Instructions and Project Overview
The project consists of i) an individual report and ii) a group oral presentation. The company you’re assigned at the top of this page is your company. The instructions are different for each company, so make sure that you do not share the instructions with another student. The entire project is an individual assignment, and you may not collaborate on the report, except for the Canvas discussion.
The estimated number of hours to be spent on this project is at least 25-30 hours in total. So please do not wait until the last minute. I will frequently send out reminders so that you can complete each stage in a timely manner. By the end of the course, you have to prepare a professional report of analysis on this company. You will be analyzing and dissecting this company’s business, finance, operations, and risk in order to come up with a valuation.
IMPORTANT: Please save your work as frequently as possible. A sudden crash or shutdown will not be a valid excuse for extension.
i) Professionalism: To become a “professional” rather than an “amateur,” we can start by emulating the looks of professionals. Make your report look good, look like something done by a professional. In the business world, the looks are just as important as the content. People won’t bother to look at unattractive, messy reports,
no matter how excellent the content might be.
ii) All reports must be completed in Microsoft Word: 8-10 pages long, single-spaced, Times New Roman, and 12 pts. As for other things, go out of your way and be creative. But don’t overdo it. Sometimes, the simplicity is the virtue. Tables, charts, graphs are all welcome if they serve appropriate purposes and needs. The appropriate
use of italics, bold, and underlines is also permitted. You may also use color.
iii) You may have a cover page but it won’t count towards the 8-10 page length requirement of the report.
iv) Math equations and formulas can be typed with the math applications embedded in Microsoft Word. Different versions of Word support different equation tools. For help, please consult the Google search.
v) You’re required to show all your calculations to prove that you did your own work.
However, if they make the report look messy, please make the appendix section at the very end of the report where you can show me all your calculation (tables can be imported from Excel and be modified to look nice). Use your judgement to decide whether showing the calculation is critical as part of the report or is more appropriate in the appendix. The appendix does not count towards the designated length of the report. For the appendix section, you may hand-write the formulas (you will have to scan) if you’re not familiar with typing math equations on Word.
vi) You can utilize all the resources and tools available outside of class, including the web documents, Excel, Powerpoint, Words, etc.
vii) Please submit your report in pdf file (please do not attach the Word document or Excel spreadsheets as your final submission. You may submit spreadsheets and Word for Project Progress only.).