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As a student, what opportunity costs do you confront by enrolling in University of Phoenix's MBA program? Does your organization or an organization with which you are familiar consider opportunity costs when evaluating strategic opportunities? For your organization, are opportunity costs fixed costs, variable costs, both, or neither?

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Opportunity Cost is whatever you have to give up to get something else. For example, to attend the university your opportunity cost might be a job. You might have to give up working in order to attend college. You might have to work and attend school, so your opportunity cost might be time with your friends.

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What are opportunity costs? Determine if the costs are variable, fixed, both, or neither.

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How do variable costs and fixed costs differ? Give an example of each.

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a. Chapter 15: Discussion Questions 9-11, 17, and 19.
b. Chapter 15: Practice Exercise 15-8 Fixed Costs and Variable Costs
c. Chapter 15: Practice Exercise 15-13 Direct and Indirect Costs
d. Chapter 15: Practice Exercise 15-15 Out-of-Pocket Costs and Opportunity Costs
e. Chapter 15: Exercise 15-8 Cost Classifications

9. How do variable costs and fixed costs differ? Give an example of each.
10. Analyze your personal expenses on a variable and fixed basis. What are some of your personal fixed costs and variable costs? What would cause them to change?
11. What is C-V-P analysis used for? In the process of using C-V-P analysis, what does it mean to "break even"?
17. What is the difference between a direct cost and an indirect cost? Give an example of each in the context of teaching an accounting class at your school.
19. How can out-of-pocket costs and opportunity costs be applied to your personal financial decisions?

15-8 Fixed Costs and Variable Costs
Which of the following is an example of a variable cost?
1. Insurance premium for fire insurance on the factory building
2. The salary of the company president
3. Wood used to make custom tables
4. Rent for use of a storage warehouse
5. Depreciation on the factory building
15-13 Direct and Indirect Costs
Which one of the following statements best explains why companies want to distinguish between direct and indirect costs?
a. To evaluate business segments on the basis of only those costs directly traceable to each segment
b. To better determine whether a company is a large organization or a small organization
c. To determine the sales prices necessary to break even
d. To better distinguish between variable and fixed costs for each product
e. To better distinguish between materials costs and labor costs

15-15 Out-of-Pocket Costs and Opportunity Costs
Which one of the following is an example of an opportunity cost?
a. Revenue lost from sale of cakes by deciding to sell only cookies
b. Wages paid to construction workers
c. Materials used to assemble computers
d. Ordering costs related to a customer's special order of guitar strings
e. Rent paid for the use of a factory building

15-8 Cost Classifications
The following are costs associated with manufacturing firms, merchandising firms, or service firms:

a. Miscellaneous materials used in production
b. Salesperson's commission in a real estate firm
c. Administrators' salaries for a furniture wholesaler
d. Administrators' salaries for a furniture manufacturer
e. Freight costs associated with acquiring inventories for a grocery store
f. Office manager's salary in a doctor's office
g. Utilities for the corporate offices of a toy manufacturer
h. Line supervisor's salary for a clothing manufacturing firm
i. Training seminar for sales staff of a service firm
j. Fuel used in a trucking firm
k. Paper used at a printing business
l. Oil for machinery at a plastics manufacturing firm
m. Food used at a restaurant
n. Windshields used for a car manufacturer

Classify the costs as (1) product or period; (2) variable or fixed; and (3) for those that are product costs, as direct materials, direct labor, or manufacturing overhead. Write "not applicable (N/A)" if a category doesn't apply.

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