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Research to find one professional organization, either locally or nationally, that you feel will provide you with opportunities for professional development and staying current in your area. Discuss what the organization provides and how it will be a help to you personally.

Research to find one professional organization, either locally or nationally, that you feel will provide you with opportunities for professional development and staying current in your area. Discuss what the organization provides and how it will be a help to you personally.

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Utilize your research and identify the methods these innovators or leaders are using to communicate through technology in an effort to remain relevant in their industries. Explain how technology has advanced each of their businesses, leading to growth. Determine if innovative products, such as Google X, iWatch, or the new Cardboard Bike, can be linked to transformational or transactional leadership. Defend your position. Self-managed teams are often used to hide inventions from public view. Utilizing your research, identify ways managers and project leaders working under constraints can accomplish this.

Assignment 2: Innovation and Communication Presentation

Listed below are the names of some of the world’s top technology-related innovators. They have also been called leaders, entrepreneurs, disrupters, or good old-fashioned trouble-makers. They have gone against the odds, rattling stale industries to build new ones. Recognize their names? Not likely, though you may instantly recognize their product, technology, or scientific inventions, which have made headlines. However, their success would not be possible without the effective management of team members. For this assignment, you are required to choose two people from the list and create a PowerPoint presentation.

First, choose two leaders from the list below:

  • Caleb Chung
  • Cory Booker
  • Craig Venter
  • Dan Olschwang
  • Diane Greene
  • Hjalmar Winbladh
  • Jeremy Stoppelman
  • Mark Gorton
  • Russell Simmons
  • Sunil Shaunak

Now, respond to the following:

  • Utilize your research and identify the methods these innovators or leaders are using to communicate through technology in an effort to remain relevant in their industries.
  • Explain how technology has advanced each of their businesses, leading to growth.
  • Determine if innovative products, such as Google X, iWatch, or the new Cardboard Bike, can be linked to transformational or transactional leadership. Defend your position.
  • Self-managed teams are often used to hide inventions from public view. Utilizing your research, identify ways managers and project leaders working under constraints can accomplish this.

Develop a 4–6-slide presentation in PowerPoint format. Include detailed speaker notes in your presentation. Utilize at least two scholarly sources (in addition to your textbook) to complete your research, referencing sources within the text and at the end in a reference list. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Module 4 Readings and Assignments

Complete the following readings early in the module:

  • Read the online lectures for Module 4
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Suppose Congress changed the tax laws so that Berndt’s depreciation expenses doubled. No changes in operations occurred. What would happen to reported profit and to net cash flow? 
 Calculate the 2014 current and quick ratios based on the projected balance sheet and income statement data. What can you say about the company’s liquidity position in 2013? 
 Calculate the 2014 profit margin, basic earning power (BEP), return on assets (ROA), and return on equity (ROE). What can you say about these ratios? 
 Calculate the 2014 price / earnings ratio, price / cash flow ratio, and market / book ratio.

Homework Set 1   Directions: Answer the following questions on a separate document. Explain how you reached the answer or show your work if a mathematical calculation is needed, or both. Submit your assignment using the assignment link in the course shell. This homework assignment is worth 100 points. Use the following information for Questions 1 through 8: Assume that you recently graduated and have just reported to work as an investment advisor at the one of the firms on Wall Street. You have been presented and asked to review the following Income Statement and Balance Sheets of one of the firm’s clients. Your boss has developed the following set of questions you must answer. Income Statements and Balance Sheet

Balance Sheet   2012 2013   2014
Cash $9,000 $7,282 $14,000
Short-term investments 48,600 20,000 71,632
Accounts receivable 351,200 632,160 878,000
Inventories 715,200 1,287,360 1,716,480
Total current assets $1,124,000 $1,946,802 $2,680,112
Gross fixed assets 491,000 1,202,950 1,220,000
Less: Accumulated depreciation 146,200 263,160 383,160
Net fixed assets $344,800 $939,790 $836,840
Total assets $1,468,800 $2,886,592 $3,516,952
       
Liabilities and Equity      
Accounts payable $145,600 $324,000 $359,800
Notes payable 200,000 720,000 300,000
Accruals 136,000 284,960 380,000
Total current liabilities $481,600 $1,328,960 $1,039,800
Long-term debt 323,432 1,000,000 500,000
Common stock (100,000 shares) 460,000 460,000 1,680,936
Retained earnings 203,768 97,632 296,216
Total equity $663,768 $557,632 $1,977,152
Total liabilities and equity $1,468,800 $2,886,592 $3,516,952

 

