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Business Forecasting Individual Coursework

| August 7, 2014

Business Forecasting Individual Coursework

Project description
1. Written Report
You are required to submit a written report with a word limit of 1000 words (as a guide, this is approximately two sides of A4 written Arial 12 point font). Any text over and above 1000 words will not be marked. There is no penalty for going under the work limit provided you cover the tasks required above. You may include supporting graphs in your written report, either in the text or as appendices to your written report, but any tables of calculations must be left to the Supporting Spreadsheet, eg: application and evaluation of the models. You are not required to do a summary, introduction etc. (and you don’t have the word count), rather your report should be laid out into four sections, to discuss the tasks above. The sections will not be of equal size as you may be quite brief on some and write more on others. The report is for the manager, so keep the audience in mind when you write up your analysis. You should be to the point, supplementing any conclusions or comments with statistics and/or graphs where appropriate. Do not waffle, ramble or fill up your word limit with irrelevant text. Brevity will not be penalised, but waffling will be!
BB5101Managerial Decision Making
Business Forecasting Individual Coursework

SCENARIO
New4Old is a successful company that buys old furniture, renovates it and sells it on.  It has always been a family business, but the owner is retiring and has passed management of the company down to his son who is new to the furniture renovation business.

You have been provided with 36 months of historic sales data (in thousands of pounds).  The new manager is concerned that sales are static and believes that in the past three years there has been no obvious growth or decline in sales. The manager wants you to provide a summary of these past sales and predict next month’s sales using an appropriate model. As he is new to the concept of forecasting, he has also requested that you comment on any other factors he should be aware of regarding your analysis.

WHAT YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DO:
The new manager wants to assess the company’s sales position by looking at historic data and forecasting the next month’s sales.
1.    Carry out analyses to determine whether the manager’s belief that the data is has no trend is reasonable.
2.    Using the 36 months of historic data, apply three forecasting techniques that are appropriate for this type of data.
3.    Evaluate the three models anduse your analysis to recommend one model for forecasting this data. Explain why you have chosen this model over the other two and provide a forecast for next month’s sales.
4.    What other factors should the new manager take into consideration when forecasting this sales data?

DEADLINE
The deadline for this assessment is 13th January 2014 as stated in the module handbook.

MARKING CRITERIA
The marking criteria are published in advance so you know how you will be judged for this piece of work and are available on Studyspace.   This assignment is worth 40% of your overall grade and the relevant weightings of each task/element of the work is shown in the marking guideline grid overleaf.  Your feedback will be provided on Studyspace and you will get a grade for each element as detailed below for further feedback.

HOW YOUR WORK SHOULD BE PRESENTED AND SUBMITTED
You need to submit two files for this piece of coursework:

1.    Written Report
You are required to submit a written report with a word limit of 1000 words (as a guide, this is approximately two sides of A4 written Arial 12 point font).  Any text over and above 1000 words will not be marked.  There is no penalty for going under the work limit provided you cover the tasks required above.  You may include supporting graphs in your written report, either in the text or as appendices to your written report, but any tables of calculations must be left to the Supporting Spreadsheet, eg: application and evaluation of the models.   You are not required to do a summary, introduction etc. (and you don’t have the word count), rather your report should be laid out into four sections, to discuss the tasks above.  The sections will not be of equal size as you may be quite brief on some and write more on others.  The report is for the manager, so keep the audience in mind when you write up your analysis. You should be to the point, supplementing any conclusions or comments with statistics and/or graphs where appropriate.  Do not waffle, ramble or fill up your word limit with irrelevant text.  Brevity will not be penalised, but waffling will be!

The written report should be submitted on Studyspace under ‘Written Report Submission’ in the Individual Assignment tab.

2.    Supporting Spreadsheet
The assessment of whether the data is stationary, application of your models, evaluation and calculation of errors etc. must be included in a separate spreadsheet file, organised appropriately. The work in this file will also be marked so I should be able to follow what you have done. This means that tables and charts should have headings (especially if you use them in the written report), and tabs in the worksheet named accordingly. Keep each model on a separate worksheet.

The supporting spreadsheet should be submitted on Studyspace under ‘Spreadsheet Submission’ in the Individual Assignment tab.

Data File
The data you need is available in the New4Old Data file available on Studyspace in the Individual Assignment tab.

Any Questions?
If you have any questions, please direct them to the Discussion Board on Studyspace in the Individual Assignment tab.

