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This assignment is to be submitted in accordance with assessment policy stated in the Subject Outline and Student Handbook.

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Instructions:
1. This assignment is to be submitted in accordance with assessment policy stated in the
Subject Outline and Student Handbook.
2. It is the responsibility of the student who is submitting the work, to ensure that the
work is in fact her/his own work. Incorporating another’s work or ideas into one’s own
work without appropriate acknowledgement is an academic offence. Students can
submit all assignments for plagiarism checking (self-check) on Blackboard before final
submission in the subject. For further details, please refer to the Subject Outline and
Student Handbook.
3. Maximum marks available: 20 marks.
4. Due date of submission: Week 11
5. Assignment should be of 3,000 words. Please use “word count” and include in report.
Important Note: Please submit Assignment through SafeAssign
Assignment theme:
Evaluate accounting quality, for a company of your choice, by assessing accounting policies
and estimates and prepare an investigative report on Managers’ Accounting and Reporting
Strategy Choice
Recommended steps/ navigation to complete the assignment project:
A) Ready:
Select a company and get approval of the company (Any company listed with
ASX) from your lecturer
B) Get set:
a) Read and gain in-depth understanding of the various normative and positive
theories of financial accounting from the text book and from other relevant & credible literature
b) Be aware of some of the limitations of the various theories of accounting
c) Appreciate that there is no single unified theory of accounting
d) Understand the various pressures and motivations that might have an effect on the methods of accounting selected by an organisation
e) Understand what is meant by ‘creative accounting’ and why it might occur
f) Understand Financial statement preparation process (from Business Activities to Financial Statements) and the various influencing factors from this document and from other credible sources.
g) In-depth knowledge on Accounting Framework.
C) Go:
a. Download Annual Reports (for 2 years at least) and explore
b. Assess accounting policies and estimates of your selected ASX listed company
i. Which accounting policies and estimates used by the firm?
ii. Are there any flexibilities of accounting policies and estimates used by the firm?
iii. Are these accounting policies and estimates used by their competitors?
iv. Show a comparison of accounting policies and estimates used by the firm with one of its rival company.
v. Do you agree with the policies and estimates?
vi. Is accounting strategy hiding or revealing
vii. Any Red Flags/questionable number in the accounting report?
viii. Which accounting positions capture them? Why? Explain
c. Critically evaluate accounting quality by assessing accounting policies and estimates
i. consider the various pressures, many of which are political in nature, that influence the accounting standard-setting environment
ii. consider the implications of organisations making particular accounting disclosures, whether voluntarily or as a result of a particular mandate
iii. understand the possible implications of an organisation making particular accounting choices and disclosures
d. Prepare an investigative report on the Managers’ Accounting Strategy and
Reporting Strategy choices on the basis of the above evaluation. The report should have following sections for minimum:
Section 1: Identify Key Accounting Policies
Key policies and estimates used to measure risks and critical factors for success must be identified.
Section 2: Assess Accounting Flexibility
Accounting information is more open to distortion if managers have
a high degree of flexibility in choosing policies and estimates.
Section 3: Evaluate Accounting StrategyFlexibility in accounting choices allows managers to strategically communicate economic information or distort performance.
Issues to consider include:
• Norms for accounting policies with industry peers
• Incentives for managers to manage earnings
• Changes in policies and estimates and the rationale for doing so
• Whether transactions are structured to achieve certain accounting objectives.
Section 4: Evaluate the Quality of Disclosure
Issues to consider include:
• Whether disclosures seem adequate
• Adequacy of footnotes to the financial statements
• Whether notes sufficiently explain and are consistent with
current performance
• Whether GAAP reflects or restricts the appropriate measurement of key measures of success
• Adequacy of segment disclosure.
Section 5: Identify Potential Red FlagsIssues that warrant gathering more information include:
• Unexplained changes in accounting, especially when performance is poor
• Unexplained transactions that boost profits
• Unusual increases in inventory or receivables in relation to sales revenue
• Increases in the gap between net income and cash flows or taxable income
• Use of R&D partnerships, SPEs or the sale of receivables to finance operations
• Unexpected large asset write-offs
• Large fourth-quarter adjustments
• Qualified audit opinions or auditor changes
• Related-party transactions.
Section 6: Compliant with the Conceptual Framework
D) Gone/ Done!!!
Submit the report in accordance with assessment policy stated in the Subject
Outline and Student Handbook.
Format of the Report and deliverables
1. You at least should have the following details:
a. Assignment Cover page
b. A table of contents, executive summary
c. A brief introduction or overview of what the report is about.
d. Body of the report with sections to answer the above sections and with appropriate section headings
e. Conclusion
f. List of references.
2. Diagrams and tables clearly labelled and explained.
3. Ensure all materials are correctly referenced. Plagiarism will be severely penalised.

