Academic Essays

Assignment 2: The Influence of Organized Crime on Political Leaders

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Organized crime has influenced individuals who hold political positions at local, state, and federal levels of the government. The purpose has been for organized crime groups to be able to function without outside interference.

This assignment addresses attempts by organized crime groups to influence politicians. Successful completion of this assignment will demonstrate that you understand how such groups might affect elected officials.

You are a member of the governor’s task force against corruption and have been assigned to the town of Centervale. Informants have shared with you that local politicians are being influenced by organized crime groups.

Using the Argosy University online library, find at least two journal articles that document how organized crime is likely to influence political leaders. One article should focus on political leaders in the United States at the local, state, or federal level. The other article should focus on political leaders in another country or countries.

Submission Details:

By the due date assigned, in a minimum of 250 words, post to the Discussion Area your responses to the following:

  • Summarize what you learned from your research.
  • Compare the relationship between organized crime groups and politicians in other countries with that in the United States.
  • From what you have read so far, explain whether there appears to be a strong association between organized crime and politics in the United States.
  • Discuss a few reasons politicians may be easily influenced by organized crime.
  • Discuss some benefits of conducting research on how organized crime may influence politicians.
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Restaurant Specific Areas Of The Concept

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The next part of the project will focus on specific areas of the concept, such as describing the menu, describing functional areas, and determining relevant data for the facilities.  You will need to use provided resources for overall project as well as describing specific areas. Necessary files are linked and found under “Resources” on class website navigation menu.  These forms should be presented as appendices in your submitted document.  Each worksheet will be presented in dedicated appendix, shown in sequence as Appendix A, Appendix B, and so on until complete.  Appendices follow the reference list in APA format.  Content related to a worksheet should annotate the relevant appendix.

Example: “The design worksheet in appendix A shows that 20% of the total square footage will be used for the bar.”

The content of the writing will provide an analysis of the data presented as well as justification for decisions or claims being made.  The content of the writing will also need to explain decisions made within context of the planning process, such as identifying what needed to be decided first or what decisions affected other aspects of the planning process.

The project planning analysis will need to include the following elements;

  • Compile operational data [Use facility design worksheet]
  • Menu development.
    • Your base menu must identify at least five [5] “signature” entrées that will affect layout or necessary equipment.
    • Discuss intended prices for these items.
    • Justify prices with a discussion of your food costs.
    • Estimate your projected sales and expenses for this menu.
  • Develop a Foodservice Facilities Program [Use foodservice facilities design worksheet]
    • Create a bubble diagram or flow chart to show how the areas relate to each other
  • Facility layout
    • On computer or on 24-by-36-inch graph paper, create a layout of the proposed facility, both front and back of house. (Check out: www.smartdraw.com)
      • Define scale
      • Begin by deciding the broad outlines of such areas as entrance(s), dining space, kitchen, bar, restrooms, storage spaces Be sure to show all doors, windows, aisles and enclosed spaces Show locations of all drains and the grease interceptor (trap). Show electrical outlets and direct electrical connections, particularly in the kitchen

As with phase one, the above elements do not represent the framework or outline of the writing. These are only elements that must be addressed as if presenting to investors or partners.

Writing Guidelines

  • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.
  • Length of paper: Actual length will be based on assessing what information is necessary and what is extraneous.  You will need to determine what you need to communicate without adding “fluff” and assuring all identified elements from the instructions are addressed where and when applicable.

Free Choice Film Summary

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Discuss the music of the film (orchestral, electronic, pop songs). Highlight and discuss particular scenes in which you think the music played a significant role. Talk about why you think this score is important to the history of film music. Talk about how this score compares or contrasts to other scores written around the same time or other scores that you know of from this composer.

Your summary should be 300 to 500 words. Select one film from the following list:

  • Back to the Future
  • Batman (1989)
  • Batman Begins
  • Braveheart
  • Dances with Wolves
  • The Dark Knight
  • Gladiator
  • Glory
  • Inception
  • The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
  • Little Women (1994)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Power of One
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
  • Titanic
  • The Village

Understanding and Coping with Change

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Change is everywhere, yet very few people seem to embrace the  concept. We are, for the most part, creatures of habit and follow daily  routines. When change occurs, our activities and thought patterns are  disrupted.

Write a three APA formatted paper (excluding the title  and reference pages), using a minimum of three scholarly sources in  addition to the textbook, analyzing the internal and external factors  contributing to an individual’s resistance to change.

