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M.B.A. E-BUSINESS
FIRST YEAR
Academic Year 2018 – 2019
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS

1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. Management can be defined as ” A process of bringing about improvement in
knowledge, skill, habit and attitudes of the employees in an organization”.
Discuss.
2. “Decision making is the most critical managerial task.” Discuss the above
statement in light of decision-making process.
3. Select a business or political leader whom you admire, and identify his or her
style of leading by applying the managerial grid or the continuum-of-behaviour
model of Tannenbaum and Schmidt.
4. ‟The only planning tool we need in the company is the budget. If everyone meets
his or her budget, we need nothing else, and management by objectives would
be an unnecessary frill”. Comment.
1.2 MARKETING MANAGEMENT
1. Explain the recent trends in marketing concepts, also discuss the factors that a
marketing manager must take into account while developing the marketing mix
for the below mentioned products. I. Female cosmetics, II. Children health
drinks and III. Adult bike.
2. ‘Every change in the political and legal environment creates an adjustment
problem for the marketers’ – as a budding manager what is your opinion about
this statement and suggest a suitable strategy to adopt successful and smooth
running of your business.
3. In designing an advertising campaign for a soft drink, which would you find
more useful; information about consumer demographics or information about
consumer life style? Give an example of how would you use each type of
information.
4. Suggest a successful way to segment the market for the following products
a) Detergent soap b) Designer Jewellery c) Breakfast Cereals.
1.3 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
1. It is usual to declare good dividends when the company is making good
profit. It is profitable for companies not to declare any dividend even when
they are making good profits? What will be the reaction of the shareholder?
Discuss.
2. If you are working as a financial manager in an organization, what are your
policies to make profit for the organization?
3. Assume that you are new entrepreneur to start the business, which financial
resources you opt? Justify with your views.
4. “The success of a business concern depends upon the way in which it
earnings are computed, distributed and retained”- comment on this
statement.
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1.4 DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
1. What are the ACID properties? Define atomicity, Consistency, isolation, and
durability and illustrate them through examples?
2. How to write programs that manipulate a network database—including such
tasks as searching for and retrieving records from the database; inserting,
deleting, and modifying records; and connecting and disconnecting records from
set occurrences.
3. Consider the following relations: BRANCH (branch _name, branch _city, assets),
ACCOUNT (accno, branch _ name, balance), DEPOSITOR (customer _ name.
accno, Customer_ Street, customer city). Write the SQL statements for the
following:
a) List all the customers who have at least two accounts at the branch.
b) List all the accno whose accounts are in a branch _name where an asset is
maximum.
c) List all the customers whose account balance is minimum.
d) List all the customers who have an account at all the branches located in a
specific city.
e) Demonstrate how you delete all account tuples at every branch located in
specific city.
4. Draw the various schemes of banking system and explain the involvement of
view levels of data abstraction.
1.5 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1.”HR outsourcing has become a common practice throughout the world”-Discuss
the implications of HR outsourcing functions.
2. Identify the Paramount barriers for effective training programme in IT field and
how to crush them”. Explain with real life examples.
3. What type of interview techniques do you adopt for selecting an Executive in a
FMCG company for the post of Marketing Manager?
4. Assume that you are responsible for evaluating the employees’ performance in
the public sector manufacturing company. Discuss the appraisal process. Also
explain techniques you apply for various levels and give reasons.
1.6 MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM
1. How can information Technology support a company’s business processes and
Decision Making, and give it a Competitive Advantage? Illustrate your answer.
2. Why do you think there have been so many business failures among “dot-com”
companies that were devoted only to retail e-commerce?
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3. Explain the management information system in various marketing strategy
which are adopted by various company. Explain with examples.
4. Discuss the executive information system and executive support system in
various marketing organisation.
1.7 SOFTWARE PROJECT MANAGEMENT
1. Company has the plan to implant software applications to manage its inverting
function.
a) Identify the options available towards providing inverting solutions. Narrate
the comparative advantage and disadvantages of each option.
2. Identify the organization providing software solutions for retail applications
a) Develop the project network diagram that can support the implementation
scheme for such retail solutions.
3. Bring out the organization involved in implementing software solutions.
a) Narrate the role of project support office for such organizations.
4. Identify the key deliverables in core banking solutions.
1.8 FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING
1. What are the significant assumptions we make while comparing financial ratio
of various companies in the same industry? Discuss the implications of the
above assumptions for a user of financial ratios.
2. Suppose you are the co-owner and manager of a retail store that sells and
repairs mountain bikes. Provide one example of a financial accounting report
that would be useful to you and your co-owner. Provide two examples of
managerial accounting reports that would be useful to you as the manager.
3. Discuss how internal rate of return (IRR) method differs from the net present
value method (NPV). Be sure to include an explanation of what the IRR method
is and what the NPV method is.
4. Imagine that, you are the owner of a business. Pass journal entries with 20
different transactions. Prepare a position statement after every transaction. Did
your firm earn profit or made a loss at the end of all transaction? Make a small
comment on your firm’s position at the end.

