Ashford 6: - Week 5 - Final Paper

America's Democracy: Your Report Card

The primary goal of your last assignment is to critically analyze the primary features of the American national government. The results of your analysis will indicate what you have learned over the last five weeks. In order to accomplish this task, it is important to critically evaluate the key facets of our American democracy.

You have been preparing for this final assignment each week by constructing a detailed outline of the Final Paper’s main points through the weekly Learning Activities. In addition, you have read the course text and course readings, reviewed videos, and researched additional material for each week’s assignments and for this paper. This week, you will put all of those outlines, readings, reviews, and research together into a one summative paper.

As we wrap up our course, reflect back on what you have learned about the key structures, systems, roles, and processes that embody our national government. Focus on the strengths and weaknesses, advantages and disadvantages, and positive and negative impacts of these aspects of our democracy. Use what you have learned so far to evaluate our national government and recommend ways to enhance what works and repair what is not working well.

Construct a six-page paper based on the detailed outlines that you created over the last four weeks. Scaffold your paper around the following outline:

  1. Title page
  2. Introduction (half page):
    1. Describe the paper’s overall thesis.
    2. Provide an overview of main points.
  3. The Constitution (1-1.5 pages) (Week 1):
    1. Describe one strength and one weakness of the U.S. Constitution.
    2. Recommend one option to maintain the strength and one to correct the weakness.
  4. Federalism (1-1.5 pages) (Week 2):
    1. Describe one advantage and one disadvantage of a national policy that must be implemented by one agency of the federal bureaucracy.
    2. Recommend one option to maintain the advantage and one to improve the disadvantage.
  5. Branches of Government (1-1.5 pages) (Week 3):
    1. Describe one strength and one weakness of one branch of our government: Executive, Legislative, or Judiciary.
    2. Recommend one option to maintain the strength and one to correct the weakness.
  6. Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections (1-1.5 pages) (Week 4):
    1. Describe one positive impact and one negative impact of one of the following: political parties, interest groups, or federal elections.
    2. Recommend one option to accentuate the positive impact and one to lessen the negative impact.
  7. Conclusion:
    1. Review your main points.
    2. Review your overall thesis.
  8. References page

Writing the Final Paper

The Final Paper:

  1. Must be at least six double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following:
    1. Title of paper
    2. Student’s name
    3. Course name and number
    4. Instructor’s name
    5. Date submitted
  3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  6. Must use at least eight scholarly resources, including a minimum of two from the Ashford University Library.
  7. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  8. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

This week, you were required to read chapters 17 and 18 in the text.  These chapters address both preparing and writing proposals and reports in the corporate setting.  While it seems that college forces you to write endless research papers and focuses on the importance of citing your sources...why do you need to know all of this?  These 2 chapters should help to bridge that gap.  Even in the corporate world, you will need to know how to research your topic and put together a well written proposal.

I would like you to find a report or proposal published by a corporation and critique it based on the information learned in chapters 17 and 18. This could be a financial report, corporate citizenship report, etc.  How did the company come up with the information that is in this report?  Is the information that the company used relevant to the point they are trying to make?  Is the report well written and easy to follow?  These questions are guidelines, please feel free to elaborate in your responses.


Response should be minimum of 300 words in APA format with credible references. 

Writing Assignment #2: imponderabilia of actual life (750+ words, double spaced, print out)

Due Wed. Feb 10 in class 

Spend at least 1 hour, uninterrupted, simply observing and writing down the activity of people around you in a public space. Describe the space, activities, and interactions in minute detail, especially details you think are too obvious to describe. Remember: show, don’t tell!


Additional questions to consider: Are there observable patterns? Did you notice something new that you previously took for granted? What social norms are being enacted? Are there trends that are specific to gender, age, or identity? Were there any kinds of behavior that did not conform or that surprised you or others? Describe where you are in relation to others and how others perceive/react to you. How do you think your own position and identity in relation to the space affects what you are seeing? Pay attention to the physical space and architecture. How you think this affects social behavior? If you were to conduct a full research project on this space, how would you begin to approach and talk to people?


Be sure to document the time (including length of time) and place you chose.

Do not hand in rough notes. Try to organize your observations into a coherent discussion of the social space you observed. You must do this exercise alone!


You will be assessed on 1) your effort to document social activity concretely and in rich detail and 2) the thoughtfulness and critical perspective on social patterns and trends.

For this part of the assignment you will create a thesis that responds to one of the two questions below, and you will create a 250 word argument—approximately two paragraphs—in support of your thesis.

At the top of your post, note to which question number you are responding (e.g., I am responding to question 2). Your two paragraphs are due by 11:59 PM Wednesday.

Create a thesis and corresponding argument for one of the following questions:

1) Do people read less now than they did ten or fifteen years ago?  Why or why not?