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Quantitative Market Research assignment

| August 7, 2014

Quantitative Market Research assignment

Deadline: 2014-08-09 3:52 PM
Time left: 2 days 1h 30m

Status : available

Number of pages: 7
Cost per page: $8.00
Total: $56.00
Created:     2014-08-07 1:50 PM     Level:     Undergraduate     Grade:     Guaranteed First Class Standard (Double Charge);
Pages:     7     Style:     Harvard     Country:     [United Kingdom (GMT +2)]
Sources:     4     Language Style:     English (U.K.)
Project description
Quantitative Market Research assignment for BM5207

Barista Coffee Houses run two chains of cafes. One called Barista specialises in high quality coffees and offers a range of types of coffee and is positioned as a premium brand. The second, called Café Rio, is positioned as a more mass market brand, offering a smaller range of coffees and focussing on speed of service. The Operations Director has argued that Barista should have a single brand, as this will reduce operating costs. The Marketing Director disagrees and argues that the two brands attract different segments of the market.
Part 1
The Marketing Director has suggested that a survey be run on customers of both brands and thinks the easiest way of doing this would be to ask the café’s staff to hand out a short questionnaire to customers as they collect their orders. The operations director objected that this could produce a biased sample. They have asked for your advice: would administering the questionnaire in-store be appropriate, or should they consider another approach?
(Maximum word count 1,000)

Part 2
You have been given the data from a Barista satisfaction survey which collects data on customer satisfaction and likelihood to return as well as demographic data on their customers.

Your task is to analyse the data using the tests we have covered and decide whether the brands should be merged or not.

Coding Frame:

Variable name Description Scale
Café Café the respondent uses 1 = Barista, 2 = Café Rio
Sat Overall Satisfaction 1 – 7 scale, 1 = very unsatisfied, 7 = very satisfied
Speed Importance of speed of service 1 – 7 scale, 1 = not at all important, 7 = very important
Comfort Importance of comfort of the café 1 – 7 scale, 1 = not at all important, 7 = very important
Range Importance of range of coffees available 1 – 7 scale, 1 = not at all important, 7 = very important
Age Age group 1 = 18-24, 2 = 25-34, 3=35-44, 4=45-54, 5 = 55+
Income Income band 1=less than £18,000, 2 = £18,001-£28,000, 3=£28,001-£38,000, 4= more than £38,000
Sex Respondent’s sex 1 = male, 2 = female
Time Usual time of visit 1= early morning (before 9.00 am), 2 = late morning (after 9.00 am), 3 = early afternoon (between 12.00 and 3.00pm), 4 = late afternoon (after 3.00 pm)
Stay How long customer stays in the cafe 1 = less than 5 minutes, 2 = more than 5, but less than 15 minutes, 3 = more than 15 but less than 30 minutes, 4 = more than 30 minutes

Your report for part 2 should be no more than 750 words and focus on the recommendation and how it is informed by the analysis. It should be written for a non-technical audience.
The report must be accompanied by a technical appendix containing the hypotheses you have tested and full, annotated statistical output.

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Does international intelligence cooperation make the world a safer place?

| August 7, 2014

Does international intelligence cooperation make the world a safer place?

Does international intelligence cooperation make the world a safer place?

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Case Study Fasting Blood Glucose

| August 7, 2014

Produce an original piece of writing in any genre. This could be any kind of writing which interests you but should NOT be an academic essay such as you might produce for another of your Middlesex modules. Examples might include: a newspaper or magazine

Project description
Produce an original piece of writing in any genre. This could be any kind of writing which interests you but should NOT be an academic essay such as you might produce for another of your Middlesex modules. Examples might include: a newspaper or magazine article (editorial, interview, feature, news report, etc.); a blog post; website, marketing or advertising copy; prose fiction; poetry; song lyrics; a radio, TV, film or theatre script. It is fine to submit an extract from a longer piece (whether finished or not) but you should indicate the status of your writing clearly. Discuss with your tutor if you are unsure about what to write. This piece should be double-spaced and no more than 1000 words (fewer is fine).

2. With reference to your writing give an example of each of the following terms (in some cases, these may be terms we have not yet discussed in class so this may involve some research on your part):

a. auxiliary verb

b. semantic field

c. lexical cohesion

d. coordination

Note: you should refer to at least one source in each of these answers and make clear exactly how you are using it.

