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Second only to the sole proprietorship, the partnership is among the oldest of business entities to develop

Second only to the sole proprietorship, the partnership is among the oldest of business entities to develop. By the time of the development and implementation of the English Common Law in the 16th Century, the law of business partnerships was already highly developed. This was the case despite the fact that a majority of partnership business owners were illiterate.

In businesses that involve numerous members of the same family, the preferred business choice of conduct is the partnership. What advantages may occur for the family members by conducting business in this form? Can you think of any potential problems that may occur when family members conduct business in the form of a partnership? Would the other business entities of sole proprietorship or incorporation fare any better? Explain your reasons.

Case Analysis Report Length: 2000 words

Case Analysis Report Length: 2000 words (excluding references and appendices) Deadline 5th December Marking Criteria Critical Analysis (60 Marks) Demonstrated understanding key concepts & theories. Critical and independent analysis of key arguments. Directly engages theory and argument with the relevant literature on the topic. Conclusion clearly linked to concepts developed in the paper. Research Depth (30 Marks) Demonstrates evidence of planning and selection from appropriate sourcesto support critical analysis. Relevance of references cited – recent (primarily post 2000 and relevant to the assignment topic) Quality of references cited with the prime source being academic journals (including source reliability indication for any websites used as a reference). Correctness and completeness of referencing in Harvard format within the report and in the reference list. Presentation (10 Marks) Style and Format • Double spaced • 10‐12‐point font with 2.5 cm margins • Your report should take the style of a business report with a clear executive summary, introduction, discussion sections, recommendations and a conclusion • References in a consistently presented Harvard format In your Individual Case Analysis Report of 2000 words (+/‐ 10%), please provide a brief summary of your allocated case, identifying the key issues and present your analyses and recommendations. Students are expected to base their analyses of the case to referring to at least 10 scholarly articles for conducting your analyses. A suggested structure for the report is as follows: 1. Cover Page 2. Executive Summary 3. Table of Contents a. Followed by a list of tables and figures where applicable b. Followed by a list of Appendices where applicable Page | 2 4. Introduction (to the report) 5. Summary of the Case Study 6. Analysis 7. Identification of Problems/Issues 8. Recommendations and Conclusion 9. List of References used a. References should be of academic quality 10. Appendices, where applicable Report Structure Executive Summary The Executive Summary provides the reader with a concise overview of the aims, subject matter, method, findings and recommendations. It should be no longer than a page. Page | 3 Table of Contents Case Analysis Report ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 1 Executive Summary …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2 Table of Contents ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3 1 Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4 2 Section Heading ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5 2.1 Section Sub Heading ……………………………………………………………………………….. 5 3 Section Heading ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5 3.1 Section Sub-heading ………………………………………………………………………………… 5 4 Section Heading ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 6 4.1 Section Sub-heading ………………………………………………………………………………… 6 5 Next Heading ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 7 6 Recommendations …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 8 7 Conclusion ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 9 8 References: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 10 Page | 4 1 Introduction This section introduces the topic of the report. This advises the reader what your report contains as an outline. It should be well written and convincing so that people are encouraged to read the rest. Page | 5 2 Section Heading Section headings reflect the contents of each section Each point may have more than one paragraph and can be sub-numbered (see below) especially when the report is long, which helps in cross referencing ideas/or issues elsewhere in the report. Any sub-headings used should be clear and lead logically through the report. Each new idea should have a separate number where the numbering system is used. 2.1 Section Sub Heading Section sub headings separate information within the section 2.2 Another section 3 Section Heading Section headings reflect the contents of each section Dot points may indicate sub heading (subject areas) to be covered 3.1 Section Sub‐heading Section sub headings separate information within the section Page | 6 4 Section Heading Section headings reflect the contents of each section Dot points may indicate sub heading (subject areas) to be covered 4.1 Section Sub‐heading Section sub headings separate information within the section Page | 7 5 Next Heading Page | 8 6 Recommendations This provides the reader of the report your recommendations, evaluations, solutions or outcomes depending on the report purpose. Page | 9 7 Conclusion This summarizes the report briefly noting the main points in the information provided and any recommendations. The conclusion of the report should answer what you said you set out to accomplish in the Introduction. Page | 10 8 References: Put your references in here in correct format

