Criminal Investigation

Preliminary investigations do not necessarily yield enough information to prosecute a criminal case. Despite a thorough preliminary investigation, many cases require a follow – up investigation.

Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

  1. Assemble a set of guidelines on conducting preliminary investigation for a criminal case.
  2. Propose one (1) strategy that criminal investigators should take in order to conduct an efficient follow-up investigation. Provide a rationale to support your response.
  3. Select two major crimes (e.g. sudden deaths, sex related crimes) and compare and contrast the key differences in reporting the two major crimes that you selected.
  4. Determine the three (3) most important characteristics of an effective criminal investigator and discuss the importance of each characteristic you determined.
  5. Support or critique the argument that the criminal investigation process should maintain the balance regarding freedom of information through media outlets and privacy rights of alleged perpetrators of crime. Provide a rationale to support your response.
  6. Use at least two (2) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar type 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.

Strategic Leadership and Knowledge Management

For your Portfolio Project, you will utilize knowledge about strategic leadership and knowledge management and provide for the Portfolio Project an essay that addresses the following aspects:

The Nature of Strategic Leadership

Within this section, explain and discuss how the nature of strategic leadership is critical to the success of the leadership of a firm. Be sure to address the following points for this section:

  • Explain and describe the nature of strategic leadership.
  • Why is high-level cognitive activity of a leader important?
  • How and why should a leader gather multiple inputs to formulate a strategic direction?
  • How does a leader anticipate creating a future to address the unknown?
  • Why is revolutionary and contrarian thinking important for the leadership team?
  • Explain why creating a vision is critical to the success of the leadership of a firm and address the pros and cons of not having a vision.
  • Explain how leadership can determine and measure the effectiveness of strategy direction.
  • As the CEO of a firm, explain how you would implement the strategic direction and factors that will cause revising the strategic direction for your firm.

Conducting a SWOT Analysis

Within this section, explain and discuss how a SWOT Analysis can assist the leadership team develop and implement a strategic direction. Be sure to address the following points for this section:

  • Internal strengths
  • Internal weaknesses
  • External opportunities
  • External threats

Lesson Learned

Within this section, explain and discuss how lessons learned from the research can assist you, as a CEO, to develop and implement a strategic direction for your firm. Be sure to address the following points for this section:

  • Provide at least two examples of successful business strategies and explain why these business strategies were successful.
  • Provide at least two examples of unsuccessful business strategies and explain why these business strategies were unsuccessful.
  • Explain and describe, as the CEO of your firm, how you would contribute to the management knowledge and the learning organization.

Key Elements of a Supply Chain

The success of any supply chain depends on the framework of the organization. The framework of an organization identifies strategic challenges that were critical to the organization’s existence in the past and are also critical to its future growth. In this assignment, you will examine the ways in which selection of a framework can affect the success or failure of the supply chain program.

Most organizations use a single framework or a combination of frameworks to develop supply chains.

Then respond to the following:

  • What is a supply chain? What are some potential benefits of managing the supply chain?
  • What are the key factors that help an organization decide what type of framework they should use to develop the supply chain?
  • What would be the impact on the development process if an incorrect framework is used? Discuss your reasoning by providing examples.
  • Describe the three types of value (supply) chain frameworks and explain which one you think is the best. If possible provide a visual illustration or representation. Why do think your chosen framework is best? Justify your explanation.

After your initial post, discuss the following:

  • What are the strategic, tactical, and operations issues in supply chain management?
  • What is the bullwhip effect, and why does it occur? How can it be overcome?
  • What impact has eBusiness had on supply chain management?

Integration of Technology

Technology has changed the way we conduct business on a daily basis. A number of organizations have opted for integrating systems and sharing information with their counterparts.

Then respond to the following:

  • As a manager, if you have to design an IT system for supply chain purposes using a cross-functional team, who would you include on your team and why?
  • Explain some of the trade-offs you would consider when designing/acquiring the system. Be specific and support your reasoning with examples.

After your initial post, discuss the following:

  • What trade-offs are involved in (a) sharing information with other organizations in a supply chain and (b) the acquisition of information-processing technology?
  • Who needs to be involved in decisions as they pertain to technology acquisition for supply chain management?
  • Name three different ways that technology has improved the ability to manage supply chains.
  • Explain why integrated technology has improved the ability to manage supply chains.