Income Statements 2012 2013 2014
Sales $3,432,000 $5,834,400 $7,035,600
Cost of goods sold except depr. 2,864,000 4,980,000 5,800,000
Depreciation and amortization 18,900 116,960 120,000
Other expenses 340,000 720,000 612,960
Total operating costs $3,222,900 $5,816,960 $6,532,960
EBIT $209,100 $17,440 $502,640
Interest expense 62,500 176,000 80,000
EBT $146,600 ($158,560) $422,640
Taxes (40%) 58,640 -63,424 169,056
Net income $87,960 ($95,136)   $253,584
Other Data   2012 2013   2014
Stock price $8.50 $6.00 $12.17
Shares outstanding 100,000 100,000 250,000
EPS $0.88 ($0.95) $1.104
DPS $0.22 0.11 0.22
Tax rate 40% 40% 40%
Book value per share $6.64 $5.58 $7.909
Lease payments $40,000   $40,000 $40,000  

 

Ratio Analysis 2012 2013   Industry Average
Current 2.3 1.5 2.7
Quick 0.8 0.5 1.0
Inventory turnover 4 4 6.1
Days sales outstanding 37.3 39.6 32.0
Fixed assets turnover 10 6.2 7.0
Total assets turnover 2.3 2 2.5
Debt ratio 35.60% 59.60% 32.0%
Liabilities-to-assets ratio 54.80% 80.70% 50.0%
TIE 3.3 0.1 6.2
EBITDA coverage 2.6 0.8 8.0
Profit margin 2.60% −1.6% 3.6%
Basic earning power 14.20% 0.60% 17.8%
ROA 6.00% −3.3% 9.0%
ROE 13.30% −17.1% 17.9%
Price/Earnings (P/E) 9.7 −6.3 16.2
Price/Cash flow 8 27.5 7.6
Market/Book 1.3 1.1 2.9
  1. Suppose Congress changed the tax laws so that Berndt’s depreciation expenses doubled. No changes in operations occurred. What would happen to reported profit and to net cash flow? 

  2. Calculate the 2014 current and quick ratios based on the projected balance sheet and income statement data. What can you say about the company’s liquidity position in 2013? 

  3. Calculate the 2014 profit margin, basic earning power (BEP), return on assets (ROA), and return on equity (ROE). What can you say about these ratios? 

  4. Calculate the 2014 price / earnings ratio, price / cash flow ratio, and market / book ratio. 

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What is Postpartum Depression? Analyze and comment on at least one of the following major themes: Health and Well-Being, Family and Parenting, Education, Culture, or Gender, as factors influencing the developmental (physical, cognitive and psychosocial) outcomes for the mother, father/partner, and infant. How can Postpartum Depression influence the short- and long-term development of the infant? Be sure to address the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial domains of development.

Prior to completing this discussion, read Module 4 in the textbook and review any relevant Instructor Guidance. For this discussion, you will write a letter responding to the “Dear Ashford Expert” letter below.  This letter should be unique and personalized yet scholarly in its approach, using academic information to support your opinions and suggestions. Dear Ashford Expert, Help!  My best friend had a beautiful baby girl 6 weeks ago, and while I think that this should be a happy time for her, she doesn’t seem to be enjoying it at all.  When I visited the other day, she was wearing pajamas that looked (and smelled) like she’d been wearing them for days.  She kept joking that she’s “no good at the mom thing” yet, and would try to laugh it off, but I’m worried!  She isn’t interested in going out to shop for cute baby clothes, even though I offered to buy, and she says that she’s not ready to come to our “moms group” which meets just once a month for a few hours because she says that she doesn’t want to burden her husband.  What gives?  How can I help her get out of this funk?  Should I be worried about her or her little girl? –Flustered Friend Your response should answer the questions asked by “Flustered Friend” and include the following:

  • What is Postpartum Depression?
  • Analyze and comment on at least one of the following major themes: Health and Well-Being, Family and Parenting, Education, Culture, or Gender, as factors influencing the developmental (physical, cognitive and psychosocial) outcomes for the mother, father/partner, and infant.
  • How can Postpartum Depression influence the short- and long-term development of the infant? Be sure to address the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial domains of development.
  • Provide at least one local and one wide-ranging (i.e. internet or phone) resource that someone with Postpartum Depression, or someone with a loved one suffering from Postpartum Depression, can access to find more information and/or get help.  Include all relevant information on how to contact each resource.

After the letter, this post should include citations in APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center for all information and resources included in the letter.

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Describe the global business environment and discuss the implications globalization may have on strategy formulation. Concerning the two companies chosen for this discussion, analyze the reasons that led them to expand their operations internationally, as well as the main advantages and challenges of such a strategic move

With globalization, organizations care less about country frontiers in their usual business operations, looking for opportunities across borders to:

  • Increase their base of customers,
  • Take advantage of cheaper labor to manufacture items, and
  • Avoid the increasing competition in their domestic markets.

