Database Management System (DBMS) & Decision Support System (DSS)

Database Management System (DBMS) & Decision Support System (DSS)
Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date
Assignment 1 100.00 20.00 16th January 2019
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
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COURSE EXPECTATIONS
? This assignment is quite complex, and exposes you to many different components in Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word (any version from Office 2007 to current), some or all of which might be very unfamiliar to you. The assignment description provides some explanation of how to use these components, but you are also expected to use available resources such as Online Help, the Beskeen et al text, the Practical Skills sections at the end of each Module in the Study Materials, the SAM online tutorial activities, the course discussion forums, appendices and practical related videos, as well as exploring and experimenting on your own.
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LATE SUBMISSION POLICY
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REFERENCING REQUIREMENTS
? References are required and the Harvard AGPS standard of referencing must be used, including in-text referencing. Ensure that your essay is fully referenced, including any references to the textbook. Your essay should include a List of References using the Harvard ACPS standards. A useful link on referencing is from USQ’s Library site: https://www.essaybishop.com/write-my-essay/usq.edu.au/library/referencing
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Do not repeat verbatim large portions of information from other sources such as the text or video – you must put the ideas/information in your own words. Only use small direct quotes where possible.
ASSIGNMENT 1 REQUIREMENTS
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Applicable course objective:
• apply information systems concepts to identify and resolve problems within a business context
• apply information systems skills to develop practical solutions within a business context
• communicate information systems concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences within a business context.
Applicable graduate qualities and skills gained from this assessment instrument:
• Problem Solving
• Communications
PREAMBLE
Dr Gustav Holst retired in 2012 after a long career in Human Resource Management. To keep busy and to fulfil a lifelong dream, Dr Holst started a mail order musical instrument business, specialising in unique musical instrument related products called the “Holst’s Planets Music Emporium”. The business specialises in various types of imported musical instruments such as harps, bagpipes, banjos, xylophones, Hawaiian guitars, and mandolins to customers via mail order around Australia.
Dr Holst’s business has experienced a rapid growth in their mail orders. When Dr Holst first retired, the business bought a personal computer to help manage the books and finances.
Holst’s Planets Music Emporium is located at Shop 1, 10 Concerto Crescent, Toowoomba (about 100 km west of Brisbane). Their ABN is 137 168 521. Dr Holst can be contacted via phone on (07) 4633 4572; fax on (07) 4633 4574; or email on enquiries@hpme.com.au.
Dr Holst is extremely impressed with our computing firm “Celestial Technologies” and the business has contracted our firm to assist them in setting up their various computer-based information systems.
Part A: The first computer-based information system that Dr Holst is interested in is a Database Management System (DBMS) utilising Microsoft Access (any version from Access 2007 to current). The DBMS will store all the business’s customer details, information about the stock items that the business sells, the suppliers that the business uses and all postal order transactions for the business. It will allow Dr Holst to run a number of queries on the data, which the business has specified below, and they wish to be able to print out an invoice for each customer at the end of each month.
Part B: The next computer-based information system that the business is interested in is a Decision Support System (DSS) utilising Microsoft Excel (any version from Excel 2007 to current). The DSS will analyse sales trends for the business to determine future courses of action for the business.
Dr Holst would like the information in the Database Management System (DBMS) (Assignment 1 Part A) imported into Microsoft Excel (any version from Excel 2007 to current) so that the information can be summarised as a report and some future analysis of sales trends performed. The suppliers used by the business, source items from either Austria (AT) & Saint Lucia (LC). Then allow the business to select from either of these two regions on an ad hoc basic depending on the most favourable exchange rate at the time.
Dr Holst has noted that a number of the business’s competitors are providing a discount to customers who place large orders. The business would like to see what affect adopting a similar policy would have on the business. The business has also noted a growing number of online businesses are starting to provide free freight delivery as a way of encouraging more online business; the business would like to run a number of scenarios based on potential Mark-up and Freight options to ascertain the best combination for the business if they were to adopt this policy too.
Part C: Dr Holst also has a number of questions relating to the two computer-based information systems in Part A & Part B that he would like you to answer, prepare an Essay to answer these questions he has listed.
All phases in this project must be developed with professionalism and user-friendliness in mind.
Anne Vallayer-Coster, Attributes of Music, 1770.
Assignment 1: Part A (Database Management System)
Your firm’s Systems Analyst has developed a database structure that has been determined to be suitable to create a database to store Dr Holst’s customer, item, supplier and order data for the business, which has been provided as follows:
Table Specifications
Table:
tblCustomers
Fields: Cust ID (Primary Key), Title, Family Name, Given Names, Date of Birth, Address, City, State, Postcode, Freight Distance (Km), Mobile Number, eMail Address, Mailing List.
Table:
tblItems
Fields: Item ID (Primary Key), Type, Description, Colour, Size, Freight Weight (Kg), Supplier ID, In Stock, On Order, Cost Price (AT) , Cost Price (LC) .
Table:
tblSuppliers
Fields: Supplier ID (Primary Key), Supplier Name, Address, City, State, Postcode, Phone Number, Recommended MarkUp
Table: tblOrders
Fields: Cust ID, Item ID, Order Date (Primary Key), Dispatch Date, Order Qty
Note: The primary key of the Orders table is a combined multiple-field key. It has three fields in one key.
Dr Holst has provided to us a partial list of the business’s customers, stock items, and suppliers and a partial list of the business’s postal orders placed between September and November 2018 to use as test data in four comma delimited text files which can be found on your firm’s Intranet (CIS5100 Study Desk).
Dr Colin Matthews, your manager, has set up the following tasks for you to complete for this phase of the project:
1. Create a Database and import the four (4) Text files into four (4) Tables
2. Modify Table Design
3. Set Primary Keys
4. Create Relationships between the Tables
5. Edit Customers Table
6. Create Data and Update Queries
7. Create an Invoice Report
8. Create an End of Project Presentation to the Client
Task 1: Create and Import
Create a new blank Access Database (using any version from Access 2007 to current) and name it [lastname] [initial] _ [student number] _ [course code] _ assign1.accdb (eg. genrichr_0050051005_cis5100_assign1.accdb).
Import the four sets of data from your firm’s Intranet (CIS 5100 Study Desk).
