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Assignment 1 BUSI 3308

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 Assignment 1 BUSI 3308

Section 2

Due: September 27 by 6:00pm

You are required to submit Question 1 as a Word document and Question 2 as an Excel spreadsheet.

Please submit both files together to Moodle before the above due date and time. This assignment is

worth 10%

Question 1

Reflect on what you know about Wal-Mart, which is considered one of the world’s largest retailers. It

may also be helpful to review their website ( Think about the variety and number of

products and services offered, checkout lines, store locations, shipping and delivery, etc., and answer

the following four questions.

  1. What type of Customer Benefit Package (CBP) do you think Wal-Mart offers? Briefly describe

your answer.

  1. Choose any three key activities that operation managers perform on page 4 of your textbook.

How might they relate to Wal-Mart’s operations processes?

  1. A critical component of Wal-Mart’s operations management includes their i.

warehouse/distribution center’s locations and ii. retail locations. What process-thinking

variables do you think Wal-Mart needs to take into consideration when deciding on each of

those location types?

  1. Identify and briefly present 4 preproduction and 4 postproduction services that may form part

of Wal-Mart’s value chain.

Word count for Question 1: 550-700 words.

Make sure to use the correct sentence structure, grammar, and spelling.

Question 2

Please answer the following questions in Excel. Make sure to include all formulas.

  1. Compute a 5-period moving average forecast for December using the following actual data:

Period Actual

June 10

July 20

August 30

September 40

October 50

November 60

  1. Using the following data, use a smoothing constant of 0.2 and determine the adjusted forecast

for period 7 by applying simple exponential smoothing.

Period Actual Forecast

1 80

2 202

3 200

4 300

5 303

6 306

  1. Using the following data, use a smoothing constant of 0.5 and determine the adjusted forecast

for 2005 by applying simple exponential smoothing.

Period Actual Forecast Adjusted Forecast

2001 101 120

2002 134

2003 135

2004 178

  1. Using the linear trend equation method, calculate the forecasts for years 2015 and 2016 using

the following data:

Year Demand

2010 100

2011 105

2012 107

2013 110

2014 112

Bonus points: Calculate R2 using the above information. What does the result tell you about

the data?

  1. Car Inc. has presented you with the following information consisting of the forecasted demand

and actual sales for their latest sports car. Use the following information to calculate the mean

square error.

Period Forecasted Demand Actual Demand

1 50 63

2 70 65

3 40 44

4 80 72

5 96 100

Bonus Points: Using the information in part (e), calculate the MAD and MAPE.

  1. A local factory has been purchasing a particular spare part from a manufacturer in Alberta. In

order to better budget their financials, they want to know what is the likely per-unit price of the

spare part in 2018 based on previous prices.

Using y=a +bt, compute the forecasted price for 2018.

Year Price/Unit

2013 $3.24

2014 $3.25

2015 $3.65

2016 $3.60

2017 $3.88

2018 ?

  1. Company Y produces chocolate bars. The following data represents the production inputs and

chocolate outputs for Year 1 and Year 2.

Year 1 Year 2

Cost of Raw Materials $20,000 $41,000

Electricity Cost $6,000 $7,300

Labor $200,000 $412,000

Miscellaneous Input Costs $5,000 $7,000

Number of Chocolate Bars Produced 120,000 units 230,000 units

Using the above data, has productivity increased or decreased from Year 1 to Year 2?

  1. Using the appropriate formula, calculate the Value of a Loyal Customer using the following


Customer purchasing pattern: One unit every 5 years

Price of unit paid by customer: $200

Gross margin per unit: 70%

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Assignment 2: Major Essay Question

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Assignment 2: Major Essay Question

“Despite aiming for vastly different goals, the approaches to management used in for-profit and not-for-profit organisations are largely similar.”

Through the use of relevant theory and real-life corporate examples, write an argumentative academic essay addressing the above statement.

The marking template for the completed essay specifies (in part):

A minimum of seven (7) academic sources (i.e. at least half published post 2000) using APA format

Reputable and relevant non-academic sources are used to derive real-life corporate examples

References listed are relevant to the essay statement under consideration

Completed essay word count= 1200 words +/-10%

Be sure to read the complete rubric and assignment instructions for full details of the requirements.


Beginning your information research

Start early, to give yourself the time needed to investigate and decide on the scope of your essay

Start from what you know- i.e. your lecture notes and unit readings.

