Read “The Parable of the Mule”. Identify the positive traits revealed through the parable and discuss how these traits affect the students’ day to day.



Students completing Medical, Legal, Spanish, and Accounting concentrations will have a portfolio that includes the following:

Portfolio Introduction

Criteria: The portfolio introduction includes information on the contents of the portfolio and any other relevant information of interest to the portfolio recipient. For example, you will need a title page, table of contents, and introduction of yourself.

Code of Ethics/StudentCode of Conduct

Criteria: Attach a copy of Piedmont Technical College’s Student Code of Conduct. Choose one topic and elaborate on in a 1-2 paragraph report.


Writing sample/Research paper – (suggested topics on pages 3 and 4)

Criteria: The writing sample/research paper is a type document that demonstrates coherent thought, follows accepted structural format for written work, and is grammatically correct and free of spelling errors.

Resume and Cover Letter

Criteria: The resume should include career goals, education and work experiences, awards, honors and other activities. Please also include a professional formatted cover letter.

Community or Service Learning

Criteria: The community or service project may be documented by a summary of the experience that benefits both the community and the student. This can be an event that you, the student, has been involved in at church, work, school, or in the community.

Internet Application

Criteria: The Internet application will be a summary that includes at least two sites that are business related. For example, career research or a business issue, research for project/activity. You can use a desired position to conduct your research; this would be a great way to find out more about that position.

Tri-fold Brochure

Criteria: Student will develop and present a trifold brochure utilizing computer skills as well as professional skill learned throughout the program. The data on the brochure can be fictional and can be program specific.

Other Content

Criteria: Student assignments completed and submitted using effective time management skills, professional communication skills, and critical thinking skills

1. Internet activity-scavenger hunt

2. Attitude “Parable of the Mule”

3. Quality of Work Activity


Research Guidelines

Paper should be written in MLA format. Refer to D2L for a link to help with formatting of paper. Also, you can refer to your notes in AOT 165 for help on formatting your paper. Sources to be used and persons who might contribute need to be listed. Primary sources of information include interviews and surveys, works of literature, and an autobiography. Secondary sources include textbooks, reference books, articles, literary criticism, and written material discussing any primary information. This is an exploration, investigation, discovery, or decision about the chosen topic. It must be understood that even when information is paraphrased rather that directly quoted from a source, it must be cited. The more sources that are researched the less likely to use another author’s identical words.

Writing the Paper

The paper is to be a carefully developed, third person exploration of the student’s research of facts and ideas. The two types of papers that will fulfill the requirements of a research paper are a report-type paper and an interpretive paper. The report-type paper may entail the use of statistics, maps, graphs, illustrations, or tables, and is a compilation of detailed information carefully organized and documented, on a well-defined topic. The interpretive paper gives the writer the opportunity to develop a thesis or conclusion based upon what his or her research shows. The writer interprets the research and draws a conclusion. An important element for students to concentrate on is the organization of the paper.

Research Paper Topics

Note:  Students are certainly not limited to one topic. Please submit a topic to your instructor. Selected topic should be approved by the instructor. Research should be at least 1000 words NOT including the title page or works cited page. The paper should be written in MLA format with a minimum of 4 resources.

• Abuse in nursing homes

• Acupuncture

• AIDS testing

• Alternative medicine

• Alzheimer’s disease

• Antibiotics, over -prescription


• Back pain

• Bereavement assistance

• Biological/chemical warfare and effects

• Bone marrow transplantation

• Brest implants

• Cloning

• Divorce

• Dementia

• Eating disorders

• Fatigue (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

• Gene therapy

• Gingivitis

• HMO’s

• Hormone therapies

• Income Tax preparation

• Lactose intolerance


• The cost of obesity in health care

• Politics of health care funding

• Prayer and healing

• Probate Court

• Smoking related illnesses

• Smoking cessation

• “Staph” infections

• Stem cell research

• Substance abuse

• Tonic of laugher

• Weight-loss drugs

• Weight-loss programs

Brochure Example



This part of the portfolio engages the student to develop a brochure advertising __________ Family Practice or Law Firm. New patient brochures address many issues such as:

· Hours of operation

· Staff

· Payment policies

· Insurance plans accepted

· After hours policy

· I am open to suggestions

This is just a suggestion to help get the student started. See objectives below.

