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Reference/Textbook:  Guide to Contact Pricing (Cost and Price Analysis for Contractors, Subcontractors, and Government                                         Agencies, 5th Edition)

Author:  John Edward Murphy, CPA, CPCM

Assignment 1: Proposal

Worth 150 points

Note: Refer to scenarios and
readings from previous weeks in order to complete this assignment. (https://blackboard.strayer.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/BUS/315/1138/Week1/Scenario/story.html)

(https://blackboard.strayer.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/BUS/315/1138/Week2/Scenario/story.html)

(https://blackboard.strayer.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/BUS/315/1138/Week3/Scenario/story.html)

Imagine
that you just created a new start-up company. You want to compete in the
growing industry of drone navigation systems. VectorCal is the only major
company in the field. You also want to be a leaner, faster version of a company
that you view as being too slow and costly. Note: You may create and / or make all necessary assumptions needed
for the completion of this assignment.

Write
a three (3) page paper in which you:

1. 
Describe
the new start-up company that you have created. Include in your description the
nature of your company, its mission and vision, your company’s product, an
analysis of your staff, and your target clientele.

2. 
Criticize
VectorCal’s forecasting method. Determine the appropriate forecasting approach
for your company. Provide a rationale to support the determination.

3. 
Suggest
the semi-variable, allocated, and indirect costs that you should address in the
start-up phase of your company. Provide a rationale to support the response.

4. 
Use
at least four (4) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality
resources.

Your
assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced,
    using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations
    and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your
    professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover
    page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the
    professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the
    reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The
specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Determine the
    characteristics of government contracting that affect pricing and what is
    considered fair and reasonable pricing.
  • Outline the
    process to forecast the likely price of an acquisition, calculate
    semi-variable costs, and allocate direct and indirect costs.
  • Use technology and
    information resources to research issues in cost and price analysis.
  • Write clearly and
    concisely about cost and price analysis using proper writing mechanics.

Grading
for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of
the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Points: 150

Assignment
1: Proposal

Criteria

Unacceptable

Below
60% F

Meets
Minimum Expectations

60-69%
D

Fair

70-79%
C

Proficient

80-89%
B

Exemplary

90-100%
A

1. Describe the new start-up company
that you have created. Include in your description the nature of your
company, its mission and vision, your company’s product, an analysis of your
staff, and your target clientele.

Weight: 25%

Did not submit or incompletely described
the new start-up company that you have created. Did not submit or
incompletely included in your description the nature of your company, its
mission and vision, your company’s product, an analysis of your staff, and
your target clientele.

Insufficiently described the new
start-up company that you have created.  Insufficiently included in your description
the nature of your company, its mission and vision, your company’s product,
an analysis of your staff, and your target clientele.

Partially described the new start-up
company that you have created.  Partially included in your description the
nature of your company, its mission and vision, your company’s product, an
analysis of your staff, and your target clientele.

Satisfactorily described the new
start-up company that you have created.  Satisfactorily included in your description
the nature of your company, its mission and vision, your company’s product,
an analysis of your staff, and your target clientele.

Thoroughly described the new start-up
company that you have created.  Thoroughly included in your description the
nature of your company, its mission and vision, your company’s product, an
analysis of your staff, and your target clientele.

2. Criticize VectorCal’s forecasting
method. Determine the appropriate forecasting approach for your company.
Provide a rationale to support the determination.
Weight: 25%

Did not submit or incompletely criticized
VectorCal’s forecasting method. Did not submit or incompletely determined the
appropriate forecasting approach for your company; and did not submit or
incompletely provided a rationale to support the determination.

Insufficiently criticized VectorCal’s
forecasting method.  Insufficiently
determined the appropriate forecasting approach for your company. Did not
submit or incompletely provided a rationale to support the determination.

Partially criticized VectorCal’s
forecasting method.  Partially determined
the appropriate forecasting approach for your company.  Partially provided a rationale to support the
determination.

Satisfactorily criticized VectorCal’s
forecasting method.  Satisfactorily determined
the appropriate forecasting approach for your company. Satisfactorily
provided a rationale to support the determination.

Thoroughly criticized VectorCal’s
forecasting method.  Thoroughly determined
the appropriate forecasting approach for your company.  Thoroughly provided a rationale to support the
determination.

3. Suggest the semi-variable,
allocated, and indirect costs that you should address in the start-up phase
of your company. Provide a rationale to support the response.

Weight: 35%

Did not submit or incompletely suggest
the semi-variable, allocated, and indirect costs that you should address in
the start-up phase of your company. Did not submit or incompletely provided a
rationale to support the response.

Insufficiently suggested the
semi-variable, allocated, and indirect costs that you should address in the start-up
phase of your company. Insufficiently provided a rationale to support the
response.

Partially suggested the semi-variable,
allocated, and indirect costs that you should address in the start-up phase
of your company. Partially provided a rationale to support the response.

Satisfactorily suggested the
semi-variable, allocated, and indirect costs that you should address in the start-up
phase of your company. Satisfactorily provided a rationale to support the
response.

Thoroughly suggested the semi-variable,
allocated, and indirect costs that you should address in the start-up phase
of your company. Thoroughly provided a rationale to support the response.

4. 3 references

Weight: 5%

No references provided

Does not meet the required number of
references; all references poor quality choices.

Does not meet the required number of
references; some references poor quality choices.

Meets number of required references;
all references high quality choices.

Exceeds number of required references;
all references high quality choices.

5. Clarity, writing mechanics, and
formatting requirements

Weight: 10%

More than 8 errors present

7-8 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present