As you read, note potentially useful references (i.e. cited books, journal and news articles) to search for later (see Finding a known article, below). Some online journal articles include direct links to their reference list items, and to items that cite that article.

Examples of academic sources for the essay

Refereed (peer-reviewed) articles from academic journals. They should be your main type of reference in the essay. These articles are identified with the classification Academic in the Business Source Complete database, and Scholarly in the ProQuest database.

Examples of non-academic sources for the essay

Articles from business or economics magazines (e.g. Harvard Business Review, The Economist). These articles are classified as Magazines or Trade Publications in the Business Source Complete database and Magazines or Trade Journals in the ProQuest database;

Quality news articles (e.g. from the New York Times, The Age, Australian Financial Review);

Websites and reports of relevant organisations.

Academic journal articles can provide both relevant theory and examples, while business magazines and news sources can be useful for examples of applications of the theory in particular companies and industries.

Check with your tutor if you are unsure about the quality of a source you are considering for your essay.


Planning and conducting searches

  1. Searching for books, and articles from academic journals and business magazines

Use Search, the Library’s resource discovery tool to look for relevant books and articles from some of the journal article databases that the Library subscribes to.

Some key business journal databases are not included in the Search database, notably Business Source Complete, which needs to be searched separately. Business Source Complete will be an important resource throughout your Business studies. It and other journal databases are the most effective tools for finding journal articles.

Besides academic journals, which focus on research and theoretical perspectives, Business Source Complete includes industry, trade, professional and business magazines.  Try other potentially relevant databases listed under the Databases tab, Emerald and ProQuest. Their search screens differ slightly from Business Source Complete, but the same principles apply to all database searching.

“Not-for-profit” may not be a common term in some databases. Try also using alternative search terms, e.g. nonprofit.

  1.  Searching for news articles

Use Factiva, which is the leading database for Australian and worldwide newspapers and news sources. Factiva will be another key information resource throughout your studies at Monash. Business news and magazine articles can provide practical evidence or examples relating to themes and theory discussed in the academic (e.g. journal) literature.

Complete the brief Factiva interactive tutorial under the Searching effectively tab before going to the Databases tab and trying your own search on Factiva. (Another, but less extensive, news database listed under the Databases tab is Newsbank.)

  1. Finding a known article

Academic journal articles include a review of the academic literature relevant to the subject of the article, which can be very useful for identifying further articles you may want to use. Sometimes links to an article’s references (or cited articles) are provided in the article’s database record.

Referencing in APA format

Be sure to reference the articles you use in your essay according to the APA style. How to do this is covered in Chapter 3 of the Q Manual.

In Business Source Complete and ProQuest you can obtain the reference details from the record for a particular item by clicking Cite in the right panel, choosing APA, then copying and pasting the formatted details into your document.

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Assigment- Business Analytics and Informed Business Decisions

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Assignment 1: Discussion—Business Analytics and Informed Business Decisions

Many times organizations will make decisions based upon what other organizations are doing at the time or based upon the latest business trend. Think about the dot-com bubble as businesses soared and perhaps were also part of the major bust. Many organizations felt that they needed to join the crowd and have an online presence, only to realize within a couple of years that the decisions were made in haste, which resulted in many companies filing for bankruptcy. This era also had some companies that did not follow the trend only to realize within a couple of years that they were losing out on a new market, such as the online trading industry. This is why doing some research in the beginning can really help organizations make decisions based upon what is truly good for the organization.

Using the Argosy University online library resources and the Internet, research ways of making informed decisions.

Respond to the following:

  • Why do you think managers, or business decision makers, get caught up in following the crowd versus making decisions that are truly going to add value to the business? For example, some businesses may make decisions that drive only short-term gains at the cost of future growth. Can such a blind leap be a good thing for the business? Is it worth the risk?
  • How can managers ensure that they are not following a trend but instead doing what is truly best for the organization?
  • Have you seen your organization make trend mistakes? What were the mistakes? How could these mistakes have been avoided or improved upon?
  • How do you think business can learn from the mistakes of others or business decision mistakes such as the dot-com era?

Write your initial response in 300–500 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

By the due date assinged, post your response to the appropriateDiscussion AreaThrough the end of the module, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses. Consider the following in your response:

  • Provide a statement of clarification or a point of view with rationale.
  • Challenge a point of discussion or draw a relationship between one or more points of the discussion.
Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Quality of initial posting, including fulfillment of assignment instructions 16
Quality of responses to classmates 12
Frequency of responses to classmates 4
Reference to supporting readings and other materials 4
Language and grammar 4
Total: 40

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Instructions: Enter all answers directly in this worksheet. When finished select Save As, and save this document using your last name and student ID as the file name. Upload the data sheet to Blackboard as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file when you are finished.


