Applying business theories, models, and concepts to guide analysis of problems and situations
In this SLP assignment for Module 5 our emphasis will be on applying business theories, models, and concepts to guide analysis of problems and situations, a key aspect of the business professional’s job.
Later, in MGT499 (Strategic Management) Module 5 SLP you will continue to develop your application of business theories, models and concepts. In that assignment you will be working on your conceptual and critical thinking skills.
And, finally, in BUS499 (Integrative Capstone) your conceptual and critical thinking skills will be further developed. In Module 5 SLP of that course you will complete an extensive written assignment.
These three assignments build upon each other and aim to offer you the opportunity to enhance and practice your business analytical and problem solving skills.
Mod 5 SLP Assignment: For the present assignment please provide an essay that identifies key organizational efforts that are (or would be) among the most useful or important CSC (COMPUTER SCIENCE CORPORATION) to assure control of important organizational processes. Focus in particular on the core technologies of the organization. You can discuss control efforts and strategies already utilized by your company, and/or make recommendations that you believe would be useful for your organization to consider.
Begin your essay with a thesis statement in the introductory paragraph that identifies what you consider to be the key organizational control efforts that are (or would be) important to the success of your organization, and then develop a persuasive essay to support your thesis.
Remember to use background readings to support your key arguments and to cite and reference your sources. Your goal is to convince your professor, who will require some well-reasoned and well-supported arguments. Actual examples of control and accountability systems in action and how they work in your organization will also help to add support to your arguments, but you need to be more than descriptive. You also need to explain how and why the the controls work and why they are needed.
The grading rubric below has been developed to measure student success in meeting the MGT301 5 SLP expectations related to applying business theories and problem solving. Rubrics for the other two courses are included in their assignments.
Assignment Expectation Weak (1) Marginal (2) Adequate (3) Strong (4)
10% Demonstrates the ability to organize content logically, concisely, and in a appropriate manner to understanding the functions of control. There is no logical sequence of information. Wording is rambling and unfocused Paper does not follow a logical sequence. Paper follows a logical sequence. There are some minor problems with topic transitions. Introduction and/or conclusion are not clear. Paper follows a logical sequence with an effective introduction and conclusion. Each segment relates to others in a carefully planned framework.
Demonstrates the ability to support a central point or viewpoint throughout the paper. Insufficient elaboration and/or support (e.g., summaries, listings) in the paper. Limited elaboration and/or support in the paper. Support with some specific details and elaboration in the paper. Support through both specific details and elaboration apparent in the paper.
70% Demonstrates the ability to address an identifiable purpose in paper—the implementation and use of control in the organization. The purpose is not identified, is unclear, or inappropriate in the paper. Purpose is occasionally unclear in the paper. Clear purpose, but not consistently sustained throughout the paper. Clear purpose sustained throughout the paper.
Demonstrates the ability to gather and sort information and data on a particular subject matter or topic. Does not have a grasp of information and appropriate data. Topic is poorly developed. Supporting materials are absent or vague. Trite ideas and/or unclear wording reflect a lack of understanding of topic. Seems uncomfortable with information and data. Topic is evident but with little or no elaboration. Seems comfortable with the information and data. Topic is evident with some supporting details. Demonstrates full knowledge of the topic with explanation and elaboration. The topic is well developed, effectively supported, and appropriate for the assignment. Critical thinking is clearly and creatively expressed. Data choices are well thought out.
20% Demonstrates the ability to use appropriate word choice and grammar in the speech. There are many sentences with grammatical errors. Some sentences are incomplete/halting, and/or vocabulary is somewhat limited or inappropriate. There are a few sentences that are complete and grammatical. Word choice is not always appropriate for presentation. Sentences are generally complete and grammatical, and they flow together easily. With a few exceptions, words are chosen for their precise meaning. All sentences are complete and grammatical, and they flow together easily. Words are chosen for their precise meaning. Word choice illustrates grasp of content and enhances presentation.
Demonstrates the ability to make an effective speech outline that is free from bias (e.g. sexism, racism, ageism, heterosexism, etc). Language chosen for a presentation is inappropriate and exhibits bias. Uses clichés, slang, jargon, racist, or sexist language. Some readers may be offended. Language chosen for the paper is free from bias with one or two minor exceptions. Language has no apparent bias. There is some inappropriate language. Language is completely free from bias.
The link to “The Trident Guide to the Well Written Paper” (instruction on writing papers, citing sources, proper referencing, and so forth) is http://support.trident.edu/files/Well-Written-Paper.pdf
In this paper, your ability to think critically and provide insightful analysis is the key. You do not want to just describe a few organizational control efforts, you need to bring together ideas, examples and background readings to convince your professor that your thesis statement is sound. Remember to organize your paper for clarity and document any outside resources.
? The following criteria will also be used to assess your paper:
>Precision: Does the paper address the question(s) or task(s)?
>Breadth: Is the full breadth of the subject, i.e., all the keys to the assignment, addressed?
>Depth: Does the paper/report address all elements of the topic in sufficient depth? Does it include and apply the background readings and other background resources? Are they included as references?
>Critical thinking: Are the concepts of this module applied accurately, logically, and relevantly?
>Organization: Is the paper organized in a coherent and systematic manner? Are headings included in all papers greater than 2 pages?
>Clarity: Is the writing clear and the concepts articulated properly? Are paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of response to the questions, or are thoughts conveyed through excessive use of quotations?
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