Module 2 Case Assignment BUS500 Balance Sheet

Module 2 – Case

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Case Assignment

BALANCE SHEET

The main purpose of this module is to review the balance sheet in more detail. Go to http://www.starbucks.com and click on the investor relations link. Locate the annual reports for the past two years. Review Starbucks’ financial report, review background material, and do additional research as needed to write an essay where you incorporate answers to the questions below.

Questions

·        Provide a brief introduction to the company and include a link to the company’s website.

·        Distinguish between an expense (expired cost) and an asset.

·        Distinguish between current and long-term assets.

·        Distinguish between current and long-term liabilities.

·        Review Starbuck’s balance sheet and provide two examples of each of the above categories.

·        Discuss retained earnings and how income or loss and dividends affect this account. Review Starbucks’s retained earnings account and explain how it changed during the past two years.

·        How much debt does Starbucks have? Is the amount of debt high? How do we know if it is considered high?

·        What is the difference between an annual report and a 10-k?

Assignment Expectations

Incorporate responses to the questions above in an organized format. Start with an introduction and end with a conclusion/summary. Use headings and subheadings to organize the essay. Do not forget to include references in APA format. The suggested length is five  pages

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Unit 4 lab tasks

Click here to refer to the instructions for the Unit 4 lab tasks.

Answer the following questions and requirements to write your paper of 3–5 pages. As you answer each question, you must provide support or evidence that will enhance and empirically prove your answers. Academic information technology (IT) articles or real-life IT findings that are not found in journals or other academic sources must be used in supporting your answers. Please use APA style for all cited sources, including your reference page.

The following is a case study about a design company.

  • You are a senior network administrator for a networking solutions firm. Years ago, you installed a small local area network (LAN) at a design company. It is growing fast and needs your networking solutions firm to upgrade its network. You assigned Liz to the job. That afternoon, while preparing to work on a lab assignment from her class in routing, Liz mentions that she would use a router to increase the performance of the design company’s network because routers are better than bridges. Explain to Liz when and where a router would be the best choice. Under what circumstances would a router not be the best choice? Provide examples to clarify your points.
  • Another technician, Janis, overhears the discussion as she sits down to examine the lab materials on Liz’s desk. Janis thinks the design company should use a bridge to solve the problem. She reminds you that the design company has a relatively small network and that a router would be more equipment than necessary. The design company’s network is using nonroutable protocols. What do you tell Janis? Provide examples in your explanation and recommendations.
  • Luke also takes classes in Cisco routing, and he enjoys the hands-on exercises in his class. As he reviews his notes for that night’s class, he is unsure of the concept of routing tables. Explain to Luke what kind of information is kept in a router’s routing table and what it is used for. What 2 methods can be used to build these tables? Provide examples in your explanation to clarify and accentuate your explanation.
  • As you chat with Janis and Luke, they inquire how best to monitor the routed environment. Discuss your recommendations as to monitoring and managing this type of environment.

Be sure to cite all references using APA style.

For more information on APA, please visit the Library, and click on Citation Resources link.

Please submit your assignment.

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.

Grading Criteria

Project Criteria Exceeds: 90%–100% Very Good: 80%–89% Meets: 70%–79% Needs Improvement: Below 70%

Content 
(75%)

Response covers all topics indicated in the assignment and adds additional content.  Response covers most topics indicated in the assignment.  Response covers many of the topics indicated in the assignment. Response covers none to some of the topics indicated in the assignment.

Effective Communication
(10%)

Demonstrates outstanding or exemplary application of written, visual, or oral skills. Demonstrates outstanding expression of topic, main idea, and purpose. Audience is addressed appropriately. Language clearly and effectively communicates ideas and content relevant to the assignment. Errors in grammar, spelling, and sentence structure are minimal. Organization is clear. Format is consistently appropriate to assignment. Presentation and delivery are confident and persuasive (where applicable). The writing was of collegiate level with no errors in spelling or grammar. Demonstrates very good written, visual, or oral skills. Demonstrates sound expression of topic, main idea, and purpose. Audience is usually addressed appropriately. Language does not interfere with the communication of ideas and content relevant to the assignment. Errors in grammar, spelling, and sentence structure are present, but do not distract from the message. Organization is apparent and mostly clear. Format is appropriate to assignment, but not entirely consistent. The writing was of collegiate level with two or less errors in spelling or grammar. Demonstrates acceptable written, visual, or oral skills. Demonstrates reasonable expression of topic, main idea, and purpose. Sometimes, audience is addressed appropriately. Language does not interfere with the communication of ideas and content relevant to the assignment. Errors in grammar, spelling, and sentence structure are present and may distract from the message. Organization is a bit unclear. Format is inconsistent. The writing was of collegiate level with several errors in spelling or grammar. Demonstrates inadequate or partially proficient application of written, visual, or oral skills. Demonstrates inadequate or partial expression of topic, main idea, and purpose. Audience is often not addressed appropriately. Language often impedes the communication of ideas and content relevant to the assignment. Errors in grammar, spelling, and sentence structure are frequent and often distract from meaning or presentation. Organization is inadequate, confusing, and distracting. The format is inadequate and obscures meaning. The writing was less than collegiate level with numerous errors in spelling or grammar.