Modern Wars in the World and Globalism

Unit 5 Discussion Board Assignment

One of the most critical outcomes of armed conflict is the impact on societies. Armed conflict has far-reaching effects and substantially impacts societies. For this discussion, please choose from the following is a list of conflicts the United States fought after 1918. Please post a discussion with a description of 1 major consequence the conflict had on the United States society and how this war affected American sensibilities. Please also discuss if the chosen war changed the way Americans viewed themselves and how the war may have altered America’s role in the world.

Choose 1 war from the following list:

  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Korean Conflict
  • Vietnam Conflict
  • Cold War

Use the following outline to format your response:

Paragraph 1

  • Analyze 1 major consequence the conflict had on United States’ society.
  • How did this war affect American sensibilities, including the way Americans viewed the war and themselves?

Paragraph 2

  • Did the war change America’s role in the world? Explain your answer.
  • Was the outcome of the war beneficial or detrimental to the United States (or a combination of both)?

Theory of Communication and the communication

Define the basic elements of the theory of communication and the communication process, as well as the decision-making process

Outline the principles of oral and non-verbal communication and define their role in building successful business relationships

Recognize the importance of communication in organizations and document an understanding of the organization’s environment in order to assist with effective decision-making

Write business messages with various goals, such as routine, bad-news, and persuasive messages and plan and write a collaborative report

This assignment has 4 parts:
Based on a group project that you have been involved with (classroom, projects at work, projects at home, etc.), discuss the following:

  1. Describe the project.
  2. Discuss how your group was able to avoid conflict and criticism (or not).
  3. Describe how different personalities affected how the group worked together.
  4. If you could change anything about the group what would it have been and why?

STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCES

Select a united states publicly traded company to research and evaluate its Human Resource (HR) and business strategy, HR department job positions, and ways it markets its company regarding human capital.

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

  1. Propose how you would ensure the HR strategy is in alignment with the business strategy.
  2. Describe the HR job positions and the responsibilities listed for that HR department.
  3. Determine which HR job positions you would prefer and explain why.
  4. Analyze how the selected company can establish HRM strategies to improve competitive advantages.
  5. Propose three (3) ways that the company can increase diversity.
  6. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other 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.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Examine the role of human resource management (HRM) in organizations and how it supports the organization’s business strategy.
  • Evaluate human resource strategies and how these strategies align with business strategies.
  • Create a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
  • Formulate HRM strategies and policies to recruit, select, place, and retain the most efficient and effective workforce.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in strategic human resource development.
  • Write clearly and concisely about strategic human resource development using proper writing mechanics.

Employment Laws, Policies, and Processes

Imagine that you are the Director of the HR Department at your current organization or an organization with which you are familiar. You are responsible for delegating duties to your team for the selection, development, and management of both the new and current employees. You must ensure that your organization is diverse and follows all employment laws.

  1. Outline one (1) job interview process, and document the methods that you must use to select the right person for available positions. Determine two (2) employment laws that you must consider in the process in question, and examine the key ramifications of the organization’s lack of enforcement of said laws.
  2. Suppose your same organization decides on an unconventional workforce comprised primarily of independent contractors and temporary workers. Predict three (3) issues that you may encounter in building relationships with each type of worker. Next, examine two (2) laws that you must follow during the relationship building process, and specify the manner in which each law would help in the relationship building process.
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s HR policies and processes that are designed to promote a diverse workforce. Next, outline one (1) strategy for the organization that recognizes affirmative action. Include a plan to mitigate both the glass ceiling effect and reverse discrimination within your organization. Support your response with at least two (2) examples that illustrate the major benefits of the plan to the organization.
  4. Use at least three (3) quality 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.

Empowerment Approach to Human Services Management

Review the 12 principles presented by Hardina et al. in the section titled “Humans Service Organizations and Empowerment” in Ch. 4 of Management of Human Service Programs. Additional resources may be used.

Discuss the principles presented by Hardina et al. In your paper, discuss the principles that characterize an empowerment approach to social service management, and evaluate how these principles are applied to a human service organization in which you are familiar.

