March 24, 2017 at 7:16 am
You do not get your result deferred because of a few errors in referencing. If the marker thought you did not reference appropriately the normal course of action is to fail on assessment criterion 6.
Deferral comes about because either the marker or moderator felt there was something irregular with your work and a member of the ACO agreed there was a case to answer.. There are different reasons for work to be referred to the ACO. It is possible you had copied and pasted too much material into your work even though you may have referenced it. Depending on exactly how much or what you had pasted a decision is made either to do a straight fail on 6 or to refer – for example when it is the SLS it is referred if the Turnitin percentage is considered to be too high. Every piece of work goes through the electronic checking system and matches in the SLS will always be either to other students or OBU exemplars. The markers take the view that the SLS should reflect a,student’s individual personal experience and if the matches are too great it obviously does not.
Another reason for deferral is that your spreadsheet may have been found to be too similar to another student’s. Apparently some mentors give the student an Excel file to work from and this is a breach of the academic regulations that your work should be all your own.
Apparently OBU is also cracking down on what they term ‘over-mentoring’ – they believe mentors in certain countries provide templates for students to work from ( the mentor usuall calls them samples) but they also are in breach of the academic rules as they result in work that is not really the student’s own. In such cases mentors can receive warnings or be removed from the mentor list too.
If none of these apply then you are likely eventually to be cleared after the ACO has investigated. There is a forum topic on ACO referral / result deferred – so use these key words in the search facility to find it and post any new post there as your issue (a) relates to that topic and (b) unlikely to be a straightforward referencing problemMarch 24, 2017 at 2:05 pm
@trephena thanks for the reply.
But in general can you tell me if the mistakes in referencig that i pointed out could lead to a fail? Ignoring the fact that my results are witheld.April 1, 2017 at 12:55 pm
@trephena Hi trephena. I have failed the RAP in my previous submission and i would prefer if you guide me through the comments of the marker. As it specifically mentions about referencing i am posting the comment here. Please do have a look and let me know on which part i must be working particularly.
3. Evaluation of information, analysis and conclusions Fail
Reasons for fail and advice for improvement:
”There are too many instances of statements with no evidence to demonstrate the source of the information relied upon. To give just one example, from page 20; you say that “Aitken Spence PLC administers seminars and workshops, on ethical behaviours and practices on anti-corruptions for its employees routinely” where is the source for this? Later on that page “Aitken Spence PLC also believes that the strong set of core value pointed out in the conduct gives them a competitive advantage … code of ethics … Contravention of the above is considered as serious offence and disciplinary actions are taken on the same” but it is not apparent to the reader where any of this came from and so your conclusion at the bottom of page 20 cannot be validated. There is useful work in this report and you are on the right lines but more evidence of secondary data sources needs to be developed in your resubmission to establish a greater element of objectivity. You can gain this information by widening your sources of secondary data to include business press, trade journals, academic and other media and this will give a more critical edge to your evaluation.”
6. Information gathering and Referencing Fail
Reasons for fail and advice for improvement:
”Your referencing system needs some work to make clearer to the reader the secondary data sources you are relying on at different parts of your report. Clear, consistent and systematic evidence is required for statements and assertions made in the report. Make sure that you provide evidence of secondary data sources throughout your resubmission. More detail is needed about the source of figures, tables and other graphics”April 4, 2017 at 2:44 am
Can I use ACCA books for reference regarding advantage or limitation of any business model? Is it acceptable or I need to refer to other books?April 4, 2017 at 10:51 am
You must avoid making any statements that are not supported by valid references. Your fail seems to be based mainly on lack of referencing and is a fairly common reason for failure (the reason I put together the Guide) and remember to reference the source for all Graphs, tables etc.
Read all 3 parts of our Guide and your understanding of this should help you overcome the problemApril 7, 2017 at 4:49 pm
i wanted to know about the referencing part of RAP. I am using Mendeley Software for my RAP referencing. i have noticed that when i do citation , ( author – date ) , it doesn’t add a comma in between the author and date .April 7, 2017 at 4:50 pm
for example i have cited from a website of Vodafone. so i have kept the author as http://www.vodafone.qa . therefore the citation comes as (Vodafone 2017) . but is it necessary that it should be this way – (Vodafone,2017). so should i manually add comma in between .?April 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm
also it doesn’t mention an E book option . it doesn’t add [online] when i cite a book which has digital print. for egg i cited BPP text of F7 , online , but it doesn’t mention an e book option. so i cited it as a book and mentioned the chapter number and also the page numbers. should i manually add [online] in my reference list or bibliography.?
i have cited the reference as (BPP LEARNING MEDIA 2017)April 7, 2017 at 4:54 pm
should i mention page numbers in the citation or in the bibliography ?
i am very confused with the referencing part. please let me know as soon as possible
for websites , the author should be the website name ?
for eg , vodafone website it should be Vodafone or http://www.vodafone.qa ?April 8, 2017 at 6:16 am
Please if possible clear my doubts . I am confused regarding the Referencing .April 8, 2017 at 8:39 am
I dont know which software u are using, but your referencing should be according to Harvard – Angalina, if it conforms that it is ok. Search net for Harvard – Angalina. Don’t think a comma really is a material stuff.
