Perception of Intelligence

Different cultures conceptualize and measure components of intelligence in various ways. Some cultures value a person’s ability to quickly process and respond to information. Other cultures may value one’s ability to consult with members of the same culture who have more life experience in order to solve problems. Still, other cultures value creativity, formal education, and literacy as a basis of intelligence. With so many variations in cultural beliefs, how do researchers ensure accurate measurements of intelligence among different cultures? For example, can standardized tests of intellectual ability from a Western culture adequately and appropriately measure the intelligence valued by Kpelle farmers in Liberia?

For this Assignment, consider how cultures interpret intelligence differently. Reflect on how various cultures measure intelligence. Use your Final Project culture of interest and, in addition, select another culture that defines intelligence differently. Consider how you might test different cognitive abilities (e.g., memory, organization, and visualization) in each of these two different cultures.

The Assignment (4–5 pages)

  • Describe the two cultures (South African and Arabic Cultures please) you selected and compare how each culture perceives intelligence.
  • Explain three cultural factors that might influence how intelligence is perceived in each culture you selected.
  • Explain how you might measure intelligence in each culture and why you selected this method.
  • Support your responses using the Learning Resources and the current literature.
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sources of power

5.3 Describe the key sources of power and explain how each power base can be turned into influence.

6.1 What is the importance of communication to the four functions of management? What are the different barriers to communication and how can they be overcome?

6.2 Compare and contrast one content and one process theory of motivation. In your opinion, why would two people with similar abilities have very different levels of performance? If you were the manager, what would you do and why?

6.3 Identify and explain the alternative work arrangements that are available for improving work-life balance.

7.1 Based upon the assigned readings (Drucker’s “The Coming of the New Organization” and Zahra’s “The Changing Rules of Global Competitiveness in the 21st Century”), identify at least four changes (two from each article) that you think have been the most significant cause of change to the way that your organization operates. In what ways do you think managers’ jobs have changed in your organization?

7.2 For your organization, or one with which you are familiar, identify the factors that operate in its general and specific environments. Why is it important for managers to understand the factors that affect their organization?

7.3 Using an organization, with which you are familiar, identify its core culture and the elements of its observable culture. What do you think needs to be changed to align your culture to the elements in the environment?

Each question must be answer with 150-200 words and a cite in each answer. MUST pass turn it in with less than 5%.

Assignment 3: The Value of Fair Treatment in the Workplace

Due Week 10 and worth 280 points

The year is 2025 and the U.S. Supreme Court has declared all laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace to be unconstitutional.  In its opinion, however, the Supreme Court made clear that employers could voluntarily adopt policies and procedures prohibiting any and all forms of discrimination in the workplace. The Supreme Court also made clear that employers could voluntarily adopt hiring practices to diversify their workforces provided such practices did not include express preferences based upon immutable characteristics.

You have been hired as a consultant by a large, nationwide retailer to examine the business case for ensuring that all of the employee protections are found within the federal anti-discrimination laws, as well as the business case for prohibiting any other forms of discrimination in the workplace.

Write a four to six (4-6) page report in which you:

  1. Analyze the benefits and costs of voluntarily prohibiting three to five (3-5) federal forms of discrimination prohibited under the federal anti-discrimination laws.
  2. Discuss the benefits and costs of voluntarily prohibiting a form of discrimination not covered by any of the federal anti-discrimination laws.
  3. State the benefits and costs of voluntarily adopting hiring and promotion practices designed to diversify the workforce.
  4. Evaluate the ethical considerations of not voluntarily prohibiting the forms of discrimination laws examined in the first part of your report. Next, determine the ethical considerations of not voluntarily adopting hiring and promotion practices to diversify the workforce.
  5. Provide a final recommendation to this retailer on whether or not they should ensure all, part, or none of the employee protections examined in the first part of your report. Your recommendation should also include whether or not the retailer should adopt hiring and promotion practices designed to diversify the workplace. Be sure to include a rationale for your recommendation along with an explanation for any rejections of contrary positions or other pertinent considerations.
  6. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment.  Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources.

