Managing systems and people in the accounting environment
Report writing guide for unit 10
Harper MAAT, recently completed her unit 10 project.
“My biggest recommendation is to set yourself a deadline to complete your project. I did this, based on when I was taking my final AAT exams, and it gave me the drive to not let unit 10 linger. I had to give it one final push. After all, I’d worked so hard over the past two and a half years – why fall at the final hurdle?”
4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Developing your skills through assessment Your responsibility as the learner Responsibility of your assessor Workplace mentor How to get started Identifying the topic Report writing tips Structure of your report
12 Title page 12 Contents or index page 13 Terms of reference 13 Executive summary 14 Methodology 14 Introduction 15 Analysis and evaluation of current system 15 Recommendations 16 Cost benefit analysis 16 Appendices 17 Manager’s authenticity 18 Mapping to your AAT student record 19 Planning your unit 10 project
Developing your skills through assessment
Your unit 10 project is a great way to show the skills and knowledge you have gained through your AAT training. Getting started is often the hardest part – this guide will help you plan your project and give you a basic structure to follow. You can use it as a guide to what AAT is looking for to prove competence in this unit. In addition to this booklet, make sure you read and understand the Unit 10 standards of competence. You’ll need to refer to them when planning and writing your assessment.
A formal written report is used to assess this unit because it shows that you’ve gained a wider range of skills than those assessed by examination. • Planning skills – you’ll need to plan all aspects of the recommendation that you make, for any contingencies and for the consequences of any changes made. • Analytical – your report should be analytical in nature, not descriptive. You’ll need to be able to analyse a current situation in a clear non-judgemental manner. • Research – your report and recommendations will need to be researched and evidence of this included in the appendices. You should also list the research tools you used in the methodology section. • Report writing – a skill you’ll need to use throughout your career. • Oral communications – a necessary skill for all careers, which you’ll demonstrate during an interview with your assessor once your project is completed. • Time management skills – you’ll need to ensure that all aspects of the report are completed on schedule.
Your responsibility as the learner
You’ll need to make sure that you choose a topic or theme for your project that will generate high quality evidence. This evidence will help prove to your assessor that you are competent against the standards. What do we mean by evidence? This is the formal management report you’ll need to write which covers the learning and assessment criteria for the unit. You can refer to the Unit 10 standards of competence to help understand what is required. Think about which of your current work activities are relevant and how you can use these to build a report that will demonstrate your competence. If you’re not currently working, you can base your report on a case study which your assessor can get from AAT. You’ll need to make sure that you reference the report against the performance criteria, range and underpinning knowledge. This is to ensure that you have covered every aspect and to guide the assessor through your project. It’s also important to consider the presentation of the final project. Correct layout, grammar and spelling will show the assessor that you pay attention to detail.
Remember that with the aid of your assessor, it’s your responsibility to: • identify the theme for your project • meet with the assessor at agreed times • draft the report • map to the standards • present the final report • keep your assessor informed...
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