- May 3, 2016 at 8:11 am
It is important that you address the marker feedback. For any T8 you should appreciate that you need to avoid a textbook approach but you should use models and ratios that are appropriate for a bank. This would be the CAMELS model in particular. (We have a special forum for a bank called something like Using a bank for Topic 8 – look at page 3 onwards of our forum topic list to find it). However ensure when writing you understand what you are saying and it is not full of technical jargon but properly explained. The usual ‘rules’ on a T8 apply – clear graphs, and explanations linked to the SWOT & PEST factors and NOT excessively issuing percentages and numbers to describe trend movements (and not just increases and decreases and by how much) but coming up with proper explanations with sound reasoning.May 18, 2016 at 12:39 am
im going to resubmit tomorrow previously i failed in RR and pass the sls now in my account there is an option to upload the presentation file do i need to upload the presentation file? if yes do i need to update its dates and other figures ? or just leave this as it isMay 18, 2016 at 10:33 am
You may need to load to complete submission but if already passed it won’t be markedMay 18, 2016 at 10:57 am
@trephena but do i need to change its figures and years and all graphsMay 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm
No the Presentation won t be looked at -it’s just a systems problem sometimes that if you can’t upload without a Presentation you just add one so the system then accepts your files. If you want add an appendix called ‘note to marker’ and tell them that you have already passed it…June 8, 2016 at 7:36 am
I intend to resubmit this November (P33). On P30 I have passed SLS for both part 8 and 9.
So if I want to change the company now (since I realize that my previous company does not have enough analyst report in english for reference), do I have to submit SLS again.?
I look through info package, and they put ” If you have changed topic or organisation but havenot passed both sections of the SLS (sections 8&9 of the feedback sheet) then you will need to resubmit the SLS in full. ”
So I think I dont have to submit again, but Im not sure.
ThanksJune 21, 2016 at 10:28 am
Apologies for the long delay in replying. As you have cleared the SLS in full then you just need to submit the report. Although you do not have to do a resubmission statement I strongly advise that you at least read my article on this found on our homepage http://www.opentuition.com/obu
This is because it is important to be aware of all your previous weaknesses to stand the best chance of passing next time and potentially avoid repeating the same mistakes
Sometimes there can be a problem in electronically submitting when you have passed just one part of the SLS even when you have not changed company. In those cases I always suggest just uploading the Presentation or SLS statement file that passed just to get the whole thing to upload to the system. This seems to work (even though it will not be remarked if it has already passed) – it just keeps the submission system ‘happy’June 25, 2016 at 11:34 am
I am in process of choosing my company for the topic 8, the restrictions are not pleasing really as we are allowed to choose the subject organization/company from three sectors only therefore my question is about the Airline industry, can I choose Airline manufacturers for my topic rather than service industries like Emirates, British or Delta Airliners.June 26, 2016 at 8:58 am
No – aircraft manufacture does not fall within the industry classification which is airlinesJuly 22, 2016 at 9:24 am
I would like to know if a Bank can be taken for topic 8.
Thank youJuly 23, 2016 at 6:56 am
Why would you think that a bank would fall with one of the 3 categories that you MUST choose if submitting on Topic 8 when the prescribed industry sectors are airlines, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications?
Unless it is a resubmission and your previous submission was on the same company you will be instantly failed if you submit on a bank.July 27, 2016 at 11:32 am
I’m planning on giving the RAP in period 33, but I’m still struggling with selecting the topic. I’m divided between topic 20 and topic 18.
I’m really interested in topic 20 having studied it in A Level business studies but I haven’t done P1 yet so I don’t know about any models etc. But I am willing to put in the hard work and do all the research on it.
With topic 18 the advantage is that I’ve studied marketing quite a bit.
Which one do you think has the potential of making a better project?July 27, 2016 at 11:30 pm
That is,a difficult one to answer! With T18 you need to go a bit beyond the 4/7 P ‘s of marketing and also discuss market penetration strategies (Ansoff) and apply the Boston Matrix to the main products in the portfolio. With T20 you could use Carrols pyramid and Mendelow’s Matrix as models.