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Units of product can be costed equally well with or without allocations of support department costs. Do you agree? Why or why not?

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Question
Units of product can be costed equally well with or without allocations of support department costs. Do you agree? Why or why not? You must support your discussion by using real world examples and disclose the source of your information by appropriate referencing.
Question
What criteria are relevant to the selection of allocation bases for support department cost allocation? You must support your discussion by using real world examples and disclose the source of your information by appropriate referencing.

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The data for Task 1 in the data file for Assignment represents the starting costs in thousands of dollars) for different kind of business.

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FACULTY OF HIGHER EDUCATION
HI6007 Group Assignment
Due Friday 5pm week 11
WORTH 30%
(Maximum 5 students in the group)
You must use MS Excel for this assignment
Task 1 10 marks
The data for Task 1 in the data file for Assignment represents the starting costs in thousands of dollars) for different kind of business.
1. Find mean, median, mode, range, variance and standard deviation separately for every type of business (2 marks)
2. For every business type construct
a. frequency and relative frequency distributions starting from class 0 to 30 (3 marks) b. a relative frequency histogram (3 marks)
3. Discuss the results obtained in parts 1 and 2 (2 marks)
4. Test if there significant difference in the starting costs for these types of business.
(3 marks)
Task 2 20 marks
The data for Task 2 in the data file for Assignment represents the following variables for franchisees of All Greens Pty Ltd: annual sales ($’000), the floor area (sq.ft.’000), inventory ($’000), advertising expenditure ($’000), the size of the area where the business operates (number of families, ‘000) and the number of competitors in the area.
1. Present the MS Excel output and write down the estimated regression equation (3 marks)
2. How well the model fits the data? (2 marks)
3. Test the hypothesis that there is no significant relationship between the dependent and any of the independent variables (2 marks)
4. Interpret individual slope coefficients (3 marks)
5. Construct a 95% confidence interval for the slope coefficients of individual variables
(3 marks)
6. Test the estimated slope coefficients for individual variables for significance (3marks)
7. Remove all insignificant variables and re-estimate the model (1 marks)
8. Using the model from part (g), predict annual sales for a franchisee with 1,000 sq ft floor area, $150,000 inventory, $5,000 spent on advertising, 5,000 families in the area of
operation and 2 competitors. (3 marks)

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You are to prepare and submit Assessment 3 as an individual, based on the Virtucon/Globex scenario, and your peer to peer learning from Assessment 2.

