Documentary on primates, human evolution, genetics or Darwinian principles.

pick a documentary on primates, human evolution, genetics or Darwinian principles.

Write an one and a half page (double spaced summary) and include the following:

1. Summary of the film

2. How does the topic relate to our class (focus of paper should be here)

You must cite all references, including the documentary as well as class readings.

The Issues and Resolutions Discussion is the place for you to familiarize yourself with the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem-Solving Process by applying a real-world situation and communicating the outcome from your critical thinking and decision-making.

BA374 Business communication

Week 1 Discussion

Issues and Resolutions

Applying your own thinking, experiences, and application and citation of information from at least one resource, respond to the following Discussion topic(s). Remember, the Discussions are a dialog (conversation) and an opportunity to build community. This is the second of two Discussions in Week 1. In this Issues and Resolutions Discussion, post your main response on or before Day 4 (Thursday night). Post at least three additional responses (one-two paragraphs each) during Monday through Sunday, all on different days.  It is a UIU requirement for Discussion participation to occur on at least four of the seven days in each Week. With the exception of Week 8, “Weeks” begin on Mondays and end on Sundays. It is assumed in this Business Communication class that all writing will have been thoroughly proofread, grammar and spell-checked and never represent the first draft. Writing is always a process, one which requires more than one draft prior to submitting a final, polished posting. Grading rubrics for the Issues and Resolutions Discussion are included below the Directions.

The Issues and Resolutions Discussion is the place for you to familiarize yourself with the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem-Solving Process by applying a real-world situation and communicating the outcome from your critical thinking and decision-making. Below is a visual representation of the process.

One important point made in Chapter 1 of our Guffey and Loewy (2018) textbook is you first must be able to think critically and make decisions before you can clearly communicate those decisions (p. 7).  This also explains why our first Week’s Discussion is focused on this important reality.

Directions:

Write your response using paragraph format (include a topic sentence plus 3-4 additional sentences). Do not use the second-person perspective.  You may use the first and/or third-perspective perspective for this “Issues and Resolutions” Discussion response.

Following the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem-Solving Process, begin with “Explore the Challenge”.  It is your choice what challenge you identify but it must relate to Business Communication.   You will need to think about what you need to know about the problem, perhaps gather information (e.g., from people, from research) and ultimately, clearly state what is the problem (e.g, “the business communication challenge I have chosen is...” . Understanding the problem is essential” (Guffey & Loewy, 2018, p. 7). This section of your main response is likely one paragraph in length.

Next is the second phase of the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem-Solving Process, “Generate Ideas”.  Write in full sentences (not bullet-point sentence fragments) articulate ideas that could solve the problem.  From this information, (perhaps one or two paragraphs = appropriate for this phase) choose one or two of the most promising ideas.

The third and final phase is “Implement Solutions”. This phase transitions ideas to solutions, including action planning. This section of your main response is likely one or two paragraphs in length.

Write a paragraph (paragraphs require at least three if not four sentences to be considered a paragraph) reflecting upon your experience using the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem-Solving Process.

Somewhere, within the entire main response include one quote from either our textbook or from a UIU library article.  Refer to the Overview section to 1) see how to correctly format references using APA formatting (a UIU requirement), and 2) see how to access information using the UIU library. 

Give yourself the gift of allocating an appropriate amount of time to think, research, and write. Follow the directions.  Run spell and grammar check and proofread your crafted response (reading aloud is highly recommended because it slows down the review, indicates where pauses are appropriate, and suggests where editing is beneficial).  Discussion settings allow you to edit an already posted response without any change in date or time.

The Diverse Workplace Audiences and Communications Discussion is the place for you to consider the relationship between diversity in the workplace and business communications.

BA374 Business communication

Week 2 Discussion

Diverse Workplace Audiences and Communications

Applying your own thinking, experiences, and application and citation of information from at least one resource (textbook and/or UIU library article), respond to the following Discussion topic(s). Remember, the Discussions are a dialog (conversation) and an opportunity to build community. This is the only Discussion in Week 2. In this Diverse Workplace Audiences and Communications Discussion, post your main response on or before Day 4 (Thursday night). Post at least three additional responses (one-two paragraphs each) during Monday through Sunday, all on different days.  It is a UIU requirement for Discussion participation to occur on at least four of the seven days in each Week. With the exception of Week 8, “Weeks” begin on Mondays and end on Sundays. It is assumed in this Business Communication class that all writing will have been thoroughly proofread, grammar and spell-checked and never represent the first draft. Writing is always a process, one which requires more than one draft prior to submitting a final, polished posting. Grading rubrics for the Diverse Workplace Audiences and Communications Discussion are included below the Directions.

The Diverse Workplace Audiences and Communications Discussion is the place for you to consider the relationship between diversity in the workplace and business communications.

One important point made in Chapter 3 of our Guffey and Loewy (2018) textbook is diversity can “enhance productivity and propel a company to success. Mismanaged, it can become a tremendous drain on a company’s time and resources” (p. 110).

