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代写MAA103 & MAAP103 - Accounting for Decision Making

    MAA103 & MAAP103 - Accounting for Decision Making
    ASSIGNMENT – TRIMESTER ONE, 2013
    (Relates to Topic 4)
    Represents 20% of the assessment for this unit
    DUE DATE:
    ASSIGNMENT PLANNER VIA MIBT PORTAL AND
    HARDCOPY: TUESDAY 9 April, 2013 BY 5.00pm
    FINAL ASSIGNMENT VIA MIBT PORTAL  AND
    HARDCOPY: TUESDAY 7 May, 2013 BY 5.00pm
    NOTE the following general submission points:
    1.  Assignment MUST be completed in groups of no more than THREE students. Students
    CAN NOT complete assignment with students from other lecturers classes.
    2. All students MUST submit an electronic copy of the assignment planner and the final
    assignment through MOODLE (using the ‘Assignment Submission Link’) on the MIBT
    PORTAL. All group members’ names must be clearly stated on the cover page of the
    assignment for all electronic and hard copy lodgments.
    Please refer to instructions file uploaded on the portal (under ‘MOODLE’ – ‘Week 1’)
    on how to submit MAA103/MAAP103 assignment planner and final assignment
    electronically through MOODLE.
    Online submission should be in one file. That is, all parts of the assignment
    must be combined into one word processing file. Save and name file as your
    student MIBT ID. NUMBER.
    MAA103 – Accounting for Decision Making
    Trimester 1, 2013  Page 2
    NOTE the following general submission points continued:
    3. Only ONE HARDCOPY of assignment planner and final assignment per group is to be
    submitted.  You MUST include an ASSIGNMENT COVER SHEET only for your hard copy
    version of your final assignment with all names included. Each student must submit a
    separate Assignment Cover Sheet with the HARDCOPY of their final assignment. If an
    assignment cover sheet is not attached NO MARKS will be given.
    Additionally, ONE copy of the Assignment Mark Sheet (attached on page 9 of this
    assignment) must also be submitted with your assignment.
    Do NOT submit assignment in a plastic folder or plastic pocket.
    4. This assignment consists of TWO components - an assignment planner AND final
    assignment: both components must be completed.
    Submission of your Assignment Planner will carry two (2) marks which will be awarded
    with the final assignment submission (see page 4 for requirements)
    5. THE ASSIGNMENT PLANNER AND FINAL ASSIGNMENT MUST BE TYPED. The final
    assignment must be SINGLE SIDED, using Arial 12 font size, properly referenced and
    ideally 1.5 line spacing (refer to ‘Guide to assignment writing and referencing booklet) and
    include a REFERENCE LIST (minimum of 6 references should be used) in alphabetical
    order outlining the textbook(s) and any articles, electronic sources etc. used. The Harvard
    style should be used for referencing and citations. Marks will be deducted if your work
    is not properly referenced or a reference list not attached. Read and adhere to the
    Assignment Submission and Plagiarism Notice on page 6 of your unit outline carefully.
    If students are found copying from other students or using a previous trimester’s
    assignment to complete this assignment then a ZERO result will be awarded.
    6. Hardcopy of assignments should be placed in your lecturer’s pigeon hole located in building
    la on level 4 MIBT (next to room la4.111) by the due date.
    7. Word limit for report is 2000 words minimum to 2500 words maximum (word limit
    excludes reference list and appendices).
    NOTE: Assignments submitted late and without prior approval will be penalised. A penalty of
    10% of the available marks will be deducted for every day the assignment is late. Assignments
    received after a week, and without approved extension, will not be marked. These will be held
    until final grading and may be taken into consideration in a pass/fail situation.
    Please note that, an extension will only be given by the Unit Coordinator/lecturer and must
    be requested at least 48 hours prior to submission date.
    Please read checklist guidelines on page 8 of this document.
    MAA103 – Accounting for Decision Making
    Trimester 1, 2013  Page 3
    Final Assignment requirements:
    2000 words minimum to 2500 words maximum (excluding appendices and
    reference list) for final assignment.
    A deduction of 2 marks will apply if the number of words is 10% under 2000
    words or over by more than 10% of 2500 words.
    Assignment Objective : The objective for this assignment is for you to perform and
    interpret financial ratios, that is, provide ratio analysis of financial statements over a
    two year period (2011 through 2012) and together with all other relevant information,
    advise on these organisations as investment opportunities. The companies to be
    analysed are:
    1. Fantastic Holdings Ltd. (FAN)
    2. Super Retail Group Ltd. (SUL)
    (Former Name: Super Cheap Auto Group Ltd.)
