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UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS 2014/2015

YEAR III SEMESTER IIEXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE IN BACHELOR OF

BUSINESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

b) A construction company has been awarded a project that consist of the following

activities:

Optimistic Most likely Pessimistic

1-2 4 6 10

1-3 3 5 9

2-4 7 12 20

2-5 3 5 8

3-4 6 11 15

4-5 4 6 11

4-6 3 9 14

5-6 2 4 8

6-7 3 5 9

Required:

ii. Mean completion time. [2 marks]

iii. Critical path [2 marks]

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iv. If the project is completed within 30 weeks, it will cost ksh. 10 million. It will

cost sh. 15 million if it is completed between 30 and 35 weeks and ksh. 20 million

if it takes more than 35 weeks. If it takes more than 35 weeks.

Determine the expected cost of the project. [10 marks]

i. Crash time

ii. Crash cost

iii. Cost slope

a) A company manufactures two types of bicycles. Mountain bike and racing bike. Each

mountain bike is sold at ksh.. 6375 and each racing bike is sold at ksh. 9000. A racing

bike requires 6kg of aluminium while a mountain bike requires 4 kg. a minimum cost

ksh. 750 per kg. it also costs the company ksh. 375 per hour to assemble each bike. It

takes 1 hour to assemble a racing bike and 2 hours to assemble a mountain bike. There

are 4800 kg of aluminium available and a total of 1600 hours available for assembly.

Required:

ii. Solve the model [10 marks

b) Discuss the simplifying assumptions made in formulating and solving the above model.

[4 marks

a) An ATM machine serves on average 6 clients per minute. Arrival of clients is random but

is estimated at an average rate of 5 clients per minute. Both clients arrival and service

provision is assumed to follow a Poisson distribution.

Required:

ii. Average time a client spends in the queue. [2 marks]

iii. The probability of finding exactly two clients in the system.[3 marks]

iv. The probability of finding at least three clients in the system. [3 marks]

b) Five technicians are to be assigned five jobs. The jobs cost differently when performed by

different workers.

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Cost (ksh. Thousand)

Job

Technician 1 2 3 4 5

A 92 90 94 82 80

B 78 94 89 76 80

C 76 92 80 76 82

D 94 90 74 78 90

E 92 92 76 80 82

Required:

ii. An optimum assignment hence minimum cost of performing the jobs. [6 marks]

a) The following is the pay off table to Njau who wants to divorce Wairimu. Each player has

identified some three strategies to use against the other.

(ksh. Millions)

Wairumu’s strategies

Njau X Y Z

strategies A 10 -8 15

B -20 15 40

C -30 -20 -20

Required:

ii. Optimum strategy for each player. [6 marks]

iii. Value of the game. [2 marks]

b) Explain the meaning of each of the following terms used in queuing theory:

[2 marks each]

i. Service cost

ii. Queuing costs

iii. Renerging

iv. Jockeying

v. Balking

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