M.B.A. [E.B.] 1ST YR – Assignment – AUP/551/C-200
ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY PRESS 2018 -2019

ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY
DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
M.B.A. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
FIRST YEAR
1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. Management can be defined as “a process of bringing about improvement in
knowledge, skill, habit and attitudes of the employees in an organization”.
Discuss.
2. “Decision making is the most critical managerial task.” Discuss the above
statement in light of decision-making process.
3. Select a business or political leader whom you admire, and identify his or her
style of leading by applying the managerial grid or the continuum-of-behaviour
model of Tannenbaum and Schmidt.
4. ‟The only planning tool we need in the company is the budget .If everyone meets
his or her budget, we need nothing else, and management by objectives would
be an unnecessary frill”. Comment.
1.2 INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING
1. “All of us know that the total of the both sides of the Trail balance and Balance
sheet are must be matched, however in many occasions total of the two sides of
the statements may not be matched because of several reasons.” Discuss.
2. “Cost – Volume Profit (CVP) analysis is well known as well as most useful
analytical tool for assessing and comparing the benefits derived by the user of
the product or service against what they are paying.” Comment.
3. “Preparation of cash budget is helpful to resolve many systematic questions of an
organization, however in very few occasions the cash budget is failed to detect
uneven cash flows.” why and how?– Discuss.
4. “As a financial analyst, how would you address and resolve the various issues
involved in international financial statements analysis?” – Explain.
1.3 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
1. Discuss India’s balance of payment position since 2000 and adjustments
mechanism adopted by India.
2. Explain the theory of customs union on its relevance to developing countries.
3. Critically discuss the monetary approach to the balance of payment problem.
4. Discuss the methods adopted for foreign exchange control.
1.4 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
1. Why do Firms go International? Discuss the Problems Faced by MNC’S in
introducing new Product.
2. Do you think that study of international business environment is relevant for the
manager? If yes (or) No, Justify your views and Discuss the economic and
financial environment of international business.
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3. Judge how the business and cultural environment shape the behavior of a
organization of your choice.
4. Is your firm home-region oriented, Bi-region oriented or host-region oriented or
global, according to Vugman and Verdeke’s criteria? Show how you reach your
conclusion.
1.5 FOREIGN POLICY OF INDIA
1. What are some of the major factors that have influenced the yen/dollar
exchange rate in the past decade? Have different factors become more important
at different times? It so, which ones?
2. “Major global powers influenced the foreign policy of India – New India is
gradually gaining momentum to influence the foreign polices of major powers”
Elucidate.
3. India’s role in the development of Bangladesh and Srilanka is noteworthy. But
their attitude towards India is not encouraging. What goes wrong? How such
problems can be solved?
4. Analyze the following issues related to India’s foreign policy.
A. China – India Border Issue.
B. Pakistan – India Border issue.
C. India’s claim for permanent seat in the UN Security Council..
1.6 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND E-COMMERCE
1. Information technology is moving towards maturity? Do you agree or disagree?
Justify your views.
2. Give some examples of IT dependencies that are likely to be found in a strategy
but cannot be resolved through the iterative process. How can the effects of
dependencies external to the firm are mitigated.
3. Assume you are the manager of a department in which each of your employees
has a workstation interconnected to all other in the department through a LAN.
The LAN itself is connected to the firm’s central processing facility. Discuss the
important factors that would be involved in the recovery management process
for your department.
4. System control and availability must across the boundary dividing manual and
automated processes. Using the account payable program as an example.
Discuss the shift in responsibility at the interface.
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1.7 COMMUNICATION FOR GLOBAL MANAGERS
1. “Ineffective communication is the fault of the sender.” Do you agree or disagree?
Discuss. Explain how ineffective communication disturb doing business globally.
2. Narrate the features of different types of reports. Present the structure of
scientific report. Prepare a report to highlight the ever increasing rate of attrition
in the organization.
3. Draft a speech on “Business Ethics” to be delivered in a meeting of Chamber of
Commerce and industry at Chennai.
4. Make out a new report concerning untapped potentials in the handicrafts sector
of your country thought which there will be a scope to mobilize Foreign
Currency reserves.
1.8 ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
1. Understanding the basic concepts of Organizational Behaviour prepare a
Behavioural frame work for a newly established IT company in Chennai. –
Student can imagine the size and turnover of the industry.
2. To understand the importance of the concepts personality, perception, and
attitude of employees in an organization, prepare an interview schedule,
conduct an interview with 2-3 executives of any one organization and present
the results.
3. After listing out the qualities and theories of leadership, have a discussion with
one or two world leaders of your choice and present the outcome.
4. Identify a suitable case to understand Organizational Culture, analyze the case
and present it with issues and strategies.

M.B.A.[I.B.] – 1ST YEAR – Assignment – AUP/551/C-350
ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY PRESS 2018 -2019
ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY
DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
M.B.A. INFORMATION SYSTEMS
FIRST YEAR
Academic Year 2018 – 2019
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS
1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. Management can be defined as ” A process of bringing about improvement in
knowledge, skill, habit and attitudes of the employees in an organization”.