Directions:

Write your response,  at least four paragraphs, using paragraph format (include a topic sentence plus 3-4 additional sentences). Do not use the second-person perspective.  You may use first and/or third-perspective perspective for this “Diverse Workplace Audiences and Communications” Discussion response.

In your response, explain the advantages and challenges of workforce diversity, and recommend approaches for improving communication among diverse workplace audiences.

Somewhere, within the entire main response include one quote from either our textbook and/or from a UIU library article.  Refer to the Overview section to 1) see how to correctly format references using APA formatting (a UIU requirement), and 2) see how to access information using the UIU library. 

Give yourself the gift of allocating an appropriate amount of time to think, research, and write. Follow the directions. Run spell and grammar check and proofread your crafted response (reading aloud is highly recommended because it slows down the review, indicates where pauses are appropriate, and suggests where editing is beneficial).  Discussion settings allow you to edit an already posted response without any change in date or time.

BA374 Business communication

BA374 Business communication

Week 1 Assignment

Paper Developing Team Effectiveness

The purpose of this first Assignment is for you to demonstrate understanding of the direct correlation between good business communication and effective teams.

Directions:

1. Download, save as your own document and open the provided Week 1 Team Assignment Template. Use your (saved as your own document) as your starting point.

2. Assume you will write a rough first draft, then go back and improve with two or three more drafts before finishing a polished, academically sound and professionally written paper.  Writing is a process.  It is not in your best interest to correct as you write.  Write first, then correct using drafts.

3. Follow the directions and advice provided within the template document.  Be sure to remove the directions and change any red font words to be black font words.

4. Refer to the Week 1 Overview for an example of how to access articles in the UIU library.  This assignment requires you to cite at least two references, one from the textbook and one from the UIU library.

5. Write the first section, which is essentially the introduction to the paper This first introductory area a is good place to set the tone for the subsequent content.

6. In the “Effective Team Example” section,  describe an example of an effective team experience. Explain what made the team effective. This section will likely contain one – three paragraphs.

7. In the “Ineffective Team Example” section, describe an example of an ineffective team experience. Explain what made the team ineffective. This section will likely contain one – three paragraphs.

8. In the “Business Communication Connection” section, focus on the communication implications from both of your examples. This section of your paper should demonstrate your own critical thinking about the connections between team effectiveness and the myriad of aspects inherent in business communications.

9. Write the Conclusion.

10. Confirm reference page entries are representative of application and citation of resources used within the body of the paper.

11. Proofread your response (reading aloud is highly recommended), run spell check and grammar check, and proofread again. Post your polished response in the Week 1 Assignment area.  Once you have submitted your paper, return to the Assignment Submission area to confirm your document saved and is present for grading review. Be sure to submit your document in the correct place (e.g, Week 1 Assignment).

Grading Rubrics for the Week 1 Assignment: Developing Team Effectiveness (possible 65 pts.)

Submitted a Week 1 Assignment APA formatted paper related to developing team effectiveness  = possible 5 points.

The paper included introductory information setting the tone for the rest of the paper’s content = possible 5 points.

The paper included examples of effective and ineffective team experiences = possible 10 points.

The paper critically reviewed the connections between team effectiveness and various aspects of business communications = possible 25 points

The paper applied and cited, using in-text citation and listed references on a separate reference page, at least one quote from the textbook and one quote from a UIU library article = possible 10 points.

The final version of the paper represented professional and academically sound composition and formatting = possible 10 points.

Basic Statistics-Use SPSS To Determine If Amount Of Sleep Is Related To Reaction Time

Basic Statistics-Use SPSS To Determine If Amount Of Sleep Is Related To Reaction Time.

Reaction times in seconds for participants with 5 hours of sleep: 0.26, 0.24, 0.29, 0.29, 0.22, 0.28, 0.2, 0.31, 0.28, 0.24, 0.3, 0.26, 0.29, 0.27, 0.29 

Reaction times in seconds for participants with 8 hours of sleep: 0.2, 0.21, 0.23, 0.24, 0.23, 0.21, 0.22, 0.29, 0.21, 0.22, 0.24, 0.25, 0.26, 0.22, 0.26

Scenario: Imagine you are a researcher who is interested in studying whether sleep deprivation leads to increased reaction times (i.e., being slower) when driving. You randomly select a sample of 30 licensed drivers. Fifteen participants are randomly assigned to get 5 hours of sleep for three consecutive nights. The other 15 participants are randomly assigned to get 8 hours of sleep for three consecutive nights. For the purposes of this Assignment, assume that all participants sleep exactly the required amounts. After the third night, all participants take a driving simulation test that measures their reaction times.

To complete this Assignment, submit a response to each of the following. Use SPSS to determine if amount of sleep is related to reaction time.