The easiest and quickest way to import data into Access is by using the Import Text Wizard. The following steps must be followed carefully to ensure the data is imported correctly:
Importing Tab Delimited Text files into Access (any version from Access 2007 to current) using the Wizard
1) On the External Data tab, in the Import & Link group, click the Text File data source icon.
2) In the Get External Data – Text File wizard popup, browse to find the ‘Assignment01 Text File Customers.txt’ text file and select the Import the source data into a new table in the current database option – then click OK.
3) Select the Delimited – Characters such as commas or tab separate each field option on the first page of the wizard – then click Next.
4) Select the Tab option on the second page of the wizard and turn on the First Row Contains Field Names check box – then click Next.
5) Set the following for each field on the third page of the wizard:
• Field Name – keep the field name as it appears when imported
Note: Changing Field Names rather than using Captions will result in loss of marks.
• Data Type – giving each an appropriate data type (students will be marked on their logical choice of data types, based on the sample data provided).
Note: Numbers that will not be used for calculations should be set as Text. Numbers such as Freight Weight and Order Qty must be carefully and logically set to avoid loss of data (numbers without decimal places should be set to be either binary, integer or long integer; and numbers with decimal places should be set to be single or double).
See the Beskeen et al textbook Access Chapter 7 for more details on setting appropriate Data Types, particularly Chapter 7: Table 5-3: Common Number field properties for logical Data Types.
• When you are sure that each field has the appropriate data type, click Next.
6) Select No Primary Key option on the forth page of the wizard – these will be set in Task 2 – then click Next.
7) Name the table tblCustomers on the final page of the wizard and click Finish.
Repeat the above 7 steps for the rest of the text files naming each Database Table as follows:
Text File Table Name
Assignment01 Text File Items.txt tblItems
Assignment01 Text File Suppliers.txt tblSuppliers
Assignment01 Text File Orders.txt tblOrders
Note: Table names must conform to the Leszynski Naming Convention (LNC) as per the Naming Convention for Access Database Objects document in the Practical Appendixes found on the Study Schedule and Module Materials.
Task 2: Modify Table Design
Modify the four imported tables’ structures using the given Table Specifications, from the section above, in Microsoft Access using Table Design View:
• Use the above table specifications, checking that you have the correct table names and field names.
• Check that all fields have the appropriate Data Type from the following:
o Text, Number, Date/Time, Currency, Yes/No, Hyperlink.
• Add appropriate Field Descriptions to ALL data fields with a well-structured description, eg. for CustID an appropriate description would be:
Customer Identification | Data Type: Short Text: 3 Characters
• Ensure that you also set properties for each field where appropriate. You MUST set the following:
o Field Size – set appropriate logical fields sizes for all Text and Number data types (numbers without decimal places should be set to be either binary, integer or long integer; and numbers with decimal places should be set to be single or double)
o Caption – set an appropriate English caption for all fields where the field name is not in English (eg. Customer ID for CustID)
o Format – set an appropriate format for all: Yes/No and Date data fields; Text data fields that should be stored in Upper-Case (State); Hyperlinks data fields that should be stored in lower-case (EmailAddress); and numbers that contain currency or percentages
Note: AT is the country code for Austria – should be formatted in Euros; LC is the country code for Saint Lucia – should be formatted in Dollars.
o Decimals – set an appropriate number of decimal places for any single or double numbers
o Default Value – set an appropriate default value for all Yes / No data Fields
o Required – set any data Fields that must contain data to Required and leave any Fields where data is optional as unchecked.
o Validation Rule and Validation Text – include appropriate Validation Rules for each of the following data Fields: Title; State; and Item Classification. This ensures that only limited value options can be entered for these data Fields.
See the Beskeen et al textbook Access Chapter 5 for more details on appropriate settings for each Data Type.
For example:
Before proceeding to Task 3, check the Data in the four tables against the Data in the four text Files to ensure that there has been no loss of Data during Task 1 and 2.
Task 3: Set Primary Keys
Set the Primary Keys for the four (4) Tables as per the following table specifications in Microsoft Access using Table Design View:
Table Name Primary Key(s)
tblCustomers CustID
tblItems ItemID
tblSuppliers SupplierID
tblOrders CustID, ItemID, OrderDate
Note: The primary key of the Orders table is a combined multiple-field key. It has three fields in one key.
See the Beskeen et al textbook Access Chapter 4 and the Video provided in the Course Content section for creating primary keys.
Task 4: Create Relationships between the Tables
Create the following relationships between the four (4) tables:
• tblCustomers to tblOrders
• tblItems to tblOrders
• tblSuppliers to tblItems
Check that the correct table names and field names are listed in the ‘Edit Relationships’ screen.
Ensure that you ENFORCE referential integrity, but do not set Cascading Updates or Cascading Deletes.
You should check that the computer has identified correctly the 1 to 8 relationships between the four (4) tables.
Note: This must be done after you have established the primary keys
See the Beskeen et al textbook Access Chapter 5 and the YouTube videos on the StudyDesk for more details on creating relationships.
Task 5: Edit Customers Table
Edit Customer ID 112 in the Customers Table as per the following instructions in Microsoft Access using Table Datasheet View:
1. Change the Title, Given Names and Family Name to your own details.
2. Change the Address, City, State and Postcode to your own details.
3. Using www.whereis.com.au look up the distance between your current address and Toowoomba QLD 4350 – change the Freight Distance to this new value.
4. Change the Mobile Number to your student ID eg. 0061 099999
? Do not use the u1099999 version.
5. Change the Email Address to your own details.
6. Select that you would like to be on the Business’s Mail List.
Task 6: Create Data and Update Queries
Create the following Three (3) queries using the Query Design View. Use the names given for each query to avoid confusion for the client (make sure you submit them in the order given below).
? You must create the Queries using Access Design View, if you create the Queries using SQL this will result in ZERO marks for the Query.
? Query names must conform to the Leszynski Naming Convention (LNC), as per the Naming Convention for Access Database Objects document in the Practical Appendixes found on the Study Schedule and Module Materials – including the Query Number and Two Meaningful Words to describe the query eg. qry1XxxxxxXxxxxx.
? Not all queries will require the inclusion of all four tables; you must decide which tables are appropriate for the generation of each query’s output. Only tables needed should be included in the query design as extraneous tables could cause problems with the query results
See the Beskeen et al textbook Access Chapter 8, Access Chapter 9 and Access Chapter 10 for more details on creating queries
• Query 1: Import Duty Austria (AT) Cost Price Increase:
A new Australian import duty of 8.125% has been added for all products being imported from Austria (AT) and Dr Holst has asked you to develop a query that will update the Cost Price from Austria (AT) of all items that are currently on order. As it would be considered profiteering, it is important that the query does not update the Cost Price of items already in stock.
