Engineering Economy and the Decision-Making Process

ISBN-10: 0131424017

ISBN-13: 9780131424012

Edition: 2007

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Book details

List price: $204.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/14/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 752
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.882
Language: English

Preface
Principles of Engineering Economy
Engineering Economy and the Decision-Making Process
The Engineer
Engineering Economy
Engineering Economic Decisions
The Decision-Making Process
The Engineering Design Process
Examining the Real Decision Problems
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Application Questions
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Cash Flows and the Time Value of Money
Cash Flows and Cash Flow Diagrams
Using Spreadsheets to Represent Cash Flows
Spreadsheet Fundamentals
Spreadsheet Usage
The Time Value of Money
Interest and Interest Rates
Simple Interest
Compound Interest
Nominal and Effective Interest Rates
Nominal Interest Rates
Effective Interest Rates
Comparing Interest Rates
Cash Flow Timing and the Interest Rate
Compounding Is More Frequent than Cash Flows
Compounding Is Less Frequent than Cash Flows
Inflation and Purchasing Power
Measuring Inflation
Cash Flows as Real or Current Dollars
Market and Inflation-Free Interest Rates
Real- and Current-Dollar Cash Flow Analysis
Exchange Rates and Cash Flow Analysis
Examining the Real Decision Problems
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Drill Problems
Application Problems
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Interest Formulas
Compound Amount Factors
Single-Payment Analysis
Equal-Payment Series Analysis
Arithmetic Gradient Series Analysis
Geometric Gradient Series Analysis
Present-Worth Factors
Single-Payment Analysis
Equal-Payment Series Analysis
Arithmetic Gradient Series Analysis
Geometric Gradient Series Analysis
Equal-Payment Factors
Single-Payment Analysis: Sinking-Fund Factor
Single-Payment Analysis: Capital-Recovery Factor
Arithmetic Gradient Series Analysis
Geometric Gradient Series Factor
Summary of Interest Factors
Using Multiple Factors in Analysis
Discrete Payments and Continuous Compounding
Examining the Real Decision Problems
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Drill Problems
Application Problems
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Economic Equivalence
Economic Equivalence Properties
Equivalence Involving the Interest Rate
Equivalence Involving the Horizon
Interest Factor Behavior
Examples of Equivalence: Raising Capital
Loans
Bonds
Stocks
Examining the Real Decision Problems
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Drill Problems
Application Problems
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Decision-Making Preliminaries
Problem or Opportunity Definition
Defining Problems
Recognizing Opportunities
Opportunities and Problems
The Definition
Examining the Real Decision Problems
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Application Questions
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Generating and Designing Feasible Solution Alternatives
Generating Alternatives
Working Alone
Working in a Group
The Delphi Method
The Nominal Group Process
The Do-Nothing Alternative
Reduction to a Feasible Set of Alternatives
Examining the Real Decision Problems
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Application Questions
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Developing Cash Flows and Gathering Information
Life-Cycle Costs and Revenues
Priorities in Estimation
Estimation Techniques
Unit Method
Index Method
Power Law and Sizing Model
The Learning Curve
Curve Fitting
Ranges of Estimates
Generating the Cash Flow Diagram
Choosing an Interest Rate
Weighted-Average Cost of Capital
Growth Rate and Opportunity Cost
Choosing a Study Period
Additional Information Gathering
Sources of Data
Examining the Real Decision Problems
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Drill Problems
Application Questions
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Developing After-Tax Cash Flows
Taxation
Taxes on Ordinary Income
Federal Tax Rates
Effective Tax Rates
Depreciation and Book Value
Straight-Line Depreciation
Declining-Balance Depreciation
Declining Balance Switching to Straight-Line Depreciation
MACRS Depreciation
Choosing a Depreciation Method
Historical Methods of Depreciation
Taxes on Nonordinary Income
Retiring an Asset
Replacing an Asset
Capital Gains
Notable Exceptions and Adjustments to Taxable Income
Units-of-Depletion Method of Depreciation
Losses from Operations or from Sales of Assets
Investment Credits
Amortization
After-Tax Cash Flows
Examining the Real Decision Problems
After-Tax MARR
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Drill Problems
Application Problems
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Making the Decision for a Single Project
Deterministic Evaluation
Absolute Measures of Worth
Present Worth
Future Worth
Annual Equivalent Worth
Market Value Added
Relative Measures of Worth
Internal Rate of Return
External Rate of Return (Modified Internal Rate of Return)
Benefit-Cost Ratio
Examining the Real Decision Problems
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Drill Problems
Application Problems
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Considering Risk
Payback Period
Payback Period with Interest
Project Balance
Break-Even Analysis
Sensitivity Analysis
Single-Parameter Analysis
Multiple-Parameter Analysis
Scenario Analysis
Probabilistic Analysis
Probabilistic Scenario Analysis
Simulation Analysis
Examining the Real Decision Problems
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Drill Problems
Application Problems
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Considering Noneconomic Factors and Multiattributes
Noneconomic Factors
Including Noneconomic Factors in Analysis
Multiattribute Analysis
Judgment in Decision Making
Writing the Business Case
Examining the Real Decision Problems
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Drill Problems
Application Problems
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Making the Decision for Multiple Projects
Deterministic Evaluation
Classifying Engineering Projects
Forming Mutually Exclusive Alternatives
Evaluation of Revenue Projects with Equal Lives
Total Investment Analysis
Incremental Investment Analysis
Evaluation of Revenue Projects with Unequal Lives
Evaluation of Service Projects with Equal Lives
Evaluation of Service Projects with Unequal Lives
Mixing Revenue and Service Projects
Solutions to Large-Scale Applications
Integer Programming Approach
Heuristic Methods: Project-Ranking Approaches
Examining the Real Decision Problems
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Drill Problems
Application Problems
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Considering Options in Time
Decision Networks
Decision Trees
Single-Stage Decision Tree
Two-Stage Decision Tree
Calculating Conditional Probabilities
Rollback Solution Procedure
Multistage Decision Trees
Real Options
Examining the Real Decision Problems
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Drill Problems
Application Problems
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Multicriteria Evaluation
Sensitivity and Break-Even Analysis
Simulation Analysis
Project Elimination Methods
Dominance and Efficient Frontier Analysis
Minimum-Threshold Analysis
Project-Ranking Methods
Considering Noneconomic Factors
Examining the Real Decision Problems
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Drill Problems
Application Problems
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Postimplementation Analysis
Postimplementation and Evaluation
Sunk Costs Revisited
Tracking an Investment
Error Analysis
Cash Flow Charting
Considering Dynamic Options
Updating the Forecast
Maintaining a Database
Cost Accounting
Balance Sheet
Income Statement
Cash Flow Statement
Activity-Based Costing
Examining the Real Decision Problems
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Drill Problems
Application Problems
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Abandonment and Replacement Analysis
Abandonment Analysis
Dynamic Deterministic Evaluation
Probabilistic Evaluation
Replacement Analysis
Considering Deterioration
Considering Technological Change
After-Tax Issues in Replacement Analysis
Examining the Real Decision Problems
Key Points
Further Reading
Questions and Problems
Concept Questions
Drill Problems
Application Problems
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep
Appendix
Solutions to Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Prep Questions
Interest Rate Factors for Discrete Compounding
Index
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