  1. Explain whether the researcher should use an independent-samples t-test or a related-samples t-test for this scenario. Provide a rationale for your decision.
  2. Identify the independent variable and dependent variable.
  3. Knowing the researcher believes that people who sleep less will have slower reaction times, state the null hypothesis and alternate hypothesis in words (not formulas).
  4. Explain whether the researcher should use a one-tailed test or two-tailed test and why.
  5. Identify the obtained t value for this data set using SPSS and report it in your answer document.
  6. State the degrees of freedom and explain how you calculated it by hand.
  7. Identify the p value using SPSS and report it in your answer document.
  8. Explain whether the researcher should retain or reject the null hypothesis. Provide a rationale for your decision. Are the results statistically significant?
  9. Explain what the researcher can conclude about the relationship between amount of sleep and reaction times.

Provide an APA reference list.

What are the benefits of doing a pilot program before a full-scale rollout of a new analytical methodology?

Data Science & Big Data Analy

You are kindly requested to solve the Exercises found at the end of Chapter2 of the textbook-page 61. 

1-In which phase would the team expect to invest most of the project time? Why? Where would the team expect to spend the least time?

2. What are the benefits of doing a pilot program before a full-scale rollout of a new analytical methodology?

Discuss this in the context of the mini case study.

3. What kinds of tools would be used in the following phases, and for which kinds of use scenarios?

a. Phase 2: Data preparation

b. Phase 4: Model building

Public Speaking Speech

Public Speaking Speech

PERSUASIVE SPEECH ASSIGNMENT Rationale: There are many situations that you see as wrong or that need changing. If you want to make a change in policy or if you want to convince someone to change his or her beliefs or attitudes about a topic, you will have to be able to make a persuasive argument that effectively clarifies the situation, considers the possible causes and presents your solution to the problem. Assignment: This speech will be an opportunity for you to practice your advocacy skills. You are asked to prepare a persuasive speech which advocates a change in attitude, value, belief or action. You should design the speech according to the formats found in the chapters on Persuasive speaking. Requirements:

1. Persuasive speeches must persuade. You must argue for a position. Make sure that you are taking a side and not simply informing us about a problem.

2. Select one of the types of persuasive speeches found in your text book and use a proper organizational method based on the type you select.

3. Ensure that you have solid reasoning and evidence for your points. Pay special attention

to the method of persuasion you select and work to avoid fallacies in your arguments. This speech will be evaluated based on clarity, logic and ethics of your argument. Make sure that your argument is well thought out and free from errors.

4. The speech should be between 6 and 9 minutes long.

5. Make and maintain eye contact. If you are not capable of looking at your audience, you

are perceived to be deceptive. Look at us and talk with us. Either use note cards or your outline for delivery. No transcript please.

6. You must cite the sources of your information in the speech. If you don’t say the source of the information, your audience has no way of knowing that you did your research. You must have at least 6 scholarly sources on your reference page, and all must be mentioned in the speech. All must be scholarly sources

7. A power point presentation is required for this speech. Your power point must

incorporate at least 1 chart, graph or table with quantitative data. Make sure your visual aid uses colors and fonts that are easy on the eye. Do NOT continuously look at your visual aid and speak to it. Please look at your audience when speaking with them.

8. You must submit an outline, a complete reference page in APA format, copies (.PDF

documents or pictures) of each source listed on the reference page and your Power Point presentation. Any late work, while accepted, is graded following the FTCC late work policy. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please consult the Policy in the Syllabus.

What type of qualitative research design was utilized to conduct the study?

Qualitative Research

Write a fully developed and detailed APA essay addressing each of the following points/questions. There is no required word count; be sure to completely answer all the questions for each question in detail. Separate each section in your paper with a clear heading that allows your professor to know which bullet you are addressing in that section of your paper. Support your ideas with at least one (1) source using citations in your essay. Make sure to cite using the APA writing style for the essay. The cover page and reference page are required. Review the rubric criteria for this assignment.

Conduct a literature search to select a qualitative research study on the topic identified in Module 1. Conduct an initial critical appraisal of the study.

Respond to the overview questions for the critical appraisal of qualitative studies, including:

  • What type of qualitative research design was utilized to conduct the study?
  • Are the results valid/trustworthy and credible?
  • How were the participants chosen?
  • How were accuracy and completeness of data assured?
  • How plausible/believable are the results?
  • Are implications of the research stated?
  • May new insights increase sensitivity to others’ needs?
  • May understandings enhance situational competence?
  • What is the effect on the reader?
  • Are the results plausible and believable?
  • Is the reader imaginatively drawn to the experience?
  • What are the results of the study?
  • Does the research approach fit the purpose of the study?
  • How does the researcher identify the study approach?
  • Are the data collection and analysis techniques appropriate?
  • Is the significance/importance of the study explicit?
  • Does the literature support a need for the study?
  • What is the study’s potential contribution?
  • Is the sampling clear and guided by study needs?
  • Does the researcher control selection of the sample?
  • Do sample size and composition reflect the study needs?
  • Is the phenomenon (human experience) clearly identified?
  • Are data collection procedures clear?
  • Are sources and means of verifying data explicit?
  • Are researcher roles and activities explained?
  • Are data analysis procedures described?
  • Does analysis guide directions of sampling when it ends?
  • Are data management processes described?
  • What are the reported results (descriptive or interpretation)?
  • How are specific findings presented?
  • Are the data meanings derived from data described in context?
  • Does the writing effectively promote understanding?
  • Will the results help me care for my patients?
  • Are the results relevant to persons in similar situations?
  • Are the results relevant to patient values and/or circumstances?
  • How may the results be applied to clinical practice?

