How can you keep the gods from taking control over your life?

Learning Activity 6.1: Devotional

Introduction and Purpose of Assignment

Applying perspectives throughout our learning process is an important aspect for recognizing and pursuing personal Christian development. Each week a devotional is shared that applies to the learning objectives and activities for that week.

Objectives

· Apply Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.

Resources

Idleman, K. (2013). Gods at war: Defeating the idols that battle for your heart. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Instructions

1. Read Chapters 12 and 13 of “Gods at War: Defeating the Idols That Battle for your Heart.”

2. Now that you have read the entire book, consider the following:

a. How can you keep the gods from taking control over your life?

b. What measures can you take to prevent this from happening to you?

3. Post your thoughts on this devotion in the discussion forum titled 6.1 Devotional.

4. Response to the posts of other students is not required, but is encouraged.

Grading Guide

6.1 DevotionalPoints: 5

Learning Activity 6.2: Information Technology Discussion

Introduction and Purpose of Assignment

The use of technology provides data analysts and business managers the ability to accumulate data and generate reports quickly. Technology was a critical element in the development of managerial accounting. Prior to having current information available readily businesses relied on cost accounting information which took some time to compile and analysis. Now through the use of technology operational information is readily available to allow managers to make decisions the incorporate current trends and conditions into their analysis.

Objectives

· Evaluate how organizations integrate information technology into their analytics’ strategies. (6.1)

Theory and Context

Companies maintain databases to organize information. A vast array of software products can take the data and construct reports that are valuable to management for decision-making. SAS Visual Analytics Overview Demo below provides a short overview of one such piece of software.

Resources

SAS Software (2015, August 26). SAS visual analytics overview demo [Video file].

Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1lU2OqeGNM

Instructions

1. In this discussion, consider an organization that you are familiar with or have researched.

a. Identify the potential data needs and a software solution that they have (or could) implement.

i. What are some elements that you see as “must haves” for this organization?

2. Post your responses in the discussion forum titled 6.2 Information Technology Discussion.

3. Use the Discussion Rubric below to ensure you have met all the criteria for this assignment.

Discussion Rubric

DISCUSSIONF levelD levelC levelB levelA level
Content40%Postings do not address the topic.Postings do not clearly address the topic or else they repeat what has already been said.Postings are lacking in substance and only add minimal information to the discussion.Postings are somewhat researched and offer some analysis of the assignment.Postings (min. 200 words) are well researched and involve thoughtful, detailed analysis and critical thinking.
Interactive Responses30%There is no interaction with other individuals.There is little substance in the interaction with other individuals.There is at least one substantive interaction or there are multiple interactions that are not substantive with other individuals.Student shows little initiative in conversing.There are at least two somewhat substantive interactions or one very substantive interaction with other individuals.Student is responding as required but is not adding any new ideas.There are at least two very substantive interactions with other individuals (min. 50 words each).Student is actively engaged in discussing the topic and giving valuable insights.
Timeliness20%Initial responses are posted on the seventh day of the week.Interactive posts are not done in time to provide other students sufficient time to respond.Initial responses are posted on the sixth day of the week.Interactive posts are done in time to provide other students sufficient time to respond.Initial responses are posted on the fifth day of the week.Interactive posts are done in time to provide other students sufficient time to respond.Initial responses are posted on the fourth day of the week.Interactive posts are not done on two different days.Initial responses are posted on the fourth day of the week.Interactive posts are done on two different days.
Mechanics10%Standard grammar mechanics are unacceptable.Standard grammar mechanics are inadequate for this level of student work.Proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and standard English are not completely used. Citations are missing.Proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and standard English are used. Citations are missing when called for.Proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and standard English are used. Citations are included as needed.
6.2 Information Technology DiscussionPoints: 25

Learning Activity 6.3: Data Management Discussion

Introduction and Purpose of Assignment

The availability of data by itself does not solve problems. Data has to be managed correctly for it to be beneficial. This discussion looks at data management problems that you have experienced or researched. The video “Top 10 Mistakes in Data Management”provides some insights into data management challenges.

Objectives

· Assess the problems that organizations have in developing and maintaining an effective data management process. (6.2)

Theory and Context

The amount and complexity of data that an organization has naturally creates challenges in effectively managing information. Evaluating the organization’s needs and correlating those with available technology is a good first step in developing and maintaining the organization’s data management. Organizations must also identify the constraints that exist in available software.

Resources

Intricity101. (2014, June 2). Top 10 mistakes in data management [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Pl671FH6MQ

Instructions

1. In this discussion, consider an organization that you are familiar with or have researched, that had data management issues.

a. Summarize the situation and indicate why it appeared the problems occurred.

b. What (if anything) did the organization do to resolve the issues?

c. What recommendations would you make to the organization for increase data management efficiencies?

