# MH420 QUANTITATIVE METHODS

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CASE STUDY ASSIGNMENT

CASE PROBLEM #2, INVESTMENT STRATEGY, HANDOUT

PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT:

TO SYNTHESIZE A SOLUTION FOR A COMPLEX APPLICATION

No papers will be accepted after the due date.  Graded papers will be returned no later than the last scheduled day of the quarter.

This will be submitted in the form of a Managerial Report, following the list of items below.

Must be double spaced with #12 font and 1” margins all around.

Correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation is expected.

Generally, no citations are needed, since this is a detailed analysis of a given problem.

But, if any references are quoted, be sure to cite any works used.

All writing must be your own.  See the Academic Integrity Policy in the course syllabus concerning plagiarism.

Graded as a separate assignment, 100% total, using the Case Study Rubric

No specific length is required, but the Managerial Report must cover the items listed below.

This is to be written as a report being submitted to a higher level of management and may be viewed by the client.  Avoid conversational language, but also avoid stilted language.

• Cover page with all applicable information.
• Statement of Purpose of the Report.   What is the purpose of this report?  What problem is being addressed?
• Presentation of data.  Since this comes from the textbook, data does not need to be collected.  But what is the factual information given in this problem.  What are the uncontrollable inputs?  What are the controllable inputs?
• Compose problem statement into a comprehensive mathematical model.

Give the linear program you have developed.  Explain the objective function and the constraints.  Show how these address the purpose of the report.

• Propose and justify optimal solution in context of the problem statement.

Provide the complete solution to the linear program. Note that this will be the response to question #1 of the Case Problem. Include Excel output to support answer.

• Perform sensitivity analysis of the optimal solution.  Questions #2, #3, and #4 of the Case Problem each consider alternatives to the original problem.  Respond to each of these questions with a short analysis of the differences and the implications of these differences in terms of the problem statement.  For which of these does the solution change? Include Excel outputs to support answers.
• Communicate the solution to an appropriate audience.  This report is for the upper management of the company. Make sure your explanations are appropriate, professional, and do a good job explaining the outcomes to someone who may not be mathematically minded.  Include a response to question #5 of the Case Problem.
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