Analyze the government’s role in the protection of the environment.

Question 1

Analyze the government’s role in the protection of the environment. Be sure that your analysis includes a look at one of the following: conservation, environmentalism, protection, global warming, and energy concerns. How has the regulation of one of these issues resulted in better protection?  Who are the major stakeholders in this process?

Your response should be at least 200 words in length

Question 2

Discuss the various ways federal, state, and local governments attempt to promote education as equality of opportunity. What are the some positives and negatives you see in the involvement of government in the education system?

Your response should be at least 200 words in length.

Question 3

Explain how the federal government promotes business, labor, and agriculture in the United States. Also, describe how the federal government uses its monetary policy as an economic management tool.

Your response should be at least 200 words in length.

Question 4

Discuss the differences that exist between social insurance programs and public assistance programs. What is your opinion regarding how far the government should go in providing assistance to those who need these programs?

Your response should be at least 200 words in length.


Using the resources provided, and other sources as necessary, prepare research to present an argument either for or against the continued future of the TSA.

Using the resources provided, and other sources as necessary, prepare research to present an argument either for or against the continued future of the TSA. Your position is assigned based on your last name: If your last name begins with A-M, your position will be for the continued future of the TSA; if your last name begins with N-Z, your position will be against the continued future of the TSA.


Describe project management principles as they are currently applied to both governmental and non-governmental acquisition projects.

#1 Assignment Objectives
Managing a Project Schedule
400 words

For this Discussion Board assignment, complete the following:
•Critique 3 ideas, concepts, or topics from this course, and reflect on how they relate to the course objectives and your career aspirations.
Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas

#2 Assignment Objectives
Managing a Project Schedule
Describe project management principles as they are currently applied to both governmental and non-governmental acquisition projects.
Use effective communication techniques. Word document with 10 total pages, including empty sections
700 words

Assignment
Your first task in this process will be to select a project to use as the basis of your Key Assignment. You will also create the shell document for the final project Key Assignment document deliverable that you will be working on throughout the course. As you proceed through each project phase, you will add content to each section of the final document to progressively complete the final project delivery, which is the Acquisition Project Scheduling and Cost Management Plan.

The project deliverables are the following:
•Submit your project proposal to your instructor for approval.
•Acquisition Project Scheduling and Cost Management Plan document shell ?Use Word
?Title page ?Course number and name
?Project name
?Your name
?Date

?Table of Contents (TOC) ?Use an autogenerated TOC.
?This should be on a separate page.
?This should be a maximum of 3 levels deep.
?Be sure to update the fields of the TOC so that it is up-to-date before submitting your project.

?Section headings (create each heading on a new page with “TBD” as the content, except for sections listed under “New Content” below) ?Project Outline
?Cost, Schedule, and Technical Performance Management
?Management of Small Projects
?Acquisition Project Guidelines
?Costing Methods and Tools
?Earned Value Management System
?Overall Cost and Schedule Performance
•New content to be inserted in document shell ?Project Outline ?Give a brief description of the project.
?Discuss the overall project deliverable.
?The material can be taken from approved proposal submitted to instructor, and this will serve as the draft for the proposal.
?Be sure this project is approved by the instructor.

?Cost, Schedule, and Technical Performance ?Discuss cost techniques both in determining initial estimates and in monitoring and controlling them throughout the life of the project.
?Determine the project schedule for the acquisition component of the overall project and include a copy of it.
?Develop the program evaluation and review technique (PERT) and critical path method (CPM) for this Key Assignment acquisition project, and include copies of those charts in this section.
?Describe all of the key schedule influencers that can impact a schedule positively or negatively and how you would handle them.
#3 Assignment Objectives
Management of Small Projects
Describe project management principles as they are currently applied to both governmental and non-governmental acquisition projects.
Identify the fundamentals of cost, schedule, and technical performance management of major projects and relate these to the management of small projects.
Investigate current costing methods and tools available to assist the project manager.
Use effective communication techniques.
Use team and problem-solving skills to collaborate on a project.
500 words

Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.
It has been argued that without project management for very large projects, they are most certainly doomed to fail. Can the same be said for small projects? In this Discussion Board, you will explore this question and take it further by describing what tools and techniques you would still utilize to manage a small project.
The following Discussion Board research will assist you in determining each of these dimensions. Research at least 2 resources (which may include your textbook) to support your response.
•What tools, techniques, and methods that you would traditionally use in a larger project would you still incorporate in managing a small project?
•What do you envision the roles and responsibilities to be for smaller projects?
•Describe the schedule change management process that you would implement for smaller projects and how this differs from what you might use for larger projects.

Include an introduction and conclusion to this topic. Be sure to include your references and citations, and format your submission in APA format.
# 4 Assignment Objectives
Management of Small Projects
Word document, 900 words of new content
Identify the fundamentals of cost, schedule, and technical performance management of major projects and relate these to the management of small projects.
Use effective communication techniques.
Assignment

In the Discussion Board, you already analyzed how you would manage a smaller project compared to a larger project. You will now synthesize what you have learned during the discussions on this topic. For this assignment, you are determining all of the processes, activities, and tasks you will need to incorporate in your acquisition project, which will be small in nature compared to a larger-sized project. You will also describe the overall processes such as project communication processes, integrated change control processes, and project monitoring and controlling processes.

Deliverables

The following are the overall project deliverables:
•Update the Key Assignment document title page with a new date and project name.
•Update the previously completed sections based on the instructor’s feedback.
•Create the following new section: ?Management of Small Projects ?Develop your small acquisition project schedule using MS Project (tasks, predecessors, duration, and resources assigned).
?Copy a screen print of the schedule and Gantt chart into this shell.
?Copy a screen print of the critical path network diagram, or of the Gantt screen of the Tracking Gantt view showing the critical path into this shell.
?Describe the specific processes that you will use within each of the 5 Project Management Institute (PMI®) process groups: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and controlling and closing.
#5 Assignment Objectives
Describe project management principles as they are currently applied to both governmental and non-governmental acquisition projects.
Identify the fundamentals of cost, schedule, and technical performance management of major projects and relate these to the management of small projects.
Discuss and apply system acquisition principles.
Use effective communication techniques.
Use team and problem-solving skills to collaborate on a project.
500 words

Whether a project is being developed from scratch or is acquired, project management is still necessary through the final delivery. In this Discussion Board, you will consider what the differences are by applying system acquisition processes and principles.

The following Discussion Board research will assist you in determining what each of these dimensions means. Research at least 2 sources (which may include your textbook) to support your response.
•Explain how you will refine your system acquisition project schedule of activities and deliverables that will also be incorporated in your Key Assignment project plan. (In reviewing your initial project schedule, what additional activities or deliverables did you discover that might also need to be included?)
•What evaluation techniques will you use to determine which seller has the best system that you are hoping to purchase? What information will you ask for in the request for proposal (RFP)?
•What information will you require from the selected vendor in terms of project status and budget?

Include an introduction and conclusion to this topic. Be sure to include your references and citations, and format your submission in APA format.

#6 Assignment Objectives
Describe project management principles as they are currently applied to both governmental and non-governmental acquisition projects.
Discuss and apply system acquisition principles.
Use team and problem-solving skills to collaborate on a project.
System Acquisition Principles
Word document, 900 words of new content
Assignment

In the Discussion Board, you looked at the tasks that should be included in the project plan, so you will go back and update your project plan to include these tasks. You will also develop your request for proposal (RFP) based on Discussion Board. Prepare a table of the evaluation criteria that you will use to select your top vendor. Finally, you will present a status update process diagram and describe the process for the vendor to communicate status.