Create an Update Query that will raise the Austria (AT) Cost Price for all items on order that are not in stock by 8.125%. It is always good practice to backup any data before running an update or a delete query. The following steps should be followed to achieve this Query:
• In the List of Tables, copy the table called tblItems and paste it with the new name tblBackupItems.
Use tblItems for this Update Query, not your back up table tblBackupItems. If you have difficulties with this query and need to restore your data to the original values, you can copy columns as necessary from tblBackupItems to tblItems and start again.
• Create an Update Query that will increase the Cost Price (AT) in tblItems by 8.125% for all items currently not in stock but on order.
• Include rounding to 2 decimal places with the update calculation by placing the following function around the update formula: ROUND(update_formula ,2)
Hint: ROUND(Cost Price (AT) + Cost Price (AT) * 8.125% ,2)
Note: Percentages must be converted to decimals in Update Queries.
Do not post formulas to the StudyDesk Forums; it may result in academic misconduct.
Make sure you DO NOT change the Query Type – keep it as an Update Query and do not run the Update Query more than once.
Note: This Query will update 31 rows of data if done correctly – compare the following three Items (ItemIDs 186, 201 & 219) between the tblItems and tblBackupItems to see if the update has been applied successfully.
• Query 2: Late Dispatched Orders Form Query:
Dr Holst would like to have a single query that the business can display within a form (Task 7: Form 1) to see within this single query the customers who are either:
i) Living in Queensland, have had items dispatched late (between 15th October and today) and where the item was ordered before the 1st October and the item is in stock
Or
ii) Living in Victoria, have had items dispatched late (between 20th October and today) and where the item was ordered before the 5th October and the item is in stock
Or
iii) Living in New South Wales, have had items dispatched late (between 25th October and today) and where the item was ordered before the 10th October and the item is in stock
Create a Select Query that will display the CustID, Full Customer’s Name (including Title, Given Names, and Family Name), Full Customer’s Address, Date of Birth, eMail Address, MailingList, ItemID, Full Item Details (including including Classification, Instrument, Freight Weight, and Supplier Name), OrderDate, Dispatch Date and OrderQty for those customers.
Limit the data in the single query to either customers (using the OR Criteria):
i) living in Queensland, who have placed Orders before the 1st October 2018 and where these orders were only dispatched between the 15th October 2018 and today (using the BETWEEN criteria tool and the DATE() function), and where the business currently has that item in stock
ii) OR living in Victoria (using the OR criteria row), who have placed Orders before the 5th October 2018 but where these orders were only dispatched between the 20th October 2018 and today (using the BETWEEN criteria tool and the DATE() function), and where the business currently has that item in stock
iii) OR living in New South Wales (using the OR criteria row), who have placed Orders before the 10th October 2018 but where these orders were only dispatched between the 25th October 2018 and today (using the BETWEEN criteria tool and the DATE() function), and where the business currently has that item in stock
Display the results sorted by State and Order Date, check that have you included all necessary Fields and ensure that you only display the required Fields.
Note: This Query will display 47* rows of data if done correctly (with CustID 112 living in QLD).
27 NSW records, 14 QLD records and 6 VIC records.
*Number of rows of data displayed will vary depending on the date the query is created. Whilst you will use the DATE() function in your final version, for testing purposes assume that *today* is the due date of this assignment i.e. Jan 16 2019)
• Query 3: Invoice Query with Calculated Fields:
Dr Holst would like to have a query that the business can use to produce customer invoices (Task 8) to see how many customers on our Mailing List ordered musical instruments, but only those instruments that are not Horns, and where the Instrument is in stock. This query should also calculate the selling price (based on goods purchased from St Lucia) and order total, both of which will be needed on the customer invoices.
Create a Select Query that will display the CustID, Full Customer’s Name (including Title, Given Names and Family Name), Full Customer Address, ItemID, Full Item Details (including Classification, Instrument, Freight Weight and Supplier Name), OrderDate, and OrderQty, including two calculated Fields – Selling Price (AU) and Order Total (AU).
Limit the query to only those customers on our Mailing List who ordered a musical instrument, where the Instrument DOES NOT contain the word “horn” (using the NOT criteria tools and the LIKE criteria tool), and where the business currently has that item in stock.
Note:
• SellingPrice(AU) – CostPrice (LC) x Exchange Rate x (1 + Recommended MarkUp)
• OrderTotal(AU) – SellingPrice(AU) x Ordered Qty
Look up Exchange Rate East Caribbean Dollars (XCD) to AUD: www.xe.com
Include rounding to 2 decimal places for the Selling Price Calculated Field by placing the following function around the formula:
ROUND( calculated_Field ,2)
SellingPrice(AU) and OrderTotal(AU) must be formatted to the appropriate currency and provided with meaningful captions in the properties for these two calculated Fields.
Display the results sorted by CustID, ItemID and Order Date, check that have you included all necessary Fields and ensure that you only display the required Fields.
Do not post formulas to the StudyDesk Forums; it may result in academic misconduct.
Note: This query will display 194 rows of data if done correctly.
Task 7: Create an Invoice Report
Dr Holst has provided you with the following sample Invoice. The client requires you to develop a similar invoice for their business.
Note: You must use the correct business name and address details given in the assignment preamble for your invoices – the example above is an example of what the client is looking for only.
Using all Fields from Task 6 Query 3, create in the Report Wizard (using the Block Report Wizard Template) a single Report called rptCustomerInvoice that produces a professional looking invoice for the business.
The invoice must have the following attributes:
• The report must contain at least all the elements displayed in the sample invoice (above).
• The report must be grouped by CustID.
• Each Customer’s invoice must be on a separate page.
Note: To do this, in the Report Design View, right click on ‘CustID Header’, choose ‘Properties’, find the ‘Force New Page and change it to ‘Before Section’. You should only view the Invoice in Print Preview to test that this is working – Report View will not put the Customers on separate pages.
Note: This Report will display 49 customer invoices if done correctly.
Please also note that CustID 784 should display all 10 ordered items on ONE page.
