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CBR 600 Project 1 Identifying Core Belief

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Project 1: In this project, you will write a short essay that reflects your belief or passion about a particular part of your professional experience. This project requires you to organize complex and divergent thoughts to write a single page paragraph by paragraph. Your essay is intentionally limited to 500 words to engage you in the structural process of writing. You will refresh basic writing skills and rediscover the building blocks that you will use for longer projects. Consider this a first step in your journey. MY BELIEF. I BELIEF CHANGE IS THE ONLY THING THAT IS CONSTANT IN LIFE Organize document or presentation clearly in a manner that promotes understanding and meets the requirements of the assignment. 1.2: Develop coherent paragraphs or points so that each is internally unified and so that each functions as part of the whole document or presentation. 1.3: Provide sufficient, correctly cited support that substantiates the writer’s ideas. 1.4: Tailor communications to the audience. 1.5: Use sentence structure appropriate to the task, message and audience. 1.6: Follow conventions of Standard Written English.


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CBR 600 Project 2 Identify three top trends in your profession or field (Enterprise Network)

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In this project, you will search for information that will enable you to identify three top trends in your profession or field. Over the course of the project, you will exercise information literacy skills as you locate and evaluate information, and develop well-reasoned conclusions. Reviewing the many sources available to you, you will choose those that are relevant, timely, and helpful to your quest to understand the issues of your industry. Once you have identified the top trends, you will choose one that is particularly interesting to you or one that you think is the most problematic, and research more deeply to produce an analytical research paper for your team. Your project is intended to prepare the search committee on the issue so that it is well-prepared to interview candidates. This project will prepare you for more complex research projects, as you will refine and hone your ability to create a statement of the problem and find the information you need to produce a wellreasoned, well-supported analysis. There are four steps that will lead you through this project. Begin by watching the video above, which introduces the project as it might occur in the workplace, and then continue with Step 1: Search Techniques.


When you submit your project, your work will be evaluated using the competencies listed below. You can use the list below to self-check your work before submission. 

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1.1: Organize document or presentation clearly in a manner that promotes understanding and meets the requirements of the assignment. 1.2: Develop coherent paragraphs or points so that each is internally unified and so that each functions as part of the whole document or presentation. 1.3: Provide sufficient, correctly cited support that substantiates the writer’s ideas. 1.4: Tailor communications to the audience. 1.5: Use sentence structure appropriate to the task, message and audience. 1.6: Follow conventions of Standard Written English. 2.1: Identify and clearly explain the issue, question, or problem under critical consideration. 2.2: Locate and access sufficient information to investigate the issue or problem. 2.3: Evaluate the information in a logical and organized manner to determine its value and relevance to the problem. 2.4: Consider and analyze information in context to the issue or problem. 2.5 Develop well-reasoned ideas, conclusions or decisions, checking them against relevant criteria and benchmarks.

Step 1: Conduct Research to Identify Top Trends In this step, you will refine your ability to conduct research for information in academic, public, and web domains. This project will require two different kinds of searches. First, you will perform a brief industry analysis to become more knowledgeable about your industry and how it is classified in national databases. From this initial research, you will learn the codes associated with your industry and you


will learn where to find and use business research resources. This should enable you to find more specific search terms to help you find the resources that will help you identify the top trends in your industry. Once you have identified the top trends, you will choose an issue in one of the three top trends and conduct more research to provide an analysis of the issue, its effect on the industry, and how an organization would address this issue – whether to mitigate or to promote – to its own advantage. Once you have reviewed NAICS and SOC codes and UMUC library resources for conducting research and business research, you will do some in-depth searching for industry trends. A trend could be something that you, as an industry insider is aware of, an emerging trend, or it could be a trend that you think is unrecognized or disputed. You will use your resources to provide evidence for the trends you choose, and your initial choices may change as you continue to read more deeply. Scan resources that you found in periodicals, journals, newspapers, industry blogs, and websites to choose the best references to help you devise the top trends. Use industry-specific keywords and industry codes, and take notes on resources as you read because you will be building on this research in the next step when you choose an issue within one of the trends. Record notes from the resources and record the complete citation in APA format in your draft References page now in accordance with the APA Style Guide Sixth Edition. Be diligent in your choices about the resources you choose. Searching effectively for relevant and timely sources and recording citation details may take up to 3 hours. After you have identified the top three trends in your industry, you will choose an issue in one of them that is particularly important. Step 2: Choose an Issue to Research Further In the last step, you used research to identify three top trends in your industry. That was the first part of the project. Now it is time to focus on an issue within one of those trends that you think is noteworthy in your field. This project requires that you review the trends and develop a plan to research the issue further, and synthesize the information you find into a coherent, well-supported analysis. But first, you have to develop a


