Answer these questions in essay format, using the instructions provided in the Assignment Instructions folder. Review the Essay 1 Grading Rubric to see how your essay will be graded. Explain how you would evoke a startle response (reflex) using classical conditioning in an unsuspecting friend using an abnormal signal (produces the reflex). Describe your friend’s reflex response and a signal that will produce that reflex response; then choose another signal for the reflex and predict the outcome of using that signal. Clearly label the Unconditioned Stimulus (UCS), Unconditioned Response (UCR), Conditioned Stimulus (CS), and Conditioned Response (CR). Include a description of the setting and process for this hypothetical situation. Describe how you would use operant conditioning, with a program of shaping, to get a messy roommate to make his/her bed neatly. Include and label the antecedent stimulus, response, and reinforcement of the changing program standards, and a method of self-regulation for the roommate. In a hypothetical psychology internship, you have encountered a child with destructive tendencies. She bites herself, her dog, and your bag of supplies. Being afraid for her safety and your own well-being, you institute a plan to change her behavior. Suggest a punishment, with her possible reactions to that punishment. Then, try substituting an alternative behavior by reinforcing an incompatible response. Label the antecedent stimulus for the biting response, Punishment I or II, escape or avoidance, and the reinforcement for the new named response. What do you consider to be the best theory or method for improving this child’s behavior? Give an example of a situation where you can model more effective behavior for someone whom you could positively influence. Describe in detail: yourself (the model), the observer, the behavior, and the reinforcement using at least 5 principles of Social Learning Theory.

Answer these questions in essay format, using the instructions provided in the Assignment Instructions folder. Review the Essay 1 Grading Rubric to see how your essay will be graded.

 

  1. Explain how you would evoke a startle response (reflex) using classical conditioning in an unsuspecting friend using an abnormal signal (produces the reflex). Describe your friend’s reflex response and a signal that will produce that reflex response; then choose another signal for the reflex and predict the outcome of using that signal. Clearly label the Unconditioned Stimulus (UCS), Unconditioned Response (UCR), Conditioned Stimulus (CS), and Conditioned Response (CR). Include a description of the setting and process for this hypothetical situation.

 

  1. Describe how you would use operant conditioning, with a program of shaping, to get a messy roommate to make his/her bed neatly. Include and label the antecedent stimulus, response, and reinforcement of the changing program standards, and a method of self-regulation for the roommate.

 

  1. In a hypothetical psychology internship, you have encountered a child with destructive tendencies. She bites herself, her dog, and your bag of supplies. Being afraid for her safety and your own well-being, you institute a plan to change her behavior. Suggest a punishment, with her possible reactions to that punishment. Then, try substituting an alternative behavior by reinforcing an incompatible response. Label the antecedent stimulus for the biting response, Punishment I or II, escape or avoidance, and the reinforcement for the new named response. What do you consider to be the best theory or method for improving this child’s behavior?

 

  1. Give an example of a situation where you can model more effective behavior for someone whom you could positively influence. Describe in detail: yourself (the model), the observer, the behavior, and the reinforcement using at least 5 principles of Social Learning Theory.

 

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The CEO of your company recently met with the external auditors to discuss the scope of the year’s audit. The auditors suggested that they conduct an integrated audit. The CEO has asked you, the accountant, to make a presentation at the next board of directors meeting that includes the following: Give a definition of auditing. Explain the purposes and reasons for public accounting firms to perform an integrated audit. Address the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Explain corporate governance and its relation to integrated audits. Cite an example of a recent failure in corporate governance. Find an article in which the actions that the public perceived as necessary to improve the quality of corporate governance are discussed; list the actions requested according to the article.

The CEO of your company recently met with the external auditors to discuss the scope of the year’s audit. The auditors suggested that they conduct an integrated audit. The CEO has asked you, the accountant, to make a presentation at the next board of directors meeting that includes the following:

  1. Give a definition of auditing.
  2. Explain the purposes and reasons for public accounting firms to perform an integrated audit. Address the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX).
  3. Explain corporate governance and its relation to integrated audits.
  4. Cite an example of a recent failure in corporate governance.
  5. Find an article in which the actions that the public perceived as necessary to improve the quality of corporate governance are discussed; list the actions requested according to the article.

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ASSIGNMENT DIRECTIONS FOR NEO-FREUDIANISM Annotated bibliography for 6 articles:

ASSIGNMENT DIRECTIONS FOR NEO-FREUDIANISM

Annotated bibliography for 6 articles:

  • Axelrod, S. D. (2012). Self-awareness: At the interface of executive development and psychoanalytic therapy. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 32(4), 340–357.
  • Weaver, Y. (2009). Mid-life – A time of crisis or new possibilities? Existential Analysis, 20(1), 69–78.
  • Word count: 150-250 words for each article (a summary of the key concept(s) of each article)
  • Why was the study done?
  • What was the population studied?
  • What did the researcher(s) conclude?

Outline of the 6 articles:

  • Include the 6 articles used to write the annotated bibliography.
  • Work count: 750 – 1,000 words (references not included in the word count)
  • Provide a sentence (not 1-3 words) to describe each item to be discussed in the final paper.
    • Refer to the annotated bibliography and outline to include in the final paper.
    • Word count: 2,000 – 2,500 words (references not included in the word count)
    • A statement of common themes addressed in each of the articles.
    • A statement of the conclusions drawn from the articles but grouped together as one thought.
    • What is the overall message of the group of articles?
    • Focus specifically on the key Freuds’ views and influence.
    • Consider the major differences among the articles which caused them to diverge from one another.
    • APA format, double-space, Arial, 12 font, in-text citation.