Specifically, address the following:

  • Explore what themes from classical management theories (bureaucracy, scientific management, universal management principles, etc.) are utilized with an empowerment approach.
  • Explain the ideological belief systems of a manager who espouses empowerment for the overall agency, staff members, and clientele.
  • Explain the differences between horizontal and top down organizational models.
  • Explain how the concepts of team building and collaboration are met through the use of contemporary management theories.
  • Discuss strategies for consistent evaluation of organizational efficacy that includes strategic feedback from clients, community constituency groups, and staff members within the agency.

Hardina et al. (2007) suggest that an “empowering approach” to social service management is characterized by the following basic principles:

  1. Empowerment-oriented organizations create formal structures to support the participation of clients in organizational decision-making …
  2. Empowerment-oriented organizations create partnerships with program beneficiaries in which all parties (clients, staff, and board members) are equal participants …
  3. The purpose of client involvement in service delivery is to decrease personal feelings of powerlessness and to improve the quality of, and access to, services …
  4. Empowerment-oriented organizations explicitly develop policies, programs, and procedures that can be used to bridge cultural, ethnic, gender, and other demographic barriers to effective service delivery …
  5. Empowerment-oriented organizations have top managers who are ideologically committed to the empowerment of both staff members and program beneficiaries …
  6. Empowerment-oriented organizations engage in specific strategies to increase the psychological empowerment and motivation of workers …
  7. Empowerment-oriented organizations promote the use of team building and collaboration among staff members …
  8. Empowerment-oriented organizations encourage staff to advocate for improvements in services and policies …
  9. Empowerment-oriented management approaches can only produce effective outcomes when a consistent funding base is available to maintain the organization …
  10. Empowerment-oriented organizations involve clients, community constituency groups, and staff members in ongoing evaluation of services and program renewal …
  11. Empowerment-oriented organizations act to increase their own political power as well as the political influence of program beneficiaries …

Benefits of Outsourcing Services

Many companies benefit from outsourcing services because it allows the company to lower costs, focus on its organizational culture, and increase the speed and quality of services. You have been asked to analyze how the outsourced service interacts with your company’s clients.

Read and select 1 of the following scenarios to complete the assignment:

  1. In 2009, the U.S. Stimulus Act changed the way health care providers use electronic health records (EHR). A local clinic was informed that to avoid penalties it would need to adopt a qualified EHR system. The clinic managers discussed two options: 1) adopting an in house EHR system and 2) outsourcing the EHRs. After weighing the pros and cons of each option, the company decided to outsource the EHRs.
  2. Recent research shows that many companies are starting to explore the idea of outsourcing for their human resources department. A large pharmaceutical company has begun discussing outsourcing their human resources department.
  3. Atwood Laboratories is a small company that completes lab work and bills its patients using two staff members. A larger laboratory in the neighborhood closed its doors recently, which has increased Atwood’s patients and billing. The company is considering outsourcing its patient billing to accommodate the influx of patients.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper that includes the following:

  • Identify the relationship of the outsourced service and the impact to the organizational structure.
  • Describe the benefit and alignment of outsourcing services on organizational culture.
  • Describe how a company can align the client experience with the outsourced service along with your organizational culture.

Format your paper according to APA guidelines.

Explain how viable employee relations’ practices have contributed to Wal-Mart’s success as an employer.

The secret to Wal-Mart’s success has long been attributed to its strong culture. Wal-Mart employees are referred to as “Walmartians” which is a sign of a unique culture shared by them. This culture is responsible for a company of this magnitude to be able to sustain its entrepreneurial spirit decade after decade.

In early days, Wal-Mart achieved remarkable growth rates and was the first trillion-dollar company in the world. With amazing success came criticism. Wal-Mart once held the record for being sued the maximum number of times. Its practices and culture were held responsible for killing small local retailers. It was also criticized for gender-based discrimination, it’s overtime policies, and using sweatshop products.

Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

  1. Explain how viable employee relations’ practices have contributed to Wal-Mart’s success as an employer.
  2. Speculate on the contribution that employee benefits have in relation to the success of Wal-Mart’s employment practices.
  3. Predict the major effects that the organizational culture and the use of performance criteria could have on the establishment of a union.
  4. Speculate on why you believe Wal-Mart has not been effectively unionized over the years. Provide a rationale for your response.
  5. Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.