Assignment, early childhold teaching

Link to two audio’s needed for assignment http://ift.tt/2nbvg4b http://ift.tt/2zGUXzo Word limit: 1500 (+/- 10%) Assignment overview The development of reading skills is an essential aspect of early primary education that sets children up for success in subsequent years. Therefore, the support of reading development is an essential role for early primary educators. In this first folio task, you will be able to demonstrate your understanding of strategies for developing a range of reading skill developments, as well as your ability to put these strategies into action, by responding to two scenarios related to reading development. Related learning outcomes This task is assessing your ability to meet the following unit learning objectives: 2. Develop a range of teaching practices and resources to engage children in learning appropriate to their strengths, interests and needs. 3. Consider and compare instruments and practices designed to assess children’s communication skills, particularly oral language, reading, writing and grammar skills and review and critique appropriate literacy programs and resources. 4. Construct methods and tools that support children with a wide range of skills in literacy. Assignment Details This folio task incorporates two sections. Both sections require you to respond to the following scenario based on reading development: Riley and Mia, both Year 1 students, are presented with the same text extract to read and comprehend. Here is the text extract: One hot sunny day Wombat and Echidna went to the seaside. Wombat lay on the sand, sunbathing. But Echidna was bored and restless. “If we had a boat,” said Echidna, “we could sail away to sea and have an adventure. We could be explorers!” Echidna was always looking for adventure. Wombat wasn’t. So Wombat was not very happy when a little boat came drifting towards them. But it cheered Echidna up. “This must be our lucky day,” he said. “Come on, Wombat.” “I’ve never been in a boat,” said Wombat. The two friends climbed in and Echidna pulled hard on the oars. Section 1 For both Riley and Mia you will need to: 1. develop and describe a teaching strategy you have covered in the unit learning material, to support and extend the child’s reading need you identify 2. propose an example of a specific learning experience aligned to the strategy that will support the child’s reading need. This should include: o a description of the teaching methods required for the learning experience o an explanation for how it will support the development of reading skills o a description of any tools or resources the lesson requires. This section of the folio should be around 1000 words, evenly split between each child. Make sure your responses for both children are clearly outlined. Section 2 Describe the instruments and practices you would use to assess the reading skills of both children. Explain the features and benefits of your identified instruments and how they meet the specific reading needs of both children. This section of the folio should be around 500 words. For both sections, you must justify your responses to the scenarios by making links to published academic sources, appropriately cited in APA style. Folio format Your folio must be compiled as a single Word document, with the two sections clearly outlined. Third person voice should be used across the folio. All resources referred to in your folio must be included in a reference list, appropriately formatted in APA style. This reference list will not be included within the word count for the assessment.

Assignment 2 Description Marks out of Wtgt (%) Due date Assignment 2 – Case study report

Assignment 2
Description Marks out of Wtgt (%) Due date
Assignment 2 – Case study report 100 70% 17 October 2016
Words count: 3000–4000 approximately
TOPIC: Critical analysis of a Project Management Plan (PMP)
Reminder:
Assignments should be attached to the specific MGT8022 electronic mark sheet for this assignment.
All assignments are to be submitted through the Electronic Assignment Submission Facility accessed from the Assessment link on the study desk.
Check the file types and maximum file sizes that can be submitted through the website.
Assignment 2 submissions that do not include an Originality Report generated by Turnitin will not be marked (refer previous instructions).

Word length
3000–4000 words approximately, exclusive of the executive summary, tables, figures, appendices, etc. and excluding all appendices.
Software requirement to complete assignment
Software requirements for this assignment will include word processing. If you need to produce a project schedule, a copy of MS Project may be used (and may be obtained from USQ at no cost – see instructions).
Assignment structure

Refer to the Assignment Guidelines for assistance in completing Assignment 2. Remember to integrate academic theory into your assignment to support your arguments and proposals. Guidelines for preparation of assignments are provided on the StudyDesk for the course. These are in the form of short videos which explain how to carry out critical analysis of your selected project in relation to the topics for each assignment. You are strongly advised to watch these videos multiple times during the semester to ensure you have an understanding of the expectations of the course examiner.
To carry out this assignment, it will be necessary for you to read other texts and journal articles on PM Plans to gain an understanding of their role. It is recommended that you use the e­Books and electronic journals available from the USQ Library website.
By now, you should have chosen a project for which a project management plan (PMP) (sometimes described as a Project Plan or a Project Implementation Plan) is available. The PMP is a document that should adequately define what is to be done, who is to do it, when they are to do it, etc. If you are working on a very large project, use one of its sub­projects for your assignment. If the project is too large, it may increase your workload significantly and it is not recommended. Your PMP may be a single document or it may be a compilation of several documents prepared for the project. The PMP might be a plan that you produce yourself for this assignment, or it might be a plan that you import from your workplace, or from an external source. Note carefully that a project schedule or a Gantt chart by itself is NOT a PMP.
Your submission should have TWO PARTS.
The first part is the body of the assignment and is a ‘critical analysis’ of your chosen PMP. It will contain a description of the project and a critical analysis of the structure and content of the PMP, fully supported by reference to relevant project management theory. It is not a critical analysis of the project itself, nor how it was managed. The focus should be on the PMP. Read the study
materials and a wide range of other reference materials (including the PMBOK® Guide and the set text) to be clear on the purpose and content of a PMP as this topic is not widely covered in the literature. You will have to research relevant literature to complete this assignment, using the eBooks in the USQ Library.
The second part is Appendix 1 which should be the ‘Project Management Plan’ (sometimes described as a Project Plan) for your chosen project. The PMP might be a plan that you produce yourself for this assignment, or it might be a plan that you import from your workplace, or from an external source. You must state clearly the source of the plan. NOTE: no marks are allocated for the actual PMP as it may not be original work in many instances. Any other attachments would become Appendix 2, 3, etc.
If you produce your own project management plan, it is strongly recommended that you use project management software for development of the project schedule and network. You may also use it to develop the project budget, but a spreadsheet can be equally useful. It is essential that you become familiar with the software at the earliest opportunity as it can be time­consuming to learn how to use it effectively. The course leader is not available to provide guidance on the use of the software, although other students may help through exchanges on the Discussion Board.
Assignment requirements

