- February 21, 2013 at 2:11 am
My RAP topic is 6
I was not successful in the previous submission and hope to make a re-submission come May. Please could anyone assist me. I need help
Thanks,February 21, 2013 at 2:11 am
Is anyone doing this topic?? I’m thinking if doing this and would like to discuss ideas.September 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm
Hey guys, I need assistance for pursue my RAP topic 6.
Anyone who chose the same topic can give me some advice?
Except by method of interview and questionnaire, I dont have any other ideas for the information gathering part.
Please help. Thanks.September 30, 2013 at 4:40 pm
Go through the company website, search for third party information that relates to the industry…thats pretty much it.
The two sources you mentioned are primary sources. You need some secondary sources to back up your project.
All the best!April 3, 2014 at 2:37 pm
ALSO NEED HELPApril 6, 2014 at 3:18 pm
Hi, I am doing the same topic it is my first attempt and i am doing it alone. have you started?April 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm
@fausthel You should start by reading your feedback and analysing what went wrong. Spend some time reflecting on what the OBU marker said and try to identify how you can make the necessary improvements to remove the deficiencies and address the problems that the marker highlighted.
You will need to do a Resubmission statement so the above ‘exercise’ will form the basis of your resubmission statement.
Contributor @Brian82000 outlined the successful approach he took for this project in his post yesterday 24.04.2014 on Forum ‘What was your period 27 Oxford Brookes RAP result’ (about page 8 or 9) to which I also added a comment.
If you did a questionnaire – did you include all the protocols that make a questionnaire valid? Some people think that you just have to write a few questions and ask them and that’s all there is to it. In fact if you want to rely on a questionnaire, great care has to go into its design, the wording of the questions and the sampling frame, otherwise the results prove nothing! (The “garbage in, garbage out” concept).
A questionnaire is not a ‘soft’ option for Topic 6 as you can expect that the markers will look at the methods used and assess whether they are likely to be statistically reliable, so it needs to be done properly or not at all.April 27, 2014 at 11:36 pm
Footnote to my post above:
Here is where you will find the official OBU advice for Topic 6:
See the Information Pack 2013/14 pp33-34 where Phil Clarke of OBU explains the requirements if you use a questionnaire and also the current Resubmission Guide pp 8 -9 where Al Neilson OBU/ACCA marker and moderator addresses how Topic 6 is assessed. You need to use these to guide your work so that your RAP meets the criteria that they have highlighted and outlined.April 28, 2014 at 9:17 am
Most thankful to you for you response and advise. I grateful for your time and the resources you have directed me to and I am going to take them serious.
BestApril 28, 2014 at 9:34 am
My tip for Topic 6 if doing a questionnaire (and that is the normal way most students approach this topic) is to spend some time looking at how to produce really good questions that are clear, relate to the actual motivation theories, are unambiguous (re-read the questions and ask – could someone misunderstand this and interpret it differently?) and then decide how you are going to choose the respondents. Mention these steps in the section where you do your methodology.
Don’t forget to include (1) a copy of your questionnaire and a summary of your results in the appendices (2) graphs and charts to illustrate your findings in the evaluation section (Part 3) and (3) tie these findings back to the relevant motivation theory.
Good luck and if you have a specific query then please raise it here. 😀April 28, 2014 at 12:32 pm
You are the help I needed, you seem to be addressing my concerns and worry as to what I actually needed to do. I do get it clearer now. I will gladly contact you as I proceed with my RAP.
BestAugust 17, 2014 at 10:07 pm
please i need someone to put me through this project, i dont even know how to start the work, wish to choose topic 6, i will be grateful thx.September 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm
I have a couple of questions regarding the topic:
1. ” Explain how your motivational theories have guided your data collection, particularly the design of the questionnaire”
Can someone explain this? How can I do this?
2. The word limit of part 2 is 2000 words. Can we exceed this limit like to 3000 words but keeping the overall RAP to within 7500 words?
RegardsSeptember 2, 2014 at 3:01 pm
@yusha abidi. If you intend to use an employee questionnaire to show how motivational theories apply in your organisation you will need to have relevant questions that are worded unambiguously and any technical terms are avoided.
I suggest that you read Phil Clarke’s section in the Information Pack thoroughly and ensure you understand the underlying principles behind primary research. Then look at aspects of motivation and really think how you can ask clear questions that people can answer that avoid any specialist phrases e.g. if you ask people if the are motivated by self- actualization I would think the average person’s response would be ‘what on earth is self- actualization’? !!!! (Unless they have heard of Maslow)
So you would need to discuss how you designed the questions and chose your sample in Part 2 of the RAP
The section word counts are merely a guide (see the FAQs on our home page) – just don’t exceed the 7,500 total 🙂September 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Please, could I get some info on the following?
1. How does one go about the analysis of the data the have acquired from their Questionnaires?
2. Is one allowed to use more than one Motivational theories?September 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm
First I’ll answer point (2) – yes in fact you are expected to consider more than one theory as the different theories have different takes on some of the aspects so no one theory on its own is appropriate for this topic
The most important thing is that before you even do any analysis you should have read the section in the Information Pack about collecting Primary data (p36-38 I think it is). Clear questions are necessary – you have to include a copy of your questionnaire and the markers will pick it to pieces if your question are ambiguous, vague and badly worded on the basis that, if the questions are not clear how can the answers be relied on? So you need to research and think what would demonstrate the various aspects of the various theories and compose your questions accordingly. I suggest that you ask a few people to read through them initially to ensure that the meaning is clear (avoid specialist terms like ‘self-actualisation’ as if people do not understand the terms used in the questions they cannot answer accurately) before you actually do the full survey.