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; 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 page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Summarize the differences between employee relations and labor relations.
  • Examine the relationship between management and unions.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in employee and labor relations.
  • Write clearly and concisely about employee and labor relations using proper writing mechanics

Training and Organizations

Defining the strategic approach to employee training and development allows organizations to align training and development to overall organizational success. Organizations may provide minimal training for job-specific skills or they may opt for a wide range of training and development opportunities to foster human talent development and ties to succession planning.

  • Research the purposes and approaches to strategic training and development decisions, and address the following:
  1. Define the strategic nature of employee training and development?
  2. What criteria might an organization use to determine a strategy regarding employee training and development?
  3. Explain the difference between a small family-owned business and a multinational company in their approach to strategic training and development for employees?
  4. Analyze the relationship between training and development, succession planning, and organizational success?
  5. Why is multicultural/diversity training important in organizations?
  6. What are some legal considerations (employment laws and labor laws) managers must consider in selecting staff for training and development opportunities?

Designing Training

Analyze the effectiveness of your organization’s training and development process. Prepare a PowerPoint presentation that addresses the following:

  • Explain the training needs analysis approach that your organization uses to define training needs.
  • Describe the process for capturing needs for individuals, groups, and the wider skills for the organization.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of at least 3 courses in this curriculum. For each course, address the following:
  • Are adult learning theories evident in the course design?
  • Does the course have clear and measurable training objectives and learning outcomes?
  • Is there alignment of the course objectives with organizational strategic goals and objectives?
  • Describe the training delivery methods. Are they varied and appropriate to the course topics?
  • Does the course incorporate varied learning styles in the design?
  • What level of evaluation is used to measure the effectiveness of the training?

Computing Factory Overhead Costs and Variance

The process of analyzing overall performance of a company often entails making comparisons between anticipated costs and actual costs for areas such as materials, labor, and factory overhead. To make such comparisons, managers use the principle of variance analysis to determine how well company operations are meeting expectations. Within a Human Resource budget, the costs per hire including funds on recruitment, training, evaluation and total rewards represent a significant portion of an organization’s expenses. These costs vary widely across industries.

In this Application, you will analyze two scenarios using the information presented in your Resources. You will apply your knowledge of variance analysis, flexible budgets, and overhead to draw conclusions about the following scenarios.

You will set up and use an Excel spreadsheet for all your calculations for the problems below, and the spreadsheet you develop should be what you turn in for the Application. Note: The Resources section includes tutorials for those who might need help in designing and using an Excel spreadsheet.

Part 1:

Yum Town Frozen Foods is an emerging company in the market of high-end TV dinners. Yum Town’s position takes on popular favorites such as steak and potatoes and macaroni and cheese have gained significant attention on cable food channels. However, as Yum Town’s level of activity has risen, the company has struggled to make sense of its manufacturing costs. Representatives have asked you to analyze the company’s factory overhead costs and labor hours. Yum Town accumulates the following data concerning a mixed cost by relating total factory overhead costs to direct labor hours.

As an HR Manager, human resource planning analyzes the data to make decisions on when to add additional employees in contrast to adding hours to current employees and this is impacted by changes both the fixed and variable costs. Hence HR planners are responsible for carefully exploring headcount and costs per employee and headcount relative to resources and overhead. For this reason, variance analysis is a valuable tool for human resource planning and forecasting.

Month DLH Factory Overhead
March 300 $2,400
April 400 $3,000
May 600 $3,600
June 790 $4,500
July 500 $3,200
August 800 $4,900

 

What is the flexible budget formula for factory overhead?

As a HR manager, how might you make use of this information in the decisions being made about employee headcount—including hiring and staffing choices.

Part 2:

Honey Bear Confections is a small company dedicated to making bear-shaped sweets with honey as a sugar substitute. You have just been promoted to a position as manager of the production department at Honey Bear Confections when your supervisor shows you the following report. She asks you to prepare an analysis to fix the problem she perceived with employee productivity and efficiency. After reviewing the following information and making the necessary calculations, what would you recommend?

Honey Bear Confections

Manufacturing Overhead Static Budget Report

For the Month Ended June 20XX

 

Budget Actual Variance (U of F)
Production in bags of candy 10,000 12,000 2,000F
Costs:
Indirect labor $26,000 $31,200 $5,200U
Supplies $25,000 $29,500 $4,500U
Utilities $19,000 $22,500 $3,500U
$70,000 $83,200 $13,200U

In preparing the report, consider the learning objectives for this unit.

