A marketing campaign would not be successful without gathering sufficient data. Surveys and questionnaires are a great and inexpensive method for retrieving data.

A marketing campaign would not be successful without gathering sufficient data. Surveys and questionnaires are a great and inexpensive method for retrieving data. During this week’s assignment, please identify the ultimate goal of your survey by focusing on the questions below:

What would you like to know about the stakeholders of the organization?
What information can help the hospital stay competitive?
These questions will assist you during the creation of your survey or questionnaire.

RUBRICS:

Questionnaire concisely communicates the internal and external opinions of stakeholders.

31 (31.00%) – 40 (40.00%)

Content meets objective with very minimal or no issues.

Contains a blank copy of the survey with a minimum of ten questions.

26 (26.00%) – 30 (30.00%)

Content meets objective with very minimal or no issues.

Criteria being assessed are clear and appropriate for the healthcare setting.

26 (26.00%) – 30 (30.00%)

Content meets objective with very minimal or no issues.

Make sure your Professor has approved all of the draft components of your project before submitting. These include your Sources 1-6 from assignments in the second half of this course along with all in-text and Reference page formatting exercises.

Please read carefully and follow completely these instructions to ensure a successful final submission of your project. Submissions here are FINAL and cannot be overwritten or replaced.

Make sure your Professor has approved all of the draft components of your project before submitting. These include your Sources 1-6 from assignments in the second half of this course along with all in-text and Reference page formatting exercises.
Download the attached Word document templates and save them to a portable drive, your personal computer, or your ASA document folder associated with your student account.
When your documents are complete and finalized, attach and submit all six Word documents in this assignment in Blackboard as your final Semester Project submission (see “Attach Files / “Browse My Computer” tab under “ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION” below to access and attach the complete documents).
DO NOT EMAIL FINAL DOCUMENTS TO YOUR PROFESSOR.
There is no need to include any additional text in this submission.
You will have ONE ATTEMPT at your final submission ONLY, so please take care to have everything finalized and in place prior to submission.

Assume that you are a CEO of a medium-sized company that needs a significant influx of cash for several expansion projects. As the CEO, you must determine whether your company should remain private or go public.

Assignment 1: Impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)

Assume that you are a CEO of a medium-sized company that needs a significant influx of cash for several expansion projects. As the CEO, you must determine whether your company should remain private or go public. Some companies postpone going public due to the unpredictability of economic and market conditions. Consider the ramifications of both alternatives. Construct an argument for and against going public. Before providing your response, review the guidelines and regulations associated with going public by visiting Small Business and the SEC located at http://www.sec.gov/info/smallbus/qasbsec.htm.

Use the Internet to research SOX law, located at http://www.sarbanes-oxley-101.com/sarbanes-oxley-compliance.htm.

Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:

1. Outline three (3) ways in which your medium-sized private company may benefit from going public, providing a rationale for each.

2. Create an argument that the same goals may be achieved if the company remains a privately held entity. Provide support for your argument.

3. When a company decides to go public, it can typically obtain capital by issuing stocks or bonds. Suggest four (4) leading financial ratios that will be evaluated and how each will impact the company’s decision to obtain expansion funds. Determine whether the results of the ratios would alter the decision to go public.

4. By researching the results of SOX compliance surveys, assess the financial impact that SOX might have on your company if it decides to go public. Considering the impact of SOX compliance, take a position as to whether your company can overcome the challenges posed by SOX compliance if the decision is to go public. Based on your research, support your decision by identifying the potential advantages and disadvantages that SOX may have on your company. Provide specific examples.

5. Make a recommendation as the CEO regarding the alternative (i.e., going public or staying private) that will best support the company’s expansion goals. Support your position.

6. Use at least four (4) 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:

· Analyze financial reports, prepare analysis, and draw conclusions based on the financial analysis.

· Calculate and interpret various financial and operating ratios used in business.

· Use technology and information resources to research issues in accounting management.

· Write clearly and concisely about accounting management using proper writing mechanics.

Assignment 1: Impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)

Assignment 1: Impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)

Assume that you are a CEO of a medium-sized company that needs a significant influx of cash for several expansion projects. As the CEO, you must determine whether your company should remain private or go public. Some companies postpone going public due to the unpredictability of economic and market conditions. Consider the ramifications of both alternatives. Construct an argument for and against going public. Before providing your response, review the guidelines and regulations associated with going public by visiting Small Business and the SEC located at http://www.sec.gov/info/smallbus/qasbsec.htm.

Use the Internet to research SOX law, located at http://www.sarbanes-oxley-101.com/sarbanes-oxley-compliance.htm.

Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:

1. Outline three (3) ways in which your medium-sized private company may benefit from going public, providing a rationale for each.

2. Create an argument that the same goals may be achieved if the company remains a privately held entity. Provide support for your argument.

3. When a company decides to go public, it can typically obtain capital by issuing stocks or bonds. Suggest four (4) leading financial ratios that will be evaluated and how each will impact the company’s decision to obtain expansion funds. Determine whether the results of the ratios would alter the decision to go public.

