Arden University Date for Submission: 9th November 2017 (The submission portal will close at 14:00 GMT) After completing the module, you should be able to:

Arden University Date for Submission: 9th November 2017 (The submission portal will close at 14:00 GMT) After completing the module, you should be able to: LO1: Be able to use a variety of sources for the collection of data, both primary and secondary LO2: Understand a range of techniques to analyse data effectively for business purposes LO3: Be able to produce information in appropriate formats for decision-making in an organizational context LO4: Be able to use software-generated information to make decisions in an organization (CUSTOMIZED) CASE STUDY cd In order to make this assignment (and thus the module) more interesting for each individual student, rather than issue the same fixed case study for the whole group (as is traditional), I have decided to let You will thus each use your own case study. Your first job is to visit one of the sources listed in the embedded document below – just double click it – and browse through the various sites. Pick a data set that really grabs your attention. (If you have problems opening this embedded document, email the tutor) Be sure to read the description of the data set first and click on the link so that you can see what the data looks like ahead of downloading it. If you want to use this data set, go ahead and download the data set (make sure you download the CSV or Excel format). Then save it to your computer ready to process using Excel. By doing this, you will get used to looking at and handling real-world, large-scale data sets from a domain that interests you. So, if you are a teacher, you can use an educational data set or if you are into cars maybe something to do with transport etc. It just makes the whole assignment more realistic and enjoyable. It also exposes you to a set of free resources that you can use on later projects if needed. Before committing yourself to a particular data set, read all the assignment tasks below and make sure that your chosen data set can support the tasks requested. For example, if the data set does not contain any numerical data you won’t be able to do all the descriptive statistics – . You MUST email the tutor your chosen data set – certainly within of the module commencing – for approval . · Be sure to embed your Excel spreadsheet containing your chosen data set in your assignment submission. · Provide the full web address of where to locate this data set – so I can check it if needed. · Give a brief explanation of what the data set represents (you can use the description on their website). Using your chosen data set, produce an Excel spreadsheet of ( to show the following. For each, explain how they can be used to draw valuable inferences for the chosen case study: (a) The for any two numerical columns of your choosing (b) The for the same two columns (c) The for these same columns (d) Draw a for each of these same columns (e) The between these two same columns Be sure to include clear, well-annotated screenshots of all your Excel work in your main Word document as well as Comment briefly on how these statistics relate to each other and what, if any, meaning you may infer from them. You are welcome to submit Task 1 (only Task 1) to the tutor when completed – for general feedback. This is an optional task – but it will give you an early opportunity to check that you are on the right lines. Try and submit this work as early as you can but certainly within . Send it to: Once you have computed all the above statistics, prepare a entitled: This will contain (fully labelled) graphical representations and trend lines, – presented as a series of bullet points, charts and graphs. As part of your presentation, be sure to comment on issues such as sample size, reliability and any potential bias in the sample. Introduce the data set and what it means. Make the presentation informative, logically-sequenced and visually appealing. Use a nice, eye-catching design and an interesting ‘transition’ between slides. Having computed and presented the statistics on your existing chosen data set, it is now time to produce a that builds on your downloaded open data by addressing the following tasks : (a) Create a plan of how to design and collect a robust sample of data that can be added to your existing open data set. (b) Produce a detailed explanation of any possible of data which would be useful to use alongside this existing open data. Supply websites used. (c) Present a firm justification of the and , including strategies for reducing any (d) Design (as an appendix) a that could be used in the acquisition of this new additional data. Be sure to utilize the full range of question-styles from the module. (a) Using suitable data from ( ) fill in the following table… An table – do NOT use these figures – use your own based on … 600,000 400,000 150,000 100,000 50,000 50,000 0 70,000 100,000 150,000 200,000 250,000 Assuming a of as a for any new project and a (WACC) of create an analysis of and (use the WACC as the discount rate) (b) Create an analysis of the (c) Draw conclusions and make a decision based on the financial criteria Hard cash is not the only potential obstacle when considering whether or not to embark on a new project. Any investors will need convincing that the project is feasible within a reasonable time-frame. This is where , and comes into play. A ? ? ? B ? ? ? C ? ? ? D ? ? ? E ? ? ? F ? ? ? G ? ? ? An table – do NOT use this data – use your own based on … A Market research   & analysis of required resources None 60 days B Hiring of new   staff/retaining existing staff A 90 days C Acquisition of   new vehicles A 30 days D Kitting out   vehicles in new company livery A, C 21 days E Staff induction   and H & S training A, B 14 days F Extending and   opening new on-site spa facilities A, B, E 180 days G Promoting new   services A, B, C, D, E, F 30 days (d) Using your table, prepare a including a clearly highlighted for series of project stages. Place this work in an appendix. Explain if the project can be delivered on time if the acceptable time frame is 12 months or less. To gain Merit and Distinction grades it is important to demonstrate that you fully understand the underlying concepts and theoretical ideas – so you should not only write down the figures but then explain the supporting concepts and interpret what these calculations actually mean – in a sense. Also, remember to fully abide by the Harvard referencing notation – see the Study Skills section on ilearn. Make presentations polished and professional. Cover issues such as bias when discussing samples and surveys. In short, do the ‘nuts and bolts’ calculations, explain the underlying concepts, justify the of those figures and generally give a deeper, more rounded answer. 