    DUE

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You’ve just been hired onto ABC Company as the corporate controller. ABC Company is a manufacturing firm that specializes in making cedar roofing and siding shingles. The company currently has annual sales of around $1.2 million, a 25% increase from the previous year. The company has an aggressive growth target of reaching $3 million annual sales within the next 3 years. The CEO has been trying to find additional products that can leverage the current ABC employee skillset as well as the manufacturing facilities. As the controller of ABC Company, the CEO has come to you with a new opportunity that he’s been working on. The CEO would like to use the some of the shingle scrap materials to build cedar dollhouses. While this new product line would add additional raw materials and be more time-intensive to manufacture than the cedar shingles, this new product line will be able to leverage ABC’s existing manufacturing facilities as well as the current staff. Although this product line will require added expenses, it will provide additional revenue and gross profit to help reach the growth targets. The CEO is relying on you to help decide how this project can be afforded Provide details about the estimated product costs, what is needed to break even on the project, and what level of return this product is expected to provide. In order to help out the CEO, you need to prepare a six- to eight-page report that will contain the following information (including exhibits, but excluding your references and title page). Refer to the accompanying Excel spreadsheet (available through your online course) for some specific cost and profit information to complete the calculations. Final Paper Spreadsheet An overall risk profile of the company based on current economic and industry issues that it may be facing. Current company cash flow You need to complete a cash flow statement for the company using the direct method. Once you’ve completed the cash flow statement, answer the following questions: What does this statement of cash flow tell you about the sources and uses of the company funds? Is there anything ABC Company can do to improve the cash flow? Can this project be financed with current cash flow from the company? Why or why not? If the company needs additional financing beyond what ABC Company can provide internally (either now or sometime throughout the life of the project), how would you suggest the company obtain the additional financing, equity or corporate debt, and why? Product cost: ABC Company believes that it has an additional 5,000 machine hours available in the current facility before it would need to expand. ABC Company uses machine hours to allocate the fixed factory overhead, and units sold to allocate the fixed sales expenses. Bases on current research, ABC Company expects that it will take twice as long to produce the expansion product as it currently takes to produce its existing product. What is the product cost for the expansion product under absorption and variable costing? By adding this new expansion product, it helps to absorb the fixed factory and sales expenses. How much cheaper does this expansion make the existing product? Assuming ABC Company wants a 40% gross margin for the new product, what selling price should it set for the expansion product? Assuming the same sales mix of these two products, what are the contribution margins and break-even points by product? Potential investments to accelerate profit: ABC company has the option to purchase additional equipment that will cost about $42,000, and this new equipment will produce the following savings in factory overhead costs over the next five years: Year 1, $15,000 Year 2, $13,000 Year 3, $10,000 Year 4, $10,000 Year 5, $6,000 ABC Company uses the net-present-value method to analyze investments and desires a minimum rate of return of 12% on the equipment. What is the net present value of the proposed investment (ignore income taxes and depreciation)? Assuming a 5-year straight-line depreciation, how will this impact the factory’s fixed costs for each of the 5 years (and the implied product costs)? What about cash flow? Considering the cash flow impact of the equipment as well as the time-value of money, would you recommend that ABC Company purchases the equipment? Why or why not? Conclusion: What are the major risk factors that you see in this project? As the controller and a management accountant, what is your responsibility to this project? What do you recommend the CEO do? Writing the Final Paper Must be six to eight double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Must include a title page with the following: Title of paper Student’s name Course name and number Instructor’s name Date submitted Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis Must document at least three, but no more than five sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

You’ve just been hired onto ABC Company as the corporate controller. ABC Company is a manufacturing firm that specializes in making cedar roofing and siding shingles. The company currently has annual sales of around $1.2 million, a 25% increase from the previous year. The company has an aggressive growth target of reaching $3 million annual sales within the next 3 years. The CEO has been trying to find additional products that can leverage the current ABC employee skillset as well as the manufacturing facilities.

As the controller of ABC Company, the CEO has come to you with a new opportunity that he’s been working on. The CEO would like to use the some of the shingle scrap materials to build cedar dollhouses. While this new product line would add additional raw materials and be more time-intensive to manufacture than the cedar shingles, this new product line will be able to leverage ABC’s existing manufacturing facilities as well as the current staff. Although this product line will require added expenses, it will provide additional revenue and gross profit to help reach the growth targets. The CEO is relying on you to help decide how this project can be afforded  Provide details about the estimated product costs, what is needed to break even on the project, and what level of return this product is expected to provide.

In order to help out the CEO, you need to prepare a six- to eight-page report that will contain the following information (including exhibits, but excluding your references and title page). Refer to the accompanying Excel spreadsheet (available through your online course) for some specific cost and profit information to complete the calculations.

Final Paper Spreadsheet

    1. An overall risk profile of the company based on current economic and industry issues that it may be facing.

 

    1. Current company cash flow

 

      1. You need to complete a cash flow statement for the company using the direct method.
      2. Once you’ve completed the cash flow statement, answer the following questions:
        1. What does this statement of cash flow tell you about the sources and uses of the company funds?
        2. Is there anything ABC Company can do to improve the cash flow?

          Can this project be financed with current cash flow from the company? Why or why not?

        3. If the company needs additional financing beyond what ABC Company can provide internally (either now or sometime throughout the life of the project), how would you suggest the company obtain the additional financing, equity or corporate debt, and why?

 

    1. Product cost: ABC Company believes that it has an additional 5,000 machine hours available in the current facility before it would need to expand. ABC Company uses machine hours to allocate the fixed factory overhead, and units sold to allocate the fixed sales expenses. Bases on current research, ABC Company expects that it will take twice as long to produce the expansion product as it currently takes to produce its existing product.
      1. What is the product cost for the expansion product under absorption and variable costing?
      2. By adding this new expansion product, it helps to absorb the fixed factory and sales expenses. How much cheaper does this expansion make the existing product?
      3. Assuming ABC Company wants a 40% gross margin for the new product, what selling price should it set for the expansion product?
      4. Assuming the same sales mix of these two products, what are the contribution margins and break-even points by product?

 

    1. Potential investments to accelerate profit: ABC company has the option to purchase additional equipment that will cost about $42,000, and this new equipment will produce the following savings in factory overhead costs over the next five years:

      Year 1, $15,000

      Year 2, $13,000

      Year 3, $10,000

      Year 4, $10,000

      Year 5, $6,000

      ABC Company uses the net-present-value method to analyze investments and desires a minimum rate of return of 12% on the equipment.

      1. What is the net present value of the proposed investment (ignore income taxes and depreciation)?
      2. Assuming a 5-year straight-line depreciation, how will this impact the factory’s fixed costs for each of the 5 years (and the implied product costs)? What about cash flow?
      3. Considering the cash flow impact of the equipment as well as the time-value of money, would you recommend that ABC Company purchases the equipment? Why or why not?

 

    1. Conclusion:

 

    1. What are the major risk factors that you see in this project?
    2. As the controller and a management accountant, what is your responsibility to this project?
    3. What do you recommend the CEO do?