Discuss.
2. “Decision making is the most critical managerial task.” Discuss the above
statement in light of decision-making process.
3. Select a business or political leader whom you admire, and identify his or her
style of leading by applying the managerial grid or the continuum-of-behaviour
model of Tannenbaum and Schmidt.
4. ‟The only planning tool we need in the company is the budget. If everyone meets
his or her budget, we need nothing else, and management by objectives would
be an unnecessary frill”. Comment.
1.2 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
1. Decision making is the most important function of business managers. Decision
making is the central objective of Managerial Economics. Discuss – Scope of the
Economics in Decision Making and Different Decision Making Models.
2. Monopolistic Competition is a special case of imperfect completion. It stance
between monopoly and perfect completion and accordingly the pricing decision
are determined by the market forces – Discuss.
3. Since different decision are affected by difference type of cost, it is essential for a
manager to understand the relevant cost in decision making. Comment in
detail.
4. The concept of price velocity is very useful in the total revenue planning of your
firm. Comment on the validity of this statement. Derive a relationship between
price velocity and marginal revenue of a firm.
1.3 ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE FOR MANAGERS
1. What are the significant assumptions we make while comparing financial ratio
of various companies in the same industry? Discuss the implications of the
above assumptions for a user of financial ratios.
2. Suppose you are the co-owner and manager of a retail store that sells and
repairs mountain bikes. Provide one example of a financial accounting report
that would be useful to you and your co-owner. Provide two examples of
managerial accounting reports that would be useful to you as the manager.
3. Discuss how internal rate of return (IRR) method differs from the net present
value method (NPV). Be sure to include an explanation of what the IRR method
is and what the NPV method is.
4. Imagine that, you are the owner of a business. Pass journal entries with 20
different transactions. Prepare a position statement after every transaction. Did
your firm earn profit or made a loss at the end of all transaction? Make a small
comment on your firm’s position at the end.
3
1.4 MARKETING MANAGEMENT
1. Explain the recent trends in marketing concepts, also discuss the factors that a
marketing manager must take into account while developing the marketing mix
for the below mentioned products. I. Female cosmetics, II. Children health
drinks and III. Adult bike.
2. ‘Every change in the political and legal environment creates an adjustment
problem for the marketers’ – as a budding manager what is your opinion about
this statement and suggest a suitable strategy to adopt successful and smooth
running of your business.
3. In designing an advertising campaign for a soft drink, which would you find
more useful; information about consumer demographics or information about
consumer life style? Give an example of how would you use each type of
information.
4. Suggest a successful way to segment the market for the following products
a) Detergent soap b) Designer Jewellery c) Breakfast Cereals.
1.5 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1.”HR outsourcing has become a common practice throughout the world”-Discuss
the implications of HR outsourcing functions.
2. Identify the Paramount barriers for effective training programme in IT field and
how to crush them”. Explain with real life examples.
3. What type of interview techniques do you adopt for selecting an Executive in a
FMCG company for the post of Marketing Manager?
4. Assume that you are responsible for evaluating the employees’ performance in
the public sector manufacturing company. Discuss the appraisal process. Also
explain techniques you apply for various levels and give reasons.
1.6 PRODUCTION AND MATERIALS MANAGEMENT
1. Study the following produces and explain how they have failed to keep up with
the changing world
(a) Honda car
(b) Singer sewing machine
2. Material management plays important role in optimization of overall profitability
of any firm – Elaborate.
3. Explain the applications of ABC analysis in production and material
management in a chemical industry.
4. Discuss the causes and objectives of breakdown maintenance. Point out its
demerits in a manufacturing industry.
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1.7 RESEARCH METHODS FOR MANAGEMENT
1. ‟Creative management, whether in public administration or private industry,
depends on methods of inquiry that maintain objectivity, clarity, accuracy and
consistency”. Discuss this statement and examine the significance of research”.
2. ‟Experimental method of research is not suitable in management field.‟Discuss
the problems in the introduction of this research design in business
organisation?
3. ‟Interpretation is an art of drawing inferences, depending upon the skill of the
researcher”. Elucidate the given statement explaining the technique of
interpretation.
4. You are working as a purchase Manager for a company. The following
information has been supplied to you by two manufacturers of electric bulbs.
Which brand of bulbs are you going to purchase if you desire to take a risk of
5%
Company A Company B
Mean life (in hours) 1300 1248
Standard Deviation (in hours) 82 93
Sample size 100 100
M.B.A. [I.S.] – 1ST YEAR Assignment – AUP/551/C-200
ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY PRESS 2018 -2019

ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY
DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
M.B.A.
FIRST YEAR
Academic Year : 2018 – 2019
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS
1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. Management can be defined as ” A process of bringing about improvement in
knowledge, skill, habit and attitudes of the employees in an organization”.
Discuss.