focused research question or statement of the problem. Consider this step similar to the starting point for solving any problem with the scientific method. You first have to identify the problem. Then, when you have researched a bit more, you will form a reasonable assumption (a hypothesis) of what you think might be a potential resolution/answer. You will look for more information that reflects different sides or viewpoints of the issue, and use analytical thinking to arrive at a wellreasoned conclusion. This conclusion may or may not bear out your original first estimate; however, your quest is to arrive at an answer that is well-supported and based on facts. Remember, your objective is to consider the impact of this issue on your industry, so this may be the first step toward a practical solution for your organization. So, choose an issue from your research on a trend in your industry that has potential for great impact on the field, and then draft a preliminary question or statement of the problem. Your research should reveal if the question has already been answered, or if there is enough information on the topic. Refine your question or statement and submit it to the ―so what‖ test. Will your answer contribute to knowledge about the issue you have selected? Is the question answerable? Remember that in academic work you would normally avoid normative or open-ended questions, which start with the words shouldor would, or any question that can be answered with a yes or a no. Once you have chosen your issue and completed enough research to provide a well-reasoned answer (or solution), you will be ready to write your issue paper. In the next step, you will draft your research paper. Step 3: Writing your Research Paper In the previous two steps, you performed searches, first to identify industry trends, and then for information about an issue in one of those trends that you consider to be important to your industry. Now you should be ready to draft your paper. This would be a good time to review organization in writing and paragraphs. You might also review the Effective Writing Center’s Online Guide to Writing, a valuable reference to students who seek to improve their writing.


Review your task. You are to provide a research paper that provides a summary of the three top trends in your industry (with associated NAICS codes). Supply sufficient background for your reader that the trend is clear and supported by resources you have found. Review resources in References and Citations to ensure that you are using ―in text‖ citations to give credit for the ideas of other authors and to build your credibility as a researcher, neither ignoring sources nor quoting excessively. You will develop a paper that accomplishes two objectives:  

It will identify the three top trends in your industry and your rationale, based on the resources you have found, for your choices; It will discuss the issue within one of the trends that you deem important, based on the current state of the industry, and will be supported by your analysis of facts and a well-reasoned conclusion of what it means to the industry.

Start with an outline and flesh out the main themes with supporting statements. This will become your roadmap to an organized paper. Draft, sleep on it, and edit. Repeat. Your paper will be 5-7 pages, not including your cover page and References page(s), double-spaced and set up in APA standards. It does not require an abstract. Your citations, both ―in text‖ and in References will be in accordance with the APA Style Manual Sixth Edition . Your headings will follow this general pattern: 1. Introduction 2. Findings a. Top Trends of the _____ Industry b. An Important Emerging Issue in a trend and what it means in context to the industry 3. Conclusions 4. References


MILESTONE: Many students are asked to re-submit their papers based on incomplete or inaccurate citation formats. This milestone will get you off to a good start with APA citations. By the end of Week 2, please submit a draft of your References page. Please use the APA style guide or References and Citations to draft your complete citations. This is an opportunity for you to get feedback before your project is graded. When you submit your draft References page for review, your faculty member will provide feedback on your citation format so that you can correct for your project submission at the end of Week 3.

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CBR 600 Project 2 Identify three top trends in your profession or field (IT Industry)

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In this project, you will search for information that will enable you to identify three top trends in your profession or field. Over the course of the project, you will exercise information literacy skills as you locate and evaluate information, and develop well-reasoned conclusions. Reviewing the many sources available to you, you will choose those that are relevant, timely, and helpful to your quest to understand the issues of your industry. Once you have identified the top trends, you will choose one that is particularly interesting to you or one that you think is the most problematic, and research more deeply to produce an analytical


research paper for your team. Your project is intended to prepare the search committee on the issue so that it is well-prepared to interview candidates. This project will prepare you for more complex research projects, as you will refine and hone your ability to create a statement of the problem and find the information you need to produce a wellreasoned, well-supported analysis. There are four steps that will lead you through this project. Begin by watching the video above, which introduces the project as it might occur in the workplace, and then continue with Step 1: Search Techniques. When you submit your project, your work will be evaluated using the competencies listed below. You can use the list below to self-check your work before submission. 

        

1.1: Organize document or presentation clearly in a manner that promotes understanding and meets the requirements of the assignment. 1.2: Develop coherent paragraphs or points so that each is internally unified and so that each functions as part of the whole document or presentation. 1.3: Provide sufficient, correctly cited support that substantiates the writer’s ideas. 1.4: Tailor communications to the audience. 1.5: Use sentence structure appropriate to the task, message and audience. 1.6: Follow conventions of Standard Written English. 2.1: Identify and clearly explain the issue, question, or problem under critical consideration. 2.2: Locate and access sufficient information to investigate the issue or problem. 2.3: Evaluate the information in a logical and organized manner to determine its value and relevance to the problem. 2.4: Consider and analyze information in context to the issue or problem. 2.5 Develop well-reasoned ideas, conclusions or decisions, checking them against relevant criteria and benchmarks.