You need to tabulate your results and include these in the appendices – again if you do not supply the raw data and/or your workings are not clear you will be penalised (fail for Application)
The data collection (doing good appropriate questions and tabulating it) is the hard bit as if you get this wrong your evaluation and conclusions will not be valid. Actually doing the evaluation with sound data is not a big problem as you look at what the answers showed you and relate the main results back to the theory. However if your questionnaire is poor the answers will be unreliable and any conclusions drawn from invalidSeptember 16, 2014 at 8:30 am
Thank you for your reply.
I read the Phil Clarke portion in the info pack as you recommended. I am a bit confused about the following extract from that:
“the questionnaire or interview design must clearly relate to
one or more business models. Theory must be used to structure the
questionnaire or interview, and should clearly influence the wording of the
How can I clearly relate the questionnaire to one or more motivational theories while keeping it in simple English so that the employees can understand it.
How can I use theory to design the questionnaire?
RegardsSeptember 16, 2014 at 9:45 am
By models for T 6 they mean theories
Look at Maslow, Herzberg, Vroom, Adams, McClelland, Alderfer or any other theories (limit yourself to about 4 in view of the word count). Think about the various factors that are supposed to motivate and use them as the basis for formulating questions. Choose simple words and compose questions that are not ambiguous – normally ones that require an answer that can fall in the category of ‘strongly agree/agree/do not agree/ strongly disagree’ e.g ‘Routine work does not interest me.’ – if I strongly agree with this it shows that the work content is important to me and implies that I am demotivated by boring jobs. You can then use this Likert scale responses to analyse the data and see if there are trends.September 24, 2014 at 10:32 am
Wooh! I have passed my Analysis Project on Topic 6.Motivation.Thanks be to GodSeptember 24, 2014 at 11:08 am
I made it finally, thanks be to God and OT and all who supported especially on the forum headed “topic 6 advice”. Thanks to Trephena. God richly bless you allOctober 16, 2014 at 11:45 am
As I asked you earlier about the design of the questionnaire. I want to clarify something about it.
The questions are quite general and the answers are analysed in the light of different motivational theories. For example,
Q3. Which of the following factors motivates you the most?
A) Option 1
B) Option 2
C) Option 3
Q4. Which of the following motivational factors are present in ABC?
A) Option 1
B) Option 2
C) Option 3
These are not any theory specific questions. I used the answers to these questions and analysed the results according to the theories like Maslow and McCelland. Like Q3. option 1 can be categorized as a social need in the Need Hierarchy theory and how many employees answered Option 1 shows …..
Can you please provide me with some feedback on this and if possible some examples of the questions you used.
RegardsOctober 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm
I must say the your questions are to general therefore you need to ask specific question s.Your questions should be clear in their context.They should also be based on motivational theories othewise you are likely to have problems in information gathering, evaluation and Analysis of information. You can not categorized a factor like Social needs. If you look at Esteem needs you have 1 self esteem.2 confidence .3 Achievements 4,Respect for others. How will you assess whether how many respondants are talking about self esteem or confidence or better Achievement. You questions have to be precise and straight to the Point. Do not generalise.
Setting up a questionnaire differs from one person to another .Look at Page 27- 33 of the information pack. The way you set up a question will help in the understanding of the importance of the overall research approach and the framework you are going to adopt. if you are doing ACCA You can adopt the ACCA style question from their surveys. Other types are Open ended, close ended,mixed questionnaire and Pictorial questionnaire BROWSE THE INTERNET.
You can set a questionnaire as follows,
1. On a Scale from 1 to 5,how strongly do you agree with the following statements with motivation at Small Company?
2 How satisfied are you with the level of Training and Development at Small Company?
5.Very satisfied 4.satisfied.3 Nuetral 2. Unsatisfied.1 very unsatisfied
3.Is interesting work a factor of employees motivation at SMALL CO which will influenc e performance?
3 YES 2.NEUTRAL .1 NO
The above questions are very simple but straight to the Point. TheN you can DEVISE a methodology under the framewok adopted on how you will analyse the responses.
I hope this information will be useful
RgdsOctober 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm
@yusha abidi – yes they sound on the right track. You possibly need to ensure that everyone understands the term ‘motivation’. I know it sounds obvious to you and me but it is not always obvious to everyone else. Maybe ‘what factors motivate you to do a good job’ or ‘what motivational factors encourage you to perform better or work harder in the work place?’ put them in the right context. Just make sure that your questions are clearly worded and avoid specialist terms
As long as you have designed your questions around the motivation theories that’s fine. The point about the analysis is that you should be able to demonstrate any points where the theories seem to hold true.
Please read the Info section on doing primary research as you need to show that you have thought about who you are sampling. Don’t be tempted to fiddle the results – bogus results are easy to detect and although they won’t probably say you have obviously made them up, they will point out all the reasons why the survey, the results and conclusions don’t hang together.
You can use the Likert scale for some answers as @joseph suggests. Don’t try though to do sophisticated statistical analysis – it is not required.October 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm
Am free to offer free advise on Topic 6 in case you have issues in understanding the moderators feedback up to end of October 2014.October 16, 2014 at 3:22 pm
Thank you Joseph and Trephena for your feedback.
“Explain how your motivational theories have guided your data collection, particularly the design of the questionnaire”.
This was one of the comment from the marker when I unfortunately failed my first attempt.
Now the marker wants me to change the questionnaire? or he wants me to explain how I designed the questionnaire? or something else?
The questions I mentioned in my comment above were the part of my questionnaire. I can mention the options as well if it is help in analyzing what the marker wants.
“You have the basis here of a successful RAP if you address the issues indicated above”
The marker also wrote this. Is this a usual comment mentioned in every failed RAP to encourage the student to resubmit the RAP or it really means that I only have to do minor changes he/she mentioned to pass?
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