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MODULE 1, ASSIGNMENT 5
August 2, 2011
Topic: Preparing for the Interactive Session
In Module 1, candidates were asked to apply the steps to approaching business
strategy to solve complex business problems facing two companies (i.e. Coast4Life and
Livoria Sandwiches). The two companies faced very different challenges as Coast4Life
was formulating strategies to survive a downturn while Livoria Sandwiches was
exploring the possibility of expanding its product line or franchising to grow its sales
In order to assess the viability of the strategic options facing both companies,
candidates were required to select and apply the right quantitative tools, which they
learned in both their pre-professional and professional programs studies.
The following are some of the major quantitative tools that candidates can apply to
future cases in the program:
1. Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis (i.e. Break-even Analysis)
2. Contribution Margin Analysis
3. Variance Analysis (i.e. Flexible Budgeting)
4. Capital Budgeting (i.e. NPV, IRR)
5. Valuation (i.e. Free Cash Flow, Earnings Multiples)
By the end of the assignment, candidates will be able to identify appropriate analytical
and quantitative techniques to help with decision making and problem solving.
Please refer to the Schedule accessed from the left navigation menu. There is no
required submission for this assignment; however, candidates must bring their work to
the Interactive Session.
In this assignment, candidates are required to examine each of the quantitative tools
identified in the overview. In the form of a flow chart, provide an example of a scenario
or decision criterion under which each tool can be applied to most effectively solve a
complex business problem.
Candidates must bring to the Interactive Session this flow chart that summarizes a
decision criterion for applying each of the quantitative tools above. This flow chart will
be required for an Interactive Session activity. Candidates are encouraged to review
content (i.e. sample problems and cases) in their pre-professional and professional
programs to formulate this flowchart.
Material to Bring to the Interactive Session
Candidates should bring the following to the Interactive Session:
1. From Assignment 1: A copy of the Coast4Life case as well as the assessed
responses on the Coast4Life assignment.
2. From Assignment 2: A copy of the PowerPoint slides (on a memory stick) you
created on your Business Application Report and be prepared to give a two- or
three-minute presentation on your Business Application Report. During the session,
candidates will review presentation techniques to help them in this exercise.
Candidates are also reminded to review the Effective Use of PowerPoint examples
provided in the Reference Material section of the Professional Programs site.
3. From Assignment 3: A copy of the Livoria Sandwiches case as well as the assessed
response on the Livoria Sandwiches assignment.
4. From Assignment 4: A copy of their online response about internal controls as well
as copies of any two other online posting summaries. Be prepared to apply the
principles of the required readings to defend your position on internal controls.
5. From Assignment 5: A copy of the flow chart with the decision criterion for applying
the defined quantitative tools.
6. A laptop with Word and Excel (optional), paper and a calculator.