- October 14, 2018 at 6:27 pm
As a former Academic Conduct Officer myself I am puzzled by this state of affairs.
You should have been sent a decision letter which tells you precisely whether you were found guilty of a breach of the student regulations and what the penalty is if you have committed a breach.
There only two things I can think of. One is that you are seeing a message on the screen when you log into your account. You should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to seek an explanation of why the message is still there. The other thing might be that your case is being referred to the University Conduct Committee for a more formal decision and there is a delay in having the hearing. However referral to the UCC would normally have been set out in the decision letterOctober 28, 2018 at 1:52 am
I tried posting this query in the referencing forum but it wasn’t submitting for some reason so I’m posting it here.
1. Going through the forum and the golden rules I have understood that with websites or articles with no author, the citation and reference should be the title of the page followed by the date. In reference list I’ll insert title, date then the URL and access date, right ?
2. What will be the in text citation for information collected from a company website but from different parts of the website. For example, section named About Us the citation will be (xyz, About Us) as there’s no date on the website shall I put n.d. ? And what will be the reference for this ?
3. Citation has just the Surname and the date whereas reference list will have surname followed by the initials. Am I right ?November 3, 2018 at 5:14 pm
Which are the global regulatory bodies in mining industry?January 7, 2019 at 8:17 pm
Hope you can help, now I understand that for Topic 8 we have to choose an organisation of a predetermined industry sector.
I am leaning towards topic 17 or most likely topic 18 marketing – in this case can I choose any organisation from any industry?
Thanks for your adviceJanuary 8, 2019 at 8:32 am
The good news is that the restriction of choice of company only applies to Topics 8 and 15.
It is definitely worth thinking about other topics and both 17 and 18 have reasonable pass rates (better than Topics 8 & 15). I expect you have already looked at our forum threads on Topics 17 & 18 – if not take a look.
[Topic 20 could also be good (my tip on this particular topic for P38 would be Facebook as its CSR is pretty appalling in terms of attitude to users’ privacy, response to governments’ censure and its deliberate avoidance of tax worldwide is insulting and immoral) As you can tell – I am quite indignant about how some big tech companies abuse their considerable positions of power !]January 8, 2019 at 10:00 am
Thank you for your prompt response.
I am just a bit worried that it would be more difficult to achieve the objectives on financial analysis part and using spreadsheet for a topic thats on social responsibility, although to research Facebooks poor SR sounds very interesting.
I just want to make sure that I research something that I will be actually enjoying rather than the only motivation is to pass the RAP.
Will read through the Topic 17, 18, and 20 Forums and see if it helps to finalise my choiceJanuary 9, 2019 at 8:08 am
The spreadsheet requirement (Assessment Criterion 7) is fairly easy to satisfy as only basic formulae are involved. Most of my students do Topic 17 and I usually suggest they look at the year on year percentage increase / decrease in share price (and also plot a graph) and /or do comparisons in directors’ bonuses as a percentage of earnings (or the ratio of it to average worker pay and the like). It very much depends on what the CG issues are and what is irrelevant in the context of their organisation – but there is always some scope for a few calculations.
It is commendable that you want to enjoy the process of doing your RAP (and means you will be motivated to produce a good quality report). In that respect I think you would find Topics 17, 18 or 20 far more exciting to do than Topic 8 (for a start the research is far more interesting). Good luck!January 11, 2019 at 2:43 pm
Thank you for your advice. I have decided to do Topic 20.January 21, 2019 at 9:08 pm
Hello trephena, I am willing to submit my thesis in this coming period 38 but I am unaware about style of secondary sources of reference. I am giving an example in below regarding about the style
Example: According to Van Der stede (2006) cited in (eldring 2009, p.23) “performance measurement plays a key role”
Is this the right style I am following? I am really very confused please guide meJanuary 21, 2019 at 10:17 pm
That sounds fine. Have you read our ‘Open Tuition Guide to Referencing your RAP’ (link available on our homepage)? You will see that although you need to identify sources and list where they came from 100% perfection is not demanded – so as long as there are sufficient details to track the original source there should be no problem. So chill on this one!February 23, 2019 at 2:23 pm
Hi trephena! Just wondering, do you know when will P37 result be announced?
Previously they had a trouble with their website that caused the submission period to be pushed back, I wonder if the announcement will also be deferred because of this. I haven’t got any email or news about this…February 23, 2019 at 5:05 pm
The due date for results is not until 20 March. We do not know at this time whether the results will be delayed or not – however as this would be an issue for anyone who fails and has only P38 to submit, we would expect either the results to be out on time on that date or that some provision will be made for such students.February 26, 2019 at 6:04 am
Hope you are doing well.
