Research Proposal for Masters Class

Research Proposal for Masters Class
LENGTH: This proposal should be no more than 3,000 words, excluding title/contents page,
appendix and bibliography, but including text in tables and footnotes. You are recommended to
use single line spacing and a plain serif (e.g. Times New Roman) or sans serif (e.g. Arial) font in

font size 11. Advisory lengths for each section of the assignment are provided in brackets
overleaf.
FORMAT: A Microsoft Word or PDF document, with numbered pages.
CONTENT: There is no one ‘correct’ way to write a research design, but here are some
GUIDELINES you should consider. In general, please be as specific as possible about your
questions and hypotheses, definitions, case selections and strategies, measurement and
variables coding etc., and methods of data analysis. We all feel uncertain about whether we’re
‘getting it right’ when we put together a research design, but don’t let uncertainty stand in the way
of specificity! Explain important uncertainties, rather than hiding them.
1. Background/literature review (~2 pages)
Don’t be tempted to dedicate ‘too much’ space to the background/literature review section.
Around two pages should suffice. An effective literature review is one that shows how your
research question(s) is situated in the relevant literature in your field, not one that demonstrates
that you have read a lot of that literature. So don’t include lots of literature on related topics that
are not specifically relevant to your contribution. The literature review introduces us to the
broader landscape of research that gives rise to your research question(s), which are in a sense
your ‘point of departure’ from what has already been published.
The literature review can begin with a wide angle view, but it should move quite quickly to focus
on research/concepts/theory/controversies in those areas that are relevant to your research

questions. Because the literature review ought to set up your research questions, those
questions should emerge quite organically from the literature review section. In other words, the
‘fit’ between the literature review and the research questions should be obvious.
2. Research questions (~1 short paragraph [equivalent])
Research questions may be exploratory or confirmatory, inductive or deductive, descriptive or
explanatory, or may not tidily correspond to any of these categories. Regardless of which of
these they are, they need to be clearly and explicitly stated (e.g. set out or listed as an
overarching research question with sub-questions) and should be clearly motivated by the
content of the preceding background/literature review section. And make sure that they are
actually questions (rather than statements or assumptions)!
3. Data collection plan (~1-3 pages)
You need to be very clear in describing the data/evidence that you are using and how the
variables or concepts are measured and/or coded. Describe and justify, as concretely as
possible, your proposed case selection and/or sampling strategies and the data collection
methods you propose to use, within the practical limitations of your project and timeframe. What
are the strengths and weaknesses of the choices that you have made?
4. Data analysis plan (~1-3 pages)
Given the decisions you have made about your topic, research questions and data collection –
what are the most appropriate forms of analysis? Here you should discuss the analytic method

and how it helps answer the question. Note that software is not a method: we do not care if you
use Nvivo or Stata, we do care if you use thematic analysis or logistic regression.
5. Potential findings, impact and relevance of the study (~0.5-1 page)
As this is a piece of research design you cannot describe the findings of your study. However, we
would like you to anticipate how you could expect your research to make a difference (to the
topic and/or disciplinary field at hand and taking into account the type/s of research question/s
posed). What findings do you expect, and what findings, if any, would be surprising or contradict
your expectations/theoretical stance? How could such findings, whether expected or unexpected,
impact the academic literature/policy/practice/public life [as relevant to your topic and design]?
6. Limitations and further research (~0.5-1 page)
Here you should discuss the limitations of your design as currently conceived. There are different
kinds of limitations. One kind to consider is how aspects of your research design limit what you
can know, or claim, as part of your outcomes. For example, questions on internal and external
validity are common limitations, as are reliability and validity of measurement. You may only be
doing part 1 of what is a 3- part research project. You may be doing what is effectively a pilot
study. Another limiting factor can be ethical issues that arise from your research design.

7. References
Please include proper in-text citations and a reference list, consistently using a standard

reference format. You are advised to provide references for both the substantive and the
methodological content of your proposal. We would typically expect to see around one page of
cited references listed.

Quantitative Analysis – Regression Analysis

Quantitative Analysis – Regression Analysis

 Recommend solutions to business problems using quantitative analysis.

Minimum submission requirements for this Competency Assessment:

  • Completion of Part 1 (the Certify sections in the lessons associated with the bold criteria in the rubric below).
  • Completion of Part 2 (Dropbox Assignment).

If work submitted for this Competency Assessment does not meet the minimum submission requirements, it will be returned without being scored.

Part 1: 

  • You will complete the Certify section in Certify Labs in the Hawkes learning software associated with bold criteria in the rubric.
  • For all lessons, a score of 80% or higher in the Certify section will complete your certification!
  • It is suggested (not required) that you email your instructor when Part 1 is complete.

Begin Part 1 of the Competency Assessment by clicking on the Hawkes Learning link located on the left navigation menu.

