Opportunity Recognition Assignment

Each team has to choose two business concepts. Please make sure to read the following guidelines before you select two business concepts. Remember, one of these concepts will become the business plan for your team, therefore, select a concept that your team is really interested in and think that the concept is ideal for a business plan. The purpose of this assignment is to articulate the reasons that make you believe your idea is an opportunity. This will likely affect or “shape” your opportunity.

Some suggestions to start: In order to generate good business idea, brainstorming is important. You team needs to think of a product/service that is needed in the community. To identify the need/gap, you should talk to as many people as possible. Individuals tend to think based on mental-models that are shaped by their experience, education, cultural background, etc. The thinking process becomes channelized and focuses on limited aspects of our surroundings. For example, one researcher found that most of the waiters/waitresses wanted to start their own restaurant, if they were ever going to start a business. The issue is that individuals only pursue or seek opportunities that are directly related to their skill set or knowledge domain. It is not a bad idea to start with, but what is more important is to understand the demand in the market. Unless, you are better than most of other people in what you do. So, if you think that you make good burgers and can start a burger joint, you better be very good at it, better than most of the burger places in the area. Bottom line is, when thinking about business ideas/opportunities, either you create a product/service that is needed by the customer and is currently absent from the market, or you provide an existing product/service but differentiate it from your competitors.

Below are listed some important questions that you must address, but you might also want to add additional perspectives. The principle objective of this exercise is to focus the lens on the major components of your opportunity. 

1. Concept Name

Keep it short, but ensure your concept name is descriptive. You should be able to name your concept in 5 words or less (for example CheeseMake Cheesecake Cart)

2. Product or Service Description

o An exact description of the product(s) or service(s) to be sold and, if a product, its eventual end use(s). (If your product(s) or service(s) are already commercially available or exits as prototypes, attach specifications, photographs samples of work, etc.)

o A brief description of the market(s) or market niche(s) you want to enter:

o  Discuss your target customers.

o Provide additional details about the business: industry, geographic location, technology, etc. At this point, you should include the industry codes (SIC: http://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/sicsearch.html and 2012 NAICS: http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/) in which your firm would operate.

3. Feasibility 

o What is the critical problem, want or need your product or service will solve?

o Why is this a critical problem?

o What need are you meeting or what problem are you solving for customers?

o What value/benefit does your product provide to customers?

o How is your product/service differentiated from other products/services on the market? What makes it unique? How does this compare to other alternatives on the market (both direct and indirect)?

o Will your prospective customers pay a premium price, compared with alternatives, if you can address the critical problem or want?

Repeat 1, 2, and 3 for the second concept.

Choose one concept that your team is going to turn into a business plan for this course. Justify your selection with proper reasoning. 

 
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Commingle Work Process

The abstract should summarize the entire project in one paragraph. Be sure that you state a problem, summarize the problem that you are trying to solve, list any possible challenges to solving the problem and list any possible solutions to the problem.

Introduction

Your introduction should contain the following components:

  • Briefly state the problem that you wish to solve through your project.
  • Describe the big picture and the context of your project.
  • Provide a short introduction to the topic in your own words.
  • Describe how this project, system or idea is used by real people in the health facility.
  • Give a short example of why this topic is difficult or interesting.
  • How will it be beneficial to the facility?

Proposed Work

Once you have laid out the background, describe exactly what you intend to accomplish.

  • Clearly state how your proposed work will address the problem stated in the introduction.
  • What will you work on?
  • What will you demonstrate?
  • What machinery and software will you require?
  • Where and how will you get such resources?
  • What challenges do you expect to encounter?
  • Provide solutions for any challenges or ideas on how you will resolve them.

For example, will system access be an issue? Will access to key staff members be a problem? How will you resolve these types of issues?

Timeline & Deliverables

You should plan on completing this project in stages, do not wait and try to complete it all in at the end of the course.

  • Break your work into manageable parts and include some milestone dates for yourself for your deliverables.
  • List your Milestone dates as well as the corresponding deliverable (what will be completed at each milestone date)
  • List any deliverables that will be created as a result of the completion of your project. What will be the final outcome of the project?

Methodology

Explain how you implemented the project.

  • What steps did you take to complete your project demonstrate?
  • Who were the key players closely involved in your project?
  • What machinery and/or software was required to complete?
  • Where and how did you get the resources for your project?
 
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Education And Research

According to The Institute for Health Care Improvement (2006), “Continuing Education (CE) is a vehicle for spreading best practices and how to improve patient outcomes.” In short, continuing education assists with keeping health care teams well-informed of current research, laws, regulations, and practices in the fields in which they practice.

