Finance

The test will consist of 8-10 short answer/short problems and will focus on the material that we have covered in class and will stress what we have covered after our first test.  Therefore, focus on the material beginning with Risk & Return and continuing through the end of our class on August 5.  While the test is not officially cumulative, knowledge of the material from the first portion of the class is important when addressing our more recent issues.  For example, to solve for bond value, we need to understand the time value of money calculations from the first portion of the course. 

Some parts of the test will involve no calculations at all.  The format of the questions will be similar to that of the extra problems that I have distributed.  Please read the instructions to each question carefully. Some of the questions have specific limitations regarding the length of the response. 

You may prepare a one-page (front & back) sheet of formulae.  Please include just the formula and the definition of each variable in the formula.  You may use calculators and may use your computers to do calculations.  You may use Excel-based templates that you have specifically prepared to do calculations.

 
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leadership and management

This is an exciting time for you to share your insights and qualities as a leader.  You have worked very hard in these past four weeks.  Now is the time to discover what you have learned.  Given the topics covered in the past 4 weeks, let’s take this opportunity to apply them.  We explored the critical components of significance, relationships, aspirations and courage as it applies to your leadership legacy.  Please take a moment to review the following learning objectives as stated in week one:     Determine the difference between leadership and management. Recognize the balance between leadership and management. Identify personal leadership strengths. Discuss vision, mission and values and their inherent importance to a leadership role. Review the four core emotional intelligence skills. Examine ways to enhance personal emotional intelligence gifts and deficiencies. Describe systems thinking. Evaluate the “Good to Great” Policing Model. Apply a change model to an identified law enforcement organizational issue. Recognize the value of feedback using the JoHari Window model. Explore practices for motivating, building trust and creating positive work environments.    For your Leadership Legacy Paper, you must choose a total of five of the above listed learning objectives that you found to be applicable to your leadership style. When one of the following incidents or events happens to you and your agency, how would you show leadership within your agency by applying those five chosen learning objectives?      natural disaster strike (i.e. hurricane, fire, flooding, etc.) active shooter/terrorist incident other incident within the organization (i.e., officer suicide, indictment, etc.) large scale gathering (i.e. political convention, international conference, rioting, etc.) Begin paper will begin by explaining in your introduction:  who you are as a leader what you stand for as a leader, Explain how your chosen learning objectives would be applied in your handling of one of these incidents, and identify which of the five would be the most challenging to your legacy  Paper should be 4-6 pages in a Word document or .pdf,  formatted per the rubric.  Download and review Leadership Legacy outline/rubricPreview the document to assist you in organizing your Legacy paper.     Rubric Leadership Legacy Rubric 100 Leadership Legacy Rubric 100 Criteria Ratings Pts This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Introduction The paper starts with a clear introduction stating who the student is and what they stand for as a leader. Also included are the five learning objectives the student will incorporate in their leadership legacy. One of the five learning objectives is identified as the most challenging to their legacy. 15.0 pts Excellent 8.0 pts Satisfactory 6.0 pts Weak 3.0 pts Poor 15.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Content Five learning objectives are included and enough information is provided for each objective that the reader is confident of the writer’s knowledge of the topic. One of the five learning objectives selected is described as being most challenging along with reason(s) why. 15.0 pts Excellent 8.0 pts Satisfactory 6.0 pts Weak 3.0 pts Poor 15.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Organization Information from course texts, course materials, and class discussions are used to support ideas presented. 15.0 pts Excellent 8.0 pts Satisfactory 6.0 pts Weak 3.0 pts Poor 15.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Context Interpretation of information is from a leadership perspective. 15.0 pts Excellent 8.0 pts Satisfactory 6.0 pts Weak 3.0 pts Poor 15.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Conclusion The paper is concluded with a clear summary of the information. What the student stands for as a leader is restated along with the five learning objectives and the learning objective that will be most challenging. 15.0 pts Excellent 8.0 pts Satisfactory 6.0 pts Weak 3.0 pts Poor 15.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Grammar The paper has proper spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure and is easy to read. 15.0 pts Excellent 8.0 pts Satisfactory 6.0 pts Weak 3.0 pts Poor 15.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Professional Polish Paper is 4-6 pages in length, double spaced, with 12 pt. Times New Roman font, correct margins, and title page. 10.0 pts Excellent 8.0 pts Satisfactory 6.0 pts Weak 3.0 pts Poor 10.0 pts Total Points: 100.0

 
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Paper

A simulated disaster and comprehensive recovery test may involve many of an organization’s key personnel for several days: is this a reasonable burden to place on a busy, competitive company? How would you argue against the inevitable tendency to shortcut the procedure?

