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Assignment 1 – Paperback Boomerang
For this individual assignment, you will use skills acquired through practical laboratory exercises to automate a business process, and to visualize the impact of the automation. You should use Microsoft Excel (or equivalent open-source software) for this assessment task.
Task 0 – Setting up
Create an ePortfolio page for your assignment. You will submit this page to Moodle as per the lab tasks. You may call it whatever you like, for example ITECH1100 Assignment 1 – 30347798.
Task 1 – Costs of operating the business
Using Excel, create a spreadsheet called operating_costs.xlsx that calculates the projected annual outgoing costs of running Paperback Boomerang.
Your spreadsheet should be configured such that the working hours, hourly rates, and fixed and utility costs can be varied easily.
Document your findings in your ePortfolio page
Task 2 – Sales team offers
Using Excel, process the history of purchases spreadsheet and use appropriate charts to visualize:
How the prices paid differed for each staff member; and
How the prices paid have changed over time
Describe your findings in your ePortfolio
Task 3 – Automation
Using Excel, create a spreadsheet page that automates the above process, allowing a member of the team to enter whether the book is hardcover, its publication year, and its condition, and receive a price to offer. Ensure that you include enough text and formatting to make your spreadsheet usable by a member of the Paperback Boomerang team, or by a University lecturer. Your spreadsheet should be configured such that the Low, Medium and High prices can be varied easily. Describe how you automated the process (approx 150 words), and attach your Excel file to your ePortfolio.
Task 4 – Price setting
Using Excel and the historical data you have available, determine sets of prices which meet the objectives of the following scenarios:
Scenario one: Total offer prices are approximately the same as for the historical data
Scenario two: Assuming all books purchased are sold, allow all staff to draw the same wage as Conrad.
Optional task 5
Write a brief overview of how to run your solution, and attach a zip file containing your code to your ePortfolio page.
There are no partial marks awarded for this bonus task – you must complete all features to attain the bonus marks.
It is possible to attain full marks for this assignment without completing this challenge task.
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