Deliverables

The following are the overall project deliverables:
•Update the Key Assignment document title page with a new date and project name.
•Update the previously completed sections based on the instructor’s feedback.
•Create the following new section: ?Acquisition Project Guidelines ?Update the project plan and Gantt Chart with acquisition project activities with MS Project, and copy it into this section.
?Develop a request for proposal (RFP) template for the acquisition project with the elements discussed in the Discussion Board for this week.
?Develop a table with the vendor evaluation criteria.
?Diagram and describe the vendor status update process.
#8 Assignment Objectives
Identify the fundamentals of cost, schedule, and technical performance management of major projects and relate these to the management of small projects.
Use effective communication techniques.
Investigate current costing methods and tools available to assist the project manager.
Use team and problem-solving skills to collaborate on a project.
Cost Methods & Tools
1,500 words with new content 10 total pages, including 2 empty sections
NOTE this is a table for this assignment (#8) that I attached also
Assignment
You are now ready to apply costing methods, tools, and techniques to your project. There are many of these available to assist you in determining your overall budget, as well as to estimate the durations for individual tasks. These methods could include the following:
•Expert judgment
•Analogous estimating
•Parametric estimating
•Bottom-up estimating
•Three-point estimating
•Reserve analysis
•Cost of quality
•Project management estimating software
•Vendor bid analysis

You will be responsible for using your plan that you developed in Weeks 2 and 3 to estimate your budget for your key assignment project. You should apply 2 of the above methods to determine a worst-case scenario budget. Please put your calculations in a spreadsheet similar to the following:

Deliverables

The following are the overall project deliverables:
•Update the Key Assignment document title page with a new date and project name.
•Update the previously completed sections based on the instructor’s feedback.
•Create the following new section: ?Costing Methods and Tools ?Select 2 of the costing methods, and discuss why they will support developing a realistic budget.
?Provide an example of computations for a few of the activities for the 2 selected methods.
?Fill in a table similar to the example table so that your 2 different total project budgets are based on the 2 selected methods.
?Discuss what type of contingency budget you will put in place based on the 2 budgets to mitigate an underestimation.
#9 Assignment Objectives
Earned Value Management Systems
Explore the use of earned value management systems to link cost and schedule performance.
Use effective communication techniques.
Use team and problem-solving skills to collaborate on a project

Summative Discussion Board

Review and reflect on the knowledge you have gained from this course. Based on your review and reflection, write at least 3 paragraphs on the following:
•What were the most compelling topics learned in this course?
•How did participating in discussions help your understanding of the subject matter? Is anything still unclear that could be clarified?
•What approaches could have yielded additional valuable information?
•The main post should include at least 1 reference to research sources, and all sources should be cited using APA format.
# 10 Assignment Objectives
Explore the use of earned value management systems to link cost and schedule performance.
Use effective communication techniques.
Use team and problem-solving skills to collaborate on a project. 900 words of new content; 3,000–6,000 words (10–20 pages) total
Assignment

In the previous weeks, you developed a plan for project managing acquisition projects. In Week 1, you discussed which tools would be most appropriate for managing cost, schedule, and technical performance. In Week 2, you evaluated the difference in managing a project if it is small in nature. In Week 3, you focused specifically on guidelines for acquisition projects. In Week 4, you incorporated cost methods and tools to assist you in project tracking and monitoring.
This week, you will be incorporating earned value management and how overall cost and schedule performance will be monitored and controlled.

Deliverables
The following are the overall project deliverables:
•Update the previously completed sections based on the instructor’s feedback.
•Complete the following new sections: ?Earned Value Management System ?Discuss how an earned value analysis will be utilized for this project or Key Assignment, including the formulas to compute earned value analysis (EVA).
?Cover the following 4 scenarios and what you should do: ?Behind schedule and over budget: Include a sample calculation that would trigger this interpretation, along with a graph.
?Ahead of schedule and on budget: Include a sample calculation that would trigger this interpretation, along with a sample graph.
?Behind schedule and on budget: Include a sample calculation that would trigger this interpretation, along with a sample graph.
?Ahead of schedule and under budget: Include a sample calculation that would trigger this interpretation, along with a sample graph.