2. “Decision making is the most critical managerial task.” Discuss the above
statement in light of decision-making process.
3. Select a business or political leader whom you admire, and identify his or her
style of leading by applying the managerial grid or the continuum-of-behaviour
model of Tannenbaum and Schmidt.
4. ‟The only planning tool we need in the company is the budget. If everyone meets
his or her budget, we need nothing else, and management by objectives would
be an unnecessary frill”. Comment.
1.2 ACCOUNTING FOR MANAGERS
1. What are the significant assumptions we make while comparing financial ratio
of various companies in the same industry? Discuss the implications of the
above assumptions for a user of financial ratios.
2. Suppose you are the co-owner and manager of a retail store that sells and
repairs mountain bikes. Provide one example of a financial accounting report
that would be useful to you and your co-owner. Provide two examples of
managerial accounting reports that would be useful to you as the manager.
3. Discuss how internal rate of return (IRR) method differs from the net present
value method (NPV). Be sure to include an explanation of what the IRR method
is and what the NPV method is.
4. Imagine that, you are the owner of a business. Pass journal entries with 20
different transactions. Prepare a position statement after every transaction. Did
your firm earn profit or made a loss at the end of all transaction? Make a small
comment on your firm’s position at the end.
1.3 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
1. Decision making is the most important function of business managers. Decision
making is the central objective of Managerial Economics. Discuss – Scope of the
Economics in Decision Making and Different Decision Making Models.
2. Monopolistic Competition is a special case of imperfect completion. It stance
between monopoly and perfect completion and accordingly the pricing decision
are determined by the market forces – Discuss.
3. Since different decision are affected by difference type of cost, it is essential for a
manager to understand the relevant cost in decision making. Comment in
detail.
4. The concept of price velocity is very useful in the total revenue planning of your
firm. Comment on the validity of this statement. Derive a relationship between
price velocity and marginal revenue of a firm.
3
1.4 LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
1. Enumerate and explain the characteristics of contracts and differentiate from
Government contract. Assess the present methods of discharge of a contract.
2. Classify negotiable instruments. In what way the negotiable instruments differ
from one another. Discuss the recent amendments in negotiable instruments.
3. Describe the principles of law of insurance. How do these characteristics differ
for marine, life and fire insurance?
4. Describe the essentials of an arbitration agreement. Explain the composition
and jurisdiction of arbitral tribunals.
1.5 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND STATISTICS
1. Assume that you want to evaluate a training programme. Discuss various types
of experimental research designs that can be adopted and give suitable
situations for each type.
2. Prepare a questionnaire to study the attitude of students who are pursuing
Masters’ programme in Business Administration through distance education
mode.
3. Consider mobile phone as a product. List the attributes that are considered by
consumers while buying the product. Assume that you need to segment the
product market. What analysis you will use for this objective and how you
progress to reach it.
4. Assume that there are three judges evaluating the candidates appearing for
selection process at preliminary level. At final level you wish to have only two of
them and how will you decide which two can be selected for final process of
selection. Assume that an individual’s performance is based on his education,
experience, ability, emotional intelligence and self confidence. Explain
independent and dependent variables in this case. Assume that you are
applying regression analysis what are the criterion you will look for to interpret?
1.6 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
1. Discuss the impact of recent global financial meltdown on the prospects of
world trade. Give your suggestions to overcome the crisis.
2. What are the control devices used by authorized dealers in regulating foreign
exchange in the country?
3. State the balance of payment position of India. What steps that government,
public and corporations can take to improve the position.
4. Assume that you are interested in starting an export firm. Explain the
procedure for getting license for exporting.
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1.7 MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION
1. Assuming you are a Chief Personnel Manager of a leading MNC, draft a letter
calling a candidate for an interview in reply to his application for the position of
Chief Financial Executive.
2. Assume yourself as a Customer Relationship Manager of a bank. You have received
a letter from your customers who have complained to you about the rude
behaviour of a computer clerk. Since the customer is an important person, write a
letter to convince the customer.
3. Communication is lifeblood of an organization and without it organization cannot
exists. Discuss this statement.
4. The problem of communication arises because there are various obstacles which
may entirely prevent a communication or filter part of it, or present it incorrect.
Comment and discuss.
1.8 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
1. Understanding the basic concepts of Organizational Behaviour prepare a
Behavioural frame work for a newly established IT company in Chennai. –
Student can imagine the size and turnover of the industry.
2. To understand the importance of the concepts personality, perception, and
attitude of employees in an organization, prepare an interview schedule,
conduct an interview with 2-3 executives of any one organization and present
the results.
3. After listing out the qualities and theories of leadership, have a discussion with
one or two real world leaders of your choice and present the outcome.
4. Identify a suitable case to understand Organizational Culture, analyze the case
and present it with issues and strategies.

M.B.A. – 1ST Year – Assignment- UAP/551/C-700
ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY PRESS 2018 – 2019

ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY
DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
M.B.A. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
FIRST YEAR
Academic Year 2018 – 2019
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS
1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. Management can be defined as ” A process of bringing about improvement in
knowledge, skill, habit and attitudes of the employees in an organization”.