Question 1: (10 points). (Bond valuation) Calculate the value of a bond that matures in 12 years and has $1,000 par value. The annual coupon interest rate is 9 percent and the market’s required yield to maturity on a comparable-risk bond is 12 percent. Round to the nearest cent.



The value of the bond is  


Question 2: (10 points). (Bond valuation) Enterprise, Inc. bonds have an annual coupon rate of 11 percent. The interest is paid semiannually and the bonds mature in 9 years. Their par value is $1,000. If the market’s required yield to maturity on a comparable-risk bond is 14 percent, what is the value of the bond? What is its value if the interest is paid annually and semiannually? (Round to the nearest cent.)


a. The value of the Enterprise bonds if the interest is paid semiannually is $
b. The value of the Enterprise bonds if the interest is paid annually is $


Question 3: (10 points). (Yield to maturity) The market price is $750 for a 20-year bond ($1,000 par value) that pays 9 percent annual interest, but makes interest payments on a semiannual basis (4.5 percent semiannually). What is the bond’s yield to maturity? (Round to two decimal places.)


The bond’s yield to maturity is   %


Question 4: (10 points). (Yield to maturity) A bond’s market price is $950. It has a $1,000 par value, will mature in 14 years, and has a coupon interest rate of 8 percent annual interest, but makes its interest payments semiannually. What is the bond’s yield to maturity? What happens to the bond’s yield to maturity if the bond matures in 28 years? What if it matures in 7 years? (Round to two decimal places.)


The bond’s yield to maturity if it matures in 14 years is   %
The bond’s yield to maturity if it matures in 28 years is   %
The bond’s yield to maturity if it matures in 7 years is   %


Question 5: (15 points). (Bond valuation relationships) Arizona Public Utilities issued a bond that pays $70 in interest, with a $1,000 par value and matures in 25 years. The markers required yield to maturity on a comparable-risk bond is 8 percent. (Round to the nearest cent.) For questions with two answer options (e.g. increase/decrease) choose the best answer and write it in the answer block.



Question Answer
a. What is the value of the bond if the markers required yield to maturity on a comparable-risk bond is 8 percent? $
b. What is the value of the bond if the markers required yield to maturity on a comparable-risk bond increases to 11 percent? $
c. What is the value of the bond if the market’s required yield to maturity on a comparable-risk bond decreases to 7 percent?


d. The change in the value of a bond caused by changing interest rates is called interest-rate risk. Based on the answer: in parts b and c, a decrease in interest rates (the yield to maturity) will cause the value of a bond to (increase/decrease):  
By contrast in interest rates will cause the value to (increase/decrease):  
Also, based on the answers in part b, if the yield to maturity (current interest rate) equals the coupon interest rate, the bond will sell at (par/face value):  
exceeds the bond’s coupon rate, the bond will sell at a (discount/premium):  
and is less than the bond’s coupon rate, the bond will sell at a (discount/premium):  
e. Assume the bond matures in 5 years instead of 25 years, what is the value of the bond if the yield to maturity on a comparable-risk bond is 8 percent? $ 960.07 Assume the bond matures in 5 years instead of 25 years, what is the value of the bond if the yield to maturity on a comparable-risk bond is 11 percent? $
f. Assume the bond matures in 5 years instead of 25 years, what is the value of the bond if the yield to maturity on a comparable-risk bond is 7 percent? $
g. From the findings in part e, we can conclude that a bondholder owning a long-term bond is exposed to (more/less) interest-rate risk than one owning a short-term bond.  



Question 6: (5 points). (Measuring growth) If Pepperdine, Inc.’s return on equity is 14 percent and the management plans to retain 55 percent of earnings for investment purposes, what will be the firm’s growth rate? (Round to two decimal places.)



The firm’s growth rate will be   %


Question 7: (10 points). (Common stock valuation) The common stock of NCP paid $1.29 in dividends last year. Dividends are expected to grow at an annual rate of 6.00 percent for an indefinite number of years. (Round to the nearest cent.)


a. If your required rate of return is 8.70 percent, the value of the stock for you is: $
b. You (should/should not) make the investment if your expected value of the stock is (greater/less) than the current market price because the stock would be undervalued.    


