Energy Paper


Based upon what you have read, do you believe that the government should establish a national energy policy? If so, how would you construct this policy? Would you emphasis non-renewable energy (oil, natural gas, coal) or renewable energy (solar, hydro, thermal)? If not, how would you address our current energy issues? Again, would you emphasis non-renewable energy (oil, natural gas, coal) or renewable energy (solar, hydro, geothermal)?

Your paper should be 3 pages in length and all citations must use APA formatting.


Each paper should address the following key points:

  • The Issue: Identify the issue.
  • The Major Players: Who is involved? Why are they involved?
  • Important Facts: State relevant facts concerning the issue. Try to separate fact from opinion. Try not to show your own bias. Properly use APA citations.
  • Side One:  Arguments; state briefly and cite your sources.
  • Side Two: Arguments; state briefly and cite your sources.
  • Your Opinion and Rationale:  I believe that…, We should…, I feelthat…  Use supporting arguments and rationale.  What argumentswould you use to present to those who disagree with you?  Cite all ofyour sources.
  • References:  Alphabetize your sources. Make sure thereare sources representing both sides of the issue.


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Managerial Accounting – ACC00714 (S2, 2017)

Managerial Accounting – ACC00714 (S2, 2017)
Assignment 1 (25 Marks)
What factors should be considered in selecting a base to be used in calculating the predetermined
factory overhead rate? What would happen to factory overhead rates based on direct labour hours
when automated equipment is used intensively? Discuss and support your discussion by examples.
You must disclose the source of your information by appropriate referencing.
Why is cost accumulation easier under a process costing system than under a job order costing
system? Discuss and support your discussion by real world examples. You must disclose the source
of your information by appropriate referencing.
Selected account balances for the year ended May 31, 20×1 are provided below for Super Dmart:

Raw materials inventory, June 1, 20×0 $40,000
Raw materials inventory, May 31, 20×1 30,000
Purchases of raw materials 150,000
Insurance, factory 12,000
Work in process, June 1, 20×0 ?
Utilities, factory 25,000
Indirect labour 60,000
Finished goods inventory, June 1, 20×0 85,000
Direct labour ?
Indirect materials 30,000
Work in process, May 31, 20×1 48,000
Rent, factory building 120,000
Finished goods inventory, May 31, 20×1 ?
Maintenance, factory 16,000

The goods available for sale for the year totaled $635,000, the total manufacturing costs were
$563,000, and the cost of goods sold totaled $560,000 for the year.

1. Prepare a schedule of cost of goods manufactured in the form illustrated in Exhibit 2-8 (page
43) in the textbook and a schedule of cost goods sold.
2. Assume that the dollar amounts given above are for the equivalent of 40,000 units produced
during the year. Calculate the unit cost for direct materials. Calculate the unit cost for rent
on the factory building.
3. Assume in 20×2 that the company produces 50,000 units. What would be the per unit and
total cost that you would expect to be incurred for direct materials? For rent on the factory
4. As the manager in charge of production costs, explain to the president the reason for any
difference in unit costs between (2) and (3) above.
The One Stop Print Shop does a wide variety of printing work on a custom basis. For this reason, the
company uses a job order cost system. During the month of May, six jobs were worked on. A
summary of the job cost sheet on these jobs is given below:

Job no Direct materials Direct labour Factory OH applied Total Cost of job
216 $410 $360 $288 $1,058
217 850 790 632 2,272
218 110 85 68 263
219 1,500 1,140 912 3,552
220 950 850 680 2,480
221 270 115 92 477 (ending work in

The One Stop Print Shop has used the same overhead rate on all jobs. Job 216 was the only job in
process at the beginning of the month. At that time it had incurred direct labor costs of $150 and
total cost of $570.
1. What is the apparent predetermined overhead rate being applied by the One Stop Print
2. Assume that during May factory overhead was overapplied by $600. What was the actual
factory overhead cost incurred during the month?
3. What was the total amount of direct materials placed into production during May?
4. How much direct labour cost was incurred during May?