Supporting Analysis
(15%)

Analysis exceeds minimum requirements. Sources are used to support analysis, are appropriate, and are properly referenced. Basic analysis provided to support assertions. Sources are cited, appropriate, and properly referenced. Limited analysis provided to support assertions. Some sources are cited, appropriate, and properly referenced. No or inaccurate analysis, no sources are cited when needed, analysis and sources are not appropriate. When sources are used, they are not properly referenced.

Assignment 3: Persuasive Paper Part 2: Solution and Advantages 

Due Week 7 and worth 175 points

Using feedback from your professor and classmates, revise Part 1. Next, develop the solution and identify the advantages of the solution (new sections added after the revised elements from Assignment 2).  Note: The disadvantages or challenges with your solution(s) will be in Part 3.

Write a six to eight (6-8) page draft in which you:
Provide Part I: Revision of A Problem Exists (3-4 pages)

  1. Revise (using feedback from the professor and classmates) your Persuasive Paper Part I: A Problem Exists.

Develop Part 2: Solution to Problem and Advantages (3-4 pages for 6-8 pages total)

  1. Explain a detailed, viable solution that supports your thesis. This should be one or two (1-2) paragraphs.
  2. State, explain, and support the first advantage to your solution. This should be one or two (1-2) paragraphs.
  3. State, explain, and support the second advantage to your solution. This should be one or two (1-2) paragraphs.
  4. State, explain, and support the third (and fourth if desired) advantage to your solution. This should be one or two (1-2) paragraphs.
  5. Use effective transitional words, phrases, and sentences.
  6. Provide a transitional paragraph that summarizes the proposed solution and its advantages.
  7. Develop a coherently structured draft that follows the structured detailed above.
  8. Use one (1) or more rhetorical strategies (ethos, logos, pathos) to explain advantages.
  9. Support advantage claims with at least three (3) additional quality relevant references. Use at least six (6) total for Parts 1 and 2.

Note: Wikipedia and similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting guidelines:

  • 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.

Note: Submit your assignment to the designated plagiarism program so that you can make revisions before submitting your paper to your professor.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Recognize the elements and correct use of a thesis statement.
  • Recognize the use of summary, paraphrasing, and quotation to communicate the main points of a text.
  • Analyze the rhetorical strategies of ethos, pathos, logos in writing samples and for incorporation into essays or presentations.
  • Correct grammatical and stylistic errors consistent with Standard Written English.
  • Prepare a research project that supports an argument with structure and format appropriate to the genre.
  • Revise drafts to improve clarity, support, and organization. Recognize how to organize ideas with transitional words, phrases, and sentences.
  • Incorporate relevant, properly documented sources to substantiate ideas.
  • Write clearly and concisely about selected topics using proper writing mechanics.
  • Use technology and information resources to research selected issues for this course.

Assignment 2: Marketing Plan

Due Week 6 and worth 100 points

This assignment consists of two (2) sections: a marketing plan and sales strategy, and a marketing budget. Note: You must submit both sections as separate files for the completion of this assignment.

For the first six (6) months your company is in business—to give you time to perfect your product and to learn from actual customers—you will start marketing and selling in your own community, a radius of twenty-five (25) miles from where you live.

For most non-alcoholic beverages, marketing (as opposed to the actual product itself) is key to success. Cola drinks, for example, are fairly undifferentiated, as are many energy drinks, juices, bottled water, and the like. Companies producing these types of beverages differentiate themselves and attract market share through marketing and brand awareness—both of which are critical to success.

