Field Report Paper Guidelines

Field Report Paper Guidelines


The field report is a write-up of your visits to your field site. If “culture” is the “whole way of life” of a group and the patterns that constitute that life, your work in the field report is to observe that life and convey, to some extent, a sense of the “whole.”

In your interview, you focused on one-on-one encounter(s) with one or more individuals. In the field report, you will include encounters with individuals, but you will also describe the physical space and its relationships to surrounding spaces; interactions between individuals; and the patterns of behavior, belief, opinion, language, etc., that you find there. Record the dates and times of your observations.

Essentially, you need to visit your field site with open mind, open eyes, and open ears; see what you find.

You will use the tools of narration, description, and analysis to write up what you find at your field site. The focus of the essay will be on presentation of findings, but you also need to address questions of method (what your method is and how you justify or provide reasons for it) in the introduction.

The field report does not need to draw on outside sources or include a fully-developed discussion section. Rather, use the conclusion to summarize your observations and your reaction to them.

Due Dates:

– Rough Draft: 11/5/19

– Final Draft: 11/7/19


– Typed, paper copy

– Double-spaced

– 12 pt, Times New Roman font

– One-inch margins


Although the field report needs a distinct introduction (in which you discuss method and purpose), body (for observations), and conclusion (for summary of observations), your organization of the content is otherwise up to you. You may use either a narrative (story) or thematic (topic-by-topic) structure; you may also use a combination of these. Let the content—your experiences—determine what kind of organization you choose.

Style: Although it is appropriate to use “I” or first-person point of view, it’s important to emphasize the field site/culture and keep yourself in the background. If you use jargon or specialized vocabulary, be sure to define it; if you draw on outside sources, cite them using APA style.

Length: A minimum of 3-4 full pages, or 750-1000 words.

Lab Challenge

Complete the following MOAC Labs:

  • MOAC Lab 13, “Installing Domain Controllers”
  • MOAC Lab 14, “Creating and Managing Active Directory Users and Computers”
  • MOAC Lab 15, “Creating and Managing Active Directory Groups and Organizational Units”

Complete the Lab Challenges for MOAC Labs 13, 14, and 15, and take a screenshot that captures the outcome.

Business Internal

Read an article from the business publication* of your choice that relates to the ideas internal analysis (SWOT, value chain analysis, resource based view, three circles analysis). Include some or most of the article’s title in the ‘Title’ box. See below for the contents of your discussion posting.

*The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes, Business Week or Fortune are good sources of articles.

The discussion should include the following:

1. A brief summary (no more than one paragraph) of the journal/newspaper/magazine article you read.

2. Your analysis of its importance for the company/ industry, etc. Please include the following:

– The article’s relevance to the material presented (benchmarking, core competence, intangible assets, isolating machanisms, opportunity, organizational capabilities, product life cycle, resource based view, support activities, SWOT analysis, tangible assets, value chain, weakness).
– What are the strategic elements of this situation?
– What are the implications?
– For the industry?
– For the company?

Discussion Assignment

Bonds, also called fixed-income securities, provide investors with successive income over a specific time frame at regular intervals. These securities are issued by a number of companies, municipalities, and government agencies.

There are unique tax liabilities for investor income derived from bonds and other fixed-income instruments, which affect overall holding period returns realized from these investments. In addition, there are varying levels of risk associated with holding these types of securities.

Select two types of bonds and compare the following between the two types selected:

  • What are the comparative levels of investment returns for each? View:
  • What are the relevant tax considerations applicable to the investment returns on each?
  • What are the comparative risk considerations between the two?

The Department of Administrative Services


The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) provides a number of services to other departments in an Australian State Government. These services include HR and personnel management, payroll, contract tendering management, contractor management, and procurement. These services have all been provided from the Department’s own data centres.

As a result of a change in Government policy, DAS is moving to a “Shared Services” approach. This approach will mean that DAS will centralise a number of services for the whole of Government (WofG). This means that each Department or Agency that runs one of these services for its own users, will be required to migrate its data to DAS so that it can be consolidated into the DAS centralised database. DAS will then provide these consolidated services to all other Departments and Agencies within the Government.