2) Should professors allow technology such as computers, smartphones, and tablets in college classrooms?  Why or why not?

Jim and Laura Buyer visit the local car dealership because they are interested in buying a new car. The car they currently have is aging and is starting to have mechanical problems. Jim and Laura would share the new car, and use it to go back and forth to work and school. Before going to the dealership, Jim and Laura decide that they can only afford $400.00 a month in car payments.

Once at the car dealership, Jim and Laura meet Stan Salesman. Stan shows them several vehicles and Jim and Laura test-drive several of the cars. Jim and Laura particularly like the blue 4-door sedan.  Therefore, they agree to give Stan Salesman a $100.00 deposit to hold the car for a day. Stan Salesman does not give them the receipt but guarantees that the $100.00 is refundable. No documents were signed. 

The next day, Stan Salesman calls Jim and Laura to ask them when they would like to take delivery of the car. Jim and Laura, on the way home from the dealership, decided that they were not going to buy the car because they did not want to spend that money each month. Therefore, Jim and Laura tell Stan salesman that they have decided not to buy the car and request their $100.00 deposit back.

Stan insists that the $100.00 was a deposit on the car and was meant to be part of the contract to buy the car. Stan is very persistent and insistent that Jim and Laura have contracted to buy the car; therefore, the $100.00 will be applied to the purchase price of the car. Jim and Laura are shocked and angry as not only do they not want to spend the money, but now feel as though they are being duped by Stan Salesman. 

Jim and Laura have an appointment to see a lawyer in a few days, but know you are a student taking a business law class and come to you for advice. They are very frazzled, and understandably upset that they may have just purchased a car. Since you have been taking business law, you have read and understand the elements of a contract and the defenses to a contract. Therefore, although you are not a lawyer, you provide some basic advice from what you’ve learned in your business law class.

In three to five (3-5) pages, advise Jim and Laura based on the above facts as presented, the material provided in the text, and material covered in the lecture. In your paper, be sure to address the following:

  1. Define the elements of a legal contract using examples from the scenario where applicable.
  2. Decide whether or not there was a contract for the purchase of the automobile. 
  3. Identify the facts from the scenario which support your decision on whether or not a contract exists for the purchase of the automobile. 
  4. Use at least two (2) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as quality academic resources.
  5. Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
    • Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
    • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
    • Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.



Research the definitions of various production and operations management terms used in Lecture 1. Perform a literature search on one of these terms. Discuss how this term can impact the ability for an operation to be competitive in the 21st century. Do not use a term posted by another student.


Assignment Directions:

This assignment will demonstrate your professional writing skills as well as your intercultural communication competency. It consists of two parts:

Part 1)    Complete the INCA survey and write a one page reflection.

The INCA survey is located in content, week 5.

When you are done with the survey, read the INCA Survey Student Manual and complete the table to help you interpret your results.

Part 2)    Select 3 critical incidents and analyze them.

The critical incidents are located in content, week 5.

Your analysis should contain at least three scholarly references each that pertain directly to the incident. Your analysis should be complete and supported by literature, not an opinion piece.

Format: Complete both parts in a formal written paper in APA format.

Use headings to mark part 1 and part 2. Use subheadings to indicate each critical incident. Include the number for each critical incident ( for example, #1-21), this will help your professor grade your work. Explain your answers in detailed sentences and paragraphs. Add a cover page and citations.

Optional: add a chart or graph to support your written analysis. Explain the information presented in the chart or graph.

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ECO 100

In view of the weak economy of the last several years, explain which of the four (4) components of GDP had, or is having, the greatest positive impact in our economy. Use the following historical tables to support your response.

  • Go to the Bureau of Economic Analysis at Navigate on the home page to where it states “National,” then select “Gross Domestic Product”. Next, select “GDP and the National Income and Product Account (NIPA) Historical Tables”. The direct Web address is

LEG 100

View the clip below, in which one person believes they are partners and the other believes it is an employer / employee relationship. Agents may bind the principal in a number of ways. When you are reviewing the video, consider whether the intentions / understanding of each party make a difference, and then respond to the discussion question below. 

  • Clip – Agency – Richard Gere: You Work For Me (2012) (0:45)

As a small-business owner, you are faced with rising costs, particularly employment costs, insurance, et cetera. So, you decide to hire some friends and pay them as they work, rather than go through the expense and procedure of bringing in “actual” employees. Your friends wear the business uniform, deal with vendors and customers, and tell friends and family that they work for the business. One friend / employee orders way too much from a vendor. The vendor has dealt with the person numerous times; in fact, the person has been ordering from the vendor for months. 

  • Since the person who ordered was not an ”employee,” but a friend you hired, are you liable to pay for the improper order? 
  • Discuss the implications of agency that apply in this situation, and describe at least one (1) way the company may be able to cancel or return the order in question. 
  • Be sure to support your legal analysis with concepts and definitions from the reading.