RAP preparation guide
THE OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS PROJECT (RAP) IS THE FINAL COMPONENT OF THE OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY BSC (HONS) IN APPLIED ACCOUNTING DEGREE. TO REACH THIS STAGE OF THE BSC DEGREE YOU HAVE ALREADY SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED AT LEAST NINE DEMANDING ACCA PROFESSIONAL EXAMS. You have already demonstrated your undergraduate level abilities by passing the ACCA exams; the RAP provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate the remaining graduate level attributes necessary for the award of the BSc degree. Please read the RAP learning outcomes and assessment criteria carefully before you start your RAP work. This will help you understand what is expected of an ACCA student who wishes to submit a RAP to Oxford Brookes University. You should understand that your research work and preparation of the RAP is covered by the Oxford Brookes University academic regulations. This includes the University’s regulations on cheating which can be found on this website. If an ACCA student or member is found guilty of breaching these regulations this could lead to permanent expulsion from Oxford Brookes University and disciplinary action by ACCA. In particular, your submitted RAP must be your own work and your research must have been undertaken specifically for the RAP. You cannot take a workplace research or consultancy report and adapt it for your RAP. Neither can you submit a piece of research work that has previously been submitted to another educational institution for a different academic award. The RAP is very different to an ACCA written exam. You have many choices to make in order to produce a good quality RAP. You have to choose which organisation to study, what you want to find out, which information sources you will use and how to present your research findings. Each RAP is different and there is no ‘model’ answer to your project objectives. Your research findings may depend on how you collect and analyse information, and your findings may not be wholly definitive. Your conclusions may be unexpected or not what you might have anticipated before starting the RAP work. This is the nature of applied research. In order to produce a successful RAP you have to evaluate and / or analyse information from a range of sources. This means creating some meaning of what you have found, or making a judgement or coming to a conclusion. If you only report the information that you have found or generated, you will not pass the RAP. The ability to evaluate and / or analyse information is a very important graduate attribute and the grade that you are awarded for your RAP will be significantly influenced by ‘how well’ you demonstrate your evaluative and / or analytical skills in your RAP. You may be one of the many ACCA students whose overall class of BSc degree will not be directly affected by the grade awarded to your RAP (provided you pass). However, a good performance in the RAP will demonstrate to your family, friends, colleagues, tutors and employers that you are capable of undertaking good quality research. If your ACCA average mark puts you in a position where achieving a high grade in the RAP will gain you a higher class of degree, then you must aim for your first project submission to be the highest quality research work of which you are capable. You cannot resubmit a passed RAP and the RAP grade will be capped for a resubmitted Research Report that originally failed. Your RAP will focus on accounting and / or business issues within an organisation. It is very important to remember that the reported financial performance of an organisation – whether in the private or public sector – is the outcome of the organisation’s business activities. A private sector company usually competes against other companies to sell its goods and services and its success in doing so is reflected in the company’s financial statements and financial performance indicators. Therefore in order to explain why a...
References: and the Appendices. Words used in tables and graphs and other forms of data presentation are not included in the word count. However, words used in section headings are included in the word count.
If you choose approved topic area 8 'The business and financial performance of an organisation over a three year period ' then it is likely that you will use the published financial statements of the organisation as an information source. You must include appropriate extracts from the organisation’s financial statements in either the main text of the Research Report or as an Appendix. However, these extracts are not included in the word count.
You should use appendices only for supporting data and information. You should not include written text that properly belongs in the main body of your Research Report. You should keep the number of appendices as low as possible and no more than 8 sides excluding any extracts from financial statements.
YOUR RESEARCH REPORT MUST BE WORD PROCESSED USING A4 SIZE PAGES. YOU SHOULD USE BLACK TEXT ON A WHITE BACKGROUND. AVOID BACKGROUND GRAPHICS OR PICTURES BEHIND THE TEXT AND REMEMBER THAT ITALICS AND HEAVY BOLD TYPE ARE LESS EASY TO READ.
You should use an appropriate standard business font such as Arial with a font size of 11 or 12. You may use a larger font size for section headings. We recommend a maximum of 1.5 line spacing. When using a spelling and grammar checker, be careful to ensure that you do not unintentionally change the meaning of your text.
Oxford Brookes University does not wish to prescribe all of the different aspects of presenting your Research Report and you should identify best practice in business report writing as part of your information gathering activities.
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