## HW12: Histograms – Button Experiment – A table with data from your team (30 buttons), your section (300 buttons), and all EGR 186 sections (2,400-3,000 buttons).

HW12: Histograms – Button Experiment

PART I: Collect Experimental Data

• Measure the diameter of the provided 30 buttons (use mm).
• Follow the instructions presented in class on how to use the digital calipers.
• Record the diameter of each button to 2 decimal places (x.xx).

PART II: Organizing the Data

Create:

• A table with data from your team (30 buttons), your section (300 buttons), and all EGR 186 sections (2,400-3,000 buttons).
• Histograms (using EXCEL) to show the frequencies of button diameters of your team’s data (30 buttons), your section’s data (300 buttons), and all EGR 186 sections (2,400-3,000 buttons).

You will have 1 table and 3 histograms. Be sure your graphs are appropriately scaled. In other words, do not compare the diameters of your group (30 buttons) to the entire section (300 buttons). If you want to compare 30 buttons to 300, convert to a percentage (%).

PART III: Presenting the Experiment

Write a report to explain the experiment, show the data collected, and discuss the results.

1. Include a cover page with appropriate information.
2. The report must contain a 1) problem statement, 2) methods section, 3) results section, and 4) conclusion (make a conclusion by writing a short paragraph to answer the provided questions).

1. Conclusion: discuss your observations regarding the frequencies of button diameters.
2. Is there a distinct trend or trends? Is/Are the trend(s) similar across all 3 histograms?
3. Discuss why such a result may have occurred.

PAPER FORMAT NOTES:

Write your paper in 3RD PERSON! For example, “The data show…”, NOT “I saw a trend in the data…”. In

engineering technical papers, the data is the focus (not you…).

Properly label title and axes of every graph. No legend is required.

Explain what each graph and table is in the text. Refer to each graph in the text (Figure 1, Figure 2, Table 1, etc.).

Each graph must also have a caption centered directly BELOW the figure (i.e. Figure 1: Team results of…).

Each table must have a caption centered directly ABOVE the table (i.e. Table 1: Team results of…).

Refer to the articles you read for the Tech Comm Project for format, header, figure, table, and caption examples.

## HW08: Engineering Careers – Compare and Contrast the required and desirable knowledge and skills listed in the 5 job postings

This assignment is due at the beginning of next class.

1. Read the documents posted on Bb Learn:

–    Engineering_Disciplines_Handout

• Lists useful information about the different disciplines

–    Engineering fields

• An descriptive overview of engineering disciplines
• Be sure to review Table 1-1 regarding career paths
1. Visit the following websites:
• If currently undecided, read about Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, and/or Mechanical (majors offered at NAU)

–    In LOUIE, select the “Search” tab and then the “browse course catalog” tab.

–    Engineering courses are found in these areas:

• CENE – Civil and Environmental Engineering
• CM – Construction Management
• EE – Electrical Engineering
• EGR – General Engineering
• ME – Mechanical Engineering

– For more detailed instructions on how to find the course catalog, follow this link:  https://nau.edu/its/learn/coursecatalog/

1. Find 5 engineering jobs that are interesting to you:

–    http://www .engineerjobs.com/

1. Prepare and submit a table containing the following information for each job:

–    the title of the position,

–    the URL of the website,

–    the description of the position, and

–    required level of education / experience.

Compare and Contrast the required and desirable knowledge and skills listed in the 5 job postings.

## Assignment 5: Evaluation of the Agency’s Budgeting and Cumulative Report – Analyze two (2) major political influences on and primary accountability areas required of program administrators after reviewing FY2012 regarding mandatory and discretionary budgets

Assignment 5: Evaluation of the Agency’s Budgeting and Cumulative Report
Due Week 10 and worth 290 points

As a consultant, you need to develop an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the selected agency’s budgeting and then provide recommendations for improvement. Therefore, you will conduct interviews with agency representatives and research-related academic sources and Websites. The analysis will be read by the VP of Accounts and Client Support as well as by the leaders of the agency for whom you are working.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

