EGN3615 Florida Setting up a New Wind Turbine Facility Expert Report

Expert Report

Note: there are no group writing assignments in this class, and all written work will be completed independently.

You will submit your Expert Report (sentence outline format) to this assignment.

Preparation

To prepare for this assignment, you must:

read the UNC handouts on Introductions (Links to an external site.) and Conclusions (Links to an external site.)

read the “How to create a sentence outline”Preview the document and “Sentence outline skeleton”Preview the document documents

read Porket, J. L. (2003). The Pros and Cons of Government Regulation. Economic Affairs Harlow London, (4), 48-54. [available on course reserves]

scan Globalization: A Very Short Introduction, Chapters 4 & 6

conduct research on your agreed-upon area of expertise (either Political or Environmental). A set of resources has been collected for you to use to get started. These resources can be found in the “Pages” section of Canvas, and are credible sources. You may find that your work requires additional research or support. In this case, students must ensure that their sources are credible and up to date.

Purpose

The communication assignments in this course aim to develop communication skills that students will need in their professional lives. Students will study, analyze, and synthesize information and research through independent and group learning contexts, and will use both oral and written communication to do this work. Through these assignments, students will develop skills that will help them excel in their professional endeavors. Targeted skills include: argumentation; analysis; organization; presentation skills; and small group and interpersonal communication skills.

Goals

This assignment has two goals:

to complete research and analysis necessary for plant location decision making

to complete analysis that will be a contributing factor in the final recommendation for plant location in the Executive Summary assignment at the end of this course

Objectives

The objectives of this assignment include: submitting your report to this assignment; organization; research; analysis; argument building; making a case

Overview

You will submit your Expert Report to this assignment.

In your final communication assignment for this course, you will make a recommendation regarding where a new wind turbine manufacturing facility should be built: The United States (Iowa), or Denmark? Your recommendation will be based on the research, analysis, comparison, and decision making that you and your team conduct throughout the semester.

For this assignment, you will take a deep dive into one of the following areas, becoming your team’s expert in that area (you will have already decided each team member’s focus in the first workshop): Politics or Environment. You will research the various aspects of your area for both the United States and Denmark, and make comparisons and conduct analysis that will be key in your team’s final recommendation.

The research and analysis you conduct for this assignment will contribute to your official facility location recommendation at the end of the semester.

Please note: This is NOT a team assignment. Students will conduct independent research and analysis, and will synthesize information and write their own individual reports, using their own brains and thoughts.

Topic Choice

In your first meeting, your team will have decided which team members will focus on which topic: Political or Environmental. Every team must have at least two team members focusing on each topic.

You will find the instructions and requirements for each individual topic in the “Pages” section of Canvas.

Political: Specific Description and Requirements

Environmental: Specific Description and Requirements

Expert Report: Environmental Considerations

Environmental Considerations

Note: there are no group writing assignments in this class, and all written work will be completed independently.

This page describes one of the two focuses you may choose to take for the Expert Report assignment (the other is Political Considerations). Below are the specifications and requirements for fulfilling this assignment, as well as a list of resources you should use for your research. You may also use other sources as you see fit, but you must ensure that they are credible, up to date, and reliable.

Preparation

To prepare for this assignment, students must read:

Cherer, T. (2015). A question of ‘greenness’: Regulatory politics and the EU international environmental policy regime. The Social Contract 10 58-68.

Steger, M. B. (2017). Chapter 6: The ecological dimension of globalization. In Globalization: A very short introduction, (4th ed.) (pp. 62-79). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Watson, D. & Andrews, M. (2019). Environmental standards. In. C. Wankel (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Business in Today’s World (pp. 606-609). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. doi: 10.4135/9781412964289.n348 [ebook available in the library]

Overview

Environmental regulations often play a significant role in how businesses operate and how they fit in with the community in which they are situated. Thus, environmental considerations are often an important factor in plant location decision making.

You will research the environmental considerations described below for both Denmark and the United States, discuss how cultural attitudes may dictate environmental policy, and make a preliminary plant location recommendation based on this specific consideration.

As part of your report, you will need to address the following:

Identify pertinent regulatory bodies for each country and identify their roles and inter-relationships

Identify energy policies for each country and their potential business impacts (both positive and negative)

Develop a comparison of the energy policies of both countries with a focus on the location of a plant in each

Resources

Some resources have been identified and collected for you, and are listed below.

Denmark

“Between grassroots and treetops: Community power and institutional dependence in the renewable energy sector in Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands,” Preview the documentHenk-Jan Kooij, et. al., In this resource the most important element are section 3 and 3.1 (including 3.1.1.and 3.1.2) which will provide background on the evolution of the energy approach of Denmark.

The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark (Links to an external site.)

Danish Regulations (Links to an external site.)

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Links to an external site.)