Part 3:

In a 2-paragraph essay respond to the following:

Provide examples of how HR managers might make use of variance analysis. How might line managers explore variance analysis in viewing HR budgets and both direct and indirect labor expense?

Financial System

A basic requirement for an effective financial system is a monetary system that performs which of the following financial functions?

Question 1

  1. A basic requirement for an effective financial system is a monetary system that performs which of the following financial functions?

Answer

formation and transferring of money

storing gold and silver to back up money

creating jobs

transferring real assets

2 points

Question 2

____________________ in business involves making decisions relating to the efficient use of financial resources in the production and sale of goods and services.

Answer

Financial management

Financial economics

Investment management

Asset allocation

2 points

Question 3

An area of finance that refers to the physical locations or electronic forums that facilitate the flow of funds among investors, businesses, and governments is called:

Answer

financial management

investments

financial institutions

financial markets

2 points

Question 4

The financial environment:

Answer

encompasses the financial markets and global interactions that contribute to an efficiently operating economy.

encompasses the financial institutions and financial markets that contribute to an efficiently operating economy.

encompasses the financial system, financial institutions, financial markets, business firms, individuals, and global interactions that contribute to an efficiently operating economy.

none of the above.

2 points

Question 5

The theory of ___________________ implies that information is quickly embedded in prices making it difficult for investors to “beat the market.”

Answer

stock investing

efficient markets

portfolio management

asset allocation

2 points

Question 6

________________ involves making decisions relating to issuing and investing in stocks and bonds.

Answer

Financial economics

Financial management

Investment management

Asset allocation

2 points

Question 7

The primary goal of the financial manager of a profit-seeking organization is to:

Answer

maximize market share

maximize the owners’ wealth

increase sales and profit

have healthy cash flow

2 points

Question 8

An area of finance that involves the study of organizations or intermediaries that help the financial system operate efficiently and transfer funds from savers and investors to individuals, businesses, and governments that seek to spend or invest the funds in physical assets (inventories, buildings, and equipment) is called:

Answer

financial management

investments

financial institutions

financial markets

2 points

Question 9

____________________ provide the record-keeping mechanism for showing ownership of the financial instruments used in the flow of financial funds between savers and borrowers and record revenues, expenses, and profitability of organizations that produce and exchange goods and services.

Answer

Financial Managers

Accountants

Operations Managers

Statisticians

2 points

Question 10

Rational investors would consider an investment in a risky business venture only if they feel the expected return is high enough to justify the

Answer

greater risk.

higher cost.

longer useful life.

more complex designs.

2 points

Question 11

The U.S. bimetallic standard was based on:

Answer

gold and platinum

silver and gold

gold and copper

silver and copper

2 points

Question 12

The only paper money of significance in the economy today is:

Answer

silver certificates

demand deposits

greenbacks

Federal Reserve notes

2 points

Question 13

_____________ is a promise of future payment issued by a firm and guaranteed by a bank that is used to finance international trade with typical maturities ranging from one to six months.

Answer

A negotiable certificate of deposit (NCD)

A repurchase agreement

Commercial paper

A banker’s acceptance

2 points

Question 14

When it is a means of paying for goods and services and discharging debts, money is referred to as a:

Answer

store of purchasing power

medium of exchange

standard of value

liquid asset

2 points

Question 15

Inflation is:

Answer

an increase in the purchasing power of money

a decrease in the quality of goods and services

an increase in the prices of goods and services not offset by increases in the quality of those goods and services

a measure of the money supply

2 points

Question 16

The supply of a currency in international markets depends largely on the:

Answer

Federal Reserve System

imports of the issuing country

amount of exports that currency will buy from the issuing country

confidence of market participants in the restraint and ability of the monetary authority issuing the currency

2 points

Question 17

Paper money fully backed by a precious metal and issued by the government is called:

Answer

fiat money

representative full-bodied money

full-bodied money

credit money

2 points

Question 18

Deposit money is backed by:

Answer

Gold

Silver

creditworthiness of the issuer

creditworthiness of the depository institution

2 points

Question 19

Which of the following describes the basic function of money?

Answer

store of purchasing power

standard of value

medium of exchange

liquidity

2 points

Question 20

A ____________ is a short-term debt instrument issued by commercial banks in denominations of $100,000 or more with typical maturities ranging from one month to one year that have an active secondary market that allows short-term investors to easily match their cash or liquidity needs when they arise.