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Charter:
Submission method options
Alternative submission method
Task
You are to prepare and submit Assessment 3 as an individual, based on the Virtucon/Globex scenario, and your peer to peer learning from Assessment 2.
You are required to develop a charter for the Project including:
Include the Project description and overview you developed as part of Assessment 2.
Part One:
MOV – Measurable Organisational Value
(This is the goal of the project and is utilised to define the value that your team project will bring to your client)
• Identify the desired area of impact – Rank the following areas in terms of importance: Strategy / Customer / Financial / Operational / Social
• With reference to your project, identify one or two of the following types of value:
• Better – is improving quality important to your client?
• Faster – does your client want to increase efficiency?
• Cheaper – is cutting costs important?
• Do more – does your client want to continue its growth?
• Develop an appropriate metric – this sets the target and expectation of all the stakeholders. It is important to determine a quantitative target that needs to be expressed as a metric in terms of an increase or decrease of money.
• Determine the timeframe for achieving the MOV – ask yourselves, when do we want to achieve this target metric?
• SUMMARISE THE MOV IN A CLEAR CONCISE STATEMENT OR TABLE
(Note: the MOV should inform everyone what the project will achieve, not how it will be achieved. It should also focus on the organisation, not on the technology that will be used to build or support the information system).
Part Two:
Define Scope and produce a Scope Management Plan
Define the scope of the project and detail how the scope will be managed.
Provide a list of Resources
Identify and detail the resources for the project using MS Project where appropriate, including:
• People (and their roles), plus any extra personnel that is required for the project.
• Technology – any hardware, network and software needs to support the team and your client.
• Facilities – where will most of the teamwork be situated?
• Other – for example, travel, training etc.
Part Three:
Using MS Project, develop a schedule using a high level Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). It should include:
Milestones for each phase and deliverable
• This will tell everyone associated with the project that the phase or deliverable was completed satisfactorily.
Activities / Tasks
• Define a set of activities / tasks that must be completed to produce each deliverable.
Resource Assignments
• Assign people and resources to each individual activities.
Estimates for Each Activity / Task
• Develop a time estimate for each task or activity to be completed.
Part Four:
Project Risk Analysis and Plan
• Document any assumptions you have made about the project
• Using the Risk Identification Framework as a basis, identify five risks to the project – one for each of the five phases of the methodology.
• Analyse these risks, assign a risk to an appropriate member, and describe a strategy for the management of each specific risk.
Part Five:
Quality Management Plan. It should include:
• A short statement that reflects your team’s philosophy or objective for ensuring that you deliver a quality system to your client.
• Develop and describe the following that your project team could implement to ensure quality;
o A set of verification activities
o A set of validation activities
Part Six: 550 words
Closure and EvaluationResearching for the closure checklist and project evaluation
a. To prepare for this task, you will be required to provide an annotated bibliography.
Write an Annotated Bibliography for three (3) relevant texts or readings around project evaluation. The Annotated Bibliography is a critical examination of the most relevant, recent and scholarly research on the topic area that is not just a summary of the articles you have read.
You will submit this as an appendix to your project evaluation documentation.
Ensure that the AB submitted by you is your own work and has not been submitted elsewhere and comply with the University’s requirements for academic integrity.
Use the following resource to guide you around the research tools:
http://student.csu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/186444/annotate1.pdf
http://libguides.csu.edu.au/itc
b. Develop a closure checklist that the project team will use to ensure that the project has been closed properly.
c. Develop a project evaluation –outline and discuss how your project’s MOV will be evaluated.
Submit your assignment online via Turnitin in the nominated class. Turnitin details for the individual classes would be provided on Interact2.
Rationale
This assessment addresses the following learning outcomes:
• be able to understand and apply appropriate communication practices within a project management context;
• be able to research and apply established IT project management principles, skills and techniques to a case study;
• be able to research and critically evaluate how a practising IT project manager applies IT project management techniques, project management skills, methods and software tools in the IT industry;
• be able to research and apply established IT project management principles, skills and techniques to a case study.

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Business Report – Hospitality industry

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Report writing- Case study
Business Report – Hospitality industry
Business report assignment
You are a consultant for a food and beverage association, which you can invent a name to include on your assignment Tittle page. You have been asked by Whitehaven city council to observe and conduct interviews at a local restaurant on their operations. The council has 30% share of the restaurant.
From your observations, you have found that:
1. The menu has not changed in the last 5 years.
2. The kitchen is messy and a little bit dirty.
3. The waiting staff do not have proper uniform – some of them do not wear hair covers.
4. The decor is outdated and unappealing.
5. It takes 20 minutes before the food is served.
6. The manager and workers are unfriendly.
Write a business report of at least 1000 words to the council providing them with your findings and recommendations to improve the restaurant. You can also add visuals to emphasize the content of your report.
Your report must include the following sections: a Title page, a Table of Contents page, an Executive summary, an Introduction, Findings, Discussion, Conclusion, Recommendations and References in APA style.
You are required to include at least 8 references in total and at least 2 references from each of the following sources: books, journal articles and websites.

