Describe the advantages and disadvantages of free trade.

Many Americans feel that their jobs at home should be protected and that free trade should be limited. However, global competition and less expensive imports keep prices under control and reduce inflation. In this assignment, you will be researching and discussing the pros and cons of free trade.
  
Free trade is best defined as a system in which goods, capital, and labor flow freely between nations, without barriers, that could hinder the trade process.
  
Use online library resources, and the Internet to research the arguments for and against free trade. Then, respond to the following:

Describe the advantages and disadvantages of free trade. (Consider specific      examples of agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP.)

Explain if free trade can ever be fair. Justify your response.

Explain the measures that a country can take to protect itself from the negative      aspects of free trade.
  
Write your initial response in 300–500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Explain the purpose of an income statement and how it reflects the firms financial status.

In a two- to three-page paper (excluding the title and reference pages), explain the purpose of an income statement and how it reflects the firm’s financial status. Include important points that an analyst would use in assessing the financial condition of the company. Also, analyze Ford Motor Company’s income statement from its 2012 Annual Report (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

Your paper must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center, and it must include citations and references for the text and at least two scholarly sources from the Ashford University Library.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Key concepts relevant to Operations Management in an organization.

 
Your final course project paper is now due. Be sure to incorporate your instructor’s feedback in your final submission.

Your paper must 7 – 8 pages long besides a cover page and a reference page. It should demonstrate a strong thesis statement supported by research from at least 3 scholarly sources. Both a references page and in text citations must be in APA format.
Your paper should include the following:

A brief description of the organization and industry they selected
At least four key concepts relevant to Operations Management in your organization
An explanation of how these elements directly relate to Operations Management
An analysis of how these concepts work together to resolve business problems
An analysis of how these (4) concepts reflect effective management and efficiency
An evaluation of operations concerns in global markets
An evaluation of corporate social responsibility issues with regards to quality and industry standards.

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Discuss how web analytics has changed over the years.

 
In 3-4 page APA formatted paper, discuss how web analytics has changed over the years. What should it look like in the future? What do you see as the biggest challenges facing web analytics and how can those challenges be overcome?
Be sure to use proper citations and references within your paper.

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Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of issuing preferred stock versus bonds.

Xentec Inc. has decided to expand its operations to owning and operating golf courses. The following is an excerpt from a conversation between the chief executive officer, Peter Kilgallon, and the vice president of finance, Dan Baron:
Peter: Dan, have you given any thought to how we’re going to manage the acquisition of Sweeping Bluff Golf Course?
Dan: Well, the two basic options, as I see it, are to issue either preferred stock or bonds. The equity market is a little depressed right now. The rumor is that the Federal Reserve Bank’s going to increase the interest rates either this month or next.
Peter: Yes, I’ve heard the rumor. The problem is that we can’t wait around to see what’s going to happen. We’ll have to move on this next week if we want any chance to complete the acquisition of Sweeping Bluff Golf Course.
Dan: Well, the bond market is strong right now. Maybe we should issue debt this time around.
Peter: That’s what I would have guessed as well. Sweeping Bluff Golf Course’s financial statements look pretty good, except for the volatility of its income and cash flows. But that’s characteristic of the industry.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of issuing preferred stock versus bonds.

What are the three steps in the registration process after the registration statement? Why are each of these steps important?

You will need EBOOK

Lectures:
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https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/murproduction/Online+Course+Files/CMR/CMR+108-2017/Antitrust/story_html5.html

https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/murproduction/Online+Course+Files/CMR/CMR+108-2017/Securities+/story_html5.html

If you haven’t already, make sure you have read the Module Overview page, read the reading assignments, and viewed the lectures/presentations.
These are three short essay questions. Answers can be found in the reading assignments and lectures. (Do not use outside resources to answer these questions.) They are due on Sunday night by 11:55pm.
Please use bullet points if appropriate. For example, if a question asks for three things, use this format to answer – 

First point.
Second point.
Third point.