Refer to the Assignment Guidelines for assistance in completing this assignment. Remember to integrate academic theory into your assignment to support your arguments and proposals.
Provide the following:
Assignment 2 mark sheet: Download the MGT8022 electronic submission mark sheet from the StudyDesk. Electronic assignments should follow the correct file­naming guidelines.
Title page: Ensure that your document includes a normal report cover sheet or title page that would be expected of a professional document to provide details of report title, author, date, student number, etc. (this is in addition to the electronic mark sheet discussed above). This assignment is a professional academic paper so should be presented as one.
PART 1: CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN
Executive Summary (200–250 words but this does not form part of the assignment word count). The executive summary comes before the table of contents. Read the guidelines and provide a formal Executive Summary with details of why the report was prepared, how it is structured, and what the important findings, conclusions and recommendations are. The Executive Summary relates to the analysis only. (SUGGESTION: this should be written last after you have finished the report.)
Table of contents: This should be a full listing with respective page numbers of executive summary, introduction, main sections, references, individual appendices, and full listing of all figures and tables.
1. Introduction (250 words): Briefly state why your report has been prepared, what project is being analysed, and how the report is structured. (Note – this may be similar to the introduction in assignment 1 if you have used the same project, but this is a new report, and you need to provide the information your reader needs to understand the report. You can use the same information in both assignments. There is no need to reference assignment 1 if you are using your original work.)
2. Project background (250 words): Your project description should describe the project and its context – what organisation is the project owner/sponsor, what this organisation does, why the project is being done, where it is located, etc. The description should contain enough detail for the reader to understand the reason behind each of the components of the plan – why it is included and its content and format.
3. Audience and structure of the Project Management Plan (1000–1500 words approximately)
3.1 Provide a critical analysis of who is intended to be the main audience of the PM plan? What do they need to know? How will they use the plan? What information needs to be provided?
3.2 What alternatives exist for the structure of a PM plan (examine and compare a range of theories and opinions here)? How should that information be provided? In what sequence? What does the theory say?
4. Contents of the Project Management Plan (1000–1500 words approximately)
Provide a critical analysis of the major sections of the plan and provide some theoretical framework for what is included in each section (e.g. Why has a project schedule been included, is it a meaningful document, was it prepared by the right people, does it contain the right information, etc.?) This explanation will be drawn from the study modules, text book, selected readings, and other sources. This discussion will probably cover most, if not all, knowledge areas covered under the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
(PMI 2013) in one form or another. It does not have to be under those headings but should clearly indicate that it covers all recognised areas covered by the various Project Management Bodies of Knowledge.
5. Conclusions (250 words): Summarise your findings from the analysis of your project management plan. What did you find out about the project plan? Does it conform to the recognised theory? What aspects are important and are of significance to project outcomes? What are its strengths and its weaknesses? (Focus here on the project plan and not on the theory).
6. Recommendations (250 words): What are your recommendations flowing from this analysis with regard to your chosen PMP? What changes should be made to your PMP for this project (or similar future projects)? Address the shortcomings identified in the conclusions. Again, focus on recommendations related to your PMP and not on the project itself.
List of references: Provide a complete list of references providing full details of all citations used in the body of the assignment.
Appendices: The PMP you have analysed will be attached as Appendix 1 (see below). Attach any additional appendices that relate specifically to the analysis following appendix 1. They should be numbered sequentially in the order in which they appear (Appendix 2, etc.).
PART 2: APPENDIX 1 – THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN
Appendix 1 should ideally be an actual project management plan for your chosen project and would be the sort of document that would be handed to a client/manager to illustrate how it is intended to manage the project through to completion. A project plan is often used to gain sponsor/client commitment, and should contain sufficient information to allow such a decision to be made with confidence. Make sure you understand what a project management plan is before you select a document for analysis.
It might be a document that you create yourself for this assignment or it might be an existing plan from your place of work or from another source if you don’t have access to one from your workplace. Either way, the source should be clearly indicated.
Appendices in addition to the PM plan may be attached to the report. If so, they should be numbered sequentially, e.g. Appendix 2, Appendix 3, etc.
Turnitin Originality Report
Remember to submit a shortened version of your assignment (remove the mark sheet and all appendices) to Turnitin for checking and to submit a copy of the Turnitin Originality Report with your assignment through EASE. See above for more detailed instructions.