You must add page number if the document is long and with many pages. Anything above 1 page is long.
No need to worry if it is online or not – just reference correctly.April 8, 2017 at 9:31 am
yes it mentions HArvard reference format 1 ( author – date )April 11, 2017 at 6:54 pm
Do i need in every reference that i used to write the page number where i found it?
Let’s say i am writing about what is Pestel and its limitations and i found from 3 books relevant ideas and i want to reference them… is it right to reference like that (Andrew, 2014; Elliott, 2015; Giovanni, 2016). or do i need to include everyone their page number like (Andrew, 2014:55; Elliott 2015:134)??
I didnt include any page numbers and all the books i gave them back to library? Is it too much difference? or only the annual reports to do it with page numbers?
Thank you again.April 12, 2017 at 9:37 pm
Good evening @trephena. I want some help about reference list and appendices after finish my RAP project.
The RAP word doument i will include only Part 1-2-3 right? The part 4 of reference list i will upload it differently? Do i need to give them a clue in the RAP where will be uploaded the other file?
Also as well for the appendices section, do i need to have part 5 and then to write Appendix A uploaded the FS of this company, Apeendix B etc..
Or only to upload them in another file any appendix i have and only include Part 1, part2 and part3 in the RAP.
I hope you understand what i am saying and hopefully help me, thanks!April 13, 2017 at 10:49 am
The reference list must be uploaded as a totally separate file. It should NOT be included as Part 4 otherwise it messes up the word count and the markers will not thank you for that.
When submitting you will have the opportunity to upload the appendices as separate files and also separate files for Excel and PoweRPoint too.April 19, 2017 at 4:45 am
The graphs for ratio analysis are sourced from 2 annual reports, one of the subject and one of the competitor company. If I use Harvard referencing for all the graphs (profit margin, ROA, liquidity, etc.), the word count will be very high.
Please advise me if necessary to reference the annual reports as well.
I have seen a report where the researcher wrote: “Source: Annual reports”
In other reports, there were no referencing for the financial ratios sourced from the annual reports. Only other sources were referenced.April 20, 2017 at 4:44 pm
I saw on forum many different proposals how annual report should be included in reference list, so I will ask straight, below is correct?
Ryanair Holdings, (2015). Annual Report. [online] Available at: https://investor.ryanair.com [Accessed 19 March 2017].
Thank you in advance!April 22, 2017 at 12:02 pm
for referencing if the same author or title have multiple publications in the same year, for example Jason Mike is an editor in ABC news and have 3 news report , then should it be referenced as
REPLY from Trephena – yes that is the correct wayApril 22, 2017 at 3:40 pm
Just a question about the submitting of the RAP.
Do they need to submit a hard-copy as well and send to university or only submitting online through Oxford Brookes University website?
REPLY from Trephena – all submission work is online only (no hard copies). A separate file for the reference list is required (do not submit this list in the report itself as it messes up the word count and then the marker has to remove it so will not thank you for making them do the extra work!)April 22, 2017 at 6:18 pm
i got some information from university library(online). how do i reference it. there is no author’s name and title is distinguish between primary and secondary sources. Should i use university name or title.
if there is no year of publishing, should i use the year of last access or n.d…. (my mentor told me to use year of access)
Also i got some information from research reservoir(namely shodhganga) that includes research thesis of Ph.D students. the problem is the name of the researcher is not available in that case can i use Shodhganga as the author’s nameApril 25, 2017 at 9:25 am
Generally if this is a blog then do not make extensive use of such material as it is not considered a reputable source. ( Most reputable sources have a proper author’s name) However it is acceptable for generic sections such as in the context you are proposing to use it. n.d. is used to indicate no date. -do not insert a year if there is not one but state the date you accessed it alongside the link in your list.
You really should have the name of the researcher for the PhD theses. You may get away with using shodhganga however provided you give the exact link to the piece of work you are citing. Relying on anonymous sources (i.e. no researchers’ names) and just a link to a website homepage is not acceptable. You might find if you feed in some of the key points it may appear on Google Scholar and give you the researcher / author of the PhD nameApril 25, 2017 at 9:40 am
Thanks for suggesting google scholar. i got the author’s name. I dont know if OBU will accept it since it is a pdf document and no where in that document mentions the name of the author.April 25, 2017 at 1:05 pm
This doubt might seem a bit odd….
When referencing the annual reports should we use year of publishing or the year the financial statements are prepared. there are some industry facts from ICAO and IATA, they dont have the year of publishing and show the year wise figures and these figures are available till 2015. Can i use 2016 as the year of publishing or stick to n.d.April 25, 2017 at 2:05 pm
Normally for the annual reports stick to the year they refer to otherwise you can become horribly confused when you are dealing with 3 years – so YE 2016 is still 2016 even if published in early 2017. Technically if there is no year of publishing you should go with n.d.April 25, 2017 at 9:58 pm
Hi Trephena, thank you for your answers before, that helped me a lot!
For appendices purposes, the name of the file will be – (Appendix A – FS Extracts 2014-2016 Company A) ?
Also, do i need to write the FS of my main company by myself and put it on different appendix or only copies of the extracts of both companies will be good enough?
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