Part 2:

  • Show your work and explain your process for determining the solution for each of these problems on a word document with the solution given below the problem.
  • If Excel was used, please indicate that as well on the word document.
  • A word document and/or the Excel Workbook (if used) should be submitted to the Dropbox with labels on the worksheets to indicate which problem is being evaluated.
  • All answers should be clearly indicated.
  • Written explanation, reasoning, and rationale should use complete sentences.

A time series model is a forecasting technique that attempts to predict the future values of a variable by using only historical data on that one variable. Here are some examples of variables you can use to forecast. You may use a different source other than the ones listed (be sure to reference the website). There are many other variables you can use, as long as you have values that are recorded at successive intervals of time.

 

See example and starter video in LiveBinder.

Once you have historical data, address the following:

  1. Apply quantitative forecasting methods in time-series modeling.
    1. State the variable you are forecasting.
    2. Collect data for any time horizon (daily, monthly, yearly). Select at least 8 data values.
    3. Compute moving average and weighted moving average in a time-series model.
      1. Use the Excel Workbooks for this module to forecast the next period’s value using moving average, and weighted moving average (see video in LiveBinder).
      2. Copy/paste the results of each method into your word document.
  • Be sure to state the number of periods used in the moving average method and the weights used in the weighted moving average.  Clearly state the “next period” prediction for each method.
  1. Determine which of the two forecasts should be chosen and give the rationale for the decision.
  1. Identify variables for a regression model.
    1. Determine which variable from the time series forecast would be an appropriate dependent variable (Y) and tell why.
    2. Determine which variable from the time series forecast would be an appropriate independent variable (X) and tell why.
  2. Develop a simple linear regression model.
    1. Use the regression function found in Data Analysis located in Microsoft Excel to determine the linear regression model.
    2. Based upon the values given, what is the valid dependent variable range?

Submitting Course Assessment Part 2:

When you are ready to submit your Course Assessment Part 2, click on the Course Assessment Dropbox and complete the steps below:

  • Click the link that says Add Attachments.
  • Click on the Upload
  • Click the Add Attachments
  • Locate your Course Assessment and click on Open.
  • To view your graded work, come back to the Dropbox or go to the Gradebook after your instructor has evaluated it. Click the Dropbox to access it.
  • Make sure that you save a copy of your submitted Assignment.

If work submitted for this Competency Assessment does not meet the minimum submission requirements, it will be returned without being scored.

 

Organizational Theory /Organisational Behaviour

Organizational Theory /Organisational Behaviour

Instructions on Assessment:

Submit a 3000 word structured essay, in which you critically evaluate the practices/behaviours in an organisation of your choice. You will research the organisation to identify practices/behaviours that are problematic and require investigation as well as recommendations to attend to the issues identified. You will write from either the symbolic or contemporary theoretical perspectives, using Organisation Theory from the most relevant theme taught in the module. The perspective needs to be carried through the assignment and present through every section, including the summary table.

The themes that we will cover in the module are:

  • Structure and Design
  • Identity
  • Culture
  • Organisational Learning, Tacit Knowledge and Knowledge Management
  • Aesthetics, Performance and Narrative
  • Power and Control
  • Gender

Guidance for writing the essay

You are encouraged to structure your essay as follows:

  • Introduction to the essay and rationale for the choice of organisation [10%]
  • A brief section justifying your choice of theoretical perspective: either the symbolic or the contemporary and how this impacts on your writing approach [15%]
  • A summary table indicating the relevance of each of the seven themes to the chosen organisational practices/behaviours [15%]
  • A critical literature review on the one theme that you consider to have the greatest importance for that organisation, using either the symbolic or the contemporary theoretical perspective as your context [15%]
  • Critical evaluation of the practices/behaviours of the case organisation in relation to the selected theme through critical application of the reviewed theories [25%]
  • Conclusions [10%]
  • Reference list: Cite no fewer than 5 contemporary academic journal articles that are discussed in the essay. You should also cite additional references from books, textbooks, credible news outlets and professional journals [10%]

Guidance for choice of the organisation

You can select an organisation you are familiar with, e.g. your placement organisation or an organisation you would like to work with. You can alternatively select one of the following organisations:

Module Specific Assessment Criteria

 

Criteria Scales
  0-30%

Poor

30-40%

Inadequate

40-50%

Adequate

50-60%

Good

60-70%

Very Good

70-80%

Excellent

80-100%

Exceptional

 

Introduction and rationale for the choice of organisation

 

MLO1,3

 