Writing the Final Paper

  1. Must be six to eight double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following:
    1. Title of paper
    2. Student’s name
    3. Course name and number
    4. Instructor’s name
    5. Date submitted
  3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis
    1. Must document at least three, but no more than five sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
    2. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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PharmaCARE (We CARE about YOUR health®) is one of the world’s most successful pharmaceutical companies, enjoying a reputation as a caring, ethical and well-run company that produces high-quality products that save millions of lives and enhance the quality of life for millions of others (Note: PharmaCARE is a hypothetical company that you will to compare to a real company as noted in the assignment criteria below). The company offers free and discounted drugs to low-income consumers, has a foundation that sponsors healthcare educational programs and scholarships, and its CEO serves on the PhRMA board. PharmaCARE recently launched a new initiative, We CARE about YOUR world®, pledging its commitment to the environment through recycling, packaging changes and other green initiatives, despite the fact that the company’s lobbying efforts and PAC have successfully defeated environmental laws and regulations, including extension of the Superfund tax, which was created by Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Based in New Jersey, PharmaCARE maintains a large manufacturing facility in the African nation of Colberia, where the company has found several “healers” eager to freely share information about indigenous cures and an abundance of Colberians willing to work for $1.00 a day, harvesting plants by walking five (5) miles into and out of the jungle carrying baskets that, when full, weigh up to fifty (50) pounds. Due to the low standard of living in Colberia, much of the population lives in primitive huts with no electricity or running water. PharmaCARE’s executives, however, live in a luxury compound, complete with a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a golf course. PharmaCARE’s extensive activities in Colberia have destroyed habitat and endangered native species. In preparation for this assignment, use the Internet or Strayer Library to research companies that have recently experienced negative consequences as a result of the company’s corporate activities. Compare the facts and consequences surrounding the companies you have researched to PharmaCare to support your response(s) to the criteria below. Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you: Describe the key characteristics of a stakeholder and determine all the stakeholders within the PharmaCARE scenario. Analyze the human rights issues presented by PharmaCARE’s treatment of the Colberia’s indigenous population versus that of its executives. Recommend at least three (3) changes PharmaCARE can make to be more ethical going forward. Assess PharmaCARE’s environmental initiative against the backdrop of its anti-environmental lobbying efforts and Colberian activities. Support the position. Decide whether or not PharmaCARE’s actions with respect to the indigenous people of Colberia would be ethical in accordance with each of the following ethical theories: Utilitarianism Deontology Virtue ethics Ethics of care Your own moral / ethical compass Compare PharmaCARE’s actions with those of at least one (1) real-world company, whose corporate activities led to ethical, environmental, or workplace safety issues and financial loss. Analyze the similarities and differences between PharmaCARE and the company that you chose. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia is not an acceptable reference and proprietary Websites do not qualify as academic resources. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and 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 assignment page length.

PharmaCARE (We CARE about YOUR health®) is one of the world’s most successful pharmaceutical companies, enjoying a reputation as a caring, ethical and well-run company that produces high-quality products that save millions of lives and enhance the quality of life for millions of others (Note: PharmaCARE is a hypothetical company that you will to compare to a real company as noted in the assignment criteria below). The company offers free and discounted drugs to low-income consumers, has a foundation that sponsors healthcare educational programs and scholarships, and its CEO serves on the PhRMA board. PharmaCARE recently launched a new initiative, We CARE about YOUR world®, pledging its commitment to the environment through recycling, packaging changes and other green initiatives, despite the fact that the company’s lobbying efforts and PAC have successfully defeated environmental laws and regulations, including extension of the Superfund tax, which was created by Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Based in New Jersey, PharmaCARE maintains a large manufacturing facility in the African nation of Colberia, where the company has found several “healers” eager to freely share information about indigenous cures and an abundance of Colberians willing to work for $1.00 a day, harvesting plants by walking five (5) miles into and out of the jungle carrying baskets that, when full, weigh up to fifty (50) pounds. Due to the low standard of living in Colberia, much of the population lives in primitive huts with no electricity or running water. PharmaCARE’s executives, however, live in a luxury compound, complete with a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a golf course. PharmaCARE’s extensive activities in Colberia have destroyed habitat and endangered native species.

In preparation for this assignment, use the Internet or Strayer Library to research companies that have recently experienced negative consequences as a result of the company’s corporate activities. Compare the facts and consequences surrounding the companies you have researched to PharmaCare to support your response(s) to the criteria below.

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

  1. Describe the key characteristics of a stakeholder and determine all the stakeholders within the PharmaCARE scenario.
  2. Analyze the human rights issues presented by PharmaCARE’s treatment of the Colberia’s indigenous population versus that of its executives. Recommend at least three (3) changes PharmaCARE can make to be more ethical going forward.
  3. Assess PharmaCARE’s environmental initiative against the backdrop of its anti-environmental lobbying efforts and Colberian activities. Support the position.
  4. Decide whether or not PharmaCARE’s actions with respect to the indigenous people of Colberia would be ethical in accordance with each of the following ethical theories:
    1. Utilitarianism
    2. Deontology
    3. Virtue ethics
    4. Ethics of care
    5. Your own moral / ethical compass
  5. Compare PharmaCARE’s actions with those of at least one (1) real-world company, whose corporate activities led to ethical, environmental, or workplace safety issues and financial loss. Analyze the similarities and differences between PharmaCARE and the company that you chose.
  6. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia is not an acceptable reference and proprietary Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and 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 assignment page length.

