Using at least 3 high level statistical analyses, present  a BRIEF comparison and conclusions that can be reached to justify the use of Process A over Process B both in terms of process  performance and 5-component  results.

OUTPUTS Using Process A

OUTPUTS Using Process B

38%  meet budget

31% meet budget

28% stay on schedule

21% stay on schedule

71%  meet scope

61% meet scope

68% meet quality standards

60% meet quality standards

60% meet expected benefits

51% meet expected benefits



You will submit at least four pieces of writing which you feel reflect your best ability in English – two in Semester One and two in Semester Two. The writing can be a magazine article (blog), a story, an essay or a report. If you wish to submit another type of writing, please check with your tutor first. Submit this via Turnitin on the Blackboard site. Use the coversheet available on Blackboard.



  1. Speaking


You will produce two video clips (between 2 – 3 minutes each) of yourself talking about a topic of your choice.


Topics could include:

  • An aspect of British culture you find particularly interesting
  • An interesting or unusual experience you have had in the UK
  • Current news item
  • Culture shock
  • Careers choices
  • A topic of your choice (please confirm with the tutor).

Note: You will lose marks if you have not checked your topic with your tutor first.

You should include reasons why you find the topic interesting.


The aim of this video speaking task is to demonstrate your speaking skills in the areas of clarity of pronunciation (specific sounds, word stress, sentence stress, and linking words together), range and accuracy of vocabulary and range and accuracy of grammar.


DO NOT read aloud (ie. read from notes). It is clear when students are reading aloud and this is not the point of this exercise. We want to see how you can speak ‘normally’. You will lose marks if you do read aloud.


We suggest you make video clips regularly and choose the best one to submit for your portfolio. You must submit a video clip by the end of each semester. You will submit this to Pebblepad (available on Blackboard).



Marking Criteria — how your work will be graded


Assessment 1 (spoken exam):

You will be judged on:

  • The range and accuracy of the grammar you use
  • The range and accuracy of the vocabulary you use
  • How you manage the conversation with the examiner and your partner
  • How well you fulfil the task given, how fluently you speak, and how you organise your ideas so they are easy to understand.
  • The clarity of your pronunciation (e.g. individual sounds, word stress and sentence stress)

in relation to the skills and abilities expected at B2+ level.


Assessment 2 (Reading, listening and writing exam):


Answers in the reading and listening exam are simply marked right or wrong.


Your writing will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Task Achievement/ Appropriate Response (in format and style),
  • Coherence and Cohesion (good sentence and paragraph structure, good use of punctuation),
  • Lexical Resource (range and appropriate use),
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy.

in relation to the skills and abilities expected at B2+ level.

The essay will be marked on the scale given below.

At the end of this course, you will complete a final project that will assess your understanding and comprehension of systems development. The minimum written requirement is five pages and may extend beyond the five pages due to the size of the drawings.


The Cycle Stationary Unit (CSU) is a company that sells stationary cycles to fitness centers, rehabilitation centers, and home consumers. CSU is a multi-million dollar business that employs 1,000 employees for the building, selling, packaging, and shipping of their products to consumers. You are a systems analyst, and management has tasked you to create a new point of sale (POS) system for CSU.

You must complete the following requirements for this final project:

1. Describe briefly the five steps of the systems development life cycle.

2. Differentiate between agile, JAD, and RAD methodologies. Which will you use for the development, and why? Would you use a prototype method?

3. Summarize the six steps of the preliminary investigation and the project triangle.

4. Explain what a data flow diagram (DFD) is. Illustrate by drawing a DFD of a context diagram point of sale (POS) system using the Gane and Sarson symbols and a diagram 0 DFD.

5. Discuss what object-oriented development is, and draw an object model of the point of sale system. Remember you must have an object model, attributes, and methods in the object model. Also, draw a use case modeling UML (Unified Modeling Language) for the POS.

6. Describe the seven basic principles for developing user interface design. Draw a simple entity relationship diagram (ERD) for the POS.

7. Summarize the last step of the SDLC of systems support and security. Why is this so important to the Cycle Stationary Unit (CSU) organization?

8. Explain what global, national, or local industry needs could affect the POS system.

For this assignment you will write an 8 – 10 page paper on a topic of choice relevant to the course. This paper will include summaries and synthesis of 6 – 8 scholarly, peer-reviewed, evidence based, experimental study articles that are described briefly in an annotated bibliography due Week 5 of the course. These full literature review article summaries must expand on what is written in the annotations included in the Annotated Bibliography. The latter by nature would be very brief synopses in need of elaboration before inclusion in the paper, which must not be merely one summary after another with no meaningful connections between them, but rather the paper should describe how the summaries are related to one another. This must be done in the larger Literature Review paper via transition narratives between descriptions of the various summaries such that the paper interweaves all the articles into a coherent and well-articulated review of scholarly publications related to the paper topic focus. The paper will end with a minimum of two paragraphs summarizing points made and articulating suggestions for future research directions arising from the article reviews.