I’m going to submit my Research Project in Period 38 and interested to go with Topic 08.
Can you please recommend main company (International) and comparator company (International) for 1773 Diamonds & Gemstone Mining.
ThanksMarch 1, 2019 at 1:33 pm
Sorry, we have now adopted a policy of not recommending particular companies for Topic 8 – just helping with approach to the producing the RAP. The current industry sectors are not very ‘student friendly’ in our opinion and we advise that students consider whether it might even be in their best interests to look at other topics rather than instantly assume that Topic 8 will be suitable – particularly as several other topics offer a better chance of passing first time.
Choosing companies is a huge responsibility and we feel selecting a particular topic and then the ‘right company’ [companies] for this, is something that you need to discuss with your mentor.
If you experience problems with evaluation and presenting your findings etc. we have articles on those and forum threads. We are also happy to give our advice and answer your particular queries.
TrephenaApril 2, 2019 at 4:02 am
Hi all 🙂
I’m new to the forum and glad I found this page earlier on.
Cheers !!April 11, 2019 at 1:23 pm
Hi, I’m due to submit my RAP in May this year. I have been scanning the OBU forums trying to find the answer to my question but haven’t seen it yet. My main company’s 2018 annual report is out and was released within the 90 days period so I would have to use it but comparator company only has reports till 2017. Would it be alright for me to use annual reports for they years 2015-2017 for both companies and state the limitation? Or would i be penalized for this?May 8, 2019 at 2:06 pm
I have now submitted my RAP to OBU.
There has been a change and now we all need to fill out a google sheet before, then attach the documents to an email and send it to the University.
I have done that on the 6th of May, and I supposed to get a confirmation email of receipt, however I only received an automated email.
Did any other students submitted in this period so far and if so did any of you get a receipt of confirmation?
Many thanksMay 9, 2019 at 7:02 am
DId OBU allow student to delay submit RAP to period 39 ?May 10, 2019 at 7:03 am
It depends whether you are still within the 10 year registration period since you first registered with ACCA. You cease to be eligible to submit once the 10 years allowed is exceeded.
If you chose topic 8 you need to be aware that the industry sectors will change for Period 39 so if you don’t submit in P38 you will need to change your companies.May 10, 2019 at 10:37 am
Hi, I have chosen topic 2 and just have a query on referencing. I have researched the company I work for and so a lot of the information is based on internal reports/management accounts, how do I reference these? Some are published to our Intranet so I can give the web address for those, but different documents have been referenced so rather than (ABC, 2019) do I have to give document name each time otherwise I will have a lot of (ABC, 2019) but all referencing different things? many thanksJune 24, 2019 at 2:35 pm
I am planning to start my OBU research for the period 39.
I am kind of confused at this point of time, which topic should be undertaken
I am quite familiar with topic 8 ( as ratio analysis) is there but at the same time, this topic requires a lot of work which can be cumbersome for a student who is planning to sit for P level paper.
I have gone through the information pack and everything but still finding it difficult how to start it off.
I am bit tensed about my P level exam for the upcoming session as well
please suggest me
how do I start off?
and what are the steps need to be done if I choose t8 or t17
I am seeking help from everyone who has been in such a position like me before.June 27, 2019 at 8:07 am
All of the topics require some work and you need to plan your time so that possibly you start it, break off to sit a P paper in September and then continue with it after the paper.
Try to choose a topic that is connected in some way with the P papers you plan to sit in September or December e.g. Topic 16 on risk management may have links with auditing (depending on the company chosen). Somilarly Topic 19 has connections with Stategic Business Leader (the merger/acquisition may be linked with specific strategic business decision or in the case) or with Topic 17 the weak corporate governance that lead to the failure and collapse of Carillion was due to inappropriate business strategies (as well as greed by the directors)June 27, 2019 at 2:45 pm
thank you for your wonderful advise
I am planning to sit for SBR
can you please suggest me what would be the best topic for someone who is sitting for SBR in december session
I just want to choose a topic which would eventually go in flow with my research work and my knowledge from the SBR paper as well
can you please suggest what should be the best option
I have not appeared SBL yet tho..August 13, 2019 at 5:32 pm
Thanks for spending time responding to this.
I’m planning for topic 8 period 39 submission. I have chosen to go ahead with 4010020 Automobiles industry, I chose main company as Bajaj Auto Ltd and competitor Hero Motor Corp or TVS motor.
The problems that I face are:
1) Main company and competitor are subsidiaries of a Group of companies. Is it an issue if it is a subsidiary in a group or if the group has diversified companies?
2) Main company and competitors do have subsidiaries within themselves, will it be a problem if it has subsidiary companies within them and diversified subsidiary companies?
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