shipwreck assignment oli sam
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Slide 1 - Labour resources/ survivors
- Quam - aboriginal hunter
- Steph – Paramedic/ injured
- Ally- Survival expert
- Steve - Naturalist
- Link – Child/labour resource (unskilled)/ injured
- Oli and Sam
Slide 2 - What is the issue?
- The group are alone after becoming shipwrecked upon a deserted island with limited resources. Yet, our resources and necessities are restricted, and there is certainly no possibility of rescue in the immediate future. With limited capital resources and labour personnel, the group are struggling to gather supplies and then sustain them. With no communication to the world, the group confronts impending relative scarcity, and the allocation of these rationed goods is effectively impossible to attain during the immediate, short term and especially… long term future.
Slide 3 - Available resources
- Natural Resources
- Capital Resources
- Labour Resources
- Entrepreneurial Skill
- Mobility (uninjured)
- Clean air
- Distiller (water)
- Risk takers
- Climate + Weather
- Knives/machete (weapons)
- Water well contraption
- Animals (food)
- Lateral thinking
- Survivalist (knowledge)
- Naturalist (knowledge)
- Hunting (ability)
- Medical (expertise)
- Economic (choice)
- Business acumen (skill)
Slide 4 - Water Supply (Capital Resources)
- A Water Distillation Apparatus – Created from pots, bamboo and mounds of sand. We will boil the water to create evaporation, which will condense inside the bamboo, to produce drinkable water.
- A Water Clarity Apparatus – Made from canvas sheet, rock, pots, leaves. The water will evaporation (transpiration) from the leaves to meets at a centre point of the canvas sheet measured by a rock. From there it condenses into the pot to create drinkable water.
- ‘Bag on Tree’ – Placing a plastic bag upon a tree branch, will collect the transpiration the plant produces.
- A Water Well – Easily the most productive capital resource, the water well includes materials like pots, rope and a spade. Therefore, the fresh water located underground in the aquifers will provide a sustainable supply.
- Four Hour Walk – Only necessary in the immediate future whilst the above apparatuses and techniques are being built and measured.
Slide 5 - Food Supply
- Quam (aboriginal hunter) and Ally (survival expert) are to hunt during the entirety of the time spent on the island. Therefore, they will be occupied as labour resources attempting to feed the group by rummaging the forest and water in search of the ample fish and animals. Steve (naturalist) will accommodate the group with berries and standard foods in the immediate future, whilst Quam and Ally find secure sources. Some techniques they may use are;
- Spear fishing
- Spearing animals using sharpened branches
- Collecting berries (items from forest e.g coconuts, bananas)
- These examples are capital resources (weapons) that are capable of feeding the group. The meat will be cooked upon a fire initiated by the naturalist and survival expert.
Slide 6 - Shelter
- The injured labour resources (Link and Ally) will work on the construction of the shelter. Wood is the most appropriate material for this structure. This will increase the productivity of the working labour without using many scarce resources, including time.
Slide 7 - Objectives (Needs and Wants)
- To access the necessities of living; food, water, shelter and heat (perhaps clothing)
- To accommodate the ever lasting wants (relative scarcity); a variety to food to ensure healthy eating, a method (capital resource) to enable clarity of water (water distillation), and implement a way to warrant sustainable food and water supply (achievable tasks)
- Through the experience of economics, decisions will be made about the productivity of injured and healthy labour resources (what they have the ability and inability to do), to not only collect, but distribute these items to last well into the future (choice and resource allocation)
Slide 8 - Immediate Future
- To utilise the available resources effectively, the must ensure the scarcity of resources at our disposal are used to their full potential, meaning that whatever the group produces, must be sustained or consumed. During the immediate future, the labour resources; hunter, naturalist and survival expert, will be gathering water (from 8 hour walk) and food. The injured personnel are left to initiate methods of water congregation and conservation… that were previously proposed by the survival expert.
Slide 9 - Short Term
- There will be opportunity cost issues with the implementation of the water gathering strategies. For example, in the immediate future many of the supplies will be necessary for use upon the capital resources (especially pots), implying that the 8 hour walk will not supply the group with an adequate supply of water; as containers are running low. Yet there is no sign of rescue soon, which indicates that these water-saving methods will achieve greater water collection in the long term, with little effort. Food though, will remain in abundance, as animals roam the forest; and ample fish are in the ocean.
Slide 10 - Long Term
- To establish a secure water supply, a decent food supply and a well-constructed shelter. The long term will enforce scarcer food supply, although the temporarily injured people may have healed, implying the growth of labour resources. The group will also learn to become skilled, a develop entrepreneurial skills, including innovation, lateral thinking and productivity to enhance the living suitability on the island. Relative scarcity will still prove an issue, as we may have reach our previous wants, however new ones will appear. The remaining salt from the water desalination plant, will be used to preserve food for the long term. It may also attract lingering animals, which will allow the group to hunt without too much effort (might be used for traps). Using the salt will also continue the importance of using everything we produce.
Slide 11 - Labour Resource Allocation
- Hunts for food; meat (animals) from forest, and fish from ocean
- Proposes solutions to water scarcity (resource scarcity)
- Investigates the forest and island to discover food or natural resources (e.g berries)
- Steph uses her medical knowledge to improve the state of injuries for both her and Link (partial labour resource)
- Maintains the water conservation and congregation strategies to ensure the group has an adequate water supply
- Can build shelter (fully operating labour resource)
- Collects water in the immediate future
- Can maintain the campfire and accommodate the group with basic necessities (food sustainability)
- Partial labour resource
- Economic Expert (us)
- Decisions of sustainability and food allocation (choice) are left to him
- Distributes resources effectively (jobs, food, water, sustainability) (survival intelligence)
Slide 12 - Relative Scarcity
- The want for accessible items (including food and water) is demanding, however upon a deserted island, these items are not always reachable. Therefore it is essential that we accommodate only our needs to improve the living standard in the long term future. This means all the resources will be managed carefully and appropriately as all items will be sustained absolutely.
Slide 13 - Sustainability of Goods
- The sustainability of food and water are secure. This is because of the implementation of particularly the water well, and the skill and knowledge (entrepreneurial skill) of Quam and Ally who hunt and collect food. Sustainability of the goods the complimented by the fact that whatever the group produces, will be necessary for survival. An example of this would be the salt remaining from the water distiller, is required for the preservation of meat and attracting other animals for hunting means. The shelter is well looked after as the injured monitor it during the immediate and short term future on a regular basis.
Slide 14 - Opportunity Cost
- Opportunity Cost – Items or benefits that have been missed by choosing or selecting the alternate option.
- Immediate future – All efficient labour resources are collecting food and water. This leaves no (uninjured) labour resources at the camp site, meaning that the shelter, water collection and fire, are not managed adequately in the instant future.
- Short term – Injured labour resources haven’t reached their optimum capabilities and we have assigned them to easier tasks, thus meaning the capital resources (water and food collection devices) aren’t supervised.
- Long term – With all labour resources healed, the group faces minor opportunity cost as the only tangible issue is the choices between food and water. For example, fish or meat (animals), or water from which of the collection devices. These decisions will enhance or reduce the long term supply of resources.
- These decisions will absolutely and efficiently use the available resources that we employ in the production of various capital resources. ‘Thus the opportunity cost is equal to the benefit foregone by a decision not to direct productive resources into their next best alternative use’ (opportunity cost source). Therefore, the decisions made are the best possible to enhance the chance of survival during the immediate, short and long term future by generating capital resources to assist with basic needs and wants.