- October 31, 2014 at 8:51 am
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Don’t resort to too much conjecture (possibly because, it might be due to etc.) as markers prefer facts. So reference facts and if you use textbook type explanations then as they are generalised then they do not have to be referenced to Kaplan / BPP etc. as they did not come-up with these ideas themselves either they have been around for years…November 1, 2014 at 2:37 am
I want to ask a minor question here about the net profit margin. It is a more of an accounting question rather.
I’m using group-level accounts for my analysis. Now, about the net profit that I should take in the formula: should it be the entire net profit or the portion of net profit attributable to owners of parent?November 1, 2014 at 8:25 am
@avian will – you should remove any minority interest figures from the calculations to be technically correct (but if these are relatively insignificant then don’t bother as the impact will be negligible and not material).November 3, 2014 at 12:35 am
@trephena I have successfully completed my RAP and SLS.
I want to know how to include Financial Statements, RATIO ANALYSIS and GRAPHS, in my RAP that I made in MS excel for both companies.
Should I upload them as a separate file as an appendix?
Or to include them in MS Word file with my RAP.
Also tell me do we have to upload seperate files for both SLS and RAP ?
Thanks for your helpNovember 3, 2014 at 1:47 am
You need to upload five files on online portal of OBU. These files are as follows:
1. Research Report (Contain part 1, part 2 and part 3 of report)
2. Appendix (in topic 8, better to provide excel file)
3. List of Reference
5. PresentationNovember 3, 2014 at 5:03 am
@ahmad… can you please tell me if we are supposed to include in the excel file a sheet separately that shows the formulas only? like a sheet showing formulas used in the cells only? while main sheet with figures worked out stays separate.November 3, 2014 at 6:30 am
There are many way to present ratio working in excel file but you must understand that examiner only want to check your back end working for calculation of different ratios.
thanks.November 5, 2014 at 6:54 pm
i wanted to ask about duplication. lets say i have mentioned why sales have decreased in gross profit margin ratio in depth then do i need to explain again in net profit margin why sales have decreased in as much detail or doing it just once is sufficient ?November 5, 2014 at 7:45 pm
I need help for the point that the comparator has different financial year and the main company being analysed had different financial year e.g.
Main company has year ending 31st March 2014 but comparator has 31st December 2013.
In that case what do we need to do?November 6, 2014 at 2:26 am
You should not mention this again in NP margin section rather you can write “as explained above in GP margin section”…. Your main focus in NP margin should be discussion on movement of indirect costs and you must provide some reasons for such fluctuation.
thanks.November 6, 2014 at 2:29 am
This aspect has already discussed in detail somewhere in this forum. Please search it and you will find the answer.
PS: Search always before posting any question. Thanks.November 8, 2014 at 3:56 pm
I would like help with Presentation on MS Power Point. OBU info pack has a vague and open ended direction towards it. Anyone who has ideas on how to produce an effective 15 min presentation is welcome to share his thoughts.
Specifically issues on maximum number of slides,
How many Ratios should we target to cover
Can SWOT analysis be presented via ART file stating major points within a single slide?
@trephena your help is always appreciated buddy.November 8, 2014 at 4:24 pm
@soban – OBU will not prescribe the number of slides but stress you must be capable of delivering the whole presentation and slides in 15 mins. However I would say about 15-18 quality slides that are in accordance with my guidance and tips below should be about right.
– NEVER copy and past chunks of text from your report – use bullet points wherever possible instead
– The Presentation is about Part 3 Findings so you do NOT need to include anything about aims, objectives information gathering, etc
– You may copy the same graphs and charts that you used in your report – there is no need to re-do them especially for the presentation (make sure that both in the Presentation and in the report all of your graphs have a title, axes are labelled,and colour coding is used to distinguish the main company and its comparator (T8) )
– be consistent with the colour coding if the main company is red and comparator is blue stick to these colours in all of the graphs and don’t swap them about
– do not jam more than 2 graphs in per slide
– try to make your Presentation interesting – avoid just doing everything in monochrome as it will come over as dull and boring
-PowerPoint enables you to use and bring in drawing tools and Excel, so graphs should be used to illustrate the main points and try to vary the way you present the data to maintain interest – there are various ways you can use for bar charts for example so explore a little
– do not overload your slides with text – remember you should be presenting and delivering commentary at the same time and the slides should just be the information distilled down to the key points so when it comes to the SWOT bullet points work best.November 11, 2014 at 3:34 pm
I m doing work on Verizon Communications Inc. operates as a holding company, which provides broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, and government and wholesale customers can i use carry out analysis of the holding company?
Regards,November 12, 2014 at 3:44 pm
any body there to answer plz.November 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm
@mozan – Normally you would do the whole group as represented in the group consolidated financial statements and use a comparator that operates in a similar market -possibly a company like Virgin Media (although the latter offers cable Tv) or Talk Talk – and use their group accounts too.November 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm
I have a little question on the format of the conclusions and recommendations section.
The BSc pack says ”Your conclusions and any appropriate recommendations must answer the specific research questions and meet the project objectives you set.”
1. Now through my conclusions, I generally answered the research questions …like an overall approach….since sometimes the conclusions overlap. I did not separate out the conclusions and classify them under each of the 3 research questions I had. Is my overall approach acceptable or do I have to put conclusions referring to each of these questions?
2. And do we have to reference the points made in conclusions again? I mostly said something like ”based on analysis in SWOT” or ”concluding from analysis of ratios…”. Would you please confirm if this is ok or is referencing (again!) needed?
Thanks so much!November 14, 2014 at 10:10 pm
1. Yes – you don’t have to do it point by point
Now hurry up and press that submit button 🙂November 15, 2014 at 11:28 am
Hehe… yes almost there to the submit button except… umm I did not include formulas into my main research report (not in part 2 or 3). In part 2 while discussing accounting techniques I only mentioned the ratios I will use and included a statement saying ‘Formula given in Appendix 1)… is this acceptable? Or must we show full formula in the main report itself? 🙁November 15, 2014 at 5:48 pm
Sorry to be bugging you again but just bear with me for a day please. Kindly address the following:
1. I did not include formulas into my main research report (not in part 2 or 3). In part 2 while discussing accounting techniques I only mentioned the ratios I will use saying what they measure/ or mean and included a statement in the end of paragraph saying ‘‘Formula given in Appendix 1”… is this acceptable? Or must we show full formula in the main report itself in part 2?November 15, 2014 at 5:54 pm
@avian will – the appendices are the correct place for formulas. It is appropriate to have a brief definition in the main report but nothing that involves numerators and denominators and multiplication signs or actual calculations!!!
You don’t need to say the formulas are in the appendices – if the marker is that desperate to find out how you calculated the GP margin etc they would know that it is likely to be in the Appendices (this is the norm for any report)November 15, 2014 at 6:01 pm
Thanks so much @trephena for assuring… I owe you one! 🙂November 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm
@avian will – if you are in the UK donate it to ‘Children in Need’ 🙂
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