devry coll148 all weeks discussions latest 2105 july [all 14 discussions ]

| June 8, 2016

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week

Motivation (graded)
Motivation is a key factor in your success at the college level. Motivation can change your life! External and internal motivation are two types of motivation that can help you reach your goals. What is your motivation? Is it external or internal? Share a specific example with your response.

Developing Potential (graded)
Think about the challenges in your life as you attend college and review the Eight-Point Plan from chapter 2. Which point is most relevant to you right now in your current life situation? Why and how are you going to overcome this challenge to succeed?

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Personal Power (graded)
A Clint Eastwood quote states, “Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” What do you think that he means by this? What does this quote mean to you?

Passion for Reading (graded)
Do you enjoy reading? Do you often read books, magazines, newspapers, or web pages when you are not required to do so? How do some people develop the motivation and skills to be a passionate reader?

week 3

Student Success Strategies (graded)
One key element of critical thinking and problem solving is to plan ahead for contingencies–things that come up that you weren’t expecting. For success in college this is particularly important; you can’t do your work and submit it on time in classes if you don’t have access to the Internet, you have computer problems, or you lose power in your neighborhood. Let’s explore how to be sure we have all these things exactly when we need them to do our studies. Remember, problems can be easily overcome if you have a good back up plan.

In our discussion for this week you will develop and verify a back up plan to complete your work. Where will you go to get access to another computer to do your work when you lose power in your neighborhood, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is down, and/ or you have computer problems? Be specific.

Researching the Internet (graded)
As your text states, anyone can put anything on the Web. To evaluate the quality of Web sites, we can think in terms of five criteria for evaluating the credibility of websites.

Authority

Accuracy

Objectivity

Currency

Coverage

1. Read this week’s Lecture section titled “Evaluating Research Sources” for a review of these terms.

2. For our discussion, you will need to read the article, “Sleeping with the Enemy: Wikipedia in the College Classroom” by Cullen Chandler and Alison Gregory. For help finding this article, read “Accessing DeVry Library Research Sources” in DocSharing Week 3.

3. Find the article, then download the full-text PDF or print it out.

4. Read the article carefully and critically (using the active reading strategies from Chapter 8, pp. ZZ-AA).

5. Go to .wikipedia.org/”>http://www.wikipedia.org and search for “Wikipedia” to learn exactly what Wikipedia is.

6. Write a paragraph for your first discussion post in which you answer the following question: Why is Wikipedia acceptable as a quick reference but not for research?

Your post should include discussion of our five criteria (authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and coverage) and should refer to the “Sleeping with the Enemy” and “Wikipedia” articles.

week 4
Critical Thinking (graded)
Welcome to our discussion of critical thinking! To begin our discussion, we will explore the topic of relevant questions. Questions direct thought and thought directs action. So, think of a situation where the outcome was a result of your choices or decisions but did not turn out as you expected. Then, answer the following questions:

Did you follow a logical process of analysis based on relevant questions?

Did your question direct your thoughts?

Did those thoughts direct your actions?

What questions would you ask if you were given the opportunity to reshape the outcome of this situation?

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Library Research (graded)
Handley (2012) writes that a 2011 study found Americans are charging more, a lot more, on their credit cards once again.

Americans racked up nearly $48 billion in new credit card debt in 2011, 424 percent more than what they charged in 2010, and 577 percent more than in 2009. Although total outstanding credit rose only about $4 billion, that number was largely offset by the magnitude of consumer defaults–$44.2 billion worth. “Looking back two years, with the exception of a single quarter, U.S. consumer debt management has consistently worsened,” the report said, noting that the recent trend of consumers paying down debt doesn’t match up with the hard data. “First-quarter pay-downs have become less significant and the amount of new debt added in each subsequent quarter has grown compared to its respective counterparts in the previous two years (p. 8).

Handley, M. (2012, March 16). Assessing the debt explosion. U.S. News Digital Weekly, 4(11), 8.

The fact that consumer credit card debt is continuing to worsen and default rates are reaching staggering amounts raises a number of troubling questions.

To address such important matters, responsible citizens, policy makers, and leaders utilize research to draw conclusions and make important decisions wisely. We will use this threaded discussion to learn more about credit card use and then make decisions based on our research.

Read “Library Database Research Strategies” in DocSharing Week 4 for tips on finding appropriate sources. (Don’t forget to evaluate those sources based on the criteria discussed last week!)
Using a library research database such as Academic Search Complete or Business Source Complete in EBSCOhost, find one good article on ONE of the three topics below. Select an article that will help you answer the questions given with your topic below.
Financial Literacy. Over the past decade “Financial Literacy” has received increasing attention in all levels of schools. What does it mean to be financially literate? How do financially literate people handle credit cards?
Credit Ratings Companies such as the Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO), CoreLogic, Experian, and others provide lenders with credit ratings. What are some of the key factors considered in calculating these scores? Decide what you can do to have as good a rating as possible.
Debt.How do the policies and availability of credit cards affect students’ debt? What is the potential impact on students’ financial future? What can be done to ensure people enjoy a secure financial future?
Read your selected article carefully.
For your first post, write a paragraph in which you use the article to help answer the questions for your topic. Be sure to refer to the article in your writing.
Review the Week 3 Lecture section titled “Avoiding Plagiarism” and Week 4 Lecture section titled “APA Documentation” to help you properly use and cite your article in your post. (Note how the Handley article was used and cited at the beginning of this discussion assignment.)
Save your article as a PDF and then share it with the class by using the Attach function to append it to your post.

week 5

Career & Diversity Case Study (graded)
Below is a job description for an entry-level help desk position.