3. In no more than 1000 words (again, fewer is fine), describe and justify the style of writing you have produced in part 1, making clear:

a. the genre to which you believe your piece belongs (any reasonable way of characterising the genre is fine, but it is usually helpful to be fairly precise, e.g. something like ‘a short story’ or ‘a blog entry’ would be very broad so it’s better to say something about what kind of novel or what kind of blog you have in mind)

b. the intended audience (remember to be as precise as you can about this)

c. the main aim(s) you have tried to achieve in writing this piece (note: these should be about aims to do with how you have used language and not simply about the content or what your writing is about, e.g. you might say that you have chosen to write in a particular style in order to achieve particular kinds of effects)

d. an account of TWO specific linguistic decisions you have made in writing your piece and what effects you hoped to achieve by choosing these particular formulations

e. any further comments or thoughts you think are relevant (it’s acceptable to have no further comments but this gives you the chance to tell us anything else which you think might help us to understand your aims and how you have tried to achieve them)

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PROBABILITY AND RANDOMNESS

| August 7, 2014

Session Long Project
For the session long project discuss how probabilty or randomness impacts your organization, such as scheduling, order shipments, inventory control, etc.
You may choose one of your favorite organizations instead of the organizatio you work for during the session long projects if you like. Collect your own data to support your argument and

assess cultural, international and/or global perspectives in business.
Turn in your two to four page paper by the Module due date.
SLP Assignment Expectations
1.    Answer questions with clarity.
2.    Show depth and breadth in your paper to enhance the quality of your paper.
3.    Search in our library to find papers/articles to support your argument and list them in the references.

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freedom from fear

| August 7, 2014

freedom from fear

For this assessment you must demonstrate your ability to think and read critically by writing a four paragraph, compare contrast analysis essay. You will use one of the critical analysis

perspectives from the lesson.
•    Use both speeches to answer one of the following analysis questions:
Historical/Biographical Analysis
Has the idea of “freedom from fear” changed over time? Compare and contrast both speeches to answer this question.

Gender Analysis
Is the “freedom from fear” a concern for both men and women equally? Compare and contrast both speeches to answer this question.

Economic/Political Analysis
Are the poor and the wealthy equally concerned about the “freedom from fear”? Compare and contrast both speeches to answer this question.
•    Organize your four paragraphs using the “Wedding Cake” model you learned about.
•    Compose your compare contrast essay using direct evidence from the text. Be sure to include commentary and insights from your personal experiences, observations, and other

readings.
Use the Grading Rubric to guide your writing.

FIRST SPEECH ON PAGE 4
SECOND ON PAGE 7

“Wedding Cake Model”
Compare and Contrast Analysis Essay — Text Version
Brief Introduction Paragraph
Texts Being Analyzed
Straightforward Answer in a Single Sentence / Thesis

Briefly introduce the topic and give your answer to the essay question. Your single sentence answer is your thesis. Use the title and author of the text when available.
________________________________________
Analysis of First Text Paragraph
Critical Perspective
Evidence / Quotations used in Support
Explanation of Textual Support

This paragraph uses one of the two texts being analyzed to support your answer. Your evidence must be direct wherever possible. That means quoting the first text.
________________________________________
Analysis of Second Text Paragraph
Critical Perspective
Evidence / Quotations used in Support
Explanation of Textual Support

This paragraph uses the second of the two texts analyzed to support your answer. Your evidence must be direct wherever possible. That means quoting the second text.
________________________________________
Conclusion Paragraph
Similarities and Differences of Both Texts
Explanation Why the Comparisons and Contrasts are Important to Your Answer
Connecting Your Answer to Your Experiences, Observations, and Readings

This final paragraph explains the similarities and differences between the two texts being analyzed. Your best commentary and insights from your experiences, observations, and other readings

come here. Be sure your explanation of the similarities and differences amounts to a full answer to the essay question.
________________________________________
Using this organization will help you evaluate the two speeches we will read on the next page. As you can see, organizing this way gives you plenty of space in the conclusion to explain your

analysis using your expertise

Read an excerpt of The Four Freedoms Speech. Before you begin, open a new document for notes. Divide your notes into three areas labeled:
1.    Historical/Biographical Analysis
2.    Gender Analysis
3.    Economic/Political Analysis
Think about the different perspectives as you read. Note the time period and anything you learn about the speaker under Historical/Biographical Analysis. Note anywhere you notice the

concerns of women addressed or ignored under Gender Analysis. Finally, note any language dealing with those who have little in comparison to those who have a great deal under

Economic/Political Analysis. These are the lenses you will use for your essay assignment at the end of the lesson.

