Thursday, September 25, 2008

summary of the data

Survey on Time Management

This survey was made to know how busy the students in techniques and pre-university programs are. It was also designed to know how they divide their time between their activities, studies and social life.

Our survey was completed by 22 respondents; most of them were in a technique. We were surprised that the majority (27.3%) of them don’t have any job because of a lack of time. Half of the respondents spend 1-5 hours in their homework per week. The majority (68.2%) sleeps normally the recommended hours per night, which are 7 to 8 hours. 3/5 of our respondents takes coffee on a regular basis and 2/5 of them don’t take anything special beside water. In general, people spend between 30 and 60 minutes in a car or in public transportation per day. On their free times, we should say that people do a lot of different activity. In order of importance, they meet friends, watch TV, do sports and listen to music. And finally, 40% of the respondents spend 6-10 hours on the computer per week.

In general, we can say that our survey met pretty well our expectations. But we are aware that 22 respondents aren’t enough to represent efficiently the student society. Anyhow, we learned from the data that students in general don’t spend a lot of time for their homework and that they surprisingly don’t have a job because of a lack of time. Next time we will do a survey, we will let it longer online to make sure that more people fill it. That way, the answers will probably better represent the students in general.

Laurianne, Karlane and Yannick H

Survey on Cinema

First of all we wanted to know the student’s opinion about different points concerning cinema. We asked them question about the movie itself, but also about movie theatre, video store and food. The results show us that people generally prefer actions movies or comedies. Most of the time, people go to see movies that catch them with the trailers or had a good critic. People don`t like to see mobvies twice in general. The american movies are the most popular by far. Except some rare specimens most of the students told us they like to go the movie theatre with friends. We were surprised to learn that people only go once or twice per month to the cinema. In conclusion, we learned that people go to the movie theatre to get entertained and have a good time with friends more then to analyse the movie itself. We also saw that students spend a lot of money on food and beverage.

Antoine & Martin
Survey on US Elections

A week before Election Day in the United-States, people have been wondering what will be the outcome of all this. What does this mean for the economy, for the environment and for the war in Iraq? With Barack Obama having the lead in this race, one can clearly say that we are in for a big change. Even for Canada, this will have big repercussions that will shake the entire world. In our survey, we asked people weather if it's Obama or McCain that wins the election, will it have an impact in our lives and to some up what was siad, it will. Big changes will be made and examples will be made off of this situation for years to come. Taken from the survey that Francis and I made, we can easily come to a conclusion that Barack Obama will win the race to become the next American President of the United-States.

Francis D and Sebastian V
Survey on Advertising
Survey on Public Transportation

The purpose of this survey was to learn more about young adult’s transportation habits. Furthermore, I wanted to know if we are as involved in environment as we say we are, and also the reasons of using a car, if we don't use public transportation services.

As I said, the survey has been answered by young adults, between 18 to 21 years old, who come from a large city network (St Hilaire, St Bruno, Longueuil, St Amable, St Hubert, etc.). On the 20 participants of this survey, the main point that comes out is that 55% of them use their car to go to school, instead of public transportation or carpool. However, it's not necessarily because they don't have an ecological conscience; 60% of them think it is great that a city offers these services to its citizens and 50% of them think it's a good solution for car pollution and a good way to preserve environment. Mostly are simply unsatisfied by their city public transportation services (55%). On a side, it's because buses' schedules do not fit with their school schedule or they live so far of their school that they do not have enough time to transport their selves with buses and/or subways. On the other side, it's because their city public transportation system is too expensive and not enough accessible (35%).

What I learn with this survey is that people who live near of Montreal (Longueuil) are pleased by the accessibility of their public transportation system. However, it's when you live far of the city that you find less possibilities of transportation and the most simple and practice solution is using a car to go to school(the use of public transportation is mostly between 7h30 a.m. to 6h00 p.m.). Even if most of people do not use public transportation, many of them like to use buses or subways when they go out during week ends. They seem to be open and interested(55%) to have a 24 hours service of public transportation for Montreal City and surroundings cities, but the majority thinks it will be not enough used to be profitable.

A survey is very difficult to build. You have to make general questions for the largest public can answer it. Also, you have to ask questions that aren't biased, that doesn't have a part of the answer in it or where your personal opinion comes out(ex: Do you think testing products on animals is right, even if some die, get hurt or give birth to malformed babies?). Maybe on a next survey, it could be interesting to make the emphasis on the polluting aspect of car using.

Laurie V.
Survey on Health Habits

At first, when we created our survey, we wanted to know about people’s habits concerning their health. We wanted to know if people really cared about their health or if they didn’t really bother about it. In order to get some results, we created a few questions and today we received the results.

After two weeks on the internet, twenty people visited and answered our survey. Basically, the questions were quite simples. People were asked how many glasses of water they were dinking during a day, how many hours they were sleeping a day, etc… Concerning the results, we found out that nobody sleeps enough during the night knowing that teenagers need from nine to ten hours of sleep every night. We also found out that 40% of the respondents spend from thirty minutes to an hour to relax each day which is not enough.

We also found out that 90% of the respondents are not smoking cigarettes but 20% of the respondents do drugs from times to times. From what we have seen with the results, 50% of the respondents exercise only once or twice a week.

After seeing the results, we are satisfied with our survey. We are surprised to see that people don’t really care about their health at all. From what we have seen, people don’t seem to understand how important it is at our age to keep our body in a good shape in order to grow up with a healthy body. If we had to redo the survey, we wouldn’t change anything because we believe that the questions are simple but revealing in regard to people’s habits.