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This assignment consists of two (2) sections: an infrastructure document and a revised Gantt chart or project plan. You must submit both sections as separate files for the completion of this assignment. Label each file name according to the section of the assignment it is written for. Additionally, you may create and / or assume all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment. The infrastructure which encompasses the network solution and security considerations is a major consideration for your company. Considering that the company will be expanding from one (1) floor to three (3) floors in the very near future you, as the CIO, are responsible for the design of the infrastructure and security protocols. You have been tasked with designing a network that is stable, redundant, and scalable. In addition, speed and reliability are important considerations. Assumptions should be drawn regarding network usage in relationship to network services and resources. All the established criteria that were set at the onset should be adhered to within your plan. The network solution that is chosen should support the conceived information system and allow for scalability. The network infrastructure will support organizational operations; therefore, a pictorial view of workstations, servers, routers, bridges, gateways, and access points should be used. In addition, access paths for Internet access should be depicted. Additionally, the security of the network should be in the forefront of your design because protecting your data is a primary consideration. Section 1: Infrastructure Document Write a four to six (4-6) page infrastructure document in which you: Justify and support the relationship between infrastructure and security as it relates to this data-collection and analysis company. Present the rationale for the logical and physical topographical layout of the planned network. Design a logical and physical topographical layout of the current and planned network through the use of graphical tools in Microsoft Word or Visio, or an open source alternative such as Dia. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page length. Illustrate the possible placement of servers including access paths to the Internet, intrusion detection systems (IDS), and firewalls. Note: Facility limitations, workstations, databases, printers, routers, switches, bridges, and access points should be considered in the illustration. Create and describe a comprehensive security policy for this data-collection and analysis company that will: Protect the company infrastructure and assets by applying the principals of confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA). Note: CIA is a widely used benchmark for evaluation of information systems security, focusing on the three (3) core goals of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information. Address ethical aspects related to employee behavior, contractors, password usage, and access to networked resources and information. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and 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 assignment page length. Include charts or diagrams created in MS Visio or Dia as an appendix of the infrastructure document. All references to these diagrams must be included in the body of the infrastructure document. Section 2: Revised Project Plan Use Microsoft Project to: Update the project plan from Project Deliverable 4: Analytics, Interfaces, and Cloud Technology, with three to five (3-5) new project tasks each consisting of five to ten (5-10) sub-tasks. The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are: Develop information systems-related activities to maximize the business value within and outside the organization. Demonstrate an understanding of existing and emerging information technologies, the functions of IS, and its impact on the organizational operations. Evaluate the issues and challenges associated with information systems integration. Use technology and information resources to research issues in information systems. Write clearly and concisely about strategic issues and practices in the information systems domain using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

This assignment consists of two (2) sections: an infrastructure document and a revised Gantt chart or project plan. You must submit both sections as separate files for the completion of this assignment. Label each file name according to the section of the assignment it is written for. Additionally, you may create and / or assume all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment.

The infrastructure which encompasses the network solution and security considerations is a major consideration for your company. Considering that the company will be expanding from one (1) floor to three (3) floors in the very near future you, as the CIO, are responsible for the design of the infrastructure and security protocols. You have been tasked with designing a network that is stable, redundant, and scalable. In addition, speed and reliability are important considerations. Assumptions should be drawn regarding network usage in relationship to network services and resources. All the established criteria that were set at the onset should be adhered to within your plan. The network solution that is chosen should support the conceived information system and allow for scalability. The network infrastructure will support organizational operations; therefore, a pictorial view of workstations, servers, routers, bridges, gateways, and access points should be used. In addition, access paths for Internet access should be depicted. Additionally, the security of the network should be in the forefront of your design because protecting your data is a primary consideration.

Section 1: Infrastructure Document

  1. Write a four to six (4-6) page infrastructure document in which you:
    • Justify and support the relationship between infrastructure and security as it relates to this data-collection and analysis company.
    • Present the rationale for the logical and physical topographical layout of the planned network.
    • Design a logical and physical topographical layout of the current and planned network through the use of graphical tools in Microsoft Word or Visio, or an open source alternative such as Dia. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page length.
    • Illustrate the possible placement of servers including access paths to the Internet, intrusion detection systems (IDS), and firewalls. Note: Facility limitations, workstations, databases, printers, routers, switches, bridges, and access points should be considered in the illustration.
    • Create and describe a comprehensive security policy for this data-collection and analysis company that will:
  • Protect the company infrastructure and assets by applying the principals of confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA). Note: CIA is a widely used benchmark for evaluation of information systems security, focusing on the three (3) core goals of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information.
  • Address ethical aspects related to employee behavior, contractors, password usage, and access to networked resources and information.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and 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 assignment page length.
  • Include charts or diagrams created in MS Visio or Dia as an appendix of the infrastructure document. All references to these diagrams must be included in the body of the infrastructure document.

Section 2: Revised Project Plan

Use Microsoft Project to:

  1. Update the project plan from Project Deliverable 4: Analytics, Interfaces, and Cloud Technology, with three to five (3-5) new project tasks each consisting of five to ten (5-10) sub-tasks.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Develop information systems-related activities to maximize the business value within and outside the organization.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of existing and emerging information technologies, the functions of IS, and its impact on the organizational operations.
  • Evaluate the issues and challenges associated with information systems integration.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in information systems.
  • Write clearly and concisely about strategic issues and practices in the information systems domain using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

