Research and Analysis Project Guidelines
1 September 2005
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SECTION 1 1.1 1.2 1.3
INTRODUCTION Requirements Applying for the Degree ACCA Membership Requirements
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SECTION 2 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8
TASKS Report Your Mentor Meetings with your Mentor Peer Group Presentation Option Key Skills Statement Assessment Criteria for Assessment of the Report Criteria for Assessment of the Key Skills Statement
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SECTION 3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Appendix 3 Appendix 4 Appendix 5
THE REPORT PROCESS Choosing a Topic Process Model Recommended Topics for your Report Frequently asked questions Checklist HOW TO REFERENCE YOUR WORK RECOMMENDED READING MENTOR/STUDENT RELATIONSHIP CHEATING NOTES FOR YOUR MENTOR
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SECTION 1 INTRODUCTION 1.1. Requirements ACCA and Oxford Brookes University have agreed to work in partnership to give students the opportunity to be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting. To obtain this degree you must: a) b) Pass the appropriate ACCA examination papers Demonstrate your ability to research, analyse, and use key skills, by undertaking a business related Research and Analysis Report and preparing a Key Skills Statement
In fulfilling requirement b) it will be necessary to work with a mentor and information regarding this relationship can be found on page 4 and in Appendix 3. This document is intended to provide students with guidelines on how to carry out, complete and submit their Research and Analysis Project in order to qualify for the Oxford Brookes degree. These guidelines contain details of all tasks relating to both the Report and Key Skills Statement and are considered sufficient for those students who feel confident in their ability in each of the skills areas assessed, (see pages 6 and 7). An approved tutorial text is available to those who feel they require further support and guidance in developing these skills and in completing the Project, (see Appendix 2). The preparation of your Research and Analysis Report and Key Skills Statement will be monitored and verified by your mentor before submission to Oxford Brookes University. Your Research and Analysis Report and Key Skills Statement will be assessed as either pass or fail according to the University’s regulations. NB: It is essential that you read and understand the regulations contained in the Student Guide, (available on-line at http://www.accaglobal.com/students/professionalscheme/degreepartnership.com) and that you study Appendix 4 on page 16.If you have any doubts over your eligibility and/or opt-in status in respect to the Oxford Brookes BSc degree, please contact ACCA Connect who will advise you. If you are not eligible and opted-in, then Oxford Brookes is not able to consider your Research and Analysis project and it will be returned to you unmarked. 1.2. Applying for the Degree Students who have passed the appropriate examination papers required for the degree may submit their completed Research and Analysis Report and Key Skills Statement at any point in line with the Assessment Period Timetable published on the ACCA website (http://www.accaglobal.com/students/professionalscheme/degreepartnership.com). Students should send in their Research and Analysis Project together with their Submission Forms (see pages 21 and 22) and assessment fee to: The ACCA Office, The Business School Oxford Brookes University Wheatley Campus, Wheatley...