• Each Customer’s invoice must have the Customer’s name merged into a single Field including Title, Given Names and Family Name by modifying one of the Fields to include:
[Title] & – – & [GivenNames] & – – & [FamilyName]
• Each Customer’s invoice must have part of the Customer’s address merged into a single Field including City, State and Postcode by modifying one of the Fields to include:
[City] & – – & [State] & – – & [Postcode]
• Each Customer’s invoice must have Today’s Date in the Page Header
• Each Customer’s invoice must have an Invoice Total for each customer
• Each Customer’s invoice must not have any extraneous data including Grand Totals, Page Numbering, nor Summary Information.
• Each Customer’s order must have the Order Date in the Details Section
• Each Customer’s order must have alternating background colours in the Details Section
• Each Image on the invoice must be inserted using the Image Control and must have the following properties:
Properties Options
Picture Type: Embedded
Control Source: Blank
Picture: [File Name]
See the Beskeen et al textbook Access 2013 Unit D and Access 2013 Unit L and the Videos provided in the Course Content section for more details on creating Reports
Note: Report names must conform to the Leszynski Naming Convention (LNC) as per the Naming Convention for Access Database Objects document in the Practical Appendixes found on the Study Schedule and Module Materials

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Assignment 1: Part B (Decision Support System)
Dr Colin Matthews, your manager, has set up the following tasks for you to complete for this phase of the project:
1. Create a Spreadsheet and import the four (4) Access Tables into four (4) Worksheets
2. Data Validation Check
3. Create an Index Worksheet
4. Create a Data Input Worksheet Template for later use
5. Create a Calculations Worksheet Template for later use
6. Create Name Ranges for the Customers, Items, and Suppliers data
7. Create a Report Worksheet and set up the column headings
8. Modify the Report Worksheet by Cell Referencing all the Orders Table data
9. Modify the Report Worksheet by using VLOOKUP to get Customer, Item and Supplier data
10. Modify the Data Input Worksheet to include extra data needed for later tasks
11. Modify the Report Worksheet by using a Nested IF to calculate Cost Price (AU)
12. Modify the Report Worksheet by using a Nested IF to calculate Selling Price
13. Modify the Report Worksheet by using a Nested IF to calculate Freight Cost
14. Modify the Report Worksheet by using a AND / IF to calculate Item Discount
15. Modify the Report Worksheet by using simple formulas to find Purchases and Sales, and Modify the Report Worksheet by using a formula to calculate the Order Discount
16. Modify the Data Input Worksheet to include extra data needed for later tasks
17. Modify the Calculations Worksheet by using simple formulas
18. Modify the Data Input Worksheet by Cell Referencing all the Calculations data
19. Create eight (8) Scenarios on the Data Input Worksheet
20. Create a Scenario Summary of the eight (8) Scenarios
21. Create a Documentation Worksheet
22. Create an Analytical Essay to describe the findings made using the Spreadsheet
Task 1: Create and Import
Open a single new Excel (any version from Excel 2007 to current) spreadsheet and name the file – ‘[lastname] [initial] _ [student number] _ [course code] _ [assignment number]’ (eg. genrichr_0050051005_cis5100_assign2.xlsx).
Import the following four (4) database tables from your Assignment 1 Microsoft Access (any version from Access 2007 to current) Database File and into Microsoft Excel (any version from Excel 2007 to current) (tblCustomers, tblItems, tblSuppliers, tblOrders). The easiest and quickest way to import data from Access (any version from Access 2007 to current) into Excel (any version from Excel 2007 to current) is by using the “Import From Access” Wizard. The following steps will assist you with this process:
8) Select the first unused tab at the bottom of the Spreadsheet, right click on it and rename it “CustomersTable”.
9) Put a heading at the top of the worksheet in cell A1 called “Customers Table”.
10) Go to the Data Icon Ribbon (see below)
11) Click on the From Access option in the Get External Data icon area.
12) In the Get External Data – From Access wizard popup, browse to find your Assignment 1 Access Database file and select the – then click Open.
13) In the Select Table wizard popup, select tblCustomers – click OK.
14) In the Import Data wizard popup, select Table and Existing Worksheet $A$3 as the location to Import the place to put the data.
15) Select the Table Style you wish to apply to this table. Note: You should consider the colours from a professional perspective.
16) Left click anywhere on the imported data in worksheet then go to the Design Icon Ribbon and select Convert to Range then click OK.
17) Check that the data has correctly been imported correctly into this worksheet.
18) Modify the layout of the data to a professional level of presentation, making sure that the headings are in English (Customer ID not CustID).
Use bold, italics, font size, font colours, shading, lines and borders.
Repeat the above 11 steps for the rest of the Access Database tables naming each worksheet as follows:
Database Table Worksheet Name Worksheet Title (Cell A1)
tblItems ItemsTable Items Table
tblSuppliers SuppliersTable Suppliers Table
tblOrders OrdersTable Orders Table
Task 2: Data Validation Check
Check the imported data in the CustomersTable, ItemsTable, SuppliersTable and OrdersTable to ensure that:
1. The column headings are displayed correctly
2. The content of each column displays in a format that appears valid for that type of data (apply appropriate formatting if required).
3. The content of each column contains complete and accurate data values (eg. Phone numbers are not truncated).
4. The content of each column contains reasonable data values for the use of this business.
Task 3: Index Worksheet
Add a worksheet labelled Index before the four tables from Task 1. Put a heading at the top of the worksheet in cell A1 called Index Worksheet. Ensure that it contains all the recommended data for this worksheet listed in the Practical Appendixes found on the Study Schedule and Module Materials – Spreadsheet design considerations.
Modify the layout of the data to a professional level of presentation. Use bold, italics, font size, font colours, shading, lines and borders.

