Author: Christine Farr


The final project for this course is the creation of a quantitative analysis with a memo to management.
Classifying a company’s costs allows for an in-depth analysis of the impact that changes in output have on revenues, costs, and net income or net loss. A costvolume-profit (CVP) analysis will be completed in order to determine the breakeven point. Relevant costs will be used to prepare a flexible budget. Additionally, an appropriate costing system should be selected and the choice should be substantiated with reasonable rationale. Finally, a memo should be prepared for management that summarizes the results of the quantitative analysis and makes recommendations for an optimal costing system to be ethically used by key decision makers.
The project is divided into three milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Two, Four, and Five. The quantitative analysis with a memo to management will be submitted in Module Seven
In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes: Utilize cost behavior and cost analysis to assist decision makers in planning and adding value to the business Prepare a flexible budget for supporting informed managerial decision making Interpret variances for determining the optimal costing system to fit an organization’s internal accounting needs Interpret the role of ethics in cost accounting for determining its impact on decision making
In this assignment, multiple analyses will be conducted in order to obtain a company’s financial information specific to company costs.
MDE manufactures outdoor garden items such as lawn ornaments and bird feeders. MDE uses a standard costing system to set standards for direct materials, labor, and overhead costs. MDE reviews and revises standards as necessary. Recently, budget variances for bird feeders have caused some concern. You, the company’s cost accountant, have been asked to examine the numbers for the product, explain the variances, and suggest ways to improve performance
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
You will begin by using the MDE Manufacturing Budget (Table I) to analyze costs, contribution margin, and breakeven point for the bird feeder division. You will then analyze the actual costs and complete a cost-volume-profit (CVP) analysis to determine how many bird feeders must be sold at the current cost and sales price level to earn a 10% profit and how much the sales price would have to increase to earn a 10% profit at the same cost and sales volume level. Use Tabs 1 and 2 of the Student Workbook.

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