For 31.10.18

  • Outlining 7-11 Japan to Identify Your Topic
  • Researching Your Topic
  • Learning SQL
  • Workflow, Study Habits, and Working in Teams

Outlining 7-11 Japan

As before, the aim of this exercise is to help you develop the reading, note-taking, and writing skills you will need to understand increasingly complex business application systems and reports on them.

Start off by listing all of the relevant topics and prioritizing them. For your outline, follow this model and read and apply my Outlining to Think

  • List topics (scan to identify the major topics and issues)
  • Prioritize, put your favorite topic on the top and subordinate the rest under “More”
  • Revise the sub-head from whatever you wrote first time to something that better reflects the larger issue you will then research
  • In Heading 4, and using report structure, report on what the article says and then, in a new paragraph, discuss what interests you (professionally) and why.
  • Quote passages in Heading 5 and include citations in Heading 6

Researching your topic

As above, explore widely, list, then narrow down

  • Read and apply my article on Search
  • Identify key terms in two parts, including basic definitions and then develop completely interesting, forward-looking, value-delivering principles: start with businessdictionary.com or any other source then add to it as you go along
  • Look for contemporary relevance by searching for things like “marketing trends food service xxx” where xxx you replace with kpmg, pwc, Deloitte, HBR, McKinsey and select 3-5 articles that look interesting
  • Outline the 5-12 issues you will find, prioritize them, then explore and discuss how it works, where value is to be found

Learning SQL

Your mission is to learn how to learn programming languages and complex technical systems more generally so that you can pick up and learn such things on your own

Why study multiple sources comparatively?

  • Audience. Review about the eight very different intellectual styles, identify your style for each of the four pairs, and think a moment about how you do well to prepare to explain things with far different intellectual styles: this is not simply about your learning, but about your communication with others in business contexts
  • Intellectual Styles. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the difference between German, French, English and Asian intellectual styles

How to learn code comparatively

Spend 20+ minutes on the first pages each of the following resources to the end of developing a compare and contrast discussion of how differently they approach the topic, what different things you learned from each, and how these differences are fitting into your head

Workflow, Study Habits, and Working in Teams

  • My Advice on Portfolios. Please review my advice on portfolios and Dropbox to remind yourselves of how these portfolios are to be combined
  • Plan on submitting your homework by Tuesday evening so that Wednesday you will have a chance to see how differently others are completing the assignment
  • If you have not submitted your homework thus far in the format “Firstname, 31.10.18”, please correct your filenames and observe that you’ve obviously not read my instructions carefully and do well to do so
  • If your style includes the color blue or “body text” in the outline, please review my First Structure, Then Style and fix it (copy styles from our class syllabus file in Resources