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Question 1:
Your company is doing well and has a profit of about $50,000. You want to make your profit work harder so you have looked at some investment opportunities available. They are
• To insulate the current company offices at a cost of $18,000 which will provide a fuel savings of $1,600 per year over the next 10 years.
• To pay the lump sum of $30,000 to the mortgage of $40,000 that has a loan term of 10 years at 6.5% interest per annum.
• To invest $20,000 into a new business, which has been estimated to return the double amount
in 6 years' time.
• To keep the profit $50,000 in an iSaver account earning a fixed interest of 4.5% per annum for 8 years. After 8 years, there will be no interest for this iSaver account.
Assumptions:
 If only a part of the profit $50,000 is invested in a project, the remaining amount is still kept in the pocket (i.e. no investment).
 The investment/cost occurs at the beginning of a year, and the investment benefits are ob tained at the end of a year.
 iSaver account calculates the compound interest.
(a) Given the profit you have and assuming a discount rate of 4.8%, perform and document appropri ate NPV calculations for 10 years for all possible investment options you identified. Graph the re sults to show the payback analysis of each investment option.
You must use Microsoft Excel or an equivalent spreadsheet program to perform and present your calculations.
Do not use the Excel NPV function and demonstrate you understand the formulas by calculating the NPV. You may confirm the calculated NPV using the Excel NPV function.
Ensure you format the spreadsheets so they use references rather than hard coding data. This al lows experimenting with the data, e.g., if I change the discount rate the data should react and change accordingly.
Use bolding, colors etc. to ensure the data is easy to interpret.
(b) From your calculations in (a), which investment would you take up and why?
Use a Weighted Scoring Model (see an example on pages 154155 of the textbook) to discuss the results and explain in detail why you have chosen one option over the others. It is not always just the figures that determine the final decision.
Create a report in Word or PDF format to present the outcomes of (a) and (b).
Use the data, graphs etc. created within the spreadsheet program to present the outcomes.
Question 2:
You are in charge of building a new office for your company. After some discussion with your builder, you identified some of the key tasks, the duration and the costs to complete the building. As you are a project manager you have decided to monitor the building progress using Earned Value Management (EVN). Answer the following questions using the following information
ID

Task Name

Cost ($) 
Start Date

Duration

1

Lay foundations

18,000 
November 1

2 weeks

2

Build frame

34,000 
November

4 weeks

3

Install pipes and electrical

10,000 
December

6 weeks

4

Make office watertight

15,000 
February

8 weeks

5

Install internal walls and bathroom

20,000 
April

12 weeks

6

Install cabinetries

14,000 
July

4 weeks

7

Paint office

8,000 
August

2 weeks

8

Install light fixtures and appliances

9,000 
August

2 weeks

NOTE: Assume that no task is scheduled to run concurrently, e.g., Task 2 starts after Task 1 com pletes, Task 3 starts only when Task 2 completes, and so on. Also, assume that each month is made up of exactly four weeks.
(a) What is the planned value of the entire project?
(b) The project manager has managed to keep cost to what was originally budgeted above. At this point, the project has completed Task 4. Up to this point,
i. What is the planned value of the project?
ii. What is the actual cost (AC) of the project? Briefly explain how you derive the actual cost.
iii. What is the rate of performance (RP) for each task? Using the RPs obtained, calculate the Earned Value (EV), Schedule Variance (SV), Cost Performance Index (CPI), and Schedule Performance Index (SPI) of the project.
(c) Unfortunately, two trades resigned after Task 5 was completed and this caused the remaining tasks to exceed its original cost and schedule by 25%, 30%, 40% respectively. At the end of the project,
i. What are the CPI and SPI?
ii. How is the performance with respect to cost and time?
iii. Represent the Planned Value (PV), Earned Value (EV) and Actual Cost (AC) in a chart like the example below.
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