5. What was the cost of goods manufactured for May?
6. The beginning finished goods inventory was $2,550. What was the cost of goods sold for the
month if the ending finished goods inventory was 3,550?
Question 5 (6 marks)
Hard Wood P/L manufactures furniture, including tables. Selected costs are given below:
1. The tables are made of wood that costs $100 per table.
2. The tables are assembled by workers, at a wage cost of $40 per table.
3. Workers assembling the tables are supervised by a factory supervisor who is paid $38,000
per year.
4. Electrical costs are $2 per machine-hour. Four machine-hours are required to produce a
5. The depreciation on the machines used to make the tables totals $10,000 per year. The
machines have no resale value and do no wear out through use.
6. The salary of the president of the company is $100,000 per year.
7. The company spends $250,000 per year to advertise its products.
8. Salespersons are paid a commission of $30 for each table sold.
9. Instead of producing the tables, the company could rent its factory space to $50,000 per
10. The salary of the factory accountant is $60,000 per year.
Classify these costs according to the various cost terms used such as: Variable cost, fixed cost, period
cost, product cost, direct material cost, direct labour cost, factory overhead cost, and sunk cost.

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CIS8008, Semester 2 2017 Assignment 2 Specifications

CIS8008, Semester 2 2017 Assignment 2 Specifications
University of Southern Queensland © 2017 1

Description Possible Marks and Wtg(%) Word
Due date
Assignment 2 Written Practical Report 100 marks 15% Weighting 2000 14/08/17

Learning objectives
The key frameworks and concepts covered in modules 1–6 are particularly relevant for this
assignment. Assignment 2 relates to the course learning objectives 1, 2 and 4:
1. demonstrate applied knowledge of people, markets, finances, technology and management
in a global context of business intelligence practice (data warehouse design, data mining
process, data visualisation and performance management) and resulting organisational
change and how these apply to implementation of business intelligence in organisation
systems and business processes
2. identify and solve complex organisational problems creatively and practically through the use
of business intelligence and critically reflect on how evidence based decision making and
sustainable business performance management can effectively address real world problems
4. demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in a clear and concise manner in written
report style for senior management with correct and appropriate acknowledgment of main
ideas presented and discussed.
Software Requirements
You must use RapidMiner Studio for Task 2 and you must use Tableau Desktop for Task
in this Assignment 2. Failure to do so may result in Task 2 and/or Task 3 not being marked
and zero marks awarded.
Academic integrity
Note carefully University policy on Academic Misconduct such as plagiarism, collusion and
Your Assignment 2 submission is automatically submitted to and checked in
Turnitin for academic integrity
when you submit your Assignment 2 via the course study
Assignment 2 submission link
. If any of these occur they will be found and dealt with by the
USQ Academic Integrity Procedures. If proven, Academic Misconduct may result in failure
of an individual assessment, the entire course or exclusion from a University program or
This assignments should be completed by each student individually (not in group).
Late submission policy
USQ’s Assessment – Assignment (Late Submission) and Compassionate and Compelling
Circumstances procedures relate to Extensions and Late Assignments. They can be found under
the following links:
Assessment – Assignment (Late Submission) Procedure
Assessment of Compassionate and Compelling Circumstances Procedures:
An Assignment submitted after the due date without an approved extension of time will be
penalised. The penalty for late submission is a
reduction by five percent (5%) of the maximum
applicable for the assignment, for each University Business Day or part Business Day that
the assignment is late.

CIS8008, Semester 2 2017 Assignment 2 Specifications
University of Southern Queensland © 2017 2
Assignment 2 consists of three main tasks and a number of sub tasks
Task 1 Data Management Architectures (Worth 30 Marks)
For Task 1 you are required to conduct a critical literature review of the related concepts of data
warehouses, data lakes and data marts in order to complete two sub tasks.
Task 1.1) Define and discuss the concepts of (1) a data warehouse, (2) a data lake and (3) a data
mart drawing relevant and reputable literature (about 500 words).
Task 1.2) Explain how a data warehouse, a data lake and a data mart would be used in an
organization and in your answer provide some real world examples of how each would be used in
an organization (about 500 words).
Task 2 Exploratory Data Analysis and Linear Regression Analysis (Worth 40
For Task 2 consider a set of observations on a large number of white wine varieties involving
their chemical properties and ranking by wine tasters contained in
white-wines.csv data set. Wine
industry has been growing steadily as social drinking of wine is on the rise. The price of a wine
largely depends on wine appreciation by wine tasters which may have a high degree of variability.
Another key factor in wine certification and quality assessment is physicochemical tests which
are laboratory-based and take into account factors like acidity, pH level, presence of sugar and
other chemical properties.
For wine producers, it would be of interest if wine tasters
perception of wine quality after tasting
can be related to the chemical properties of wine so that certification and quality assessment and
assurance process of wines is more rigorous.
white-wines.csv data set consists of 4898 white wine varieties in total (records). All wines are
from one wine producing region. The
white-wines.csv data set was collected on 12 different
properties of wines. Quality is based on sensory data (wine tasters
perception of the quality of a
wine), the rest are based on chemical properties of wines including density, acidity, alcohol
content etc. All chemical properties of wines are coded as continuous numeric variables. Quality
is an ordinal variable with a possible ranking from 1 (worst) to 10 (best). Each white wine variety
is tasted by three independent tasters and final rank assigned is the median rank given by tasters.
See Table 1 White Wines Data Set Data Dictionary for full details of
white-wines.csv data set.
Table 1 White Wines Data Set Data Dictionary

