Our resident International Student blogger Dhriti takes on assignments this week with her top tips! Those of us who have already submitted at least one assignment or are about to submit, we know the struggle is REAL. It is obvious that if you are writing academically for the first time, you will face a lot of challenges. Make a mental note: It won’t be easy! It will definitely not be a piece of cake if you are not used to this method of working in your previous education. The sooner you accept that, the easier things would be. There is plenty of support out there to help so if you are really stuck speak to your Personal Academic Tutor or the Learning Development team. 2. Plan your work. Being a student at University, no one will plan your time for you. It is totally up to you to plan things out in an efficient way to make sure you reach your deadlines. 3. Stick to the schedule you make for yourself.

If I am being honest here, none of us really stick to the schedules we make for working around the assignment, but it is actually important that we try our best to do it. P.S. I know this is extremely hard to achieve but at least try! 4. Read the assignment brief carefully. Understanding what is actually expected from you would definitely lead to you producing good quality work. Need extra clarification, talk to your course tutor or the Learning Development team. 5. Understand the importance of your tutor. Nothing will help you more in those last 3 days than the advice your tutors give you. It is therefore EXTREMELY important that you have your tutors look at your drafts. We get hesitant when it comes to initiating the writing bit and just keep on doing the research. We do really want our work to be perfect, but it is important not put off the writing for very long. 7. DO NOT PANIC. Just follow the instructions laid out for you and everything will fall into place and you will finally be able to submit your work on time. If none of this works just remember as Chris Bradford says “A samurai must remain calm at all times, even in the face of danger”! If you are struggling with your assignments, or just need a bit of a steer in the right direction then please do get in touch. Go to our website or find us on social media!

• Imagine that you are taking the next step in the environmental analysis process for the cardiac care wing discussed in the first part of this discussion. Recommend three strategies that you can use to evaluate the data gathered during the analysis in order to decide whether or not to add this new wing to the hospital. • Examine service categories commonly provided by nursing homes. Determine two specific service categories that you believe are common factors of competition among nursing homes. • Analyze the main service area factors for healthcare organizations factors. Suggest two consumer factors and two service area factors that could provide a competitive advantage to a walk-in clinic. • Examine three barriers that you believe represent the most significant obstacles to an effective competitor analysis. Propose a strategy to overcome each of the three barriers that you have identified. • From the e-Activity, analyze Michael Porter’s technique for a competitive analysis.

Determine one factor for each of Porter’s five forces of an environmental analysis that apply to the organization that you selected. • Evaluate the importance of an internal environmental analysis for a healthcare organization. Determine three specific reasons why an internal analysis has become an important activity for healthcare organizations. • Imagine that you are the manager of a healthcare clinic. Recommend three tactics to increase the value of the services offered that would boost the company’s competitive advantage. • From the e-Activity, determine two specific resources and two specific competencies that give the organization that you researched a competitive advantage. • From the e-Activity, propose two strategies that the selected organization should consider in order to maintain its competitive advantage. 1. Determine two (2) emerging trends in the external environment that prompted General Electric (GE) Healthcare to develop a new strategy for the production and marketing of a low cost Electroencephalography (EEG) machine in bottom of the pyramid markets (BOP). 2. Examine two (2) internal barriers GE Healthcare faced when developing its BOP market in India and determine the manner in which they hindered GE Healthcare’s growth in this market segment.

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