The Danish energy model: Innovative efficient and sustainable (Links to an external site.)

The United States

The State and Local Role in Protecting America’s Environment (Links to an external site.), Earth Insitute, Columbia University

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (Links to an external site.)

US Energy Facts Explained (Links to an external site.), US Energy Information Administration

Requirements

500-word minimum (not including works cited)

Sources: A minimum of 5 credible sources is required. A collection of credible resources has been made available to you. Those resources, your little textbook (Globalization: A Very Short Introduction), and the introductory readings for this class may all be used as sources for your Expert Report.

You may find that your work requires additional research or support, in which case you must ensure that you use only credible, up-to-date sources. Sources that are found to be outdated or not credible will not be counted as one of your 5 minimum sources.

Analysis: Citing all your sources, present relevant environmental considerations for Denmark and the United States (including a comparison of regulatory bodies and energy policies), discuss how cultural attitudes may dictate environmental policy, and make a preliminary plant location recommendation based on these specific considerations. Guide us through the logic that leads to your conclusion/recommendation for a plant location.

Your organization must be clear and easy to navigate.

You must use headings and subheadings as appropriate.

You must include in-text citations for all sources used.

Citations must be formatted correctly according to the style decided on by your team (APA, or MLA).

Visuals: Include graphs, charts, or figures that help aid in the communication and understanding of complex issues or ideas, or that help readers visually situate information.

You must include at least one visual

The visual must be relevant and labeled properly, with a title and axes labels.

It should appear in an appropriate place in the body of your report.

See the resource on creating successful graphics under “Pages.”

Introduction and Conclusion: Your Expert Report must include an introduction and conclusion.

The introduction must include a thesis of your main idea, which ultimately informs your recommendation. Your thesis should be a one- to two-sentence statement about the main environmental and cultural considerations in each country that would affect a plant location.

The conclusion should include a recommendation that offers clear reasoning and justification.

This recommendation will be based only on your area of expertise and will not be used as the recommendation for the executive summary. However, your recommendation and justifications here should be used as part of your team’s decision-making process.

Works cited page: Citations must be formatted correctly according to the style decided on by your team (APA, or MLA).

Rubric

Expert Report Rubric

Expert Report Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWord countThe report is at least 500 words.

3.0 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

3.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction

3.0 pts

Full Marks

The report begins with a clear and concise introduction that sets up the purpose and contents of the report and includes a clear thesis.

1.5 pts

Partial Marks

An introduction is included, but the thesis is missing or unclear.

0.0 pts

No Marks

The introduction is missing OR there is something resembling an introduction but it is not relevant, or very poorly written/not easy to understand, or doesn’t sufficiently introduce the report purpose and contents.

3.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysis

10.0 pts

Full Marks

The analysis is well-organized, with appropriate headers and subheads. It compares the issues related to your area of expertise in each country, and logically presents arguments for how those issues might affect policy and business decisions that might ultimately affect the decision for plant location. The analysis cites at least five sources using in-text citations that follow the citation style agreed upon by the group.

5.0 pts

Partial Marks

The analysis is lacking in one or two of the following required criteria: not well organized; does not compare appropriate issues in each country; does not make strong arguments about how the issues might affect policy and decisions; does not cite the required amount of sources; does not use proper in-text citations.

0.0 pts

No Marks

The analysis is lacking in three or more required criteria.

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeVisuals

3.0 pts

Full Marks

The report includes at least one visual (graph, chart, or figure) in the body of the analysis. The visual(s) are relevant and labeled properly, with a title and axes labels, and they aid in the communication and understanding of issues or ideas. Visuals should appear where they support the report contents (not necessarily at the end of the report).

1.5 pts

Partial Marks

Visual(s) are included, but they are not relevant OR not labeled properly OR do not aid in the communication and understanding of issues or ideas OR do not appear where they support the report contents.

0.0 pts

No Marks

Visual(s) are missing or very poorly done, missing more than one of the required criteria.

3.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusion

3.0 pts

Full Marks

The report includes a conclusion that summarizes the main ideas of the analysis and presents a recommendation based on the analysis. The recommendation will be based solely on the research you conducted for your area of expertise and will draw a logical conclusion on plant location.

1.5 pts

Partial Marks

The report includes a conclusion, but it does not sufficiently summarize the main ideas of the analysis OR is not based solely on the research you conducted for your area of expertise OR does not draw a logical conclusion on plant location.

0.0 pts

No Marks

The report is missing OR it is very poorly written OR it does not include a recommendation.

3.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWorks Cited

3.0 pts

Full Marks

At least five credible references are listed at the end of the report in the citation style that was agreed upon by the group.

0.0 pts

No Marks

There are fewer than five sources OR the citation style is inconsistent or incorrect.

3.0 pts

Total Points: 25.0

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