Question 8: (10 points). (Measuring growth) Given that a firm’s return on equity is 22 percent and management plans to retain 37 percent of earnings for investment purposes, what will be the firm’s growth rate? If the firm decides to increase its retention rate, what will happen to the value of its common stock? (Round to two decimal places.)


a. The firm’s growth rate will be:  
b. If the firm decides to increase its retention ratio, what will happen to the value of its common stock? An increase in the retention rate will (increase/decrease) the rate of growth in dividends, which in turn will (increase/decrease) the value of the common stock.    


Question 9: (10 points). (Relative valuation of common stock) Using the P/E ratio approach to valuation, calculate the value of a share of stock under the following conditions:


  • the investor’s required rate of return is 13 percent,
  • the expected level of earnings at the end of this year (E1) is $8,
  • the firm follows a policy of retaining 40 percent of its earnings,
  • the return on equity (ROE) is 15 percent, and
  • similar shares of stock sell at multiples of 8.571 times earnings per share.


Now show that you get the same answer using the discounted dividend model. (Round to the nearest cent.)



a. The stock price using the P/E ratio valuation method is: $
b. The stock price using the dividend discount model is: $


Question 10: (10 points) (Preferred stock valuation) Calculate the value of a preferred stock that pays a dividend of $8.00 per share when the market’s required yield on similar shares is 13 percent. (Round to the nearest cent.)


a. The value of the preferred stock is $ Per share

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Training Program Design

Training Program Design Worksheet

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 Training Description:

Training Goal:  

Assume you have been hired as a training consultant by a medium sized technology company. Your client company has asked you to develop and make a presentation for an employee training and career development program. The majority of the company’s employees are entry level programmers and developers and help desk technicians, but they also employ administrators and administrative assistants. The client company is looking for a training program which can be used for all of their employees. The goal of the training program is to introduce the new employees to the company, their culture, their product offerings and the company’s expectations. The training should also re-familiarize veteran employees to the company’s mission to create a sense of excitement towards carrying out the vision.

After you have completed the Training Design Worksheet, use that information as a guide to develop a 15-20 slide PowerPoint presentation to present your training ideas to the client company. Make sure to include detailed speaker’s notes which provide adequate information on what you would say to your client if you were presenting this information in person. Incorporate at least three references to support the positions being presented. Apply APA standards for writing style to your work. Submit the PowerPoint presentation for grading.

Your PowerPoint presentation should include a title slide, a reference slide and address each of the following elements:

  1. Training Description: Write 2-3 sentences that describes the training and a concise statement of the overall purpose of the training.
  2. Objectives:  Include the objectives (at least 3) of the training program. List the intended results of the training that will achieve the goal in terms of knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes. The intended results should have specific and measurable tasks or actions.
  3. Training Method: Evaluate the following training methods and determine which might be most effective in achieving the stated objectives you included above. List your chosen training method for each objective you listed including one      potential advantage and disadvantage of each.
    • Large group, small group, or paired discussion
    • Individual exercise
    • Team exercise
    • Case study
    • Role play
    • Simulation
    • Audiotape
    • Videotape
    • Interactive multimedia (PC-based or CD ROM)
    • On-the-job training
    • Coaching or mentoring
    • Lecture
    • Tutorial
    • Games
    • Assigned reading
    • Other (specify)
  4. Content Description: Provide a description of the activity that corresponds with your designated training methods listed above.
  5. Support Materials: Identify the materials and resources that will support the learning process (e.g., workbook, handouts, action plan, etc.).
  6. Estimated Time: Indicate how much time you will devote to each activity.
  7. Evaluation: What needs of the participants are being addressed in the training design? How will you determine if participants are applying their learning back on  the job?
  8. Effective Design:  Describe how each of the seven steps above can be used to design an  effective training model that addresses all jobs within the organization and promotes employee engagement.

Career Progression: Explain which of these seven steps you consider most important to long-term career progression within your client company. Provide reasons and scholarly support, as necessary, for your choices.


Objectives Training


























  1. What are the needs of participants being addressed in the training design?



  1. How will you determine if participants are applying their learning back on the job?



BMO5574: Supply Chain and Logistics Management SAP-SCM Assignment

BMO5574: Supply Chain and Logistics Management

SAP-SCM Assignment

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Due                : Wed 13 Sept (Wk 8)

Weight: 30% (individual assignment)


Students need to illustrate their knowledge of SAP-SCM module gained in series of hands-on workshops using the Global Bike Company (GBC). This is an individual assignment requiring each student to submit the written assignment for assessment. Failing to do so will fail in the unit.