Discuss.
2. “Decision making is the most critical managerial task.” Discuss the above
statement in light of decision-making process.
3. Select a business or political leader whom you admire, and identify his or her
style of leading by applying the managerial grid or the continuum-of-behaviour
model of Tannenbaum and Schmidt.
4. ‟The only planning tool we need in the company is the budget. If everyone meets
his or her budget, we need nothing else, and management by objectives would
be an unnecessary frill”. Comment.
1.2 MARKETING MANAGEMENT
1. Explain the recent trends in marketing concepts, also discuss the factors that a
marketing manager must take into account while developing the marketing mix
for the below mentioned products. I. Female cosmetics, II. Children health
drinks and III. Adult bike.
2. ‘Every change in the political and legal environment creates an adjustment
problem for the marketers’ – as a budding manager what is your opinion about
this statement and suggest a suitable strategy to adopt successful and smooth
running of your business.
3. In designing an advertising campaign for a soft drink, which would you find
more useful; information about consumer demographics or information about
consumer life style? Give an example of how would you use each type of
information.
4. Suggest a successful way to segment the market for the following products
a) Detergent soap b) Designer Jewellery c) Breakfast Cereals.
1.3 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
1. It is usual to declare good dividends when the company is making good
profit. It is profitable for companies not to declare any dividend even when
they are making good profits? What will be the reaction of the shareholder?
Discuss.
2. If you are working as a financial manager in an organization, what are your
policies to make profit for the organization?
3. Assume that you are new entrepreneur to start the business, which financial
resources you opt? Justify with your views.
4. “The success of a business concern depends upon the way in which it
earnings are computed, distributed and retained”- Comment on this
statement.
1.4 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
1. Prepare step by step Supply Chain network layout for any manufacturing
company.
2. List the various factors to be considered for locating Atomic Power plant.
3. Prepare PERT network for assembling a Motor Bike.
4. Visit any production plant and list various Material Handling devices with
photographs. Explain its advantages and disadvantages.
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1.5 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1.”HR outsourcing has become a common practice throughout the world”-Discuss
the implications of HR outsourcing functions.
2. Identify the Paramount barriers for effective training programme in IT field and
how to crush them”. Explain with real life examples.
3. What type of interview techniques do you adopt for selecting an Executive in a
FMCG company for the post of Marketing Manager?
4. Assume that you are responsible for evaluating the employees’ performance in
the public sector manufacturing company. Discuss the appraisal process. Also
explain techniques you apply for various levels and give reasons.
1.6 STATISTICS FOR MANAGERS
1. Which measure of central tendency would be most useful in each of the
following instances?
(a) The production manager for a manufacturer of glass jars, who is concerned
about the proper jar size to manufacture, has sample data on jar sizes
ordered by customers. Would the mean, median, or modal jar size be of
most value to the manager?
(b) The sales manager for a quality furniture manufacturer is interested in
selecting the region’s most likely to purchase his firm’s products. Would he
be most interested in the mean or median of family income in prospective
sales areas?
(c) A security analyst is interested in describing the daily market price change of
the common stock of a manufacturing company. Rarely the market price of
the stock changes by more than one point, but occasionally the price will
change by as many as four points in one day. Should the security analyst
describe the daily price change of the stock in terms of mean, median, or
mode of the daily market price change?
2. Late payment of medical claims can add to the cost of health care. An article
reported that the mean time from the date of service to the date of payment for
one insurance company was 41.4 days during a recent period. Suppose that a
sample of 100 medical claims is selected during the latest time period. The
sample mean time from the date of service to the date of payment was 39.6
days, and the sample standard deviation was 7.4 days.
a. Using the 0.05 level of significance, is there evidence that the population
mean has changed from 41.4 days?
b. What is your answer in (a) if you use the 0.01 level of significance?
c. What is your answer in (a) if the sample mean is 38.2 days and the sample
standard deviation is 10.7 days?
3. La Quinta Motor Inns developed a computer model to predict the profitability of
sites that are being considered as locations for new hotels. If the computer
model predicts large profits, La Quinta buys the proposed site and builds a new
hotel. If the computer model predicts small or moderate profits, La Quinta
chooses not to proceed. This decision-making procedure can be expressed in the
hypothesis-testing framework. The null hypothesis is that the site is not a
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profitable location. The alternative hypothesis is that the site is a profitable
location.
a. Explain the risks associated with committing a Type I error in this case.
b. Explain the risks associated with committing a Type II error in this case.
c. Which type of error do you think the executives at La Quinta Motor Inns are
trying hard to avoid? Explain.
4. The chair of the accounting department wants to develop a regression model to
predict the grade point average in accounting for graduating accounting majors,
based on the students’ SAT score and whether the student received a grade of B
or higher in the introductory statistics course (0 = no and 1 = yes).
a. Explain the steps involved in developing a regression model for these data.