10 marks

No introduction to the essay. Completely insufficient discussion of the rationale for choice of organisation. The introduction is not effective. Insufficient discussion of the rationale for choice of organisation. Adequately effective introduction to the essay. The discussion of the rationale for choice of organisation is adequate. Good introduction to the essay, which includes a good discussion of the rationale for choice of organisation. Very good introduction to the essay, which includes a very good discussion of the rationale for choice of organisation. Excellent introduction to the essay, which includes an excellent discussion of the rationale for choice of organisation. Outstandingly effective introduction to the essay, which includes an outstanding discussion of the rationale for choice of organisation.
Justification of the choice of theoretical perspective

 

MLO 1,2,3

 

15 marks

Completely insufficient discussion of the choice of theoretical perspective Insufficient justification of the choice of theoretical perspective Adequate justification of the choice of theoretical perspective Good justification of the choice of theoretical perspective Very good justification of the choice of theoretical perspective Excellent justification of the choice of theoretical perspective Outstanding justification of the choice of theoretical perspective
Summary table indicating the relevance of the seven themes

 

MLO 1,2,3

 

15 marks

The essay does not establish the relevance of the theoretical themes to the chosen organisational practices/behaviours Insufficient discussion of the relevance of the theoretical themes to the chosen organisational practices/behaviours Adequate discussion of the relevance of the theoretical themes to the chosen organisational practices/behaviours Good discussion of the relevance of the theoretical themes to the chosen organisational practices/behaviours Very good discussion of the relevance of the theoretical themes to the chosen organisational practices/behaviours Excellent discussion of the relevance of the theoretical themes to the chosen organisational practices/behaviours Outstanding discussion of the relevance of the theoretical themes to the chosen organisational practices/behaviours
Critical Literature review on the chosen theme

 

MLO 1,2

 

15 marks

The review of the contemporary literature is completely insufficient Insufficient review of the appropriate and contemporary literature Adequate review of the appropriate and contemporary literature. The review could be more critical rather than descriptive Good and critical review of the appropriate and contemporary literature A very good and critical review of the appropriate and contemporary literature The literature review reflects excellent and critical review of the appropriate and contemporary literature Outstandingly critical review of the appropriate and contemporary literature
Critical evaluation of practices/ behaviours

 

MLO 1,2

 

25 marks

Little or no discussion of the chosen practices/behaviours Insufficient discussion of the chosen practices/behaviours The chosen practices/behaviours have been adequately evaluated. The discussion could be more critical The chosen practices/behaviours have been critically evaluated Very good and critical evaluation of the chosen practices/behaviours Excellent and critical evaluation of the chosen practices/behaviours Outstandingly critical evaluation of the chosen practices/behaviours
Conclusions

 

MLO 1,2,3

 

10 marks

Little or no evidence of conclusive remarks The conclusions are insufficient The conclusions adequately highlight key implications for the organisation Good conclusions  which appropriately highlight the key implications for the organisation Very well related conclusions which highlight the key implications for the organisation Excellent and relevant conclusions which highlight key implications for the organisation, and for theory The essay concludes with outstanding conclusions, which highlight key implications for the organisation, and for theory.
Structure, argumentation and reference quality

 

 

10 marks

Presentation is completely insufficient.

Numerous spelling and grammatical errors.

Failure to cite references correctly in the main text.  No reference list. Completely insufficient quality of references

 

Presentation is not sufficiently professional.

Many spelling and grammatical errors.

Referencing throughout and in the reference list is insufficiently correct. Insufficient quality of references

 

Presentation is adequate, with few spelling and grammatical errors.

Most citations, and the reference list, are presented appropriately in compliance with APA style. The contemporary and academic references have been adequately discussed

Good presentation throughout.

Spelling and grammar of a good standard.

Very good APA referencing throughout the main text.

Accurate list of references. The contemporary and academic references have been discussed appropriately

Very good presentation throughout.

Spelling and grammar of a high standard.

Very good APA referencing throughout the assignment. Good discussion of the cited contemporary and academic references

Excellent professional presentation throughout.  Excellent spelling and grammar.

APA referencing used throughout the main text and list of references. Excellent discussion of the cited academic and contemporary references

 

 

An outstandingly crafted piece of work which is professionally presented throughout.

APA referencing used throughout the main text and for the list of references. Outstanding discussion of the cited academic and contemporary references

 

 

Cost-Benefit Analysis in Healthcare

Cost-Benefit Analysis in Healthcare

Preparation

Scenario

Suppose an issue has emerged in your organization that presents significant risks to the stakeholders involved. Your supervisor has asked you to conduct a CBA, make a recommendation, and present it to the board of directors. You are expected to consider the numbers within the context of the organizational mission, strategic direction, patient safety, risk-management issues, regulatory requirements, patient and stakeholder satisfaction, and the dynamics within the health care industry.

Select a relevant issue within your workplace (or one from the Suggested Resources) for which a CBA may be conducted. The CBA should include one of the following course-related topics:

  • Patient safety.
  • Risk management.
  • Regulatory standards.
  • Patient and stakeholder satisfaction.