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Discuss the notion that customers are the best judges of quality of a service process. Why is it important to understand customer expectations and how does this relate to service design and implementation, and customer satisfaction?

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Assessment task 2 Paper 40%
Discuss the notion that customers are the best judges of quality of a service process. Why is it important to understand customer expectations and how does this relate to service design and implementation, and customer satisfaction?
Due date: 22 September
Length and/or format: 1500 words
Purpose: To discuss the particular context and nature of services marketing and to critically evaluate theoretical perspectives in services marketing provided by the academic literature
How to submit: Via Turnitin 31 August at 2330
Return of assignment: Feedback via Turnitin within 2 weeks of submission
Assessment criteria: See rubric

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In your accounting career you will be required to analyse current accounting issues and communicate your theoretical understanding to your professional colleagues and your clients.

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Task
In your accounting career you will be required to analyse current accounting issues and communicate your theoretical understanding to your professional colleagues and your clients. For this assignment assume that you are the senior accountant working for a major firm.
Question 1 – 9 marks (1,500 words)
The CEO has forwarded to you an interesting article and requires you to provide her with a deeper theoretical understanding of the issues discussed so that she can fully engage in the lively discourse at an upcoming conference.
You are required to find a newspaper article or web page report of an item of accounting news, i.e. it refers to a current event, consideration, comment or decision that has been published after the 1st of June 2017. Your article could also come from one of the professional journals. The article should not come from an academic journal. Academic journals generally do not contain news articles or articles of less than one page and are usually only published 2 or 4 times a year. If you are having a problem ensuring that your article is from an appropriate source contact your subject coordinator.
You then need to explain the article that you have found in your own words and clearly relate the concepts, ideas and facts within the article to one or more of the theories or topics that you have studied this session. Support your analysis of the assumptions and implications of the topic or theory as appropriate with reference to sources in APA 6 style. For example, this article from the Sydney Morning Herald in April 2016 could be linked to the topics of accounting regulation and measurement (and perhaps others). You must provide a copy of the article or web page, with details of the source, date and page number with your answer.
Question 2 – 10 marks (1,500 words)
The Senior Partner of the firm you work for has appointed you to a new role. It is now your responsibility to review upcoming accounting standards and provide a report to the partners on the proposed standard and the opinions of other industry players on the changes.
Firstly, you are required to find a current exposure draft or proposal for a new accounting standard which has been opened for public comments. (These can be found on the websites of most standard-setting organisations, such as the IASB, AASB and FASB. Hint: These websites can be quite difficult to navigate, so as a first step try typing “IASB exposure draft and comment letters”/”FASB exposure draft and comment letters” into Google or other search engine of your choice). Read a sample of the comments from a range of respondents. Select four respondents, ideally from different types of organisations for example, from accounting bodies, industry, companies or corporate bodies. If you are having a problem finding suitable comments letters then contact your subject coordinator.
In your own words, supporting your evaluation with appropriate citations, appropriately referenced in APA 6 style, you are required to include the following information in the report.

o An outline of the major issues covered in the exposure draft (what is the exposure draft introducing or changing?).
o An assessment as to whether (or not) the behaviour of the regulator in introducing the exposure draft can be explained by public interest theory.
o An outline of the views presented in the comments letters which highlights the areas of agreement and disagreement with the exposure draft.
o An assessment as to whether the comments letters can be interpreted as being ‘for’ or ‘against’ regulation which provides relevant examples.
o An application of each of the theories of regulation (public interest, private interest and capture) to the comments letters and a justification as to which theory best explains the comments.