Companies go international for different reasons. Such a move can be really profitable; however, sometimes challenges can diminish the positive outcomes. Good planning is crucial for a successful and profitable international operation.

Using the Argosy University online library resources and the Internet, search recent business news on two companies that expanded their operations abroad.

  • Describe the global business environment and discuss the implications globalization may have on strategy formulation.
  • Concerning the two companies chosen for this discussion, analyze the reasons that led them to expand their operations internationally, as well as the main advantages and challenges of such a strategic move.

Write your initial response in 300–500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Do the following when responding to your peers:

  • Read your peers’ answers.
  • Provide substantive comments by
    • contributing new, relevant information from course readings, Web sites, or other sources;
    • building on the remarks or questions of others; or
    • sharing practical examples of key concepts from your professional or personal experiences
  • Respond to feedback on your posting and provide feedback to other students on their ideas.
  • Make sure your writing
    • is clear, concise, and organized;
    • demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and
    • displays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Grading Criteria

Assignment Components
Max Points

Initial response was:

  • Insightful, original, accurate, and timely.
  • Substantive and demonstrated advanced understanding of concepts.
  • Compiled/synthesized theories and concepts drawn from a variety of sources to support statements and conclusions.
16

Discussion Response and Participation:

  • Responded to a minimum of two peers in a timely manner.
  • Offered points of view supported by research.
  • Asked challenging questions that promoted discussion.
  • Drew relationships between one or more points in the discussion.
16

Writing:

  • Wrote in a clear, concise, formal, and organized manner.
  • Responses were error free.
  • Information from sources, where applicable, was paraphrased appropriately and accurately cited.
8
Total:
40
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Create a horizontal trend analysis of the reported Compnet financial statements. This worksheet should list each financial statement (balance sheet and income statement in this order) on two Excel worksheets (one worksheet file). In column A, you would list each account on the statement (make sure you show the various categories of accounts). In column B and following, you would present the annual totals of each account with a monetary difference (absolute) column to compare one year to the next year and a percentage difference column. Therefore, for each of the two years reported, you will have Y1, Y2, Difference, and Percentage Difference columns. Your trend analysis must include three historical years. Therefore you need to compare Y1 to Y2 and then Y2 to Y3 (fiscal years 2012–2014).

Assignment 1: Setting up a Financial Statement

As a nonaccounting manager, you will examine your company’s financial statements as well as the financial statements of other companies. You must be able to recognize differences in these statements and have a general understanding of the various accounts listed on each statement.

In this assignment, you will determine the nature of various financial statement accounts, using the example of Compnet International.

Note: You will apply your learning from this assignment to calculate ratios for Compnet in the discussion for this week.

Tasks:

Consider the following scenario for this assignment: You are a manager at Compnet and your CEO has asked you to break down the financial statements into categories of accounts so that you can analyze trends within the company.

Part I: Computations

Select the links that follow to download and review the financial statements of Compnet International:

As you create the new Excel worksheet, use the prepared financial statements of Compnet.

Complete the following:

  • Create a horizontal trend analysis of the reported Compnet financial statements. This worksheet should list each financial statement (balance sheet and income statement in this order) on two Excel worksheets (one worksheet file).
  • In column A, you would list each account on the statement (make sure you show the various categories of accounts).
  • In column B and following, you would present the annual totals of each account with a monetary difference (absolute) column to compare one year to the next year and a percentage difference column.
  • Therefore, for each of the two years reported, you will have Y1, Y2, Difference, and Percentage Difference columns. Your trend analysis must include three historical years. Therefore you need to compare Y1 to Y2 and then Y2 to Y3 (fiscal years 2012–2014).

Part II: Summary

After completing the computations on each of the three financial statements, provide a 1-page summary of the trends that you have observed. Describe the material trends by the category of accounts. Did that category of account increase, decrease, and if so by what amount and percentage. Remember to only discuss the major or material trends that you have observed.

Submission Details:

Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Submit both parts 1 and 2 together and be sure to clearly label each part.

Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M2_A1.doc. For example, if your name is John Smith, your document will be named SmithJ_M2_A1.doc.

By Saturday, January 16, 2016, deliver your assignment to the M2: Assignment 1 Dropbox.

Assignment 1 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points

Provided an Excel Worksheet with details of years 2012, 2013, and 2014 compared to each other.

20

Computations included each account title as provided in the original financial statements, a difference column, and a percentage difference column. Worksheet is formatted correctly and all totals are accurate.

