Written and Oral Communication Skills

ASSIGNMENT 04 B06 Cost Estimating

Directions: Be sure to make a copy of your answer before submitting it to Ashworth College for grading. Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English spelling and grammar. Your response should be a minimum of one (1) single spaced page to a maximum of two (2) pages in length.

For the figure provided, answer the following questions. Provide the correct units for each calculation. To obtain full credit, show all steps, state all assumptions (if any), and all the answers must be correct. Work must be neat and legible. A simply stated answer receives no points.

Excavation

1. Enlarge the footprint by 5 feet for accuracy and slope, then determine the volume of topsoil to be removed and stockpiled, if the thickness 9”. 2. If no soil is to be stockpiled, and the swell is 10 percent, how many truck loads will it take to cart away from the site using 7 cy trucks?

Foundation

A cross section of the 24” wide continuous footing is shown. Assume this footing detail applies to all footings throughout the building. 3. Determine the total linear feet of footing required? 4. Calculate the cross-sectional area of the footing? 5. Determine the volume of concrete in cubic yards for the footing. Add 5% for waste and round off.

Slab

6. Given that the slab is 4” thick, calculate the volume of concrete required for the slab (use 8% waste factor). 7. Given WWF was specified for the reinforcing in the slab, determine how many rolls are required? Assumptions: 750 sf per roll and add 20% for lap and waste. 8. Using the following labor and material rates calculate the cost to provide and install the WWF and pour the concrete slab. Productivity rate for slab = 0.4 labor hours/cy Productivity rate for WWF = 1 labor hour/roll Labor rate for slab and WWF = \$14.50/hr

ASSIGNMENT 08 B06 Cost Estimating

Directions: Be sure to make a copy of your answer before submitting it to Ashworth College for grading. Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English spelling and grammar. Your response should be a minimum of one (1) single spaced page to a maximum of two (2) pages in length.

To increase your knowledge of the building cost estimating field, reflect on the work you have done in this course and in particular, on Chapter 19—Profit. There is little available information published on how to calculate profit for a project or what a reasonable profit is, so there will be no single right answer to this writing assignment. Your response will be based upon your experiences. Describe in a written essay how you would calculate the profit to be added to a project. If you have a project in mind, use that as an example, but if not, make up one. You do not have to prepare an estimate for this exercise, but you must consider many of the different types of work we have learned about, and each will likely have labor, materials, equipment, and subcontractor costs.

1. Provide a brief description of the project you have selected.

2. Describe three (3) considerations you would make in calculating the profit for this project.

3. Describe the process that you would use to calculate the profit. Provide two (2) supporting facts that justify your method.

4. Describe three (3) reasons why your method is fair and reasonable.

ASSIGNMENT 4 EN360 Technical Communication

Directions: Be sure to save an electronic copy of your answer before submitting it to Ashworth College for grading. Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English, spelling and grammar. Sources must be cited in APA format. Your response should be four (4) double-spaced pages; refer to the “Assignment Format” page located on the Course Home page for specific format requirements.

Part A: Written and Oral Communication Skills

Locate a website for an organization that hires graduates in your major. Besides technical skills, what writing and communication skills does this organization seek in a job candidate? Write a one-page essay on what they say directly on this subject. Include reasons why each skill is important, and any additional written/spoken skills that you believe would give a candidate a competitive advantage.

Part B: Effective Writing Teams

a. What types of projects require collaboration?

b. What are four primary attributes of an effective writing team? Provide an example for each.

Part C: Internet Source Distortion/Misrepresentation

From media, personal experience, or the Internet, identify an example of each of the following sources of distortion (faulty causal and/or statistical inference) for the following:

a. A study with questionable sponsorship or motives b. Reliance on insufficient evidence/hasty generalization c. Unbalanced or biased presentation d. Unexamined assumptions e. Faulty causal reasoning

Part D: Checklist for Style – Local Newspaper

Using the “Checklist for Style” on the following page (also found in Chapter 11 of your textbook), rewrite the following letter to a local newspaper.

In the absence of definitive studies regarding the optimum length of the school day, I can only state my personal opinion based upon observations based by me and upon teacher observations that have been conveyed to me. Considering the length of the present school day, it is my opinion that the day is excessive length-wise for most elementary pupils, certainly for almost all of the primary children.

To find my answer to the problem requires consideration of two ways in which the problem may be viewed. One way focuses upon the needs of the children, while the other focuses upon logistics, transportation, scheduling, and other limits imposed by the educational system. If it is necessary to prioritize these two ideas, it would seem reasonable to give the first consideration to the primary reason for the very existence of the system, i.e., to meet the educational needs of the children the system is trying to serve.

ASSIGNMENT 8 EN360 Technical Communication

Directions: Be sure to save an electronic copy of your answer before submitting it to Ashworth College for grading. Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English, spelling and grammar. Sources must be cited in APA format. Your response should be four (4) double-spaced pages; refer to the “Assignment Format” page located on the Course Home page for specific format requirements.

Part A: Email/Text Problems

What are some of the problems that you have experienced when writing or receiving poorly, perhaps hastily, written emails/texts? Describe at least five (5) types of issues. Part B: Writing a Process Description

Select a specialized process that you understand well and that has several distinct steps. Using the process description discussed in Chapter 19 of your textbook as a model, write a one page description of this process.

Part C: Difficult to Follow Instructions

Find a short set of instructions or some other technical document from work or the Internet that is hard to follow. Replicate or download those instructions at the top of a one-page analysis. Assume that you are the Associate Director of Communications for the company that produced this document and that you are doing a final review before the document is released. Using the “Checklist for Instructions and Procedures” on the following page (also found in Chapter 20 of your textbook), identify what, specifically, makes the document difficult to use, providing a specific reference for each problem area.

Part D: Ted Talk Lecture Evaluation

Watch a 10-20 minute TED Talks lecture online (www.ted.com). There are 27 evaluation criteria on the “Checklist for Oral Presentations” below (also found in Chapter 24 of your textbook). Select 10 among them that you believe are most salient for this speaker. Identify strong areas and areas that could have been better. Provide an example for each. (These are skilled speakers, so you’ll probably be highlighting more strengths than weaknesses.)