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The prospective employer has asked the top four candidates to explain why he or she should be hired, i.e., what sets them apart from other qualified applicants. Review this week’s You Decide content item to see what each candidate has to say and review their resumes. Then, tell us who you would hire and why.

diss 2

My Story (graded)
You should have completed your Plan of Study in Degree Works by now. You also should have talked with your advisor or success coach about your plan by the end of this week.

Now share with your class “the story” of your prior studies and your next year at DeVry. You might use the following questions to guide you in telling your story.

Did you transfer credit or already earn credit here toward your degree requirements?
Which sessions will be easier or harder than others?
Which are you looking forward to or dreading certain sessions?
What challenges will you face over the coming year and how will you deal with those challenges?
How close to graduation are you now and how close will you be at the end of your six Plan of Study sessions?

week 6
Leadership (graded)
The online lecture discussed types and styles of leadership. Some necessary qualities were mentioned, but not developed. What qualities do you think that a great leader needs?

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Problem Solving Practice (graded)
The most effective way to improve your problem-solving skills, to be an effective leader, is with practice! Let’s look at the following problem using the problem solving steps in your book:

You are the new Human Resources Manager for a small manufacturing company in the Midwest.

The Vice President of Operations has asked you to hire an engineer to replace an engineer who has recently retired. You ask for some details and learn that the candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from a good school, preferably with good grades (at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale). Other criteria include a minimum of three years of work experience, but the VP would prefer 5+ years. Though it will be difficult to find, she would prefer a candidate with experience working in the same industry as your company’s. Additional engineering certifications (such as PE licensure) would be a plus, but are not necessary. A master’s degree (either technical or managerial) would also be advantageous, but may price the recruit out of your budget. You both agree that the person must be legally able to work in the U.S., since visa costs and additional time required for immigration-related issues (up to 12 months) make the counterpart case problematic.

Your company is small, with only fifty employees, which may appear as a drawback to some engineers coming from larger companies with deeper pockets, while others may see it as an opportunity to advance more quickly. (Consider how you will position the issue with candidates). The starting salary range you are able to offer is $50 – 55,000 per year, plus relocation expenses up to $10,000. This salary is about average in your location (approximately fifteen miles outside a medium-sized city in the Midwest), but it will be difficult to find a qualified engineer locally. The odds of finding candidates are better with a national search, but then the allowable salary is below the national average, and in some higher-cost areas (e.g. California, New England, New York) it would be far below competitive. There will also be hotel and flight costs for out of town recruits during the interview process.

You can try to recruit an engineer locally to save relocation costs and other expenses, but you must think ahead if this effort fails. You cannot afford to lose time in a low-probability effort. The VP of Operations has made it clear that this hire is a priority and that she needs an engineer on board and able to go full speed, as of yesterday! More realistically, she would like this person on board and working within 90 days. This may sound like plenty of time, but by the time you advertise, screen resumes, interview candidates, make a decision, make an offer(s), and get results from the person’s references, background check, and drug test – you will barely make it. This will be especially true if you choose someone already employed (because of the need to give notice to the current employer), someone moving a good distance, someone with a family, someone buying/selling a house.

Additionally, the VP of OPS wants to keep recruiting costs down as much as possible while still finding the person who is the best choice overall. The last engineer hired cost approximately $20,000 to bring on board, including research, ads, interviews, flights, hotels, and follow-up.

The focus for this question is on your process: What are your first steps? Where and how will you search?

week 7

Session Review (graded)
During this session we have focused on many topics.

Understanding ourselves in terms of our learning styles, values, attitudes and so on
Developing critical thinking and college success skills in reading, problem solving, and the like
Planning for further personal growth and success as leaders in our fields by focusing on short-term and long-term goals and plans
As we wrap up this session, take a few minutes to review your COLL148 experience. What was most valuable? What personal growth have you already seen? What positive changes have you made already? How will you continue to apply the lessons of COLL148 as you pursue your full potential and your dreams?

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My Mission: Making My Dreams Come True (graded)
These past 6 weeks have passed very quickly, haven’t they?

Your remaining classes will also go very quickly, and graduation will be here before you know it. As a DeVry student, you have an amazing Career Services department supporting you. Be sure to check out the .devry.edu/career-services/career-services-overview.jsp”>Career Services website to find out everything that is available to you. You can also watch this video (.devry.edu/career-services/career-services-overview.jsp”>http://www.devry.edu/career-services/career-services-overview.jsp) to learn more about the services..devry.edu/career-services/career-services-overview.jsp”>

For now, let’s take one last opportunity to think about where we have been, how far we have come, and where we are going. Reflecting on your Week 1 Guiding Statement, your Week 6 Personal Development Goals, and the leadership plan you are developing in your Course Project, what is your personal mission? Your first post should start with a personal Mission Statement in which you answer questions like:

Who am I now and who do I intend to become?
What do I intend to accomplish with my life?
What is and what will be my role in society?
How will I personally help make the world a better place?
What will be my legacy?
You should briefly explain your statement and how you see it playing out over the next decade or perhaps by the end of your life.

For your remaining posts, give your peers feedback on their mission statements!

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