Be sure to indicate the particular models you need to evaluate and
compare.
b. Suppose the regression coefficient for the variable of whether the student
received a grade of B or higher in the introductory statistics course
is +0.30, how do you interpret this result?
1.7 MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION
1. Assuming you are a Chief Personnel Manager of a leading MNC, draft a letter
calling a candidate for an interview in reply to his application for the position of
Chief Financial Executive.
2. Assume yourself as a Customer Relationship Manager of a bank. You have received
a letter from your customers who have complained to you about the rude
behaviour of a computer clerk. Since the customer is an important person, write a
letter to convince the customer.
3. Communication is lifeblood of an organization and without it organization cannot
exists. Discuss this statement.
4. The problem of communication arises because there are various obstacles which
may entirely prevent a communication or filter part of it, or present it incorrect.
Comment and discuss.
1.8 ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
1. Understanding the basic concepts of Organizational Behaviour prepare a
Behavioural frame work for a newly established IT company in Chennai. –
Student can imagine the size and turnover of the industry.
2. To understand the importance of the concepts personality, perception, and
attitude of employees in an organization, prepare an interview schedule, conduct
an interview with 2-3 executives of any one organization and present the results.
3. After listing out the qualities and theories of leadership, have a discussion with
one or two real world leaders of your choice and present the outcome.
4. Identify a suitable case to understand Organizational Culture, analyze the case
and present it with issues and strategies.

M.B.A. [HRM] – 1ST YEAR – Assignment – UAP/551/C-2000
ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY PRESS 2018 -2019

ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY
DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
M.B.A. MARKETING MANAGEMENT
FIRST YEAR
Academic Year 2018 – 2019
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS
1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. Management can be defined as ” A process of bringing about improvement in
knowledge, skill habit and attitudes of the employees in an organization”.
Discuss.
2. “Decision making is the most critical managerial task.” Discuss the above
statement in light of decision-making Process.
3. Select a business or political leader whom you admire, and identify his or her
style of leading by applying the managerial grid or the continuum-of-behaviour
model of Tannenbaum and Schmidt.
4. ‟The only planning tool we need in the company is the budget. If everyone meets
his or her budget, we need nothing else, and management by objectives would
be an unnecessary frill”. Comment.
1.2 MARKETING MANAGEMENT
1. Explain the recent trends in marketing concepts, also discuss the factors that a
marketing manager must take into account while developing the marketing mix
for the below mentioned products. I. Female Cosmetics, II. Children Health
Drinks and III. Adult Bike.
2. ‘Every change in the political and legal environment creates an adjustment
problem for the marketers’ – as a budding manager what is your opinion about
this statement and suggest a suitable strategy to adopt successful and smooth
running of your business.
3. In designing an advertising campaign for a soft drink, which would you find
more useful; information about consumer demographics or information about
consumer life style? Give an example of how would you use each type of
information.
4. Suggest a successful way to segment the market for the following products
a) Detergent soap b) Designer Jewellery c) Breakfast Cereals.
1.3 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
1. It is usual to declare good dividends when the company is making good
profit. It is profitable for companies not to declare any dividend even when
they are making good profits? What will be the reaction of the shareholder?
Discuss.
2. If you are working as a financial manager in an organization, what are your
policies to make profit for the organization?
3. Assume that you are new entrepreneur to start the business, which financial
resources you opt? Justify with your views.
4. “The success of a business concern depends upon the way in which it
earnings are computed, distributed and retained”- Comment on this
statement.
1.4 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
1. Prepare step by step Supply Chain network layout for any manufacturing
company.
2. List the various factors to be considered for locating Atomic Power plant.
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3. Prepare PERT network for assembling a Motor Bike.
4. Visit any production plant and list various Material Handling devices with
photographs. Explain its advantages and disadvantages.
1.5 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1.”HR outsourcing has become a common practice throughout the world”-Discuss
the implications of HR outsourcing functions.
2. Identify the Paramount barriers for effective training programme in IT field and
how to crush them”. Explain with real life examples.
3. What type of interview techniques do you adopt for selecting an Executive in a
FMCG company for the post of Marketing Manager?
4. Assume that you are responsible for evaluating the employees’ performance in
the public sector manufacturing company. Discuss the appraisal process. Also
explain techniques you apply for various levels and give reasons.
1.6 STATISTICS FOR MANAGERS
1. Which measure of central tendency would be most useful in each of the
following instances?
(a) The production manager for a manufacturer of glass jars, who is concerned
about the proper jar size to manufacture, has sample data on jar sizes
ordered by customers. Would the mean, median, or modal jar size be of
most value to the manager?
(b) The sales manager for a quality furniture manufacturer is interested in
selecting the regions most likely to purchase his firm’s products. Would he
be most interested in the mean or median of family income in prospective
sales areas?
(c) A security analyst is interested in describing the daily market price change of
the common stock of a manufacturing company. Rarely the market price of
the stock changes by more than one point, but occasionally the price will
change by as many as four points in one day. Should the security analyst
describe the daily price change of the stock in terms of the mean, median, or
mode of daily market price change?