Massoud M. R., Nielsen, G. A., Nolan K., Schall, M. W., Sevin. C. (2006). A Framework for Spread: From Local Improvements to System-Wide Change. Retrieved from http://www.ihi.org/resources/Pages/IHIWhitePapers/AFrameworkforSpreadWhitePaper.aspx

Review the following literature:

Belliolio, M. F. & Stead, L. G. (2009). Continuing Education Meetings and Workshops: Effects on Professional Practice and Health Care Outcomes. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 53(5). 685-687. Available in the Online Library.

Filipe, H. P., Sliva, E. D., Stulting, A. A., Golnik, K. C. (2014). Continuing Professional Development: Best Practices. Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology. 21(2), 134-141. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4005177/

Case Assignment

Based on your research of professional literature and the literature above, in a 3- to 4-page scholarly evaluation essay:

  1. Identify and describe the positive implications of Medical Research and Education.
  2. Explain the importance of continued education for health care professionals.
  3. Explain benefits of organizational/departmental training and staff development.
  4. Identify two current issues/problems in health care organizations and explain from a health care administer perspective how they could have been avoided with proper education.

For assistance on writing an evaluation essay, please review the following source: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~pbawa/421/Evaluation%20Essay%20sample.htm

Assignment Expectations

  1. Conduct additional research to gather sufficient information to justify/support your position and answers to the questions.
  2. Limit your response to a maximum of 4 pages.
  3. Include an introduction and conclusion in your paper.
  4. Support your case with peer-reviewed articles, with at least 4 references. Use the following link for additional information on how to recognize peer-reviewed journals: http://www.angelo.edu/services/library/handouts/peerrev.php.
  5. You may use the following source to assist in formatting your assignment: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/.
  6. For additional information on reliability of sources, review the following source: https://www.edb.utexas.edu/petrosino/Legacy_Cycle/mf_jm/Challenge%201/website%20reliable.pdf.
 
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demonstrate yourknowledge

This assignment is designed to provide an opportunity to demonstrate yourknowledge of the ergonomic assessment process. Specifically, you will beconducting an ergonomic assessment of a videotaped task and identifyingopportunities to improve the task using the concepts presented in your UnitIII–VII Lessons.

Click here toaccess the video. Please note that this video includes audio.   You are required to develop a three-page written report, which must includeeach of the following elements:

1.A task description must address the work environment, work layout, tools,and equipment.

2.Include identification of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) risk factors (youmust include at least three riskfactors) with a brief description of therisk factors, and use one of the evaluation tools(e.g., rapid upper limb assessment [RULA],rapid entire body assessment [REBA], checklist,National Institute of Occupational Safety andHealth [NIOSH] lift equation) presentedin your Unit VII Lesson to evaluate the task. Acopy of your completed assessment tool must beincluded with your report.

3.Provide the potential for an MSD injury (quantification of risk). Note that, the exact weight of the logs and the total amount of time devoted to complete the task are unknown. If you have a need to use any information not provided, please make arbitrary choices, and provide the reason why this information might be important for the risk’s assessment.

4.A brief discussion of potential MSD injuries that could result fromexposure to the risk factors must beincluded.

5.Recommendations for controlling the risk factors associated with the taskusing the hierarchy of controls. Youmust include at least one of each of thecontrols—engineering control, administrativecontrol, and personal protective equipment(PPE).

You are encouraged to revisit the unit lesson for explanations of the tools,and below are copies of the tools and checklists. You may use one of theprovided checklists or research your own. You must include the completed toolwithin an appendix.

Lifting/Lowering Tasks  ◾Click here to access the Washington Industrial Safety and HealthAct (WISHA) Lifting Equation.  ◾Click here to access the NIOSH Lifting Equation.

Upper Body Posture  ◾Click here to access the Rapid Upper Limb Assessment tool.

Entire Body Posture  ◾Click here to access the Rapid Entire Body Assessment tool.  ◾Click here to access the Body Map Questionnaire.  ◾Click here to access the WISHA Caution Zone Checklist.  ◾Click here to access the WISHA Hazard Zone Checklist.

Pushing/Pulling: Snook Tables ◾Click here to access the Snook tables.

Hand-Arm Vibration  ◾Click here to access the Hand-Arm Vibration Calculator.

Your completed project must include a minimum of two outside sources, one ofwhich must be from the CSU Online Library. The three-page written report lengthrequirement excludes the title and references pages. You must also includeyour completed assessment tool in an appendix section of your report. You mayalso include graphics to illustrate your designrecommendations

 
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SIOP Model

Teachers who use the SIOP Model effectively plan, write, and teach their lessons while connecting them to the standards and accommodating for different ELP levels.