2. Post your responses in the discussion forum titled 6.3 Data Management Discussion.

3. Use the Discussion Rubric referenced earlier in this document to ensure you have met all the criteria for this assignment.

Discussion Rubric (above)

6.3 Data Management DiscussionPoints: 25

Learning Activity 6.4: Team Business Purpose Analysis

Introduction and Purpose of Assignment

During this class you will work in a team to evaluate a publicly traded company using various business analytical approaches.

Objectives

· Consolidate the various business analytics concepts to arrive at a recommendation for a previously identified business problem. (6.3)

Theory and Context

Business analytics are an important part of an organization’s decision-making process. Faced with limited resources, organizations can, through the use of analytics, find answers to help maximize the use of the resources available. A business just starting to integrate analytics in its analysis process may select a single business process for analysis, such as you have done as a team during this course.

Resources

Sharma, H. (2011-2021) Google universal analytics data trend analysis – Complete guide.

Retrieved from http://www.seotakeaways.com/analyze-interpret-report-data-trends-google-analytics/

Sharma, H. (2011-2021) Google analytics mistakes that kill your analysis & conversions.

Retrieved from http://www.seotakeaways.com/common-google-analytics-mistakes-that-kill-your-analysis-reporting-and-conversions/

Wells, D. (2008, April 8). Business analytics – Getting the point. Retrieved from

http://www.b-eye-network.com/view/7133

Instructions

1. The final step in the analytics process may be the most important: interpreting the results and determining how to use them. This paper will be a team effort, and involve compiling all the information that you have accumulated over the course on the publicly traded company. Include all graphs and charts as appendices within the final project.

2. As a team, do the following:

a. Write an 8-10 page paper that would be a presentation to management regarding the analysis you have completed that includes the following:

i. Organize the business analytics information that you have done on the publicly traded company.

ii. Evaluate the information collected.

iii. Include all points as discussed by Wells (2008) in the Value Chain figure. Include the “Learn” aspect

iv. Provide a final analysis/recommendation regarding action that the analysis indicates.

3. Provide at least eight sources.

4. APA formatting is required. Refer to the APA formatting documents available in the Course Documents in e360.

5. Use the Paper Writing Rubric referenced below to ensure you have met all the criteria for this assignment.

6. Use the Team rubric below to guide your collaboration efforts. The points in the Team rubric represent only your collaboration (10 pts). The remaining points assigned to this activity will represent the quality of the work (140 pts).

a. All group assignments should have a list provided after the References that indicates each individual’s contribution to the project.

7. Have one member of your team submit your paper to your facilitator using the dropbox titled 6.4 Team Business Purpose Analysis by the end of the week.

Rubric Paper Writing Rubric

Team Effort Rubric

Team Effort (10 points)
10-9 points8 points7-6 points5-0 points
Team effort is organized, structured, and proportioned well between members.Team effort is clear and proportioned well between members.Team effort is evident, but not proportioned well between members.Team effort is not evident or well-proportioned between members.
Personal contributions are identified and completed in a timely manner.Personal contributions are identified and contributed, but caused the team delays.Personal contributions are not clear, although contribution is evident.Participation is unclear and does not seem to positively impact the team.
6.4 Team Business Purpose AnalysisPoints: 150

Learning Activity 6.5: Priorities Paper

Introduction and Purpose of Assignment

Priorities are an important consideration in so many aspects of our lives. How we spend our time and our money reflect the priorities we have. As members of organizations we also help to set the organizational priorities. This paper examines the impact of priorities in both a personal and organizational context.

Objectives

· Analyze the impact of correct priorities from an organizational and personal perspective. (6.4)

Theory and Context

In “Gods at War”, author Kyle Idleman (2013) discusses how we reflect priorities through what we do. Conceptually, this influences who we are in both our personal and professional lives and in the decisions we make. Setting the right priorities and making the right choices is a critical part of following God and succeeding in the jobs that He has asked us to do.

Instructions

1. In a 2-3 page paper, evaluate the concept of priorities in light of your personal and professional lives.

a. Consider how priorities can influence your relationships and effectiveness.

2. Provide at least two sources.

3. APA formatting is required. Refer to the APA formatting documents available in the Course Documents in e360.

4. Use the Paper Writing Rubric referenced below to ensure you have met all the criteria for this assignment.

5. Submit your paper to your facilitator using the dropbox titled 6.5 Priorities Paper by the end of the week.

Rubric Paper Writing Rubric

6.5 Priorities PaperPoints: 50