    Fantastic Holdings Ltd.  Super Retail Group Ltd.
    KEY RATIOS  2011  2012  2011  2012
    Gross Profit Margin  47.47%  48.18%  45.25%  43.92%
    Net Profit Margin (after Tax)  4.46%  4.71%  5.09%  5.05%
    Return on Equity  19.30%  19.26%  18.31%  12.14%
    Asset Turnover (Times)  2.598 times  2.494 times  1.909 times  1.194 times
    Return on Assets  12.08%  12.18%  11.06%  7.15%
    Inventory Turnover (Days)  66.29 days  61.89 days  97.86 days  91.95 days
    Debtors Turnover (Days)  2.61days  2.31 days  4.31 days  3.93 days
    Creditors Turnover (Days)  25.28 days  21.71 days  40.89 days  43.67 days
    Current Ratio  1.96  1.75  2.34  2.17
    Quick Ratio  0.37  0.44  0.33  0.33
    Debt Asset Ratio (Total Debt)  40.01%  39.02%  46.91%  50.28%
    Debt Equity Ratio (Total Debt)  17.88 %  18.24%  32.66%  56.33%
    Times Interest Earned (Times)  35.06 times  80.95 times  8.85 times  6.83 times
    Please note all ratios provided above have been taken from the
    database FinAnalysis and some have been calculated
    manually. Please accept these ratios as a given. You are not
    required to show calculations for the ratios provided above.
    MAA103 – Accounting for Decision Making
    Trimester 1, 2013  Page 4
    REQUIRED –
    Assignment Planner requirements:
    After forming your groups, complete, TYPE and submit through MOODLE via
    MIBT PORTAL, as well as a HARDCOPY of the documents on pages 10 and 11
    by the due date listing each of the group members names, your plan and
    timeline for completing the assignment. That is, a plan and timeline of how you
    and your group members will research and prepare the assignment (this means
    that your groups should be organised and a discussion amongst members should
    have taken place together with some preliminary research on the two companies
    and financial statement analysis). The plan should be brief. It may be in key
    point format and chronological showing your progress to the due date.
    In addition, a list of 6 references which you plan to use to assist with your
    report preparation should also be submitted. This may include electronic
    databases, texts, journals or other references, but does not include the company
    annual reports, websites or the prescribed textbook.
    Each person in a group must submit an electronic copy via the MIBT
    PORTAL. Each group must also attach ONLY ONE HARDCOPY of the
    planner (pages 10 and 11) to their final hardcopy assignment as an
    appendix. This will be worth 2 marks. If you choose not to submit the
    planner, 2 marks will be deducted from your final assignment result.
    Please Note: The Assignment Planner has been uploaded as a document file
    on the portal to assist you with your typing.
    Purpose of the Planner
    The purpose of the Planner is to encourage you to start working on the assignment early. We, the
    unit team, are aware that you can all submit a report by the due date, but often students do not
    commence working on the task until the last minute and this, unfortunately, has been reflected in
    the marks attained. This assignment does involve quite an amount of research and the staff want
    to support you in achieving the best result you can. Therefore the aim of the Planner is to get you
    started much earlier, and also develop your problem-solving skills and initiative in researching.
    Developing and refining these skills will not only assist you in your studies but will also be of great
    benefit in the workplace and in your career progression. Since the introduction the Planner
    student results both in the Planner and the unit overall have increased and the feedback has been
    positive.
    Business Report requirements:
    Prepare a formal business report, containing the appropriate sub-headings
    (please see report format on page 7 for sub-headings to be used). Also use
    the marking grid on page 9 as a checklist of what to cover and sub-headings
    to use.
    MAA103 – Accounting for Decision Making
    Trimester 1, 2013  Page 5
    In your final report submission you are required to specifically address the
    following:
    (a) 2 marks
    Introduction - In your own words provide a brief, non-financial, overview of both
    organisations, describe their business activities and the aim of your financial
    analysis (maximum 250 words).
    (b) 10 marks
    In the ‘ body of the report’  (as per point 5 in the attached Suggested Formal
    Case report structure)  -  analyse the:
     Profitability
     Efficiency and
     Financial stability - both short-term and long-term
    of both companies, using the ratios given  and any other appropriate information.
    Use sub-headings for the above areas of discussion (please see report format for sub-
    headings to be used). Under each area of discussion you should:
    1.  Identify and briefly define ratios of both companies over the years.
    2.  Compare ratios from one year to the other and between companies.
    3.  Give reasons as to why these ratios have changed over the years and why one company
    is better than the other.
