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Genesis Energy?s newly established operations management team decided to seek outside assistance in developing a long-term operating plan that also addresses the financial issues identified. A major consideration for Genesis Energy is assessing those short-term and long-term economic factors, which will greatly enhance the company?s ability to successfully transition to a viable international business. Grasping and correctly prioritizing these economic factors, supply and demand, interest rates, inflation, unemployment, and exchange rates are pivotal, thereby requiring expert guidance. Therefore, their first major decision was to hire a respected strategy-consulting firm, Sensible Essentials.

After meeting with the client team, Sensible Essentials concluded that the operations management team would significantly benefit from a more in-depth understanding of the financial environment at Genesis Energy. This understanding needed to encompass not only sales, costs, and profitability forecast under the new strategic plan, but also the way expansion would highlight the need to manage working capital and cash flow in order to try to minimize the need for external financing.

As the lead consultant for Sensible Essentials, do the following:
Describe and evaluate the financial environment at Genesis Energy by using ratio analysis of the company.
Choose one ratio from each of the five categories listed in the table on page 103 of your textbook, Brigham and Ehrhardt, and do a 3-year ratio trend analysis. Compare these results to the industry averages. What do the results tell you?
Name three specific options that are available to Genesis Energy for obtaining needed capital.
Identify and explain two ways Genesis Energy can improve its strategy.
Explain what specific macroeconomic factors are likely to affect genesis, i.e., inflation, interest rates, exchange rates etc. Please do a brief country risk assessment and discuss the most likely problems a company like Genesis Energy is likely going to confront when contemplating an international expansion. What would be the least risky avenue for them to get their product/service to the country you have chosen? Which entry mode is the riskiest? Explain.
Write a 3?4-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Then, create a 6?8-slide PowerPoint with Speaker?s notes and references (including research) presenting your findings to the Genesis Energy operations management team.

Expressing Your Ideas for a Professional Audience

Select an article relevant to your field of study from one of the following professional websites. You may not use the same article you used in your Unit 2 or Unit 4 Assignment. Read the article and apply what you have learned about appropriate language and writing professional documents to complete the following Assignment:
Write a 1 to 1 and ?-page Executive Summary of the article you have chosen, organized into 3?4 paragraphs. You may write to a business audience either for the company you currently work for, or imagine that you are working as a consultant for a business or non-profit or charity organization and write to an appropriate audience within that organization. Summarize the main points of this article and explain how the information contained within the article is relevant to a specific issue or problem the company is currently facing. Make a recommendation for what your audience should do with this information. You may use information from sources other than the original article that you use as the basis for your Executive Summary, but if you use sources in your Executive Summary, you must give the sources credit using 6th edition APA format.

http://extmedia.kaplan.edu/genEd/CM107/CM107_1405B/Professional_Websites.pdf

Select a website from this link. preferablly health or information technology.

ITPM Best Practices”

Please respond to the following:
Explain how ITPM best practices can facilitate process change within an organization. Determine if ITPM would be used differently depending upon the industry in which it was used. Explain your answer.
Evaluate the four risk-mitigation options and strategies. Give your opinion as to what circumstances would warrant each strategy.

Assignment 4: Database Modeling and Normalization

Imagine that you work for a consulting firm that offers information technology and database services. Part of its core services is to optimize and offer streamline solutions for efficiency. In this scenario, your firm has been awarded a contract to implement a new personnel system for a government agency. This government agency has requested an optimized data repository for its system which will enable the management staff to perform essential human resources (HR) duties along with the capability to produce ad hoc reporting features for various departments. They look forward to holding data that will allow them to perform HR core functions such as hiring, promotions, policy enforcement, benefits management, and training.

Using this scenario, write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

Determine the steps in the development of an effective Entity Relationship Model (ERM) Diagram and determine the possible iterative steps / factors that one must consider in this process with consideration of the HR core functions and responsibilities of the client.
Analyze the risks that can occur if any of the developmental or iterative steps of creating an ERM Diagram are not performed.
Select and rank at least five (5) entities that would be required for the development of the data repositories.
Specify the components that would be required to hold time-variant data for policy enforcement and training management.
Diagram a possible 1:M solution that will hold salary history data, job history, and training history for each employee through the use of graphical tools. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page length.
Plan each step of the normalization process to ensure the 3NF level of normalization using the selected five (5) entities of the personnel database solution. Document each step of the process and justify your assumptions in the process.
Diagram at least five (5) possible entities that will be required to sustain a personnel solution. The diagram should include the following:
Dependency diagrams
Multivalued dependencies
Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page length.

