BMGT 110 – Project 2:  Current Event Paper


The purpose of this project is for you to demonstrate an understanding of current events and their effect on management, management processes and operations.

Outcome Met with This Project

· Discuss the financial, economic, regulatory, sociopolitical, and technological factors as they relate to a dynamic business environment.

How to Set Up the Paper

Create a Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) document that is double-spaced using Times Roman New 12-point font.  The final product will be 3 -4 pages in length excluding the title page and reference page.  Write clearly and concisely.

Create a Title page with a title for the paper, course number, your name and the instructor’s name.

Course Materials and Research

This project requires you to research.  You will first research using the U.S. Census Bureau to extract information related to the U.S. trade position.  You are expected to address the requirements in the template below, using course materials and research to support the reasoning.  Note that using course materials and reference articles goes beyond defining terms but clearly and thoroughly explains the ‘why and how’ of a situation.  Avoid merely making statements but close the loop of the discussion by explaining how something happens or why something happens, which focuses on importance and impact.  In closing the loop, you will demonstrate the ability to think clearly and rationally showing an understanding of the logical connections between the course materials, your reference articles and the question(s) being asked.

Use the following template using the headings to separate elements.  Create a new paragraph for each bulleted item below.  Do not use bullets in your paper as the required format is in narrative format with indented paragraph and no extra space between paragraphs.


· Write an Introduction paragraph.  The Introduction paragraph is the first paragraph of the paper and will be used to describe to the reader the intent of the paper explaining the main points covered in the paper.  This intent should be understood prior to reading the remainder of the paper so the reader knows exactly what is being covered in the paper.

· Consider writing the introduction last to ensure that the main points are covered. 

Foreign Trade 

· Using the U.S. Census Bureau, identify the export, import and total trade amounts for the United States for the last reported quarter/year end.

· Calculate the balance of trade and discuss the results.

· Explain how imports and exports affect the US economy.

Trade with China

Currently, China has tariffs in place on approximately $110 billion of U.S. products.  The tariffs range from 5%-25% and are placed on products that include soybeans, beef, pork, seafood, vegetables, liquefied natural gas, whiskey and ethanol. On August 1, 2019, the Trump administration announced that it planned to levy tariffs of 10% on over $300 billion of Chinese imports.

Answer the following requirements:

· Using the U.S. Census Bureau, identify the U.S. export and import totals with China for the last reported quarter and explain what these amounts mean for the U.S.

· Explain how has Trump’s trade protectionism impacted businesses in China?  Make sure to include examples.

· Explain how Trump’s trade protectionism has impacted other countries?  Make sure to include examples.


· Create a concluding paragraph.  The Conclusion summarizes the main topics discussed in the paper.


· The reference page is on a separate page from the report.  The reference page is completed according to APA with each reference left-justified with hanging indentation for subsequent lines.  References are completed in alphabetical order.  Please see the module, Learn to Use APA to ensure references are in APA format.

· A reference should appear under the reference section for each in-text citation in the paper.  A reference may not exist without the associated in-text citation and vice versa.

Review the Paper

Read the paper to ensure all required elements are present.

The following are specific requirements that you will follow.  Use the checklist to mark off that you have followed each specific requirement.

Checklist Specific Project Requirements
  Proofread your paper
  Read and use the grading rubric while completing the paper to ensure all requirements are met that will lead to the highest possible grade.
  Third person writing is required.  Third person means that there are no words such as “I, me, my, we, or us” (first person writing), nor is there use of “you or your” (second person writing).  If uncertain how to write in the third person, view this link:
  Contractions are not used in business writing, so do not use them.
  Paraphrase and do not use direct quotations.  Paraphrase means you do not use more than four consecutive words from a source document.  Removing quotation marks and citing is inappropriate.  Instead put a passage from a source document into your own words and attribute the passage to the source document.  There should be no passages with quotation marks.  Using more than four consecutive words from a source document would require direct quotation marks.  Changing words from a passage does not exclude the passage from having quotation marks.   If more than four consecutive words are used from source documents, this material will not be included in the grade.
  You are expected to use the research and weekly course materials to develop the analysis and support the reasoning.   There should be a robust use of the course material.  Material used from a source document must be cited and referenced.  A reference within a reference list cannot exist without an associated in-text citation and vice versa.  Changing words from a passage does not exclude the passage from having quotation marks.
  Use in-text citations and provide a reference list that contains the reference associated with each in-text citation.
  You may not use books in completing this problem set unless part of the course material.  Also, do not use a dictionary, Wikipedia or Investopedia or similar sources.
  Provide the page or paragraph number in every in-text citation presented.  Since the eBook does not have page numbers, include the chapter title and topic heading.  If using a video, provide the minutes and second of the cited material.

Submit the paper in the Assignment Folder (The assignment submitted to the Assignment Folder will be considered the student’s final product and therefore ready for grading by the instructor.  It is incumbent upon the student to verify the assignment is the correct submission.  No exceptions will be considered by the instructor).

Self-Plagiarism: Self-plagiarism is the act of reusing significant, identical or nearly identical portions of one’s own work.  You cannot re-use any portion of a paper or other graded work that was submitted to another class even if you are retaking this course.   You also will not reuse any portion of previously submitted work in this class.  A zero will be assigned to the assignment if self-plagiarized.  Faculty do not have the discretion to accept self-plagiarized work.

NOTE:  All submitted work is to be your original work. You may not use any work from another student, the Internet or an online clearinghouse.  You are expected to understand the Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism Policy and know that it is your responsibility to learn about instructor and general academic expectations with regard to proper citation of sources as specified in the APA Publication Manual, 6th Ed. (Students are held accountable for in-text citations and an associated reference list only).