Section 1: Marketing Plan & Sales Strategy (MS Word or equivalent)

Write the three to five (3-5) page Marketing Plan & Sales Strategy section of your business plan, in which you:

  1. Define your company’s target market.
    • Analyze the types of consumers who will be drinking your beverage in demographic terms (i.e., age, education level, income, gender, ethnic group, etc.). Support your analysis with actual data on the size of the demographic groups in your local community (nearby zip codes).
    • Outline the demographic information for your company specified on the worksheet in the course text (p. 107 | Demographic Description). Click here for help accessing a specific page number in your eBook.
      • Hints: At American FactFinder (http://census.gov), you will find demographic information on potential consumers in your area. If you are selling through other businesses (such as grocery stores), indicate the number of those businesses in your local area. You will find information about such businesses in your local area at County Business Patterns (https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/cbp.html). Check Chapter 2 of Successful Business Plan for more research sources.
  2. Assess your company’s market competition.
    • Use the factors listed in the course text graphic (p. 123 | Assess the Competition) to assess your company’s market competition.
    • Defend your strategy to successfully compete against market leaders in your segment.
      • Hints: For example, in the soft drink market, it is intimidating to try to compete against Coke and Pepsi. Newcomers in mature markets typically must pursue niche markets or even create new market categories, as Red Bull did with energy drinks.
    • Defend your plan to differentiate yourself from the competition using the information detailed on the worksheet in the text (p. 131 | Market Share Distribution).
      • Hints: Every business faces competition and the non-alcoholic beverage market is an especially crowded market.
  3. Clarify your company’s message using the information provided on the worksheet in the text (p. 160 | The Five F’s).
  • Hints: Before you choose your marketing vehicles, you must determine the message you want to convey through those vehicles.
  1. Identify the marketing vehicles you plan to use to build your company’s brand. Justify the key reasons why they will be effective. Provide examples of other non-alcoholic beverage companies that use these tactics effectively.
  • Hints: If you plan to use online marketing tactics, refer to the worksheet in the text (p.171 | Online Marketing Tactics) to aid your response. Remember that even if you’re selling through grocery stores you need to build your brand and social media is a major part of that in regard to beverages. Some of the marketing tactics that beverage companies use include: sampling in grocery stores, building a following on social media, sponsoring events, exhibiting at trade shows attended by retailers, and so on. You will use a combination of these tactics. For example, if you decide to give out samples in grocery stores, promote your sampling on your social media networks and those of the grocery store.
  • Hints: If you are planning to distribute through resellers, describe how you plan to reach them, for example, through industry trade shows or by establishing your own sales force. For information on trade shows, visit the Trade Show News Network (http://www.tsnn.com). You can exhibit or network at these shows.
  1. Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements:
  2. Cite the resources you have used to complete the exercise. Note: There is no minimum requirement for the number of resources used in the exercise.
  3. Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  4. 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 page length.

Section 2: Marketing Budget (MS Excel worksheets template)

Section 2 uses the “Business Plan Financials” MS Excel template (see: Course Required Files in Week 1). Use the “Business Plan Financials Guide” (see: Course Required Files in Week 1) to support your development of the Marketing Budget.

  1. Complete the Marketing Budget worksheet for your company.
  • Hints: The goal of the marketing budget is to help you determine how much it will cost you to reach your market and achieve your sales goals.
  • Hints: When filling out the “Marketing Budget” worksheet in the Excel spreadsheet:
    • Begin in the current year and complete a marketing budget for the first year of your business. The information you enter in the marketing budget spreadsheet will flow through to your “Income Statement” in the Business Plan Financials.
    • Leave the number at zero (0) for any marketing vehicles you do not intend to use.
    • Remember that all marketing activities involve costs. If social media represents a significant portion of your marketing, assume you will have cost of advertising and that should be reflected on your budget. Even if a social media site charges nothing to use it, you will need to use company resources to manage the site, pay someone to execute your social media marketing campaigns, and will most likely pay for ads on that site.
    • Do NOT leave the “Marketing Budget” blank, assuming you will not have any marketing costs.

Assignment 3: Preparing the Audit Analysis

Scenario for Assignments 2-3
For Assignments 2 to 3, you are the new budgeting and finance administrator for your local government agency. Your first responsibility is to become familiar with the agency, the budget, programs, and capital projects. As the administrator, you will be responsible for analyzing, examining, proposing, and preparing the agency’s budget for the next five years.

