Balance Sheet – Ford Motor Company

In a two- to three-page paper (not including the title and reference pages), explain the purpose of a balance sheet and analyze Ford Motor Company’s balance sheet from its 2012 Annual Report. In your analysis, you must determine the financial ratios and compare them to industry standards.

Your paper must be formatted according to APA style and it must include citations and references for the text and at least two scholarly sources from the Library.


Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

 

 

Link to Annual Report: 

http://corporate.ford.com/content/dam/corporate/en/investors/reports-and-filings/Annual%20Reports/2012-annual-report.pdf

 

 

Grading Rubric

 

Description:

 

Total Possible Score: 7.00

 

Explains the Purpose of a Balance Sheet

Total: 2.00

Distinguished – Accurately and thoroughly explains the purpose of a balance sheet and how it reflects the firm’s financial status.

Proficient – Explains the purpose of a balance sheet and how it reflects the firm’s financial status. The explanation has few inaccuracies or minor details are missing.

Basic – Explains the purpose of a balance sheet and how it reflects the firm’s financial status. The explanation has several inaccuracies and/or relevant details are missing.

Below Expectations – Attempts to explain the purpose of a balance sheet and how it reflects the firm’s financial status; however, the explanation has many inaccuracies and/or significant details are missing. 

Non-Performance – The explanation of the purpose of a balance sheet and how it reflects the firm’s financial status is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

 

Analyzes Ford Motor Company’s Balance Sheet From its 2012 Annual Report

Total: 4.00

Distinguished – Accurately and thoroughly analyzes Ford’s balance sheet from its 2012 annual report, including determining financial ratios and comparing them to industry standards.

Proficient – Analyzes Ford’s balance sheet from its 2012 annual report, including determining financial ratios and comparing them to industry standards. The analysis has few inaccuracies or minor details are missing.

Basic – Analyzes Ford’s balance sheet from its 2012 annual report, including determining financial ratios and comparing them to industry standards. The analysis has several inaccuracies and/or relevant details are missing.

Below Expectations – Attempts to analyze Ford’s balance sheet from its 2012 annual report, including determining financial ratios and comparing them to industry standards; however, the analysis has many inaccuracies and/or significant details are missing.

Non-Performance – The analysis of Ford’s balance sheet from its 2012 annual report is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

 

Written Communication: Control of Syntax and Mechanics

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – Displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors and is very easy to understand.

Proficient – Displays comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains only a few minor errors and is mostly easy to understand.

Basic – Displays basic comprehension of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains a few errors which may slightly distract the reader.

Below Expectations – Fails to display basic comprehension of syntax or mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains major errors which distract the reader.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

 

Written Communication: APA Formatting

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – Accurately uses APA formatting consistently throughout the paper, title page, and reference page.

Proficient – Exhibits APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout contains a few minor errors. 

Basic – Exhibits limited knowledge of APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout does not meet all APA requirements. 

Below Expectations – Fails to exhibit basic knowledge of APA formatting. There are frequent errors, making the layout difficult to distinguish as APA.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

 

Written Communication: Page Requirement

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – The length of the paper is equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages. 

Proficient – The length of the paper is nearly equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages. 

Basic – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least three quarters of the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Below Expectations – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least one half of the required number of correctly formatted pages.   

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

 

Written Communication: Resource Requirement

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – Uses more than the required number of scholarly sources, providing compelling evidence to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Proficient – Uses the required number of scholarly sources to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Basic – Uses less than the required number of sources to support ideas. Some sources may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are used within the body of the assignment. Citations may not be formatted correctly.

Below Expectations – Uses an inadequate number of sources that provide little or no support for ideas. Sources used may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are not used within the body of the assignment. Citations are not formatted correctly.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

Balance Sheet – Ford Motor Company

In a two- to three-page paper (not including the title and reference pages), explain the purpose of a balance sheet and analyze Ford Motor Company’s balance sheet from its 2012 Annual Report. In your analysis, you must determine the financial ratios and compare them to industry standards.

Your paper must be formatted according to APA style and it must include citations and references for the text and at least two scholarly sources from the Library.


Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

 

 

Link to Annual Report: 

http://corporate.ford.com/content/dam/corporate/en/investors/reports-and-filings/Annual%20Reports/2012-annual-report.pdf

 

 

Grading Rubric

 

Description:

 

Total Possible Score: 7.00

 

Explains the Purpose of a Balance Sheet

Total: 2.00

Distinguished – Accurately and thoroughly explains the purpose of a balance sheet and how it reflects the firm’s financial status.

Proficient – Explains the purpose of a balance sheet and how it reflects the firm’s financial status. The explanation has few inaccuracies or minor details are missing.

Basic – Explains the purpose of a balance sheet and how it reflects the firm’s financial status. The explanation has several inaccuracies and/or relevant details are missing.

Below Expectations – Attempts to explain the purpose of a balance sheet and how it reflects the firm’s financial status; however, the explanation has many inaccuracies and/or significant details are missing. 

Non-Performance – The explanation of the purpose of a balance sheet and how it reflects the firm’s financial status is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

 

Analyzes Ford Motor Company’s Balance Sheet From its 2012 Annual Report

Total: 4.00

Distinguished – Accurately and thoroughly analyzes Ford’s balance sheet from its 2012 annual report, including determining financial ratios and comparing them to industry standards.

Proficient – Analyzes Ford’s balance sheet from its 2012 annual report, including determining financial ratios and comparing them to industry standards. The analysis has few inaccuracies or minor details are missing.

Basic – Analyzes Ford’s balance sheet from its 2012 annual report, including determining financial ratios and comparing them to industry standards. The analysis has several inaccuracies and/or relevant details are missing.

Below Expectations – Attempts to analyze Ford’s balance sheet from its 2012 annual report, including determining financial ratios and comparing them to industry standards; however, the analysis has many inaccuracies and/or significant details are missing.

Non-Performance – The analysis of Ford’s balance sheet from its 2012 annual report is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

 

Written Communication: Control of Syntax and Mechanics

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – Displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors and is very easy to understand.

Proficient – Displays comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains only a few minor errors and is mostly easy to understand.

Basic – Displays basic comprehension of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains a few errors which may slightly distract the reader.

Below Expectations – Fails to display basic comprehension of syntax or mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains major errors which distract the reader.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

 

Written Communication: APA Formatting

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – Accurately uses APA formatting consistently throughout the paper, title page, and reference page.

Proficient – Exhibits APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout contains a few minor errors. 

Basic – Exhibits limited knowledge of APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout does not meet all APA requirements. 

Below Expectations – Fails to exhibit basic knowledge of APA formatting. There are frequent errors, making the layout difficult to distinguish as APA.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

 

Written Communication: Page Requirement

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – The length of the paper is equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages. 

Proficient – The length of the paper is nearly equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages. 

Basic – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least three quarters of the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Below Expectations – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least one half of the required number of correctly formatted pages.   

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

 

Written Communication: Resource Requirement

Total: 0.25

Distinguished – Uses more than the required number of scholarly sources, providing compelling evidence to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Proficient – Uses the required number of scholarly sources to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Basic – Uses less than the required number of sources to support ideas. Some sources may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are used within the body of the assignment. Citations may not be formatted correctly.

Below Expectations – Uses an inadequate number of sources that provide little or no support for ideas. Sources used may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are not used within the body of the assignment. Citations are not formatted correctly.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.