Week 10 Assignment 3 – Using A Sociological Approach
For your final assignment, you’ll complete a short answer activity in which you will review a research article to identify the research conclusion. Then, you’ll take another look at that conclusion from the perspective of one of the major sociological theories. Use the Assignment 3 template to complete this assignment.
Review the Article “Money, Not Access, Key to Resident Food Choices in ‘Food Deserts'”.
- What were the key findings and conclusions from the research?
Remember: The four major sociological theories are Functionalism, Conflict Theory, Symbolic Interactionism, and Rational Choice Theory.
- Choose one of the four major sociological theories – Functionalism, Conflict Theory, Symbolic Interactionism, or Rational Choice Theory. (Review Sections 1.8 – 1.12 in your webtext for more information.)
- In your own words, define the theory that you chose.
- Discuss how this theory relates to the research findings in the article.
- Use the article to help answer the questions below.
- What research method was used in the article?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of using this research method? (Your response should be a paragraph of at least 5-7 sentences.) See section 2.9 and table 2.1 of the webtext to review the advantages and disadvantages of the different research methods.
- What additional research should be concluded to learn more about the problem examined in the article? (Your response should be a paragraph of at least 5-7 sentences.)
Week 8 Discussion
Your stakeholders have asked the project team to recommend a solution to an unanticipated issue in the project. Describe how you plan to lead your group to make the best decision; address the four major steps. What project management tools would you use to prevent group think? How would you respond if a team member makes the following suggestion: “We should brainstorm and then critique each other’s ideas.”
Be sure to respond to at least one of your classmates’ posts.
Classmate response :
In this week’s discussion were asked to identify the four major steps in making a decision. Next, we’re asked to consider
First, let’s identify the steps according to the web text
1. Identifying problems.
2. Generating alternatives
3. Reaching a decision.
4. Following up.
In my experience, the more brains the better, sometimes you won’t have all the answers that’s where a team comes in. There has to
be a situation that a team member or another coworker has experienced before and they could provide a different solution. I’ll give you an
example of a situation at work where our team had a hard time with a problem and where we often “We should brainstorm and then critique
each other’s ideas” off each other in most situations. Before I came into the picture, a group of 5 diesel techs couldn’t figure out a fuel stage
issue with one of our test engines. I’ll keep it short but here was the problem before I came in, the engine started, ran, and shut down during
the second stage of warm-up. They identified the problem, generated alternatives, reached a decision, and followed up with the same result.
When I entered the situation, they filled me in with what was going on and what they had already done before I got there. In our line of work,
this is pretty standard and we all know the drill however, we rarely run into second-stage fuel issues. After evaluating everything that has been
done, the engine shouldn’t have any issues, but I had one more suggestion replace the fuel pump. They criticized me for considering this because
it wouldn’t have started if it was a bad fuel pump, much less go through the warm-up and stage 1. Since this was the last resort, we changed it,
and it completed the stage. This was my example of brainstorming and bouncing ideas off each other.
Week 9 discussion
our project sponsor is not familiar with earned value management (EVM). You have been asked to provide him with a quick overview of EVM. Using the information covered in the readings, suggest the top three EVM performance measures (some may also be indexes) on which you would educate your project sponsor. Explain what each measure tells the project manager. Also, identify other performance factors beyond EVM that you would communicate to your sponsor. Provide a rationale for your selection of topics.
Be sure to respond to at least one of your classmates’ posts.
Hello all, this week’s discussion we’re asked to briefly explain earned value management (EVM), what the measures tell the PM,
and what performance factors are beyond EVM. I like to say the book does a great job at explaining this to me, but I need a book like
a PM for dummies for me to read in order to understand it. I did other readings and found a better explanation for me, APMG International
made this simpler.
Schedule variance (SV): This is a measure of the difference between the work that was actually done against the amount of work that was planned to be done. This clearly shows is the project is on schedule or not. (1. APMG)
· Cost variance (CV): This is the measure of the difference between the amount that was budgeted for the work meant to be done and the amount that was actually spent for the work performed. Thus this shows if the project is on budget or not. (1. APMG)
Schedule performance index (SPI): This is the ratio between the budget that is approved for the work that is performed to the budget that is approved for the work that was planned in the first place. This is a relative measure of the project’s time efficiency. (1. APMG)
According to the APMG EVM “provide more information than project tracking”, EVM’s answers the Where are we at this point in the project, When will this project be complete, and What will the project cost. (1. APMG) The textbook does discuss what factors may hinder EVM’s such as weather, labor, and contractor delays. Among everything that a PM can experience that will delay a project, I don’t want, a tough job.
Week 10 Discussion
You have now delivered the project to your customer. The project was delivered ahead of schedule, as requested by your project sponsor, but over budget by 20 percent. Now, it is time to reflect on what went well and what didn’t go well. Based on feedback throughout the course, what would you have done differently in terms of scope, resources, and schedule, and why?