Task 4: Data Input Worksheet Template
Add a worksheet labelled DataInput after the Index worksheet from Task 2 (but before the four tables from Task 1) that conforms to the Practical Appendixes found on the Study Schedule and Module Materials – Spreadsheet design considerations. Put a heading at the top of the worksheet in cell A1 called Data Input Worksheet and then input the following template in the exact cell shown below onto this worksheet:
A B C D
3 Changing Cells:
4 Recommended MarkUp Type [Insert Markup Type here]
5 Recommended Freight Type [Insert Freight Type here]
6 Store Recommended MarkUp % [Insert Store MarkUp % here]
7 Recommended Exchange Rate Type [Insert Exchange Rate Type here]
8 Exchange Rate (AT to AU as at xx/xx/xx) [Lookup & Insert AT to AU Exchange Rate here]
9 Exchange Rate (LC to AU as at xx/xx/xx) [Lookup & Insert LC to AU Exchange Rate here]
10
11 Quarterly Income:
12 Total Sales [Insert Cell Reference here]
13
14 Quarterly Fixed Expenses:
15 Bank Charges [Insert Bank Charges Expense here]
16 Electricity Expenses [Insert Electricity Expense here]
17 Freight Inwards Expenses [Insert Freight Inwards Expense here]
18 Internet Expenses [Insert Internet Expense here]
19 Telephone Expenses [Insert Telephone Expense here]
20 Wages Expenses [Insert Wages Expense here]
21
22 Total Quarterly Fixed Expenses [Insert Cell Reference here]
23
24 Quarterly Variable Expenses:
25 Total Purchases Expenses [Insert Cell Reference here]
26 Total Freight Outwards Expenses [Insert Cell Reference here]
27 Percentage Freight Outwards of Total Sales: [Insert Cell Reference here]
28
29 Total Quarterly Variable Expenses [Insert Cell Reference here]
30
31 Total Profit: [Insert Cell Reference here]
32 Total Discount for Orders: [Insert Cell Reference here]
33 Percentage Discount of Total Sales: [Insert Cell Reference here]
34 No. Orders Discount Applied: [Insert Cell Reference here]
* This template will be modified with correct number, formula and function in tasks 10 onwards.
Modify the layout of the data to a professional level of presentation. Use bold, italics, font size, font shading, lines and borders. colours,
Task 5: Calculations Worksheet Template
Add a worksheet labelled Calculations after the DataInput worksheet from Task 4 (but before the four tables from Task 1) that conforms to the Practical Appendixes found on the Study Schedule and Module Materials – Spreadsheet design considerations. Put a heading at the top of the worksheet in cell A1 called Calculations Worksheet and then input the following template in the exact cells shown below onto this worksheet:
A B C D
3 Quarterly Income
4 Total Sales [Insert Formula here]
5
6 Quarterly Expenses
7 Total Quarterly Fixed Expenses [Insert Formula here]
8
9 Quarterly Variable Expenses
10 Total Purchases Expenses [Insert Formula here]
11 Total Freight Outward Expenses [Insert Formula here]
12 Percentage Freight Outwards of Total Sales [Insert Formula here]
13
14 Total Quarterly Variable Expenses [Insert Formula here]
15
16 Total Profit [Insert Formula here]
17
18 Total Discount for Orders [Insert Formula here]
19 Percentage Discount of Total Sales [Insert Formula here]
20 No. Orders Discount Applied [Insert Formula here]
* This template will be modified with correct number, formula and function in tasks 10 onwards.
Modify the layout of the data to a professional level of presentation. Use bold, italics, font size, font colours, shading, lines and borders.
Task 6: Name Ranges
On the CustomersTable, ItemsTable and SuppliersTable worksheets set the following Cell Range Names:
• Cust – on all the data (not headings) in the CustomersTable worksheet
• Itms – on all the data (not headings) in the ItemsTable worksheet
• Supp – on all the data (not headings) in the SuppliersTable worksheet
Note: You must only create the three name ranges listed in this task, any other name ranges used may result in loss of marks.

Task 7: Report Worksheet Headings
Add a worksheet labelled Report after the Calculations worksheet from Task 5 (but before the four tables from Task 1) that conforms to the Practical Appendixes found on the Study Schedule and Module Materials – Spreadsheet design considerations. Put a heading at the top of the worksheet in cell A1 called Report Worksheet and then type the following column headings, starting in cell A3:
• Customer ID, Title, Family Name, Given Names, Address, City, State, Postcode, Distance (km), Item ID, Classification, Instrument, Freight Weight (Kg), Supplier ID, Supplier Name, Supplier Recommended Markup (%)Order Date, Order Qty, Cost Price (AT), Cost Price (LC), Cost Price (AU), Selling Price, Purchases, Item Discount, Sales, Freight Cost, Order Discount.
Modify the Report worksheets to a professional level of presentation, making sure that the headings are in English (Customer ID not CustID). Use bold, italics, font size, font colours, shading, lines and borders.
Task 8: Report Worksheet Cell Reference
On the Report worksheet, Use the Cell References formula, to obtain all 1000 rows of data from the OrdersTable worksheet for the following:
• Customer ID, Item ID, Order Date, Order Qty.
(For example, type =OrdersTable!A4 to reference data in cell A4 of the OrdersTable worksheet.)
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Modify the Summary worksheets to a professional level of presentation, making sure that the data is formatted correctly.
Note: All formulas must be designed to be typed once at the top of each column and copied down to the remaining cells in the column.
Task 9: Report Worksheet VLOOKUP
On the Report worksheet use the VLOOKUP function with the Cell Range Names (Task 2), obtain all 1000 rows of data from the CustomersTable, ItemsTable and SuppliersTable worksheets for the following:
• Customers Worksheet:
o Title, Family Name, Given Names, Address, City, State, Postcode, Freight Distance (km)
• Items Worksheet:
o Classification, Instrument, Freight Weight (kg), Supplier ID, Cost Price (AT),
Cost Price (LC)
• Suppliers Worksheet:
o Supplier Name, Recommended Markup (%)
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Note: All formulas must be designed to be typed once at the top of each column and copied down to the remaining cells in the column – Beskeen Excel Chapter 17.
See the Videos provided in the Course Content section for more details on creating VLOOKUP functions

Task 10: Modify Data Input Worksheet
On the DataInput worksheet perform the following:
• Type Store into the cell containing the phrase: [Insert Markup Type here],
• Type 220% into the cell containing the phrase: [Insert Store MarkUp here],
• Type AT into the cell containing the phrase: [Insert Exchange Rate Type here],
Look up Exchange Rate LC to AU and Exchange Rate AT to AU: www.xe.com
• Type the current Exchange Rate AT to AU into the cell containing the phrase: [Lookup & Insert AT to AU Exchange Rate here], and replace the “as at xx/xx/xx” with the date you looked up the exchange rate.
• Type the current Exchange Rate LC to AU into the cell containing the phrase: [Lookup & Insert LC to AU Exchange Rate here], and replace the “as at xx/xx/xx” with the date you looked up the exchange rate.
