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The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.

At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Friday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Friday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often.

The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit.

Assignment Details 

This assignment has 4 parts.

  1. Collaboration in a business environment is a best practice that leverages the collective knowledge of the team that is assembled. Peer evaluation and support, provided in the spirit of continuous improvement and organizational success, result in higher quality deliverables than what are generally possible by the efforts of an individual. 
    • Describe the process that you plan to use to conduct research, identify findings, and develop the Comprehensive Project that is due in Unit 5. 
    • Present a preliminary outline that indicates how you intend to organize the project deliverable.
  2. Review the process and outlines of other students, providing an objective assessment and constructive feedback that will help strengthen the effectiveness of their efforts and the quality of their finished products. 
  3. What are Pareto Charts? How and why are they used? How are they related to the Pareto Principle? 
  4. What are some examples of performance measurement systems and how do they support continuous improvement and quality initiatives?

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

Assignment Objectives

Evaluate the quality control tools used to analyze and improve processes.

Discuss the opportunities provided by technology for businesses.

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