Step 1: Conduct Research to Identify Top Trends In this step, you will refine your ability to conduct research for information in academic, public, and web domains. This project will require two different kinds of searches. First, you will perform a brief industry analysis to become more knowledgeable about your industry and how it is classified in national databases. From this initial research, you will learn the codes associated with your industry and you will learn where to find and use business research resources. This should enable you to find more specific search terms to help you find the resources that will help you identify the top trends in your industry. Once you have identified the top trends, you will choose an issue in one of the three top trends and conduct more research to provide an analysis of the issue, its effect on the industry, and how an organization would address this issue – whether to mitigate or to promote – to its own advantage. Once you have reviewed NAICS and SOC codes and UMUC library resources for conducting research and business research, you will do some in-depth searching for industry trends. A trend could be something that you, as an industry insider is aware of, an emerging trend, or it could be a trend that you think is unrecognized or disputed. You will use your resources to provide evidence for the trends you choose, and your initial choices may change as you continue to read more deeply. Scan resources that you found in periodicals, journals, newspapers, industry


blogs, and websites to choose the best references to help you devise the top trends. Use industry-specific keywords and industry codes, and take notes on resources as you read because you will be building on this research in the next step when you choose an issue within one of the trends. Record notes from the resources and record the complete citation in APA format in your draft References page now in accordance with the APA Style Guide Sixth Edition. Be diligent in your choices about the resources you choose. Searching effectively for relevant and timely sources and recording citation details may take up to 3 hours. After you have identified the top three trends in your industry, you will choose an issue in one of them that is particularly important.

Step 2: Choose an Issue to Research Further In the last step, you used research to identify three top trends in your industry. That was the first part of the project. Now it is time to focus on an issue within one of those trends that you think is noteworthy in your field. This project requires that you review the trends and develop a plan to research the issue further, and synthesize the information you find into a coherent, well-supported analysis. But first, you have to develop a focused research question or statement of the problem. Consider this step similar to the starting point for solving any problem with the scientific method. You first have to identify the problem. Then, when you have researched a bit more, you will form a reasonable assumption (a hypothesis) of what you think might be a potential resolution/answer. You will look for more information that reflects different sides or viewpoints of the issue, and use analytical thinking to arrive at a wellreasoned conclusion. This conclusion may or may not bear out your original first estimate; however, your quest is to arrive at an answer that is well-supported and based on facts. Remember, your objective is to


consider the impact of this issue on your industry, so this may be the first step toward a practical solution for your organization. So, choose an issue from your research on a trend in your industry that has potential for great impact on the field, and then draft a preliminary question or statement of the problem. Your research should reveal if the question has already been answered, or if there is enough information on the topic. Refine your question or statement and submit it to the ―so what‖ test. Will your answer contribute to knowledge about the issue you have selected? Is the question answerable? Remember that in academic work you would normally avoid normative or open-ended questions, which start with the words shouldor would, or any question that can be answered with a yes or a no. Once you have chosen your issue and completed enough research to provide a well-reasoned answer (or solution), you will be ready to write your issue paper. In the next step, you will draft your research paper.

Step 3: Writing your Research Paper In the previous two steps, you performed searches, first to identify industry trends, and then for information about an issue in one of those trends that you consider to be important to your industry. Now you should be ready to draft your paper. This would be a good time to review organization in writing and paragraphs. You might also review the Effective Writing Center’s Online Guide to Writing, a valuable reference to students who seek to improve their writing. Review your task. You are to provide a research paper that provides a summary of the three top trends in your industry (with associated NAICS codes). Supply sufficient background for your reader that the trend is clear and supported by resources you have found. Review resources in References and Citations to ensure that you are using ―in text‖ citations to give credit for the ideas of other authors and to build


your credibility as a researcher, neither ignoring sources nor quoting excessively. You will develop a paper that accomplishes two objectives:  

It will identify the three top trends in your industry and your rationale, based on the resources you have found, for your choices; It will discuss the issue within one of the trends that you deem important, based on the current state of the industry, and will be supported by your analysis of facts and a well-reasoned conclusion of what it means to the industry.

Start with an outline and flesh out the main themes with supporting statements. This will become your roadmap to an organized paper. Draft, sleep on it, and edit. Repeat. Your paper will be 5-7 pages, not including your cover page and References page(s), double-spaced and set up in APA standards. It does not require an abstract. Your citations, both ―in text‖ and in References will be in accordance with the APA Style Manual Sixth Edition . Your headings will follow this general pattern: 1. Introduction 2. Findings a. Top Trends of the _____ Industry b. An Important Emerging Issue in a trend and what it means in context to the industry 3. Conclusions 4. References MILESTONE: Many students are asked to re-submit their papers based on incomplete or inaccurate citation formats. This milestone will get you off to a good start with APA citations. By the end of Week 2, please submit a draft of your References page. Please use the APA style guide or References and Citations to draft your complete citations. This is an opportunity for you to get feedback before your project is graded. When


you submit your draft References page for review, your faculty member will provide feedback on your citation format so that you can correct for your project submission at the end of Week 3.