Marking criteria for assignment 2
NOTE: No marks are allocated for appendix 1 of the assignment (the PMP to be analysed).
Marking criteria are included in the electronic mark sheet. Use only the mark sheet provided for assignment 2 for this course.
How to carry out critical analysis
With respect to the two major assignments for this course, you’ll find some key information in two presentations that have been provided. The first presentation below is called ‘Structuring your assignment’ which is a PowerPoint presentation with accompanying audio. It is only 14 mins long and focuses on the basic structure of all the project management ‘critical analysis’ assignments.
The second presentation in a separate box below is a live recording of a session on how to write an High Distinction assignment and is important viewing.
Structuring your assignment: Click on the link below. Click on the arrow to start the video and then click on the icon in the bottom right­hand corner of the screen to watch it in full screen.

Prepare an A3 poster that describes how the efforts of one public, private, not-for profit Agency

Choose one non profit organisation
A3 Poster
5 references

Assessment 1:description

Description: Prepare an A3 poster that describes how the efforts of one public, private, not-for profit Agency, or faith based group and you as a professional, can result in the realisation of a more

just global community. A detailed description providing you with additional information about how to undertake this assignment is available on the unit’s LEO page under Assessment > Assignment 1

Poster Template. You can also use this PowerPoint template for your poster. You must follow the

format guidelines in Assessment > How to create your poster. Please note: to support your

preparation for this assessment, UNICEF and Caritas are provided as examples in activities in

Module 1. For this reason, you cannot use UNICEF or Caritas as your chosen organisation for

this assessment.

Length and/or format: A3 sized poster.

Purpose: To describe how the efforts of public, private, not-for-profit agencies, or faith based

groups, and you as a professional can result in a more just global community.

Learning outcomes assessed: 1

How to submit: The Poster page must be submitted via Turnitin. Instructions explaining

how to do this can be found on the UNCC300 LEO page under

Assessment > Turnitin Submission Quick Guide.

Return of assignment: Assignments will be returned on December 13 for preparation of assignment

2.

Assessment criteria: A rubric outlining the criteria you will be marked on and the standard for each

criterion required to achieve each grade for Assignment 1 can be found on

LEO under Assessment > Rubric for Assignment 1.

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Explain the concepts of equilibrium and disequilibrium in macroeconomic modelling and analysis

2000 words
Harvard referencing
graphs included

Harvard referencing

Assessment Task: an essay, explained below. The word limit (for Sections 1 and 2 combined) is 2000 words (plus or minus 10%); this limit excludes the bibliography, and do not count any words in the three Charts such as axis labels or legend.
Unit Learning Outcomes Assessed:
LO1 – Explain the concepts of equilibrium and disequilibrium in macroeconomic modelling and analysis

LO2 – Research macroeconomic issues independently and explain the findings through a portfolio of work

LO5 – Evaluate macroeconomic data, trends and policy

Specification: You are required to answer the questions in both sections 1 and 2 below; they are based on data downloaded on 2nd Sept 2017 from http://ift.tt/2xr9NHw

Section 1 (30 marks) ( Graphs have already been done)

(a) Use data in the coursework spreadsheet file on Moodle, to produce a chart showing the link between quantity of money (on the horizontal axis), and price level (on the vertical axis), for UK.

(b) Use data in the coursework spreadsheet file on Moodle, to produce a similar chart for USA.

(c) Use data in the coursework spreadsheet file on Moodle, to make a similar chart for the country allocated to you (in the spreadsheet on Moodle).

Section 2 (70 marks) ( Use Harvard Referencing)

Write an essay to answer all three of the following questions:

(a) Explain the ‘Quantity Theory of Money’, and explain some recent discussions of this theory in textbooks and/or academic journals.

(b) To what extent do your three charts from section 1 support, or reject, the ‘Quantity Theory of Money’?

(c) Examine whether available evidence (including your charts) suggests a government can control inflation, by controlling the money supply.