Describe a situation where you or someone you know was resistant to change as identified in one of following areas:

  1. Self-interest
  2. Lack of understanding
  3. Lack of trust in management
  4. Differing assessments of the need for change
  5. Low tolerance for change

Explain whether the resistance to change was caused by an internal or  external factor. Using Kotter’s theory for change, provide a plan for  overcoming that resistance. What will be done and how will you know that  the plan has worked?

English Comp II

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For Task #4, construct a literary analysis essay of the poem you outlined in Task #3.  As you have learned, a literary analysis is a formal essay that explores how an author uses literary devices to achieve meaning in a poem. You should provide your own interpretation and explanation that uses support from the poem only. Make sure you integrate and document quotes from the poem correctly.  I expect you to apply everything you have learned thus far concerning writing about literature.

Requirements:

  • An introduction that ends with a strong thesis statement that argues for a specific interpretation of the poem
  • Three body paragraphs that explore literary devices that the writer uses to achieve meaning
  • Incorporation of material from the poem
  • Appropriate documentation of material using in-text citations
  • A conclusion paragraph that ties the entire essay together
  • An appropriate title

This doubled-spaced paper must be between 500-700 words.  Please format your paper according to these guidelinesPreview the document.

Resources:

Poetry Explication GuidePreview the document

Essay Writing DocumentPreview the document

How to Write a Poetry Analysis (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.   **Note:  Use the slides as an example.          The Bean Eaters                 

By Gwendolyn Brooks      They eat beans mostly, this old yellow pair.
Dinner is a casual affair.
Plain chipware on a plain and creaking wood,
Tin flatware.

Two who are Mostly Good.
Two who have lived their day,
But keep on putting on their clothes
And putting things away.

And remembering …
Remembering, with twinklings and twinges,
As they lean over the beans in their rented back room that is full of beads and receipts and dolls and cloths, tobacco crumbs, vases and fringes.

“Numbers Can be Worth a Thousand Pictures

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Assignment 1

Read the “Numbers Can be Worth a Thousand Pictures: Individual Differences in Understanding Graphical and Numerical Representations of Health-Related Information” article prior to answering. Informed decision making in the mental health and medical professions requires the ability to understand and effectively communicate statistical information.  For this discussion, address the following in your post:

  • Select one mental health      disorder of your choice based on a valid diagnostic category in the DSM-5.
  • Research the disorder and      locate relevant statistics obtained within the past 7 years regarding      overall prevalence, gender and age differences, and treatment options.
  • Present this information in the      discussion forum in two formats: Format 1 for individuals with high graph      literacy; Format 2: for individuals with low graphic literacy but high      numerical literacy.  Information regarding each of these two formats      is discussed in the assigned article.
  • Be sure to include your      references in your discussion post, that are formatted according to APA      style

Assignment 2

Read the articles “Applications in Social Justice Counselor Training: Classroom Without Walls” and “The Multicultural Workplace: Interactive Acculturation and Intergroup Relations” and review the APA Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services to Ethnic, Linguistic, and Culturally Diverse Populations prior to considering the following scenario.

http://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/policy/provider-guidelines.aspx

You are a psychologist in an urban community that has seen a 200% growth in its immigrant population over the past 3 years. Eighty-seven percent of this population speaks a language other than English at home. You work for a community mental health center, which is seeing an increase in referral from this population primarily because of the children’s interactions with the school system. The children typically become bilingual quickly. The parents are typically less fluent in English than their children; however, approximately 30% of the adults in this immigrant population are fluent in English and hold advanced degrees and middle- to upper- middle class jobs. The remaining 70% primarily hold jobs that do not require higher education although many do have degrees from their country of origin.
Based on the reading, evaluate research and practice aspects in this applied context and use elements from previous learning in your program to address the following:

  • What types of staffing and      training recommendations would you make for the community mental health      center?
  • How would you facilitate      intergroup work relations among staff at the community mental health      center?
  • Would you support the use of      the DSM-5 to diagnose clients with limited English proficiency?
  • How would you evaluate whether      or not your staff is competent to work with this population?
  • Explain the rationales for your      answers by providing evidence from the required readings.

Assessment Question

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 What is the most accurate method to calculate the distance to the stars? What are the limitations of this method? What are some other ways to estimate stellar distances? What unit of measurement is most commonly used to describe the distances between stars and/or galaxies? How does knowing the distance help classify a star?

Your response should be at least 200 words in length.