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CBR 600 Project 3 Design Your Professional Presence (Branding Statement)

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Project 3: Design Your Professional Presence In this project, you will create a professional presence on LinkedIn (a professional social media network that is widely used by professionals and employers in most industries). If your profession or personal beliefs prevent you from establishing a LinkedIn site, ask about an alternative to building a live LinkedIn profile. As part of this project, you will conduct research into your present or desired industry; you will create a branding statement, and finally, create or revise an existing LinkedIn profile, using what you have learned about the industry and yourself. There are four steps in this project that will lead you through each deliverable. Most steps of this project should take no more than two hours to complete. Begin by watching the video above, which introduces the project as it might occur in the workplace, and then continue with Step 1: Engage in Analysis and Reflection.


When you submit your project, your work will be evaluated using the competencies listed below. You can use the list below to self-check your work before submission. 

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1.1: Organize document or presentation clearly in a manner that promotes understanding and meets the requirements of the assignment. 1.4: Tailor communications to the audience. 1.5: Use sentence structure appropriate to the task, message and audience. 1.6: Follow conventions of Standard Written English. 2.2: Locate and access sufficient information to investigate the issue or problem.

Step 1: Engage in Analysis and Reflection You know your assignment, so here’s where you get started. 1. For background information, read Cybersecurity Profession and LinkedIn. You may also want to read Professional Use of Social Media and LinkedIn on the Using LinkedIn resource page. 2. Now, reflect on your career: Where are you right now in your career? Where do you want to be? What are your goals and objectives? What particular positions do you want, and what is your time frame for obtaining them? It’s a good idea to have some steps along the way. For example, you could ask yourself ―Why am I pursuing a degree in cybersecurity?‖ 3. Next, answer the question: What’s the market like in your cybersecurity field? Is the demand for employees increasing, decreasing, or remaining steady? Is it better in some areas than others? Use the UMUC library to locate journal articles, books, and other sources that will enable you to identify information about your industry. You can refer to the Project 2 information on Business Research. 4. Finally, you need to think about what the competition is like. Who are the other competitors seeking positions in your cybersecurity


field? Who are the primary competitors for employment and upward mobility? Can you identify particular individuals who are your main competition (which will be the case if you are competing internally). How do you compare to these competitors? Look at Competitor Analysis for some guidance on these issues. Next, you will work on your branding statement. Step 2: Create a Positive Personal Branding Statement Now that you’ve analyzed the situation, you can start on your branding statement. See Branding Statements for some resources and tips to create your statement. Draft a personal branding statement of 200 words or less. Edit for clarity and conciseness. It should be error-free as the representation of you! Next, you will create or revise a LinkedIn page. If you have an issue with this assignment, consult with your instructor. Step 3: Create or Revise a LinkedIn Page You can use your results from the last step, your branding statement, to help you create your LinkedIn profile summary. Employ any aspects of the research and exploration performed in the prior two steps to develop your page. See Using LinkedIn for more information. Once you have created your LinkedIn page, go through the LinkedIn Checklist available on the LinkedIn site and make revisions as needed. Next, you will submit your project. Step 4: Submit the Deliverables Once you’ve completed the prior step, submit the following deliverables to the assignment folder:    

Personal Branding Statement in a Word document URL link to your LinkedIn Profile PDF of your LinkedIn Profile Share your link and summary in the discussion area. Discuss your experience with LinkedIn and what you learned from this activity.


Submission Notes: 1. How to create a PDF of your LinkedIn Profile Page Create a PDF of your LinkedIn profile page by right clicking and choosing "print". When your printer selections come up, select the Destination as "Save to pdf" and your profile should save to a pdf document. Submit that doc to your assignment folder. 2. If you revise your existing LinkedIn page, submit a copy of the original LinkedIn page to show a comparison with the newly revised page. Before you submit your assignment, review the competencies below, which your instructor will use to evaluate your work. A good practice would be to use each competency as a self-check to confirm you have incorporated all of them in your work. 

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1.1: Organize document or presentation clearly in a manner that promotes understanding and meets the requirements of the assignment. 1.4: Tailor communications to the audience. 1.5: Use sentence structure appropriate to the task, message and audience. 1.6: Follow conventions of Standard Written English. 2.2: Locate and access sufficient information to investigate the issue or problem.

Summary Board Please copy and paste the link to your site and your summary from your new LinkedIn site in the below. Your summary paragraph should be a tight synopsis of your professional attributes, which you can recap from your branding statement.