Answer

negotiable certificate of deposit (NCD)

A repurchase agreement

government bond

money market security

 

 

The Time Value of Money

The Time Value of Money

One of the most important topics presented in this course is the time value of money. Part of the time value of money calculation concerns the use of an interest rate, often referred to as a discount rate. This basic concept applies to all areas of financial planning.

Using the readings of this module and the Argosy University online library resources, respond to the following:

  • How does the current market rate of interest impact time value of money calculations?
  • How can this aspect alter your current spending, savings, and budgeting patterns?
  • How have you previously used the time value of money in your own personal financial planning and/or will plan to use it in the future?

Managerial Accounting

5-35 Comprehensive Cash Budget (CMA adapted) (LO 4) Grow Master Products,a rapidly growing distributor of home gardening equipment, is formulating its plans for the coming year. Carol Jones, the firm’s marketing director, has completed the following sales forecast.

Month Sales Month Sales

January $ 900,000 July $1,500,000

February $1,000,000 August $1,500,000

March $ 900,000 September $1,600,000

April $1,150,000 October $1,600,000

May $1,250,000 November $1,500,000

June $1,400,000 December $1,700,000

Phillip Smith, an accountant in the Planning and Budgeting Department, is responsible for preparing the cash flow projection. He has gathered the following information.

  • All sales are made on credit.
  • Grow Master’s excellent record in accounts receivable collection is expected to continue,with 60 percent of billings collected in the month after sale and the remaining 40 percent collected two months after the sale.
  • Cost of goods sold, Grow Master’s largest expense, is estimated to equal 40 percent of sales dollars. Seventy percent of inventory is purchased one month prior to sale and 30 percent during the month of sale. For example, in April, 30 percent of April cost of goods sold is purchased and 70 percent of May cost of goods sold is purchased.
  • All purchases are made on account. Historically, 75 percent of accounts payable have been paid during the month of purchase, and the remaining 25 percent in the month following purchase.
  • Hourly wages and fringe benefits, estimated at 30 percent of the current month’s sales, are paid in the month incurred.
  • General and administrative expenses are projected to be $1,550,000 for the year. A breakdown of the expenses follows. All expenditures are paid monthly throughout the year, with the exception of property taxes, which are paid in four equal installments at the end of each quarter.

Salaries and fringe benefits $ 324,000

Advertising 372,000

Property taxes 136,000

Insurance 192,000

Utilities 180,000

Depreciation 346,000

Total $1,550,000

  • Operating income for the first quarter of the coming year is projected to be $320,000. Grow Master is subject to a 40 percent tax rate. The company pays 100 percent of its estimated taxes in the month following the end of each quarter.
  • Grow Master maintains a minimum cash balance of $50,000. If the cash balance is less than $50,000 at the end of the month, the company borrows against its 12 percent line of credit in order to maintain the balance. All borrowings are made at the beginning of the month,and all repayments are made at the end of the month (in increments of $1,000). Accrued interest is paid in full with each principal repayment. The projected cash balance on April 1 is $50,000.
  • Required
  1. Prepare the cash receipts budget for the second quarter.
  2. Prepare the purchases budget for the second quarter.
  3. Prepare the cash payments budget for the second quarter.
  4. Prepare the cash budget for the second quarter.

6-30 Comprehensive flexible budgets and variance analysis (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6, 7, 8) Lexi Belcher picked up the monthly report that Irvin Santamaria left on her desk.

She smiled as her eyes went straight to the bottom line of the report and saw the favorable variance for operating income, confirming her decision to push the workers to get those last250 cases off the production line before the end of the month.

But as she glanced over the rest of numbers, Lexi couldn’t help but wonder if there were errors in some of the line items. She was puzzled how most of the operating expenses could be higher than the budget since she had worked hard to manage the production line to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Yet the report, shown below, showed a different story.