Assignment 3: Preparing the Audit Analysis
Due Week 7 and worth 200 points

You are to preparing for a challenging City Council Meeting. You need to be able to give the other council members and mayor an accurate “city of affairs” to make sure significant cuts can be made in the appropriate areas, and other critical areas can continue to be funded. Using your local cities 2015-2016 budgets, analyze the financial plan to respond to the following questions in a two- to three-page paper:

  1. Based on the review of your city’s Financial Plan: What is the fastest-growing category of expenditures during the planning period? Justify the answer with examples.
  2. What percentage of your city’s revenue comes from the general property tax? How much is this tax growing in each year of the financial plan? Justify the answer with examples.
  3. Evaluate the existing capacity of refunding or reorganizing existing debt organizations.
  4. Analyze the various funding alternatives that can be used to support debt obligations.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Include an abstract and conclusion that you will name (Budget Summary), and attach the budget summary as an Appendix.
  • Include the URL of the location of your city’s financial plan and any other documentation you used for your budget summary.
  • 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.
  • Be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Analyze the basic skills and tools needed for budgeting for public sector agencies and / or departments.
  • Recommend appropriate policy actions based on the evaluation.
  • Evaluate a budgeting system at any governmental level.
  • Analyze the scope and sequence of budgeting in terms of sources of revenues, purpose of government expenditures, budget cycles, budget preparation, and debt administration.
  • Analyze the steps required for budgeting, such as preparing a budget, making a financial plan, conducting a cost-benefit analysis, and making budget decisions.
  • Examine the key components for presenting and justifying the budget to decision makers.
  • Prepare a preliminary budgeting system for presentation before Congress, state / local government, or other organization.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in public budgeting and finance.
  • Write clearly and concisely about public budgeting and finance using proper writing mechanics

Team And Team Performance Evaluation

1· Present a discussion of what team is. What type(s) of team do you have in your organization?

2· What is meant by the “internal processes” of a team? Why is it important to manage both the internal processes and external opportunities/constraints of a team?

3· What are some effective strategies for enhancing successful team performance? How can these strategies help to decrease threats to team performance and motivation?

4· Have you experienced social loafing or free riding in a team setting? What could have been done or can be done to avoid these effects?

5· Discuss the key advantages and disadvantages to an incentive pay system. Within an incentive pay system, what are the advantages and disadvantages to rewarding team members in terms of their competencies? In terms of their results?

 

Instructions:

1. Discuss the questions above.

2. Present a comprehensive written presentation of your answers to the questions above

3. Support your written presentation with at least 6 sources excluding your textbook.

4. Use APA throughout.

company

Imagine that you are the CEO of a successful domestic company. In the last 6 months, many potential clients in foreign countries have expressed a desire to conduct business with you. You know that in order for your company to grow, you will have to expand overseas. You have recently attended a local three (3)-day international trade exposition and have gathered many brochures on the foreign companies interested in doing business with your company.   After meeting with the Executive Committee of your successful domestic company, you decide that you will need to identify a minimum of two (2) countries for expansion and two (2) expatriates whom you will send into the chosen countries. The selected expatriates will learn about the countries’ cultures and business activities there. You must prepare a report for the potential employees who may want to take an overseas assignment, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors.   Use the Internet and Strayer Library to research possible countries for expansion. Next, conduct research on leveraging expatriates over country nationals for business overseas. Finally, research books that could help expatriates in their transition to working overseas.  Note: You may create and / or assume all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment.   Write an eight to ten (8-10) page paper in which you: 1.Create a guide to leveraging expatriates. The guide should include four to six (4-6) sources that address benefits and challenges of sending expatriates to other countries. 2.Examine the major benefits that this report can provide for the organization, and suggest two (2) uses for the information contained therein. Justify your response. 3.Analyze the major factors (e.g., distance, cultural background, knowledge of the related countries, languages spoken, relatives who may live in another country, etc.) that would influence your choice of countries into which your company would expand. Recommend two (2) countries for expansion. Provide a rationale for your response. 4.Determine three (3) criteria that you would consider when deciding which employees to send abroad. Justify your response. 5.Propose the major methods and / or incentives you would use in order to encourage the selected employees to become expatriates. Provide a rationale for your response. 6.Recommend one (1) strategy to ensure that both the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors are committed to the expansions. Justify your response. 7.Recommend two (2) books that the selected expatriates should take with them when they go overseas. Provide a rationale for your response. 8.Outline a guide for expatriates who will reside within another country for one to two (1-2) years. The related guide should cover the following topics: selecting items to pack, accommodating a vehicle (i.e., leave behind or send overseas), shipping or selling furniture, moving pets, and arranging accommodations for children and / or family residing in another country for the discussed length of time. 9.Develop a framework for your presentation. The framework should include the following:a.Relevant visuals b.Statistics that support the decision to expand into the identified countries c.A feasibility study of your company’s proposed expansion to the countries in question d.Information related to renting or buying land or a building e.Any other information relevant to the case for expansion  10.Use at least four (4) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.    Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: •Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. •Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.