For the Week 8 Logistics Management Essay, you will write a five-page paper on the impact of the expansion of the Panama canal on U.S. Eastern and Gulf coast ports. Research the expansion project, explore why and how this expansion is significant to global trade, and determine its impact on U.S. Eastern and Gulf coast ports. Select one port and focus on how this expansion will impact logistics planning for that region as well as the economic impact within the region. Consider logistics resources, employment, infrastructure, costs, intermodal requirements, etc. in your research. Apply your knowledge of topics presented throughout this course. You may use tables or figures as appropriate in your paper, but the data must be referenced within the paper and relevant to the content presented in your essay. Use proper APA formatting and citation for any tables or figures you create within your paper.
Much of the information you gather will come from websites on the topic and websites about economic development in the specific region you select, but there are white paper articles on the topic as well.
- U.S. Eastern Port Cities to consider: New York/New Jersey, Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA., Jacksonville, FL. , Norfolk, VA.
- Gulf Port Cities to consider: New Orleans, LA., Houston, TX, Mobile, AL., Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL., Galveston, TX., Corpus Christi, TX.
Through writing this essay you will be required to demonstrate a knowledge of how to relate logistics management concepts learned in the course to the topic, how to conduct research, and how to properly cite sources using APA formatting guidelines. You will be responsible for using a minimum of 2 scholarly/peer reviewed sources.
Your essay is to be a minimum of 5 complete pages in length. Going over the minimum page length requirement is acceptable; however, I am not looking for a 10+ page essay.
Be as thorough as possible when writing your logistics essay, and remember, this is an academic assignment, so no “text-talk,” no conversational tone, and ABOVE ALL OTHER THINGS… don’t plagiarize!! Lastly, spell-check and proofread your work! Failure to follow these steps will negatively impact your grade.
For this course, you will submit the graded activity using Turnitin. An Originality Report will become available within a few minutes after your first submission. Inside the Originality Report will be a Similarity Index. The Similarity Index shows a percentage of the material in your paper which matches other sources found by Turnitin. You will be expected to have a Similarity Index of less than 15%. If your Similarity Index is greater than 15% you will need to review your Originality Report to be sure that you have paraphrased your work appropriately, and cited your sources correctly.
The Originality Report will help you to avoid plagiarism, and improve the quality and content of your essay. It is strongly suggested that you keep direct quotations to a minimum, and never copy and paste text without proper citations. You have until the activity due date to resubmit your work, however, there will be a 24 hour delay before the Originality Report becomes available. It is your responsibility to submit your activity on time, with a Similarity Index of less than 15%.
General APA Formatting Guidelines:
The Logistics Management essay should have an APA title page and an APA reference page. The APA title page and APA reference page DO NOT count towards the minimum page requirement! Your body of work needs to be a minimum of 5 complete pages in length. Note that an APA abstract page is NOT required!
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