Instructions

Step One: Identify Costs

Apply the process from Writing a Cost-Benefit Analysis article (from the Required Resources) to identify costs:

  1. Make a list of all monetary costs that will be incurred upon implementation and throughout the life of the project. These include start-up fees, licenses, production materials, payroll expenses, user acceptance processes, training, and travel expenses, among others.
  2. Make a list of all non-monetary costs that are likely to be absorbed. These include time, low production of other tasks, imperfect processes, potential risks, market saturation or penetration uncertainties, and influences on one’s reputation.
  3. Assign monetary values to the costs identified in steps one and two. To ensure equality across time, monetary values are stated in present value terms. If realistic cost values cannot be readily evaluated, consult with market trends and industry surveys for comparable implementation costs in similar businesses.
  4. Add all anticipated costs together to get a total costs value (Plowman, 2014).

Step Two: Identify Benefits

Continuing with the CBA, proceed with the identification and quantification of benefits, per Writing a Cost-Benefit Analysis article.

  1. Make a list of all monetary benefits that will be experienced upon implementation and thereafter. These benefits include direct profits from products or services, increased contributions from investors, decreased production costs due to improved and standardized processes, and increased production capabilities, among others.
  2. Make a list of all non-monetary benefits that one is likely to experience. These include decreased production times, increased reliability and durability, greater customer base, greater market saturation, greater customer satisfaction, and improved company or project reputation, among others.
  3. Assign monetary values to the benefits identified in steps one and two. Be sure to state these monetary values in present value terms as well.
  4. Add all anticipated benefits together to get a total benefits value (Plowman, 2014).

Cost-Benefit Analysis

Enter the cost and benefit data you developed for the CBA in your preparation steps into the Cost-Benefit Analysis Template, linked in the Required Resources.

Then, write an analysis in which you do the following:

  • Describe the organizational, program, or departmental issue for which you have created the CBA.
  • Evaluate the cost versus benefit according to the general guidelines outlined by Plowman’s 2014 article, which you read in the preparation for this assessment.
  • Make a recommendation as to whether the benefits are sufficient to outweigh the costs of the proceeding.
  • Describe the systems-based context for your recommendations, integrating the CBA within the organization as a whole.
  • Describe how the issue relates to the organization’s vision, mission, and strategic direction.
  • Provide a rationale that explains how your recommendations are appropriate for your organization’s capacity and strategy.

Your analysis should use proper APA style and formatting and include the following sections. Each section, except the title page, should include the appropriate section heading.

  1. Title page: Use APA formatting and include the following:
    • Assessment number (Assessment 3).
    • Your name.
    • The date.
    • The course number
    • Your instructor’s name.
  2. Abstract: Include a one-paragraph summary of analysis content. This is not an introduction to the topic, but a summary of the entire analysis. Make sure to double-space.
  3. Issue description.
  4. CBA evaluation.

Project Iron Boomerang

Project Iron Boomerang

It is now around a decade since Australian entrepreneur and UQ alumnus Shane Condon devised
Project Iron Boomerang, in which a 3000km railway line would link Queensland’s Bowen Basin’s
coal resources to the iron ore resources of Western Australia’s Pilbara mines. Iron ore would be
sent eastwards, and coal would be sent westwards along the railway line and, at each end of the
railway, steel production would take place for export markets. But nothing much seems to have
happened despite bold initial claims. Early on, some commentators dismissed the project on the
basis that Australian wages were simply too high for the steel to be made for a competitive
international price. Although the project is envisaged as a private sector venture, its sheer scale

and potential implications for regional development mean that it attracts the attention of State and
Territory governments, especially with the Australian dollar now far lower than it was at the time
the project was first proposed.
Imagine that you are an economist working for the Department of Premier and Cabinet in the
Queensland Government and have been asked to prepare a critical analysis of the project as a
briefing for the Queensland Premier, who expects the Western Australian Premier and Northern
Territory Chief Minister to raise the future of the project when they all meet in mid 2020. Your
expertise in the evolutionary/complex systems approach to economics is the reason that you in
particular have been asked to write this briefing, since previous advice has been informed by
traditional economic thinking and the Premier is keen to know whether your approach leads to
different perspectives on the feasibility and potential impact of the project.
****Marks will be awarded for:
(i) Evidence of the extent of relevant reading that has been undertaken, both in terms of breadth
and depth, especially from the scholarly literate rather than merely referring to media reports and
sources that have not been peer reviewed (9 marks);
(ii) Grasp of theoretical issues/absence of mistakes in explaining key concepts (8 marks)
(iii) Insight, critical thinking and creativity evident in applying theoretical perspectives to the topic
(10 marks) ;

(iv) Quality of writing and presentation, given the target audience (6 marks);
(v) Accuracy and consistency of referencing (2 marks).
In relation to (iii), note that if you are merely reporting what others have said and showing you
have understood it, then you will be unlikely to score more than 5/10 on this criterion; we want to
see evidence that you can make original connections and/or display critical insight by using the
theory yourself.