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“THE FOUR FREEDOMS” by FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, 1941
I suppose that every realist knows that the democratic way of life is at this moment being directly assailed in every part of the world–assailed either by arms, or by secret spreading of

poisonous propaganda by those who seek to destroy unity and promote discord in nations that are still at peace….
Therefore, as your President, performing my constitutional duty to “give to the Congress information of the state of the Union,” I find it, unhappily, necessary to report that the future and the

safety of our country and of our democracy are overwhelmingly involved in events far beyond our borders….
No realistic American can expect from a dictator’s peace international generosity, or return of true independence, or world disarmament, or freedom of expression, or freedom of religion–or

even good business. Such a peace would bring no security for us or for our neighbors. “Those, who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty

nor safety.” As a nation, we may take pride in the fact that we are softhearted; but we cannot afford to be soft-headed.…
As long as the aggressor nations maintain the offensive, they- not we–will choose the time and the place and the method of their attack. And that is why the future of all the American Republics

is today in serious danger…
The need of the moment is that our actions and our policy should be devoted primarily–almost exclusively–to meeting this foreign peril. For all our domestic problems are now a part of the great

emergency. Just as our national policy in internal affairs has been based upon a decent respect for the rights and the dignity of all of our fellow men within our gates, so our national policy in

foreign affairs has been based on a decent respect for the rights and the dignity of all nations, large and small. And the justice of morality must and will win in the end.
Our national policy is this:
First, by an impressive expression of the public will and without regard to partisanship, we are committed to all-inclusive national defense.
Second, by an impressive expression of the public will and without regard to partisanship, we are committed to full support of all those resolute people everywhere who are resisting aggression

and are thereby keeping war away from our Hemisphere. By this support, we express our determination that the democratic cause shall prevail; and we strengthen the defense and the security

of our own nation.
Third, by an impressive expression of the public will and without regard to partisanship, we are committed to the proposition that principles of morality and considerations for our own security

will never permit us to acquiesce in a peace dictated by aggressors and sponsored by appeasers. We know that enduring peace cannot be bought at the cost of other people’s freedom….
Let us say to the democracies: “We Americans are vitally concerned in your defense of freedom. We are putting forth our energies, our resources and our organizing powers to give you the

strength to regain and maintain a free world …
The happiness of future generations of Americans may well depend upon how effective and how immediate we can make our aid felt. No one can tell the exact character of the emergency

situations that we may be called upon to meet. The Nation’s hands must not be tied when the Nation’s life is in danger.…
For there is nothing mysterious about the foundations of a healthy and strong democracy. The basic things expected by our people of their political and economic systems are simple. They are:
Equality of opportunity for youth and for others.
Jobs for those who can work.
Security for those who need it.
The ending of special privilege for the few.
The preservation of civil liberties for all.
The enjoyment . . . the enjoyment of the fruits of scientific progress in a wider and constantly rising standard of living. These are the simple, the basic things that must never be lost sight of in

the turmoil and unbelievable complexity of our modern world. The inner and abiding strength of our economic and political systems is dependent upon the degree to which they fulfill these

expectations.…
We should bring more citizens under the coverage of old-age pensions and unemployment insurance.
We should widen the opportunities for adequate medical care.
We should plan a better system by which persons deserving or needing gainful employment may obtain it.…
In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression–everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way–everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want–which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants-everywhere in

the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear–which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position

to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor–anywhere in the world.
That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation.…. A good society is able to face schemes of world domination and

foreign revolutions alike without fear.…
This nation has placed its destiny in the hands and heads and hearts of its millions of free men and women; and its faith in freedom under the guidance of God. Freedom means the supremacy of

human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose.

Read the excerpt of his speech carefully. Before you begin, open a new document for notes. Divide your notes into three areas labeled:
1.    Historical/Biographical Analysis
2.    Gender Analysis
3.    Economic/Political Analysis
Think about the different perspectives as you read. Note the time period and anything you learn about the speaker under Historical/Biographical Analysis. Note anywhere you notice the

concerns of women addressed or ignored under Gender Analysis. Finally, note any language dealing with those who have little in comparison to those who have a great deal

underEconomic/Political Analysis. These are the lenses you will use for your essay assignment at the end of the lesson.