Put your answers in a well-written paper that would be presented to the board of the company.  It should be 4-6 pages in length, min. of 2 references and follows APA rules.

 
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Nursing

Nursing Assignment (2 Parts)

Part One:

1st part (400 words)

Discuss your experiences/research with the policy making process as it is related to healthcare. What are your concerns for patient care? Who are the stakeholders and why?

2nd part (400 words)

What does Advocacy mean to you? How have you advocated for a patient, including steps that you took, levels of management that you interacted with, and outcome?

  • If you have not had the opportunity to advocate for a patient, present a scenario and describe your actions.

Part Two:

Describe how you plan to advocate for your patients. Include relevant policies and stakeholders. Given the opportunity, what organization would you develop to advocate for the public and why? Some examples are American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association.

Assignment Description: This assignment will be at least 1500 words or more

This week you will reflect upon the Affordable Care Act and Patient Advocacy to answer the following questions:

  • How can you contribute to safe practice?  
  • Briefly define your role and tell how you will advocate for the healthcare consumer
  • Reflect on your future role changing as a result of policy changes
  • How do you see the role of your chosen profession changing in the near future?

Assignment Expectations: How will students be successful?

  • Length:
    • 1500-2000 words (6-8 pages); answers must thoroughly address the questions in a clear, concise manner
  • Structure:
    • Include a title page and reference page in APA style
  • References:
    • Two scholarly references are required; you should include the appropriate APA style in-text citations and references for all resources utilized to answer the questions
 
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Understanding the Notes to the Balance Sheet

In 200 words

  • Understanding the Notes to the Balance Sheet

     

    Your friend, Liz, loves to shop at Target and is now interested in investing in the company.  Tom, another friend, has told her that Target’s debt structure is risky with obligations of nearly 74% of total assets.  Liz sees that debt on the balance sheet is 65% of total assets and is confused by Tom’s comment.  Write an explanation to Liz discussing the debt structure of Target and why Tom thinks Target is risky.  Be sure to explain clearly what information appears on financial statements, as well as what information does not appear directly on the financial statements. Use the information below in your discussion. 



    At fiscal year-end February 2, 2008, Target Corporation had the following assets and liabilities on its balance sheet (in millions):
Current liabilities $11,782
Long-term debt 15,126
Other liabilities 2,345
Total assets 44,560
  • Target reported the following information on leases in the notes to the financial statements:

    Total rent expense was $165 million in 2007, $158 million in 2006, and $154 million in 2005, including percentage rent expense of $5 million in 2007, 2006, and 2005.  Most long-term leases include one or more options to renew, with renewal terms that can extend the lease term to more than 50 years. Certain leases also include options to purchase the leased property.


    Future minimum lease payments required under non-cancellable lease agreements existing at February 2, 2008, were:
Future Minimum Lease Payments (in Millions) Operating Leases Capital Leases
2008 $ 239 $  12
2009    187     16
2010    173     16
2011    129     16
2010    123     17
After 2010 2, 843   155
Total future minimum lease payments $3694 (a) $232
Less: Interest (b)    (105)
Present value of minimum capital lease payments   $127 (c)


  • a) Total contractual lease payments include $1,721 million related to options to extend lease terms that are reasonably assured of being exercised, and also include $98 million of legally binding minimum lease payments for stores that will open in 2008 or later.

    (b) Calculated using the interest rate at inception of each lease.

    (c) Includes current portion of $4 million.
 
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Discussion

After reading Chapter 1 in your textbook, please provide a brief response to the following assessment question.

Q1: Organizations are struggling to reduce and right-size their information foot-print, using data governance techniques like data cleansing and de-duplication. Why is this effort necessary?  Briefly explain. 

After reading Chapter 2 in your textbook, please provide a brief response to the following assessment question. 

Q2: Information Governance, IT Governance, Data Governance: What’s the Difference? Briefly explain.

 
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Week 2 Discussion

Understanding of probability is key in making business decisions. The following questions begin to test your understanding of the different forms of probability and the data on which probabilistic decision making is based.

Select any one of the following starter bullet point sections. Review the important themes within the sub questions of each bullet point. The sub questions are designed to get you thinking about some of the important issues. 

Your response should provide a succinct synthesis of the key themes in a way that articulates a clear point, position, or conclusion supported by research. Select a different bullet point section than what your classmates have already posted so that we can engage several discussions on relevant topics. If all of the bullet points have been addressed, then you may begin to re-use the bullet points with the expectation that varied responses continue.