You can complete the assignment as you progress in your tutorial exercises. It involves capturing selected screen shots while working on the exercises. I would suggest to going through the questions below and copying the required screen shots to your assignment Doc file as you progress. Alternatively, you can complete the whole workshop and then work on your assignment.

Importantly, students need to illustrate that they have a full understanding of the SCM module, and the way it relates to theories discussed in the lecture.

Written Report and Submission:

Each student is required to present an individual written assignment, with each question being clearly labeled. Make sure that it is written in your own words and Harvard referencing is used as appropriate. The header sheet for this assignment includes:

  • Your name
  • Your student VU ID
  • Your unique SAP-APO Log in ID: SCM-xxx


Submission requirement:

Submit one hardcopy to your tutor, and electronic copy to VU collaborate (no turnitin requirement). Your ID will be locked soon after you hand in the assignment not allowing you to work further during the assessment. It will be released once the marking is complete.


IMPORTANT: Each question requires specific screenshot. No mark will be given for any irrelevant screenshots.


1.          Create a forecast [5 marks] – refer Tut 1 (All screen shots should have a brief explanation)

  • What is demand planning? Why is it an initial important step in any supply chain planning? [1 mark]
  • How did you create the demand for finished bike FG-10 and ridge front bike FG-11 in SAP-ER2 system? Explain the demand forecast process using ER2 and SCM7. Attach screenshots.                                     [1 mark]
  • Provide screen shots of planned independent requirement (PIR) for your finished products FG-10 and FG-11 in USA plant (XXX1) using SCM7. Compare it with the initial input values of demand information.[2 marks]

Note: No more than 1 screenshot for each product be submitted. Screenshot must be readable and complete up to show all data.

  • Provide BOM (Bill of material) diagram for FG-10 and FG-11 using the following information in ER2? Explain how these two BOMs are different from each other.

T.code to be used in ER2: CS11, material: FG-10-XXX, plant: XXX1, Alternative BOM: 1, BOM application: PP01.                         [1 mark]

2.          Supply Chain Model & means of transportation [5 marks] – refer Tut 2 (All screen shots should have a brief explanation)

NOTE:  Screenshots must be readable and complete up to this level only.

2.1       Provide a screen shot displaying all of the supply chain location objects clearly displaying plant, distribution centers (DC), customers, vendors and transportation zones. Briefly explain what role each one has in a supply chain.                                                                                                     [1 mark]

2.2       How many vendors and customers are located in USA? Provide the names and where they are located? Who is the immediate partner of a vendor in a supply chain?                                                                            [1.5 mark]

2.3       Produce a screen shot of ‘assignment of means of transportation’ between a plant and two customers for finished goods FG-10 ONLY.            [1 mark]

2.4       What means of transportation (i.e. either truck or ship), duration (hours) and distance (Km) are used in above 2.3? Suggest other suitable means of transportation that could be used for the above (i.e. 2.3) transportation. Give your reasons.                                                                            [1.5 mark]

3.          Supply Chain Model [5 marks] – refer Tut 3 (All screen shots should have a brief explanation)

NOTE:  Screenshots must be readable and complete up to this level only.

3.1       Using the supply chain engineer (SCE) produce the screen shot(s) of the supply chain network diagram among the objects. The network diagram should display all the objects and transportation lanes with clear labeling.                                                                                                                  [2 mark]

3.2       What “resources” are used in the USA plant? Expand and explain the use of all the production resources.                                                         [1 mark]

3.3       Double click on a lane between the plant and a customer in the SCE diagram. Display and explain the screen shot clearly.                    [1 mark]

3.4       Repeat the above procedure in 3.3 for a lane between a vendor and plant.                                                                                                                        [1 mark]


4.          Inbound quota for external supply of materials- [5 marks] – refer Tut 4 & 5 (All screen shots should have a brief explanation)

NOTE:  Screenshots must be readable and complete up to this level only.

4.1       Attach screen shot for ‘total inbound quota arrangement’ displaying all raw materials to be supplied by vendors to the plant. Show clearly the vendor location and their quota allocation.                                          [1.5 marks]

4.2       How do you get the same screen shots of ‘total inbound quota arrangement’ through supply chain engineer model?                                         [1 mark]

4.3       Using the SCE model display the means of transport from the menu option.                                                                                                          [1 mark]

4.4       Using where-used list, attach the screen shot showing the means of transport XXXUSA, its start and destination location.                    [1.5 marks]


5.          SNP Heuristic run at plant and DC level [5 marks] – refer Tut 6&7 (All screen shots should have a brief explanation)

NOTE:  Screenshots must be readable and complete up to this level only.