After reading the “SIOP Teaching Case Study,” record each of the SIOP components and at least two features from each component on the “SIOP Teaching Model” worksheet.

The features for each component include:

  • Lesson Preparation: Content and language objectives, content concepts appropriate for age, supplementary materials used, adaptation of content for all student proficiency levels, meaningful activities that integrate lesson concepts with language practice.
  • Building Background: Concepts linked to students’ background experiences, links explicitly made between past learning and new concepts, key vocabulary emphasized.
  • Comprehensible Input: Speech appropriate for students’ proficiency levels, clear explanation of academic tasks, and variety of techniques to make content concepts clear
  • Strategies: Ample opportunities for students to use learning strategies, scaffolding techniques consistently used, a variety of questions or tasks the promote higher‐order thinking.
  • Interaction:  Frequent opportunities for interaction and discussion, grouping configurations support language and content objectives, sufficient wait time for student responses, ample opportunity for students to clarify key concepts.
 
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Assignment Due Tomorrow

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read the A Model of Global Citizenship: Antecedents and Outcomes article ( http://web.b.ebscohost.com.proxy-library.ashford.edu/ehost/detail/detail?vid=0&sid=e4da32f0-f91d-4da1-bb1a-21afec6fa4ea%40sessionmgr103&bdata=JkF1dGhUeXBlPWlwLGNwaWQmY3VzdGlkPXM4ODU2ODk3JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=90137596&db=s3h ) and watch the Globalization at a Crossroads video ( https://fod.infobase.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?token=39350&wID=100753&plt=FOD&loid=0&w=640&h=480&fWidth=660&fHeight=530 ). Go to the Ashford University Library and locate one additional source on global citizenship that will help support your viewpoint.

Reflect: Please take some time to reflect on how the concept of global citizenship has shaped your identity, and think about how being a global citizen has made you a better person in your community.

Write: Use the Week 1 Example Assignment GuidePreview the document when addressing the following prompts:

  • Describe and explain a clear distinction between “globalism” and “globalization” after viewing the video and reading the article.
  • Describe how being a global citizen in the world of advanced technology can be beneficial to your success in meeting your personal, academic, and professional goals.
  • Explain why there has been disagreement between theorists about the definition of global citizenship and develop your own definition of global citizenship after reading the article by Reysen and Katzarska-Miller.
  • Choose two of the six outcomes of global citizenship from the article (i.e., intergroup empathy, valuing diversity, social justice, environmental sustainability, intergroup helping, and the level of responsibility to act for the betterment of this world).
    • Explain why those two outcomes are the most important in becoming a global citizen compared to the others.
  • Describe at least two personal examples or events in your life that illustrate the development of global citizenship based on the two outcomes you chose.
  • Identify two specific general education courses.
    • Explain how each course influenced you to become a global citizen.

The Importance of Becoming a Global Citizen

 
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Week1 _Team assignment

Throughout the course you will be working with improvements to the Bedford Campus and its satellite campus in Mayberry. The Bedford Campus with its 12 full-time employees and two classrooms has recently increased its online enrollment to 1500 students working asynchronously. The increase in student population has had a significant slowdown in the network connectivity in the classroom. Reports have stated that it can take up to twenty minutes, sometimes longer, to get connected to the online classroom or to get to the Internet.

Your team has been tasked with determining the root cause of this problem. The analysis should begin by taking a holistic view of the Bedford Campus network diagram to understand the topology. Then, progress through the OSI model to find the problem. Also, look for potential choke points that could cause a significant network slowdown. After locating the potential cause of the problem, design a network with a proposed solution.

Develop a 1-page network diagram using Microsoft® Visio®, or one of the free network diagramming programs you researched in Week One, of improvements that could be made to the current configuration, including wireless improvements to the network. Assumptions can be made in order to complete the diagram. The finished diagram should include the following:

  • Routers and Switches
  • Wireless Access Point solutions
  • VLAN solutions
  • Possible resolutions to potential choke points you have identified

Submit your diagram assignment.

 
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Case Study 2: Solid State Drives
Due Week 6 and worth 130 points

Read the article titled, “Enterprise IT shops now choose SSD storage,” located here

and at http://searchsolidstatestorage.techtarget.com/feature/Enterprise-IT-shops-now-choose-SSD-storage.

Use the Internet and Library to research the benefits and hazards to organizations that use solid-state drive (SSD) storage devices.

Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

1. Examine the major benefits for an organization to use SSDs.

2. Analyze the major disadvantages and possible hazards that an organization should consider before adopting SSDs.

3. Recommend whether or not Delaware Health and Social Services and the Disabled American Veterans should seriously consider SSDs for their organizations. Provide a rationale for your response.

4. Determine whether SSDs are more or less difficult for computer forensics personnel to examine. Suggest whether or not an organization, such as Health and Social Services and the Disabled American Veterans, should consider the difficulty of computer forensic examinations when considering the purchase of SSDs. Provide a rationale for your response.

5. Use at least four (4) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

· Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

· Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

· Analyze the main classes of hardware and system software components in an enterprise context.

· Discuss common input / output technologies.

· Use technology and information resources to research issues in enterprise architecture.

· Write clearly and concisely about Advanced Computer Architecture topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

 
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Project Proposal

IN THIS FORMAT THE PROJECT PROPOSAL IS TO BE MADE.

  1. Title page
    1. Project title
    2. Name and student number
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Executive Summary
  4. Overview
    1. Purpose or objectives of this proposal
      • i. Identify the problem to be solved or need to be filled.
      • ii. What will be in scope and what is not going to be included.
      • iii. Explain how the project will be conducted. Will it be managed by embedding and tailoring PRINCE2 to suit the project or will you use /create another methodology? You should explain any alternative methodology in detail or provide some information to show that you understand the process embedding and the detail of your tailoring.
    2. Describe how you believe is the best way to measure the success of the project and explain why your suggested measures are appropriate over alternative measures.
  5. Expected Benefit sand Dis-benefits
    1. Context and analysis
      • i. To provide context, briefly explain corporate social responsibility, why your organisation might want to raise its profile and how the proposed project will align
      • ii. Provide a SWOT analysis to improve a reader of your proposal a balanced understanding.
      • iii. Provide further analysis using a weighted scoring model.
        1. You are to determine the criteria. The criteria should consider the way you would expect the success of the project will be measured
        2. To conduct a weighted scoring analysis, you will need to have an alternative to compare it with. You can create an alternative proposal if it can be quickly summarised, or your alternative could be the act of not doing the project.
      • iv. Include more context by explaining how / why you developed the idea
    2. Identify the expected benefits and dis-benefits, ensuring they are informed by the strategic context (social responsibility context you have explained above).
      • i. This paragraph is an opportunity to sell the value of your project to decision-makers.
  6. Project requirements
    1. List and describe the requirements needed to carry out this project.
      • i. Include human resources
    2. List and describe the possible assumptions for this project.
    3. List and describe the constraints for this project.
  7. Costs
    1. Estimate how much it will cost.
      • i. Breakdown to major milestones
    2. Explain how you estimated costs.
      • i. e.g. If you used a three-point method, explain what it is and show a couple of examples of how you did your calculations
  8. Major Risks
    1. Identify five (5)risks and quantify their potential likelihood and severity.
    2. Indicate how each of the above-mentioned risks will be managed
      • i. This could include, Avoid, Transfer, Mitigate or Accept, but you will need to explain what is meant by the terms that you use and why you plan to use them. You are not required to use all four.
  9. Timescale
    1. How long is the estimated time to complete the project?
    2. List and describe the major milestones.
  10. Conclusion

References

All statements must have legitimate references. (Harvard Style)

CHOOSING YOUR PROJECT (word limit 2000 words)

  1. Area of Study–It’s best to do something that is related to your degree program. It can also be related to your current work or profession. The reasoning behind this is that we want you to focus on Project Management and how it will relate to your area of interest.
  2. Project proposal does NOT mean a running a business

Consider hosting an event. There are thousands of charities out there that undertake some sort of clever fundraising initiatives. Google away.

Background

You work for a large organisation that has recently introduced PRINCE2 (name of the book) as a required method for managing projects. Several policies, templates and other resources have not yet been developed, which means that you might be required in this.

Your employer wants to improve their profile as being more socially responsible and has decided to allocate up to $50,000, spent over the next 12 months to achieve this goal.

To receive the funding, the project must meet the following criteria:

  • It is to benefit a community in the Northern Territory, Australia or a target audience in the Northern Territory.
  • It is to be a unique endeavour
  • It is to be completed within one (1) year
  • It is to be limited toa budget between $25,000 and $50,000
  • It can create income; however, proceeds are to be donated the cause
  • It should relate to your area of study (degree program). (Bachelor of software engineering)
  • It is not to include additional sponsorship, grants, donations beyond the $50,000. If the organisation’s staff are required to volunteer in the project during normal work hours the opportunity costs to the organisation’s normal work must be included as an expense.
 
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