___________________________________________________________________
Question #1 (5 points):
1. What are the two purposes of the registration statement required for an IPO?
2. What four key pieces of information must it contain?
3. Why do you think each of these fours items of information are important to investors?
4. What are the three steps in the registration process after the registration statement? Why are each of these steps important?
Question #2 (5 points): 
You are in charge of accounts receivables for your company (i.e. collecting money from unpaid invoices). Some of the debts are more than 90 days past due so you decide to turn the 90+ days receivables over to a collection agency to collect on them.
1. What are the ten activities that your collection agency may not do pursuant to federal law?
2. Why are these protections important?
3. Would you change any of them?
Question #3 (5 points):
1. What are the respective purposes of securities law, antitrust law, and consumer law? Who do they seek to protect?
2. For each of the three areas, state two problems/abuses that the particular area of law seeks to fix.
3. Name two federal statutes in each of the three areas of law.
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How do you feel about having your biometric features such as fingerprints and facial features encoded in documents such as passport?

 
Instructions
(Chapter 5)
Minority Report – Personal Advertising VBR
User: n/a – Added: 12/8/10YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiDMlFycNrw
 
Watch the video then answer the questions below.
In the futuristic movie Minority Report, people are uniquely identifiable by their biometrics. For example, a scan of each person’s iris gives or denies them access to rooms, computers, and provide personal advertising.
Answer the following questions:

How do you feel about having your biometric features such as fingerprints and facial features encoded in documents such as passport? Explain your answer.
Would your answer be the same about having biometric information on your driver’s license and social security card as your passport? Why or why not?
What biometric features should be encoded in your employee identification card?
How such proposed encoding may minimize security problems created both outsiders and employees. Provide specific scenarios to support your argument.

What can movies and television shows communicate to people about gender roles and identities?

The Discussion Board is part of the core of online learning. The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow you to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the Discussion Board question. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires your active participation with classmates and your instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit. 

At a minimum, you will be expected to complete 3 posts during the unit: 1 original response to the Discussion Board question and 2 posts responding to classmates, following these guidelines:
Your original post must be at least 200 words in length. It must reference the text or course learning materials at least once. Please note that even if the question asks for an opinion, you are still expected to support opinions with references to course materials and any other credible academic sources to support your opinions. Do not use Internet sources other than those provided in the course materials. APA format is not necessary for your Discussion Board when citing references, but you are required to acknowledge your resources: In the narrative, describe where information was obtained. For example, “As mentioned in Chapter 2 of the course textbook, prioritizing tasks is…” or “As mentioned in the intellipath lesson for Unit 2…”

Your two response posts must be at least 75 words in length. Responses should contribute to the conversation by being reflective, specific, and engaging. Quick responses (such as “I agree” or “Thank you!”) will not be counted as adequate.

Your first contribution must be posted before midnight CST (Central time) on Friday of each week. You must make 2 additional posts—on separate days between Saturday and Tuesday—before midnight CST. The original response and the peer responses can be completed in any order.

For assistance in supporting your assignment, please use your text and all course materials.

After you have reviewed the Assignment Details below, click the Discussion Board link under the My Work heading above to make your post.

Review this tutorial on How to Post to the Discussion Board.
Assignment Details

What can movies and television shows communicate to people about gender roles and identities? If you were to put on your cultural anthropologist “hat” and analyze a program, you would think about the messages it conveys regarding gender roles and identities.

For example, “Leave it to Beaver” and other shows of Post-World War II America reinforced certain values. 

Choose a movie or television series that you enjoy, and discuss the following:

First, give an explanation of what your chosen program or movie is about. 
Next, analyze and discuss the ways in which it reflects, reinforces, or subverts gender constructs.

References
bzukovich657. (2014, October 18). Masculinity, gender roles, and T.V. shows from the 1950s. The Artifice. Retrieved from https://the-artifice.com/masculinity-gender-roles-tv-1950s/
In your own words, post a response to the Discussion Board, and comment on at least 2 other postings. You will be graded on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.

Grading Rubric

Assignment CriteriaProficient DescriptorPoints
Quality of  Main Post

27 Points Total
Student’s main post meets or exceeds the following requirements

Responds completely to all of parts of discussion question. (7 points)
Communicates content information accurately and/or logically (7 points)
Delivers a thoughtful response demonstrating insights and reflections (7 points)
Connects to both key content concepts and personal experiences (6 points)

/27 pts.
Response to Peers

24 Points Total
• Responds to a minimum of  2 peers.  (12 points per response)
Substantive response (6 points)
Furthers the conversation with peers. Examples could include:  (6 points)  
Provides additional resources
Connects to key concepts
Shares personal or professional experiences
Contributes new information or perspective
Presents a competing viewpoint
/24 pts.
Support from Learning Resources

4 Points Total
At least one post refers to course learning resources./4 pts.
Professional Writing

5 Points Total
Response is well-organized, clear and free of grammatical and mechanical errors.

Posts demonstrate courtesy and respect for others.
/5 pts.Total/60 pts.

