Dissertation Title: Change Management in the Police: A Study of Police Control Rooms.
The chosen project for my dissertation was a case study on the Police in managing change during times of austerity with an emphasis on four key subjects: leadership, implementation, communication and resistance to change.
This study was primarily based on change management theory. There is a great deal of literature on this subject. However, my research was important as it provided knowledge to a limited field of study. This concerned downsizing and changes within the Police in an adverse economic climate. Thus, it extended the research carried out by Hesketh (2011) who examined transformational police needed during public sector cutbacks. One’s research linked in to this study and extended this by examining leadership, communication, resistance and implementation in one Police Force North Yorkshire Police in 2011 during the restructuring of the Force Control Rooms from two sites to one. This research was also the first of its kind extending the research on leadership to include the additional topics of resistance, communication and implementation.
Research Questions and Objectives
1. To examine the individual and organisational barriers to change within the NYP Control Room.
2. To investigate the process of change within NYP and establish acceptance/ resistance.
3. To evaluate the leadership during the changes.
4. To examine the effectiveness of communication during the process of change.
5. To assess the success of the changes and their implementation.
6. To propose recommendations for future changes within NYP.
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Assignment #1: Probability & Statistics and Linear Regression
Question 1 (10 points)
X and Y are discrete random variables with the following joint distribution:
0 1 2
X 0 0.05 0.1 0.03
1 0.21 0.11 0.19
2 0.08 0.15 0.08
That is, Pr (X = 0, Y = 0) = 0.05 and so on.
a) Compute the following probabilities:
b) Find the marginal probability density functions for X and Y.
c) Calculate the mean and variance of X.
d) Calculate the conditional probability density function of Y given X=1, and the
conditional mean and variance of Y given X=1.
e) Calculate the covariance of X and Y.
f) Are X and Y independent? Explain.
Question 2 (5 points)
Consider the simple regression model
Students must prepare a literature review, abstract and a short analysis for the mass persuasion campaign they have chosen.This paper does not have to be written in essay format but should nevertheless be well referenced and use structured paragraphs.
What Sort of Campaign Should I Analyse?
The aim of this assignment is to explore mass persuasion campaigns and how they function. You should choose a media campaign that has a social or political agenda to change attitudes and behaviour. The campaign can come from a range of sources and you are free to select an issue or topic that interests you.
These are all examples of the kinds of campaigns that could be analysed:
• A government campaign to change social attitudes and behaviours (e.g. smoking)
• A political campaign to influence voting (e.g. Trump 2016)
• A lobby group or NGO campaigning for or against a social issue (e.g. marriage equality)
• A media campaign to highlight or draw awareness to an issue (e.g. refugees)
• A corporate campaign aiming to change attitudes and behaviour (e.g. Volkswagen emissions)
For a corporate campaign, you should not be analysing an advertising campaign that aims to sell a commercial product.
You will not need to analyse the entire campaign. If your chosen campaign is particularly long and/or detailed you should consider focusing on a particular time-frame, event or a subset of media items within the campaign.
Writing the Paper
The paper should consist of a 100-word abstract, a 750-word literature review and a 200-word example of how content analysis can be applied to a media item from your campaign. The following are some suggestions for how you might approach these sections. You do not have to follow all of these suggestions but they may assist in planning and structuring your paper.
An abstract is a very brief summary of the contents of a research article or paper. Your abstract should concisely explain some of the following:
• What mass persuasion campaign are you choosing to analyse?
• Who produced the campaign and who was the audience?
• What are the key events and issues related to the campaign?
• What kind of media items you will be analysing?
• What is significant or important about this campaign?
• How will you be approaching the analysis of the campaign?
A literature review is a review of relevant academic research on a subject. Your literature review should be a detailed summary of peer-reviewed journal articles, books and other academic publications relating to your chosen campaign and related issues and themes. Non-academic sources (blogs, news articles, online encyclopedias, websites etc.) should not be used. The intent of this review is to summarise what is already known by researchers and academics about your campaign and related issues (or campaigns like it). The review should also explain how the research is relevant to your campaign and how it supports and informs your approach to analysing it. Your literature review should look at the following:
• What research articles and books have been written about your chosen campaign? If there aren’t any, what articles and books have been written about similar campaigns, related issues and themes?
• What research has been written about the organisations, individuals or key events relating to the campaign?
• What were their findings, what do they suggest and how did they analyse the campaign?
• What research articles and books have been written about broader issues relating to your campaign?
• What are the key terms, ideas and concepts used by researchers who explore these campaigns, issues and themes?
• Refer to ‘WHAT IS AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY’ on Canvas for additional tips.
