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Dominant Characteristics

Dominant Characteristics
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Discuss the “Dominant Characteristics” of your industry. Conduct a “5 forces” industry analysis. Discuss how your industry is changing and what the industry of the near future (3-6 years from now) will be like.  (35 points)
Give us an overview of your 2 companies(firms), and compare them.  What do they sell? Where do they sell it, to whom? What are their market shares in the industry? What are their $ sales, and $ net profits and net profit %? (15 points)
For each of your 2 companies: How does the firm compete in the market? What is the generic strategy that it pursues? What are the specific relevant aspects of its corporate strategy and how it competes in the market? (30 points)
For each of your 2 companies: What is your firm’s competitive advantage(s)?   In which activities does each firm create value/competitive advantage? Explain. (30 points)
Provide concrete and specific recommendations for each company.  You must address the probably cost + revenue effects if the company followed your recommendations  (20 points)
Urbanisation can have on the hydrology of a catchment
Question 1
a)Explain the affects that Urbanisation can have on the hydrology of a catchment. Outline how SuDs can mitigate these impacts and explain the role and features of the following systems:
a.Permeable pavements
c.Detention Ponds
b)The 10mm 1Hr TUH ordinates for the Rabid Badger River is shown in Table 1.
Table 1: 10 mm 1 h TUH ordinates
T, Hr012345678
Q, m3/s031321199210
Calculate the peak flow from a storm where 25 mm of effective rain falls in the first hour followed by 33 mm in the second hour and 6 mm in the third hour, by plotting the storm hydrograph on graph paper.
Question 2
a)Identify the differences in design, operation and treatment performance between Slow Sand Filters and Rapid Gravity Filters for drinking water treatment and use a diagram to illustrate your answer. Comment on where each system is typically most often used and why they are appropriate for these situations.
b)State the impacts that raw sewage can have on rivers. Explain how 3-stage conventional sewage treatment reduces these impacts, identify the systems typically used in the 3 stages and pollutants removed in each system.
Question 3
take x = 7.2. A rectangular gate is located underwater (in fresh water) as shown, in section, in Figure Q3. The gate is aligned at 15 degrees to the vertical and at the top of the gate there is a hinge which lies x m vertically below the water surface, as shown. If the gate has a height of 0.65 m and a width of 0.45 m calculate
(a) the pressure at the hinge
[5 marks]
(b) the force of the water on the gate in kN
[8 marks]
(c) the location of the point of action of the force below the water surface (i.e., the distance y) correct to 3 decimal places
Question 4
. Figure Q4 shows a pontoon floating in fresh water. The weight of the pontoon is 7553 kN. The pontoon has a length of 18 m and a width (in plan) of 11 m. It has an overall height of 5.5 m as shown. Calculate:
(a) the volume of water displaced by the pontoon
[4 marks]
(b) the depth of immersion of the pontoon
[4 marks]
(c) the distance BM for design purposes (where B is the centre of buoyancy and M is the position of the metacentre)
[8 marks]
(d) the value of GM, assuming the position of the centre of gravity is level with the top surface of the pontoon
[8 marks]
(e) is the pontoon stable? (yes or no)
financial management concepts
Paper details
Students should select one of the topics from the list below. The essay should demonstrate a student’s ability to integrate and synthesize course concepts with selected readings to communicate his/her understanding of financial management concepts their application in organizations. The essay should also demonstrate a student’s ability to communicate as a manager. This includes proper writing style, organization, grammar, and spelling, as well as integration of course-related material.
The writing style must follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association , 5th edition. Citations for online sources should include the online address (URL) and access date as well as the citation for the specific reference.
Research for the paper may be conducted online using the UMUC online library as the primary source. Do not use abstracts, use full-text articles.
Publications that may be relevant for the topics listed below include: Strategic Finance, The Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, CFO Magazine, Nonprofit World, Harvard Business Review, or other accounting and financial journals.
The paper should:
• Be based on your reading and research relevant to the topic.
• Be 7 double-spaced pages, plus appendices, exhibits, and references.
• Include a one-page Executive Summary immediately following the title page that includes a statement of the major issue(s) and your conclusions and specific recommendations. The content of an Executive Summary is similar to an abstract.
• Properly cite reference sources: these may include course material, information from magazines, journals, and online sources.
All reference sources must have a publication date within the last three years.
Choose from the following topics”
Essay Topic List
1. Ratio and Financial Statement Analysis – Your essay should critically analyze the benefits and limitations of ratio analysis, explaining what factors impact the meaningfulness of such measures and what new practices or theories may be emerging regarding the application of ratio and financial statement analysis. Emphasize practical applications and real-world use of ratios synthesizing your readings in published research or survey articles (Relevant Text Material: Parrino – Chapters 3 & 4).
2. Capital Budgeting, Net Present Value, and other Decision Tools – Write an essay that analyzes the pros and cons of the commonly used measures ( NPV, IRR, PI, MIRR, DPB) and come to a conclusion based on the literature that you surveyed as to which methods are theoretically correct and those popular. Emphasize real-world practices of capital budgeting methods, including project approval processes. Synthesize the discussions in published research or survey articles (Text Material: Parrino – Chapter 10).
3. Financial Management in Multinational Organizations – Write an essay that describes how multinational organizations use the financial management practices, for example use of debt, dividend policy, managerial ownership, corporate governance, etc. Topics in (1) and (2) above can be included, but the essay and references should focus on international differences and practices in corporations/organizations outside U.S.
4. Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations – Discuss financial management in nonprofit organizations and write an essay that compares and contrasts the application of financial management techniques in nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Sources of funds, use of debt, performance evaluation (efficiency in use of contributions and meeting the organization’s objectives), governance mechanisms in non-profits, etc. would be good topics/issues for discussion in the essay.
5. Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems – Write an essay comparing the traditional management systems to the above two systems – in terms of differences in approaches, achieving efficiencies, cost savings, and firm profitability. Include in your essay the findings from different studies that have analyzed/examined alternative approaches to SCM and CRM (Text Material: Jiambalvo – Chapter 1).
6. Cost Allocations & Activity Based Costing (ABC) – Describe the cost allocation and ABC approaches in for-profit firms (corporations) and the different ways of implementation in real-world business enterprises. Analyze ABC’s potential strengths and weaknesses within a company. Include a discussion of steps needed to ensure a successful implementation of ABC, the associated costs & benefits, efficiency gains, profitability implications, etc. (Text Material: Jiambalvo – Chapter 6).
7. Costing & Pricing Decisions – Write an essay on the practice of cost allocations (particularly joint costs, sunk costs, and opportunity costs) and pricing decisions (e.g., cost-plus pricing, target costing, and activity-based pricing) in corporations. Include in your discussion the major differences in those various approaches and their appropriateness in the context of the nature of costs, industry differences, competitiveness, etc. Also relate the implications for firm’s profitability (Text Material: Jiambalvo – Chapters 7 & 8).

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