1. You should write this assignment using standard Microsoft Office software – to ensure that the tutor can easily open and thus mark your work. . Therefore, use for any spreadsheet work, for any presentation work and for the main assignment document. You should submit a containing ALL your assignment work – so embed the spreadsheet and presentation files as well as including appropriate (annotated) screenshots as part of your narrative. If unsure, email your tutor. Structure your assignment in the same way as outlined here and clearly label all tasks. 2. You must ensure that the submitted assignment is all your own work and that all sources used are correctly attributed. Penalties apply to assignments which show evidence of academic unfair practice. (See the Student Handbook which is in the Induction Area). also refer to the ‘Guide to Unfair Practice in Assessment’ on the module page on ilearn. 3. You underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriate and wide ranging academic research and ensure this is referenced using the Arden University (AU) Harvard system. The My Study Skills Area contains the following useful resources: Guide to Harvard Referencing Guide to Harvard Citation 4. You should use diagrams and tables of figures where appropriate ensuring to reference their source using the AU Harvard Referencing method. 5. You are required to write your assignment within in order for your research and summarising skills to be developed, and for effective time management. You are required to ensure that the assignment addresses all of the assessment tasks. In the interests of good academic practice, You will be given a maximum of to edit the work to reduce the word count to the permitted maximum. The word count excludes the Where assessment questions have been reprinted from the assessment brief these will also be excluded from the word count. 6. Your assignment should be submitted as a . For more information see the “Guide to Submitting an Assignment” document available on the module page on iLearn. Davies, J., 2010. [online]. UK: Pearson Higher Education. Access to this E-Book is provided via the Vitalsource Bookshelf software – contact the Student Support Team for access code BPP Learning Media. 2013. . London: BPP Learning Media. Curwen, J. and Slater, R., 2007. . 6th Edition. London: Cengage Learning EMEA. Wisniewski, M. 2009. . 5th Edition. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd. General Business… Statistics… Accounting… Project Planning… Using Excel & PowerPoint… To achieve a pass, you must meet all of the assessment criteria as   stated below. Failure to cover all of the assessment criteria will result in   a referral grade and you will be required to   re-submit your assignment. Further guidance on completion of your assignment can be found in the guidance notes which are posted on the   group learning space by your module   tutor. For additional support post questions onto the group learning   space, or email 1.1 Create a plan for the collection of primary   and secondary data for a given business problem. 3a, 3b 1.2 Present the survey methodology and sampling   frame used. 3c 1.3 Design a   questionnaire for a given business problem 3d 2.1 Create   information for decision-making by summarizing data using representative   values. 1a, 1b, 1c, 2 2.2 Analyse the   results to draw valid conclusions in a business context. 2, 3 2.3 Analyse data using measures of dispersion to inform a given   business scenario. 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d 2.4 Explain how   quartiles, percentiles and the correlation coefficient are used to draw   useful conclusions in a business context. 1d, 1e, 2 3.1 Produce   graphs using spreadsheet and draw valid conclusions based on the information   derived. 1a, 1b, 1c, 2 3.2 Create trend lines in spreadsheet graphs to assist in forecasting   for specified business information. 1e 3.3 Prepare a business presentation using suitable software and techniques to disseminate information effectively 2 3.4 Produce a   formal business report. 3 4.1 Use   appropriate information-processing tools. 1, 3 4.2 Prepare a   project plan for an activity and determine the critical path 4 4.3 Use   financial tools for decision-making 1, 3 To achieve a Merit all of the Pass criteria need to be met, then the   tutor will assess whether you have met the Merit Criteria. Each of the Merit   criteria must have been met at least once within the assignment. The following statements are examples of how a merit may be achieved,   if you do meet the Merit Criteria by showing you have reached this level   in other ways then credit will be awarded for this. You will need to meet M1,   M2, M3 at least once. The student shows a critical appreciation   of the theoretical aspects covered in the module. This is particularly   evidenced with reference to Task 1 by interpreting the descriptive statistics and Task 2 by justifying   strategies and identifying possible bias. 1a-1e, 2 The student shows high quality use of the   formal presentation of their work as either a   presentation or as a report. 2 The student shows a high level of   analytical skill, using statistics and other tools to justify a business case and make solid recommendations, particularly in tasks 2 and 3. Harvard referencing is used correctly – as laid out   in the RDI referencing guidelines. Students have   completed work fully and on time. 2, 3 To achieve a Distinction, you   have met all of the Pass and the Merit criteria.   Each of the Distinction criteria must be met at least once within the   assignment. The following statements are   examples of how a Distinction may be achieved,   if you do meet the Distinction Criteria by showing you have reached this   level in other ways then credit will be awarded for this. You will   need to meet D1,D2,D3 at least once. The student shows a mastery of theoretical   aspects covered in the module by using tools and data to justify a strong business case. The use of   statistics is well contextualized and the presentation, discussion and analysis of information is contextualized in terms of the   business case. Harvard referencing is used correctly – as laid out   in the RDI referencing guidelines. Students have   completed work fully and on time. 1, 3, 4 The student   shows exceptional use of the formal presentation of their work as either a presentation or as a report. Students have   completed work fully and on time. 2, 3 The student   shows an exceptional level of analytical skill, using statistics and other tools to justify a business case   and make solid recommendations, particularly in   tasks 1, 2 and 3. 1a-1e, 2, 3, 4

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