2. Late payment of medical claims can add to the cost of health care. An article
reported that the mean time from the date of service to the date of payment for
one insurance company was 41.4 days during a recent period. Suppose that a
sample of 100 medical claims is selected during the latest time period. The
sample mean time from the date of service to the date of payment was 39.6
days, and the sample standard deviation was 7.4 days.
a. Using the 0.05 level of significance, is there evidence that the population
mean has changed from 41.4 days?
b. What is your answer in (a) if you use the 0.01 level of significance?
c. What is your answer in (a) if the sample mean is 38.2 days and the sample
standard deviation is 10.7 days?
3. La Quinta Motor Inns developed a computer model to predict the profitability of
sites that are being considered as locations for new hotels. If the computer
model predicts large profits, La Quinta buys the proposed site and builds a new
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hotel. If the computer model predicts small or moderate profits, La Quinta
chooses not to proceed. This decision-making procedure can be expressed in the
hypothesis-testing framework. The null hypothesis is that the site is not a
profitable location. The alternative hypothesis is that the site is a profitable
location.
a. Explain the risks associated with committing a Type I error in this case.
b. Explain the risks associated with committing a Type II error in this case.
c. Which type of error do you think the executives at La Quinta Motor Inns are
trying hard to avoid? Explain.
4. The chair of the accounting department wants to develop a regression model to
predict the grade point average in accounting for graduating accounting majors,
based on the students’ SAT score and whether the student received a grade of
B or higher in the introductory statistics course (0 = no and 1 = yes).
a. Explain the steps involved in developing a regression model for these data. Be
sure to indicate the particular models you need to evaluate and compare.
b. Suppose the regression coefficient for the variable of whether the student
received a grade of B or higher in the introductory statistics course is +0.30,
how do you interpret this result?
1.7 MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION
1. Assuming you are a Chief Personnel Manager of a leading MNC, draft a letter
calling a candidate for an interview in reply to his application for the position of
Chief Financial Executive.
2. Assume yourself as a Customer Relationship Manager of a bank. You have received
a letter from your customers who have complained to you about the rude
behaviour of a computer clerk. Since the customer is an important person, write a
letter to convince the customer.
3. Communication is lifeblood of an organization and without it organization cannot
exists. Discuss this statement.
4. The problem of communication arises because there are various obstacles which
may entirely prevent a communication or filter part of it, or present it incorrect.
Comment and discuss.
1.8 ADVERTISING AND SALES PROMOTION
1. “Advertising increases competition and improve life -style by helping to bring new
product to the consumer”. –Do you agree or not? Substantiate your views.
2. Persuasive advertising is the most obvious kind of advertising- Do you agree?
Elaborate the reasons.
3. It is said that advertising is a waste of scarce resources in a developing country
like India. Do you agree? Substantiate your arguments with appropriate
examples.
4. Give examples of consumer behaviour concepts applied to sales promotion.

M.B.A.[M.M.]– 1STYear – Assignment- UAP/551/C-600
ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY PRESS 2018 -2019

ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY
DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
M.B.A. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
FIRST YEAR
Academic Year 2018 – 2019
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS
1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. Management can be defined as ” A process of bringing about improvement in
knowledge, skill, habit and attitudes of the employees in an organization”.
Discuss.
2. “Decision making is the most critical managerial task.” Discuss the above
statement in light of decision-making process.
3. Select a business or political leader whom you admire, and identify his or her
style of leading by applying the managerial grid or the continuum-of-behaviour
model of Tannenbaum and Schmidt.
4. ‟The only planning tool we need in the company is the budget. If everyone meets
his or her budget, we need nothing else, and management by objectives would
be an unnecessary frill”. – Comment.
1.2 MARKETING MANAGEMENT
1. Explain the recent trends in marketing concepts, also discuss the factors that a
marketing manager must take into account while developing the marketing mix
for the below mentioned products. 1. Female Cosmetics, 2. Children Health
Drinks and 3. Adult Bike.
2. ‘Every change in the political and legal environment creates an adjustment
problem for the marketers’ – As a budding manager what is your opinion about
this statement and suggest a suitable strategy to adopt successful and smooth
running of your business.
3. In designing an advertising campaign for a soft drink, which would you find
more useful; information about consumer demographics or information about
consumer life style? Give an example of how would you use each type of
information.
4. Suggest a successful way to segment the market for the following products
a) Detergent soap b) Designer Jewellery c) Breakfast Cereals.
1.3 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
1. It is usual to declare good dividends when the company is making good
profit. It is profitable for companies not to declare any dividend even when
they are making good profits? What will be the reaction of the shareholder?
Discuss.
2. If you are working as a financial manager in an organization, what are your
policies to make profit for the organization?
3. Assume that you are new entrepreneur to start the business, which financial
resources you opt? Justify with your views.
4. “The success of a business concern depends upon the way in which it
earnings are computed, distributed and retained”. – Comment on this
statement.