4. By researching the results of SOX compliance surveys, assess the financial impact that SOX might have on your company if it decides to go public. Considering the impact of SOX compliance, take a position as to whether your company can overcome the challenges posed by SOX compliance if the decision is to go public. Based on your research, support your decision by identifying the potential advantages and disadvantages that SOX may have on your company. Provide specific examples.

5. Make a recommendation as the CEO regarding the alternative (i.e., going public or staying private) that will best support the company’s expansion goals. Support your position.

6. Use at least four (4) 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:

· Analyze financial reports, prepare analysis, and draw conclusions based on the financial analysis.

· Calculate and interpret various financial and operating ratios used in business.

· Use technology and information resources to research issues in accounting management.

· Write clearly and concisely about accounting management using proper writing mechanics.

Share a current event article with the class that relates to the concepts covered in this week’s reading about Diversity in multicultural teams advantages and disadvantages. Write a brief summary, and explain why you felt the article was relevant.

Share a current event article with the class that relates to the concepts covered in this week’s reading about Diversity in multicultural teams advantages and disadvantages. Write a brief summary, and explain why you felt the article was relevant.

Option 1: Manufacturing Database

Title

ABC/123 Version X

1

Week 6 Options

QNT/561 Version 9

1

University of Phoenix Material

Option 1: Manufacturing Database
This database contains six variables taken from 20 industries and 140 subindustries in the United States. Some of the industries are food products, textile mill products, furniture, chemicals, rubber products, primary metals, industrial machinery, and transportation equipment. The six variables are Number of Employees, Number of Production Workers, Value Added by Manufacture, Cost of Materials, End-of-Year Inventories, and Industry Group. Two variables, Number of Employees and Number of Production Workers, are in units of 1000. Three variables, Value Added by Manufacture, Cost of Materials, and End-of-Year Inventories, are in million-dollar units. The Industry Group variable consists of numbers from 1 to 20 to denote the industry group to which the particular subindustry belongs.

Option 2: Hospital Database
This database contains observations for six variables on U.S. hospitals. These variables include Geographic Region, Control, Service, Census, Number of Births, and Personnel.

The region variable is coded from 1 to 7, and the numbers represent the following regions:

1 = South

2 = Northeast

3 = Midwest

4 = Southwest

5 = Rocky Mountain

6 = California

7 = Northwest

Control is a type of ownership. Four categories of control are included in the database:

1 = government, nonfederal

2 = nongovernment, not-for-profit

3 = for-profit

4 = federal government

Service is the type of hospital. The two types of hospitals used in this database are:

1 = general medical

2 = psychiatric

Option 3: Consumer Food
The consumer food database contains five variables: Annual Food Spending per Household, Annual Household Income, Non-Mortgage Household Debt, Geographic Region of the U.S. of the Household, and Household Location. There are 200 entries for each variable in this database representing 200 different households from various regions and locations in the United States. Annual Food Spending per Household, Annual Household Income, and Non-Mortgage Household Debt are all given in dollars. The variable Region tells in which one of four regions the household resides. In this variable, the Northeast is coded as 1, the Midwest is coded 2, the South is coded as 3, and the West is coded as 4. The variable Location is coded as 1 if the household is in a metropolitan area and 2 if the household is outside a metro area. The data in this database were randomly derived and developed based on actual national norms.

Option 4: Financial Database
The financial database contains observations on seven variables for 100 companies. The variables are Type of Industry, Total Revenues ($ millions), Total Assets ($ millions), Return on Equity (%), Earnings per Share ($), Dividends per Share ($), and Average Price per Earnings (P/E) ratio. The companies represent seven different types of industries. The variable Type displays a company’s industry type as:

1 = apparel

2 = chemical

3 = electric power

4 = grocery

5 = healthcare products

6 = insurance

7 = petroleum

Copyright © XXXX by University of Phoenix. All rights reserved.

Copyright © 2017 by University of Phoenix. All rights reserved.

The purpose of this assignment is for students to synthesize the concepts learned throughout the course. This assignment will provide students an opportunity to build critical thinking skills, develop businesses and organizations, and solve problems requiring data by compiling all pertinent information into one report.

Assignment Content

Purpose of Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is for students to synthesize the concepts learned throughout the course. This assignment will provide students an opportunity to build critical thinking skills, develop businesses and organizations, and solve problems requiring data by compiling all pertinent information into one report.

Resources: Microsoft Excel®, Signature Assignment Databases, Signature Assignment Options, Part 3: Inferential Statistics

Scenario: Upon successful completion of the MBA program, imagine you work in the analytics department for a consulting company. Your assignment is to analyze one of the following databases:

· Manufacturing

· Hospital

· Consumer Food

· Financial

Select one of the databases based on the information in the Signature Assignment Options.