Please be sure to answer the questions thoroughly using complete sentences and APA format. Explain responses to yes/no questions in detail by presenting information found in the study to support your response.

Provide a reference for the article according to APA format and a copy of the article.

Assignment Expectations:

Length: Clearly and fully answer all questions; attach a copy of the article
Structure: Include a title page and reference page in APA format. Your essay must include an introduction and a conclusion.
References: Use appropriate APA style in-text citations and references for all resources utilized to answer the questions. A minimum of one (1) scholarly source for the article is required for this assignment.

BUSINESS MEETING OR PAID-FOR VACATION

ETHICS ASSESSMENT 

BUSINESS MEETING OR PAID-FOR VACATION? 

For the last several years, Amberson Corporation has made occasional purchases of software packages from Hacker, Inc., a corporation located in Maui, Hawaii. Hacker produces a high-quality product. However, Hacker’s product is generally more expensive than that of its competitors. Hacker has continued to press Amberson for business, because Amberson is very large and an industry leader. 

Contrary to general practice in the software business, Hacker holds an annual four-day meeting in late February for important (and potentially important) customers at a popular local resort. Hacker’s competitors complain that “these junkets are unfair and corrupt the purchasing process” Hacker argues that it uses this conference to explain its products and services and to learn more about the needs of its clients. A substantial amount of time is allocated for golf, swimming, scuba, and rest and relaxation. All expenses (exclusive of transportation costs) are paid for by Hacker. 

Amberson is reexamining many of its business practices, and the policy of allowing corporate officials to attend the Hacker seminar has come under scrutiny. Amberson is examining whether to should discontinue any attendance at the Hacker meetings and further whether it should establish a corporate-wide policy against accepting any gifts from customers or suppliers.  

ASSIGNMENT: 

Answer the following questions: 

  1. Who/What are the affected stakeholders?  
  2. What are the ethical issues and the possible alternative courses of action for Amberson? 
  3. You are the Corporate Governance Officer of Amberson. What would you do? 
  4. Which ethical frameworks, perspectives, or approaches are supportive of your decision? 

Discuss the impact of adopting IFRS reporting on equity-based accounting for financial reporting and tax payments.