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CBR 600 Project 4 mathematical Operations and data analysis (Workforce)

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Over this two-week period, you will use mathematical operations and data analysis to solve problems and inform decision making. Your final assignment will be the creation of a comprehensive Excel workbook with supporting charts and graphs and a short analysis of the data. This project will enable you to refresh and refine your skills in math and statistics before you tackle a real-world data set using Excel to analyze and display the data. Quantitative reasoning uses a process similar to the qualitative research process in that you will first identify an issue or problem and then use mathematical formulas or an analytic tool to derive a solution. You will construct graphs, charts, and tables to display data and inform analysis and interpretation. You will evaluate the results of the information, draw analyses and validate them by applying them to the issue or problem. This project will enable you to see the connection between data and how the use of quantitative analysis of that data informs solutions to practical problems with potential impact on your organization or industry.


There are 10 steps that lead you through this project. Each step should take about two hours to complete. Begin by watching the video above, which introduces the project as it might occur in the workplace, then continue with Step 1: Refresh Your Math, Statistics, and Excel Skills. When you submit your project, your work will be evaluated using the competencies listed below. You can use the list below to self-check your work before submission. 

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1.1: Organize document or presentation clearly in a manner that promotes understanding and meets the requirements of the assignment. 1.2: Develop coherent paragraphs or points so that each is internally unified and so that each functions as part of the whole document or presentation. 1.4: Tailor communications to the audience. 1.5: Use sentence structure appropriate to the task, message and audience. 1.6: Follow conventions of Standard Written English. 3.1: Identify numerical or mathematical information that is relevant in a problem or situation. 3.2: Employ mathematical or statistical operations and data analysis techniques to arrive at a correct or optimal solution. 3.3: Analyze mathematical or statistical information, or the results of quantitative inquiry and manipulation of data. 3.4: Employ software applications and analytic tools to analyze, visualize, and present data to inform decision-making. Step 1: Refresh Your Math, Statistics and Excel Skills Everyone will begin this project with different background skills in math, statistics and Excel. Let’s start by thinking about what it means to engage in quantitative processesand the role these skills play in this project. Next, assess your current baseline by refreshing your skills in math, statistics, and Excel. You will choose how much you already know and where you need to concentrate more attention in order to complete this quantitative analysis project.


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After this refresher, you will create your own spreadsheet based on the template provided in the next step. If you need help outside the classroom, you can register for the STAT 689 tutoring room (go to the Project 4 Discussion for registration information) in which you can access tutoring help and other resources to enable you to complete this project successfully. Help is free and immediate!

Step 2: Set Up Your Spreadsheet Now that you’ve assessed and refreshed these important skills, you’re ready to begin. First download the Excel template course file and use it to set up your spreadsheet. This step has you set up your basic view in preparation for the use of several tools. After you’ve formatted and set up your basic view and saved it with your name, you’re ready to move to the next step and add data. Step 3: Add Data With your spreadsheet set up and saved with your last name, you’re ready to add data. In Section 1 on the Data page, complete each column of the spreadsheet to arrive at the desired calculations. When you’re ready, move on to the next step, where you will use functions to summarize the data. PRO Example for add data to your spreadsheet Add Data In Section 1 on the Data page, complete each column of the spreadsheet to arrive at the desired calculations. Use Excel formulas to demonstrate that you can perform the calculations in Excel. Remember, a cell address is the combination of a column and a row. For example, C11 refers to Column C, Row 11 in a spreadsheet. Reminder: Occasionally in Excel, you will create an unintentional circular reference. This means that within a formula in a cell, you directly or indirectly referred to (back to) the cell. For example, while entering a formula in A3, you enter =A1+A2+A3. This is not correct and will result in an error. Excel allows you to remove or allow these references.


Hint: Another helpful feature in Excel is Paste Special. Mastering this feature allows you to copy and paste all elements of a cell, or just select elements like the formula, the value or the formatting. "Names" are a way to define cells and ranges in your spreadsheet and can be used in formulas. For review and refresh, see the resources for Create Complex Formulas and Work with Functions. Ready to Begin? 1. To calculate hourly rate, you will use the annual hourly rate already computed in Excel, which is 2080. This is the number most often used in annual salary calculations based on full time, 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year. In E11 (or the first cell in the Hrly Rate column), create a formula that calculates the hourly rate for each employee, by referencing the employee’s salary in Column D, divided by the value of annual hours, 2080. To do this, you will create a simple formula: =D11/2080 Complete the calculations for the remainder of Column E. If you don’t want to do this cell by cell, you can create a new formula that will let you use that same formula all the way to the end of the column. It would look like this: =$D$11:$D$382/2080 2. In Column F, calculate the number of years worked for each employee by creating a formula that incorporates the date in cell F9 and demonstrates your understanding of relative and absolute cells in Excel. For this, you will need a formula that can compute absolute values to determine years of service. You could do this longhand, but it would take you a long time. So, try the YEARFRAC formula, which computes the number of years (and even rounds for you). Once you start the formula in Excel, the element will appear to guide you. You need to know the ―ending‖ date (F9) and the hiring date (B11). The formula looks like this:=YEARFRAC($F$9,B11) and the $ will repeat the formula calculation down the column as before if you grab the edge of the cell and drag it to the bottom of the column. 3. To determine if an employee is vested or not In Column I, use an IF statement to flag with a "Yes" any employees who have