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Operational Analysis Read Case Study “Mead Meals on Wheels” below: MMWC buys the equipment to expand their services. Present a recommendation supporting the type of financial impact the expansion of services will have on MMWC. Clearly label the calculation of the impact of food costs and the financial impact costs. Use formulas to calculate the costs and format the cells to insert a comma if there is more than three numbers and round to the nearest whole number. two-to-three page Word document (not including title and reference pages) and your Excel worksheet. Paper should be formatted according to APA style. Cite at least two scholarly sources in addition to the textbook. Case study Mead Meals on Wheels The Mead Meals on Wheels Center (MMWC) provides meals every day to the homebound elderly. The city of Wabash pays MMWC $32 per week for each person it serves. There is no shortage of demand for MMWC’s services among the elderly citizens of Wabash, and MMWC can find qualified recipients for as many meals as it can deliver. Each person helped by MMWC receives two hot emails per day, seven days per week, for a total of 14 meals every week. To service the contract, MMWCs has a central kitchen that has the capacity to produce a maximum of 9,600 meals per day. It costs MMWC an average of $36,000 per week to operate the kitchen and other central facilities regardless of the number of meals that MMWC serves. This covers all of WWWC’s fixed costs (e.g., rent, equipment costs, and its personnel including administrative staff) as well as its fixed seasonal service contract costs (utilities, snow removal, etc.) Question 1: the executive director has come to you to calculate how much MMWC can spend per week, per person and still break even. What do you tell the executive director? Using your work to define MMWC’s spending limit, the executive director prepared a request for bids and sent it to all of the food purveyors in and near Wabash. The best bid came in at $.50 (fifty cents) below the number the number that you have calculated as MMWC’s break-even per person-week. Using the lowest bid and the information given earlier, the executive director wants you to prepare a budget for MMWC’s in a format that will allow her to monitor MMWC’s performance on a quarterly basis for the coming year. For budgeting purposes, the executive director has told you to assume that there are 13 weeks in each quarter. You know for your experience that the fixed expenses for the organization vary by season. Fixed costs average $38,000 per week in the winger (first quarter), $34,000 per week in the second quarter, $35,000 in the third quarter, and $37,000 in the fourth quarter. Question 2: Prepare a budget for the next four quarters of operation for the executive director and summarize it for the full year. The first quarter of operation was in the midst of a very severe winter. As a result MMWC was only able to get food to, 4,600 people per week on average. In addition, the cold weather and snow caused MMWC to exceed the limits of its snowplowing and heating oil contracts. As a result, MMWC’s fixed costs were $2,000 per week above what you had forecast. Luckily, a food purveyor from outside the Wabash city limits responded to MMWC’s request for bids just before the quarter began and gave MMWC a bid that was $.75 (seventy-five cents) per person-week below the quote that was used in your budget. That is a full $1.25 below the break-even level that you calculated. The executive director knows that something has happened because the budgeted numbers and the actual results that she sees on her quarterly operating statement don’t match. She wants you to tell her why. Question 3. Prepare an analysis of variances for the first quarter of the year to help her understand what caused the differences between the results. Provide her with as much detail as you can give the available information, that is, volume variance, price variance, and quantity variance. Be sure to indicate whether those variances were favorable or unfavorable. Don’t forget to look at the fixed-cost variance as well. Prepare a revenue variance analysis. Prepare a food expense variance analysis. Calculate the net impact of the severe winter weather and lower food prices on MMWC’s first quarter result. Was MMWC better off or worse off? Was the overall aggregate variance large enough to have a significant impact on MMWC during the first quarter? Is it significant when compared to projected annual profits or losses? During the year, you conducted an analysis of MMWC’s kitchen operations and determined that you could increase the capacity of the kitchen to 10,400 meals per day. You see a chance to increase the number of meals that MMWC can deliver to the elderly, as well as a way to increase your weekly revenue. However, expanding the kitchen’s capacity will require you to purchase $700,000 worth of equipment. The equipment has a useful life of five years. The executive director is interested in any idea that will expand service delivery. But, she is concerned about being able to pay for the equipment. She tells you that MMWC’s cost of capital is 9 percent and asks if MMWC should purchase the equipment. Question 4: What do you tell her? Support your recommendation and present your findings in a way that the executive director will understand? Assuming that you pay your suppliers quarterly and that you are paid by Wabash quarterly, what would you recommend doing? Would you answer be different if you were paid by Wabash and pay your suppliers weekly? Annually? You finish your capital budget analysis just in time to prepare the operating budget for the coming year. The executive director wants you to use last year’s budget as a starting point but to update it to reflect the higher fixed costs that occurred during this year’s winter operations (i.e. the first quarter). In addition, she has decided to accept your recommendation about the equipment. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, a local bank will lend WC the full purchase price of the equipment and only charge MMWC for interest during the first year of the loan. Interest on the loan would be set at 8 percent per year. MMWC’s normal policy is to assume a 10 percent residual value on all kitchen equipment and to depreciate it over five years on a straight-line basis. Question 5: Incorporating all of the things that have happened during the year, as well as your capital budgeting recommendation, prepare a new quarterly budget and an annual summary for MMWC for the coming year. Question 6: Given the profits that MMWC expects to produce in the next fiscal year, should it expand and feed ore people? Why has it chosen not to feed more than 5,200 people? What would be required to expand MMWC beyond its current level of operations?

Operational Analysis

Read Case Study “Mead Meals on Wheels” below:

MMWC buys the equipment to expand their services. Present a recommendation supporting the type of financial impact the expansion of services will have on MMWC.

Clearly label the calculation of the impact of food costs and the financial impact costs. Use formulas to calculate the costs and format the cells to insert a comma if there is more than three numbers and round to the nearest whole number.

two-to-three page Word document (not including title and reference pages) and your Excel worksheet. Paper should be formatted according to APA style. Cite at least two scholarly sources in addition to the textbook.

 

Case study

 

Mead Meals on Wheels

 

The Mead Meals on Wheels Center (MMWC) provides meals every day to the homebound elderly. The city of Wabash pays MMWC $32 per week for each person it serves. There is no shortage of demand for MMWC’s services among the elderly citizens of Wabash, and MMWC can find qualified recipients for as many meals as it can deliver. Each person helped by MMWC receives two hot emails per day, seven days per week, for a total of 14 meals every week.

To service the contract, MMWCs has a central kitchen that has the capacity to produce a maximum of 9,600 meals per day. It costs MMWC an average of $36,000 per week to operate the kitchen and other central facilities regardless of the number of meals that MMWC serves. This covers all of WWWC’s fixed costs (e.g., rent, equipment costs, and its personnel including administrative staff) as well as its fixed seasonal service contract costs (utilities, snow removal, etc.)

Question 1: the executive director has come to you to calculate how much MMWC can spend per week, per person and still break even. What do you tell the executive director?

Using your work to define MMWC’s spending limit, the executive director prepared a request for bids and sent it to all of the food purveyors in and near Wabash. The best bid came in at $.50 (fifty cents) below the number the number that you have calculated as MMWC’s break-even per person-week. Using the lowest bid and the information given earlier, the executive director wants you to prepare a budget for MMWC’s in a format that will allow her to monitor MMWC’s performance on a quarterly basis for the coming year.

For budgeting purposes, the executive director has told you to assume that there are 13 weeks in each quarter. You know for your experience that the fixed expenses for the organization vary by season. Fixed costs average $38,000 per week in the winger (first quarter), $34,000 per week in the second quarter, $35,000 in the third quarter, and $37,000 in the fourth quarter.

Question 2: Prepare a budget for the next four quarters of operation for the executive director and summarize it for the full year.

The first quarter of operation was in the midst of a very severe winter. As a result MMWC was only able to get food to, 4,600 people per week on average. In addition, the cold weather and snow caused MMWC to exceed the limits of its snowplowing and heating oil contracts. As a result, MMWC’s fixed costs were $2,000 per week above what you had forecast. Luckily, a food purveyor from outside the Wabash city limits responded to MMWC’s request for bids just before the quarter began and gave MMWC a bid that was $.75 (seventy-five cents) per person-week below the quote that was used in your budget. That is a full $1.25 below the break-even level that you calculated.

