Monday, 20 November 2017

ECO 550 Assignment 3: Long-Term Investment Decisions

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1.      Outline a plan that managers in the low-calorie, frozen microwaveable food company could follow in anticipation of raising prices when selecting pricing strategies for making their products response to a change in price less elastic. Provide a rationale for your response.
2.      Examine the major effects that government policies have on production and employment. Predict the potential effects that government policies could have on your company.

3.      Determine whether or not government regulation to ensure fairness in the low-calorie, frozen microwavable food industry is needed. Cite the major reasons for government involvement in a market economy. Provide two (2) examples of government involvement in a similar market economy to support your response.
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Friday, 27 October 2017

Assignment 2: Operations Decision Due Week 6 and worth 300 points

Buy now  Using the regression results and the other computations from Assignment 1, determine the market structure in which the low-calorie frozen, microwavable food company operates. Use the Internet to research two (2) of the leading competitors in the low-calorie frozen, microwavable food industry, and take note of their pricing strategies, profitability, and their relationships within the industry (worldwide). Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you: 1. Outline a plan that will assess the effectiveness of the market structure for the company’s operations. Note: In Assignment 1, the assumption was that the market structure [or selling environment] was perfectly competitive and that the equilibrium price was to be determined by setting QD equal to QS. You are now aware of recent changes in the selling environment that suggest an imperfectly competitive market where your firm now has substantial market power in setting its own “optimal” price. 2. Given that business operations have changed from the market structure specified in the original scenario in Assignment 1, determine two (2) likely factors that might have caused the change. Predict the primary manner in which this change would likely impact business operations in the new market environment. 3. Analyze the major short run and long cost functions for the low-calorie, frozen microwaveable food company given the cost functions below. Suggest substantive ways in which the low-calorie food company may use this information in order to make decisions in both the short-run and the long-run. TC = 160,000,000 + 100Q + 0.0063212Q2 VC = 100Q + 0.0063212Q2 MC= 100 + 0.0126424Q 4. Determine the possible circumstances under which the company should discontinue operations. Suggest key actions that management should take in order to confront these circumstances. Provide a rationale for your response. (Hint: Your firm’s price must cover average variable costs in the short run and average total costs in the long run to continue operations.) 5. Suggest one (1) pricing policy that will enable your low-calorie, frozen microwavable food company to maximize profits. Provide a rationale for your suggestion. Buy now

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Monday, 2 October 2017

Assignment 1: Demand Estimation Due Week 3 and worth 200 points

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Imagine that you work for the maker of a leading brand of low-calorie, frozen microwavable food that estimates the following demand equation for its product using data from 26 supermarkets around the country for the month of April.
For a refresher on independent and dependent variables, please go to Sophia’s Website and review the Independent and Dependent Variables tutorial, located at

Option 1
Note: The following is a regression equation. Standard errors are in parentheses for the demand for widgets.
QD       =          - 5200 - 42P + 20PX + 5.2I + 0.20A + 0.25M
(2.002)  (17.5) (6.2)    (2.5)   (0.09)   (0.21)
R2 = 0.55           n = 26               F = 4.88
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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Hrm517 Week 8 Case Study 3: Risk Management on a Satellite Development Project

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Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

Suggest the issues that could have developed had the team not had a risk plan. Determine the major impacts of risk that the team needs to understand for the project to be successful.

Justify the value of risk plan considering the time, effort, cost, and resources it took to develop such a plan. If you were the project manager, recommend the approach that you would take to ensure the project met the critical path identified.

Assess how to determine the level of risk management appropriate for a project.

Imagine the team working on the satellite development project was a virtual team in which team members were unable to meet in person. Explain the expected impact on the project, and suggest two (2) ways the team could maintain its current goal in both planning and execution.

Use at least four (4) quality academic (peer-reviewed) resources in this assignment.