This assignment will be evaluated based on:


The degree to which the article summaries are truly integrated; arbitrary statements of “This is related to that” without supporting evidence of an actual connection will result in a significant point deduction.


Evidence of academically mature insight and use critical thinking skills in analyzing and relating the articles.

Clear and thorough articulation of the paper’s key points.

Compliance with APA paper formatting standards.

Minimal to no grammar, spelling or basic writing errors


***I have attached the articles in which MUST be used for this paper! No other outside sources!***

How might an organization’s culture reflect its established values?


Just a paragraph or two with reference will do







From Assignment 1, you will use the following information:


Qs = -7909.89 + 79.1P


Qd = 38650 – 42P


P = 384.48 cents and Q = 22,502 units 




You should also use the following rules for profit maximization:




P = MR = MC in perfect competition


MR = MC in imperfect competition 






Question 1


Outline a plan that will assess the effectiveness of the market structure for the company’s operations. Note: In Assignment 1, the assumption was that the market structure [or selling environment] was perfectly competitive and that the equilibrium price was to be determined by setting Qd equal to Qs. The market structure in the first assignment was competitive. This means that the firm does not have control over the price and it has to charge the equilibrium price. You are now aware of recent changes in the selling environment that suggest an imperfectly competitive market where your firm now has substantial market power in setting its own “optimal” price.


  • Since the company has control over the price, it has to decide how much to charge and how much to produce to maximize profit. 

  • The profit-maximizing/loss-minimizing quantity and price can be determined by setting the MR = MC. This involves the following.

    • Find the total revenue: TR = P x Q

    • Find the marginal revenue by calculating the derivative of the total revenue function.

    • Set MR equal to the provided MC function and solve for Q, and then for P.

  • Based on the results, the company should make a decision to continue producing or shut down.




Question 2


Given that business operations have changed from the market structure specified in the original scenario in Assignment 1, determine two (2) likely factors that might have caused the change. Predict the primary manner in which this change would likely impact business operations in the new market environment.


  • Consider the change in the degree of competition.

  • Review the sections “Industry Performance” and “Competitive Landscape” in the IBISWorld report provided.

  • Factors that might have caused change could be for example consolidation of the industry, i.e., firms become bigger and have now some control on the price.  Also, firms can differentiate their product from the products of their competitors, which again results in more control over the price.  Firms' actions are interdependent and now their decisions are affected not just by the demand and supply conditions, but by what moves their major competitors make.  These are just examples.  You might come up with other factors.




Question 3


Analyze the major short run and long cost functions for the low-calorie, frozen microwaveable food company given the cost functions below. Suggest substantive ways in which the low-calorie food company may use this information in order to make decisions in both short and the long-run.


TC = 160,000,000 + 100Q + 0.0063212Q2

VC = 100Q + 0.0063212Q2

MC= 100 + 0.0126424Q


  • To maximize profit, the firm has to find ways to maximize its total revenue and minimize its cost. You should also consider the difference between short and long run.  In the short run, at least one of the costs is fixed.  In the long run, all costs can be changes, i.e., all costs are variable. A review of the IBISWorld Industry Report on the frozen food production in the US can also help you answer this question.  The cost functions affect the profit. The cost functions are to be used to answer question 4 as well.

  • Using the provided cost data for the firm, determine whether the firm is making a profit or a loss by charging the equilibrium price determined in Assignment 1.

    • Calculate the total revenue.

    • Calculate the total cost.

    • Find the difference between TR and TC, which is the profit or the loss. 

    • Review the section “Cost Structure Benchmarks” (p. 22) in the IBISWorld report.




Question 4


Determine the possible circumstances under which the company should discontinue operations. Suggest key actions that management should take in order to confront these circumstances. Provide a rationale for your response. (Hint: Your firm’s price must cover average variable costs in the short run and average total costs in the long run to continue operations.)


  • Here, you have to find the profit maximizing or loss-minimizing quantity and price. Then, determine whether the company is making a profit. To find the value of Q and P, you should use the marginal rule MR = MC. 

  • MC function is given. 

  • You should calculate MR by using the demand function from Assignment 1: Qd = 38,650 - 42P.

    • First, inverse the demand function to show the price in terms of quantity:  P = 920.238 - 0.0238Q.