Actual Budget Variance

Cases produced and sold 10,250 10,000 250 F

Sales revenue $1,947,500 $1,870,000 $77,500 F

Less variable expenses

Direct material 561,000 550,000 11,000 U

Direct labor 267,650 260,000 7,650 U

Variable manufacturing overhead 285,012 280,000 5,012 U

Variable selling expenses 93,130 90,000 3,130 U

Variable administrative expenses 41,740 40,000 1,740 U

Total variable expenses 1,248,532 1,220,000 28,532 U

Contribution margin 698,968 650,000 48,968 F

Less fixed expenses

Fixed manufacturing overhead 111,000 110,000 1,000 U

Fixed selling expenses 69,500 70,000 (500 F)

Fixed administrative expenses 129,800 130,000 (200 F)

Total fixed expenses 310,300 310,000 300 U

Operating income $ 388,668 $ 340,000 $48,668 F

Lexi picked up the phone and called Irvin. “Irvin, I don’t get it. We beat the budgeted operating income for the month, but look at all the unfavorable variances on the operating costs. Can you

help me understand what’s going on?” “Let me look into it and I’ll get back to you,” Irvin replied.

Irvin gathered the following additional information about the month’s performance.

  • Direct materials purchased: 102,000 pounds at a total of $561,000
  • Direct materials used: 102,000 pounds
  • Direct labor hours worked: 26,500 at a total cost of $267,650
  • Machine hours used: 40,950

Irvin also found the standard cost card for a case of product.

Standard Price Standard Quantity Standard Cost

Direct materials $5.50 per pound 10 pounds $ 55

Direct labor $10.00 per DLH 2.6 DLH 26

Variable overhead $7.00 per MH 4 MH 28

Fixed overhead $2.75 per MH 4 MH 11

Total standard cost per case $120

Required

  1. Calculate the direct materials price variance for the month.
  2. Calculate the direct materials quantity variance for the month.
  3. Calculate the direct labor rate variance for the month.
  4. Calculate the direct labor efficiency variance for the month.
  5. Calculate the variable overhead spending variance for the month.
  6. Calculate the variable overhead efficiency variance for the month.
  7. Calculate the fixed overhead spending variance for the month.
  8. Prepare a performance report that will assist Lexi in evaluating her efforts to control production costs.
  1. Based on your review of the performance report you prepared, do you think Lexi did a good job of controlling production expenses during the month? Why or why not?

Preparing an Income Statement, Retained Earnings Statement, and Balance Sheet

Purpose of Assignment 

The purpose of this assignment is to help students become familiar with the presentation of the income statement and the retained earnings statement, including how parts of the financial statement is evaluated to determine the operational success of the business. 

Assignment Steps 

Resources: Financial Accounting: Tools for Business Decision Making, p. 36

Scenario: On June 1, 2017, Elite Service Co. was started with an initial investment in the company of $22,100 cash. Below are the assets, liabilities, and common stock of the company June 30, 2017, and the revenues and expenses for the month of June, its first month of operations: 

Cash

$ 4,600

Notes payable

$12,000

Accounts receivable

4,000

Accounts payable

500

Service revenue

7,500

Supplies expense

1,000

Supplies

2,400

Maintenance and repairs expense

600

Advertising expense

400

Utilities expense

300

Equipment

26,000

Salaries and wages expense

1,400

Common stock

22,100

In June, the company issues no additional stock but paid dividends of $1,400.

Prepare an income statement, retained earnings statement, and balance sheet analyzing your findings using the questions below, in a total of 1,050 words:

  • Briefly address whether the company’s first month of operations was a success.
  • Discuss the company’s decision to distribute a dividend.

Use the Excel® spreadsheet to show your work and submit it with your analysis.

 

chemistry questions

please answer the four questions below.

  1. An element has the following natural abundances and isotopic masses: 90.92% abundance with 19.99 amu, 0.26% abundance with 20.99 amu, and 8.82% abundance with 21.99 amu. Calculate the average atomic mass of this element.
  2.  Determine the empirical formulas for the following compounds:

(a) acetic acid, C2H4O2

(b) citric acid, C6H8O7

(c) hydrazine, N2H4

(d) nicotine, C10H14N2

(e) butane, C4H10

  1. Write a symbol for each of the following neutral isotopes. Include the atomic number and mass number for each.

(a) the chalcogen with a mass number of 125

(b) the halogen whose longest-lived isotope is radioactive

(c) the noble gas, used in lighting, with 10 electrons and 10 neutrons

(d) the lightest alkali metal with three neutrons

  1. For each of the following pairs of ions, write the symbol for the formula of the compound they will form:

(a) K+, O2-

(b)NH4+, PO43−

(c) Al3+, O2−

(d) Na+, CO3 2−

(e) Ba2+, PO4 3−

Ecosystem

Select an example of a global biome and an example of an ecosystem found in that global biome (grassland, forest, desert). What kind of animals and plants would you expect to make up that ecosystem? Provide one symbiotic relationship example within your selected ecosystem (such as mutualism, commensalism, and predator prey).