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.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Analyze and apply the concepts of ethical decision making, corporate governance and  corporate social responsibility.
  • Analyze and evaluate the employment-at-will doctrine and the statutory protections afforded employees.
  • Analyze and evaluate issues in modern contract law.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in law, ethics, and corporate governance.
  • Write clearly and concisely about law, ethics, and corporate governance using proper writing mechanics.

Performance Appraisal Assignment

Write a paper describing how effective performance appraisals can increase employee performance. This paper should include sections on the strategic advantages of performance appraisals, potential forms of bias within the appraisal system, as well as how performance appraisals can contribute to the achievement of strategic objectives. The paper should be 2-3 pages in length.

Writing the Performance Appraisal Assignment:

  • The paper should be 2-3 pages in length, excluding the cover page and reference page, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in your approved style guide.
  • Must include a cover page that includes:
    • Name of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course number and name
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
  • Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  • Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
  • Must use APA style as outlined in your approved style guide to document all sources.
  • Must include, on the final page, a Reference List that is completed according to APA style as outlined in your approved style guide and has at least two references in addition to the text.

Thematic Integration Of Faith And Learning Rough Draft

The purpose of this is to research and write a 600–750-word rough draft for the Thematic Integration of Faith and Learning Paper, which will be submitted in Module 3/Week 6. Review the Thematic Integration of Faith and Learning Paper Instructions. You must relate course concepts to biblical examples of coaching in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Cite sources, including the course texts, and include a reference list in current APA format.

Assignment 2: Lending Institutions, Health Care, and Human Capital

Due Week 9 and worth 200 points

Use the Internet to research one (1) developing nation of your choice. Your research should include an examination of lending institutions, health care, and human capital, as well as the material covered by the Webtext and lectures in Weeks 6 through 9.

Write a three to four (3-4) page research paper in which you:

  1. Explore whether or not funding from international lending institutions like the World Bank and the IMF are helping or hindering the social, economic, or political development of the country that you have selected. Support your response with examples.
  2. Discuss, with examples, at least four (4) substantive ways in which a healthy population strengthens the economy of the country that you have selected.
  3. Ascertain the degree to which the leadership of your chosen country has used foreign aid to improve its health care system. Support your response with concrete examples.
  4. Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia, blogs, and other nonacademic websites do not qualify as academic resources. Approval of resources is at the instructor’s discretion. Resources must also be within the last seven (7) years.

When referencing the selected resources, please use the following format:

  • Webtext Format:
    • Name of the author. Name of title. Retrieved from website url.
      • Example:

Soomo. Understanding Development [Webtext]. Retrieved from http://www.webtexts.com/courses/9218-cathey.

  • Lecture Format:
    • Name of the Author. Name of the lecture [lecture type]. Retrieved from lecture url.
      • Example:

Strayer University. (2013). Understanding Development [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from /bbcswebdav/institution/SOC/300/1136/Week1/lecture/story.html.

  • Internet Resources:
    • Author’s Name. (Date of publication). Title of the resource. Retrieved from website url.
      • Example:

Wuestewald, Eric. (2014). Portraits of people living on a dollar a day. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/04/living-on-a-dollar-a-day-photos-renee-byer-thomas-nazario.

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.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Determine how human capital is used and what effect gender disparity has on these decisions.
  • Determine what role health plays in developing economies.
  • Examine the role that the International Monetary Fund and World Bank play in transfers and the conditions they set to effect this funding.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in sociology of developing countries.
  • Write clearly and concisely about sociology of developing countries using proper writing mechanics.

Module 04 Written Assignment – Presenting Data

Your supervisor has asked you to provide a visual representation of the following data.

Florida Turnpike System – Road Ranger CallsType of CallYear 2013Year 2014No Assistance Required22,09131,223Disabled / Stranded Motorist32,67432,122Maintenance of Traffic During Accidents4,2842,040Debris Removal and Abandoned Vehicles41,83730,882

How would this data be best presented? Consider different types of charts and graphs that would best depict the data. After creating a visual representation, provide a short summary of the data. Include any percentage of increase or decrease from year to year.