Balanced Score Card in Healthcare Organization

Balanced Score Card in Healthcare Organization

Preparation Select

Select a health care organization that has readily available data for the four categories from Kaplan and Norton’s 1996 model. Those categories are:

  • Financial performance measures.
  • Internal business processes.
  • Learning and growth.
  • Customer satisfaction.

You may wish to select your employer; however, please do not disclose proprietary data without prior written consent from your employer. You may wish to review the websites of large global organizations to research case study articles on best practices for organizations.

Instructions

PowerPoint Slides

To complete this assessment, you will develop a PowerPoint presentation with 10–12 slides that describes how you would apply a balanced scorecard to your selected organization. Include the following in your PowerPoint presentation:

  • A brief description of the organization you selected.
  • Your balanced scorecard analysis of the organization, including how vision and strategy connect to the four balanced scorecard elements.
  • Four recommendations for the organization.
  • At least one APA-formatted in-text citation and accompanying, congruent APA-formatted reference.

Audio Recording

  • A two-minute introduction.
  • The four elements of a balanced scorecard for the organization.
  • Four area recommendations for the organization.
  • A two-minute conclusion.

Include the notes or script of your audio recording. You may choose to include this in the form of the completed Notes section of the PowerPoint presentation slides, as a script you may have used when you created your recording, or in the form of a detailed outline. This will serve to clarify any insufficient or unclear audio.

Note: If your notes are not included in the PowerPoint presentation itself, attach them in a separate document along with the other presentation elements.

Additional Requirements

  • Written communication: Written communication should be free from errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations should be formatted according to APA style and formatting guidelines.
  • Number of resources: At least one APA-formatted in-text citation and accompanying, congruent APA-formatted reference.
  • Length: The PowerPoint presentation should contain 10–12 slides.
  • Duration of audio recording: Maximum of 10 minutes.
  • Font and font size:
    • Headline type should be 24–28 points.
    • Bullet or body type should be 14–18 points for readability.
    • Avoid decorative type; use Arial or Times.

 

Definition of the Balanced Scorecard

The Balanced Scorecard Institute: The balanced scorecard is a strategic planning and management system that is used extensively in business and industry, government, and nonprofit organizations worldwide to align business activities to the vision and strategy of the organization, improve internal and external communications, and monitor organization performance against strategic goals. The balanced scorecard performance measurement framework considers non-financial performance measures in addition to financial metrics to provide a more balanced view of organizational performance.

Using the Scorecard in the Health Care Industry Within the health care industry, the scorecard must reflect a framework that incorporates patient safety, regulatory compliance, and a variety of other operational factors (Gunduz & Simsek, 2007). The contemporary version of the balanced scorecard transforms the organizational strategic plan into a dynamic document that provides a snapshot of performance measurement across the organization. Recall from earlier units that performance measurement is a condition of participation for some government and privately sponsored reimbursement sources.

 The Four Perspectives

The balanced scorecard indicates that organizations should be examined from four perspectives: learning and growth, business processes, customer satisfaction, and financial performance (Kaplan & Norton, 1992). Additionally, each perspective requires metrics for which data can be collected and analyzed (Balanced Scorecard Institute, n.d.). The analysis takes place within the context of the organizational strategic direction. When used to its full potential: The balanced scorecard is a management system (not only a measurement system) that enables organizations to clarify their vision and strategy and translate them into action. It provides feedback around both the internal business processes and external outcomes in order to continuously improve strategic performance and results. When fully deployed, the balanced scorecard transforms strategic planning from an academic exercise into the nerve center of an enterprise. (Balanced Scorecard Institute, n.d.) Once the balanced scorecard is applied to an organization, it is important that managers effectively communicate results and take appropriate action. Applying the balanced scorecard results to key risk management areas is equally important when using the scorecard to minimize risk and develop a quality improvement strategy.

 

Managing Diversity in the Workplace

Managing Diversity in the Workplace

Instructions on Assessment:

You are required to submit a 3000 word portfolio of learning that includes:

  • a critical discussion, focusing on up to 2 of the protected characteristics studied, that critically evaluates the impact of managing diversity on individuals and organisations, including an individual reflection on your key learning throughout the module sessions

Areas to consider and guiding questions to be addressed in your discussion:

Current research, debates, theories and models

Critically discussing relevant academic literature, what are the issues and challenges with regards to the protected characteristic(s) for individuals and organisations?

Organizational strategies and policies

How does managing diversity, related to your chosen protected characteristic(s), manifest in workplaces? What may be considered best practice?

