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BIS 155 Final Exam Data Analysis with Spreadsheets with Lab
(TCO 3) A retail chain keeps daily data with summaries of the dollar amounts of sales
for each of 151 different products sold at 23 retail stores. The daily data is tracked by
product and by store. At the end of the day each store sends its data to the sales
manager at the corporate office. The data is sent in an Excel spreadsheet. Describe a
data consolidation strategy and at least two different types of visualization
techniques the sales manager can use to analyze the data received from all stores. Be
sure to include formulas that are to be used in the Excel spreadsheet. (Points : 40)
Data consolidation strategy is a new concept that a majority of mangers are trying to
adopt in order to keep track of their…
(TCO 5) Mark Jacobs, owner of Jacob’s Mini-Mart currently operates two stores in
Atlanta. His business has been very successful, and he is now opening two new
stores. He will no longer be able to manage all stores himself, so he is hiring
managers for three of the four stores. He will continue to operate one store, and act
as general manager over the company. He is looking for an easy and efficient way to
collect information from the stores, and he would like your help with the
following:PART 1 Marc wants you to design a worksheet for his managers to
complete showing the sales by product category by month at each store. He wants to
be sure the managers don’t change the formulas in the worksheet. Describes the
characteristics of the worksheet.
PART 2 Describe the process Mark will use in combining the completed worksheets
into on workbook and creating the summary report. (Points : 40)
For the case of Jacob’s Mini-Mart, he needs to have a way of …
For the completed worksheets to make sense to the users….
(TCO 9) You are assigned to analyze a large dataset containing the detailed records
of invoices of a company’s customers which contain the customer ID, their address,
city, region, post code, country and sales person and additional information about
specific order id, order date, shipped date, shipper, product ordered, unit price,
quantity, discount, ship address, ship city, ship postal code, ship country, and
product category name. Explain how you would use Excel and Excel formulas to
analyze this data and organize it to prepare a written report. Be very specific on the
variety of tools you would use and the steps you would go through to analyze the
data and to ultimately prepare a detailed report with recommendations. (Points :
The use of excel for data analysis is one the best processes that data…
(TCO 1) You are the Payroll Manager for your employer. Your payroll clerk has
submitted the worksheet displayed here. All employees earn their regular pay rate
times the hours worked plus an overtime bonus of 50% of the hours worked in
excess of 40 hours.
Part 1: Write a formula as if it were in Cell E2 that will calculate gross pay. Write the
formula so that it may be copied to the other employees without modification.
Part 2: You must also calculate the Income Tax which is assessed at an accelerated
rate as shown in the Tax Rate Table. Write a formula as if it were in Cell F2 that
calculates the income tax for the first employee. Write the formula.
Part 3: Hourly employees must pay union dues of $0.25 per hour on hours worked in
excess of 25 hours up to and including 40 hours plus $0.35 per hour on all hours
worked in excess of 40 hours. Write a formula as if it were in Cell G2 that calculates
the union dues (if any) for the first employee. Write the formula.
Part 4: Salaried and Exempt employees (Pay Codes E and S) are covered by the
company’s health insurance. The deduction is $10.00 per week. Write a formula as if
it were in Cell H2 that calculates the Insurance deduction (if any) for the first
employee. Write the formula so that it may be copied to the other employees without
modification. (Points : 40)
(TCO 3) You are a Microsoft Office trainer for DeVry University. The training topic for
the current month is charts using Microsoft Excel. During each training session from
different departments or cohorts, the following frequently asked questions were
asked and you decide to create a document formalizing answers and suggestions.
My supervisor, Sally, likes my charts; however, she instructs me to take more time
planning my charts before creating the actual chart itself. Why is planning the
creation and development of a chart so important?
My supervisor, John, ask me to chart some comparative data but my first attempt
with a column chart did not illustrate the data as well as he would have liked. What
type of chart is ideal and best to illustrate comparative data of individual items in a
data series and why?
My supervisor, Jessica, asked me to project future data trends using a chart. Most of
the data is associated with sales and depending on the nature of what is sold, data
either fluctuates or increases quickly. What chart feature added to a column chart
can help project these data trends and why?
My supervisor, Thomas, asked me to add some creativity with color and
enhancements on all charts used during weekly meetings. What should I consider to
avoid being overly creative and why is this important? (Points : 40)
(TCO 5) You work for a local construction firm “DeVry Engineering Group” and your
supervisor, Jessica, needs an updated earned value analysis index of the prior month
for an existing capital project (0000001) that has a current Budget at Completion
(BAC) of $1500.00, a current earned value of (EV) of $300, a current actual cost (AC)
of $500.00, and a current planned value (PV) of $350.00. In order to calculate the
current average index, assume the following variables and standard formulas below:
Cost Variance (CV) EV–AC
Cost Performance Index (CPI) EV/AC
Schedule Variance (SV) EV–PV
Schedule Performance Index (SPI) EV/PV
Estimate to Completion
Estimate at Completion
Variance at Completion
Status (Earned Value Index)
Also assume that a final calculated average index of 1.00 or greater represents a
project being on track and in good standing. In addition, there could be several
options for the descriptive methods to design this worksheet and below is a
worksheet setup with the following “3” columns including any other needed top
labels like for the existing Month already calculated.
Based on the current calculated earned Status (Earned Value Index) for work order
0000001, is the current capital project in good standing?
Your supervisor, Jessica, wants the worksheet, on row 16 or 17, to automatically
provide a project status as being “In the Red” (Poor Standing) or “In the Black” (Good
Standing). Explain descriptively how you could use a conditional formula to report
the project status.
Your Supervisor, Jessica, has 3 additional projects with work orders, 0000002,
0000003, and 0000004 she wants added to this Excel Workbook where each work
order is monitored on a separate worksheet like work order 0000001. Jessica would
like to have a summary worksheet which compiles all information for all work
orders. The overall design of the summary worksheet will match the same general
design as with work orders 0000001 through 0000004. Descriptively describe steps
needed to link these worksheets together along with any ideas for formulas and
functions to give an overall picture of all project work orders combined so that
Jessica can see an overall holistic view of the Status (Earned Value Index) across all
these work orders being managed.
Based on the summary worksheet, Jessica, would like to see a chart which can help
with future projections of the Status (Earned Value Index). Descriptively describe
which chart you would recommend with any features that will help Jessica with
future projections. Also using your intuition and creative mind, descriptively
describe if any other information needs to be charted from the summary worksheet
which may help Jessica with future cost projections and why? (Points : 40)
(TCO 5) A table named “Daily Sales” in a Microsoft Access database has the following
Each record on the table represents a day of total sales for each product and the data
covers the last five years. Your boss asks you to create a visual report of the sales
performance of each product during the last 12 months.
Prepare a step-by-step description of how you would use Microsoft Excel to prepare
the report and email it to your boss following these steps:
Step 1 – Import data from Access to Excel
Step 2 – Summarize Monthly Data for each product during the last 12 months
Step 3 – Create a visual representation of monthly data
Step 4 – Email the spreadsheet with your comments to your boss (Points : 40)
(TCO 9) You have been tasked with analyzing an extremely large amount of data and
to ultimately produce a report to share with the Board of Directors. The data is
currently in a text file and has over two thousand records of data. Explain how you
would use Excel to analyze this data and organize it to prepare a written report. Be
very specific on the variety of tools you would use and the steps you would go
through to analyze the data and to ultimately prepare a detailed report with