  • You are a risk manager in a manufacturing company. One of your key responsibilities is securing of property insurance coverage to provide protection against damage caused by “acts of God,” such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, etc. You begin the process with exposure due diligence, which is focused on estimating the chances of a single “act of God” occurring in the course of the upcoming year, as well as the chances of two or more “acts of God” materializing (also in the course of the next year).
    • Determine where you might be able to find valid data for this type of analysis.
    • Justify the use of the concept of conditional probability in the context of your task—more specifically, discuss how you would use conditional probability in your exposure due diligence efforts. Support your discussion with relevant examples, research, and rationale.
  • You are a marketing manager for a company that makes ready-to-eat breakfast cereals. Your company recently initiated a loyalty program for consumers, which resulted in a large purchaser database. The brand managers are eager to examine the available data, which they can use to design more effective promotional programs. Your first step is to conduct an exploratory baseline analysis, the goal of which is to describe the buyer base and estimate basic statistical descriptors of the buyer base. You are particularly interested in the size of individual purchases, as well as the frequency of repurchases.
    • Evaluate what discrete data distribution the frequency of repurchases data would be likely to follow.
    • Explain why the other discrete data distributions are not appropriate for this data. Support your discussion with relevant examples, research, and rationale.
  • You are a marketing manager for a manufacturer of nonperishable products sold in grocery stores. In this role, you need to make various decisions about how much marketing/advertising support is needed by each product to maximize the profitability of the organization.
    • Assess how the effectiveness of individual marketing/advertising approaches would be determined.
    • Discuss how historical sales data, as well as promotional response data, can aid you in evaluating the effectiveness of the individual marketing/advertising approaches. Support your discussion with relevant examples, research, and rationale.

The final paragraph (three or four sentences) of your initial post should summarize the one or two key points that you are making in your initial response.

Submission Details:

  • Your posting should be the equivalent of 1 to 2 single-spaced pages (500–1000 words) in length.
 
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PROMOTION MANAGEMENT & SWOT ANALYSIS

Successful Messaging

It is important to understand what you are selling before you can craft messages to target specific markets. The marketing “P” for product defines the features and benefits of the product that explains why a customer should buy your product. Product (or service) strategy is a guiding step in the overall marketing plan.

Your product line presentation to senior management will take place via video conferencing. You will need to prepare a PowerPoint presentation and an accompanying script in Word for the meeting.

Launching your Product

Your PowerPoint presentation and accompanying script will include the following:

  • Company Competition—Develop a SWOT analysis to graphically depict your company’s current competition. Explain the SWOT in words.
  • Segmentation—Consider who is interested in your product. Identify the type of customer groups interested in the product and why.
  • Targeting Customers—Based on the product offering and customer segments, describe what customers segments you will serve and why.
  • Product Positioning—Determine your positioning strategy for the product. What image do you want to project to your customers and prospects? How will you appeal to your selected customer segments?
    • Use the 4Ps of marketing to help with this. For example, will we differentiate the price based on quality and value? Where will we distribute the product? For example, is your product distinctive, unique, or the best quality for the price? Write your positioning statement for the product.
  • Customer Lifetime Value—How will you build customer lifetime value for the company based on your product marketing strategies?

SLP Assignment Expectations

Please submit your assignment. 

Two files will need to be uploaded.

  1. SCRIPT: A Word document using the attached template (MKT501 SLP2 Script). The Body of the Word Script must be at least 1000 words. Be sure to cite and reference your resources in the Word Script.
  2. POWERPOINT Presentation of at least 15 slides in length

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570 UNIT 1

 Write 1200-1500 words about the context of your current (or past) work.  Focus on the software delivery practices followed and the methodologies used to deliver software projects.  Speak to how work is delivered, ordered/prioritized/ teams are formed and how solutions (code and architecture) are designed. 

 
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Cost Behavior Patterns And Concepts

Part 1

As EEC’s corporate business financial analyst, you will need to have a clear understanding of the different types of costs (variable, fixed, and mixed) that the company carries. Complete the following for this assignment:

  • Review EEC’s journal activity.
  • Define and identify its variable, fixed, and mixed costs.
  • Determine what affect a sales volume increase or decrease will have on unit fixed cost, unit variable cost, total fixed cost, and total variable cost.

Click here to view EEC’s journal activity.

Part 2

As an EEC corporate business financial analyst, you must have an expert understanding of the various costing methods. Select 1 of the following costing concepts:

  • Full costing or absorption costing
  • Variable costing
  • Target costing
  • Life cycle costing
  • Activity-based costing

Respond to the following questions on the costing concept that you selected:

  • Provide the definition of the concept.
  • Discuss how and when the concept could be used by EEC.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the concept as it relates to EEC.
 
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