STRAYER ACC499 -FULL COURSE DISCUSSIONS WEEK 1 TO WEEK 11,MIDTERM PART 1 AND PART2 , FINAL PART 1 AND PART 2 For individual assignmnt or exam contact- support@hometaskguru.com WEEK 1 Week 1 Discussion 1 “Operating and Capital Leases” Please respond to the following: From the e-Activity, analyze the results of the proposed changes to lease accounting on operating and capital leases. Identifying how the right-of-use model will impact financial reporting, indicate how companies are likely to manage the change in reporting. Discuss recommendations you would make to chief financial officers (CFOs) of retailers, service providers, and other businesses that lease several locations or have substantial leases of real estate or other assets. Indicate the pros and cons of each approach   Week 1 Discussion 2 “Leasing Restatements in the Restaurant Industry” Please respond to the following: From the case study, create an argument for the use of principles-based accounting for leases over rules-based accounting under GAAP, based on the financial statement restatements in the restaurant industry. Provide support for your argument. Assess the materiality of the errors, direction provided by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) on the decision by management to restate the financial statements. Indicate the likely impact to stakeholders when financial statements are restated.   WEEK 2 Week 2 Discussion 1 “Equity-Based Compensation” Please respond to the following: From the e-Activity, discuss the impact of adopting IFRS reporting on equity-based accounting for financial reporting and tax payments. Then, recommend a strategy for companies adopting IFRS to minimize the impact of the accounting treatment. Examine the potential results of measuring the fair market value of the equity-based compensation at the grant date on financial statements under GAAP only. Provide recommendations you would make to minimize any distortions in fair market value   Week 2 Discussion 2 “Harley-Davidson(B) 2010” Please respond to the following: From the case study, examine the significant differences between the Harley-Davidson 2008 securitization and the 2009 securitization and the manner in which these differences are indicators of the financial health of the company. Examine the impact of the sub-prime mortgage on the securitization of Harley-Davidson. Analyze the debt-to-equity ratio of Harley-Davidson for 2008 and 2009, and discuss the impact these ratios had on the market value of the company. Propose at least two alternatives to additional securitization to finance current receivables, and provide a justification for each. WEEK 3 Week 3 Discussion 1 “Global Mergers and Acquisitions” Please respond to the following: From the e-Activity, contrast the impairment of goodwill on the financial statements of the entity reporting under international financial reporting standards (IFRS) that you researched with the impairment of goodwill on the financial statements of the same entity reporting under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Indicate how stakeholders in the company are likely to react to the impairment. Provide support for your rationale. Examine the relationship between acquisition costs of the entity that you researched and the goodwill impairment charges related to the acquired entity. Indicate the most likely impact to the business.   Week 3 Discussion 2 From the case study, assess the major problems Sirius and XM radio faced during the acquisition of XM by Sirius as compared to the average acquisition during this period. Describe the key benefits of the acquisition to Sirius and XM.”Sirius XM Radio” Please respond to the following: Analyze the value of the Howard Stern’s show to Sirius XM Radio. Given your prediction of his continued success, provide a recommendation on contract extension for Stern based on his contribution to the financial stability of the company. Assignment 1: Amazon.com Business Combinations and Financial Results Analysis Due Week 3 and worth 240 points   Search the Internet for acquisitions and equity investments made by Amazon.com during the last five (5) years. Review the 10-K of Amazon.com located at http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?company=&match=&CIK=AMZN&filenum=&State=&Country=&SIC=&owner=exclude&Find=Find+Companies&action=getcompany.   Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you: Examine how at least three (3) growth strategy alternatives utilized by Amazon.com in the global and domestic retail markets influenced profitability, and indicate if the strategies were successful. Assess the financial value of the acquisitions and investments made by Amazon.com, and the influence of the acquisitions and investments on profitability during the accounting period. Analyze the effect of the equity investments and impairments resulting from the acquisitions and investments by Amazon.com on the financial statements, and indicate whether or not the strategy was a creatable one. Provide support for your rationale. Create an argument that growth in the European market can have a significant impact on current earnings and profit for Amazon.com. Provide support for your rationale. Use at least two (2) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.   Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.   The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are: Analyze accounting situations to apply the proper accounting rules and make recommendations to ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. Use technology and information resources to research issues in accounting. Write clearly and concisely about accounting using proper writing mechanics.   Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.   WEEK 4 Week 4 Discussion 1 “Fair Value Accounting Under IFRS” Please respond to the following: From the e-Activity, in terms of which takes precedence and provides the most information, evaluate the potential interaction of IFRS13 fair value measurement with other IFRS fair value measurement standards. Create an argument for the increased disclosure requirements under IFRS 13 as compared to other IFRS standards addressing fair value measurement. Provide support for your argument. Examine the main problems that an entity may encounter, and determine the highest and best use for fair value measurements under IFRS 13. Identify and provide alternative recommendations that can be used for determining fair value of assets when active markets are not available. Week 4 Discussion 2 “Asset Impairments: The Recession of 2008-2009” Please respond to the following: From the case study, compare the disclosure notes provided in Nestle, Swatch Group, and Royal Bank of Scotland with the disclosure notes of News Corp and CBS Corporation. Explain which disclosure notes are more informative to the stakeholders in the evaluation of the financial statements. Contrast the difference between the impairment testing of goodwill and the impairment testing requirements for other assets. Examine the purpose of the differences identified in testing impairment of goodwill and other assets. WEEK 5 Week 5 Discussion 1   “Accounting for Pension Plans” Please respond to the following: From the e-Activity, create an argument for the use of the mark-to-market accounting method for pension accounting. Evaluate the impact of earnings volatility on financial reporting using mark-to-market accounting, and indicate whether or not you believe this is a fair representation of pension obligations. Defend the current GAAP rules for pension accounting reporting on the balance sheet and the income statement. Recommend a change you would make to the current pension accounting to more accurately reflect the future obligations of a company.   