    4.  Discuss any other information not given in this assignment that would help your analysis.
    Your discussion must be an interpretation and analysis of results not merely a
    restatement of the ratio results.
    Analysis and Interpretation of ratios
    For both companies, review the financial ratios (as provided) for the 2011 and 2012
    financial years on a consolidated basis. A summary of any additional ratio calculations for
    2011/2012 years or prior years to 2011 should be included by way of Appendix, although
    results are best reported in a Table (report style) within the Ratio Interpretation section.
    Your aim should be to guide the reader through your analysis in a professional report style
    manner. Use consolidated figures only. Interpret and compare the ratios by analyzing the
    potential factors and strategies driving the financial trends by referring to the notes to the
    financial statements and the financial press (for example, The Age, Australian Financial
    Review, The Australian, etc.) or other documentation about Fantastic Holdings Ltd. and
    Super Retail Group Ltd. In your analysis specifically address profitability, operating
    efficiency and financial stability (as per the attached marking sheet). Consider all factors
    you believe would be relevant to performance and future investment decisions such as
    customers, competitors, business strategy and markets.
    Ple Please appropriately reference all sources. Please number and label all tables
    and figures and make reference to the appropriate table or figure number in
    your discussion/analysis section of your report.
    Additional areas you may wish to investigate could include (but not be limited to) items
    such as what are the largest expenses and assets, profit margins and how, or why, do
    these compare or differ between these two companies and the industry sector. Are
    properties leased or owned? Are the two years representative or comparable with earlier
    years? Are these potential investments suitable for all types of investors?
    MAA103 – Accounting for Decision Making
    Trimester 1, 2013  Page 6
    (c) 4 marks
    Limitations (1 mark) -
    Identify and discuss any limitations (as per point 7 in the attached Suggested
    Formal Case Report Structure) to your analysis. At least 4 limitations required to be
    identified .
    Conclusions and Recommendations (3 marks) -
    Offer a definite recommendation (as per point 8 in the attached Suggested Formal
    Case Report Structure) to a shareholder on which company you think is a better
    investment option perhaps in the short term or longer term, including appropriate
    justification based on your analysis. Are these good investment options? Within your
    recommendation also consider the limitations of your analysis that the investor
    should consider in their decision.
    There WILL be additional information or other relevant ratios you need to calculate
    to give an informed recommendation. You should incorporate your additional
    research into the appropriate discussion areas of your report, using additional
    sub-headings where necessary.
    (d)  4 marks
    Up to 4 marks will be awarded for evidence and use of relevant and appropriate research
    material throughout the report; this includes primarily the use of current financial press
    such as The Age, Australian Financial Review, calculation of additional ratios and other
    relevant and current sources. Please ensure all references are quoted and used in your
    report.
    This is a business research assignment and students will be rewarded for evidence of
    wider reading and research of the companies and industry.
    You must include a correctly prepared  list of references (as per point 9 in the
    attached Suggested Formal Case Report Structure). A penalty of up to 2 marks
    will be deducted for inappropriate format or inappropriate referencing. See the
    following website for assistance on how to prepare a reference list:
    www.deakin.edu.au/studentlife/academic_skills/undergraduate/handouts/reference.php
    PLEASE NOTE:
    When preparing the report, the following points should be followed:
     Use appropriate report format as per attached ‘Suggested Formal Case Report Structure’
    attached.
     Use appropriate sub-headings as per report ‘Suggested Formal Case Report Structure’
    attached.
     For each sub-heading make sure you address the relevant points as per instructions in this
    assignment.
     The financial statement discussion should be kept brief and to the point.
    However, it should not merely be a re-statement of the ratio results. It must be a brief
    ‘discussion’ of what the results tell you about each area that is being examined and how it
    relates to the recommendation to be made.
     Attach appropriate ratio calculations as an appendix to the report.
     A reference list using an appropriate and recognised format must be included at the end of the
    report.
     The mark sheet attached gives you a clear indication of how the report will be marked.
    MAA103 – Accounting for Decision Making
    Trimester 1, 2013  Page 7
    FORMAT OF REPORT
    Your answer to the final assignment must be presented as a formal business
    report.
    Whilst there are various formats for a formal business report that may be followed,
    we suggest using the following.
    Suggested Formal Case Report Structure
    1. Title page – appropriate title for the report, who it is for and your details
    2. Executive summary (This is NOT an Introduction) – separate page
    Maximum of 1 paragraph, explaining what you have done as well as the significant
    findings and recommendations.
