Origins of Civilization

Origins of Civilization The term “Mesoamerica” refers to a geographical area occupied by a variety of ancient cultures that shared religious beliefs, art, architecture, and technology that made them unique in the Americas for three thousand years – from about 1500 B.C. to A.D. 1519 – the time of European contact. Mesoamerica is one of our planet’s six cradles of early civilization. Many aspects of the ancient cultures of Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and México continue to the present and several of these cultural inventions and traits have spread throughout the world. Some important definitions to keep in mind Read More …

CHRONOLOGY: MESOAMERICAN TIMELINE

CHRONOLOGY: MESOAMERICAN TIMELINE Mesoamerican Timeline Archaeologists divide Mesoamerican civilizational development into three major time periods: the PreClassic or Formative period extending from 1500 B.C. – A.D. 300, the Classic period extending from A.D. 300-950, and the PostClassic period extending from A.D. 950-1521. THE PRECLASSIC PERIOD As Mesoamerican populations developed more intensive agricultural techniques, political specialists began to govern their societies. Doubtless the roles of emerging paramount chiefs evolved from positions once held by powerful spiritual leaders. Eventually, population increase led to competition for localized resources and the mechanisms by which political leaders organized cooperative farming ventures could be applied just Read More …

Discussion: rulers and their portraits

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/rxxK1FgBQNSsipmXhCIAXQ   Link (Links to an external site.) Discussion: rulers and their portraits While discussing  the Olmec Stone Mask, MacGregor mentions another carving from the same site, the colossal Olmec head: Discussion: rulers and their portraits He notes that it is in a rather similar style,   “simplified and schematized, somewhere between minimalism and an abstraction.” MacGregor is talking about the style of these two Olmec pieces.   Paying attention to style is crucial in art history.   By style, art historians mean the way something is depicted (as opposed to what is depicted.) Note that MacGregor is referring to something visible in Read More …

DFI to Achieve Economies of Scale Bear Co. and Viking, Inc., are automobile manufacturers that desire to benefit from economies of scale.

DFI to Achieve Economies of Scale Bear Co. and Viking, Inc., are automobile manufacturers that desire to benefit from economies of scale. Bear Co. has decided to establish distributorship subsidiaries in various countries, while Viking, Inc., has decided to establish manufacturing subsidiaries in various countries. Which firm is more likely to benefit from economies of scale? 9. DFI Strategy Bronco Corp. has decided to establish a subsidiary in Taiwan that will produce stereos and sell them there. It expects that its cost of producing these stereos will be one-third the cost of producing them in the United States. Assuming that its production Read More …

Leadership Blog

Resources:  Videos listed in Week 5 and Leadership Blog Template View the videos listed in this week’s classroom materials. Establish an internal leadership blog based on your selected company (a blog for your company employees only) by incorporating the following criteria and using the Leadership Blog template: Describe the Team Leadership Model. Illustrate culture and leadership. Appraise the effects of gender, leadership style, and leadership effectiveness. Formulate the implications of leading in a changing global business environment. Use at least one image, photo, chart, or graph to deliver a key concept within your blog. Write a 700- to 1,050-word blog for your company. Read More …

Developing a secure information system

Your boss is asking each engineer from all departments to come up with the one or two sources of network threats and attacks you consider the most critical and why. He wants you to be able to fit your thoughts on an index card. He does not care if the same problem is addressed from several points of view or if you address a very specific “threat of the day” or one from the past that could come back. You are also asked to have an opinion about the potential risks of such threats and attacks.   With limited time Read More …

Discuss the various data compression methods in current use, especially loss-less vs. lossy.

Discuss the various data compression methods in current use, especially loss-less vs. lossy. Determine the three most popular formats for digital color images and construct a table comparing the capabilities and features of each.

Mission Trip Presentation

The Mission Trip Persuasive Presentation is one in which the student describes a hypothetical ministry in an international setting, to a real group of people. A successful, persuasive presentation will follow the three-point outline below and will cause the viewer to want to go on the trip and believe that they could make an impact. Prepare 15-25 slides that follow this outline:   1) Who We Are sets out the philosophy of cross-cultural ministry and explains how you believe Christians should relate to different ethnicities.   2) How We Work discusses how your ministry takes into account the local market Read More …

Cryptography and Data security. Design of a security system

  Post a brief explanation regarding the following issues: What methods/facilities are available to secure data in today’s systems? Have these methods proved to be adequate? If not, what changes would you recommend to make these methods more secure? Why do you need message authentication? Does encryption solve the problem of message authentication? Explain. You are asked to design a security system for a company to ensure data protection according to the CIA triad. Discuss how you would go about beginning such an assignment and then explain what your final design should accomplish. Keep in mind cost as an issue.

Successful organizations have an ability to mobilize quickly when events open a promising window for social change.

Successful organizations have an ability to mobilize quickly when events open a promising window for social change. However, as organizations become more successful, the agendas they pursue broaden and it becomes more challenging to keep track of all the possible options for action, let alone to prioritize them. The Justice Project (TJP) found itself in this situation in the fall of 2006. After a number of significant successes, including the passage of the federal Innocence Protection Act, TJP had far more opportunities for changing the criminal justice system than it could possibly take on. In an environment where tactics may Read More …