32

Developed a minimum of a 1-page financial summary of the major trends including discussion of inventories, intangible assets, deferred revenue, and retained earnings on the balance sheet; revenues, cost of sales, and impairment of goodwill on the income statements.

32

Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

16
Total:
100
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What unique difficulties do male practitioners face in working with girls in juvenile justice programs? In light of these issues, should only female practitioners be allowed to work with girls? Why or why not?

What unique difficulties do male practitioners face in working with girls in juvenile justice programs? In light of these issues, should only female practitioners be allowed to work with girls? Why or why not?   I need at least 100 words.

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Determine whether or not you believe displaying warning banners on your company- issued personal computers are a necessary security control. Explain what a warning banner can add to the overall security program and eventual potential legal posture of the company.

  • Determine whether or not you believe displaying warning banners on your company- issued personal computers are a necessary security control. Explain what a warning banner can add to the overall security program and eventual potential legal posture of the company.
  • Based on your experience (e.g., work, school, public computer, etc.), indicate whether or not you have seen warning banners displayed and describe the situation(s). Explain whether or not you believe the company did or did not recognize the need to use warning banners  

 

  • Summarize the legal process for cases involving digital crimes and the affect you perceive that computer investigations can have on the process. Determine why it is important for a computer investigator to have Level 3 training to conduct an investigation.
  • Conclude whether or not you believe the legal process for cases involving digital crimes is keeping up with the times and the advancement of technology. Explain one area of law that you believe should be improved when it comes to digital crimes, legislation, and investigations.  

 

  • Use the Internet to find a recent example of a corporate high-tech investigation. Briefly review the investigation so that you thoroughly understand the situation. Be prepared to discuss.  explain the procedures followed in the corporate investigation you researched. Provide a separate situation / scenario in which these same procedures would be ideal.
  • Explain in your own words the purpose and importance of utilizing proper investigation procedures in corporate incidents and cases in both enterprise and small- to medium-sized businesses. Indicate the potential downfalls of not using these procedures.  

 

  • Determine what you perceive to be the value of forensics lab accreditation and whether or not it is important. Explain whether or not you believe lab certification is a requirement for law enforcement agencies and provide justification.    
  • Go to the ASCLD / LAB Website located at http://www.ascld-lab.org/ . Review the process of forensic lab accreditation and research one ASCLD accredited lab in your area. Be prepared to discuss. outline the process of forensic lab accreditation and determine what a laboratory needs to do in order to fulfill the requirements. Identify an ASCLD accredited lab in your geographic location and further research this lab. Povide an overview of its operations and accredited capabilities.  

 

  • Describe at least three challenges of performing data acquisition on a device using a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) disk configuration. Determine whether or not you believe any one RAID configuration presents more challenges than the others and provide justification.  
  • Use the Internet to research and select at least one forensics tool that aids a forensic specialist in RAID data acquisition. Be prepared to discuss, thoroughly describe the RAID data acquisition forensics tool you researched, including at a minimum its functions, advantages / disadvantages, and cost. Explain why you would consider utilizing this tool as a system forensics specialist, and provide a scenario where this tool would assist you in an investigation.  

 

  • Explain in your own words why there is a need for live system forensics and discuss how this type of analysis improves on static system forensics analysis. Describe the challenges with data consistency and why this is an area of concern for system forensics specialists.
  • Analyze the four acquisition methods to determine whether or not these methods are suitable for live data acquisition. Outline the process you would take to determine the best acquisition method for live system analysis.
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Summarize the legal process for cases involving digital crimes and the affect you perceive that computer investigations can have on the process. Determine why it is important for a computer investigator to have Level 3 training to conduct an investigation.