Learning Objectives

· demonstrate an understanding of the literacy problem and its impact on health status

· identify the steps in planning effective brochures

· identify the steps in developing effective brochures

· communicate health literacy concepts to colleagues

Planning Your Brochure-Overview

• Identify resources

• Define the target audience

• Define goals and objectives

• Determine key concepts and messages

• Develop an outline

• Research the target audience (do I need English/Spanish Versions etc..)

• Define the distribution plan


• Font

• Paper color

• Paper weight, type

• Graphics

• Reproducibility

• Identify the look and design

Determine Key Concepts & Messages

• What information does the audience need to know?

• What concerns do you want to address?

• What misconceptions do you want to address?

Develop the Brochure!

The best way to design your brochure is to start with a template. You can find brochure templates on Microsoft Word or Microsoft Publisher. Good luck!



PORTFOLIO “OTHER” ASSIGNMENT Listed below, are the “other” assignments that are required for the portfolio. All assignments are required and should be typed, neat, and free of errors. If you have, ANY, questions do not wait until the last minute I am here to help you!



Use a computer with Internet access to view technology/computer cartoons from the following



Pick a cartoon from each of the following sections:

1. Time Management (add your cartoons to your portfolio)

1. Dress for Success

1. Creative Problem Solving

1. Motivation/Goals

1. Leadership

Respond to the following question for each cartoon: “In your opinion, what does the cartoon suggest about the modern workplace?”




Please review the questions below and type the question along with your response on professionalism and teamwork


1. Suppose you have some personal problems that are troubling you. Is it acceptable to attend to these problems while you are at work?


To what degree (or under what circumstances) do you think it is acceptable to deal with your own personal affairs on company time?


2. What, if any, responsibilities does an employee have to his or her co-workers? Explain your answers, giving examples if you can.

3. How does a negative attitude affect other people in the workplace?

4. Suppose you are getting paid less than you think you deserve. Could that justify stealing from the company or goofing off on the job? Explain your answer.


What other options might you have to remedy your dissatisfaction?


5. Suppose your supervisor instructs you to do something unethical or illegal. What responsibility do you have to that supervisor?

Understanding Attitudes


Read “The Parable of the Mule”. Identify the positive traits revealed through the parable and discuss how these traits affect the students’ day to day. Paper should be at least one page in length with correct grammar and spelling.




There once was a farmer who owned an old mule. One day the mule fell into the farmer’s well and the farmer heard the mule crying. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that it wasn’t worth saving the mule or the well.

As a result, he called his neighbors together, told them what had happened, and asked them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery. At first the old mule was hysterical, but as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It occurred to him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, he could shake it off and step up. And so he did! Blow after blow

he repeated to himself, “Shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up.”

No matter how painful the blows or how distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought panic and just kept right on shaking it off and stepping up. It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of the well. What seemed like actions to bury him actually helped him – just because of the way he handled his adversity.

Understanding Quality of Work Activity


Examine the quotes below and answer the following questions:


1. What does each quote mean?

2. How do all the quotes relate to each other?

Quote 1: The best ad is a good product.

—-Alan H. Meyer

Quote 2: Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.

—-Henry Ford

Quote 3: It is quality rather than quantity that matters.

—-Lucius Annaeus Seneca 5BC-65AD

Quote 4: Good is not good where better is expected.

—-Thomas Fuller

Quote 5: People forget how fast you did a job–but they remember how well you did it.


Quote 6: If you think satisfying customers is expensive…consider not satisfying them.