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Assignment 3: Human Resource Project Plan

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Due Week 6 and worth 280 points
You have recently been appointed head of human resources and are now in charge of managing a small team. Your next project is to revamp the compensation and benefits package employees are receiving at your company. Design a plan for the human resource project without the use of MS Project or similar software. Note: You will have to make assumptions or create fictitious data for this assignment. Be clear about these assumptions and data for your professor to follow along.
Write a eight to ten (8-10) page paper in which you:
  1. Construct a project charter to revamp the compensation and benefits package.
  2. Design a communication plan for the project.
  3. Define the scope of the project.
  4. Create a work breakdown structure including numbered components. Submit your WBS by creating a table inside your assignment.
  5. Use at least four (4) quality academic (peer-reviewed)resources in this assignment.
Your assignment must:
  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.
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Assignment 5: MS Project Scheduling and Salvaging a Project

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Due Week 10 and worth 280 points

Go to iCampus to download a free version of Microsoft Project needed to complete this assignment. Details on how to download the software are available in the online course shell in the Additional Resources section of the Student Center.

Make the needed corrections to Assignment 1 using instructor feedback and initialize a new project in Microsoft Project to complete the following: 

  1. Create a work breakdown structure in MS Project using the existing information from Assignment 1. Note: This assignment will require you to submit a zipped file. Please see below for details on how to zip a file.

Imagine your human resource project of revamping the employee compensation and benefits package is starting to develop issues. The project is eight (8) weeks off track and your team members are becoming discouraged. Several members of the team are consistently late with deadlines, and you have discovered that your budget depleted quicker than expected. Your project sponsor is looking for you to salvage this project.

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Write a memo that communicates the budget situation to the rest of the team.
  2. Suggest three (3) ways to improve an underperforming team member.
  3. Organize a plan of action to get the project back on track. Develop a new critical path.

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Chapter 14 Mini Case: The Link Between Capital Structure and Capital Budgeting

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Fiera Corporation is evaluating a new project that costs $45,000. The project will be financed using 40% debt and 60% equity, thus maintaining the firm’s current debt-to-equity ratio. The firm’s stockholders have a required rate of return of 18.36%, and its bondholders expect a 10.68% rate of return. The project is expected to generate annual cash flows of $13,000 before taxes for the next two decades. Fiera Corporation is in the 36% tax bracket. Remember to show all your work.

For this case you must

Calculate the firm’s weighted average cost of capital (WACC).
Calculate the traditional net present value (NPV) of the project using the WACC. Explain if the project should be undertaken.
Use Modigliani and Miller’s Proposition II, and calculate the required return on unlevered equity.
Use the adjusted present value (APV) method to determine whether or not the project should be undertaken and explain why.
Use the flow-to-equity (FTE) method to determine whether or not the project should be undertaken and explain why.

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Chapter 9 Mini Case: Cost of Capital and Project Risk

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Calculate the current weighted average cost of capital for CWC.
Calculate the appropriate discount rate for the healthy bottled water project.
Perform a sensitivity analysis for sales price, variable costs, fixed costs, and unit sales at +/- 10%, 20%, and 30% from the base case. 
Perform an analysis of the following two scenarios:
Best case: Selling 2,500,000 units at a price of $1.24 each, with variable production costs of $0.22 per unit.
Worst case: Selling 950,000 units at a price of $1.32 per unit, with variable production costs of $0.27 per unit.
Explain if the firm should undertake the healthy bottled water project. Buy now

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Assignment 2: Wooden on Leadership

Due Week 4 and worth 240 points

Read the weekly assigned chapters and view the lectures before beginning the assignment.

In the current business world, team projects are commonplace. This assignment will use John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, its different facets, how it relates to project management leadership, and how it is fulfilled in different circumstances. Visit this site dedicated to him to retrieve the information.

Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

Describe the extent to which John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success fits today’s business environment after reflecting on your own organization or one that you have observed. Provide three (3) examples to support the response. Typify your leadership style, and provide three (3) examples of how your own temperament, motivation pattern, thinking styles, character, expectations, and leadership philosophy relate to or contrast themes discussed in John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.

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