    • Then, find the TR function, which is equal to price times quantity TR = (920.24 - 0.0238Q)*Q = 920.24Q - 0.0238Q2

    • Finally, find MR which is the derivative of TR with respect to quantity, i.e., MR = 920.238 - 0.0476Q.

  • Next, set MR equal to the MC given in the second assignment and solve for the profit maximizing or loss minimizing Q and P.

  • When you find the values of Q and P, you can plug in the number for Q into the TR function to find the TR and in the TC function, to find the TC.

  • Then subtract TC from TR to find the total profit. 

    • If you get a negative number, the firm is making a loss. 

    • If the number is positive, the firm is making a profit.

  • If the firm is making a loss, you should figure out whether the firm should continue to produce at a loss in the short run, or shut

    • To answer this question, you should compare the TR with VC, or price with AVC.  If the firm is making a loss and the TR is higher than VC or the price is higher than the AVC, then it would be better off producing rather than shutting down because it will be able to cover some of its fixed cost. But if TR is smaller than VC, or if price is smaller than AVC, the firm will be better of shutting down.


Question 5


Suggest one (1) pricing policy that will enable your low-calorie, frozen microwavable food company to maximize profits. Provide a rationale for your suggestion.




  • In Assignment 1, you determined your firm’s market demand equation. Now you need to find the inverse demand equation. Having found that, find the Total Revenue function for your firm (TR is P x Q). From your firm’s Total Revenue function, then find your Marginal Revenue (MR) function.
  • Use the profit maximization rule MR = MC to determine your optimal price and optimal output level now that you have market power. Compare these values with the values you generated in Assignment 1. Determine whether your price higher is or lower.)


  • Use the profit-maximizing rule MC = MR to find the price and quantity that maximize profit.




Question 6


Outline a plan, based on the information provided in the scenario, which the company could use in order to evaluate its financial performance. Consider all the key drivers of performance, such as company profit or loss for both the short term and long term, and the fundamental manner in which each factor influences managerial decisions.




  • Calculate profit in the short run by using the price and output levels you generated in part 5. Optional: You may want to compare this to what profit would have been in Assignment 1 using the cost function provided here.
  • Calculate profit in the long run by using the output level you generated in part 5 and cost data in part 3 and assuming that the selling environment will likely be very competitive. Determine why this would be a valid assumption.)


  • You can also review the section “Key Statistics” on p. 38 of the IBISWorld Industry Report Report.




Question 7


Recommend two (2) actions that the company could take in order to improve its profitability and deliver more value to its stakeholders. Outline, in brief, a plan to implement your recommendations.


  • Review the sections “Industry Performance” and “Products and Markets” in the IBISWorld report.


examine Macbeth mental deterioration throughout the play and discuss what (if any) more mental disorders/ afflictions he shows and how they could be prevented or cured

Assignment 1: Summary and Personal Response 

Due Week 2 and worth 120 points

Select one essay in The brief McGraw-Hill guide: Writing for college, writing for life: (2nd ed.) to summarize for this assignment. Choose from the following essays:  “Se habla Espanol” by Barrientos; “Facing poverty with a rich girl’s habits” by Kim; “On becoming a writer” by Baker; “Farm girl” by Hemauer


Write a one and one-half to two (1½ - 2) page summary paper in which you:


  1. Identify the source (writer and title of essay) and state his or her most important point in your own words.
  2. Summarize the other main points and their supporting details in separate paragraphs.
  3. Discuss the (1) writer’s purpose, (2) genre, (3) audience, and (4) tone (attitude),
  4. Describe your emotional response to the essay.
  5. Use quotations, paraphrase, and summary correctly.


Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:


  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.


The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:


  • Recognize how to use quotations, paraphrase, and summary in the writing process.
  • Apply the writing process to develop various writing genres.
  • Write clearly and concisely about selected topics using proper writing mechanics.


Starting at (0,0) if you were to go 2 units right and 5 units down what coordinates would you end up at? What quadrant would you be in? 

Week Seven 

January 25 - January 31, 2016
LP6Discussion 6.1: Supply Chains (20 points)
Week Eight

February 1 - February 7, 2016
LP6Discussion 6.2: Production Disruption (20 points) 

LP6 Assignment: Boeing (100 points)
Week Nine 

February 8 - February 14, 2016
LP7Discussion 7.1: PERT and CPM (20 points)

LP7 Assignment: Materials Planning (100 points)
Week Ten 

February 15 - February 21, 2016
LP8Discussion 8.1: Lean Concepts (20 points)
Week Eleven 

February 22 - February 29, 2016
LP8LP8 Assignment: Virtual Suppl