Northeastern University Basto

1.   This  is  a  management  report  expressing  your  supported  opinion  based  on  the business  situation/problem/issue  presented  to  you  in  the  case  study.    The question  will  help  you  address  the  problem  and  answers  to  those  questions should be embedded within your case or in exhibits.

2.   Use  Tables  and  Exhibits  to  present  quantitative  analyses.  Where  possible,  use Tables  and  Exhibits  to  present  calculations  and  quantitative  analyses.    You  will be  evaluated  on  the  clarity  of  the  presentation  as  well  as  the  quality  of  the analysis.  Font in Exhibits must be 10-point or larger; 12 point is preferable.  This means  the  printed  font  (be  careful  if  you  use  the  “size”  command!).  Ensure  that your exhibits have clear labels and that you have referred to each of the exhibits in the text.  Do not have an exhibit that is NOT mentioned within the text of the report.

3.   Don’t put case exhibits within the narrative portion of your case analysis.

4.   Support your assertions with evidence drawn from case facts and your analysis.

5.   Calculations are only the beginning of the analysis.  You must interpret them and assess  their  managerial  implications  and  significance  for  the  decisions  under discussion.   Don’t   be   misled   that   your   goal   is   just   to   solve   the   accounting problem.    While  you  are  expected  to  solve  the  accounting  problem  that  is presented  to  you,  don’t  just solve  the  accounting  problem;  solve  the  business problem (the big picture) go beyond the obvious.

6.   Include  Cover  Page  which  includes  your  name,  case  name,  and  the  due  date.  Do not put your name on any other pages of your paper, including Exhibits. 

7.   The   report   should   be   double-spaced,   in   12-point   font.   Number   each   page sequentially  (including  Exhibits)  except  the  cover  page.    Narrative  cannot  not exceed two pages. 

8.   Run   your   spell-checker   program.      Proofread   your   paper.      Look   up   rules   of grammar/punctuation  about  which  you  are  unclear.    Make  sure  you  know  the difference between “it’s” and “its”.  Use these two words correctly.

9. Do  not  copy  lengthy  portions  of  assigned  articles  or  text  into  your  papers.  I  am interested  in  your  work,  not  someone  else’s.  Further,  your  case  analysis  must explain  events  in  a  specific  context.    The  text  and  readings,  on  the  other  hand, provide   general   explanations   not   necessarily   relevant   to   the   specific   case context.

10. If  you  briefly  reference  the  work  of  others  (including  assigned  readings),  you MUST  ACKNOWLEDGE  THE SOURCE using appropriate  footnotes.   Failure  to do so is plagiarism. 

11. Financial Formatting. Check your exhibits to make sure you are properly formatting financial information.  When preparing columns of financial information, you must first decide whether to present whole numbers, or whether to show the “cents.”  (There are rare cases in which we show more than two decimal places for financial information – if you present more than two decimal places, you must have a very compelling argument for why more than two are necessary.) If you choose to show “cents” you must show exactly two decimal places for every number in the column (you should not show some numbers with two decimal places, some with one, and some with none!).  Further, financial figures in a column must be aligned on the decimal point, or, in the case of whole numbers, the implied decimal point (e.g., right-justified).  Further, in the U.S., we use a comma to separate every three digits of the whole numbers.  When adding a column of numbers, (or when subtracting numbers) an underline is used to separate the numbers being added (or subtracted) from the resultant sum (difference).

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