Another Government policy mandates a “Cloud first” approach to the process of updating or acquiring software or services. Following these strategic policy changes from Government, DAS has decided to:

  • Purchase a HR and personnel management application from a US based company that provides a SaaS solution.
    • The application will provide DAS with a HR suite that will provide a complete HR suite which will also include performance management. The application provider has advised that the company’s main database is in California, with a replica in Dublin, Ireland. However, all data processing, configuration, maintenance, updates and feature releases are provided from the application provider’s processing centre in Bangalore, India.
    • Employee data will be uploaded from DAS daily at 12:00 AEST. This will be processed in Bangalore before being loaded into the main provider database.
    • Employees can access their HR and Performance Management information through a link placed on the DAS intranet. Each employee will use their internal agency digital ID to authenticate to the HR and Performance management system. The internal digital ID is generated by each agency’s Active Directory Instance and is used for internal authentication and authorisation.
  • Purchase a Contractor management application from a German based company that provides a SaaS solution.
    • This application will provide DAS with a suite of tools to on-board, manage, pay and off-board contractors who are contracted by DAS for specific work. The application provider has advised that the company’s main database is located in Heidelberg, Germany, with a replica in Dublin, Ireland. All configuration, maintenance, updates and feature releases are provided from the provider’s lab in Walldorf, Germany. The provider does not do any additional processing of data entered into the application.
    • DAS employees enter the data directly into the application through a secure URL.
    • Bulk contractor data can be uploaded daily through a secure data transfer application. DAS is responsible for ensuring that any data uploaded is correct and ready for use.
    • Other Departments and Agencies can view and manage their own contractor data once it has been loaded by DAS staff.
  • Move the DAS payroll to a COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) application that it will manage in a public cloud;
  • Move the DAS Intranet into a Microsoft SharePoint PaaS offering so that it can provide Intranet services to all agencies in the WofG.


Your team has been engaged to provide a risk assessment for the two planned moves to SaaS application offerings.

Team Setup

This assignment is the first of the team assignments for this subject. The rationale for using a team approach is that most IT risk management assessments are normally done by teams of between 2-5 Architects, Information Security experts, Operations and Business leaders for each problem. You will be assigned to a team and the team, as a whole, will be responsible for the development of the risk assessment.

Team Member Responsibilities

Each team member will be assessed on:

  • The final risk assessment presented by the team;
  • The individual contributions that they have made to the risk assessment. This will be shown by the entries that they have made in the Team forum;

Team members should note that:

  • A total of 20% of the total marks for this assignment are for individual contributions. These include:
    • Selection of issues for risk assessment (10%), and
    • Reasoning behind the risk assessment for the selected issues (10%)
  • A team member without any individual contributions in the Team Forum will be regarded as having not contributed to the risk assessment. This will result in either reduced marks or no marks being awarded to that team member for this assignment.

The tasks:

Your team is to write a report that assesses the risk to DAS in the following areas:

  1. Consider the data and information that DAS holds on its employees in the current HR system.
    1. Establish the existing threats and risks to the security of that data and information contained in the in house HR database. (10 marks)
    2. Are there any other risks and threats to the employee data after migration to an SaaS application? (10 marks)
    3. Assess the resulting severity of risk and threat to employee data. (10 marks)
  2. Consider the privacy of the data for those employees who will move to an SaaS application.
    1. Establish the existing threats and risks to the privacy of that data and information contained in the in house HR database. (10 marks)
    2. Are there any other risks and threats to the privacy of the employee data after migration to an SaaS application? (10 marks)
    3. Assess the resulting severity of risk and threat to the privacy of employee data. (10 marks)
  3. What are the threats and risks to the digital identities of Government employees from the move to SaaS applications? (10 marks)
  4. Consider the operational solution and location(s) of the two SaaS providers for HR and Contractor management. Does either the operational solution, or the operational location, or both, increase or mitigate the threats and risks identified for the security and privacy of employee data? (20 marks)
  5. Are there any issues of data sensitivity or jurisdiction that should be considered? (10 marks)

The team is to provide a written report with the following headings:

  • Security of Employee Data
  • Privacy of Employee Data
  • Digital Identity Issues
  • Provider Solution Issues
  • Data Sensitivity

As a rough guide, the report should not be longer than about 5,000 words. The report is to be loaded into the Team Resource area in Interact.