Variable Name Type and description of variable Range of values
fixed acidity Real – tartaric acid grams/litre – most acids in wines are fixed 3 through to 15
volatile acidity Real – acetic acid grams/litre – steam distillable acids 0 through to 1.2
citric acid Real – grams/litre commercially produced acid supplement 0 through to 2
residual sugar
2 – volatile acidity
3 – citric acid
4 – residual sugar
5 – chlorides
6 – free sulfur
7 – total sulfur
8 – density
9 – pH
10 – sulphates
11 – alcohol
Real – measured in grams of sugar per litre of wine 0 through to 70
chlorides Real – sodium chloride – grams/litre 0 through to 1
free sulfur dioxide Integer fruit preservative used in wines milligrams/litre 1 through to 300
total sulfur dioxide Integer fruit preservative used in wines milligrams/litre 1 through to 450
density Real – density – grams/cubic 0 through to 2
pH Real – strength of acidity 2 through to 4
sulphates Real – potassium sulfate – grams/litre 0 through to 2
alcohol Real percentage of volume – alcohol content of a wine 3 through to 15
quality Integer – Quality Sensory score by wine tasters between 0 and 10

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University of Southern Queensland © 2017 3
Note: You will need to conduct some desktop research on wine tasting and the chemical
properties of wine in order to fully understand and interpret the key findings of the exploratory
data analysis (EDA) of the
white-wines.csv data set and the key results of the Linear Regression
Models for the
white-wines.csv data set. The following resources: Wikipedia page on Acidity in
and Whats in a Wine? are a good starting point.
Task 2.1) Conduct an exploratory data analysis of the white-wines.csv data set using the
RapidMiner Studio data mining tool
. Summarise the findings of your exploratory data
in terms of describing key characteristics of each variable in the wines.csv data set such
as maximum, minimum values, average, standard deviation, most frequent values (mode),
missing values and invalid values etc and relationships of variables with other variables if relevant
in a table named
Table 2.1 Results of Exploratory Data Analysis for the White-Wines.csv
Data Set
Hint: The Statistics Tab and the Chart Tab in RapidMiner provide descriptive statistical information
and the ability to create useful charts like Barcharts, Scatterplots etc. You might also like to look at
running some correlations and chi square tests on the
white-wines.csv data set to indicate which
variables you consider to be the top five key variables
and which contribute most to confirming
a wine taster’s ranking of the quality of a wine. Note in completing Task 2.1 you will find it useful
to refer to the data dictionary for the
white-wines.csv data set included in this document which
defines each of the variables in terms of their data type and range of p o s s i b l e values
Discuss the key results of your exploratory data analysis presented in Table 2.1 and provide a
rationale for why you have selected your five top variables for predicting a wine taster
s ranking of
a white wine drawing on the results of your EDA analysis and relevant literature (About 500 words).
Task 2.2) Build a Linear Regression model for predicting the quality ranking of a white wine using
a RapidMiner data mining process and an appropriate set of data mining operators and a reduced
set of variables from the
white-wines.csv data set determined by your exploratory data analysis in
Task 2.1. Provide these outputs from RapidMiner (1) Final Linear Regression Model process and
(2) Summary Table of Results of Final Linear Regression Model for Task 2.2 for
data set.
Briefly describe your final Linear Regression Model Process, and discuss the results of the
Final Linear Regression Model for white wine.csv data set
drawing on the key outputs
(coefficient, standardised coefficients, t-statistics values, p-values and significance levels etc) for
predicting Wine Quality and relevant supporting literature on the interpretation of a Linear
Regression Model (About 500 words).
Include all appropriate RapidMiner outputs such as RapidMiner Processes, Graphs and Tables that
support the key aspects of your exploratory data analysis and linear regression model analysis of
white-wines.csv data set in your Assignment 2 report. Note you need export these outputs
from RapidMiner using the File/Print/Export Image option and include in Task 2 where
relevant or in Appendix A of Assignment 2 report.