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.
Include charts or diagrams created in a drawing tool with which you are familiar. The completed diagrams / charts must be imported into the Word document before the paper is submitted.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Recognize the historical development of database management systems and logical data models.
Explain the fundamentals of how data is physically stored and accessed.
Compose conceptual data modeling techniques that capture information requirements.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in the strategic implications and management of database systems.
Write clearly and concisely about topics related to the strategic planning for database systems using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions

Points: 120
Assignment 4: Database Modeling and Normalization
Criteria
Unacceptable

Below 70% F
Fair

70-79% C
Proficient

80-89% B
Exemplary

90-100% A
1. Determine the steps in the development of an effective Entity Relationship Model (ERM) Diagram and determine the possible iterative steps / factors that one must consider in this process with consideration of the HR core functions and responsibilities of the client.

Weight: 15%
Did not submit or incompletely determined the steps in the development of an effective Entity Relationship Model (ERM) Diagram. Did not submit or incompletely determined the possible iterative steps / factors that one must consider in this process with consideration of the HR core functions and responsibilities of the client.
Partially determined the steps in the development of an effective Entity Relationship Model (ERM) Diagram. Partially determined the possible iterative steps / factors that one must consider in this process with consideration of the HR core functions and responsibilities of the client.
Satisfactorily determined the steps in the development of an effective Entity Relationship Model (ERM) Diagram. Satisfactorily determined the possible iterative steps / factors that one must consider in this process with consideration of the HR core functions and responsibilities of the client.
Thoroughly determined the steps in the development of an effective Entity Relationship Model (ERM) Diagram. Thoroughly determined the possible iterative steps / factors that one must consider in this process with consideration of the HR core functions and responsibilities of the client.
2. Analyze the risks that can occur if any of the developmental or iterative steps of creating an ERM Diagram are not performed.

Weight: 10%
Did not submit or incompletely analyzed the risks that can occur if any of the developmental or iterative steps of creating an ERM Diagram are not performed.
Partially analyzed the risks that can occur if any of the developmental or iterative steps of creating an ERM Diagram are not performed.
Satisfactorily analyzed the risks that can occur if any of the developmental or iterative steps of creating an ERM Diagram are not performed.
Thoroughly analyzed the risks that can occur if any of the developmental or iterative steps of creating an ERM Diagram are not performed.
3. Select and rank at least five (5) entities that would be required for the development of the data repositories.

Weight: 10%
Did not submit or incompletely selected and ranked at least five (5) entities that would be required for the development of the data repositories.
Partially selected and ranked at least five (5) entities that would be required for the development of the data repositories.
Satisfactorily selected and ranked at least five (5) entities that would be required for the development of the data repositories.
Thoroughly selected and ranked at least five (5) entities that would be required for the development of the data repositories.
4. Specify the components that would be required to hold time-variant data for policy enforcement and training management.

Weight: 10%
Did not submit or incompletely specified the components that would be required to hold time-variant data for policy enforcement and training management.
Partially specified the components that would be required to hold time-variant data for policy enforcement and training management.
Satisfactorily specified the components that would be required to hold time-variant data for policy enforcement and training management.
Thoroughly specified the components that would be required to hold time-variant data for policy enforcement and training management.
5. Diagram a possible 1:M solution that will hold salary history data, job history, and training history for each employee through the use of graphical tools.

Weight: 15%
Did not submit or incompletely diagramed a possible 1:M solution that will hold salary history, data, job history and training history for each employee through the use of graphical tools.
Partially diagramed a possible 1:M solution that will hold salary history data, job history and training history, for each employee through the use of graphical tools.
Satisfactorily diagramed a possible 1:M solution that will hold salary history data, job history, and training history for each employee through the use of graphical tools.
Thoroughly diagramed a possible 1:M solution that will hold salary history data, job history, and training history for each employee through the use of graphical tools.
6. Plan each step of the normalization process to ensure the 3NF level of normalization using the selected five (5) entities of the personnel database solution. Document each step of the process and justify your assumptions in the process.

Weight: 20%
Did not submit or incompletely planned each step of the normalization process to ensure the 3NF level of normalization using the selected five (5) entities of the personnel database solution. Did not submit or incompletely documented each step of the process and did not submit or incompletely justified your assumptions in the process.
Partially planned each step of the normalization process to ensure the 3NF level of normalization using the selected five (5) entities of the personnel database solution. Partially documented each step of the process and partially justified your assumptions in the process.
Satisfactorily planned each step of the normalization process to ensure the 3NF level of normalization using the selected five (5) entities of the personnel database solution. Satisfactorily documented each step of the process and satisfactorily justified your assumptions in the process.
Thoroughly planned each step of the normalization process to ensure the 3NF level of normalization using the selected five (5) entities of the personnel database solution. Thoroughly documented each step of the process and thoroughly justified your assumptions in the process.
7a. Diagram at least five (5) possible entities that will be required to sustain a personnel solution. Include the dependency diagrams in your diagram.