How do hunters and gatherers view rights to land?

You will create this assignment following the Assignment Detail instructions below. This assignment will be submitted in the Unit 3 – Submission Assignment lesson in intellipath.

Review the tutorial titled How to Submit the Intellipath Submission Assignment.

Please submit your work to this week’s Intellipath Unit Submission lesson. Click the Upload button within the submission lesson to access the submission area. Click the Select File button to upload your document, and then click “OK” to finish.  
Assignment Details
Scenario
One of the possible reasons that hunters and gatherers do not work more than they do may be to avoid overexploitation of their environment. Think about this: overhunting might allow people to feast for a few days, but over the long run, the effect would simply be to destroy the local game supplies. Hunters and gatherers also demonstrate less patriarchy and ownership taboos than industrial society members. You will explore these differences in a PowerPoint presentation for this assignment.
Assignment Details
Use this Hunter-Gatherers resource page as a starting point. There, you will find an in-depth examination of the hunter-gatherer society as well as additional sources to explore. Make sure you use and refer to at least two sources in your presentation. Use this template to create a presentation of 10–14 slides, with speaker notes. A title and reference slide should be included. PowerPoint help is available through Smarthinking. Be sure cover the following in your presentation:

What are 2 examples of contemporary hunter-gatherer societies?
How do hunters and gatherers view rights to land? 
How do hunters and gatherers view rights to property, such as tools or personal possessions?
What evidence suggests that hunter-gatherer societies have a conservationist ethic?
What can an industrial, modern society learn from hunter-gatherer societies?

Reference
Ember, C. R. (2014, July 23). Hunter-gatherers (Foragers). Retrieved from http://hraf.yale.edu/ehc/summaries/hunter-gatherers
This assignment will also be assessed using additional criteria, provided here.
Assignment CriteriaProficient DescriptorPointsContent• Highlights key concepts related to the assignment topic, drawing upon appropriate course readings and other learning resources. 
• Evaluates alternative points of view and sources in reaching accurate conclusions
• Includes sufficient supporting details so that main points stand out.
• Utilizes specified number of external sources at a minimum. Selected sources are credible and relevant to support the assignment response. /60 pts.Organization• Introduces the project and gives the audience a clear sense of the main assignment topic
• Sequences information logically with smooth transitions to connect key points
• Concludes with thoughtful evaluation of the information presented. /25 pts.Presentation Layout• Uses a visually pleasing layout with appropriate text font and color that contributes to the overall message. Uses adequate spacing, headings, and subheadings.
• Uses graphics and multimedia primarily to reinforce main points and to maximize audience understanding /15 pts.Presentation ScriptIncludes speaker notes with additional details where needed to enhance understanding and ensure a smooth and organized flow /20 pts.Audience ConsiderationApplies effective presentation principles such that the intended audience is reflected in the content, tone, and style. /5 pts.Writing QualityPresentation is clear, well-articulated and free of grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors. Information sources are clearly identified and properly cited and referenced using APA Style. /20 pts.Submission Format & TimelinessPresentation length (# of slides) is per assignment requirements and submitted by the assigned due date. /5 pts.Total /150 pts.
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Make sure you submit this assignment by the listed due date. Late deductions will apply for this assignment as follows: 

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Assignments submitted 8–14 calendar days after the stated due date: 20% penalty of total assignment points. 
Assignments submitted 15–21 calendar days after the stated due date: 30% penalty of total assignment points. 
Assignments submitted 22–28 calendar days after the stated due date: 40% penalty of total assignment points. 
No assignments, including late assignments, will be accepted after the end of the course unless an approved Incomplete has been granted.

Discuss how being vague in your message can lead to misunderstandings.