Cédrick and Nicolas

Analysis #2
The purpose of this survey was to evaluate the health habits of people and to determine if they are taking care of themselves. The main goal was to determine how much students are concerned about their physical well-being.

21 persons answered our survey The first part of our survey was about the importance of a good physical condition for teenagers. From the results, people seem to be in good physical condition, because 71.4% are spending more than two hours on physical activities a week. Students are practicing a lot of good cardio sports like hockey or jogging.

However, students are less concerned by their eating habits. 28.6% are not eating breakfast everyday, which is not good, considering the breakfast as the most important meal of the day. About 50% of the respondents eat fast food at least once a week and are not concerned about the Canadian Food Guide. At least 60% of students are not drinking the 2 liters of water that we are supposed to drink everyday to be in good health.

We were surprised to see that only few people are smoking. However, alcohol seems to be more popular because more than 70% of the respondents are drinking alcohol at least once a week.

The results of the survey in general are not very surprising. We expected people to be aware about their health. 85% of students consider themselves in good health but 25% are not satisfied about their physical look.

The survey is not very representative because only 21 persons answered the questions and some skipped a few questions. In a future survey we would try to get more answers. We still met our goals, beacause we have a good point of view about student from our school which is pretty representative of our age layer.

Francis H, Caroline Q
Survey on School Performance

In our survey, we wanted to know if the students were doing their best to perform at school. There were 20 students who answered our questionnaire. There weren’t any questions that asked a development, only multiple choices questions. The students answered all the questions.

From our results we can see that about 70% of the students work less than 20 hours per week, which gives them more time to put on homework and sports. Effectively, 70% of the students are practicing sports outside school like: training, hockey and swimming. On the other hand, there were 45% of the students who answered that they were only spending 0-5 hours per week on their homework. The majority (80%) of the students don’t skip any hours of school and 85% study in a quiet room. People are not shy to ask the teacher about what they don’t understand (80%) and they like to do their homework properly to be satisfied of what they’ve done (50%). Finally, in opposition of what we thought, students are motivated to go to school because they enjoy it (70%).

The survey met our goals because we realise that students are doing their best to have good marks, but we thought that the number of hours spent on homework would have been higher. We learned that students are not showing their interest in school, but that they take it more seriously that we can think. In a future survey, we could add questions about marks, averages and cote R to know more about the profile of the student who is answering the questions. We could also add the program in which he’s studying.

Pascale L. and Jessica B.
Survey: How Much Do You Care About Your Health?
Survey on English Usage

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Class discussion

Beijing's Olympic ceremonies have been manipulated to impress the entire world, but also to impress Chinese people. Some people are shocked about it because it does not fit with the Olympics' values but some think it is not that important, because our society is as fake as China. Yes, we are used to be exposed to fake shows or sports performances, but the difference is that here, we have the right to express when we think something is not right.
We may think that we are not affected by phoniness, however we agree that we are manipulated by marketing tricks such as lower prices but even lower quantity, even if we think we try to notice it, but we think we would never be interested into buying a product only for the design, like water bottles “Evian Les Petits”

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Summary of class discussion (Embedded ads on TV show's)

People have become too dependable of material things. They spend too much money on things that they don't really need. We have become the bread and butter of the multinational corporations by being bombarded and manipulated by commercials, movies, music, books and subliminal messages. By doing this, the nag factor applies almost every time. People will do what ever it takes to have what they want.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Embedded ads in TV show

This week, we discuss about the effect that embedded ads can have on consumer, on children and on us. From all our own personal point of view, we felt like if there wasn't any influence. But the fact is: we still believe that it's a good marketing way to change an idea or affect people in their everyday consummations. We are able to recognize when they try selling products (what a child won't do) and we have the ability to reject, or accept it. In our group, it seems evident that it doesn’t bother us to see companies trying to sell their products.

Julien Belley

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Gardasil: Good for Your Health! WARNING: May Cause Death

There are several cases of diseases and deaths susceptible to be related to Gardasil as "side effects". Knowing the link between the vaccine and the way it turned for some persons who got the shot, is it still a good way to protect us against HPV infections and eventual cancer even if the relationship of cause and effect has not been scientifically proved?

This is the main point we have discussed my team and me. We think there is no risk to take with our health. Moreover, there's no risk to take with a vaccine which is still in a kind of "testing stage" and doesn't completely protect immunized patients. In fact, we think this characterisic of the vaccine will only increase the propagation of sexually transmitted infections.

Summary of the discussion in class

In group, we discussed what the best way to reward employees was and we came to the conclusion that the best is to get money rewards and be recognized for your job or else you might think your work is useless and lose motivation. We also debated on if it would be better to give ”unfair” rewards (reward only the best) or reward everyone equally. Well the best thing to do is to reward everyone for their job but not equally so people get something more for their efforts. We talked about the Y Generation, our generation and why is everyone trying to get a great future. We are far different than other generations at work.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The interview with Bob Nelson

Bob Nelson says that our generation would like to have more recognition than to be more paid and according to our group of discussion, it's true that we would like to have more freedom and some days off when we like to than to be more paid. Our bosses already showed some proofs of recognition like offering ice cream, shoes and dinner. We talked also of China's youngest workers who are the workforce today because of the known that they have of techonology. On the other hand, they leave their jobs very easily. So we think that to keep them steady, their bosses should give them more recognition like more days off and less work. That's about what we talked in our discussion.