Assessment Marking Criteria:

Assessment descriptor 0-39% 40-49% 50-59% 60-69% 70-85% 86-100
LO1

Explain the concepts of equilibrium and disequilibrium in macroeconomic modelling and analysis

Work fails to adequately explain the theoretical principles and models that underpin the question. There is little evidence of understanding of the core principles and an inability to formulate and communicate ideas Work partially addresses the underlying models and theoretical principles. There is a demonstration of an incomplete understanding of the core principles and ideas are not communicated in a clear and focused way Work addresses the key points of the models and principles but some errors and omissions remain. A good understanding of the key principles are communicated in a relatively logical and structured way Work addresses the key points of the models and principles well with few errors and omissions. Arguments are presented in a clear and systematic way Work fully addresses the key points of the models and principles and fully evaluates their main implications & limitations. Arguments are logical, systematic and clearly expressed Work fully addresses all the key points of the models and principles and fully evaluates their implications & limitations. A critical evaluation is also provided. Arguments are logical, systematic and clearly expressed.
LO2

Research macroeconomic issues independently and explain the findings through a portfolio of work

Work fails to apply macroeconomic principles to key issues and fails to assess the impact of policies on events. There is little evidence of further reading and research. Work that briefly relates macroeconomic principles to key issues and the effectiveness of policy is only addressed superficially. Only essential material is covered. Work relates macroeconomic principles to key issues well and addresses the impact and effectiveness macroeconomic policies. There is evidence of further reading and research Work effectively relates macroeconomic principles to the main issues and addresses the impact of macroeconomic policies in a clear and appropriate way. Significant evidence of further reading/research Detailed work that very effectively relates macroeconomic principles to the main issues and evaluates fully the impact of macroeconomic policies. Clear evidence of wider reading and research utilizing up to date information Very detailed work that effectively relates macroeconomic principles to the main issues and critically evaluates the impact and effectiveness of macroeconomic policies. Evidence of substantial and up to date additional reading and research
LO5

Evaluate macroeconomic data, trends and policy

Little use of examples, evidence and data in support of key arguments. Fails to demonstrate the significance or importance of data. Answers characterised by irrelevance and brevity. Some use of examples, evidence and data in support of the key arguments although little evaluation of it is provided. Good use of examples, evidence and data in support of the key arguments. A competent evaluation of the importance and quality of the data is provided. Very good use of examples, evidence and data in support of the main arguments. Work shows evidence of good and broad-based engagement with and understanding of the relevant material, organised in a clear and concise manner. Excellent use of wide ranging and up to date examples, evidence and data. Work that demonstrates authoritative understanding. It may provide independent insight, sophistication, or understanding of the issues involved Excellent use of wide ranging and up to date examples, evidence and data. Work that demonstrates critically authoritative understanding. It will be rich in independent insight, sophistication, relevant information, & understanding of the issues involved.
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Assignment 1 – Individual research and participation

Assignment 1 – Individual research and participation
Weighting: 20% (A post for 2 Topics x 7 marks each, PLUS 1 alternative view x 6 marks)
Due: You need to post a contribution for 2 Topics by the date/times listed below to a Discussion Forum (DF) that will be available for EACH Topic.
NOTE: All times are NSW (Sydney) time
Students need to choose 1 topic from Topics 1 – 3 AND choose 1 topic from Topics 4 – 6:
(The point is to offer you some flexibility to work around assessments in other units & whatever other commitments you have to manage)
Topics 1 – 3: any time until noon Monday 18 December (Week 7)
Topics 4 – 6: any time until noon Monday 15 January (Week 11)
ALL students ALSO need to post the following:
An alternative post to one other student’s contribution in ONE (NOT both) of your chosen Topics – to be completed as per each the schedule above.
You are required to do three (3) things as an individual student for this Assignment:
1. Choose & identify a relevant article for EACH of your two chosen Topics;
2. Contribute a 500 word post to a Discussion Forum (DF) explaining the relevance of the article;
3. Contribute a 500 word alternative view to one other student’s contribution.
Make sure you PAY ATTENTION to the details below about each of these three things!
NOTE: there will also be a short recording explaining this in the Assessment Details section (by week 2) and some good and poor examples are provided in the Assessment Details section.

