24 August 2015

Explain how PDVSA should use conjoint methods for determining if starting a project to extract petroleum from oil sands is justified
The Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) has been going through a lot of challenges lately. One of the many challenges is the geo-political pressure from capitalistic countries due to Venezuela’s current political climate that by many adversaries are considered to be an extreme extent of socialism. Due to the controversies Venezuela has been facing, the PDVSA has seen its demand for refined oil products decline. Hence, the management is looking for new opportunities to expand in the international market.
PDVSA is also searching for new sources of oil. Recently, the management decided to go into the extraction of oil sands. Oil sands, also called tar sands and bituminous sands, are a type of unconventional petroleum deposit1. As the prices of refined petroleum products have been increasing, the extraction of petroleum from oil sands has become economically viable. However, crude bitumen cannot be extracted using conventional methods for the reason that crude bitumen has a very high viscosity (i.e. it is too thick to flow through oil pipes).
1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_sands
PDVSA does not have the competences to be able do this project alone. Hence, PDVSA approached Suncor Energy to partner for the new oil sands extraction facility. Suncor Energy is a Canadian energy company that specializes in production of synthetic crude from oil sands.
Questions
1. Explain how PDVSA should use conjoint methods for determining if starting a project to extract petroleum from oil sands is justified.
2. Explain the sources of innovation that would be applicable to PDVSA as it strives to partner with Suncor Energy to extract petroleum from oil sands.
3. Explain the type of innovation PDVSA will implement when it sets up its operation to extract petroleum from oil sands.

Building Depot is a hardware retailer in Curaçao and competes directly with Marchena Hardware, Gomez Enterprises and Kooyman. The main outlet of Kooyman (its Megastore in Zeelandia) has recently gained an advantage after the accident which caused a fire and made Building Depot cease operations for a long period. Building Depot has now been offered a key opportunity to restructure their business model and compete with Kooyman, which has developed capabilities in the meantime. 2

Building Depot has also introduced layaway or credit for the acquisition of products as a service to customers. This allows customers some freedom, financially, to acquire more products. This has lead to the central bank claiming authority to supervise the credit activities of Building Depot.
4. Use the Theory of second mover advantages to explain which activities should definitely be in Building Depot’s game plan?
5. Explain the Strategic Move of opening an outlet in Sta. Rosa using the Boston Consulting Group Matrix.
6. Which variables are relevant when introducing such a credit instrument as a sales strategy?

Paper guideline:
 Although this is not a case study but essay questions, use the 5 step method for analyzing cases when answering the questions.
 Group of maximum 3. Individual work is not permitted.
 3,000 – 4,000 words. Remember that if you do not comply with this requirement points will be deducted.
 Submission day: Friday September 26, 2014
 Turn It In: Class ID: 8554674; Enrollment password: enroll
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24 August 2015

Explain the short and long term consequences of the Civil War and ReconstructionPaper instructions:
Explain the short and long term consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Why did Reconstruction fail?

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Explain the short and long term consequences of the Civil War and ReconstructionPaper instructions:Explain the short and long term consequences of the Civil War […]


24 August 2015

US History; relationship between Native Americans and Colonists

US History; relationship between Native Americans and Colonists

Paper instructions:
Examine the relationship between Indians and Europeans from the early explorations of the New World through the end of the American colonial period. How well did the two groups of people understand each other? Be sure to include specific examples that illustrate the major points of your essay.

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US History; relationship between Native Americans and Colonists US History; relationship between Native Americans and Colonists Paper instructions:Examine the relationship between Indians and Europeans […]


24 August 2015

English and Literature

he Research Paper: 15%
Ideally, the beginnings of this final research strand will occur in the earlier essays. Instructors may wish to insist on a certain component of library research, and they may wish to specify exactly what that should entail (i.e., current journals, periodicals, newspaper accounts), but at least some component of the project should be drawn from theoretical concerns delineated in their reader, and at least some portion should include interviews or field notes of some kind.
Some of the activities in this part of the semester should involve posing a research question, gathering materials (designing interview questions, observing and taking notes, designing questionnaires) focusing the study, shaping the argument, framing the materials in relation to the larger themes developed in the course.
It is often helpful if the class can function with long-term writing groups for this part of the semester, so a group of three or four students might periodically check with one another about the progress of their research and receive feedback from a group familiar with their materials about how persuasive the presentation is, what pieces of information are needed to bolster the argument, what other kind of framing material might heighten the significance of the research. Recommended Length: 6 – 8 pages. MLA Format. Times New Roman, 12pt Font. At least 5 sources needed.
Purpose: To develop an argument on a specific topic and provide persuasive support for your thesis using strong reasons and clear evidence.
Audience: An academic audience that includes the authors of the readings and other interested in the issue upon which you are focusing. 
Questions for Consideration and Topic Exploration: As your country’s leader, you are tasked with composing a policy paper, a country position briefing, that focuses on your country (that you choose and determined during class discussion) and reflects the point of view of your country by providing a country-specific perspective on the global challenge you selected that is based on the following theme: Overcoming the Global Food, Fuel and Water Crisis. The policy paper should involve the background of the issue, an analysis, and specific recommendations for action.
Sources for this analysis should include the UN readings and website (UNDP and MDG sites), Novogratz’s text, current articles gathered from newspaper and or scholarly journal sources and, additionally, one interview with an individual from the country or region in consideration. Prior to your interviews, we will discuss interview techniques and questions in class. Please refer to the MLA Handbook for proper citation, footnotes and bibliography format.
Consult the following texts:
Strunk, William, and E.B. White. The Elements of Style. 4th ed. New York: Longman, 2000.