The executive director knows that something has happened because the budgeted numbers and the actual results that she sees on her quarterly operating statement don’t match. She wants you to tell her why.

Question 3. Prepare an analysis of variances for the first quarter of the year to help her understand what caused the differences between the results. Provide her with as much detail as you can give the available information, that is, volume variance, price variance, and quantity variance. Be sure to indicate whether those variances were favorable or unfavorable. Don’t forget to look at the fixed-cost variance as well.

  1. Prepare a revenue variance analysis.
  2. Prepare a food expense variance analysis.
  3. Calculate the net impact of the severe winter weather and lower food prices on MMWC’s first quarter result. Was MMWC better off or worse off?
  4. Was the overall aggregate variance large enough to have a significant impact on MMWC during the first quarter? Is it significant when compared to projected annual profits or losses?

During the year, you conducted an analysis of MMWC’s kitchen operations and determined that you could increase the capacity of the kitchen to 10,400 meals per day. You see a chance to increase the number of meals that MMWC can deliver to the elderly, as well as a way to increase your weekly revenue. However, expanding the kitchen’s capacity will require you to purchase $700,000 worth of equipment. The equipment has a useful life of five years. The executive director is interested in any idea that will expand service delivery. But, she is concerned about being able to pay for the equipment. She tells you that MMWC’s cost of capital is 9 percent and asks if MMWC should purchase the equipment.

Question 4: What do you tell her? Support your recommendation and present your findings in a way that the executive director will understand?

  1. Assuming that you pay your suppliers quarterly and that you are paid by Wabash quarterly, what would you recommend doing?
  2. Would you answer be different if you were paid by Wabash and pay your suppliers weekly? Annually?

You finish your capital budget analysis just in time to prepare the operating budget for the coming year. The executive director wants you to use last year’s budget as a starting point but to update it to reflect the higher fixed costs that occurred during this year’s winter operations (i.e. the first quarter). In addition, she has decided to accept your recommendation about the equipment. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, a local bank will lend WC the full purchase price of the equipment and only charge MMWC for interest during the first year of the loan. Interest on the loan would be set at 8 percent per year. MMWC’s normal policy is to assume a 10 percent residual value on all kitchen equipment and to depreciate it over five years on a straight-line basis.

Question 5: Incorporating all of the things that have happened during the year, as well as your capital budgeting recommendation, prepare a new quarterly budget and an annual summary for MMWC for the coming year.

Question 6: Given the profits that MMWC expects to produce in the next fiscal year, should it expand and feed ore people? Why has it chosen not to feed more than 5,200 people? What would be required to expand MMWC beyond its current level of operations?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Assignment 4: Job Application Cover Letter Due Week 10 and worth 130 points Completing this assignment will help you name and identify the skills and abilities that will move your career forward. Develop a Job Application Cover Letter that highlights and emphasizes why you are the person most suitable for your ideal role. Use the general writing guidelines on pp. 277-278 in the text for structural and content guidance. Note: An example can be found on p. 250, Figure 13.8. The message should take the form of a business letter; however, you will submit your assignment to the online course shell. The job letter / application message must adhere to the following requirements: Content Highlight relevant background and job history information. Emphasize significant qualifications and exclude nonessential ideas. Format Follow proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format. Use an appropriate and professional greeting and closing. Style Use professional language. Use sufficient variety in sentences. Paragraphs effectively developed and efficient. Note: Six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible. Mechanics Ensure there are no grammar or spelling errors. Eliminate wordiness and unclear sentence construction. Your assignment must: Be typed, single-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Submitting your assignment: Submit your assignment through the online course shell only. The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are: Use writing process strategies to develop brief business documents, such as routine messages, bad news messages, and persuasive / sales messages. Support ideas or claims in body paragraphs with clear details, examples, and explanations. Organize ideas logically by using transitional words, phrases, and sentences. Use sentence variety and effective word choice in written communication. Write clearly and concisely using proper writing mechanics. Points: 130 Assignment 4: Job Application Cover Letter Criteria Unacceptable Below 60% F Meets Minimum Expectations 60-69% D Fair 70-79% C Proficient 80-89% B Exemplary 90-100% A 1a. Highlight relevant background and job history information. Weight: 10% Did not submit or incompletely highlighted relevant background and job history information. Insufficiently highlighted relevant background and job history information. Partially highlighted relevant background and job history information. Satisfactorily highlighted relevant background and job history information. Thoroughly highlighted relevant background and job history information. 1b. Emphasize significant qualifications and exclude nonessential ideas. Weight: 10% Did not submit or incompletely emphasized significant qualifications and did not submit or incompletely excluded nonessential ideas. Insufficiently emphasized significant qualifications and insufficiently excluded nonessential ideas. Partially emphasized significant qualifications and partially excluded nonessential ideas. Satisfactorily emphasized significant qualifications and satisfactorily excluded nonessential ideas. Thoroughly emphasized significant qualifications and thoroughly excluded nonessential ideas. 2a. Follow proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format. Weight: 10% Did not submit or incompletely followed proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format. Insufficiently followed proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format. Partially followed proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format. Satisfactorily followed proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format. Thoroughly followed proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format. 2b. Use an appropriate and professional greeting and closing. Weight: 10% Did not submit or incompletely used an appropriate and professional greeting and closing. Insufficiently used an appropriate and professional greeting and closing. Partially used an appropriate and professional greeting and closing. Satisfactorily used an appropriate and professional greeting and closing. Thoroughly used an appropriate and professional greeting and closing. 3a. Use professional language. Weight: 5% Did not submit or incompletely used professional language. Insufficiently used professional language. Partially used professional language. Satisfactorily used professional language. Thoroughly used professional language. 3b. Use sufficient variety in sentences. Weight: 5% Did not submit or incompletely used sufficient variety in sentences. Insufficiently used sufficient variety in sentences. Partially used sufficient variety in sentences. Satisfactorily used sufficient variety in sentences. Thoroughly used sufficient variety in sentences. 3c. Paragraphs effectively developed and efficient. Note:Six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible. Weight: 5% Did not submit or incompletely kept paragraphs effectively developed and efficient and did not submit or incompletely used six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible. Insufficiently kept paragraphs effectively developed and efficient and insufficiently used six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible. Partially kept paragraphs effectively developed and efficient and partially used six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible. Satisfactorily kept paragraphs effectively developed and efficient and satisfactorily used six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible. Thoroughly kept paragraphs effectively developed and efficient and thoroughly used six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible. 4a. Ensure that there are no grammar or spelling errors. Weight: 10% Did not submit or incompletely ensured that there are no grammar or spelling errors. Insufficiently ensured that there are no grammar or spelling errors. Partially ensured that there are no grammar or spelling errors. Satisfactorily ensured that there are no grammar or spelling errors. Thoroughly ensured that there are no grammar or spelling errors. 4b. Eliminate wordiness and unclear sentence construction. Weight: 10% Did not submit or incompletely eliminated wordiness and unclear sentence construction. Insufficiently eliminated wordiness and unclear sentence construction. Partially eliminated wordiness and unclear sentence construction. Satisfactorily eliminated wordiness and unclear sentence construction. Thoroughly eliminated wordiness and unclear sentence construction. 5. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements. Weight: 25% More than 8 errors present. 7-8 errors present. 5-6 errors present. 3-4 errors present. 0-2 errors present.