The impact on individual and organizational performance

Critically evaluate such practice and the impact on the individual and organisational performance. Is it all about performance?

The legal framework context

What role does the law and the legal framework play with regards to diversity at the workplace? Can you give some example(s) to illustrate this in relation to your chosen characteristic(s)?

Recommendations and conclusion

What feasible recommendations for workplaces based on evidence, can you highlight to facilitate diversity (in regards to your chosen characteristic(s), in the workplace?

Guiding themes for your individual reflection of learning

What were the main areas of discussion(s) in seminars?

How do you position yourself in regards to these?

Was there anything that surprised you about the topic?

Did you find it easy/difficult to discuss this topic? Why?

Module Specific Assessment Criteria

Performance Area

 

Discussion (70%)

Does Not Meet Standards Meets Standards

 

Exceeds Standards
0-29% 30-39% 40-49% 50-59% 60-69% 70-79% 80-89% 90-100%
Critical literature review on chosen character­istic(s) Review of literature is completely insufficient. Showing no understanding of current research, debates, theories or models regarding the issues and challenges for individuals and organisations in the workplace. Shows little/ limited understanding and review of relevant literature, current research, debates, theories or models regarding the issues and challenges for individuals and organisations in the workplace.

 

Adequate review of literature that shows some descriptive understanding of current research, debates, theories or models regarding the issues and challenges for individuals and organisations in the workplace.

 

 

Good critically review of relevant literature, but largely descriptive. Showing good understanding and at times good critical discussion of current research, debates, theories or models regarding the issues and challenges for individuals and organisations in the workplace. A very good critical review of relevant literature throughout. Showing very good critical discussion and understanding of current research, debates, theories or models regarding the issues and challenges for individuals and organisations in the workplace. An excellent critical review of a range of relevant quality literature throughout. Showing an excellent critical discussion and understanding of current research, debates, theories or models regarding the issues and challenges for individuals and organisations in the workplace across all characteristic(s) in focus. An outstanding critical review of a wide range of relevant quality literature throughout. Showing strong critical discussion and understanding of current research, debates, theories or models regarding the issues and challenges for individuals and organisations in the workplace across all characteristic(s) in focus. An exemplary critical review of a wide range of relevant quality literature throughout. Showing exemplary critical discussion and integration across all characteristic(s) in focus. Demonstrates an exemplary understanding of current research, debates, theories or models regarding the issues and challenges for individuals and organisations in the workplace.
Evaluation of organization­al strategies and policies Completely insufficient evaluation. Little or no identification OR discussion of organizational practices. Insufficient evaluation. Limited identification OR discussion of organizational practices. Adequate evaluation. Some identification of organizational practices. Text is descriptive and lacks critical evaluation. Good evaluation. Organizational practices are identified and supported by relevant evidence/ literature. Text largely descriptive but at times shows some good critical evaluation. Very good evaluation. Organizational practices are identified and supported by a range of relevant evidence/ literature. Text demonstrates critical evaluation throughout.

 

Excellent evaluation. Organizational practices are identified and supported by a range of quality evidence/ literature. Text demonstrates excellent critical evaluation throughout and across all focus characteristic(s).

 

Outstanding evaluation. Organizational practices are identified and supported by a wide range of quality evidence/ literature. Evaluation conveys a clear critical argument at a high level throughout and across all focus characteristic(s). Exemplary evaluation. Organizational practices are identified and supported by a wide range of quality evidence/ literature. Evaluation conveys a clear critical argument that integrates all focus characteristic(s) at a high level of debate.
Discussion of impact on individual and organization­al performance Completely insufficient discussion on the impact of managing diversity on the individual and organisational performance. Insufficient. Limited discussion on the impact of managing diversity on the individual and organisational performance. Adequate discussion on the impact of managing diversity on the individual and organisational performance supported by some evidence/ literature. Good discussion on the impact of managing diversity on the individual and organisational performance supported by relevant evidence/ literature. Demonstrates some good critical discussion. Very good discussion on the impact of managing diversity on the individual and organisational performance supported by a range of relevant evidence/ literature.  Demonstrates critical discussion throughout. Excellent discussion on the impact of managing diversity on the individual and organisational performance supported by a range of quality evidence/ literature. Demonstrates excellent critical discussion throughout. Outstanding discussion on the impact of managing diversity on the individual and organisational performance supported by a wide range of quality evidence/ literature. Demonstrates a clear critical argument at a high level throughout. Exemplary discussion on the impact of managing diversity on the individual and organisational performance supported by a wide range of quality evidence/ literature. Demonstrates a clear convincing critical argument at a high level of debate.

