# Response Questions (2 Parts)

I’m studying for my Management class and don’t understand how to answer this. Can you help me study?

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Part 1 Exercise Questions (40 points)

Complete exercise questions 1 (5 pts), 3 (5 pts), 5 (10 pts), 6 (5 pts) and 9 (15 pts) found at the end of Chapter 8.

Part 2 Scheduling Problem (50 points)

Complete the following:

Your child is a member of the school theater group and have been asked to prepare the schedule, etc. for a skit to be performed during the 4th of July celebration in the local village square. As a volunteer, you offer to serve as the project controller because of your expertise in schedule management.

1. Construct an AON diagram similar to the format used in the Youtube videos found in the commentary using an MS Excel spreadsheet. Ensure that you include a Start activity and a Finish activity. Include a legend (example is the one completed in Question 1, Part 1.
2. Calculate the estimated time for each activity using PERT techniques for the 3 estimates provided. Include a sample calculation.
3. Prepare a table that identifies all paths and their lengths. Which path is the critical path?
4. During the execution phase of the skit project, one of the activities on the critical path is delayed by one day. Is this serious?
5. Using the activity estimates for optimistic, pessimistic and most likely time to complete activities on the critical path, qualitatively discuss the estimate uncertainty of the critical path.
 Activity Predecessor Time (days) Optimistic Most Likely Pessimistic 1 None 2 4 6 2 None 5 5 5 3 2 3 5 7 4 1 7 10 13 5 1 11 12 13 6 2,4 5 6 7 7 3 9 10 11 8 3,6 5 7 9 9 4 7 9 11 10 5 3 3 3 11 7 15 17 19 12 8 6 8 10 13 9,10 7 8 15 14 7 12 14 16 15 12,13 16 17 18

You will be assessed on content and mechanics.

Content (90 points): Each element of this assignment has a correct answer. Your content will be assessed on whether or not you produced a correct diagram, estimate, result, etc. or the degree to how you demonstrate knowledge of scheduling practices in case your diagram, estimate or result are incorrect.

Mechanics (10 points): The results must include sample calculations (where applicable) and be presented in a professional manner.

Criteria –

Part 1
 Each response is complete and correct with sufficient detail to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the material. 40points Responses have minor errors or omissions and may or may not fully demonstrate a thorough understanding of the material. 34points Responses are incomplete, contain errors and omissions that result in failing to demonstrate understand of the material. 30points No response or exceptionally poor response submitted for 1 or more questions. 0points
Part 2- AON Diagram
 A complete AON diagram includes start and finish nodes and is a correct representation of all paths in the network 15points The completed AON diagram has some minor errors but includes all paths in the network 12points The completed AON diagram has major errors that led to incorrect paths or missing paths 10points No response or the AON diagram is in need of major reconstruction – as submitted it does not demonstrate understanding of diagramming technique. 0points
Part 2 – PERT Estimates
 A table is used to present results of most likely estimates using PERT technique correctly. A sample calculation is included to verify the student’s understanding of 3-point estimating with PERT 15points The estimated times for activities has minor errors or omissions that are easily identified; a sample calculation is correct. 12points The estimated times are incorrect and have some major errors in the technique used to determine them, or a sample calculation has not been provided. 10points No response or the table of estimated time does not demonstrate an understanding of 3-point estimating technique using PERT analysis. 0points
Part 2 – Paths
 A table shows the correct number and lengths of all paths. 15points One or two paths are missing, or a minor error in calculating path length is observed. 12points Several errors and omissions; Paths have not been identified; Path lengths have errors; 10points No response or the table presented has major errors and omissions such that the instructor cannot confirm the student demonstrates an understanding of the material. 0points
Part 2 – Questions 4 and 5
 Responses to questions are complete and correct. 5points Responses have minor errors or omissions. 4points Responses don’t demonstrate an understanding of critical path in the application of the July 4th skit 3points No response. 0points
Mechanics
 Solutions are presented in a professional manner with good grammar, correct spelling, and easy to find solutions. 10points Minor errors in grammar and spelling that are not distracting to the reader. Professional appearance in work submitted. 8.5points Errors in grammar and spelling are distracting or the presentation of solutions are poor and not easy to follow. 7points No response. 0points

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