been employed 10 years or more. Here is how an IF statement works: =IF(X is greater (or less than) Y, “Answer”, IF not, “Answer”). To create this as a formula it would look like this:=IF(F11>=10,"Yes","No") You can drag this formula down the column or highlight the starting cell, hold down the shift key, and zip down to cell 382 and release and the whole column should compute properly. 4. Using the VLookup function, use the Region Key located at F417:G420 to fill in the cells in Column N to identify the region in which the employee is located based on the state listed in Column M. (If this function is new to you – hang in there – this one is worth it Using the VLookup function, use the Region Key located at F417:G420 to fill in the cells in Column N to identify the region in which the employee is located based on the state listed in Column M. (If this function is new to you – hang in there – this one is worth it There are some video resources available that address some common "hard spots" in this Excel assignment. Do not be confused if you see a data set that is different than yours - the principles are the same! Remember, if you have any questions, ask. Snip is used by courtesy of Microsoft. You will devise a formula that will match the state to a region (in position 2). We will use the $ function to enable a repeat of the formula down the column. =VLOOKUP(M11,$F$417:$G$420,2,FALSE) To view videos that explain these formulas, please refer back to Step 1 under the link entitled Access Tutoring Help and Other Resources. The videos were created for another class but pertain to this same data set. Remember: if you have any questions, ask! Step 4: Use Functions to Summarize the Data With your data built, you are now ready to start using some tools to summarize the data, using Countif and the Sum function to do the


math. In this step, you'll begin to see patterns in the data and the story of the workforce. Take a breather here if you need it. You should strive to work through the first four steps this week. Check in with your instructor. With this step complete, you’re ready to begin your analysis. Step 5: Analyze the Workforce You’ve summarized the data, and next, you will employ descriptive or summary statistics to analyze the workforce. Your summary table described "how many." Now you will calculate mean, median, and mode for the categories of data, and derive the deviation, variance, and dispersion, and distribution. This is where it gets interesting! Your data set in Tab 1 should now be built. Next, you’ll create Tab 2: Excel Summary Stats. Step 6: Use the Analysis Toolpak With your data set built, you will now use the Analysis Toolpak to do those same functions. This is a handy feature to know. Remember that there may be some minor differences in the answers depending on the version. You should now have Tab 2 complete: Excel Summary Stats. Next, you’ll create charts and a histogram for Tabs 3 and 4. Use the Analysis Toolpak You have just finished calculating descriptive statistics using individual Excel functions. Did you know that you could generate the same descriptive statistics in one easy step? Excel features an add-in, called the Toolpak, to work with statistics. Try it now. 1. First, make sure you have enabled the data analysis Toolpak feature. (See the resource below for instructions.) You will calculate the statistics for salary, hourly rate, years of service, education level, and age using the Toolpak function. 2. Select the Data Analysis functions at the far right and select Descriptive Statistics. Used with permission from Microsoft.


3. Now, you will tell Excel what you want to do and where to look for the data. Since you know that you will use the D – H columns for this operation, you can perform these calculations in one step by highlighting the adjacent five columns of data in D10:H382. That will be the input. You want the output on a new sheet in the workbook. Used with permission from Microsoft. 4. When you select OK, Excel will calculate the statistics and put them on a new tab, labeled Sheet 1. (See below.) You will have to "size" the column dimensions, but the work has been done for you. Used with permission from Microsoft. 5. Label the tab "Excel Summary Stats." 6. Compare your calculations using the data analysis feature to the results you obtained in the previous step, when you calculated the results manually with individual functions. How did you do? 7. Remember the Toolpak. You will use this tool again to create your histogram. Step 7: Create Charts and a Histogram Where would we be without the ability to view data in charts? It is sometimes easier to grasp context of data if we can see it captured in an image. In this step, you will work with data to create charts, adding a tab for charts, and another for a histogram. In this step, you will build Tab 3: Graphs—Charts and Tab 4: Histogram. After you complete these tabs, you’ll be ready to sort the data. Work with Data to Create Charts It is often helpful to view and interpret analytical results when they are presented visually. Graphs and charts help readers digest and interpret information more quickly, consistent with the familiar adage "a picture is worth a thousand words." Let’s see what we can see in your data analysis.


Create the following graphs in your workbook on a separate tab named Graphs_Charts: 1. Create separate pie charts that show the percentage of employees by a) gender, b) education level, and c) marital status. Explore pie chart formats. 2. Create separate bar charts that show the a) number of employees by race, and b) the number of employee per state. 3. Create a line graph for the sales summary provided. 4. Create a histogram that shows the number of employees in incremental salary ranges of $10,000. Here, you want to show how many employees are making 0-$10,000, $10,999-$20,000, up to $210,000. This involves counting how many for each "salary bucket," creating what is called a frequency distribution table and histogram. Histograms seem hard, but mastering how to visualize the frequency of events is so helpful in analysis!