5.1       Using planning book, produce a screen shot of the monthly forecast values for finished products FG-10 and FG-11 together.                        [1 mark]

5.2       Run the location heuristic for FG-10 at plant location (XXX1), produce screen shot(s) of the planning book showing row values for production (planned) and ATD receipts. How these two figures are related? [1 mark]

5.3       Run the multilevel heuristic together for finished products (i.e. FG-10, FG-11). Provide the screenshot showing demand and receipts rows. [1 mark]

5.4       With multilevel heuristics in 5.3, switch to semi-finished product SF-0040, then produce screen shot of the planning book displaying the rows for production (planned) and dependent demand.                                 [1 mark]

5.5       With multilevel heuristics in 5.3, switch to raw material RM-0130, produce screen shot of the planning book showing Distribution Receipt (planned) and Purchasing Requisition orders.                                         [1 mark]


6.          SNP planning and Capacity check [5 marks]- Refer Tut 7& 8 (All screen shots should have a brief explanation)

6.1       Explain with the help of SNP planning book screen shots (e.g FG-11) the effect of various time buckets (e.g. 9AMONTHS and 180 DAYS) on production lead-time.                                                            [2.5 marks]

6.2       Produce screen shots of DS Planning Board in monthly and weekly view and explain the board with respect to a finished product FG-10.

[2.5 marks]


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The final project for this course is the creation of a research paper.  Every day, millions of economic choices are made by people—from what brand of soap to buy to how many employees to hire for a factory. Microeconomics provides us with the tools, models, and concepts to better understand individual choices in the marketplace and how resource allocation is determined at the micro level. The decisions made by individuals and households impact the market and influence decisions made by firms. Firms use these tools as a way to determine pricing, output, and profit maximization. As a student of economics, you can use the microeconomic principles to gain an understanding of how firms and individuals make decisions and also to make your own conclusions about actions we can take to improve those decisions.


Now, imagine that you are a consultant to the firm of your choice. The firm has hired you to advise it on how it can ensure its future success as a company in its current market. To do this, you will write a 7–9-page research paper analyzing market and business data to explain how the core microeconomic principles impact the sustainability of the firm and what actions it can take to ensure success.


In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:

  • Apply microeconomic models to real-world situations for informing effective business decisions
  • Analyze business and market data using microeconomic tools for their impact on business sustainability
  • Evaluate the structure of various markets for informing effective decision-making strategies
  • Assess the behavior and decisions of individuals and firms for their relation to the microeconomic framework




You will choose a Fortune 500 firm for which you can find reliable data and information, both at the firm level and the industry level. The firm you select must be a publicly traded company, must operate in the U.S. market, and must currently be in business. You will need instructor approval before continuing on with your research paper in order to ensure you have met the necessary requirements. Publicly traded companies file reports with a great deal of data that you will find useful for your analysis. Once you have selected a firm for your case study, you will gather information and data relevant to the firm and its industry and use the core microeconomic principles you have learned in class to analyze the information and make a recommendation for your firm. You will compose a 7–9-page research paper in which you will analyze the market and business data to explain how the core microeconomic principles impact the sustainability of the firm, and your recommendation will suggest the actions the firm can take to ensure success.


Specifically the following critical elements must be addressed:


  1. Introduction


Work with your instructor to choose a firm that matches the following criteria: a publicly traded company operating in the U.S. market that is currently in business.


  1. a) Outline the purpose of this paper and how it will inform your conclusion.
  2. b) Summarize the history of the firm, and provide an overview for what the firm does and what goods/services it sells.


  1. Explore the supply and demand conditions for your firm’s product.


  1. a) Evaluate trends in demand over time, and explain their impact on the industry and the firm. You should consider including annual sales figures for the product your firm sells.
  2. b) Analyze information and data related to the demand and supply for your firm’s product(s) to support your recommendation for the firm’s actions. Remember to include a graphical representation of the data and information used in your analysis.


III. Examine the price elasticity of demand for the product(s) your firm sells.


  1. a) Analyze the available data and information, such as pricing and the availability of substitutes, and justify how you determine the price elasticity of demand for your firm’s product.
  2. b) Explain the factors that affect consumer responsiveness to price changes for this product, using the concept of price elasticity of demand as your guide.
  3. c) Assess how the price elasticity of demand impacts the firm’s pricing decisions and revenue growth.


