you provided evidence of data triangulation? ○ What further questions do you have after your initial data collection? ○ How will you collect more information to satisfy your next questions? Module 2 – Data Collection, Part 2 Module 2 continues to examine the data you are collecting with respect to issues of validity, reliability, trustworthiness, and sufficiency. Please continue to collect data relevant to your inquiry and begin to think about how you will code this data into meaningful organizing principles. Be sure to continuously write memos about your process as a sort of idea journal that you can continually draw from when writing your assignments. Required Readings: Dana, N. F. & Yendol-Hoppey, D. – Revisit Chapter 6 Assignments: For assignment details refer to the “Assignments for the Course” section in this syllabus or the submission link within Blackboard. Assignment: Initial Data Collection (Due Week 2 Sunday, 11:59 p.m.)

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