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1. Choose & identify a relevant article for EACH of your two chosen Topics
Ideally, throughout the session you will undertake some wider reading regarding ACC00106 (that is, read more widely than your text, study guide and set readings). This assignment offers some incentive to do so, at least for a couple of topics.
For EACH of your two chosen topics, choose an article you believe is relevant to that topic. Your article needs to have been published after 1 January 2017. “Relevant” is explained in #2 below.
Once you have chosen your article you need to identify it so it is NOT chosen by another student. You will do this by RESERVING or NOMINATING it as “yours” on the relevant Topic DF by adding the following details in the SUBJECT line of your DF post:
• Author names;
• Name of the source of your article;
• Date & issue details (as applicable).
Here are two fictional (made-up) examples:
• Smith and Jones, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Volume 24, Issue 1, 2013, pp.23-47;
• Stevens, Australian Financial Review, 2 May 2012, p.4.
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2. Contribute a 500 word post to a Discussion Forum (DF) explaining the relevance of the article
For each of the 2 topics you choose contribute a post (maximum 500 words) on the relevant Discussion Forum (DF).
There will be a separate DF for each Topic – NOTE: each Topic DF will become UNAVAILABLE on the due date/time specified above. If you have NOT posted by that date/time it will be too late!
Your post needs to explain how your chosen & identified article is of relevance to your chosen topic that will have been covered in ACC00106 by that time and will also include a personal reflection.
• Your explanation for relevance needs to provide examples from the article to illustrate theories and/or principles from your chosen Topic (maximum 300 words). It is important to provide evidence (facts) from the articles to support any opinion and arguments you express; perhaps facts illustrate certain terms you learn in a topic (even an earlier topic); maybe you recognise that the findings are only applicable in a certain context; or the interpretation of the facts illustrate a certain theoretical lens (or approach). This DOES NOT mean summarise the article, summarise the topic, define the theories.
• Your personal reflection part for each contribution needs to explain what you found to be the aspect of your chosen topic that created the most reaction from you (biggest impact on your learning … something you realised or now feel you understand more clearly). For example, you may not have thought about the issue before; you may have observed behaviour related to the matter before and that was important to you; you may have related the issue to a current development in the world – current affairs, your employment or business, etc. This is a subjective and personal reflection that will differ from student to student (maximum 200 words). This DOES NOT mean making recommendations about what you think the authors might have said/done.
• Please include a link (URL) to the article or attach a PDF copy in your post & the full reference.
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3. Contribute a 500 word alternative view to one other student’s contribution.
This simply requires you to do the SAME things as set out in #2 above using the article chosen by another student.
You DO NOT need to do the things set out in #1 above for this part of the assignment.
You make your alternative view contribution by REPLYING to whichever student post you choose.
In other words, you can choose any article contributed by another student (it does NOT matter if someone else has already replied). You are offering an alternative (different) view … a different explanation and personal reflection (as per # 2 above) on the article chosen by another student for that Topic. The intention is to make it clear that there is likely more than a single interpretation of any article. It is OK to extend the discussion by exchanging further Replies if you wish (but they will not be marked).
You only need to do contribute one alternative view for your choice in Topics 1-3 OR Topics 4-6 (NOT both).
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Marking criteria Assignment 1
In assessing Assignment 1, the marker will take into account your performance in the following areas:
• logical coherence of discussion (unintelligible discussion will receive no marks)
• extent of insight provided (in the personal reflection and comments this will be personal insight; in comment regarding the article this will be insight into the way the article illustrates theories from the relevant topic … NOT summaries of the article or topic or definitions of the theories … you only have 500 words!)
• structure/organisation of content (you only need two sections, or they can be integrated ?)
• conciseness and clarity (500 words is not very much and is to foster this)
• level of understanding of course concepts
• extent of evidence presented in support of your opinion (using examples from the article to illustrate Topic theories … you do not need to refer to additional articles or references).
The checklist on the next page should help … you can use it to “self-assess” your contribution before the due date (YOU can fill in the Yes/No columns if you wish but it is only for YOU, no need to submit it!) and it also offers an insight into the template you will receive in View Grades for feedback and your mark. Remember, you can edit your own contribution ANYTIME up until the due/date and time … of course, when you leave things until the last minute it will be too late!

Your article Alternative
Self-Assess 7 6
Did YOU … Yes No Consequences … Potential marks
Choose an article published after 1 January 2017 that has not already been reserved on the relevant Topic DF? If NOT … your post will not be marked … you can still choose another Topic (unless there are no more to choose!); the practice will have been worth your while BUT you will not earn any marks 0.25 n/a
Accurately indicate author(s), source, issue/date in the Subject line of your post If not, and another person has chosen that article AND cited correctly, yours will not be marked (even if there are no more to choose); if theirs is also not cited correctly, neither will be marked (even if there are no more to choose) 0.25 n/a
Provide a full citation (reference) to the article at the end of your post? Good … if you have done the above two correctly your mark will be accumulating! 0.25 n/a
Provide a working url at the end of your post (or attach a copy of the article – copyright permitted)? Good … this will allow prompt marking because I will be able to understand the context of your contribution. 0.25 n/a
Explain how the article illustrates (provides examples of) one or more theories from your chosen topic? Good … it is the understanding and application that is important. This and the next point is where you will obtain (or lose) most of your mark (providing you have done all of the above). 3 3
Reflect on how the article has helped your understanding of your chosen Topic? Good … it is the connections that are important. This and the previous point is where you will obtain (or lose) most of your mark (providing you have done all of the above). 3 3
Summarise the article? Not a strategy that will earn you marks -1 or -2 -1 or -2
Summarise the Topic? Not a strategy that will earn you marks -1 or -2 -1 or -2
Define the theories (from the Topic) without any examples from the article? Not a strategy that will earn you marks … these are things that will REDUCE your mark from the potential 3 + 3 above -1 or -2 -1 or -2

Nursing Essay Assignment

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ASSIGNMENT This assignment is to be completed in groups of three and carries thirty per-cent of the marks in this unit

ASSIGNMENT

This assignment is to be completed in groups of three and carries thirty per-cent of the marks in this unit.

