PJM380 MOD2 Critical Thinking (2-3 Page essay)

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Module 2: Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking Assignment (120 Points)

Important! Read First

Choose one of the following two assignments to complete this week. Do not do both assignments. Identify your assignment choice in the title of your submission.

Option #1: NPV

Review the following data concerning the amount of capital investment and return of investment for two alternative projects.

Project/

Year

0

1

2

3

4

A

-$124,000

$32,000

$44,000

$50,000

$50,000

B

-$211,000

$72,000

$75,000

$77,000

$80,000

Use Excel to calculate the NPV values for the two projects with the discount rates of 5%, 15% and 20% using proper formula in Excel.

Provide a two-page narrative to:

Describe the steps you took to calculate the NPV values
Explain your findings
Specify which project you would select for each of the discount rates of 5%, 15%, and 20%.

Include an excerpt (showing your calculations and outcomes) from your Excel file in your narrative and specify the formula you used.

Be sure to organize your writing properly and include the following:

Cover page
Introduction
Body of your work with headings and subheadings
Analysis and recommendations
Conclusion
List of references.

Consult the Sample Paper template (Links to an external site.) for more information on how to organize the paper. Please note that Lynda.com is a great resource to learn how Excel can be used to utilize economic models (e.g., NPV, IRR).

Support your assignment with a minimum of three scholarly references. The CSU-Global library is a good place to locate these sources. The written section should follow the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA (Links to an external site.).

Option #2: IRR

Review the following data concerning the amount of capital investment and return of investment for two alternative projects.

Project/

Year

0

1

2

3

4

A

-$124,000

$32,000

$44,000

$50,000

$50,000

B

-$211,000

$72,000

$75,000

$77,000

$80,000

Use Excel to calculate the IRR values for the two projects. Explain if choosing different discount rates of 5%, 15% and 20% will make a difference in the results.

Provide a two-page narrative to:

Describe the steps you took to calculate the IRR values
Explain your findings
Specify which project you would choose.

Include an excerpt (showing your calculations and outcomes) from your Excel file in your narrative and specify the formula you used.

Be sure to organize your writing properly and include the following:

Cover page
Introduction
Body of your work with headings and subheadings
Analysis and recommendations
Conclusion
List of references.

Consult the Sample Paper template (Links to an external site.) for more information on how to organize the paper. Please note that Lynda.com is a great resource to learn how Excel can be used to utilize economic models (e.g., NPV, IRR).

Support your assignment with a minimum of three scholarly references. The CSU-Global library is a good place to locate these sources. The written section should follow the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA (Links to an external site.).

Rubric

PJM380 Mod 2 CT

PJM380 Mod 2 CT

Criteria

Ratings

Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Requirements

20.0 to >16.0 pts

Meets Expectation

Includes all of the required components, as specified in the assignment.

16.0 to >12.0 pts

Approaches Expectation

Includes most of the required components, as specified in the assignment.

12.0 to >8.0 pts

Below Expectation

Includes some of the required components, as specified in the assignment.

8.0 to >0 pts

Limited Evidence

Includes few of the required components, as specified in the assignment.

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Content

30.0 to >24.0 pts

Meets Expectation

Demonstrates strong or adequate knowledge of the materials; correctly represents knowledge from the readings and sources.

24.0 to >18.0 pts

Approaches Expectation

Some significant but not major errors or omissions in demonstration of knowledge.

18.0 to >12.0 pts

Below Expectation

Major errors or omissions in demonstration of knowledge.

12.0 to >0 pts

Limited Evidence

Fails to demonstrate knowledge of the materials.

30.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Problem Solving

20.0 to >16.0 pts

Meets Expectation

Demonstrates strong or adequate thought and insight in problem solving.

16.0 to >12.0 pts

Approaches Expectation

Some significant but not major errors or omissions in problem solving.

12.0 to >8.0 pts

Below Expectation

Major errors or omissions in problem solving.

8.0 to >0 pts

Limited Evidence

Fails to demonstrate problem solving.

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Critical Analysis

20.0 to >16.0 pts

Meets Expectation

Provides a strong critical analysis and interpretation of the information given.

16.0 to >12.0 pts

Approaches Expectation

Some significant but not major errors or omissions in analysis and interpretation.

12.0 to >8.0 pts

Below Expectation

Major errors or omissions in analysis and interpretation.

8.0 to >0 pts

Limited Evidence

Fails to provide critical analysis and interpretation of the information given.

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Sources

10.0 to >8.0 pts

Meets Expectation

Cites and integrates at least three credible sources, as specified in description.

8.0 to >6.0 pts

Approaches Expectation

Cites and integrates two credible sources, as specified in description.

6.0 to >4.0 pts

Below Expectation

Cites and integrates one credible source, as specified in description.

4.0 to >0 pts

Limited Evidence

Cites and integrates no credible sources.

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Demonstrates college-level proficiency in organization, grammar and style.

10.0 to >8.0 pts

Meets Expectation

Project is clearly organized, well written, and in proper format, as outlined in the assignment. Strong sentence and paragraph structure; few errors in grammar and spelling.

8.0 to >6.0 pts

Approaches Expectation

Project is fairly well organized and written and is in proper format, as outlined in the assignment. Reasonably good sentence and paragraph structure; significant number of errors in grammar and spelling.

6.0 to >4.0 pts

Below Expectation

Project is poorly organized; does not follow proper paper format. Inconsistent to inadequate sentence and paragraph development; numerous errors in grammar and spelling.

4.0 to >0 pts

Limited Evidence

Project is not organized or well written and is not in proper paper format. Poor quality work; unacceptable in terms of grammar and spelling.

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Demonstrates proper use of APA style.

10.0 to >8.0 pts

Meets Expectation

Project contains proper APA formatting, according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA, with no more than one significant error.

8.0 to >6.0 pts

Approaches Expectation

Few errors in APA formatting, according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA, with no more than two to three significant errors.

6.0 to >4.0 pts

Below Expectation

Significant errors in APA formatting, according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA, with four to five significant errors.

4.0 to >0 pts

Limited Evidence

Numerous errors in APA formatting, according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA, with more than five significant errors.

10.0 pts

Total Points: 120.0

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