A good grade depends on the,application of critical thought and possibly that is easier with T20 because of the nature of the topic. However read up on the two topics if possible as well as the posts on our forums for T18 & T20. Before choosing T20 look to see what sources are available as you need some objective sources from outside the company. T20 should not be a ‘re-write or blind acceptance of the company’s CSR report – it should question as well as support the views in the latter and where there is a difference it should consider the impact of this on the stakeholdersAugust 2, 2016 at 10:12 am
am submitting my RAP on November 2016. but am struggling to get the sources of information. How can I go about it? please assistAugust 2, 2016 at 2:31 pm
Depends what topic you are doing. Use Google and look for the annual reports and use Google scholar to search for academic papers and articles. You mentor should be able to guide you furtherAugust 5, 2016 at 5:31 pm
Following your advice, I read through the forums and decided to do topic 20. I have been searching for an appropriate mentor- because this isn’t a very popular topic and so the mentor must be quite experienced in order to guide me. Do you think that The Learning Luminarium has a skilled mentor who can specifically help me with this topic?August 6, 2016 at 12:49 am
Yes I would think so. However there is a misconception among students that the mentor is an expert on the subject whereas the mentor’s role is one of more support and basic guidance (see the appendix to the Information Pack). However in this instance the mentors at the Learning Luminarium are also tutors so have a good understanding of the RAP requirements. I am sure you can email them with your query about whether there is a suitable mentor for Topic 20 and get an honest and no obligation opinion.August 11, 2016 at 2:18 pm
I am struggling to select the T8 and T17 .
For T8, there should be a lot of pp to do , so the std should be quite high compare to others topic and may not easy to pass ?
For T17, I am quite interesting .
Because firstly I was study p1 on 2015, but almost forgotten .
Secondly ,English is not my first language, so I am worry about my written report .
Now I have a problem of organisation selection . I am a Singapore student , so better to use Singapore company or doesn’t matter ? And the country CG code use need follow the organisation are where come from ?
Look forward to your reply .
Thank youAugust 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm
I will admit I am totally biased. I think T8 is rarely well done and I wish OBU would drop it as a topic! Students take a routine approach and think all it involves is ratio analysis plus a basic SWOT and PEST Analysis. No it doesn’t – if done properly it needs to look at strategies -and thankfully markers are now insisting on this. So if you choose T8 fine but don’t expect a good grade.
T17 can offer the opportunity for a higher grade if you consider some of the recent issues in Corporate Governance. This is because application of critical thinking is necessary for a good grade whichever topic you do and there is more scope for this with T17. For this you look at the current issues that affect your company and discuss them from various view points as well as cover the more routine things. Risk assessment is an area too that should be considered particularly with regard to integrity of customer data and the potential security of it in the light of the many instances of this being hacked even in large companiesSeptember 7, 2016 at 7:25 am
I tried adding this to the ‘word count’ forum but that seems to have been closed. Trephena I just had to make sure if are in text citations are also counted as normal words? I know that our reference list isn’t part of the word count.
Thank you for your help.September 7, 2016 at 11:52 am
I have looked into your issue about the word count forum and am temporarily posting my reply in both places. (In fact as someone had opened a second one only the duplicated one had been closed)
Basically everything from the start of the front page to the final word in the Conclusions (and any Recommendations) is counted. This includes citations and the in text references.
Some students try to get around word count issues by including information pasted as images in tables e.g. the SWOT analysis so it is not picked up by MS Word. Whereas a little bit of textual information from a copied chart or diagram may be ignored by the marker instances of this deliberate ploy to exceed the word count by creating one’s own wordy images will not.
The markers will estimate the number of words in the pasted images and add them back to the MS total and stop marking after 7,500. The requirements are for a Conclusion within the 7,500 words. If there is very little by way of a conclusion within the limit as calculated by the marker, the report is likely to fail.
With word count problems my advice is to trim the beginning and superfluous material e.g. is a marker really interested in why you chose the topic/ company? – I very much doubt they care why and even bother reading the 100s of reasons from the 100s they mark as such information is not a component of the assessment criteria for the report (save it for the SLS); does the marker really need to know about primary data when you are not even using primary data? If the marker doesn’t know the difference then they wouldn’t be a marker in the first place!!!! In other words focus on what is relevant and importantSeptember 7, 2016 at 7:41 pm
That’s really great advice, I will definitely be following it. Thank you very much Trephena.September 21, 2016 at 4:19 pm
I need help with the last part of Part 2 of topic 8. How do I reference the business analysis models in the BPP books.
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