1.4 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
1. Prepare step by step Supply Chain network layout for any manufacturing
company.
2. List the various factors to be considered for locating Atomic Power plant.
3. Prepare PERT network for assembling a Motor Bike.
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4. Visit any production plant and list various Material Handling devices with
photographs. Explain its advantages and disadvantages.
1.5 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1.”HR outsourcing has become a common practice throughout the world”-Discuss
the implications of HR outsourcing functions.
2. Identify the Paramount barriers for effective training programme in IT field and
how to crush them”. Explain with real life examples.
3. What type of interview techniques do you adopt for selecting an Executive in a
FMCG company for the post of Marketing Manager?
4. Assume that you are responsible for evaluating the employees’ performance in
the public sector manufacturing company. Discuss the appraisal process. Also
explain techniques you apply for various levels and give reasons.
1.6 STATISTICS FOR MANAGERS
1. Which measure of central tendency would be most useful in each of the
following instances?
(a) The production manager for a manufacturer of glass jars, who is concerned
about the proper jar size to manufacture, has sample data on jar sizes
ordered by customers. Would the mean, median, or modal jar size be of
most value to the manager?
(b) The sales manager for a quality furniture manufacturer is interested in
selecting the regions most likely to purchase his firm’s products. Would he
be most interested in the mean or median of family income in prospective
sales areas?
(c) A security analyst is interested in describing the daily market price change of
the common stock of a manufacturing company. Rarely the market price of
the stock changes by more than one point, but occasionally the price will
change by as many as four points in one day. Should the security analyst
describe the daily price change of the stock in terms of mean, median, or
mode of the daily market price change?
2. Late payment of medical claims can add to the cost of health care. An article
reported that the mean time from the date of service to the date of payment for
one insurance company was 41.4 days during a recent period. Suppose that a
sample of 100 medical claims is selected during the latest time period. The
sample mean time from the date of service to the date of payment was 39.6
days, and the sample standard deviation was 7.4 days.
a. Using the 0.05 level of significance, is there evidence that the population
mean has changed from 41.4 days?
b. What is your answer in (a) if you use the 0.01 level of significance?
c. What is your answer in (a) if the sample mean is 38.2 days and the sample
standard deviation is 10.7 days?
3. La Quinta Motor Inns developed a computer model to predict the profitability of
sites that are being considered as locations for new hotels. If the computer
model predicts large profits, La Quinta buys the proposed site and builds a new
hotel. If the computer model predicts small or moderate profits, La Quinta
chooses not to proceed. This decision-making procedure can be expressed in the
hypothesis-testing framework. The null hypothesis is that the site is not a
4
profitable location. The alternative hypothesis is that the site is a profitable
location.
a. Explain the risks associated with committing a Type I error in this case.
b. Explain the risks associated with committing a Type II error in this case.
c. Which type of error do you think the executives at La Quinta Motor Inns are
trying hard to avoid? Explain.
4. The chair of the accounting department wants to develop a regression model to
predict the grade point average in accounting for graduating accounting majors,
based on the students’ SAT score and whether the student received a grade of
B or higher in the introductory statistics course (0 = no and 1 = yes).
a. Explain the steps involved in developing a regression model for these data.
Be sure to indicate the particular models you need to evaluate and compare.
b. Suppose the regression coefficient for the variable of whether the student
received a grade of B or higher in the introductory statistics course is +0.30,
how do you interpret this result?
1.7 MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION
1. Assuming you are a Chief Personnel Manager of a leading MNC, draft a letter
calling a candidate for an interview in reply to his application for the position of
Chief Financial Executive.
2. Assume yourself as a Customer Relationship Manager of a bank. You have received
a letter from your customers who have complained to you about the rude
behaviour of a computer clerk. Since the customer is an important person, write a
letter to convince the customer.
3. Communication is lifeblood of an organization and without it organization cannot
exists. Discuss this statement.
4. The problem of communication arises because there are various obstacles which
may entirely prevent a communication or filter part of it, or present it incorrect.
Comment and discuss.
1.8 ACCOUNTING FOR MANAGERS
1. What are the significant assumptions we make while comparing financial ratio
of various companies in the same industry? Discuss the implications of the
above assumptions for a user of financial ratios.
2. Suppose you are the co-owner and manager of a retail store that sells and
repairs mountain bikes. Provide one example of a financial accounting report
that would be useful to you and your co-owner. Provide two examples of
managerial accounting reports that would be useful to you as the manager.
3. Discuss how internal rate of return (IRR) method differs from the net present
value method (NPV). Be sure to include an explanation of what the IRR method
is and what the NPV method is.
4. Imagine that, you are the owner of a business. Pass journal entries with 20
different transactions. Prepare a position statement after every transaction. Did
your firm earn profit or made a loss at the end of all transaction? Make a small
comment on your firm’s position at the end.
M.B.A. [F.M.] – 1ST YEAR – Assignment- UAP/551/C-1200
ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY PRESS 2018 -2019