Task 11: Report Worksheet Cost Price (AU) Nested IF
On the Report worksheet:
1. Develop an IF function using the new Recommended Exchange Rate Type value (from the DataInput worksheet to calculate the Cost Price (AU) (in the Cost Price (AU) column) using the following criteria:
• If the Exchange Rate Type is AT then the Cost Price (AU) is calculated by multiplying the Cost Price (AT) by the Exchange Rate (AT to AU) cell on the DataInput worksheet.
Hint:
Cost Price (AT) x Exchange Rate (AT to AU)
• If the Exchange Rate Type is LC then the Cost Price (AU) is calculated by multiplying the Cost Price (LC) by the Exchange Rate (LC to AU) cell on the DataInput worksheet.
Hint:
Cost Price (LC) x Exchange Rate (LC to AU)
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2. Ensure that you include rounding (to 2 decimal places – Beskeen Excel Chapter 17) into each calculation in your IF function and error checking (Beskeen Excel Chapter 18) to avoid incorrect results due to typing mistakes.
Note: All formulas must be designed to be typed once at the top of each column and copied down to the remaining cells in the column – Beskeen Excel Chapter 17.
Also do not include any unit measures such as $, kg or km in the IF function as this will result in a #VALUE error message. Brackets must only be used as indicated in the hints given above and those needed for rounding, any incorrect or extraneous usage of brackets may result in loss of marks.
You must remove any reference to the prefix Report! from these Nested IF functions to reduce complexity and redundancy of code.
See the Beskeen Excel Chapter 18 and the Videos provided in the Course Content section for more details on creating IF functions
3. Test the IF function: Once you have completed the Cost Price (AU) IF function, perform the following two tests on it to ensure that it is working correctly:
• On the DataInput worksheet, type LC into the Exchange Rate Type cell.
• Go to the Report worksheet and observe whether the Cost Price (AU) have changed.
• On the DataInput worksheet, type GIGO into the Exchange Rate Type cell.
• Go to the Report worksheet and observe whether the Cost Price (AU) now displays an error message.
• On the DataInput worksheet, replace the word GIGO with one of the two valid values for the Exchange Rate Type cell.
Task 12: Report Worksheet Selling Price Nested IF
On the Report worksheet:
1. Develop an IF function using the new Recommended MarkUp Type value (from the DataInput worksheet) to calculate the Selling Price (in the Selling Price column) using the following criteria:
• If the MarkUp Type is Store then the Selling Price is calculated by increasing Cost Price by the Store’s Recommended MarkUp % from the DataInput worksheet
Hint:
Cost Price (AU) + Cost Price (AU) x Store Recommended MarkUp
• If the MarkUp Type is Supplier then the Selling Price is calculated by increasing Cost Price by the Supplier’s Recommended MarkUp
Hint:
Cost Price (AU) + Cost Price (AU) x Supplier Recommended MarkUp
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2. Ensure that you include rounding (to 2 decimal places – Beskeen Excel Chapter 17) into each calculation in your IF function and error checking (Beskeen Excel Chapter 18) to avoid incorrect results due to typing mistakes.
Note: All formulas must be designed to be typed once at the top of each column and copied down to the remaining cells in the column – Beskeen Excel Chapter 17.
Also do not include any unit measures such as $, kg or km in the IF function as this will result in a #VALUE error message. Brackets must only be used as indicated in the hints given above and those needed for rounding, any incorrect or extraneous usage of brackets may result in loss of marks.
You must remove any reference to the prefix Report! from these Nested IF functions to reduce complexity and redundancy of code.
See the Beskeen Excel Chapter 18 and the Videos provided in the Course Content section for more details on creating IF functions

3. Test the IF function: Once you have completed the Selling Price IF function, perform the following two tests on it to ensure that it is working correctly:
• On the DataInput worksheet, type Supplier into the MarkUp Type cell.
• Go to the Report worksheet and observe whether the Selling Prices have changed.
• On the DataInput worksheet, type GIGO into the MarkUp Type cell.
• Go to the Report worksheet and observe whether the Selling Prices now displays an error message.
• On the DataInput worksheet, replace the word GIGO with one of the two valid values for the MarkUp Type cell.
Task 13: Report Worksheet IF / AND: Item Discount
1. On the Report worksheet develop an IF / AND function to calculate the amount of Item Discount given to an individual item on an order (in the Item Discount column) using the following criteria:
• If the Selling Price for that item is greater than $100.00 AND the OrderQty is greater than or equal to five (5) of the same item in any single order then the Item Discount is calculated at 5% of the Selling Price for that item, otherwise the Item Discount is zero.
Hint:
=IF (AND (Selling Price $100.00, OrderQty = 5), Selling Price x 5%, 0)
Note: You must either convert 5% to a decimal or include the percentage symbol % in the formula.
2. Ensure that you include rounding (to 2 decimal places – Beskeen Excel Chapter 17) into each calculation in your IF / AND function.
Note: All formulas must be designed to be typed once at the top of each column and copied down to the remaining cells in the column – Beskeen Excel Chapter 17.
Also do not include any unit measures such as $, kg or km in the IF function as this will result in a #VALUE error message. Brackets must only be used as indicated in the hints given above and those needed for rounding, any incorrect or extraneous usage of brackets may result in loss of marks.
You must remove any reference to the prefix Report! from these IF / AND functions to reduce complexity and redundancy of code.
See the Beskeen Excel Chapter 18 and the Videos provided in the Course Content section for more details on creating IF functions
3. Test the IF function: Once you have completed the Item Discount IF / AND function and filled it down the column, review the values to ensure that it is working correctly in the following situations:
1. OrderQty is less than five (5) and Selling Price is less than or equal to $100.00, should result in $0.00 Item Discount.
2. OrderQty is less than five (5) and Selling Price is greater than $100.00, should result in $0.00 Item Discount.
3. OrderQty is greater than or equal to five (5) and Selling Price is less than or equal to $100.00, should result in $0.00 Item Discount.
4. OrderQty is greater than or equal to five (5) and Selling Price is greater than $100.00, should result in an Item Discount.

Task 14: Report Worksheet Purchases, Sales and Order Discount Formulas
On the Report worksheet calculate the following three simple formulas:
1. Purchases by multiplying Order Qty with Cost Price (AU).
2. Sales by multiplying Order Qty by the difference of Selling Price less the Item Discount amount.
Hint:
=(Selling Price – Item Discount) x Order Qty
3. Order Discount by multiplying Order Qty with Item Discount.
Note: All formulas must be designed to be typed once at the top of each column and copied down to the remaining cells in the column – Beskeen Excel Chapter 17.