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University of Southern Queensland © 2017 4
Task 3 Tableau Desktop View of Snow Falls at Whistler over Time (worth 20
Create a Tableau Text Table or Graph view that displays Snow falls at Whistler BC Canada and
other relevant data over time (years) using
whistler-daily-snowfall.csv. Comment on the (1) process
of preparing this data set for a Text Table or Graph view presentation using Tableau Desktop and
(2) key trends and patterns that are apparent in Text Table/Graph you created for presentation of
whistler-daily-snowfall.csv data set (about 200 words).
Whistler Daily Snow Fall Data Set contains: Historical daily snowfall data record at Whistler, BC,
Canada over the period July 1 1972 to December 31 2009. Measured at top of Whistler Gondola:
Latitude: 50
°04’04.000″ N Longitude: 122°56’50.000″ W Elevation: 1835.00 m. Data Source: (Whistler Roundhouse station, identifier 1108906).
Note you will need to ensure that Tableau Desktop recognizes the variables in the whistler-dailysnowfall.csv data set as correct type and Note there are a lot of missing values (coded as nan) or
null values in this data set for the earlier years 1970s etc.
Table 2 Whistler Daily Snow Fall Data Set Data Dictionary

Variable Name Type and description of variable Range of values
Year Integer – Years for snow fall recorded at Whistler BC Canada 1972 to 2009
Month Integer – Months January through December for each year 1 through to 12
Day Integer – Days of each month of each year 1 through to 31
2 – volatile
3 – citric acid
4 – residual
5 – chlorides
6 – free sulfur
7 – total sulfur
8 – density
9 – pH
10 – sulphates
11 – alcohol
Output variable
(based on sensory
12 – quality
(score between 0
and 10)
Real – measured in Celsius
MinTemp Real – measured in Celsius
MeanTemp Real – measured in Celsius
HeatDegDays Real – measured in Celsius
CoolDegDays Real – measured in Celsius
TotalRain Real – rainfall is measured in mm
TotalSnow Real – snow is measured in cm
TotalPrecip Real total precipitation is measured in mm
SnowOnGrd Real snow on ground is measured in cm

Report presentation, writing style and referencing (worth 10 marks)
Your Assignment 2 must be presented in report format, written in an appropriate and critical style
and supported where required with in text references using Harvard Referencing Style
Your assignment 2 report must be structured in report format as follows:
Cover Page: Including course code/name, Student name & ID, assignment title (e.g. “Assignment 2)
Table of Contents
Body of report
Task 1

Task 2

Task 3
List of References

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University of Southern Queensland © 2017 5
You must submit two files for Assignment 2:
1. Assignment 2 Report for Tasks 1, 2 and 3 in Word document format with extension
2. Tableau packaged workbook with the extension .twbx contains required Text Table
/ Graph view for Task 3
You must the following file naming convention:
1. Student ID_Student name_CIS8008_Ass2.docx
2. Student ID_ Student name_CIS8008_Ass2.twbx
Harvard referencing resources
Install a bibliography referencing tool – Endnote which integrates with your word processor. or alternatively use an
online citation tool such as
Zetoro or You Cite This For Me
USQ Library how to reference correctly using the Harvard referencing system

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Week 7 Discussion

Learning Activity #1   Production

Identify a multinational firm from the Fortune 500 List.  

  • Discuss where the firm’s products are produced, whether the company produces in a single country or several key locations? 
  • Have they changed their production strategy to move manufacturing from the US to another country, or back to the US after years of outsourcing? 
  • What factors would a firm consider when deciding to move manufacturing abroad? 
  • How has technology enabled outsourcing?

Learning Activity #2   Quality Control

Explain why quality control is important for a service business such as Sprint Nextel?  Discuss the benefits of quality control for a service business  and the methods a company might use for controlling quality? 

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Code 1 and 2


Take a close look at the concepts of persuasion such as the main principles laid out by Cialdini (2001) or in Section 14.2 of McLean (2012). Then take a look at some of the practical guides to persuasion such as Gorman (2007) or the Pearson tutorials and see which one of them is the most useful for you.

4 page paper addressing the following issues:

  1. Which of these readings or tutorials was the most convincing or presented the most useful information? Explain your reasoning as to why you found this source more convincing that the others.
  2. Based on the ideas about persuasion that you read about in the background readings, write a memo at least one page in length to your employees trying to persuade them to cancel their weekend plans and volunteer to work next weekend. This memo shouldn’t be an “order” that they need to work on the weekend, but rather an attempt to persuade them to do so. Make sure to use both the general concepts from Cialdini (2001) or McLean (2012) as well as some of the practical persuasion guides to help you craft your memo.
  3. Conclude your paper with a discussion of how your memo applied the concepts from the background materials. Be specific as to what sources you used and what sections of your memo was influenced by which source.








