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Business / Communication

Business / Communication

Your workplace, a campus coffee shop, has a new owner. She thinks that the shop needs a greater social media presence to appeal not only to students, but faculty, staff, and other “townies.” In addition to a greater social media presence, she believes that if business has a social media presence, it also needs a social media policy. She has asked you to write a report on which social media platforms the coffee shop should use and to write up a policy for people representing the coffee shop on social media. She also wants you to present these ideas to current staff, two shift leaders, a business manager, two full-time staff and four part-time staff, to convince them that this is a good idea. The business manager, one shift leader, and one of the full-time workers are over 45 and older.

Consider covering the following areas: what social media platforms are available and which one would be best for this business; who should be in charge and what and when should s/he post? Also make sure you have a policy document separate from your fact-finding report. Include anything else that you believe to be of value.

Products

  • Background Report (revised)
  • Policy Document
  • Visual Presentation to be given to co-workers

 

Your fact-finding report and policy documents need to be detailed, organized, and have cited sources. For your presentation, consider your audience and what information you’ll need to include and exclude and how to present it effectively.

Public Health

Public Health

You are a nurse working for the County Public Health department. People have contacted your supervisor, who has not practiced medicine for a while, about news accounts regarding measles outbreaks. He asks you to write a fact-finding report about the current state of outbreaks of typical childhood diseases, but with a focus on measles. He also wants you to give a presentation to a parent’s group addressing their concerns about possible outbreaks.

Consider covering the following areas: brief overview of common childhood diseases; available vaccines; detailed overview of measles, its symptoms and long-term effects for adults and children, and treatments; current epidemiology and mortality rates; reasons for increased number of cases, if applicable. Include anything else that you believe to be of value.

Products

  • Background Report (revised)
  • Recommendation Report: what the County Public Health Department can do to prevent outbreaks in the county
  • Visual Presentation to be given to a parents group

Your fact-finding report needs to be detailed, organized, and have cited sources. For your presentation, consider your audience and what information you’ll need to include and exclude and how to present it effectively.

Public Health II

Public Health

You’re a physician’s assistant working for Student Health at a major land-grant university. Your supervisor has noticed students on Twitter talking about taking, buying, selling, and giving away Adderall, and other ADHD drugs, as a study aid and to stay awake. He is concerned with this improper use of prescription medication. He asks you to write a report about student abuse of Adderall and other ADHD drugs. He also wants you to create a presentation for undergraduate students about its dangers of taking un-prescribed ADHD medication.

Consider covering the following areas: the effects of Adderall and why it’s prescribed; normal side-effects; normal dosage; effects of Adderall on someone who isn’t prescribed the medicine; extent and effects of student abuse. Include anything else that you believe to be of value.

Products

  • Background Report (revised)
  • Recommendation Report what Student Health can feasibly do to help prevent this misuse.
  • Visual Presentation to undergraduate students.

Your fact-finding report needs to be detailed, organized, and have cited sources. For your presentation, consider your audience and what information you’ll need to include and exclude and how to present it effectively.

Agriculture & Forestry

Agriculture & Forestry

The Rainbow Family is planning on holding their yearly gathering in the National

Forest in which you work. Your supervisor is concerned about the effects of the

Rainbow Family’s presence and how the neighboring town of Pixley (population 2000) will react to the influx of visitors. He asks you to write a report on the group and to prepare and give a presentation to Pixley’s sheriff, two part-time deputies, the Pixley city council, and a group of concerned citizens.

Consider covering the following areas: brief history and description of the Rainbow Family; purpose to gather on Federal lands; past impact on forests and land; gathering on public land; what legally they can do on public land; potential problems; and anything else that you believe to be of value.

Products

  • Background Report (revised)
  • Recommendation Report: potential problems for the town and how the town can legally and effectively solve these problems
  • Visual Presentation to be given to local law enforcement, Pixley city council, and a group of concerned citizens

Your report to your supervisor needs to be detailed, organized, and have cited sources. For your presentation, consider your audience and what information you’ll need to include and exclude and how to present it effectively.

Psychology / Education

Psychology / Education

You have a part-time job at the local public library while you finish your degree. Your supervisor, the library director, has extra money from a county grant that she would like to use to start a summer reading program for elementary school children. She asks you to write a report for outlining the benefits of such a program and the best way to run such a program. She also wants you to present the case for spending this money on a summer reading program to a meeting of the county commissioners who will have final say on how the money is to be spent.

Consider covering the following areas: the benefits of summer reading programs (children, parents, community); why public libraries are effective locations; logistics of running them; socio-economic conditions of children in your county. Include anything else that you believe to be of value.

Products

  • Background Report (revised)
  • Recommendation Report: why the public library should run such a program and the logistics of running it.
  • Visual Presentation to the County Commissioners.

Your fact-finding report needs to be detailed, organized, and have cited sources. For your presentation, consider your audience and what information you’ll need to include and exclude and how to present it effectively.

 

Engineering

Engineering

You work at a small architectural firm that has been in business since 1955, run by the same family. They are a little old-fashioned and a bit reluctant to change. You would like the company to purchase a 3D printer for modeling and other uses. Your immediate supervisor likes the idea, but wants to have research in hand before she asks the owners for money. She asks you to write a report explaining what these printers are and their benefits for this firm. She also asks you to create a presentation for the two owners about the benefits of this device as they believe 3D printers are a fad.

Consider covering the following areas: what a 3D printer does; business uses for it; how they benefit architectural firms; cost and benefit analysis; best models to purchase and any supporting hardware / software. Include anything else that you believe to be of value.

Products

  • Background Report (revised)
  • Recommendation Report on at least two, preferably three, choices of 3D printers for your firm and why these are good choices.
  • Visual Presentation to the two owners.

Your fact-finding report needs to be detailed, organized, and have cited sources. For your presentation, consider your audience and what information you’ll need to include and exclude and how to present it effectively.