Used with permission from Microsoft. Note: Your Excel spreadsheet template has the upper limit and labels already identified. Complete the table and histogram by engaging the Data Analysis Toolpak. Place the output on a new worksheet and label it Histogram. Step 8: Copy and Sort the Data You’ve accomplished a lot with your data set, summary stats, charts, and histograms. Another skill you’ll need to be able to do is sort data in an Excel worksheet for reporting purposes. You’ll copy and sort the data.. This is a good skill that applies to any Excel application. In this step, you will create Tab 5: Sorted Data. When you’re finished, you’ll be ready to conduct your quantitative analysis. See below for example of sorted spreadsheet.


Step 9: Conduct Quantitative Analysis In this step, your hard work bears fruit. What does it all mean? Think back to your boss's reasons for tasking you with this project. Bring your powers of analysis to bear to determine what the data may be telling you. Apply your quantitative reasoning skillsby answering the questions provided in the resource and writing a short essay. After you answer the questions, your short essay should include:   

a one-paragraph narrative summary of your findings, describing patterns of interest an explanation of the potential relevance of such patterns a description of how you would investigate further to determine if your results could be perceived as good or bad for the company.

Prepare your response in this workbook. Create a tab for Quantitative Analysis, create a text box, and paste your answers to above questions and your essay in it. Move the tab to the first tab position. Good job! In the next step, you’ll submit your workbook and analysis. Step 10: Submit Your Completed Workbook and Analysis You’re now ready to submit your workbook and analysis. Review the requirements for the final deliverable to be sure you have: 1. Excel Workbook with Six Tabs o Tab 1: Data—completed data sheet (Steps 1–6 above) o Tab 2: Excel Summary Stats (Step 6) o Tab 3: Graphs—Charts (Step 7) o Tab 4: Histogram (Step 7) o Tab 5: Sorted Data (Step 8) Quantitative Analysis (Step 9; see detail below and move to first position upon completion.)

2. Answers to Questions and Short Essay


Prepare your response in this workbook. Create a tab for Quantitative Analysis, create a text box, and paste your answers to the questions and your essay in it. Move the Quantitative Analysis tab to the first tab position. Make sure the following tabs are included in your final workbook:      

Quantitative Analysis Data Excel Summary Stats Graphs–Charts Histogram Sorted Data

3. Format to Be Printed Format this workbook so that all the spreadsheets can be printed.

Before you submit your assignment, review the competencies below, which your instructor will use to evaluate your work. A good practice would be to use each competency as a self-check to confirm you have incorporated all of them in your work. 

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1.1: Organize document or presentation clearly in a manner that promotes understanding and meets the requirements of the assignment. 1.2: Develop coherent paragraphs or points so that each is internally unified and so that each functions as part of the whole document or presentation. 1.4: Tailor communications to the audience. 1.5: Use sentence structure appropriate to the task, message and audience. 1.6: Follow conventions of Standard Written English.


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3.1: Identify numerical or mathematical information that is relevant in a problem or situation. 3.2: Employ mathematical or statistical operations and data analysis techniques to arrive at a correct or optimal solution. 3.3: Analyze mathematical or statistical information, or the results of quantitative inquiry and manipulation of data. 3.4: Employ software applications and analytic tools to analyze, visualize, and present data to inform decision-making.

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CBR 600 Project 5 Apply critical Thinking (Cybertech, OPM)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgpXM6ZNpI8 Early one morning at work, CEO Alice Johnson asks if you have a moment to chat. I need your expertise and advice on a complicated situation for the company regarding an international hacking lawsuit. In her office, Alice explains that CyberTech is serving as the cyber forensics consultant for a law firm handling the suit from a 2015 hack of the Office of Personnel Management, OPM. The OPM hack compromised background information on millions of workers. In a related case Anomalous, a non-US gray hat hacking group suspected in the OPM breach case, is claiming that US-based Equation Set attempted to hack its facilities. So we have a non-US and a US set of