Week 5 Discussion 2 “General Motors” Please respond to the following: From the case study, assess the benefits and detriments of the U.S. Government-proposed bankruptcy plan that conserved General Motors’ liability to the United Auto Workers (UAW) pension and retiree health care fund. Indicate your agreement or disagreement with this approach. Provide support for your rationale. Examine the major advantages of transferring the post-retirement benefits to the UAW by General Motors. Indicate the likely impact to the company and its employees.   MIDTERM Part 1 • Question 1 4 out of 4 points   A lease will be treated as a direct financing lease by the lessor when   • Question 2 4 out of 4 points   As a generalized statement regarding lease accounting, which statement best describes U.S. versus international accounting principles?   • Question 3 4 out of 4 points   When a lessor receives cash on an operating lease, which of the following accounts is increased?   • Question 4 4 out of 4 points   Any initial direct costs incurred by the lessor for a lease agreement that is classified as an operating lease should be   • Question 5 4 out of 4 points   Lessee leased some land and buildings from Lessor. There was no transfer of ownership and no bargain purchase option. If the fair value of the land is less than a certain percentage of the total fair value of the leased property at the inception of the lease, both the lessee and the lessor may consider the land and buildings as a single unit. What is that percentage?   • Question 6 4 out of 4 points   Which of the following facts would require a lessee to classify a lease as a capital lease?   • Question 7 4 out of 4 points   Any initial direct costs incurred by the lessor for a sales-type lease should be   • Question 8 4 out of 4 points   A direct financing lease differs from a sales-type lease in that   • Question 9 4 out of 4 points   Which of the following is not a required disclosure by a lessee of an operating lease?   • Question 10 4 out of 4 points   In a sales-type lease   • Question 11 4 out of 4 points   A capital lease should be recorded in the lessee's accounts at the inception of the lease in an amount equal to   • Question 12 4 out of 4 points   On January 1, Lessor Company incorrectly recorded a sales-type lease as an operating lease. As a result of this error, the reported amount for Lessor Company's property, plant, and equipment leased to others is   • Question 13 4 out of 4 points   The authorized shares of capital stock is the number of shares • Question 14 4 out of 4 points   Under the cost method of accounting for treasury stock transactions, when the proceeds from a sale are greater than the cost, the excess over cost is treated as a(n)   • Question 15 4 out of 4 points   The measurement date of an employee compensatory stock option plan under the intrinsic value method is   • Question 16 4 out of 4 points   Under the par value method of accounting for treasury stock, the treasury stock is reported on the balance sheet as a deduction from   • Question 17 4 out of 4 points   The corporate form of organization is important to the U.S. economy because   • Question 18 4 out of 4 points   Which of the following types of corporations is owned or operated by a government unit?   • Question 19 4 out of 4 points   Preferred stockholders share with common stockholders in any “extra” dividends when the preferred stock is   • Question 20 4 out of 4 points   Under the fair value method, the grant date is the date   • Question 21 4 out of 4 points   A noncompensatory stock option plan is designed to   • Question 22 4 out of 4 points   Dividends in arrears pertain to   • Question 23 4 out of 4 points   The preference to dividends that preferred stockholders have is   • Question 24 4 out of 4 points   When stock options are exercised by an employee under a compensatory stock option plan, the issuance of the common stock is recorded at the   • Question 25 4 out of 4 points   Which set of accounting principles directly uses the term “reserve”?   MIDTERM Part 2 • Question 1 4 out of 4 points   If the combined market value of trading securities at the end of the year is less than the market value of the same portfolio of trading securities at the beginning of the year, the difference should be accounted for by   • Question 2 4 out of 4 points   Consolidated financial statements are typically prepared when one company has   • Question 3 4 out of 4 points   U.S. GAAP and IFRS require firms to account for minority, active investments, using the _____ method.   • Question 4 4 out of 4 points   U.S. GAAP view investments of less than 20 percent of the voting stock of another company as   • Question 5 4 out of 4 points   Paula Company recognizes unrealized changes in the fair value of available-for-sale securities in   • Question 6 4 out of 4 points   U.S. GAAP and IFRS require firms to account for business combinations using the _____ method.   • Question 7 0 out of 4 points   Intercompany sales   • Question 8 4 out of 4 points   When an investor owns less than a majority of the voting stock of another corporation, the accountant must judge when the investor can exert significant influence. For the sake of uniformity, U.S. GAAP and IFRS presume that significant influence exists at ownership of _____ or more of the voting stock of the investee. (Assume that management does not have a contractual or other basis to demonstrate that influence.)   • Question 9 4 out of 4 points   Accountants sometimes refer to the equity method as a(n)   • Question 10 4 out of 4 points   Minority, passive investments are initially recorded at the   • Question 11 4 out of 4 points   U.S. GAAP view investments of between 20 and 50 percent of the voting stock of another company (unless evidence indicates that significant influence cannot be exercised) as   • Question 12 4 out of 4 points   Often, the parent does not own 100% of the voting stock of a consolidated subsidiary. The parent refers to the owners of the remaining shares of voting stock as a   • Question 13 0 out of 4 points   Which is the primary concern over the adoption of IFRS?   • Question 14 0 out of 4 points   Which is one of the FASB/IASB convergence projects?   • Question 15 4 out of 4 points   Which is one of the key activities that will lead to a company’s successful IFRS conversion?   • Question 16 0 out of 4 points   Which is one criterion of SMEs?   • Question 17 4 out of 4 points   Which of the following are differences between U.S. GAAP and IFRS? • Question 18 4 out of 4 points   What is the appropriate reason why people object to adopting the roadmap?   • Question 19 4 out of 4 points   Which one is not a characteristic of rules-based standards?   • Question 20 4 out of 4 points   Which international organization began the movement toward international accounting standards?   • Question 21 4 out of 4 points   Which are two conditions that must be met before revenue is to be recognized under IFRS?   • Question 22 4 out of 4 points   What is the correct order of steps in applying the revenue recognition model? (1) Identify the separate performance obligations in the contract (2) Identify the contract with the customer (3) Determine the transaction price for the entire contract (4) Recognize revenue when each separate performance obligation is satisfied (5) Allocate the transaction price to separate performance obligation   • Question 23 4 out of 4 points   What is the major difference between how U.S GAAP and IFRS handle share-based payments? • Question 24 4 out of 4 points   When the revaluation results in an increase, a debit is made to the asset account, which account does the revaluation surplus go?   • Question 25 4 out of 4 points   Which of the following is included in full IFRS but eliminated for SMEs’ IFRS?   WEEK 6   Week 6 Discussion 1 “Cyberattacks in Public Companies” Please respond to the following: From the e-Activity, analyze the effects of the SEC‘s data breach disclosure requirement on financial reporting, based on the current language of the requirement. Recommend a change to the disclosure requirements to strengthen public company disclosures of cyberattacks. Provide support for your rationale. Examine the impact of cyberattacks on potential investors in a public company. As an auditor, provide your recommendations for including the potential of a cyberattack in the 10-K, as opposed to an actual attack. Provide support for your recommendation.   Week 6 Discussion 2 “Koss Corporation” Please respond to the following: From the case study, contrast the responsibilities of the independent auditor and board of directors with the responsibilities of Koss management for the embezzlement. Indicate the party that was ultimately responsible for the embezzlement. Provide support for your rationale. Recommend two controls that you would establish at Koss Corporation over electronic fund transfers. Indicate how each of the recommended controls would minimize the exposure to fraud in the future. Provide support for your recommendations.   WEEK 7 Week 7 Discussion 1 “Channel Stuffing” Please respond to the following: From the e-Activity, evaluate the requirements under GAAP related to channel stuffing practices on financial statements. Recommend key additional requirements, and justify those requirements. From the e-Activity, examine the impact of channel stuffing on financial reports used for internal decision making. Create a scenario involving a faulty internal decision based on channel stuffing.   Week 7 Discussion 2 “Carton Medical Devices”Please respond to the following: From the case study, determine how the standard cost system in Carton Medical Devices can be used for product costing and inventory valuation. Indicate the efficiencies that can be gained from the system. Examine the use of Carton‘s standard cost system in product costing for cost analysis, and indicate the intelligence that management is likely to gain using this approach.   Assignment 2: Litigation, Censures, and Fines Due Week 7 and worth 280 points   Research the Internet for recent litigation, censures, and fines involving national public accounting firms. Examples of litigation cases against national public accounting firms include fines by regulatory authorities and censures by professional societies.   Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you: Analyze the primary accounting issues which form the crux of the litigation or fine for the firm, and indicate the impact to the firm as a result of litigation or fine. Provide support for your rationale. Examine the key inferences of corporate ethics related to internal controls and accounting principles which lead to the litigation or fine for the accounting firm. Evaluate the primary ethical standards of the accounting organization’s leadership and values which contributed to approval of the accounting issues and thus created the litigation or fines in question. Identify specific conduct violations committed by the organization and accounting firm in question. Next, create an argument supporting the actions against the organization and accounting firm, based on the current professional code of conduct for independent auditors and management accountants. Make a recommendation as to how regulators and professional societies may prevent this type of behavior in question for the future. Provide support for your rationale. Use two (2) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.   Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.   The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are: Analyze business situations to determine the appropriateness of decision making in terms of professional standards and ethics. Use technology and information resources to research issues in accounting. Write clearly and concisely about accounting using proper writing mechanics.   Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.   WEEK 8 Week 8 Discussion 1   “AICPA Code of Professional Conduct Violations” Please respond to the following: From the e-Activity, discuss one violation of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct leading to a disciplinary action. Explore the risks that relationships or circumstances played in the failure of the CPA to comply with the rules of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct leading up to the violation. Examine current safeguards available to reduce the risks of the violation you identified. Discuss the specific safeguard you would recommend to reduce risks if confronted with a similar situation. Week 8 Discussion 2 “IBM and Google” Please respond to the following: From the case study, explain whether or not you agree with IBM’s cost-reduction decisions regarding both the pension plan overtime for employees and the acquisition of a competitor to protect IBM’s competitive position in the mainframe business. Examine how IBM’s actions contradict its value statement. Support or critique Google’s actions, as identified in the situations within the case study. Discuss the impact of Google’s actions on its reputation as an ethical and socially responsible firm.     WEEK 9  Week 9 Discussion 1 “Internal Controls” Please respond to the following: From the e-Activity, examine the importance of the audit committee oversight related to the quality of the internal controls of an organization. Analyze the audit committee’s responsibilities regarding risk assessment and internal control monitoring. Indicate whether or not the audit committee is the best to perform the function. Contrast the opinion provided by the independent auditor concerning management’s assessment of internal controls over the financial reporting system with the audit opinion on the financial statements in general. Argue for providing both a qualified opinion over the financial reporting system and an unqualified opinion on the financial statements. Week 9 Discussion 2 “Apple, Inc.” Please respond to the following: From the case study, in 2009, the FASB issued a ruling related to income recognition from multiple element sales involving software to various stakeholder groups. Evaluate the impact of Apple’s retrospective restatement of its financial statements resulting from FASB’s ruling. Provide support for your rationale. From the case study, examine the influence of both Apple’s reported deferred revenue and the lobbying by Apple executives on FASB’s ruling. Indicate your agreement or disagreement with Apple’s attempt to influence FASB’s ruling.   