  1. Examine the costs of production for your firm.


  1. a) Analyze the various costs a firm faces, their trends over time, and how they have impacted your firm’s profitability.
  2. b) Apply the concepts of variable and fixed costs to your firm for informing its output decisions. For instance, analyze how different kinds of costs (labor, research and development, raw materials) affect the firm’s level of output.

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  1. Explore the overall market for your firm.


  1. a) Discuss the market share of the firm and its top competitors by providing details on current percentages for each firm and describing the trend over time. You might consider presenting the data graphically.
  2. b) Analyze the barriers to entry in this market to illustrate the potential for new competition and its impact on your firm’s future in the market.
  3. c) Describe the market structure for this firm, and analyze how this affects the firm’s ability to influence the market.
  4. Recommendation
  5. a) Develop a recommendation for how the firm can manage its future production by synthesizing the data presented.
  6. b) Suggest how the firm’s position within the market and among its competitors will allow it to take your recommended action.
  7. c) Describe how the firm can sustain its success going forward by evaluating the findings from demand trends and price elasticity.


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Focus and write an Business Finance Related Issue related to a currency, company or a commodity.
Possible Topics:

Arizona Mexico Border Financial Issues which affect Arizona or International Business

  1. The Emerging International Financial Markets in the SonoranPlain including Arizona.
  2. A Financial Business Plan for a New or Improved Business(Ready to Submit to a Venture Capitalist
  3. Financial Impacts of Food Safety Issues on the U.S. Mexico Border
  4. The financial challenges of the TPP(Transpacific Partnership) and Arizona Business*
  5. The Financial Impacts of Mexico U.S. Trade in Perishable Products including Fruits, Vegetables and Meats
  6. Business and Market Trade Instruments and Financing Options with NAFTA and FTAA countries including Mexico.*
  7. The Cash Flow Cycle and a business
  8. Financial Bankruptcy and its impact on Arizona Business
  9. International Water Management Finance in Arizona and the SonoranPlain
  10. International Financial Breakevenfor Business and development of Sustainable Bio fuels for Arizona. Do Wind, Solar and Biofuels make business sense for Arizona? **
  11. What international business means for the Arizona and the U.S.  International Business for one country—India, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Mexico, and Malaysia. Look at both Imports and Exports**
  12. Sustainable International Business Investments in the NYSE Stock Market.
  13. International Financial and Business Services from Arizona for the Global Marketplace**
  14. The cost of New Technologies of Transporting Fruits and Vegetables in International Business—“Cold Supply Chains”**.
  15. International Finance and Business in Water Management between Mexico’s Six Border  States and Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Texas**
  16. Financial Changes in Global Air Cargo  with the Pacific Rim within Arizona and America’s Southwest
  17. The Financial Impact of America’s Foreign Trade Zones in Arizona**
  18. Offset Trade with Arizona Companies and Others
  19. Expansion of finance and trade for one of the following Countries—India, Philippines, Iraq,  Indonesia, India,  China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mexico, Ukraine, or Korea
  20. European Business and Real Estate Financial Investments in Arizona
  21. Expansion of Finance, Trade and Service Opportunities with one of the following regions, FTAA, Merosur,  CARICOM, ASEAN,
  22. Brazil and FTAA Food Safety and Security Business Opportunities and Risks with Arizona
  23. Financing the Future of Biofuelsin the Sonoran Plain-
  24. Hispanic Market for a Commodity or Product-
  25. BREXIT and US and Arizona Trade Impacts
    ** Ten Extra Points for these topics and try to publish them at IAM, EMI and PRRC


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Assignment 2 – Financial Reporting Analysis

ACCT 1009 Accounting Principles for Business Decisions

SP 2, 2017

Due Date: Tuesday, 2 May  at 2:00 PM



Total Marks: 100 (Weighting: 30%)

Maximum 1500 words


Core Objective: The aim of this assignment is to apply qualitative and quantitate analysis on financial information for decision making, and to develop students’ analytical, problem solving and presentation skills.


Course objectives covered by this assessment:

CO2: Analyse and interpret information about financial position and performance;

CO3: Apply accounting principles to business decision making; and

CO5: Use  financial accounting data to analyse a simple investment decision.


This is an individual assessment.