test hacker groups involved. With Anomalous, the non-US group, being a client defendant in one case against Equation Set, the US group, and as a suspect in the OPM breach. But Alice then outlines why the case is problematic. Along with the OPM victims, CyberTech represents clients from some of the OPM breach suspect companies in unrelated cases, which could appear to be a conflict of interest. This could affect the way our company is perceived by others. We need to maintain our image as an unbiased cyber security consultant. Should CyberTech remain on both the OPM breach investigation and the overseas case at the same time? Or should we drop one of the cases? Apply your critical thinking and analytical skills to figure out what happened what we know and don't know, and how the company might remedy this situation. I'd like a paper by the end of the week with your recommendations. Step 1: Prepare to Think Critically In this first step, you will prepare to respond to your boss’s request for an analysis of a problem in your organization. You realize that this will require careful thinking. So, you take some time to review the process and to engage in Critical Thinking and Analysis. When you have completed the critical thinking exercises, you will move on to the next step: identifying the problem. Step 2: Identify the Problem Now that you’re prepared to think critically, it’s time to analyze the situation. Remember the direction from your CEO is to analyze the situation and advise on the two lawsuits. Suggested area to focus on is to determine if a conflict of interest would exist in handling the two cases that might be related, and advise how to proceed. Outline the points that you want to make in the first two sections of your paper (introduction, explanation) and draft those sections. Next, it’s time to analyze the information. Step 3: Analyze the Information Now that you have some understanding of the nature of the breach and the parties involved, it’s time to gather and analyze information.


The Problem Analysis resources will further aid your analysis and development of the third section of your paper. Outline the points that you want to make in Section 3: Analysis of the Information of your paper, and draft that section. In the following step, you will consider other viewpoints, conclusions, and solutions. Step 4: Consider and Analyze Other Viewpoints, Conclusions, and Solutions Once you have completed your analysis of the incident, the next step is to analyze alternative viewpoints, conclusions, and solutions. To do this you will need to apply Ethical Decision-Making and Reasoning. Also highly recommended, Randolph Pherson's "The Five Habits of the Master Thinker," a paper written for intelligence analysts, but applicable to all analytical thinking and reasoning. Outline the points that you want to make in Section 4: Analysis of Alternative Viewpoints, Conclusions, or Solutions of your paper, and draft that section. When you are finished, move to the next step, which involves developing conclusions. Step 5: Develop Well-Reasoned Conclusions You considered alternative viewpoints in the last step. Now you’re ready to develop your personal conclusions and suggest remedies so that your boss is well-equipped to brief her leadership about the situation. Remember, you may need to consult outside references but this is not a research paper. It is more investigative in nature about the facts of the case. Please cite outside sources carefully. Now, outline your argument and draft Section 5: Conclusions and Recommendations, the final sections. Your boss is expecting to receive a concise, focused paper to prepare her for further meetings. Stay to the main points, although you may have more facts to answer any questions. You will submit your paper in the final step. Step 6: Submit Critical Thinking Paper Your final paper should be no more than 5 double-spaced pages, excluding the cover page and References page(s). Please organize your


paper in accordance with your preparatory steps, using these subheadings: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Introduction Explanation of the Issue Analysis of the Information Consideration of alternative viewpoints and conclusions Conclusions and Recommendations

Here are some tips for success:  

Consider outside sources if they inform your case. However, stay on task. Use APA style for ―in text‖ and reference citations. At this point, your citations should be error-free.

Consider these Best Practices for a paper:    

An effective introduction that grabs the reader’s attention and sets the tone and direction for the rest of the paper; Supporting paragraphs that move the reader from the general introduction to the more specific aspects of your analysis; Body paragraphs that provide support; and, A conclusion that leads to a natural close to what you have presented in your paper.

For the introduction, please build on the following idea: I feel that there is a conflict of interest for CyberTech to represent a customer in one case and help build a case against that same customer is another case. I feel, to avoid a possible conflict of interest situation that CyberTech must make a choice and only take one of the cases for the customer in question. For the Explanation of the Issue, please review the transcript that is posted above Step 1 and expand on the possible conflict of interest that will be included in the introduction.


Then proceed through each additional step which should be approximately one page per step.

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CBR 600 Project 6 OPM Data Breach Case (Stuxnet)

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In your final project that spans three weeks, you will work as part of a team that will research the pertinent issues of the case and provide an analysis of the leadership decisions and effects of group dynamics on the outcome, positive and/or negative. From your research and division of the tasks in a Team Project Plan, each team will produce a white paper on the case, a one-page executive summary for your boss to share with other executives, and a short narrated presentation that covers the case succinctly. You will experience the challenges of working on a team, which is not unlike the world we live in in which not all team members are in the same location and must find opportunities to synchronize their work. These challenges accentuate the importance of communication to plan the project, divide the work, and determine how every member will contribute and produce a first rate project. Consider this a great lesson for group work in your program and professional life! ==============================================


CBR 600 Project 6 OPM Data Breach Case

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In your final project that spans three weeks, you will work as part of a team that will research the pertinent issues of the case and provide an analysis of the leadership decisions and effects of group dynamics on the outcome, positive and/or negative. From your research and division of the tasks in a Team Project Plan, each team will produce a white paper on the case, a one-page executive summary for your boss to share with other executives, and a short narrated presentation that covers the case succinctly. You will experience the challenges of working on a team, which is not unlike the world we live in in which not all team members are in the same location and must find opportunities to synchronize their work. These challenges accentuate the importance of communication to plan the project, divide the work, and determine how every member will contribute and produce a first rate project. Consider this a great lesson for group work in your program and professional life! ==============================================

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