Your sources should be arranged in a logical fashion so that you can show how they relate to one another and to your campaign. It is important that you also clearly demonstrate how these sources are relevant and help you to understand the nature and significance of your chosen mass persuasion campaign. A literature review should not simply be a list of books and articles written about your chosen area.
You must select a media item from your campaign and demonstrate the methodology you will be using to analyse it. In 200 words (excluding the source material) detail your approach to and analysis of the selected text and develop some content categories. Your analysis does not need to be exhaustive. Some suggested questions you might want to ask for your analysis:
• What kind of words or language is being used? Positive, negative, aggressive, enthusiastic?
• What word choices did the authors make? Why did they use certain terms or phrases instead of others?
• How frequently do they use certain words or phrases, how infrequently do they use others?
• What are the sources of the information in the media item?
• What evidence do they use to support their assertions?
• Who created the media item and what might their agenda be?
• How are events and issues being framed?
• Do they use hyperbole, exaggeration or other rhetorical strategies?
• Is there a clear construction of an “enemy” in the text?
• What aspects of the issue are they drawing attention to, and what are they trying to conceal?
For additional help understanding content analysis as a method you may want to refer to the text Social Research Methods (Oxford University Press) by Alan Bryman, or if you cannot access this there are other books and articles on this method available through the library and online databases.
“GDP: Australia’s economic growth picks up on consumer spending, but can the good time last? By M. Janda and S. Letts (from ABC news of 6 th September 2017) is available at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09- 06/gdp economic- growth-abs- data-june- quarter-2017/8877618
Access the article at the URL given above and answer the questions in the spaces below. Use full sentences and show all necessary working but do not use more space than is given here. Other references are not necessary but, if you do use any (for example, online economics glossaries) please list at least the URL of your source.
(1) During the 2017 June quarter, real GDP grew as well as real GDP per capita. State the rates reported in the article and explain why they differ.
(2) What is the official definition of a recession? Based on the diagram “GDP growth Seasonally adjusted 1990-Present” did Australia have a recession?
(3) From the diagram “GDP growth Seasonally adjusted 1990-Present” state the highest two peaks and the lowest two troughs of the business cycles. (Please note that the diagram is interactive)
(4) Compare the effect on GDP of the highest growth rate from your answer in (3) with the 2017 June quarter real growth rate from your answer in (1) if they were sustained over a period of 20 years.
(5) Considering the income identity equation, describe which sectors performed well and which ones did not.
(6) According to the article “There was also a slight decline in nominal GDP growth”. Explain why nominal and real GDP differ.
The Project Charter should explain the background of the organisation where this project will be carried out, the objectives of the project and the importance of this project to the organisation. The Charter includes a Business Case, Milestone Schedule, as well as any major problems or anticipated Risks with this project if they are known at this stage. The textbook provides detailed examples of what needs to be included in the Project Charter. These examples will assist in the development of the Project Charter for MyProject. The project should be of commercial consequence which demands a Return-On-Investment (ROI) analysis, and could be from one of the following categories depending on the type of business a student is involved in:
1. an organisational project that a student is involved in as the organisation’s main line of business – to
manage projects for your organisation or on behalf of others
2. an activity that a student is convinced would benefit from being handled as a project
3. an activity in which a student was involved in the past that was not carried out as a project, but one which you believe would have been managed better as a project. If you use this option you should describe how you would execute this activity now using the knowledge gained through this unit.
4. As this is a piece of academic work, students are required to describe the purpose of each section of the Charter in paraphrased text, appropriately referenced to the prescribed textbook, the PMBoK, and/or readings on the learning site. Failure to do so will result in a reduction of marks for each marking criteria where this is not performed.
The project MUST NOT be any of the following except with written approval from your tutor or the Unit Assessor:
i. A wedding event
ii. a project developing an App
iii. implementation of a change management initiative
iv. a Not-For-Profit event
v. the establishment of a restaurant
vi. a farewell event
vii. a sporting, cultural or music event
The maximum word length for this assignment is 1,500 words excluding words used in any charts, templates, forms
or diagrams that you have used to apply the knowledge areas. The word count DOES NOT include the sponsor letter.
In Week 3 or 4 your local tutor will assign students into groups to permit the group to collaborate and upload Assignment 2 as a group of four. To facilitate collaboration, a group wiki will be set up and must be used progressively to complete Assignment 2 (see wiki information below).
It is imperative that students complete the Activities at the end of Topic 3 in the Study Guide.
For Assignment 2, the project team is required to submit a report illustrating how the project team will apply the knowledge areas that have been learned in this unit to OurProject. The Project Report needs to address at a minimum the areas listed under “format for this assessment task” below.
As this is a piece of academic work, students are required to describe the purpose of each section of the Charter in paraphrased text, appropriately referenced to the prescribed textbook, the PMBoK, and/or readings on the learning site. Failure to do so will result in a reduction of marks for each marking criteria where this is not performed.