?Discuss for each of the above situations how you compute the final cost and end date if nothing changes with its present state.
?Overall Cost and Schedule Performance ?Discuss how you will monitor progress.
?Discuss what metrics, reports, and graphs you will use to monitor progress.
?Discuss how they would determine the cause of the variation.
?Discuss how you will respond to deviations; (specifically around schedule compression and a contingency budget).
•Update the Key Assignment title page with a new date and project name.
•Be sure to update your table of contents before submission.


Analyze the main specific factors that affect the cost of healthcare services in the U.S. and recommend one (1) way that physician practices can help reduce the overall cost of healthcare services in the U.S.

  • According to the textbook, a comparison of several countries with different levels of income shows that quality of healthcare and life expectancy among these nations are similar. However, the cost of care in the U.S. is the highest among the nations in the comparison. Analyze the main specific factors that affect the cost of healthcare services in the U.S. and recommend one (1) way that physician practices can help reduce the overall cost of healthcare services in the U.S. Provide a rationale for your response.
  • Assess the key different types of physician practices and evaluate three (3) administrative challenges that practice administrators face in providing quality services to the communities they serve. Support your analysis with specific examples.


Describe new information you learned about young children and aggression that you consider essential for early childhood professionals to know.

  • Describe new information you learned about young children and aggression that you consider essential for early childhood professionals to know. Explain your reasoning, citing your sources.
  • Recommend an article/articles you read and/or explain why you would not recommend specific articles.
  • Share one way that early childhood professionals can act as advocates to help protect young children from influences that promote aggression. Cite your sources.


provide a clear recommendation of which five employees should be selected for the Atlanta assignment and that you apply the basic concepts of diversity in your selection process.

Suppose you work as a human resource (HR) executive at Total Solutions, Inc., a culturally and geographically diverse organization. A recent government study on human statistics indicates that colleagues who share culturally similar backgrounds perform more efficiently and effectively on the job. These study findings, however, appear contrary to the basic research on the value of diverse workforces. John, the vice president of HR has read extensively about this study. He meets with senior management to discuss if the concept can be implemented at Total Solutions, Inc. The senior management reviews the study and decides to execute the process in one office before a policy decision is made.

John decides that the process should be piloted in the new HR office being set up in Atlanta. He receives the board’s permission to apply the concept in the new office. He needs to relocate five employees from the headquarters in New York to the Atlanta office. John obtains the list of employees based in the New York office. The list has a brief profile of the employees. John asks you to help him analyze the profiles and present your recommendations as to who are the best five employees for the Atlanta assignment.

Present your analysis to John in the form of a 2- to 3 page report in Microsoft Word following APA format. Make sure you provide a clear recommendation of which five employees should be selected for the Atlanta assignment and that you apply the basic concepts of diversity in your selection process.  Provide rationale for your selection based on your examination of the evidence and references to at least three authoritative sources from the Argosy library or the Internet.


Explain the elements of project management and its relationship to human resource management.

“Human Resource Management and Project Life Cycle” Please respond to the following:

  • Explain the elements of project management and its relationship to human resource management.
  • Evaluate the importance of understanding the various stages of the project life cycle and its possible contributions to a project.


Discuss how Whirlpool avoids diseconomies of scale.

Then answer the following questions:
In the video, it is mentioned that Whirlpool provides three different types of appliances that vary in the amount of features that are offered. Discuss the product differentiation across these types. How could this affect production costs negatively? Positively?
Discuss how Whirlpool avoids diseconomies of scale. Why might the hourly employees on the manufacturing side come up with cost-saving ideas better than upper management who do not work on the manufacturing line? Define human capital.
What role does competition play in technological development?
What role does international trade play in technological development?


How would you define ‘gender diversity and inclusive workplace’?

Women and Accountancy Profession in the Big4: the case of GCC countries

A short paragraph of Big 4 in a particular country (including establishment and board of directors list; male and female); Employment laws in relation to women?

Partner, Director, Manager, Accountant, Trainees [Female Only]

GCC KPMG PwC EY Deloitte

UAE

Date of interview:

Time of interview:

UAE

Interview guide

Basic information – interviewees

* What is the exact designation of your position?