You will create this assignment following the Assignment Detail instructions below. This assignment will be submitted in the Unit 2 – Submission Assignment lesson in intellipath.
Review the tutorial titled How to Submit the Intellipath Submission Assignment.
Please submit your work to this week’s Intellipath Unit Submission lesson. Click the Upload button within the submission lesson to access the submission area. Click the Select File button to upload your document, and then click “OK” to finish.
Assignment Details
Communication is essential in every aspect of life. To research career paths and potential positions, network, and share your skills, you need to use both verbal and nonverbal communication skills. The following are three different activities for you to complete with your family or friends. Please follow the instructions provided within the description of each exercise. After you have completed these activities, summarize your findings in an APA-formatted paper.
Your paper should include the following:

A description of each exercise
A discussion of the results of each exercise
Research on the importance of listening skills in the communication process, using at least 3 non-course-related sources
APA formatting

Summary Paper Details
Selective Listening Exercise: You will need to complete this exercise with another person. Create a list of like items (e.g., a list of fruits). This list needs to be at least 15 words long (the longer the better). In this list, you will repeat certain words. For example: Banana, Orange, Apple, Peach, Banana, Figs, Pear, Plums, Figs, Berries, Melons, Figs, Cherries, Limes, Pear, Tangerine, Lemon, Pear. Give the other person 30 seconds to write down as many of the words as possible. What were the results? What conclusions about listening can you draw from this exercise?
Vacation Exercise: You will need to complete this exercise with another person. One person will tell the other person that he or she would like to go on a vacation somewhere. While that person has an idea of what he or she would like in this location, they do not know where to go. They will then tell the other person aspects of the location in as vague a way as possible. This conversation should last at least 5 minutes. At the end of the conversation, the other person will suggest a place for the first person to visit. Discuss how a listener can pick up on the queues from the speaker to understand the intended message. Discuss how being vague in your message can lead to misunderstandings.
Poor Listening Habits: Everyone is guilty of not listening effectively from time to time. Below is a list of 5 poor listening habits. Look through this list. Which of these habits are you guilty of? How would you react if someone you were speaking to committed one of these bad habits?

Jumping to conclusions
Interrupting the other person before he or she has finished what he or she wanted to say
Thinking about your reply instead of listening to what the other person is saying
Changing the subject to something you want to talk about
Providing advice when it is not asked for

Grading Criteria

Grading CriteriaPercentagesDeliverable requirements addressed; understanding of material and writer’s message and intent are clear.

Summary and analysis of the Selective Listening Exercise.
Summary and analysis of the Vacation Exercise.
Summary and analysis of the Bad Listening Habits Exercise.
Research on the importance of listening to the communication process.

45%
Scholarly research supports the writer’s position and is properly acknowledged, and cited direct quotations may not exceed 10% of the word count of the body of the assignment deliverable (excluding title page, abstract, table of contents, tables, exhibits, appendices, and reference pages). Inclusion of plagiarized content will not be tolerated and may result in adverse academic consequences. 
20%
Critical thinking: Position is well-justified; logical flow; supported with examples
20%
Structure: Includes introduction and conclusion, proper paragraph format, and reads as a polished, academic paper or professional presentation, as appropriate for the required assignment deliverable.
10%
Mechanical: No spelling, grammatical, or punctuation errors
5%
If you are planning to repurpose an assignment or submit one you have used before, please let your instructor know. If an instructor is not made aware of work being repurposed or reused, he or she will treat the assignment as a plagiarized task and reserves the right to post an F grade and submit a task for review to administration until proof of originality is provided. Click here for more information.

The following are some tips if you have problems submitting your assignment: 

Resave in the proper format per the Assignment Detail instructions, and resubmit. 
Submit with a different Web browser. 
Submit from a different computer. 
Call Technical Support at 877-221-5800, Menu Option 2. They are open 24/7. 
If you are still having difficulties after trying steps 1–4, please contact your course instructor.

Make sure you submit this assignment by the listed due date. Late deductions will apply for this assignment as follows: 

Assignments submitted within 7 calendar days after the stated due date: 10% penalty of total assignment points. 
Assignments submitted 8–14 calendar days after the stated due date: 20% penalty of total assignment points. 
Assignments submitted 15–21 calendar days after the stated due date: 30% penalty of total assignment points. 
Assignments submitted 22–28 calendar days after the stated due date: 40% penalty of total assignment points. 
No assignments, including late assignments, will be accepted after the end of the course unless an approved Incomplete has been granted.

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