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24 August 2015

One topic in American History that occurred on feburary 8 fall between 1865 to 1980 and it has to be of importance to NORTH AMERICAN history! But those are the only two criteria.

Historians are often asked to write about a topic of which they have no prior knowledge. It is the job of the historian to be able to research the topic, to differentiate between fact and fiction, and most importantly to write, or interpret, their version of the history of that topic.


For your first paper assignment, you are going to write about one topic in American History that occurred on the same month and day (but not same year) as your birthday!

Start by hopping on your favorite internet search engine (ie – yahoo.com, google.com, or whatever), and type in “on this day in history” plus your birthday (just month and day). For example: On this day in history February 19. [***It may be easier to just go to the History Channel Website at HYPERLINK “http://www.history.com” www.history.com and use their “This Day in History” page!]


You should get returns in the ballpark of two or three million sites! But we don’t have time to look thru all those. You want to focus in on ONE historical person, place or event that centers on your date.


ALSO the year for your topic has to fall between 1865 to 1980 and it has to be of importance to NORTH AMERICAN history! But those are the only two criteria.


FOR EXAMPLE:

1) My birthday is February 19. 

2) So I go to HYPERLINK “http://www.yahoo.com” www.yahoo.com and type in “on this day in history February 19.”

3) Yahoo returns 213,000,000 sites. I look at the first couple of sites and come up with topics including:

1878 Thomas Alva Edison patents the gramophone (phonograph)

1913 1st prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box

1920 Netherlands joins League of Nations

1845: The Congress of the Republic of Texas agrees to join the United States, following the wishes of the republic's leading figure, Sam Houston

1945: United States Marines storm the island of Iwo Jima. Nearly 60,000 marines went ashore the eight-square-mile volcanic island


4) These are only a few, but which could I choose? Well, one is dated 1845, so that is out. I love Cracker Jacks, but I don’t think that I could write three pages on that. The other three are all good. Although you may question the one about the Netherlands joining the League of Nations, I could write about that since the United States was also a part of the League of Nations, and I could build on that. I would probably pick the last one and start my paper with that specific event, but then broaden the body of my paper out to discuss Iwo Jima’s impact on the bigger picture of World War II in American history.

SO I HAVE A TOPIC, NOW WHAT?


Every good paper has three important parts: the introduction, the body, and the conclusion.


Introduction: Your introduction should be a rather short, but concise paragraph that introduces your reader to your topic. The intro and conclusion are good places to make this paper YOUR paper! Start your paper by stating your topic. I would start by stating to the reader your date, and then your topic. Feel free to tell me what you already know or don’t know about your topic. The introduction is your chance to make it your paper! Don’t forget to come up with an interesting title!


Body: Since this is a history paper, the body needs to be your words, but backed up or full of historical facts. Use the body of the paper to dive into the research for your topic. The body is where you bring out your research from your sources and provide your own interpretation (put it in your words). The body of your paper will be comprised of numerous paragraphs that present your findings from your sources. As in any good paper, the body will be your summation of your findings, which will flow and tell a story to the reader.


Conclusion: Sum up your paper and your findings. For the conclusion, personalize your paper once again. Tell the reader why you think that this topic is important to American history, or tell the reader what impact your date in history has had on American society or culture.


As stated in your syllabus under the section titled “Writing Assignments,” your paper needs to be a full three pages of text (minimum), typed, double spaced, 12 point/Times New Roman font (which is the default in Microsoft Word), and needs to have one(1) inch margins on all sides.

You need a minimum of three sources for this paper, and you can definitely use your textbook as well as internet sources.


***You CAN NOT use Wikipedia!!!


Works Cited Page: Your work cited page goes after you last page of text (therefore, your paper should be three pages minimum of text PLUS the work cited page!) Simply list your three sources. You don’t have to use MLA style of anything specific like that since we all come from different majors/backgrounds. If you’re using a book source, give me the author, title, year of publication. When you’re using a website source, give me the ENTIRE url from the webpage that you are looking at so I can go directly to that page. Here are some samples:


Roark, The American Promise, 2007.


HYPERLINK “http://www.mtsu.edu/walkerlibrary/lynchinginamerica” www.mtsu.edu/walkerlibrary/lynchinginamerica


HOW NOT TO PLAGARIZE: First, there is a difference between plagiarizing and paraphrasing. As stated in your syllabus, plagiarism is the copying of words, thoughts, and ideas of another person without using quotation marks or citing the source. Paraphrasing is when you restate, or sum up, a passage from another source in your own words. I recommend that you NEVER cut and paste any information from an internet source into your paper! I’ve had some students that cut and pasted information from websites and then simply change a few words – this is plagiarizing! Or if your paper follows the exact same “flow” as a wikipedia.com page (for example), that’s not good either. It is okay to paraphrase, but you still want to cite your source at the end of the paragraph or section.


Now some things are general knowledge and don’t need to be quoted or cited. For example we all know that America was discovered in 1492; or that President Lincoln served as president during the Civil War.


But do remember to CITE your paraphrases when you include more specific facts or information from your sources into your paper. Not to be confusing, but in the body of your paper, when you are paraphrasing from your sources, be sure to include a short citation at the end of the paragraph or section to let the reader know where you pulled that information. For example:


Ida B. Wells was born in Mississippi in 1862. After attending Shaw University, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1883. In 1892, three of Wells’ friends, who happened to also be African American, were murdered by a lynch mob. It was after this incident that Wells became an outspoken advocate to try and end lynching in America. ( HYPERLINK “http://www.IdaBWells.com” www.IdaBWells.com)


In the above example, which is paraphrased in my own words, I have included some very specific information that is not common knowledge – the year and place of birth of Wells; where she went to school, etc. I therefore included the source for the paraphrasing—where I found those facts. .

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