Please note: you need to attach the comment letters you selected for your report (there is no need to attach the exposure draft)

Academic Writing and Referencing – 6 marks
Content assessed: Accounting regulation, current financial reporting issues and topics(s) that your research is related to.
Key generic skills: Research, critical thinking and written communication.
Rationale
This assessment is designed to test your ability to:
o communicate your understanding of the topic areas; and
o be able to critically evaluate selected current financial reporting and management accounting issues (SLO4).

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HI6008 Assignment 2 Requirements Structure All HI6008 Students Enrol in the Semester 2/2017 need to follow below Assignment structure:

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HI6008 Assignment 2 Requirements Structure
All HI6008 Students Enrol in the Semester 2/2017 need to follow below Assignment structure:
1. Introduction
2. Project Objective
3. Project Scope
4. Literature Review
(Students’ needs to summarise Assignment 1 literature review (2-3 pages)and do justification from Assignment 1 literature problems, gaps opportunities, Hypothesis)
5. Research Questions/Hypothesis
-Primary Question (only one question)
– Secondary Questions (1, 2 ….)
Research questions should be linked to Literature Problems, Gaps, and Hypothesis
6. Research Design and Methodology
– Qualitative research
(Students should propose the Processof the Qualitative Research (Main Steps), Approaches to reliability and Validity, Sampling, Sample Size, Data Collection Method, Variables Specifications)
– Quantitative research
(Students should propose the process of the Quantitative Research Design Process (Main Steps), Research Instrument, Quantitative Data Analysis Process, Sampling and Simple Size, Interviewing and Questionary Design, Reliability and Validity of Data)
7. Research Limitations
8. Time Schedule (Research plan)
9. Conclusion
10. Reference List
11. Appendix
NOTE: Students are not with requirements to collect and analyse data

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ITECH3224 WWW Technology 2

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ITECH3224 WWW Technology 2
Assignment 2 – Barbell Feedback
-It’s like Yelp, but for Barbells-
Overview
This is an individual assignment in which you will explore the use of data interchange between web servers and browsers, dynamic construction of page content, and API design, using PHP, JavaScript, and JSON.
Important: This assignment specification is generated just for you. Do not distribute this specification.
Timelines and Expectations
Percentage value of task: 20%
Learning Outcomes Assessed
The following course learning outcomes are assessed by completing this assessment:
K2. Contrast the capabilities and limitations of client-side and server-side programming.
K3. Detect opportunities for increasing security and privacy of web applications.
S1. Develop client/server programs using client-side and server-side programming languages.
S2. Construct a server-side web interface to a database system that is accessible by web clients.
S3. Design and implement a server-side application programming interface (API) for client-server communication, using technologies such as AJAX, REST, Websockets, XML and JSON.
A1. Design, develop, test, and debug client/server web applications to provided specifications.
Assessment Details
Introduction
Barbell Feedback is a single-page web app that allows users to review and provide feedback on barbells.
Each barbell has its own page, which displays one (or more!) photos, a name, a list of reviews, and some form of average rating.
Users can submit new reviews of barbells, including their own name, some review text, and a rating.
Database
A simple database with two tables is su?cient to model the database requirements for this assignment, however you may if you wish extend and/or normalize this database.
The database has the following structure:
Barbell ( id, name, description, image_url )
BarbellReview ( id, barbell_id, datetime, reviewer_name, review, rating )