You must remove any reference to the prefix Report! from these formulae to reduce complexity and redundancy of code. Brackets must only be used as indicated in the hints given above, any incorrect or extraneous usage of brackets may result in loss of marks.
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Task 15: Report Worksheet Freight Cost Nested IF
1. On the DataInput worksheet, type Uranus Transport into the cell containing the phrase: [Insert Freight Type here].
2. On the Report worksheet develop an IF function using the new Recommended Freight Type value (from the DataInput worksheet to calculate the Freight Cost (in the Freight Cost column) using the following criteria:
• If the Freight Type is Uranus Transport then the Freight Cost is calculated at two dollars – fifty cents ($2.50) per kilogram of the item’s freight weight and two-thirds of a cent ($0.0067) per kilometre (Distance) if over 999 km (otherwise there is no cost for Distance) per item ordered (Order Qty).
Hint:
($2.50 x Item Weight + IF(Distance 999 km, $0.0067 x Distance, 0)) x OrderQty
• If the Freight Type is Neptune Freight then the Freight Cost is calculated at a dollar ninety-nine ($1.99) for the first two and a half kilograms (2.5 kg) and then at a dollar and seventy-five ($1.75) per kilogram (Freight Weight) if over 2.5 kg (otherwise there is no cost for Weight) per item ordered (Order Qty).
Hint:
($1.99 + IF(Item Weight 2.5 kg, (Item Weight – 2.5 kg) x $1.75, 0)) x OrderQty
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3. Ensure that you include rounding (to 2 decimal places – Beskeen Excel Chapter 17) into each calculation in your IF function and error checking (Beskeen Excel Chapter 18) to avoid incorrect results due to typing mistakes.
Note: All formulas must be designed to be typed once at the top of each column and copied down to the remaining cells in the column – Beskeen Excel Chapter 17.
Also do not include any unit measures such as $, kg or km in the IF function as this will result in a #VALUE error message. Brackets must only be used as indicated in the hints given above and those needed for rounding, any incorrect or extraneous usage of brackets may result in loss of marks.
You must remove any reference to the prefix Report! from these Nested IF functions to reduce complexity and redundancy of code.
See the Beskeen Excel Chapter 18 and the Videos provided in the Course Content section for more details on creating IF functions
4. Test the IF function: Once you have completed the Freight Cost IF function, perform the following three tests on it to ensure that it is working correctly:
• On the DataInput worksheet, type Neptune Freight into the Freight Type cell.
• Go to the Report worksheet and observe whether the Freight Costs have changed.
• On the DataInput worksheet, type GIGO into the Freight Type cell.
• Go to the Report worksheet and observe whether the Freight Costs now displays an error message.
• On the DataInput worksheet, replace the word GIGO with one of the two valid values for the Freight Type cell.
Task 16: Modify Data Input Worksheet
On the DataInput worksheet:
1. Replace the phrase “[Insert Bank Charges Expenses here]” in cell D15 with $263.50
2. Replace the phrase “[Insert Electricity Expenses here]” in cell D16 with $11,809.10
3. Replace the phrase “[Insert Freight Inwards Expense here] ” in cell D17 with $121,872.29
4. Replace the phrase “[Insert Internet Expense here] ” in cell D18 with $3,620.35
5. Replace the phrase “[Insert Telephone Expenses here]” in cell D19 with $8,102.34
6. Replace the phrase “[Insert Wages Expenses here]” in cell D20 with $102.825.73
Task 17: Calculations Worksheet Formulas
On the Calculations worksheet calculate the following four simple formula:
1. Replace the phrase in D4 “[Insert Formula here]” with a function to calculate the Total Sales by adding all the Sales in the Sales column on the Reports worksheet.
2. Replace the phrase in D7 “[Insert Formula here]” with a function to calculate the Total Quarterly Fixed Expenses by adding all the Quarterly Fixed Expenses on the DataInput worksheet.
3. Replace the phrase in D10 “[Insert Formula here]” with a function to calculate the Total Purchases by adding all the Purchases in the Purchases column on the Reports worksheet.
4. Replace the phrase in D11 “[Insert Formula here]” with a function to calculate the Total Freight by adding all the Freight Costs in the Freight Cost column on the Reports worksheet.
5. Replace the phrase in D12 “[Insert Formula here]” with a function to calculate the Percentage Freight Outwards of Total Sales by dividing the Total Freight Outward Expenses by the Total Sales.
6. Replace the phrase in D14 “[Insert Formula here]” with a formula to calculate the Total Quarterly Variable Expenses by adding all the Quarterly Variable Expenses on the Calculations worksheet.
7. Replace the phrase in D16 “[Insert Formula here]” with a formula to calculate the Total Profit by subtracting the Total Quarterly Fixed and Total Quarterly Variable Expenses from the Total Sales on the Calculations worksheet.
8. Replace the phrase in D18 “[Insert Formula here]” with a function to calculate the Total Discount for Orders by using the SUMIF() function to add up all cells with an Order Discount greater than 0 in the Order Discount column on the Reports worksheet.
9. Replace the phrase in D19 “[Insert Formula here]” with a function to calculate the Percentage Discount of Total Sales by dividing the Total Discount for Orders by the Total Sales.

10. Replace the phrase in D20 “[Insert Formula here]” with a function to calculate the Number of Orders where a Discount was Applied by using the COUNTIF() function to count all cells with an Order Discount greater than 0 in the Order Discount column on the Reports worksheet.
Hint: For details on SUMIF and COUNTIF usage see Beskeen Excel Chapter 18.
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Task 18: Data Input Cell References
On the DataInput worksheet:
1. Replace the phrase “[Insert Cell Reference Here]” in cell D12 with a cell reference to the Total Sales amount on the Calculations worksheet.
2. Replace the phrase “[Insert Cell Reference Here]” in cell D22 with a cell reference to the Total Quarterly Fixed Expenses amount on the Calculations worksheet.
3. Replace the phrase “[Insert Cell Reference Here]” in cell D25 with a cell reference to the Total Purchases Expenses amount on the Calculations worksheet.
4. Replace the phrase “[Insert Cell Reference Here]” in cell D26 with a cell reference to the Total Freight Outwards Expenses amount on the Calculations worksheet.
