Please answer both parts of the question:
Prepare a one-page description of your
plans to solve the problem for one of the following research studies. Use the
following headings for the problem:
Statement of the Problem
Research Method and Sources of Information
Nature of Data to Be Gathered and Analyzed
Hypothesis or Hypotheses to Be Proved or
Disproved (if feasible)
Here are some ideas to get you started:
a. Investigate a problem occurring on your campus
(e.g., declining enrollment in some majors, increasing tuition, delayed
financial aid payments, high cost of textbooks, or closed classes) or in a job
or student organization position you hold.
b. Superior Foods, Inc., is considering
adding organic versions of its frozen vegetables in an effort to establish
itself as a leader in this fast-growing market. To increase its available
supply of organic produce, management recognizes the need to assist local
growers in adopting organic farming methods. The first step in this process is
to recruit experts in organic farming to design and implement training.
c. Rainbow Pool and Spas initiated a
website to provide answers to frequently asked questions and product-update
information. Customer response has been outstanding, freeing up the company’s
toll-free telephone lines for calls about more technical, nonrecurring
problems—a primary goal of the service. As marketing manager, you are
considering the possibility of starting a corporate blog and a microblogging site
on Twitter to strengthen your relationship and communication with customers.
d. As branch manager of a bank, you are
faced with the task in a sagging economy of reassuring customers of the
solvency of your institution. Your current strategies for casting a positive
light on negative performance indicators don’t seem to be effective.
Select the most effective graphic means of
presenting the following data. Justify your decision.
a. Data showing the growth in the number of
companies offering employees paid time for volunteerism over a five-year period
b. Data showing the number of downloads
from iTunes by media type (music, books, and TV segments) for the past quarter
c. Data showing percentage of
organizational projects that are delayed, on time, or ahead of schedule
d. Growth in credit card debt over the past
four years by state
e. Data showing the relationship of the
functional areas of a company from the CEO to the vice presidents to the line
f. Predicted unemployment rate in regions
of the U.S. for the year 2015
g. Instructions for conducting
interrogations of employees suspected of committing fraud
h. Figures comparing the percentage of
warranty claims of a company’s three product lines for the past four quarters
i. Data showing the number of people
utilizing the portfolio option of a financial investment firm’s website. The
data should depict the number of portfolios opened by investors in five age
categories during each of the past four quarters.
j. Graphic tracking the progress of a
product development team working on a new refrigeration product for a 2013
Think of a problem in your company,
neighborhood, schools, or community, to which you would like to offer a
solution. Develop a presentation in PowerPoint, that you might use to present
your argument to the governing board of your chosen organization. Use what you
know about persuasion, effective communication and message organization to sell
your idea. In your PowerPoint, you will:
Create 8-10 slides that offer a
presentation introduction, body and conclusion.
Focus your message on audience needs and
motivations. Use reasoning, appeals to emotion and audience interests.
Cite at least three outside sources.
Include a coversheet slide, slide titles,
bullets, charts (pie, bar, or line), clip art and creativity in terms of
animation effects and word choice.
Use the NOTES feature to add the general
text of what you will say in your presentation. Each slide will have two-three
substantive paragraphs in its NOTES section. In most settings, you would do
fine with using NOTES simply to place your keyword outline. However, since you
will not be delivering this orally, more content is needed for your instructor
to understand what it is that you intended to communicate.
Concentrate on formatting and the overall
flow of your presentation. Be mindful of the rules of good visual design.
Submit your PowerPoint along with a
paragraph providing some background, your goal, and a brief description of your