Module 04 Discussion – How To Make Your Reports Stand Out

Think of your analysis as a story that must have a story structure when presented.

All data has a story to tell. Many people present just the facts. The who, how, and why related to the data are missing. How does this data relate to our audience? Who does it affect? Why do we care? That’s how people remember data…with a story.

Your analysis of the data should be factual, yes. However, it should also be interesting, simple, and memorable. It should be a story.

For this discussion post, please explain the importance of storytelling and why it should be a part of your data analysis. Tell me a story by using examples and specifics.

spreadsheet

Use the modified spreadsheet that you submitted in Module 03 for this deliverable.

Examine the fields in the spreadsheet. Classify, sort, or group the data in a way that the outliers become apparent. An example would be to sort by the total cancellations. Keep all data, but highlight the sales consultants that are outliers. Submit the newly modified spreadsheet.

In a 1 page paper, you will analyze the data for trends that span over the course of the entire data set. Identify sales consultants that indicate a progression towards noncompliance. Explain why you have identified them.

Submit your completed assignments to the drop box below. Please check the Course Calendar for specific due dates.

Save your paper as a Microsoft Word document. (Mac users, please remember to append the “.docx” extension to the filename.) Save your spreadsheet as a Microsoft Excel (.xls). The name of the files should be your first initial and last name, followed by an underscore and the name of the assignment, and an underscore and the date.

Improving Population Health—Letter To The Editor

There are mechanisms in place that are used to improve population health, including (1) health statuses and outcomes, (2) determinant factors, and (3) interventions that address determinant factors and improve outcomes (Joshi et al., 2014 p. 549). How health care is provided and how it can be improved is the focus of this assignment, which lends itself to a perfect opportunity for you to put your analysis skills into practice. The Learning Resources section this week provides you with data from the patient experience of care that also sheds light on expectations that have and have not been met. The Healthy People 2020 data provides measurements and goals for health care into the future, along with reasons for achieving those goals.

For this Assignment, you will read a scenario, analyze an existing problem using the data/resources provided, and make recommendations to address the issues.

To prepare:

Review all Learning Resources for the week that relate to improving population health

The Assignment:

Read the following scenario:

The community of Springfield (population approximately 100,000) is made up of hardworking, mostly older, factory laborers who contributed to both the city and county growth from the late 1950s through early 2005. Since the plant closed, many of the former workers have little to look forward to. There are few jobs available and they are now aging; most are 60 years of age or older.

The Memorial Hospital has been in existence since the mid-1950s and has several primary care physicians and nurse practitioners, a couple of general surgeons, and one cardiologist, but no cardiac surgeons.

Many nurses are recruited from the nearby community college, and the hospital serves as the facility for clinical rounds in their education.

The community is pretty sedentary, with the exception of an occasional game of horseshoes. Cigarette smoking is prominent.

Serious concerns surround the continued existence of the hospital because many residents seek and obtain health care services elsewhere.

Compare the population of this city to other problem areas using the Healthy People sources. The town’s population is approximately 100,000, making the comparison fairly straightforward.

Using the information provided in the scenario and the:

HCAHPS Data and Healthy People 2020 Data

From this week’s Learning Resources, write a 2-page Letter to the Editor of the local paper that includes:

  • An evaluation of the issues that would be the focus on need for quality improvement
  • An analysis of existing problems/issues based on data/resources provided
  • 2 or 3 recommended strategies to address each quality improvement issue

Note: Your Assignment must be written in standard edited English. Be sure to support your work with at least five high-quality references, including two from peer-reviewed journals. Refer to the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden Students to ensure that your in-text citations and reference list are correct. This Assignment will be graded using this rubric: Week 2 Assignment Rubric (PDF). Your Assignment should show effective application of triangulation of content and resources in your conclusion and recommendations.

Christianity Presentation

Create a 10- to 12-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation comparing two of the following:

  • Catholic
  • Orthodox
  • Protestant
  • Pentecostal
  • Nontraditional/Alternative

Include a brief history of the two traditions and a comparison of their approach to the Bible, art, specific symbols, and rituals, as well as core beliefs, and ethics.