1. Analyze the agency’s (or department’s) budget by following these six (6) steps and including the results of the analysis in your paper by: (a) identifying the agency’s budget as executive department or an independent agency; (b) determining which of the appropriation subcommittees has jurisdiction over each agency’s budget request; (c) determining where each agency’s operations fall in the functional classification of the federal budget; (d) determining the budget authority and outlays proposed for the agency; and (e) determining the actual outlays and budget authority for the agency in that year. (Title this section Budget Overview.)
2. Analyze two (2) major political influences on and primary accountability areas required of program administrators after reviewing FY2012 regarding mandatory and discretionary budgets. (Title this section Budgeting Assessment.)
3. Explain which intergovernmental agency, or agencies, contributes to and / or influences the budgetary decisions for the current and future budget over the next five (5) years. (Title this section Analysis of Budgeting Plans and Actual Expenditures.)
4. Analyze the impact of international policy making on the current year’s budgets and possible impact on future budget line items. (Title this section Implications of Foreign Policy.)
5. Recommend two (2) robust ways in which the agency could improve the budget for the next fiscal year. (Title this section Budget Request and Recommendations.)
6. Provide proof of one to two (1-2) interviews by submitting the completed interview form with a list of questions for and responses from each interviewee. (Put this in the Appendix under Interview Forms.)
7. Provide four to five (4-5) relevant and credible outside resources that support the content of this assignment. (Include no more than one (1) non-government Website.)
• Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
• 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 sections must have appropriate titles. The cover page, interview forms, reference page, and the appendices are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
• Recommend ways to improve specific areas of public administration.
• Analyze the fundamental components of effective budgeting, including sources of revenue, political influences, purposes, types, and accountability of program administrators.
• Use technology and information resources to research issues in public administration.
• Write clearly and concisely about public administration using proper writing mechanics.
Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

## Assignment 4: Evaluation of Agency’s Human Resources Management  – Analyze three to four (3-4) of the major components of the agency’s human resource system, processes, and performance evaluation plan for hiring and retaining a diversified workforce

Assignment 4: Evaluation of Agency’s Human Resources Management
Due Week 8 and worth 240 points

As a consultant, you need to develop an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the selected agency’s human resources management system and processes and then provide recommendations for improvement. Therefore, you will conduct interviews with agency representatives and research related academic sources and Websites. The analysis will be read by the VP of Accounts and Client Support as well as by the leaders of the agency for whom you are working.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

1. Analyze three to four (3-4) of the major components of the agency’s human resource system, processes, and performance evaluation plan for hiring and retaining a diversified workforce. (Title this section Human Resource Processes.)
2. Analyze and describe the implications impacting the agency’s current employment trend, growth, and delivery of its products and services. (Title this section Implications of Human Resource Workforce.)
3. Recommend two to three (2-3) managerial and professional skills and competencies required to improve the agency’s workforce by explaining each recommendation, providing reasons each recommendation would bring about improvement, providing two to three (2-3) ways the agency could implement programs in preparation for those skills not visible within the agency’s workforce as a method of promotion and advancement for current employees. (Title this section Succession Planning for Human Resource Management.)
4. Describe the consultant position you are performing by (a) giving it a title; (b) explaining two to three (2-3) major specifications required of the job and how each will be measured in a performance evaluation; and by (c) explaining two to three (2-3) ways this position will be used within the various departments of the agency and for meeting the specific goals / objectives of the agency. (This job description will be provided to the Agency Director who has requested it. As a resource, you are to use the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, located at http://www.occupationalinfo.org/and published by the U. S. Department of Labor located at usajobs.gov. (Title this section Job Analysis and Design.)
5. Provide proof of one to two (1-2) interviews submitting the completed interview form with a list of questions for and responses from each interviewee. (Put this in the Appendix under Interview Forms.)
6. Provide four to five (4-5) relevant and credible outside resources that support the content of this assignment. (Include no more than one (1) non-government Website.)
• Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
• 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 sections must have appropriate titles. The cover page, reference page, and appendix pages are not included in the required assignment page length. The assignment must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
• Recommend ways to improve specific areas of public administration.
• Analyze the major components of the system, processes, and methods for effective human resource management in the public sector.
• Assess external organizational and employee conditions, trends, and implications of these factors for human resource management of the private sector.
• Use technology and information resources to research issues in public administration.
• Write clearly and concisely about public administration using proper writing mechanics.
Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.