Assignment 4: Job Application Cover Letter

Due Week 10 and worth 130 points

Completing this assignment will help you name and identify the skills and abilities that will move your career forward. Develop a Job Application Cover Letter that highlights and emphasizes why you are the person most suitable for your ideal role. Use the general writing guidelines on pp. 277-278 in the text for structural and content guidance. Note: An example can be found on p. 250, Figure 13.8.

The message should take the form of a business letter; however, you will submit your assignment to the online course shell.

The job letter / application message must adhere to the following requirements:

  1. Content
    1. Highlight relevant background and job history information.
    2. Emphasize significant qualifications and exclude nonessential ideas.
  2. Format
    1. Follow proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format.
    2. Use an appropriate and professional greeting and closing.
  3. Style
    1. Use professional language.
    2. Use sufficient variety in sentences.
    3. Paragraphs effectively developed and efficient. Note: Six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible.
  4. Mechanics
    1. Ensure there are no grammar or spelling errors.
    2. Eliminate wordiness and unclear sentence construction.

Your assignment must:

  • Be typed, single-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

Submitting your assignment:

  • Submit your assignment through the online course shell only.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Use writing process strategies to develop brief business documents, such as routine messages, bad news messages, and persuasive / sales messages.
  • Support ideas or claims in body paragraphs with clear details, examples, and explanations.
  • Organize ideas logically by using transitional words, phrases, and sentences.
  • Use sentence variety and effective word choice in written communication.
  • Write clearly and concisely using proper writing mechanics.

 

 

Points: 130 Assignment 4: Job Application Cover Letter
Criteria  

Unacceptable
Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations
60-69% D
 

Fair
70-79% C

 

Proficient
80-89% B

 

Exemplary
90-100% A

1a. Highlight relevant background and job history information.
Weight: 10%
Did not submit or incompletely highlighted relevant background and job history information. Insufficiently highlighted relevant background and job history information. Partially highlighted relevant background and job history information. Satisfactorily highlighted relevant background and job history information. Thoroughly highlighted relevant background and job history information.
1b. Emphasize significant qualifications and exclude nonessential ideas.
Weight: 10%
Did not submit or incompletely emphasized significant qualifications and did not submit or incompletely excluded nonessential ideas. Insufficiently emphasized significant qualifications and insufficiently excluded nonessential ideas. Partially emphasized significant qualifications and partially  excluded nonessential ideas. Satisfactorily emphasized significant qualifications and satisfactorily excluded nonessential ideas. Thoroughly emphasized significant qualifications and thoroughly excluded nonessential ideas.
2a. Follow proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format.
Weight: 10%
Did not submit or incompletely followed proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format. Insufficiently followed proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format. Partially followed proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format. Satisfactorily followed proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format. Thoroughly followed proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format.
2b. Use an appropriate and professional greeting and closing.
Weight: 10%
Did not submit or incompletely used an appropriate and professional greeting and closing. Insufficiently used an appropriate and professional greeting and closing. Partially used an appropriate and professional greeting and closing. Satisfactorily used an appropriate and professional greeting and closing. Thoroughly used an appropriate and professional greeting and closing.
3a. Use professional language.
Weight: 5%
Did not submit or incompletely used professional language. Insufficiently used professional language. Partially used professional language. Satisfactorily used professional language. Thoroughly used professional language.
3b. Use sufficient variety in sentences.
Weight: 5%
Did not submit or incompletely used sufficient variety in sentences. Insufficiently used sufficient variety in sentences. Partially used sufficient variety in sentences. Satisfactorily used sufficient variety in sentences. Thoroughly used sufficient variety in sentences.
3c. Paragraphs effectively developed and efficient. Note:Six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible.
Weight: 5%
Did not submit or incompletely kept paragraphs effectively developed and efficient and did not submit or incompletely used six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible. Insufficiently kept paragraphs effectively developed and efficient and insufficiently used six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible. Partially kept paragraphs effectively developed and efficient and partially used six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible. Satisfactorily kept paragraphs effectively developed and efficient and satisfactorily used six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible. Thoroughly kept paragraphs effectively developed and efficient and thoroughly used six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible.
4a. Ensure that there are no grammar or spelling errors.
Weight: 10%
Did not submit or incompletely ensured that there are no grammar or spelling errors. Insufficiently ensured that there are no grammar or spelling errors. Partially ensured that there are no grammar or spelling errors. Satisfactorily ensured that there are no grammar or spelling errors. Thoroughly ensured that there are no grammar or spelling errors.
4b. Eliminate wordiness and unclear sentence construction.
Weight: 10%
Did not submit or incompletely eliminated wordiness and unclear sentence construction. Insufficiently eliminated wordiness and unclear sentence construction. Partially eliminated wordiness and unclear sentence construction. Satisfactorily eliminated wordiness and unclear sentence construction. Thoroughly eliminated wordiness and unclear sentence construction.
5. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements.
Weight: 25%
More than 8 errors present. 7-8 errors present. 5-6 errors present. 3-4 errors present. 0-2 errors present.