Case Study


Doray Minerals Limited ( and Ramelius Resources Limited ( are two listed companies at Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) (


Part A – Calculations (35 marks)


  1. Please access:
  2. Doray Minerals Limited’s Annual Report 2016, and
  3. Ramelius Resources Limited’s Annual Report 2016




  • Prepare a horizontal analysis of the consolidated income statements and consolidate balance sheets of both companies for the year ended 30 June 2016 (4 marks)
  • Prepare a vertical analysis of the consolidated income statements and consolidated balance sheets of both companies for the year ended 30 June 2016 (4 marks)


  • Calculate the following ratios for both companies using their income statements, balance sheets and statements of cash flows for the year ended 30 June 2016.


  1. Profitability ratios (5 ratios) (7.5 marks)
  2. Asset efficiency ratios (5 ratios) (7.5 marks)
  3. Liquidity ratios (3 ratios) (4.5 marks)
  4. Capital structure ratios (5 ratios) (7.5 marks)


Part B – Financial analysis and interpretation for decision making (65 marks)




  1. Based on your calculations in Part A:
    1. Evaluate the profitability of both companies. Do you think each company is generating healthy returns? (10 marks)
    2. Evaluate the asset efficiency ratios of both companies. Which company is more efficient in managing its assets/resources? (10 marks)
    3. Appraise the liquidity ratios of both companies. Can both companies meet their short-term debts and stay in operations in the short term? (5 marks)
    4. Critically discuss the capital structure ratios of both companies. Can these companies successfully pay off their long-term debts and stay in operations in the long-term, i.e. their long-term financial stability? (10 marks)


  1. Assume you are a financial analyst in an investment company which intends to invest in either Doray Minerals Limited or Ramelius Resources Limited. Based on your analysis and interpretation of their financial statements, make your overall recommendation to invest in one of the companies.

(10 marks)


  1. Discuss three main limitations of financial ratio analysis. Discuss any two non-financial aspects of these companies that you may also take into account to come up with more sustainable and comprehensive investment decisions.

(10 marks)





  1. The report format and presentation:


  1. Executive Summary, and Introduction
  2. Conclusion
  3. Quality of presentation – Title page, tables of contents, headings, grammar, style and professionalism, clarity and logical flow, engagement of research, appendix and references


 (4+3+3 = 10 marks)

The Organisation of your Report

The ‘Business Report’ should be no longer than 1500 words and contain the following sections:

  1. A cover page;
  2. Executive summary of the report (or synopsis)
  3. Table of contents
  4. Introduction
  5. Financial ratio analysis and interpretation
  6. Limitations of financial ratio analysis and non-financial information of an entity
  7. Conclusion
  8. Reference List (Please include minimum 5 references)
  9. Appendix


Textbook Resources

Birt J, Chalmers K, Maloney S, Brooks A & Oliver J 2016, Accounting: Business Reporting for Decision Making, 6th Edn, Wiley, Milton, Queensland.

  1. Please refer to Chapter 8:
  2. 322-326 for Horizontal Analysis
  3. 328-329 for Vertical Analysis
  4. 330-353 & Appendix 8 A, pp. 380-381 for Ratio Analysis

Part A is NOT included in the word count and it should be attached as an appendix to the report.

Penalties apply for violating the word limit (10% deduction per 250 words over limit).

The presentation of your assignment is extremely important. The assignment must be carefully typed and professionally presented. . Marks will be deducted for poor presentation.





Online Submission, Academic Integrity and Extensions  

The assignment must be submitted by the due date: Tuesday, 2 May 2017 at 2:00pm. Submission must be online via Gradebook. Please make sure that you provide a reference each time you use ideas from a source and that the Turnitin report indicates considerable originality. Please plan ahead so that you can complete all sections of this task in time. You are strongly encouraged/advised to complete four lessons of the Academic Integrity Values, Skills, Actions Module available on the Course Learnonline Website before submitting your assignment.

Extensions for assignment will only be granted if a medical certificate, email or letter from employer or some other appropriate third party evidence is supplied to support the application. These must be received at least 24 hours prior to the due date of the assignments. Any request for an extension in the last 48 hours prior to the due time of an assignment must be accompanied by a draft of the assignment answer to demonstrate that the extension is not due to poor time management but has been working diligently on the assignment and been caught out by health, work or personal issues in the last couple of days. Due to tight schedule for marking this Assignment, applying for an extension is not recommended as this will delay the process and will ultimately delay the release of final marks.


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