    3. Table of contents (include page numbers) – separate page
    4. Introduction (separate page) – refer part (a)
     A short summary of the situation and what analysis is about to be conducted
     Maximum 2 paragraphs
    5. Body of the report containing your analysis, including appropriate sub-headings to
    address part (b)
     Profitability
     Efficiency
     Financial Stability – short-term and long-term
    6. Additional or Other information relevant to your report - part (b) (separate page)
    7. Limitations – part (c) (separate page)
    8. Recommendations – part (c) (separate page)
    9. List of references – based on the ‘Guide to assignment writing and referencing
    booklet’ (also available on the MIBT PORTAL) or on the following guidelines:
    www.deakin.edu.au/studentlife/academicskills/undergraduate/handouts/reference.php
    10. Appendices (attached to end of report)
     these contain material that is too bulky to include in the body (e.g. ratio
    calculations, tables, diagrams), and
     material that is essential to explain a point that would distract the reader from
    the main message if included in the body of the report
    An additional resource on various aspects of academic study, including report
    writing, is available on the below site or from the library
    http://www.deakin.edu.au/studentlife/academicskills/undergraduate/index.php
    Your report must be single sided.
    MAA103 – Accounting for Decision Making
    Trimester 1, 2013  Page 8
    CHECKLIST - SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS:
    Make sure your assignment consists of the following before
    submission:
    1.  Submit via MIBT PORTAL Assignment Planner and Final Assignment.
    2.  Assignment Cover sheet as the front page to the hardcopy of your final assignment.
    This must include ALL names and student MIBT ID. numbers of group members.
    3.  Final assignment – Your formal business report analysing both companies.
    A HARD COPY OF YOUR ASSIGNMENT (ONE PER GROUP) MUST BE SUBMITTED
    FOR MARKING. ALL STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY FOR
    VERIFICATION AND BACK UP PURPOSES. Please include on your front title page ALL
    names and student numbers of group members.
    4.  Appropriate final reference list (at least 6 references required to be used and listed in
    alphabetical order). The Harvard style should be used for referencing and citations.
    5.  ONE copy of the Assignment Mark Sheet (on page 9 of this assignment) as the last
    page.
    6.  The Mark Sheet must indicate ALL the names and student ID. numbers of each
    member of the group.
    7.  Where there are three group members, the report must reflect the work and effort of three.
    8.  Attach as an appendix a copy of your previously submitted Assignment Planner to your
    final group copy submission.
    PLEASE NOTE: It is the hard copy of your submission that is
    marked – NOT the MIBT PORTAL electronic copy
    MAA103 – Accounting for Decision Making
    Trimester 1, 2013  Page 9
    MAA103/MAAP103  Assignment Mark Sheet – Trimester 1, 2013
    NAMES: ID No.:
    NOTE: This assignment represents 20% of your assessment for this unit.
    COMMENT
    MARK
    POSSIBLE ACTUAL
    REPORT
    Introduction &
    Appropriate Format
    2
    Profitability
    4
    Efficiency  2
    Financial Stability
    Short-term
    Financial Stability
    Long-term
    Limitations of Analysis  1 
    Recommendation  3 
    Evidence of wider reading
    and research
    Deductions:  inappropriate
    referencing,
    Failure to submit Assignment
    Planner
    Failure to submit Assignment
    Planner will incur a 2 mark
    penalty.
    ASSIGNMENT TOTAL  20 
    General Comments:
    MAA103 – Accounting for Decision Making
    Trimester 1, 2013  Page 10
    MAA103/MAAP103 Assignment Planner – Trimester 1, 2013
    STUDENT GROUP NAMES:
    (Assignment CAN NOT be completed with students from other accounting classes)
    ID No.: Class Time/Day:
    1.
    2.
    3.
    Lecturer’s Name:
    SECTION B:
    DATE:  BRIEF DETAILS OF HOW YOU INTEND TO PROCEED
    TO COMPLETE REPORT:
    NAME OF STUDENT(S)
    COMPLETING
    SECTION(S):
    MAA103 – Accounting for Decision Making
    Trimester 1, 2013  Page 11
    MAA103/MAAP103 Assignment Planner Cont.
    List 6 references that will be used in your research:
    NOTE: The references included in the planner may include a combination of electronic
    databases, texts, journals or other references, but does not include the company
    annual reports, websites or the prescribed textbook. The company annual
    reports, websites and prescribed textbook would need to be included in your final
    reference list attached to your report. This reference list may differ from your final
    reference list.
    1.
    2.
    3.
    4.
    5.
    6.