* How long have you been working in current organization

* Work Experience (including previous work experience in other companies) (in years)?

* Which professional qualifications do you hold? (e.g. CIMA, CMA, CPA or CA): from where?

* Number of employees in organization? How many Female: HR

* How many female employees are in senior level, mid- level and entrants (graduate trainee)? HR

Gender: Male/Female

Marital Status:

Children (if, yes, how many)?

Interview preamble:

You have been invited to participate in this study based on your experiences.

All responses to this interview are absolutely confidential and results will be presented in an anonymous form.

With your permission, I would like to record the interview to ensure that I do not miss any important points. I will make the transcript available if you wish. (Yes/No)

Would like me to acknowledge your support in my research? (Yes/No)

Interview Questions:

1. How would you define ‘gender diversity and inclusive workplace’?

2. Do you feel there is gender imbalance in accountancy profession? How?

3. What are the barriers to the successful take-up of flexible work for women?

4. Is there any remuneration difference between men and women?

5. Is there any impact on work-life balance? How would you maintain?

6. Do you have women-centric training and development? If yes (no), explain?

7. How about your company structure and women representation?

8. Why do women leave the accountancy profession? HR [Exit Survey]

9. How many hours of work per week for women? Any difference between men and women? HR

10. Is there any skills difference between men and women?

11. What are the areas of specialization women mostly recruited in your organization? HR

12. Which Job level (senior, middle or junior level) women mostly recruited so far in your organization? Why women are absent from senior roles? HR

13. Do women involve in team leadership? How about their performances?

14. What are the opportunities for career progression for women in your organization?

15. How would you describe the retention for women in your organization? HR

16. What are the motivations for choosing the accountancy profession for women?

17. How about the overall working organizational culture in your organization for men and women?

18. What are the opportunities for women in accountancy profession in your organization?

19. Please state do you have the followings for women? If yes, please explain

* Staff support

* Career break scheme

* Job sharing

* Working from home

* Mentoring

* Childcare

* CPD

* Flexible work arrangements

* Maternity leave (how long?) HR

20. Do you have any other comments on gender-related barriers and obstacles in accountancy profession?

For Partner

1. How would you define ‘gender diversity and inclusive workplace’?

2. Do you feel there is gender imbalance in accountancy profession? How?

3. What are the barriers to the successful take-up of flexible work for women?

4. Is there any remuneration difference between men and women?

5. Do you have women-centric training and development? If yes (no), explain?

6. How about your company structure and women representation?

7. Is there any skills difference between men and women?

8. Do women involve in team leadership? How about their performances?

9. What are the opportunities for career progression for women in your organization?

10. How about the overall working organizational culture in your organization for men and women?

11. What are the opportunities for women in accountancy profession in your organization?

12. Please state do you have the followings for women? If yes, please explain

* Staff support

* Career break scheme

* Job sharing

* Working from home

* Mentoring

* Childcare

* CPD

* Flexible work arrangements

13. Do you have any other comments on gender-related barriers and obstacles in accountancy profession?


Explain the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in criminal justice policy making.

The political makeup of the U.S. Supreme court can affect major rulings. Select a major ruling that has changed or been modified over the last 20 to 30 years (e.g., Miranda advisements, search and seizure rules, the exclusionary rules, use of DNA evidence, police surveillance, data mining, etc.). In your paper:

  • Explain the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in criminal justice policy making.
  • Explain how the court’s decisions changed the selected criminal justice policy.
  • Examine potential issues that must be evaluated in the future by the U.S. Supreme Court that will further shape criminal justice policy (e.g., you could discuss how advances in technology such as surveillance, computer analysis, drones, police equipment, etc., have affected the courts decisions).
  • Analyze how the U.S. Supreme Court criminal justice decision affects social justice.

Your paper must:

  • Be three to five double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style
  • Include a separate title page with the following
  • Use at least five scholarly sources two from the Ashford University Library in addition to the course text.
  • Document all sources in APA style
  • Include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style