 

There are different types of relationships:

  1. Mutualism – Individuals of both species benefit (i.e., ox-pecker, a type of bird, eating parasites from rhinoceros)
  2. Parasitism – Individuals of one species feed from individuals of the other species, causing them harm without necessarily killing them (e.g., tape worm, ticks, bot flies). This also is sometimes grouped with predation because both are consumption.
  3. Predation – Individuals of one species kill and consume individuals of the other species.
  4. Commensalism – Individuals of one species benefit, but the other is not hurt or harmed (e.g., a bird nest in a tree doesn’t hurt the tree, a scavenger that eats the left overs that have been abandoned by a predator).
  5. Competition – Individuals of both species use either the same food, water, or shelter type, so they are competing with each other like a sports game.  

Treatment of Drinking Water

Read the topic material “Drinking Water Treatment.” The reading explains a typical water treatment process for tap water.

  1. With this knowledge please obtain a water quality report from your local municipality within the last two years.
  2. Post a short description of what you found.
  3. What are your thoughts about your tap water after reading the report you obtained?
  4. If you were in charge of your local municipality, and the report indicated organic impurities within the water supply, what technique (s) for water management (water pollution control, remediation, or water legislation) would you employ to address this problem?

Biology Assignment

1) How do plants move water, sugar and minerals (leaves to roots and roots to leaves)?

2) Why does fruit contain so much water?

3 )  on separate page

The socio economic impact of producing energy from dry ice on existing energy producing entities ie: gas, oil, coal and electric companies

Copy questions

Please also include these key words Biology: Xylem, Phloem, stroma, Roots- Endodermis

Key Words Chemistry: Osmosis, Cohesive forces. Adhesives forces, water potential, pressure gradients. Active transport etc

Biology

Use the Internet and / or the Strayer Learning Resource Center to research aspects of biology.

Select an article from a magazine or newspaper that has something in it that pertains to biology. This will serve as the “target article” for this assignment. For instance, you can select an article about medicine, invasive species, nature, conservation, genetic technology, ecology, or any other topic that is related to biology. One purpose of this assignment is to help you become aware of how biology is related to your everyday life.

Write a one to three (1-3) page paper in which you:

  1. Summarize the article in one (1) or more paragraphs, using your own words. Be sure to identify the article using an in-text citation in the body of the paper, as well as a reference in the reference section.
  2. Explain how the article relates to this course. Identify which biological concepts from the course and / or text are relevant to the topic covered in the article. Citing the course text, discuss the ways in which this course does (or doesn’t) provide background information to help you understand the article and the larger issues surrounding it.
  3. Explain why the article caught your attention. Relate the article to your life and to issues that are important to you. Discuss how or if the scientific knowledge about the topic covered in the article affects you directly or indirectly.
  4. Discuss your opinion on how research on this topic should be funded. State whether you think taxpayer monies should support research on this topic or whether such research in this area should be funded by the private sector. Rate the importance of research on this topic, relative to other areas of research.

In addition to the target article, you should use at least one additional resource, such as your textbook or another article. You must have a reference section which contains an APA reference to your chosen article and all other sources. Additionally, you must provide in-text citations (in APA format) to your references in the body of the text. Integrate all sources into your paper using proper techniques of quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing, along with your in-text citations.

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:

  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in biology.
  • Write clearly and concisely about biology using proper writing mechanics.

Examine a system of ethics or moral code

Examine a system of ethics or a moral code that you are quite familiar with (e.g., your religion’s code of ethics, your family’s code of ethics, or your desired profession’s code of ethics).

Describe the extent to which any or all of the five basic principles described in this chapter are found in that system or code.

What other principles are found there?

Is the addition of these principles an improvement over humanitarian ethics? Explain.

Write this paper as if you were writing in your own journal. It is a reflection on how you live your life now. Write in a scholarly voice using the textbook as your guide. In-paragraph citations and references are required.

Create your journal entry by answering the questions in a scholarly manner using the textbook and/or outside resources.