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Archive for February, 2008

Organizing for MGT5012

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

OK – I think I am all set for MGT5012. Everything is printed out and organized into a three-ring binder, tabbed and sorted. I have my texts and the HBS (Harvard Business School) cases. I am reading the text in prep for the first assignment. Cleared and ready for takeoff…

The text has an website with slide presentations, quizzes, templates, flashcards, check figures, etc.  A number of McGraw-Hill Higher Education texts have an online support component. When writing papers, I use some of the charts or figures from the book which are also available in the presentations. Websites like these are really great resources for the student. MHHE has my vote!

MGT5001 Finished – MGT5012 Started

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

I received my grade for the final project in MGT5001 Economics and the Modern Manager. My 4.0 is hanging in there! Today starts MGT5012 Managerial Accounting for Decision Making. There are 12 activities in this course; some are papers, case studies and problems. The first assignment is a paper on GAAP, JIT and TOC worth 10 points.

The course has apparently undergone some changes as the syllabus differs from one that I had seen previously. The assignments are pulled from the textbook as well as the HBR Coursepak. The Coursepak includes case studies and is downloaded from the Harvard Business School XanEdu website for a fee, of course.

The regular textbook is Managerial Accounting 12th edition (2008) by Garrison, Noreen and Brewer. I was able to find someone selling her text. This book will be the most expensive used book that I have purchased so far here at NCU. This book with shipping was $93.95 plus the HBR Coursepak cost $47.50. The textbook is the newest edition so the resale value is high. The fellow student who is selling her MA textbook is also including a copy of the 11th edition which she said she had also purchased. I have not yet purchased the HBR Coursepak yet, but I will this week.

Waiting for the project to be graded…

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

I turned in module 6 – the final project – in MGT5001 two days ago. I also sent in a course request for the next course, MGT5012 Managerial Accounting. Usually my advisor is very quick to process my payment and send the syllabus but this time she has been slower than usual. I was not able to find a used book for a reasonable price on half.com, but I have been corresponding with a fellow student who has a book for sale. I am SO ready to get my final grade back and start the next course!

Snap Shots from Snap.com

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Did you notice the little pink bubbles to the right and above the links on the thinkPhD blog?                  northcentral-university.png

I just installed a nice little tool called Snap Shots from Snap.com that enhances links with visual previews of the destination site. Sometimes Snap Shots bring you the information you need, without your having to leave the site, while other times it lets you “look ahead,” before deciding if you want to follow a link or not. Should you decide this is not for you, just click the Options icon in the upper right corner of the Snap Shot and opt-out.

MGT5001 Assignment 5

Monday, February 4th, 2008

I turned in Assignment 5 for MGT5001 Economics and the Modern Manager yesterday. This assignment included (just like all the others) a discussion question and a paper. The discussion question was:

How is it possible that a firm in a perfectly competitive market is able to sell all it wants without having to change the price? What does this tell us about the elasticity of demand faced by the firm? and the paper was:
Compare and contrast managerial decisions in (a) a competitive market, (b) an oligopoly, and (c) a monopoly.

I have a bad cold and so it was tough to write this one with the cold medicine making me sleepy. What made it worse was that I took a vacation day off on Friday and today (Monday) to have some time at home plus work on papers. Today, I am taking it easy but reading for the final assignment. Here is what is required on Assignment #6 (eight discussion questions):

Discuss in detail the demand considerations of pricing and how they relate to profit maximization?

What factors cause a marketing textbook to lose value during the period of one semester? It is not unusual for a student to receive less than one-half of the purchase price when he or she sells the book at end of the semester?

If two nearly identical wristwatches – except for brand name – have different prices, consumers generally conclude that the higher priced watch is of higher quality. What factors led to this conclusion?

You are in a supermarket shopping for soda and other party items. A six-pack of Pepsi on a special display is priced at $5.95. Using the concept of reference prices, how would you and other consumers determine whether this is a good value?

Windows 95, introduced in August 1995, was uniformly priced at $89.95 through advertising support agreements between Microsoft and retailers. Was uniform pricing a good decision or should Microsoft have encouraged retailers to set their own prices? Was $89.95 a good price; was it too high; was it too low?

Price haggling is an American tradition when buying an automobile. Saturn has established a no-haggle pricing policy. Is this a good or bad marketing move for Saturn? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
Sam’s Club is thought of as a deep discounter that sells merchandise in a warehouse setting. What factors allow Sam’s to offer deep discounts? How successful is the concept now? How successful will it be in the future?

Airline customers must travel over the weekend to get a discount from most major airlines. What are the airlines objectives for charging differential prices over the weekend?

I am also thinking about my next course as this one ends Feb 23. I think I will take MGT5012, Managerial Accounting for Decision Making. I sent an inquiry about the course to my academic advisor.

Books Icon Now Appearing in Your Address Bar

Friday, February 1st, 2008

I have been working on a new site that will have lots of downloadable items to help my readers with school and careers. While working on my new site (watch for the GRAND OPENING soon), I set up an icon in the address bar.

Here is the icon I used:

smverticalclip.jpg (yes – those are paper clips)

Using the same technique, I added an icon to your thinkPhD.com address bar that looks like this:

stackofbooksonly.jpg

Take a peek up there and you should be able to see it. The icon will also show up when you save the site to your favorites folder. The icon is called a favicon.The technique can be found here. You should know a little bit about html and css before attempting this maneuver! I am a learn-by-trial-and-error type and learned a long time ago to back up before messing up.

I hope you enjoy your new and improved thinkPhD with the books icon in the address bar!