Assessment Criteria:

Student work will generally be assessed in terms of the following criteria:

1. Effectiveness of communication – ie readability, legibility, grammar, spelling, neatness, completeness and presentation will be a minimum threshold requirement for all written work submitted for assessment. Work that is illegible or incomprehensible and does not meet the minimum requirement will be awarded a fail grade.

2. Accuracy – This will be the primary criterion for assessing the computational and procedural tasks.

3. Demonstrated understanding – This will be evidenced by the student’s ability to be dialectical in the discussion of contentious issues. Few, if any, accounting concepts are scientific facts and stereotype answers will demonstrate poor understanding on the part of the student.

4. Evidence of research – This will be evidenced by the references made to the statutes, accounting standards, books, journal articles and inclusion of a bibliography.

Note:

1. All written work must conform with the University of Ballarat General Guide for the Presentation of Academic Work.

2. For all written work students must ensure that they submit their own original work. Any act of plagiarism will be severely penalised.

PART A. (10 marks)
You have been asked to analyse Grand Plomp Ltd, a maker of rocket widgets used by NASA. The owners are wondering whether the return received is sufficient to justify the risks taken in each division. You are to consider both divisional risk and return in your analysis and the following information has been collected from the past fifteen years to use in your n your analysis.

Percent Risk Measure % Average
Division of Rocket Standard Beta Annual Rate
Widgets Deviation of Return (%)
A 10 12 1.1 10
B 20 36 1.2 20
C 30 14 0.8 8
D 40 15 0.9 15

• Average annual market return: 12 per cent
• Average annual risk-free rate: 8 per cent

Using standard deviation and beta measures of risk, you are to rank projects in terms of their risk-adjusted return. Those divisions providing the lowest risk per unit of return would be preferred. An analysis can be conducted using a ‘total’ definition of risk, or standard deviation, and an ’undiversifiable’ definition or risk, or beta.

Given the beta, it is possible to measure the required rate of return. Furthermore, given the proportion of each division within Global Gears, it is possible to calculate the firm beta, return and risk-adjusted return. With this information, it is possible to determine whether Global Gears, as a whole, provides a sufficient return to justify the risks taken by its investors.
You are required to:
• Locate the relevant information
• Select the proper tool or equation
• Organise and manipulate the data
• Explain the solution

PART B (12.5 marks)

Misty Ltd wishes to determine its weighted marginal cost of capital. In preparing for this task, it has compiled the following data:

Source of Capital Target Range of Financing After-Tax
Proportion $ $ Cost
Long-Term Debt 0.4 0 to 300,000 0.065
300,001 to 600,000 0.075
600,001 and above 0.090
Preference Shares 0.1 0 to 100,000 0.095
100,001 and above 0.100
Ordinary Shares 0.5 0 to 500,000 0.11
500,001 to 1,000,000 0.125
1,000,001 and above 0.14

a) Determine the breaking points and ranges of total financing associated with each source of capital;
b) Using the data developed determine the levels of total financing at which the firm’s weighted average cost of capital (WACC) will change;
c) Calculate the weighted average cost of capital and the weighted marginal cost (WMCC) for each range of total financing
d) Using the results along with the information on the available investment opportunities shown below, compile the firm’s investment opportunities schedule (IOS), plot this schedule and plot the weighted marginal cost of capital schedule

Investment Opportunities Schedule
Investment IRR Initial
Opportunity Investment
A 0.14 200,000
B 0.12 300,000
C 0.11 500,000
D 0.1 300,000
E 0.09 600,000
F 0.08 100,000

e) Which, if any of the available investments would you recommend that the firm accept? Explain your answer.

PART C. (7.5 marks)

Traditional project evaluation/capital budgeting analysis assumes a firm’s only choice is accept or reject a program. In a real business situation, firms face many choices with respect to how to operate a project, both before it starts and after it is underway. Any time a firm has the ability to make choices, there is value added to the project in question – Traditional NPV analysis ignores this value. The study of real options attempts to put a dollar value on the ability to make choices.

a) What are real options and how are they valued.

b) Discuss the following

Locate the following article
IRREVERSIBILITY, UNCERTAINTY, AND INVESTMENT
(Robert S Pindyck – Massachusetts Institute of Technology March – 1990 – old but gold)

Most major investment expenditures have two important characteristics which together can dramatically affect the decision to invest. First, the expenditures are largely irreversible; the firm cannot disinvest, so the expenditures must be viewed as sunk costs. Second, the investments can be delayed, giving the firm an opportunity to wait for new information about prices, costs, and other market conditions before it commits resources.

c) Calculate the following

Pindyck supplies a simple two-period example to illustrate how irreversibility can affect an investment decision and how option pricing methods can be used to value a firm’s investment opportunity, and determine whether or not the firm should invest.