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BarbellReview

Barbell PK id

PK id FK barbell_id

datetime
name
description reviewer_name
image_url review
rating
Each record in the Barbell table represents a single barbell, and each record in the BarbellReview table is a review of a single barbell.
The assignment tasks are closely associated with the lab work of topics 7 to 10. Code and examples from lectures and labs should be a useful guide throughout this assignment. The assignment requires a number of files and a report to be produced. The report should respond to written tasks that are included below
Initial task
Create the above database using your existing SQL skills. You will need at least five barbells, each with at least two reviews. One barbell will need five reviews to suitably test average ratings.
You may normalize the database if you wish, to include a dedicated reviewer table.
Invent or discover your own data. Cite data sources appropriately in your report, or alternatively include a source field in your database. In particular, ensure you appropriate reference any images you include unless they are explicitly public domain (or CC0).
Use appropriate data types – the review field should be TEXT to allow long entries. The rating field is an integer value from 1 to 5 inclusive, where 5 indicates that this is an amazing barbell.
Submit your SQL file as part of your assignment.
XML and JSON markup
Mark up the complete data using XML tags and save it as an .xml file. Check that the file is well-formed and report the method used.
Draw a diagram showing the structure of the DOM tree associated with the .xml file, using data from any ONE record. Include the root element, node types, elements and attributes.
Similarly, mark up the complete data using JSON and save it as a .json file. Check that it is valid JSON and report the method used to validate.
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Submit both files as part of your assignment.
Back-end API
Create a RESTful JSON API using PHP, implementing at least the following functionality:
List all barbells (GET)
Should return barbell id, name, description, and image_url
Use an optional querystring/GET parameter to allow sorting by name and average rating
Retrieve all details for a particular barbell (GET)
including reviews
Create a new review (POST)
Delete an existing review (DELETE)
Update an existing review by id (PUT)
Follow HATEOAS (Hypermedia as the Engine of Application State) practices. Include a note in your report about how you have followed HATEOAS.
Under Apache, this step will require configuring a .htaccess file to allow using clean URLs (without a .php extension)
Front-end
Create an HTML/CSS/JS page which uses JavaScript, AJAX, the DOM and your back-end API to:
Display a menu of all barbells. Allow sorting the menu by name and rating
Display the details of an individual barbell when the menu item is selected, including the image and the average rating
Allow the user to submit a new review/ranking, which will be displayed immediately in the review list, and upon which the average rating will be updated from the server
Periodically (every 5 seconds), poll the details for the current barbell and display any new reviews. This should not remove any review text currently being entered
All functionality should be implemented using JavaScript, the DOM and the backend API, without reloading/refreshing the browser page.
Bonus tasks (Completely optional!)
These tasks are 100% optional, and you can receive full marks without attempting or completing them. They are intended to be a challenge if you are interested in such things, and the marks available do not reflect the significant researcha and e?ort required to implement them correctly.
Bonus task one: Better sorting using Bayesian statistics
Derive your averaging and sorting code based on the approach listed here:
http://www.evanmiller.org/ranking-items-with-star-ratings.html
Bonus task two: Administration and token-based authentication
Implement an administration interface, also using AJAX techniques, which allows deleting reviews. Use JWT token-based authentication, rather than cookies / PHP sessions. It is acceptable for login and administration to be implemented with two additional PHP pages.

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Further details
Please note that there are no marks for aesthetics, so please spend your time appropriately. It is acceptable to use third-party CSS frameworks such as Bootstrap, Skeleton, Bourbon or similar if you wish, as long as you reference appropriately in your report. Third-party JavaScript is not acceptable, nor is code obtained through online Q&A sites such as StackOverflow.
Documentation
Include a written report containing:
A statement of completion
XML DOM diagram
Details of specific assistance you received from people other than your lecturer or tutor, and the names of those assisting.
References to any third-party CSS frameworks if applicable
Submission
All files should be zipped and uploaded to Moodle by the due date and time. Check with your tutor as to whether a hard copy is required in addition to the electronic submission.
Marking Criteria/Rubric
Refer to the attached marking guide.
Feedback
Feedback will be supplied through Moodle. Authoritative marks will be published through fdlMarks
Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the presentation of the expressed thought or work of another person as though it is one’s own
without properly acknowledging that person. You must not allow other students to copy your work and must
take care to safeguard against this happening. More information about the plagiarism policy and procedure
for the university can be found at
http://federation.edu.au/students/learning-and-study/online-help-with/plagiarism.