 

 

 

The legal framework context Completely insufficient. Little or no integration of the role of the legal framework. Insufficient. Limited integration of the role of the legal framework in regards to managing diversity. Adequate integration of the role of the legal framework in regards to managing diversity supported by some evidence/ literature. Good integration of the role of the legal framework in regards to managing diversity supported by relevant evidence/ literature. Very good integration of the role of the legal framework in regards to managing diversity supported by a range of relevant evidence/ literature considering international context. Excellent integration of the role of the legal framework in regards to managing diversity supported by a range of quality evidence/ literature throughout and across all focus characteristic(s) in an international context.

 

Outstanding integration of the role of the legal framework in regards to managing diversity supported by a wide range of quality evidence/ literature throughout and across all focus characteristic(s) in an international context.

 

Exemplary integration of the role of the legal framework in regards to managing diversity supported by a wide range of quality evidence/ literature throughout and across all focus characteristic(s) ) in an international context.

 

 

 

Recommend­ations and conclusion Little or no evidence of feasible recommendations and/ or conclusive remarks. Limited evidence of feasible recommendations and/ or conclusive remarks. Adequate recommendations based on some evidence and adequate conclusive remarks. Good recommendations based on some evidence that identify some feasible approaches for workplaces to facilitate diversity and good conclusive remarks reflective of the discussion in the text. Very good recommendations based on quality evidence that identify feasible approaches for workplaces to facilitate diversity. Very good conclusive remarks, very well integrated with the discussion of the report. Excellent and relevant recommendations based on a range of quality evidence that identify feasible approaches for workplaces to facilitate diversity. Excellent, clear conclusive remarks, very well integrated with the discussion of the report. Strong recommendations based on a wide range of quality evidence that identify feasible, detailed approaches for workplaces to facilitate diversity. Outstanding, clear conclusive remarks that integrate the discussion of the report to a high standard. Exemplary recommendations based on a wide range of quality evidence that clearly identify feasible, detailed approaches for workplaces to facilitate diversity. Exemplary, clear conclusive remarks that integrate the discussion of the report to a very high standard.

 

 

 

Structure, flow of argument and reference/ evidence quality Presentation is completely insufficient.  No clear outline and focus.

The text contains numerous spelling and grammatical errors.

All of the text OR large sections are unsupported by references OR completely insufficient quality of references that are cited incorrectly.

 

Presentation is insufficient.  Insufficient clarity of focus.

The text contains many spelling and grammatical errors.

Limited referencing throughout and/ or references cited incorrectly.  Insufficient quality of references/ evidence.

 

Presentation is adequate. Text identifies focus somewhat. Few spelling and grammatical errors throughout. References are mostly cited appropriately in compliance with APA style.

Adequate quality of references/ evidence.

Good presentation throughout. Text clearly identifies focus. Spelling and grammar showing a good standard.

Good APA referencing throughout the text.

Good quality of references/ evidence.

Flow of argument could improve between sections.

Very good presentation throughout. Text demonstrates very clear focus with very good flow of argument between sections, and a high standard of spelling and grammar. Very good APA referencing throughout the text.

Very good quality of references/ evidence throughout the text.

Excellent presentation throughout. Text conveys clarity and purpose. Demonstrates high standard of spelling and grammar. An excellent standard of APA referencing throughout the text.

Excellent quality of references/ evidence throughout the text, showing excellent flow of argument throughout.

Outstanding presentation throughout.  Text conveys outstanding focus clarity and purpose. Demonstrates a high standard of spelling and grammar and a strong, convincing flow of argument. An excellent standard of APA referencing throughout the text.

Excellent range and quality of references/ evidence throughout the text.

Exemplary presentation throughout.  Text conveys a convincing focus clarity and purpose. Demonstrates an exceptionally high standard of spelling and grammar and a creative and convincing flow of argument. An excellent standard of APA referencing throughout the text.

Excellent wide range and quality of references/ evidence throughout the text.

Discussion 0-20 21-27 28-34 35-41 42-48 49-55 56-62 63-70

 

Performance Area Does Not Meet Standards Meets Standards

 

Exceeds Standards
0-29% 30-39% 40-49% 50-59% 60-69% 70-79% 80-89% 90-100%
Reflection of learning

 

30%

 

Completely insufficient. Little or no reflection of learning. Insufficient. Limited  reflection of learning. Adequate  reflection of learning of some module sessions. In the majority descriptive and lacking reflection of own position. Good reflection of learning. Some good reflection on own position in regards to module topics. Reflection still rather descriptive.. Very good reflection of learning. Discusses own position to module topics across a number of sessions. Excellent reflection of learning. Discusses own position to module topics across a number of sessions and integrates debates beyond module content. Outstanding reflection of learning. Discusses own position to module topics across a number of sessions and integrates debates beyond module content to reflect on own position. Exemplary reflection of learning. Discusses own position to module topics across a number of sessions and integrates debates beyond module content to critically reflect on own position.
Reflection of learning 0-8 9-11 12-14 15-17 18-20 21-23 24-26 27-30