WEEK 10   Week 10 Discussion 1   “Taxes” Please respond to the following: From the e-Activity, create a scenario reflecting the differences between GAAP and international accounting standards for taxes. Determine which reporting standard best reflects financial reporting for taxes, and support your position. Examine the impact of FIN 48 (Accounting for the Uncertainty in income taxes) on GAAP reporting. Identify the benefits of the requirements on financial reporting. Assess whether FIN 48 was necessary, and support your position.   Week 10 Discussion 2 “Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Deferred Taxes”Please respond to the following: From the case study, evaluate Bethlehem Steel’s valuation allowance in relation to the company’s ability to use deferred tax benefits in the future. Justify the position taken by Bethlehem Steel in the financial statements. From the case study, clarify the temporary differences identified in the tax footnote to Bethlehem Steel’s 2000 10-K due to employee benefits, depreciable assets, and the tax loss carried forward. Indicate what a user of the financial statement information can glean from reading the tax footnote to Bethlehem Steel’s 2000 10-K. Assignment 3: Capstone Research Project Due Week 10 and worth 440 points Assume you are the partner in an accounting firm hired to perform the audit on a fortune 1000 company. Assume also that the initial public offering (IPO) of the company was approximately five (5) years ago and the company is concerned that, in less than five (5) years after the IPO, a restatement may be necessary. During your initial evaluation of the client, you discover the following information: The client is currently undergoing a three (3) year income tax examination by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A significant issue involved in the IRS audit encompasses inventory write-downs on the tax returns that are not included in the financial statements. Because of the concealment of the transaction, the IRS is labeling the treatment of the write-down as fraud. The company has a share-based compensation plan for top-level executives consisting of stock options. The value of the options exercised during the year was not expensed or disclosed in the financial statements. The company has several operating and capital leases in place, and the CFO is considering leasing a substantial portion of the assets for future use. The current leases in place are arranged using special purpose entities (SPEs) and operating leases. The company seeks to acquire a global partner, which will require IFRS reporting. The company received correspondence from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requesting additional supplemental information regarding the financial statements submitted with the IPO. Write an eight to ten (8-10) page paper in which you: Evaluate any damaging financial and ethical repercussions of failure to include the inventory write-downs in the financial statements. Prepare a recommendation to the CFO, evaluating the negative impact of a civil fraud penalty on the corporation as a result of the IRS audit. In the recommendation, include essential internal control procedures to prevent fraudulent financial reporting from occurring, as well as the major obligation of the CEO and CFO to ensure compliance. Examine the negative results on stakeholders and the financial statements of an IRS audit which generates additional tax and penalties or subsequent audits. Assume that the subsequent audit and / or additional tax and penalties result from the taxpayer’s use of an inventory reserve account, applying a 10 percent reduction to inventory over three (3) years. Discuss the applicable federal tax laws, regulations, rulings, and court cases related to the inventory write-downs, and explain the specific relevance of each to the write-down. Research the current generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) regarding stock option accounting. Evaluate the current treatment of the company’s share-based compensation plan based on GAAP reporting. Contrast the financial benefits and risks of the share-based compensation stock option plan with the financial benefits and risks of a share-based stock-appreciation rights plan (SARS). Recommend to the CFO which plan the company should use, and provide the correct accounting treatment for each. Research the reporting requirements for lease reporting under GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Based on your research, create a proposal for future lease transactions to the CFO. Within the proposal, discuss the use of off-the-balance sheet financing arrangements, capital leases, and operating leases, and indicate the related business and financial risks of each. Create an argument for or against a single set of international accounting standards related to lease accounting based on the global market and cross border leases of assets. Examine the benefits and risks of your chosen position. Examine the major implications of SAS 99 based on the factors you discovered during the initial evaluation of the company. Provide support for your rationale. Analyze the potential for a material misstatement in the financial statements based on the issues identified in your initial evaluation. Make a recommendation to the CFO for the issuance of restated financial statement restatement. Identify at least three (3) significant issues that can result from the failure to issue restated financial statements. Examine the economic effect of restatement of the financial statements on investors, employees, customers, and creditors. Use five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length. The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are: Analyze accounting situations to apply the proper accounting rules and make recommendations to ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. Analyze business situations to determine the appropriateness of decision making in terms of professional standards and ethics Analyze business situations and apply advanced federal taxation concepts. Use technology and information resources to research issues in accounting. Write clearly and concisely about accounting using proper writing mechan       WEEK 11 Week 11 Discussion 1 “Course Wrap-Up” Please respond to the following: Discuss at least two topics covered in this course that expanded your knowledge of the topic. Explain how you plan to use this additional knowledge. Week 11 Discussion 2 “Application” Please respond to the following: Discuss how the concepts from this course can be applied to your current or future accounting position. Discuss whether or not your feel prepared to enter the profession of Accounting. Identify what could help you further.     FINAL PART 1 Instructions This exam consist of 25 multiple choice questions and covers the material in Chapters 5 through 7.   • Question 1   An Internal Revenue Code rule that impacts the design of pension plans is   •