July 26, 2014 at 9:39 am
Anna – OBU Registered MentorParticipant
Please note that the OBU has just released the new Information Pack for Period 29 & 30.
There aren’t any major changes, but they have added clarification on some issues which will be useful for mentees going forwards. For example, the updates include things like:
a) Guidance on file sizes:
Please ensure that all of the files you want to upload and submit online are less than
10MB. Please ensure that the Word document containing the answers to the four
SLS questions is less than 250Kb. Your presentation slides should be uploaded
separately, preferably as a PowerPoint document.
b) Guidance on what counts as the 3 most recent sets of accounts for topics 8 and 15, etc
c) Cheating – All projects submitted will be processed through TURNITIN!
Here is the link to the Information Pack: http://business.brookes.ac.uk/undergraduate/2015/acca/files/information-pack.pdf
I highly recommend review it if you are submitting your RAP in November 2014.
AnnaJuly 26, 2014 at 10:33 am
@anna – Thank you – yes I knew this was imminent as the OBU Chief Adminstrator had mentioned it to me when we met on Wednesday (it was just a case of whether she had time to finish it before she left on holiday today or it was released in August after her return). We all welcome clarification of the ’90 day rule’.
BTW It is not a case that Turnitin will be used going forward – ALL submissions for both Period 27 & 28 HAVE BEEN processed through it ( as well as significant amount of work from earlier periods) and every piece of work IS scrutinised for cheating. Everything now is automatically processed through Turnitin and will continue to be.
OBU is also continuing with its plans to insist that all mentors have done the OBU online mentoring course and are on the OBU register and that they also all have some accreditation to a professional body. Unfortunately it seems that some mentors lack integrity and have been assisting with student collusion and cheating. Therefore any mentors who are implicated will NOT be able to act as mentors and could be reported to the professional body for misconduct (and any future malpractice by a mentor will mean removal from the register). In this way OBU hopes to strengthen the integrity of the RAP system and that only reputable and upright mentors will be able to practice.
So that means for Period 31 onwards every student will need to select a mentor from the approved list. If you are looking for a mentor for Period 30 you should make your choice wisely! ( should you be unsuccessful in P30 and your mentor is not registered you may have to find a new mentor who is registered for your resubmission)August 3, 2014 at 8:35 am
Information Pack for submission period P29 and P30 has been released and there are not such major changes except few additional requirements and provide clarity on some important aspects of Research and Analysis Project (RAP)
Student must adhere all additional requirements and get clarity on important aspects for any subsequent submission of RAP to Oxford Brookes University (OBU).
Here is a brief summary of additional requirements / changes mentioned in latest Information Pack 2014-15.
a. Eligibility (Section 2,pg. 2)
b. Project Mentoring (Section 6,pg. 15)
c. Only OBU Approved Mentor is allowed to mentor students (Section 6.a para 2, pg.16)
d. Guidance on usage of latest financial reports for topic 8 and topic 15 (section 7.d.iv pg. 39)
e. Ensuring the academic integrity of your project (section 7.d.x pg. 42)
f. All projects submitted will be processed through TURNITIN. (section 8.a. pg. 50)
g. File Size (section 8.b. pg. 51)
h. Possible outcomes of guilty of academic misconduct (Appendix 6, pg. 78)
i. Detail guidance on Plagiarism and Cheating (Appendix 6, pg. 77-79)
j. Mitigating Circumstances (Appendix 7,pg. 80-81)
Detail of all above mentioned aspect provided here.
IMPORTANT: Changes to Paper F4 after June 2014
? Due to changes in the structure of Paper F4 which will take effect from the December 2014 exam sitting, the June 2014 F4 exam paper will be the last sitting that will meet the required proof of English proficiency for the degree.
? Any students who have successfully passed Paper F4 on or before June 2014 will continue to be able to use this as proof of English proficiency.
? Any students who take Paper F4 on or after December 2014 will require an alternative proof of English proficiency to meet the entrance requirements of Oxford Brookes University.
? Details of the qualifications that meet Oxford Brookes University’s proof of English proficiency can be found in the links below:
? There is no change to the administration of eligibility for the programme. Proof of English proficiency will be continue to be administered by ACCA. Students do NOT need to send in proof of English proficiency to Oxford Brookes University.
b. PROJECT MENTORING
From January 2015 all mentors will have to have to successfully complete the approved on-line Mentoring course and be registered as Approved Mentors for the BSc in Applied Accounting on the website. This course will be available later in 2014 via the link http://www.oxfordbrookesmentoring.co.uk/.