All risk assessment discussions in the team forum should be exported into a single document and loaded into the Team Resource area in Interact.

It is suggested that the report should be written using Google Docs. Google Docs allows multiple authors to contribute to a single document, and their individual contributions can be assessed.

Business Research Class

Assignment:  Unit 5 – Individual Project
Type:  Individual Project
Due Date:   Tue, 8/22/17
Points Possible:   300
Points Earned: 0
Deliverable Length:   10-12 pages (body of paper, excluding title page, abstract, references and appendices, if any)
This assignment is the Common Assignment

THIS IS THE ASSIGNMENT. It’s supposed to be on the company NIKE.


Comprehensive Analysis of a Fortune 500 Company

For this Individual Project you will analyze publicly available information about a Fortune 500 Company and develop an assessment of the corporate strategy and its ability to increase competitive advantage.

This assignment requires you to obtain and analyze information at the company, industry and market levels using various databases and reports found in the AIU library, in addition to at least eight (8) professional or academic peer-reviewed articles.

Click here for a tutorial on finding company information in the library.

Click here for a tutorial on finding industry information in the library.

Your analysis should include an in-depth review of the Company’s most recent SEC Form-10k Annual Report and Form DEF-14A Proxy Statement. These SEC filings can be found at the SEC Edgar Database located at the URL . Pay particular attention to the Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) sections of the SEC Form 10-K and the DEF-14A Proxy statement.  Direct competitors are identified in the “Comparator Group” section of the DEF-14A Proxy Statement. ) These SEC filings also contain information relative to external and industry analysis that will be helpful in your assessment of the Company’s strategy and competitive position.

A thorough analysis requires evaluation of various external stakeholders:

  • Competitors
  • Industry
  • Vendors
  • Customers
  • Governmental entities
  • Communities

Internal stakeholders that should be considered in the analysis include:

  • Shareholders
  • Board of Directors
  • Management
  • Employees

A comprehensive SWOT analysis should be performed relative to the Company’s ability to improve its competitive advantage.

The comprehensive analysis should include both qualitative and quantitative elements, leveraging information available in SEC Filings, business databases, and peer-reviewed articles.

Your work should demonstrate your ability to:

  • Apply critical thinking skills to analyze business situations.
  • Apply principles of quantitative and qualitative research to business cases.
  • Describe the opportunities provided by technology for businesses.
  • Appropriately use effective communication techniques.
  • Apply the standard of APA style to all research and writing tasks.

You will prepare a report presenting the findings of your comprehensive analysis examining the Company’s corporate strategy and its ability to increase competitive advantage. The written report will have a body length of 10-12 pages excluding title, abstract, references and appendices. Quotation limits should be Not more than 10% of the body of the paper can be quotations, all of which must be properly attributed in APA format.

NOTE: Article collections (scholarly databases) may be accessed in the Library. Suggestions are:

  • ABI Inform Global
  • Academic Search Premier
  • Business Source Premier

Please submit your assignment. 


This assignment will be assessed using additional criteria provided here.

Please add your file.


For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials. 


LivePlan: Opportunity

In this assignment, you will complete portions of the “Opportunity” chapter of your business plan.  Remember that you will be completing your business plan over the next two courses; so be sure to add enough depth, analysis, and research in this specific section to support the overall business plan.

Login to your LivePlan account.

Select the Plan tab within LivePlan, and then select the “Opportunity” chapter on the left-hand side menu. The arrow to the right of the chapter will expand or contract the sections within the chapter.

Complete both parts of the “Problem & Solution” section: Problem Worth Solving and Our Solution.

Complete the “Target Market” section: Market Size & Segments.

Select the “Executive Summary” chapter on the left-hand side menu.

Update the Problem, Solution, and Market parts of the “Opportunity” section using additional information from the “Problem & Solution” and “Target Market” sections you just completed.