 

Organizational Leadership in Healthcare

Organizational Leadership in Healthcare

You have been asked by organizational leadership to develop a PowerPoint presentation for
department managers on building leadership and trust in collaborative teams. Use the notes
section of each slide to expand your talking points and reference your resources.
This assessment examines two critical components for interprofessional team success:
leadership and trust. Develop a PowerPoint presentation in which you:
* Identify at least three leadership behaviors that build trust within a team.
* Identify at least three leadership behaviors that undermine trust within a team.
* Explain the consequences of a team that does not trust its leader in terms of patient safety.
* Describe strategies team members can use to build trust among one another in terms of skill,
knowledge, and responsibility.
* Describe principles of effective interprofessional team leadership. In other words, what skills
and qualities should a good team leader possess? Is there a difference between being a good
leader and being an effective leader?

Differences Between Psychopath and Sociopath

Differences Between Psychopath and Sociopath

Required

Write 2500-word paper in which you outline the similarities and differences between psychopaths and sociopaths. Find as much information as much possible.

 

Relationship Between Capital Structure and Stock Price

Relationship Between Capital Structure and Stock Price

Final Case Study

Assume that you have just been hired as business manager of Campus Deli (CD), which is located adjacent to the campus. Sales were $1,100,000 last year, variable costs were 60% of sales, and fixed costs were $40,000. Therefore, EBIT totaled $400,000. Because the university’s enrollment is capped, EBIT is expected to be constant over time. Because no expansion capital is required, CD distributes all earnings as dividends. Invested capital is $2 million, and 80,000 shares are outstanding. The management group owns about 50% of the stock, which is traded in the over-the-counter market.

CD currently has no debt—it is an all-equity firm—and its 80,000 shares outstanding sell at a price of $25 per share, which is also the book value. The firm’s federal-plus-state tax rate is 40%. On the basis of statements made in your finance text, you believe that CD’s shareholders would be better off if some debt financing were used. When you suggested this to your new boss, she encouraged you to pursue the idea but to provide support for the suggestion.

In today’s market, the risk-free rate is 6%, and the market risk premium is 6%. CD’s unlevered beta is 1.0. CD currently has no debt, so its cost of equity (and WACC) is 12%. If the firm was recapitalized, debt would be issued and the borrowed funds would be used to repurchase stock. Stockholders, in turn, would use funds provided by the repurchase to buy equities in other fast-food companies similar to CD.

  1. You plan to complete your report by asking and then answering the following questions:
  • What is business risk? What factors influence a firm’s business risk?
  • What is operating leverage, and how does it affect a firm’s business risk?
  • What is the firm’s return on invested capital (ROIC)?
  • What do the terms financial leverage and financial risk mean?
  • How does financial risk differ from business risk?

To develop an example that can be presented to CD’s management as an illustration, consider two hypothetical firms: Firm U with zero debt financing and Firm L with $10,000 of 12% debt. Both firms have $20,000 in invested capital and a 40% federal-plus-state tax rate, and they have the following EBIT probability distribution for next year:

  1. Complete the partial income statements and the firms’ ratios in Table IC 14.1. Do this in Excel.  Explain each entry in the table and explain how this example illustrates the effect of financial leverage on expected rate of return and risk.

After speaking with a local investment banker, you obtain the following estimates of the cost of debt at different debt levels (in thousands of dollars):

  1. Now consider the optimal capital structure for CD. Complete and explain the following:
  • To begin, define the terms optimal capital structure and target capital structure.
  • Why does CD’s bond rating and cost of debt depend on the amount of money borrowed?
  • Assume that shares could be repurchased at the current market price of $25 per share. Calculate CD’s expected EPS and TIE at debt levels of $0, $250,000, $500,000, $750,000, and $1,000,000. How many shares would remain after recapitalization under each scenario?
  • Using the Hamada equation, what is the cost of equity if CD recapitalizes with $250,000 of debt? $500,000? $750,000? $1,000,000?
  • Considering only the levels of debt discussed, what is the capital structure that minimizes CD’s WACC?
  • What would be the new stock price if CD recapitalizes with $250,000 of debt? $500,000? $750,000? $1,000,000? Recall that the payout ratio is 100%, so g = 0.
  • Is EPS maximized at the debt level that maximizes share price? Why or why not?
  • Considering only the levels of debt discussed, what is CD’s optimal capital structure?
  • What is the WACC at the optimal capital structure?
  1. Suppose you discovered that CD had more business risk than you originally estimated. Describe how this would affect the analysis. How would the analysis be affected if the firm had less business risk than originally estimated?
  2. What are some factors a manager should consider when establishing his or her firm’s target capital structure?
  1. Put labels on Figure IC 14.1 and then discuss the graph as you might use it to explain to your boss why CD might want to use some debt.