In Week 3 your local tutor will assign students to a group of four. A wiki will be set up within MySCU and access to each group wiki will be limited to the designated students, the local tutor and the Unit Assessor. No other student can access your group wiki.
The wiki must be used to progressively compile the required parts of Assignment 2 – OurProject Report aligned to the PMBoK knowledge areas. It is required that students place material in the wiki on a set progressive basis. That is, students will be required to place material, for example a WBS, in the week following the week that the topic is taught. For example, WBS is presented in Topic 4 / Week 4, and therefore students have until the end of Week 5 (Saturday at midnight NSW time) to place material and a WBS into the wiki
It is noted that there are two marking criteria for some of the PMBoK knowledge areas. It is suggested that different students take carriage of one of these elements in the wiki to ensure both are completed and placed in the wiki before the relevant time.
Just prior to the due date for Assessment Task 2, one student from each group should download all material from the wiki and compile these into the one single document to be uploaded via the A2 Turnitin portal for grading. There is no need for more than one student to upload as this will result in 100% match in the originality score.
The maximum word length for this assignment is 3,000 words excluding words used in any charts, templates, forms or diagrams that the project team have used to apply the knowledge areas. If the project team opt to use words to explain how the team have applied a knowledge area you should limit them to one page per knowledge area. A soft copy of many useful forms will be made available to you on MySCU that project teams can modify and use for the assignment. However as a project team you can and should design your own forms or use standard forms that are used by an organisation and adapt these to suit your project. The soft copy is provided for the benefit of those students who are not adept at designing forms using a computer. Hand drawn forms can be used as well but they must be neatly drawn.
You are also required to provide a list of references listing all the sources you have referred to in preparing this assignment.
A critical evaluation of your experience undertaking a project, with reference to theory.
Engaging in critical evaluation
This critical evaluation essay requires you to review your experience of undertaking a project – Assessment Task Two. It requires you to critically analyse your experience undertaking Assessment Task Two in light of the theory we have discussed this session. You are required to critically evaluate how you and your team members did – or did not – utilise the project management tools that you have discovered this session.
Critically discuss how your experience in Assessment Task Two aligned (or not) with project management principles. Analyse your experience against at least three knowledge areas. You may choose to use positive or negative experiences, although students tend to learn more from reflecting on negative experiences in a reflective essay. You will be expected to:
• Introduce the essay
• BRIEFLY describe the situation/s you are going to discuss
• Link the experience to the theory we have discussed this session
• Provide insight into how you engaged in, or contributed to, the situation
• Provide insight, in light of what you have experienced and learned, of what you would do differently the next time you undertake a project
• Conclude the essay
Internal Code : MAS965
‘Positivity in Schools’ Research Project
In conjunction with schools, the LEA and Cynnal are always looking to improve practice and ensure the best possible conditions for our pupils’ success.In this respect, we would like to invite you to take part in a research project in collaboration us and with the School of Psychology at the University of Bangor. The aim of the research is to find out whether or not an intervention from the field of positive psychology has an impact on children’s happiness and academic performance. We intend to conduct the research with Year 7-13 pupils as a natural part of classroom activity for a week. For each pupil, it will mean:
· Completing a simple questionnaire before the research test.
· Recording ‘3 good things” in their day, in the form of a simple diary for 10 minutes at the end of every school day for a week. Partaking in a lesson on Growth Mindset .
· Completing the same questionnaires at the end of the week and in the summer term .
This questionnaire concerns the reasons why children do their school work. The scale was developed for students in late elementary and middle school. (The comparable SRQ for adults is referred to as the Learning Self-Regulation Questionnaire.) Consequently, its format is slightly different from the format of the Self- Regulation Questionnaires intended for adults. First, the repsonses to each item are on a 4-point scale rather than a 7-point scale because we have found that more than 4 possible responses is not optimal for the children who complete the questionnare who are as young as about 8 years of age. Second, we typically have the children respond right on the questionnaire by circling the correct response rather than using an asnwer sheet. Again, this is easier, especially when doing a group administration to a class of students. Of course it is more work for the researcher to get the information off the questionnaires, but it is worth the trade off. Third, there are more items on the SRQs for children than the SRQs for adults in order to ensure good reliability. Fourth, the “very true” response comes first for each item, whereas on the adult questionnaire it comes last. To score the scale: Very True is scored 4; Sort of True is scored 3; Not Very True is scored 2; and Not at All True is scored 1. This way, a higher score will indicate a higher level of endorsement of that regulatory style. The SRQ-A uses four subscales: external regulation, introjected regulation, identified regulation, and intrinsic motivation.