5. Replace the phrase “[Insert Cell Reference Here]” in cell D27 with a cell reference to the Percentage Freight Outwards of Total Sales amount on the Calculations worksheet.
6. Replace the phrase “[Insert Cell Reference Here]” in cell D29 with a cell reference to the Total Quarterly Variable Expenses amount on the Calculations worksheet.
7. Replace the phrase “[Insert Cell Reference Here]” in cell D31 with a cell reference to the Total Profit amount on the Calculations worksheet.
8. Replace the phrase “[Insert Cell Reference Here]” in cell D32 with a cell reference to the Total Discount for Orders amount on the Calculations worksheet.
9. Replace the phrase “[Insert Cell Reference Here]” in cell D33 with a cell reference to the Percentage Discount of Total Sales amount on the Calculations worksheet.
10. Replace the phrase “[Insert Cell Reference Here]” in cell D34 with a cell reference to the No. Orders Discount Applied amount on the Calculations worksheet.
Note: Ensure that you only use cell referencing for the Totals data.
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Modify the CustomersTable, ItemsTable, OrdersTable, SuppliersTable, DataInput, Calculations and Report worksheets to a professional level of presentation, making sure that the data is formatted correctly. Use bold, italics, font size, font colours, shading, lines and borders.
Task 19: Scenarios
Using the Scenario Manager in Excel create and check the following eight (8) Scenarios using the Changing Cells of D4, D5 and D7 on the DataInput worksheet:
Scenario Markup Type Freight Type Exchange Rate Type
1 Store Neptune Freight AT
2 Store Neptune Freight LC
3 Store Uranus Transport AT
4 Store Uranus Transport LC
5 Supplier Neptune Freight AT
6 Supplier Neptune Freight LC
7 Supplier Uranus Transport AT
8 Supplier Uranus Transport LC
Note: Ensure you have a suitable scenario name for each scenario, eg. Scenario 1, Scenario 2 …
See the Beskeen Excel Chapter 19 and the Videos provided in the Course Content section for more details on creating Scenarios.
Task 20: Scenario Summary
Using the Scenario Manager in Excel create a Scenario Summary worksheet from the DataInput worksheet based on the eight (8) Scenarios from Task 20 and focusing on the Result cells D12, D22, D25, D26, D27, D29, D31, D32, D33 and D34 on the DataInput worksheet.
Place the Scenario Summary worksheet between the Calculations and Report worksheets.
Note: Format your Scenario Summary worksheet to look professional as follows:
• Modify the heading of the Scenario Summary
• Remove the Current Value and Notes
• Label the Changing Cells and Results Cells
See the Beskeen Excel Chapter 19 and the Videos provided in the Course Content section for more details on creating Scenarios.
Task 21: Documentation Worksheet
Add a Documentation worksheet after the four tables from Task 1. Put a heading at the top of the worksheet in cell A1 called Documentation. Ensure that contains all the recommended information for this worksheet listed in the Practical Appendixes found on the Study Schedule and Module Materials – Spreadsheet design considerations.
The Documentation Worksheet must demonstrate the following:
• A statement outlining the purpose of the Spreadsheet:
Purpose should outline why the Spreadsheet was created including – discussion about the Markup Type, Exchange Rate and Freight Type.
• A statement about the protection level that should be used on each Worksheet.
Protection should look at all 10 Worksheets and outline whether each sheet should contain protection and why.
DO NOT actually apply protection to your Spreadsheet – this will result in it being unable to be marked.
• A statement about how the user can access and use the Worksheets.
User Notes should provide a step by step guide for a new user to use the Spreadsheet from changing the values on the DataInput Worksheet to observing the outcome of these changes on both DataInput and Report Worksheets.
• A statement about what calculations have been used in the development of this Spreadsheet.
Calculations Notes should provide a brief description of each calculation found on the Calculations and Report Worksheets (does not need to discuss individual Cell References and VLOOKUPs – these can be discussed generally as a single calculation type).
Modify the layout of the data to a professional level of presentation. Use bold, italics, font size, font colours, shading, lines and borders.
Assignment 1: Part C (Analytical Essay)
Dr Colin Matthews has asked you to develop an analytical essay (between 750 and 1000 words in length) to the client, Dr Holst outlining the major issues that the Decision Support System’s results have highlighted. Create a Word Document (using Word 2007 to current) and name it ‘[lastname] [initial] _ [student number] _ [course code] _ [assignment number’
(eg. genrichr_0050051005_cis5100_assign2.docx).
Essays have a particular structure – An introduction, a body (where you write your answer in a number of paragraphs, usually one for each idea or topic) and a conclusion. The conclusion is where you sum up your ‘argument’. Essays normally do not have headings.
The information at the following URL may be useful:
https://www.essaybishop.com/write-my-essay/usq.edu.au/learningcentre/assignment-skills/writing-assignments/essay-writing
The body of your essay should consider the following issues:
• Define what a Decision Support System is.
• Explain why a Decision Support System is the appropriate tool for this project.
• From the results of the Decision Support System results (Report Worksheet and Scenario Summary) discuss the following (keeping in mind the information provided in the preamble on page 2):
1. Which Mark-up Type would be most appropriate for the business? Why?
2. How would the choice of the Mark-up Type impact on the customer’s decision to purchase from the company? Why?
3. What would be the impact on the business’s profit if the plan to provide a discount to large orders was implemented? Why?
4. Which Recommended Freight Type would be most appropriate for the business? Why?
5. What would be the impact that the different Recommended Freight Types would have on the business’s profit if the cost was transferred to the business instead of the customer (as discussed in the preamble)? Why?
6. Which country would be most appropriate for the business to import from at the moment? Why?
7. What issues could cause the business to rethink its choice of country of import? Why?
The essay should be using a proportional font (eg. Arial, Times New Roman etc.), with a font size of 11 or 12, and be laid out using 1 ½ line spacing.
Note: It is expected that you will use the Baltzan et al and Beskeen et al textbooks to answer the topics Dr Colin Matthews has given you for the essay, as well as reputable online sources of information. You need to include a List of References formatted using the Harvard AGPS style on a separate page and include In-text references for any direct or paraphrased quotes used (see the following USQ website for referencing help: https://www.essaybishop.com/write-my-essay/usq.edu.au/library/referencing/harvard-agps-referencing-guide.

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