Review the basic concepts of persuasion discussed in Cialdini (2001) and McLean (2012). Then take a close look at the first few slides of Jernigan (2013) and make sure you are clear on the distinction between argument, persuasion, and propaganda.

Once you have finished reviewing the background materials, think about communication that you receive in your daily life that is intended to sway your attitudes, opinion, or behavior. This could be communication from your employer, YouTube videos, TV advertisements, spam email, and a host of other communication that you are exposed to in your daily life. After reviewing some communication examples, write a 3-page paper addressing the following questions:

  1. Describe a communication example that you have seen that is best described as propaganda. In addition to describing the communication, explain why you think this was propaganda rather than argumentation or persuasion. Use the distinctions spelled out by Jernigan (2013) in your answer.
  2. Now find a communication example that you think is a good example of argumentation. Describe the example and explain why you think it fits the definition of argumentation described by Jernigan (2013).
  3. Last, but definitely not least, find an example of persuasion that you think best fits the definition of Jernigan (2013) as well as exemplifies the concepts of persuasion discussed in Cialdini (2001) or McLean (2012). Explain why you think this communication best fits the definition of persuasion rather than propaganda or argumentation.



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Module 2 – SLP

Module 2 – SLP

Marketing and Strategy

In the previous module, you looked at the cultural and financial situation of a country other than the United States. Continue to do research on this same country that you wrote about for Module 1. Now will be looking at the legal and political environment of your chosen country and how these factors impact doing business.

As part of your research, keep in mind that several organizations publish various rankings and indices of political and legal factors in the major countries in the world. One example of rankings is the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators page ( This webpage includes rankings on factors relating the legal and political system such as rule of law, regulatory quality, and political stability. Rankings are given from 0 to 100 on each of these aspects.

The World Bank also does some rankings of the ease of doing business in countries across the world. Their has detailed reports on most countries on different aspects of doing business. While they look at many different factors, some of these relate to the legal system such as ease of enforcing contracts or getting a business license. It is worth looking up your country on this webpage to get an idea of how friendly your country’s legal system is to doing business. In addition to the Doing Business report, Transparency International does an annual report on corruption around the world and their rankings can be found at

But don’t just look at quantitative rankings of your country. Do additional research to get an overall picture of the legal and political system beyond just a numerical score. Once you are finished doing your research on the country of your choice, write a 2- to 3-page paper covering the following issues:

  1. The type of government and level of political stability in your country, and whether or not the political system is conducive to doing business
  2. The legal/regulatory system in this country and whether or not it is conducive to doing business
  3. The level of corruption in your country, and the impact of corruption on doing business in this country

SLP Assignment Expectations

  • Answer the assignment questions directly.
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions. Don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
  • Make sure to use reliable and credible sources as your references. Articles published in established newspapers or business journals/magazines are preferred. If you find articles on the internet, make sure they are from credible sources.
  • Reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 11-14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC portal.
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Final Paper

The final essay for this course will be to compare and contrast 3 of the works we have studied this semester.

When working with literature, a comparison and contrast essay asks the writer to explore the similarities and differences between types of characters, cultures, settings, plots, conflicts, themes, or other literary elements such as symbols, figurative language, tone, etc. The comparisons should not be arbitrary, but rather intended to exert some persuasion over your reader.

Evaluations or judgments about something often depend on a successfully executed comparison and contrast argument. For example, the implications when a character has a decision to make. Compare and contrast is also a significant strategy for examining motives, outcomes, strategies and such not only among characters, but among authors.

Your job here is to write a thoughtful essay of between 1000 and 1200 words that compares and contrasts features of three of the works of literature from our syllabus You must use MLA format to cite your sources, which should include not only your selected texts, but also any outside sources you use. Quotes and paraphrases should be used, and they should be correctly constructed within sentences that you create.

Note well: This essay requires secondary research; however, SparkNotes, CliffsNotes, and other similar sources are NOT appropriate. I suggest going to the library so you can access the JSTOR database. You should be accessing published scholarly criticism that has been vetted by literary professionals. The FAU library is available to you, as is the public county library wherever you live or work. Librarians are VERY helpful people. I strongly suggest that you speak with one and get some help accessing appropriate sources. Google won’t cut it!

Papers will be evaluated with generally the same criteria as the midterm. However, I will also be evaluating the strength and legitimacy of your sources. I will also be looking to see a sense of investment in your writing. In other words, I want to see that you haven’t just taken random texts and thrown them together. I want to see thoughtfulness and clear knowledge and understanding of the texts.

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