 

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Review the team report on MPBS located in the Case Study Overview. In this assignment you are expected to recommend the most appropriate method of job evaluation to use at MPBS and support your recommendations with your rationale. Your recommendation should consider the organization’s comprehensive job structure with major occupational groups including scientific, administrative, sales, management, and technical. Your rationale must be backed up with support from the text and/or other articles you may have researched. Your recommendations must cover the following: Describe your recommended approach and the expected impact of that approach on job performance. Address key HR and compensation issues identified at MPBS. Differentiate the components that would need to be included if MPBS were to use a point-based method as compared to a ranking and to a classification method. Provide a list of compensable factors for a point-based method and the factor weights you would suggest if using that method. Explain how your recommended method of job evaluation aligns with MPBS’s strategic focus. Describe the key challenges to effective implementation of the recommended approach to job evaluation at MPBS. To complete this assignment, write a 3–5 page report in Word format and provide rationale and support. Apply APA standards for writing style to your work.

Review the team report on MPBS located in the Case Study Overview.

In this assignment you are expected to recommend the most appropriate method of job evaluation to use at MPBS and support your recommendations with your rationale. Your recommendation should consider the organization’s comprehensive job structure with major occupational groups including scientific, administrative, sales, management, and technical. Your rationale must be backed up with support from the text and/or other articles you may have researched.

Your recommendations must cover the following:

  • Describe your recommended approach and the expected impact of that approach on job performance.   Address key HR and compensation issues identified at MPBS.
  • Differentiate the components that would need to be included if MPBS were to use a point-based method as compared to a ranking and to a classification method.
  • Provide a list of compensable factors for a point-based method and the factor weights you would suggest if using that method.
  • Explain how your recommended method of job evaluation aligns with MPBS’s strategic focus.
  • Describe the key challenges to effective implementation of the recommended approach to job evaluation at MPBS.

To complete this assignment, write a 3–5 page report in Word format and provide rationale and support.   Apply APA standards for writing style to your work.

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Volume, Risk, and Price Variances Analyze the variances in the following scenario: You are the nursing administrator for a medical group that expects a severe outbreak of the flu this winter. You hire additional staff to treat the patients and administer shots. Your special project budget was for 1,000 hours of part-time nurses’ services at $40 per hour, for a total cost of $40,000. It was expected that these nurses would administer 400 flu shots and treat 1,600 flu patients. The medical group typically charges $50 for a flu shot and $80 for treating a flu patient. Actually, the group had 1,200 patients who received the flu shot and 1,400 who had the flu and received treatment. On average, it was able to collect $55 per flu shot and $70 per flu patient. Compute the volume, mix, and price revenue variances. How did things turn out for the group considering just revenues? How did they turn out from a profit perspective? Use the approach from chapter 8 to solve. Clearly label the calculations of the required variances using Excel. Use formulas to calculate the three variances and format the cells to insert a comma if there is more than three numbers and round to the nearest whole number. Explain the meaning of the variances in a two page Word document. Submit to your instructor your two-to-three page Word document (not including the title and reference pages) and your Excel worksheet. Your paper should be formatted according to APA style, and you must cite at least three scholarly sources.

Volume, Risk, and Price Variances

Analyze the variances in the following scenario:

You are the nursing administrator for a medical group that expects a severe outbreak of the flu this winter.  You hire additional staff to treat the patients and administer shots.  Your special project budget was for 1,000 hours of part-time nurses’ services at $40 per hour, for a total cost of $40,000.  It was expected that these nurses would administer 400 flu shots and treat 1,600 flu patients.  The medical group typically charges $50 for a flu shot and $80 for treating a flu patient. Actually, the group had 1,200 patients who received the flu shot and 1,400 who had the flu and received treatment.  On average, it was able to collect $55 per flu shot and $70 per flu patient.

 

Compute the volume, mix, and price revenue variances.  How did things turn out for the group considering just revenues?  How did they turn out from a profit perspective? Use the approach from chapter 8 to solve.  Clearly label the calculations of the required variances using Excel.  Use formulas to calculate the three variances and format the cells to insert a comma if there is more than three numbers and round to the nearest whole number.  Explain the meaning of the variances in a two page Word document.

 

Submit to your instructor your two-to-three page Word document (not including the title and reference pages) and your Excel worksheet. Your paper should be formatted according to APA style, and you must cite at least three scholarly sources.

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Assignment 2: LASA – Project Planning – Developing the Project Plan and Determining Critical Path Using the District4WarehouseMove WBS.xls provided, create a project plan for the District 4 Warehouse Move project. Use the PDF document, Project Plan Check – District4Move, to check your work to be sure you have created your starting project plan correctly. ProjectLibre is required for this task. If you have not yet downloaded ProjectLibre, please click here and follow the directions to do so now. Note: you will need to insert a column to include your WBS codes, then you will need to sequence the tasks to show tasks by work package. Based upon the details in the WBS and the project case, determine which tasks need to be completed first and which tasks are dependent upon other tasks to be completed prior to starting. Using this information identify predecessors in your project plan’s predecessor column. Complete the predecessor column by entering the line number of tasks that must be completed in order for each task to start. This will create your project timeline. Using ProjectLibre’s Network or flow diagram view, determine the critical path for this project. In a MS Word document, list the activities that are on the critical path. Considering the risks identified in the risk table below, identify which risks would be most likely to increase your project timeline. Justify your responses. Submit both your completed project plan and your MS Word document. District 4 Production Warehouse Move Project – Risk Table

Assignment 2: LASA – Project Planning – Developing the Project Plan and Determining Critical Path

    1. Using the District4WarehouseMove WBS.xls provided, create a project plan for the District 4 Warehouse Move project. Use the PDF document, Project Plan Check – District4Move, to check your work to be sure you have created your starting project plan correctly. ProjectLibre is required for this task. If you have not yet downloaded ProjectLibre, please click here and follow the directions to do so now.

      Note: you will need to insert a column to include your WBS codes, then you will need to sequence the tasks to show tasks by work package.

 

    1. Based upon the details in the WBS and the project case, determine which tasks need to be completed first and which tasks are dependent upon other tasks to be completed prior to starting. Using this information identify predecessors in your project plan’s predecessor column. Complete the predecessor column by entering the line number of tasks that must be completed in order for each task to start. This will create your project timeline.

 

  1. Using ProjectLibre’s Network or flow diagram view, determine the critical path for this project. In a MS Word document, list the activities that are on the critical path. Considering the risks identified in the risk table below, identify which risks would be most likely to increase your project timeline. Justify your responses.
  2. Submit both your completed project plan and your MS Word document.

District 4 Production Warehouse Move Project – Risk Table

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