Weight: 5%
Did not submit or incompletely diagramed at least five (5) possible entities that will be required to sustain a personnel solution. Did not submit or incompletely included the dependency diagrams in your diagram.
Partially diagramed at least five (5) possible entities that will be required to sustain a personnel solution. Partially included the dependency diagrams in your diagram.
Satisfactorily diagramed at least five (5) possible entities that will be required to sustain a personnel solution. Satisfactorily included the dependency diagrams in your diagram.
Thoroughly diagramed at least five (5) possible entities that will be required to sustain a personnel solution. Thoroughly included the dependency diagrams in your diagram.
7b. Diagram at least five (5) possible entities that will be required to sustain a personnel solution. Include multivalued dependencies in your diagram.

Weight: 5%
Did not submit or incompletely diagramed at least five (5) possible entities that will be required to sustain a personnel solution. Did not submit or incompletely included multivalued dependencies in your diagram.
Partially diagramed at least five (5) possible entities that will be required to sustain a personnel solution. Partially included multivalued dependencies in your diagram.
Satisfactorily diagramed at least five (5) possible entities that will be required to sustain a personnel solution. Satisfactorily included multivalued dependencies in your diagram.
Thoroughly diagramed at least five (5) possible entities that will be required to sustain a personnel solution. Thoroughly included multivalued dependencies in your diagram.
8. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements

Weight: 10%
More than 6 errors present
5-6 errors present
3-4 errors present
0-2 errors present

Report (on Aldi)

Aim
The purpose of this assignment is to again provide you with an opportunity to apply knowledge, theory, frameworks and tools from the early part of the unit to an analysis of the strategy and strategic practices of a real organisation. In this assignment, you will work to analyse the strategies pursued by the Aldi discount supermarket chain since its creation. You will evaluate marketing related strategies and their effectiveness and relate to be real-life experiences and relevant research to look at core marketing theory. The aim is to provide experience of marketing analysis and practice and to determine your ability to relate real marketing strategy to theory and research.

The Overall Task
In increasingly competitive markets, consumers have a greater choice over where they buy their goods and services. For an organisation to meet its business objectives, it has to find out what consumers require and then identify the best way in which it can satisfy these needs and wants. Creating a competitive advantage can be difficult. A unique marketing strategy with clear objectives is vital to ensure effective promotional activity.

Your task in this case analysis is to answer two questions by critically analysing Aldi?s market situation. Please do not just describe events, although you should read Aldi?s history to understand the background to your analysis. You should use the principles and concepts that you have learned throughout the unit to answer the following three questions:

1. What marketing strategy or strategies has Aldi has adopted since it was created? For
Australian-based students, you might like to focus your analysis on the Aldi Australia experience. Answer this question by applying one or more of the theoretical approaches discussed in the course.

2. What marketing options can you describe for Aldi if it wishes to remain a successful organisation throughout the next decade? Answer this question based on the circumstances that exist in 2016 and your best forecasts of relevant future industry factors.

These are wide-ranging questions and you should undertake extensive independent research into Aldi and its industry. You should explore different aspects of these issues and incorporate them into your report. This is a practical assessment of a real company, but you need to show an understanding of theory and research in your evaluation and suggestions.

Process

1. Begin to gather information about Aldi and its marketing-related strategies. There are a range of sources you can make use including the company?s own corporate website and related publications, academic journals, business press and media, blogs and so on. The quality business press such as Forbes or Business Week or the Economist are in some ways good places to start.

2. However, you need to begin to study relevant course materials as the task requires you to analyse and evaluate Aldi?s marketing strategy in relation to theory, frameworks and research.

3. Consider each of the two questions carefully and begin to relate practice to theory in an attempt to answer each of them. The questions explicitly direct you to specific aspects of the unit material and to specific types of models, tools and theories.

4. It should be clear that there is no definitive right answer here. This also mirrors reality, in that companies are not able to find a single solution or pathway; they have to make difficult choices from alternatives. In the light of that try to explore different aspects of the two questions ? there are no ?correct? answers and lots of valid arguments for and against all kinds of alternatives. The merits of your argument will depend to a large extent on how much evidence you can cite to support your point of view; that is why this is called a research project.