Those mentors who have already completed the previous course will be transferred, subject to approval by OBU, to the new site.
c. APPROVED MENTOR
All mentors must be approved, if your mentor is not on the Approved Mentor list you will not be able to submit
Your on-line RAP submission will require you to enter contact details for your Project Mentor from the approved list (this is a drop-down list) and your Project Mentor will be required to confirm that they undertook your mentoring.
d. GUIDANCE ON USAGE OF LATEST FINANCIAL REPORTS FOR TOPIC 8 AND
The programme requirement is that you use the last 3 financial reports that are available, or will be available, at the start of the submission period. If the results are not going to be published in time for you to include them in your report, then you should use the previous 3 year’s results. The Programme Director has advised that any Company results that are published (in any form) less than 90 days before the start of submission do not have to be used.
Please consult pg. 39 of Information Pack for further detail.
e. ENSURING THE ACADEMIC INTEGRITY OF YOUR PROJECT
The University requires that your project is all your own work. Specifically that you have not copied your work from any other student, textbook, journal or similar source, either in small or large amounts. Students are permitted to use small amounts of quoted text, which must be fully referenced, but must not copy large sections of text and pass this off as their own work. See APPENDIX 3 for more details.
The University recommends that student check their own work against standard databases, and has identified WriteCheck™ (http://www.writecheck.com) as a suitable product for formative checking. as this does not permanently place the work in the database.
f. ALL PROJECTS SUBMITTED WILL BE PROCESSED THROUGH TURNITIN.
All projects submitted will be processed through TURNITIN. Previously, only limited projects (on sample basis) passed through TURNITIN.
For more details on this, please visit http://www.accaglobal.com/students/bsc/rules/cheating
g. FILE SIZE LIMITS
Please ensure that all of the files you want to upload and submit online are less than 10MB. Please ensure that the Word document containing the answers to the four SLS questions is less than 250Kb. Your presentation slides should be uploaded separately, preferably as a PowerPoint document.
? The Research Report should be a Word document.
? The Reference list should be a Word document.
? Any financial statements can be uploaded as pdf documents in the Appendices.
? While your presentation slides should be uploaded as a PowerPoint document, the rest of your SLS should be a Word document.
? Any supporting spreadsheets should be uploaded as Excel documents in the Appendices.
[Please note that you cannot submit zip files.]
h. POSSIBLE OUTCOMES OF GUILTY OF ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
If the student is found guilty of academic misconduct there are a range of penalties that can apply as follows:
1. If the misconduct is not too great, for example parts of the RAP are plagiarised through lack of proper referencing, it is quite likely that the RAP will be given a 100% reduction of the grade ( a mark of Zero), failing the RAP. The student will be asked to submit a completely different project when resubmitting. Any resubmissions will, inevitably, be closely scrutinised to ensure that there is no repeat of the earlier misconduct.
2. In more serious cases of plagiarism or repeated cases, the case will be referred to the Academic Registrar of Oxford Brookes with a recommendation that the student is barred from making any further submissions to obtain the degree. This will certainly be the case where there is evidence of collusion or other form of cheating.
3. In these serious cases, the matter will be referred to ACCA for further disciplinary action, which could include suspension or permanent exclusion from membership of ACCA. This penalty could also apply to any other member involved in the misconduct, including any student whose work was copied.
4. As I mentioned earlier, serious cheating, such as buying as essay from a website is often also a criminal offence and, where appropriate, Oxford Brookes University would not hesitate to lay the evidence before the appropriate authorities to consider whether criminal proceedings should be instigated.
Link to download latest Information Pack 2014-15August 3, 2014 at 9:30 am
Thank you so much for the useful info 🙂August 3, 2014 at 10:31 am
The most important change is that is now stated that it is COMPULSORY to use a comparator company for Topic 8 (though not for Topic 15)
Apart from the file sizes I have covered most of these points in summary in the FAQs that I have put on our home page (link below). I was also lucky enough to get an OBU marker to make some additional comments that should be useful as they give further insight 😀
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