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Marking Guide: Assignment 2
Feature Criteria Maximum Obtained

SQL file Requirements satisfied 1
Data Interchange XML is accurate, well-structured and well-formed 1
JSON is accurate, well-structured and syntactically
files 1
valid
RESTful (resource-based) design 2
Uses HATEOAS approach 1
List and details (GET) 1
Back-end API New review/rating (POST) 1
Delete review/rating (DELETE) 1
Update review/rating (UPDATE) 1
Sort based on query parameter 1
Menu of items 1
Details page, including image, reviews and average 2
rating
Front-end
Submit a new review/ranking, including list and 2
average review update
Automatic reload of details page on interval 1
Bonus optional Sort using Bayesian confidence 2
challenge tasks JWT token-based authentication and admin 2
Description of XML and JSON validation approaches 1
XML DOM diagram 1
Documentation
Description of HATEOAS approach 1
Completion of tasks, Assistance statement (lose 1 (-2)
mark each if not included)
Layout, structure, indentation (-1)
Appropriate and consistent naming scheme (-1)
Quality of code (lose
Appropriate use of comments, including quality and
marks if criteria not
accuracy. Comments do not simply narrate code but (-1)
met)
illuminate intent and design decisions. No
commented-out code.
Valid HTML5 (-1)
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BUSN2037 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

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BUSN2037 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
S2 2017
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT
1. The assignment can be done individually or in pairs. If done in pairs, only one member of the pair should submit the assignment (to help mitigate administration burden and confusion).
2. Save the assignment using your last name(s) and student ID(s) in a PDF file
3. Font size: 11-12. Total pages: approximately 4-7
4. Submit the assignment on FLO 5. Due: 3 October 2017 11pm
6. Guide on mark allocations:
• Correct results: 45% (rounding errors are acceptable).
• Detailed workings, explanation of the calculation processes and interpretation of results: 45%.
• Presentation: 10% including general presentation, grammar and spell check.
• Group members should work together for ALL parts of the assignment. This helps you prepare for the final exam (the exam will cover all the chapters).
7. Any assignment received after the due date will be dealt with as outlined in the Policy on Late Submission in the Topic Guide.
8. Failure to submit the assignment for this topic is deemed to constitute failure to meet the assessment requirements for the purposes of eligibility for a supplementary assessment on academic grounds (see Topic Guide).
9. Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty are treated as serious offences by the University and are subject to penalties, which may include expulsion from the University. Ensure that you have read and understood the University’s policy on academic dishonesty, as contained in the Student Related Policies and Procedures Manual.
If you would like us to return your assignments as early as possible, please try to submit them on time and minimize extension applications. We mark offline and will download the assignments when we see about 95% of the students have submitted their papers. Late submissions and extensions will delay the marking process.
QUESTION
This question requires some calculations, research and open discussions.
Westpac Banking has a bond issue that pays 8% interest with a $100 face value. The bond matures in 20 years. The required yield for similar risk securities is 7%.
1. Calculate the value of the bond.
2. How does the value change if the market’s required yield on a comparable risk security increases to 10% and then decreases to 6%?
3. Discuss your answers in (2) as they relate to interest rate risk, premium and discount bonds.
4. Assume the bond matures in 10 years instead of 20 years. Recalculate your answers in
(2).
5. Compare the results you find in (2) and (4) and discuss the change in the value of longterm and short-term bonds when the market’s required yield changes.
6. Provide some examples (events occurring in the financial markets, in the industry and within the firm) which could cause (a) an increase and (b) a decrease in the required yield.
7. Investigate the Australian bond and share markets: search for their market value (market capitalisation) in dollars and as a percentage of Australia’s GDP. Compare and discuss your answers.
Notes: 2014, 2015 or 2016 figures are all acceptable, however more recent figures are preferable. Comparable figures are required (i.e. balances should be recorded in the same year). Use official resources published by government organisations or financial institutions. Try not to use Wikipedia resources.
GOOD LUCK

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