5. Write up your analysis. This should be in a report format. Here is a suggested structure:

a. Executive Summary
b. Introduction
c. Background to the Company
d. Marketing Analysis
i. The Nature of Aldi?s Marketing Strategy or Strategies since it began.
ii. Strategic Marketing Options for Aldi moving forward
e. Conclusion
f. References
g. Appendix

Ensure that you have related the real conditions of the company to theory and research and that you have read, cited and referenced appropriate academic material as well as more popular sources (which also need to be properly referenced).

Theory that, can be applied to practice. What are the assumptions underpinning this theory? Discuss how this theory finds application in your area of practice.

Choose a middle-range theory or grand theory that, in your opinion, can be applied to practice. What are the assumptions underpinning this theory? Discuss how this theory finds application in your area of practice.

** At least 2 references necessary fot this assignment. And please chose area of practice as family nurse practitioner.

Module 1 – Case: Defining and Measuring Biodiversity

Assignment Overview
As we continue to develop the relationship between economics and our natural world, we will focus on one concept that is studied regularly in ecology and has become very important in both economics and the sustainability of our planet: biodiversity.
In order to understand the significance of economic principles in the biodiversity of our world, you must first understand what biodiversity describes.
The following overview of biodiversity was adapted from In World Resources Institute, World Conservation Union, and United Nations Environment Programme, ?Global Biodiversity Strategy,? 1992:
Biodiversity is the totality of genes, species, and ecosystems in a region. Biodiversity can be divided into three hierarchical categories?genes, species, and ecosystems?that describe quite different aspects of living systems that scientists measure in different ways.
Genetic diversity refers to the variation of genes within species. This covers distinct populations of the same species (such as the thousands of traditional rice varieties in India) or genetic variation within a population (high among Indian rhinos, and very low among cheetahs).
Species diversity refers to the variety of species within a region. Such diversity can be measured in many ways, and scientists have not settled on a single best method. The number of species in a region?its species ?richness??is one often-used measure, but a more precise measurement, ?taxonomic diversity,? also considers the relationship of species to each other. For example, an island with two species of birds and one species of lizard has a greater taxonomic diversity than an island with three species of birds but no lizards.
Ecosystem diversity is harder to measure than species or genetic diversity because the ?boundaries? of communities?associations of species?and ecosystems are elusive. Nevertheless, as long as a consistent set of criteria is used to define communities and ecosystems, their numbers and distribution can be measured.
For additional resources on biodiversity read the article link ?What is Biodiversity? from the National Foundation for Wildlife? and Biodiversity from the National Geographic Society. For an in-depth review of how biodiversity is measured read the article on ?Getting the Measure of Biodiversity?. These resources will help you address the questions in the following Case Assignment.

Case Assignment
From the Background readings above, address the following questions for your case assignment in the form of an essay. Complete a 2-3 page paper using complete sentences for each question and APA formatting for citations. Include any citations used to support your research. For additional expectations, including how to organize your assignment, see the ?Assignment Expectations? below.
Define biodiversity.
Why is biodiversity important? What are some of the benefits of biodiversity?
How is biodiversity measured?
What is extinction? What is causing it today?
What is the Endangered Species Act? What is it meant to do? (reflect on the economic consequences of the Act as we will be delving into the topic more later on)
What are some of the most and least diverse species in your local area? Try the interactive map called the ?Map of Life? developed by a research team from both Yale University and the University of Colorado Boulder (this tool is still in development). The link can be found here: https://www.mol.org/location/32.045/-471.489/. You can zoom into the map and find your local area (or another area of interest to you). The example map below demonstrates the most diverse species in Tucson, AZ as being birds, whereas palm plants have the least diversity. Describe your chosen area in your essay and copy and paste the chart area showing the most and least diverse species in your area (map of United States does not need to be copied, only the species chart). Were you surprised by the results? Why or why not?
What can you do as an individual to help slow the loss of biodiversity?

Assignment Expectations
Organize this assignment using subtitles that summarize each question above. For example, to answer Question 1, use a descriptive subtitle like the following: The Importance of Biodiversity. Answer each question under the subtitle using complete sentences that relate back to the question. Use APA formatting to cite any sources used within the text of your essay. Also, be sure to include a reference section at the end of your assignment that lists the sources that you were required to read and any additional resources you used to research your answers. Direct quotes should be limited and must be designated by quotation marks. Paraphrased ideas must give credit to the original author, for example (Murray, 2014). Direct copying from ?homework help? websites will not receive credit.
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