Using the following example replicate Pyndick’s two-period example.

Consider a firm’s decision to irreversibly invest in a widget factory. The factory can be built instantly, at a cost of $7m, and will produce 1000 widgets per year forever, with zero operating cost. Currently the price of widgets is $700, but next year the price will change. With probability .6 it will rise to $800, and with probability (l-q) it will fall to $600. The price will then remain at this new level forever. Assume that this risk is fully diversifiable, so that the firm can discount future cash flows using the risk-free rate, which we will take to be 10 percent

STATS1900 Business Statistics Major Assignment

STATS1900 Business Statistics

Major Assignment

Semester 2, 2013

Date Due: Please refer to course description

Total Marks: 40 marks Worth: 20% of final assessment

This assignment requires a substantial amount of computer work and written comment. You may need to seek guidance from your tutor along the way. Do not leave things until too late!!

The questions give a careful statement of what is required and information about the presentation of your answers. Please follow these carefully! Marks may be deducted for poor presentation.

In this assignment you will examine data used by a Real Estate investment advisor. She wants you to answer some specific questions put by clients about houses prices in the neighbourhood encompassed by 4 suburbs around the city of Melbourne. The data is contained in the file ‘Real_Estate.xls’ and contains the following columns (variables):

Variable Name Description
ID House Identity number
Price Selling Price of the house (in 000’s)
Bedrooms Number of bedrooms
Size House Size (m2)
Pool 0=House without a Pool
1=House with a Pool
Distance Distance from city centre (km)
Suburb Suburb number
Garage 0=House without a Garage
1=House with a Garage

1. Random Sample: Before you begin your analysis you are required to take a random sample of size 110 from the 170 cases in the file. Use the file Random_Sample_Generator-13-2.xls to do this. Your tutor will show you how this can be done in EXCEL. Answers to the questions below are to be based on your sample of 110 cases. Make sure to keep a safe copy of the sample you use since you cannot use Random_Sample_Generator-13-2.xls to reproduce it. Provide a printout of the data in your sample, with ID numbers in ascending order.

2. Summary table:
a)
i) Prepare a summary table that shows the mean, standard deviation and 95% confidence interval for the mean of the following variables:
Selling Price, Number of bedrooms, Size of house, Distance from city centre
ii) Use some of the information in (i) to describe a typical house in these suburbs.
b)
i) Prepare a summary table that shows the mean and standard deviation of Price for houses in the 4 Suburbs according (subject) to the variable Bedrooms. Think carefully about the layout of the rows and columns of your table. As well as means and standard deviations you should also include the number of houses in each group. So each cell in your final table should contain the mean, the standard deviation and n, the number of houses in that group.
ii) Comment, in bullet point form, on the Price of any combinations for Suburb and Bedrooms variables (i.e. cells in the table).

3. A local real estate firm has told a client that the average Price of a house in Suburb 2 is $420,000. You have been asked to evaluate this claim. Use a One Sample t Test for the Mean to evaluate the claim that the average price is $420,000.

4. Size and Price: One of the clients wants information on Size of houses as it relates to price.
a) First create a new variable (column) labelled Size Group which divides Size up into two size groups as follows:

Under 200 square meters Small

200 square meters and over Large

b) Produce suitable graphs or charts to help in providing the information requested on the Size of the house as it relates to Price.
c) Find 95% CI intervals for the small and large houses Price. Is there any interaction (overlap) between the two Confidence Intervals? What does this tell you about the Prices for the two Sizes.

5. Produce a scatter plot of Price vs Size (Size should be on the horizontal axis). Make sure you label your axes properly and that your graph has an appropriate title. Briefly describe the nature of the relationship between these two variables.

Use XL to carry out a regression analysis on these two variables. Copy the output into your assignment and use it to respond to the following:
a) Write down the regression equation.
b) State the R-Square value and the Standard Error and explain what they mean with respect to this data.
c) Write down the value of the gradient of the regression line and explain what it means in this case.
d) Is the constant or intercept value significant in this case? How do you know this?
e) Briefly explain why you think this regression model is, or is not, a good model.

Price and Suburb indexes:

a) Determine the Suburb index for each suburb after regressing Price with Size of the house. Use the multiplicative model in calculating suburb indices: ImprovedPredictedPrice=PredictedPrice(as a function of Size) × Suburb Index.
Hint: Use a similar technique to the time series technique that calculates seasonal indices.
b) Interpret the suburb indices in the context of the problem.

6. Using information from your analyses write a short concluding paragraph about house prices and sizes for different suburbs.