  • Determine whether or not you believe displaying warning banners on your company- issued personal computers are a necessary security control. Explain what a warning banner can add to the overall security program and eventual potential legal posture of the company.
  • Based on your experience (e.g., work, school, public computer, etc.), indicate whether or not you have seen warning banners displayed and describe the situation(s). Explain whether or not you believe the company did or did not recognize the need to use warning banners
  • Summarize the legal process for cases involving digital crimes and the affect you perceive that computer investigations can have on the process. Determine why it is important for a computer investigator to have Level 3 training to conduct an investigation.
  • Conclude whether or not you believe the legal process for cases involving digital crimes is keeping up with the times and the advancement of technology. Explain one area of law that you believe should be improved when it comes to digital crimes, legislation, and investigations.
  • Use the Internet to find a recent example of a corporate high-tech investigation. Briefly review the investigation so that you thoroughly understand the situation. Be prepared to discuss.  explain the procedures followed in the corporate investigation you researched. Provide a separate situation / scenario in which these same procedures would be ideal.
  • Explain in your own words the purpose and importance of utilizing proper investigation procedures in corporate incidents and cases in both enterprise and small- to medium-sized businesses. Indicate the potential downfalls of not using these procedures.
  • Determine what you perceive to be the value of forensics lab accreditation and whether or not it is important. Explain whether or not you believe lab certification is a requirement for law enforcement agencies and provide justification.
  • Go to the ASCLD / LAB Website located at http://www.ascld-lab.org/ . Review the process of forensic lab accreditation and research one ASCLD accredited lab in your area. Be prepared to discuss. outline the process of forensic lab accreditation and determine what a laboratory needs to do in order to fulfill the requirements. Identify an ASCLD accredited lab in your geographic location and further research this lab. Povide an overview of its operations and accredited capabilities.
  • Describe at least three challenges of performing data acquisition on a device using a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) disk configuration. Determine whether or not you believe any one RAID configuration presents more challenges than the others and provide justification.
  • Use the Internet to research and select at least one forensics tool that aids a forensic specialist in RAID data acquisition. Be prepared to discuss, thoroughly describe the RAID data acquisition forensics tool you researched, including at a minimum its functions, advantages / disadvantages, and cost. Explain why you would consider utilizing this tool as a system forensics specialist, and provide a scenario where this tool would assist you in an investigation.
  • Explain in your own words why there is a need for live system forensics and discuss how this type of analysis improves on static system forensics analysis. Describe the challenges with data consistency and why this is an area of concern for system forensics specialists.
  • Analyze the four acquisition methods to determine whether or not these methods are suitable for live data acquisition. Outline the process you would take to determine the best acquisition method for live system analysis.
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Explain in your own words the purpose and importance of utilizing proper investigation procedures in corporate incidents and cases in both enterprise and small- to medium-sized businesses. Indicate the potential downfalls of not using these procedures.

  • Determine whether or not you believe displaying warning banners on your company- issued personal computers are a necessary security control. Explain what a warning banner can add to the overall security program and eventual potential legal posture of the company.
  • Based on your experience (e.g., work, school, public computer, etc.), indicate whether or not you have seen warning banners displayed and describe the situation(s). Explain whether or not you believe the company did or did not recognize the need to use warning banners  
  • Summarize the legal process for cases involving digital crimes and the affect you perceive that computer investigations can have on the process. Determine why it is important for a computer investigator to have Level 3 training to conduct an investigation.
  • Conclude whether or not you believe the legal process for cases involving digital crimes is keeping up with the times and the advancement of technology. Explain one area of law that you believe should be improved when it comes to digital crimes, legislation, and investigations.  
  • Use the Internet to find a recent example of a corporate high-tech investigation. Briefly review the investigation so that you thoroughly understand the situation. Be prepared to discuss.  explain the procedures followed in the corporate investigation you researched. Provide a separate situation / scenario in which these same procedures would be ideal.
  • Explain in your own words the purpose and importance of utilizing proper investigation procedures in corporate incidents and cases in both enterprise and small- to medium-sized businesses. Indicate the potential downfalls of not using these procedures.  
  • Determine what you perceive to be the value of forensics lab accreditation and whether or not it is important. Explain whether or not you believe lab certification is a requirement for law enforcement agencies and provide justification.    
  • Go to the ASCLD / LAB Website located at http://www.ascld-lab.org/ . Review the process of forensic lab accreditation and research one ASCLD accredited lab in your area. Be prepared to discuss. outline the process of forensic lab accreditation and determine what a laboratory needs to do in order to fulfill the requirements. Identify an ASCLD accredited lab in your geographic location and further research this lab. Povide an overview of its operations and accredited capabilities.  
  • Describe at least three challenges of performing data acquisition on a device using a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) disk configuration. Determine whether or not you believe any one RAID configuration presents more challenges than the others and provide justification.  
  • Use the Internet to research and select at least one forensics tool that aids a forensic specialist in RAID data acquisition. Be prepared to discuss, thoroughly describe the RAID data acquisition forensics tool you researched, including at a minimum its functions, advantages / disadvantages, and cost. Explain why you would consider utilizing this tool as a system forensics specialist, and provide a scenario where this tool would assist you in an investigation.  
  • Explain in your own words why there is a need for live system forensics and discuss how this type of analysis improves on static system forensics analysis. Describe the challenges with data consistency and why this is an area of concern for system forensics specialists.
  • Analyze the four acquisition methods to determine whether or not these methods are suitable for live data acquisition. Outline the process you would take to determine the best acquisition method for live system analysis.
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