Welcoming Remarks by President Obama to Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom
It’s now been 200 years since the British first came here, to the White House – under somewhat different circumstances. They made quite an impression! They really lit up the place! But we moved

on. And today, like so many Presidents and Prime Ministers before us, we meet to reaffirm one of the greatest alliances the world has ever known….
It is remarkable to consider. Down [through] the decades we’ve seen nations rise and fall; wars fought and peace defended; a city divided, a wall come down; countries imprisoned behind an Iron

Curtain, then liberated. We’ve seen the demise of a Cold War and the rise of new threats; the transition from an Industrial Revolution to an Information Age where new technologies empower our

citizens and our adversaries like never before. Our world has been transformed over and over, and it will be again….
We stand together and we work together and we bleed together and we build together, in good times and in bad, because when we do, our nations are more secure, our people are more

prosperous, and the world is a safer and better and more just place. [We seek] security and prosperity…not only for our own citizens, but for people around the world….
And so in the sunlight of this beautiful morning… we reaffirm the enduring values in which our alliance is forever rooted. We believe that [all people], if they’re willing to work hard [and] if they

play by the rules, deserve a fair shot [and] deserve a chance to succeed. So in these tough economic times, we stand united in our determination to create the jobs that put our people back to

work, in expanding trade that is both free and fair, and in fighting for a global economy where every nation plays by the same rules.
We believe that our citizens should be able to live free from fear. So, like generations before us, we stand united in the defense of our countries and against those who would terrorize our people,

or endanger the globe with the world’s most dangerous weapons.
We believe in the universal rights of all people, so we stand united in our support for those who seek to choose their leaders and forge their future, including the brave citizens of the Middle East

and North Africa, who deserve the same God-given rights and freedoms as people everywhere.
And we believe in the inherent dignity of every human being. So we will stand united in advancing the developments that lift people and nations out of poverty – the new crops that feed a

village, the care that saves a mother in childbirth, the vaccine that allows a child to live a long and healthy life.
This is what we believe. This is who we are. This is what we do together, what we achieve together every single day. And this is the alliance that we renew today – guided by the interests we

share, grounded in the values that we cherish not just for our time but for all time….

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Strategic Management

| August 7, 2014

Strategic Management

Introduction:

For this task, you will use a business simulation. You will need to complete participation in the simulation prior to completing this task. The website is http://www.bsg-online.com/ . The user

name is leflorem@gmail.com and password is ml707809. This is how you can review decisions made and reports. I did not follow a strategic plan.

In the simulation, you will develop a strategic plan and will meet the challenges of implementing it successfully in an interactive setting that closely mirrors a real-world environment.

Implementing the strategic plan successfully achieves the firm’s objectives and mission. After completing the simulation, you will prepare an analytical report to discuss with your company’s

management team as you review the company’s performance in the simulation.

Task:

A. Submit your company’s final cumulative balanced scorecard, income statement, and balance sheet.

B. Discuss the generic competitive strategy that you selected for your company. Include the following in your discussion:
• What actions were built into your strategic plan to achieve competitive and financial success with that strategy
• Why you selected the strategy you used
1. Evaluate the effectiveness of your strategy.

C. Evaluate your ability to identify competitors’ strengths, weaknesses, and strategies during the simulation.
1. Discuss how successful you were in predicting your competitors’ next moves.

D. Discuss how sustainable the most dominant competitive advantage achieved by any company within your industry was.

E. Compare the selected strategy to three following tests of a winning strategy:
• the fit test
• the competitive advantage test
• the performance test

F. Explain how effectively you applied value chain analysis during the simulation.

G. Evaluate how effectively you addressed three important issues in order to achieve competitive and financial success for your simulation company.

H. When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

Note: When bulleted points are present in the task prompt, the level of detail or support called for in the rubric refers to those bulleted points.

Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link included in the Evaluation Procedures section.

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct

quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper or project.

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Preparedness, Prevention, Response, and Recovery Plan

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Preparedness, Prevention, Response, and Recovery Plan

Resource: Risk and Threat Assessment from Week One (See attachment).
>> Please make sure this paper will go along with the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica, NY risk & threat assessment paper. <<

Write a 750- to 1,000-word paper in which you establish a critical incident and emergency management response plan for your organization, to include preparedness, prevention, response, and

recovery to catastrophic events or significant security incidents.

Include external relations and communications necessary to execute your plan.

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How is corporate America meeting the challenges of corporate fraud in the long and short term

| August 7, 2014

How is corporate America meeting the challenges of corporate fraud in the long and short term

What are the perceptions of corporate fraud going to be in the next five years and what are the trends to combat it in the future changes.

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Poetry Eagleton’s definition of poetry

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Poetry  Eagleton’s definition of poetry

1. Write a critical commentary on Eagleton’s definition of poetry. Attend to both what figures
prominently in his definition and what gets curiously omitted, perhaps deliberately, especially
such things as the author, feelings, meter. You are encouraged to grasp his theory in terms of
his actual critical practice, both the guiding influence of his poetics on his criticism and the
supporting role of his readings vis-à-vis his principles for understanding poetry.

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