Provide a 1,650-word detailed, four-part, statistical report with the following sections:

· Part 1 – Preliminary Analysis

· Part 2 – Examination of Descriptive Statistics

· Part 3 – Examination of Inferential Statistics

· Part 4 – Conclusion/Recommendations

Part 1 – Preliminary Analysis

Generally, as a statistics consultant, you will be given a problem and data. At times, you may have to gather additional data. For this assignment, assume all the data is already gathered for you.

State the objective:

· What are the questions you are trying to address?

Describe the population in the study clearly and in sufficient detail:

· What is the sample?

Discuss the types of data and variables:

· Are the data quantitative or qualitative?

· What are levels of measurement for the data?

Part 2 – Descriptive Statistics

Examine the given data.

Present the descriptive statistics (mean, median, mode, range, standard deviation, variance, CV, and five-number summary).

Identify any outliers in the data.

Present any graphs or charts you think are appropriate for the data.

Note: Ideally, we want to assess the conditions of normality too. However, for the purpose of this exercise, assume data is drawn from normal populations.

Part 3 – Inferential Statistics

Use the Part 3: Inferential Statistics document.

· Create (formulate) hypotheses

· Run formal hypothesis tests

· Make decisions. Your decisions should be stated in non-technical terms.

Hint: A final conclusion saying “reject the null hypothesis” by itself without explanation is basically worthless to those who hired you. Similarly, stating the conclusion is false or rejected is not sufficient.

Part 4 – Conclusion and Recommendations

Include the following:

· What are your conclusions?

· What do you infer from the statistical analysis?

· State the interpretations in non-technical terms. What information might lead to a different conclusion?

· Are there any variables missing?

· What additional information would be valuable to help draw a more certain conclusion?

Based one the board game, Carcassonne, write a analysis following the directions below.

Based one the board game, Carcassonne, write a analysis following the directions below.
1. 3 paragraphs long
2.12 pt Arial Font
3.Double Spaced
4.Grammar will be graded
5.Identify what you believe is the core dynamic
6.Identify at least 3 dynamics of the game
7.Identify at least 3 mechanics of the game
8.Write a “core” statement for the game based upon your experience
9.one and half hour due.

UNIT 3 Data and Knowledge Management

UNIT 3

Data and Knowledge Management

Defining Big Data

Big Data Generally Consist of: – Traditional enterprise data –Machine-generated/sensor data – Social Data – Images captured by billions of devices

located around the world

Characteristics of Big Data

• Volume

• Velocity

• Variety

The Database Approach

Database management system (DBMS) minimize the following problems:

–Data redundancy

–Data isolation

–Data inconsistency

Data Hierarchy Bit

Byte

Field

Record

File (or table)

Database

Designing the Database

Data model

Entity

Attribute

Primary key

Secondary keys

Entity-Relationship Modeling

• Database designers plan the database design in a process called entity- relationship (ER) modeling.

• ER diagrams consists of entities, attributes and relationships. – Entity classes – Instance – Identifiers

Database Management Systems

Database management system (DBMS)

Relational database model

Structured Query Language (SQL)

Query by Example (QBE)

Normalization • Normalization is a method for analyzing

and reducing a relational database to its most streamlined form for: –Minimum redundancy –Maximum data integrity – Best processing performance

• Normalized data is when attributes in the table depend only on the primary key.

Data Warehousing

Data warehouses and Data Marts Organized by business dimension or

subject. Multidimensional. Historical. Use online analytical processing.

Benefits of Data Warehousing

•End users can access data quickly and easily via Web browsers because they are located in one place. •End users can conduct extensive analysis with data in ways that may not have been possible before. •End users have a consolidated view of organizational data.

Data Marts

• A data mart is a small data warehouse, designed for the end-user needs in a strategic business unit (SBU) or a department.

Knowledge Management

• Knowledge management (KM)

• Knowledge

• Intellectual capital (or intellectual assets)

Knowledge Management System Cycle

•Create knowledge •Capture knowledge •Refine knowledge •Store knowledge •Manage knowledge •Disseminate knowledge

Requirements: You are required to use Google Docs Form application, ask pertinent questions for your selected topic, and obtain at least 20 survey responses.

Info Tool I (Google Forms)
Background: Your company is looking for a market area for a new product/location. Your assignment is to develop, disseminate, and collect data for a survey on a topic of your choice (related to a new market area for a new product/location). Think of it as a real life scenario, and assess your data to determine what the data tells you about your company’s new product/location.

Requirements: You are required to use Google Docs Form application, ask pertinent questions for your selected topic, and obtain at least 20 survey responses.

Also, you will prepare a professional looking, written report that discusses:

The goals of your survey
Detailed analysis of your survey responses
How this information can be useful for your company (based on your responses, reason 1, reason 2, reason n why X new product/location would be/or not a good idea).
When submitting your paper, you are also required to include the actual responses from the Form’s generator (graphic/spreadsheet). You can include that at the end of your report (but not instead of it), or you can attach it as a separate document.

There is no specific number of pages for this assignment. It has to have enough pages to prove your point and to cover all the requirements.

You will post both the copy of your report and the responses from the Form’s generator on Blackboard, under “Info Tool I (Google Forms)” link.

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