October 4, 2015 at 2:16 pm
Re concern I had, I was unable to convince my mentor to add more theorists to my RAP. However, I made a valiant attempt at writing based on the one theorist. I passed!!! woohoo!!!.
I got a ‘B’, maybe if I did as you all suggested, I would have gotten an ‘A’, I guess if you want to achieve at the highest levels, the grade will matter.
I tried really hard to analyse from varying perspectives along with the expected routine methods, I did a graph for each question (16) and I included a few financial ratios, company’s growth, liquidity, expenses relating to employees etc., all supported with graphs as well. I included a few charts to emphasize certain points, no harm there, no big impact on word count. I related the financial ratios to the company’s goals, employees performance and responses to questions. I ensured that the analysis, conclusion , recommendations, tied in with all the data written in the report. It worked.
Thanks guys!October 6, 2015 at 7:33 am
JosephOctober 8, 2015 at 11:36 am
Is it ok to administer two questionniare. One targeting the Senior Management to find out which motivational factors and processes they have put in place for the staff and the other to target the rest of the staff to find out which factors and processes motivate them.
At first i considered to use the interview form for the Senior management, but this is tricky as they quite busy for me to fix time with them for an interview.
I will appreciate you quick comments as always.
Thank You.October 13, 2015 at 8:44 am
1. How to relate the theories to the Questionnaire and then to the Analysis Part?
This is analysis part of the research.
Firstly look at the responses from your questionnaire in the presentation, triangulate your findings to what the theories says in your literature review and then evaluate your findings. This will help you determine whether your conclusions are in line with the findings from the theories or not and then make conclusions. You can relate your findings to any other relevant data you have gathered to support your findings. You need to make meaning/judgement of your findings.
2. Do you analyse each factor through a separate chart or put them all in a common one.
Yes , you need to analyse each factor separate from the other factors. Similarly when making presentation of facts, each factor needs to be looked at independently and you need to make histograms for each factor
3 HOW TO TACKLE EVALUATION & ANALYSIS IN THE RAP – Part I- Available on Open Tuition Website
“In order to produce a successful RAP you have to evaluate and / or analyse information from a range of sources. This means creating some meaning of what you have found, or making a judgment or coming to a conclusion. If you only report the information that you have found or generated, you will not pass the RAP. The ability to evaluate and / or analyse information is a very important graduate attribute and the grade that you are awarded for your RAP will be significantly influenced by ‘how well’ you demonstrate your evaluative and/or analytical skills in your RAP”.October 15, 2015 at 10:55 am
Dear Topic 6 Students,
Ref:Appendix 1-Research and Analysis Project assessment Criteria.
Usually students have a tendency of wanting to show reliance on an individual i.e. a workmate, friends, line managers or even perhaps mentors for them to determine their assessment Criteria in the RAP. The OBU pack clear shows what you need to do in order to score well.in this case you need to re look on Appendix 1 page 59 and 60.
I will take some time to discuss each assessment criteria in details; therefore you can as well participate in my discussion
Understanding of accountancy /business models
There are thousands if not billions of business models/concepts available. The choices you make is very important. You need to choose an appropriate business concept that is relevant to the Objectives set. You also need to show evidence of wide reading by including other relevant evidence such as articles, newspapers, Magazines etc. Your ability to determine the right data will help determine the Pass Grade you are likely to be awarded.
You need to demonstrate that you understand what you are doing. Similarly, the understanding of the accounting concept is vital and its relevance to the topic in discussion.
Irrelevant Business models/concepts, poor choice of theory, limited understanding and reliance on narrow range of materials will cost you a fail grade in the understanding of accountancy/business model. This is a key Technical and professional skill
The next skill I will look at will be application of accountancy/business models-look outOctober 15, 2015 at 11:29 am
Your contributions are invaluable and helpful.
Joseph.October 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm
Triangulation of data
Triangulation involves using multiple data sources in an investigation to produce understanding.
ideally, get your finding from each and every data sources you have used.eg newspaper ,article, magazines, strategic document etc and tie it up to the outcomes from one of the variables ie the motivation issue in question e.g surpervision.do this for each and every variable and then produce a meaning
in other words, how many theorist talk about the same factor of motivation ,and how does it relate to your findings.is your findings supported by other researchers or not, then make a conclusion.
JosephOctober 29, 2015 at 6:50 am
Hi Topic 6 Students,
I know this is a Crucial time for you in terms of Preparation of the RAP and i believe you are trying to review some concepts.
Are you having some glitches and seems to be geting stuck somewhere,please feel free to bring them out so that the Open tuition team can help you in resolving those problem areas.
JosephNovember 5, 2015 at 11:31 am
Hope you are good,
Iam doing my data analysis, the questionnaire was divided into 4 sections and each sections had questions designed to address a specific motivational theory. My concerns is that when iam analysing the data can i compare the results with other theories or i should only stick to the one i used to come up with the questions.
I have also included other peoples research findings to compare with my research results, please clarify on this, if i”m in the right direction?
Josuns.November 9, 2015 at 7:04 am
First of all let me thank you all for your detailed assistance that you have provided in this thread.
Firstly he said there is insufficient linking of questionnaire results to the theories being tested in RAP, and later on he recommended that i could have countered this issue by putting in a point after each graph and discussion of the result found that whether a part or the theories as in whole are being verified or not.
To cater this issue i outlined my questionnaire results heading wise for e.g in case of Maslow’s theory i made four headings for each hierarchical layer with multiple questions falling under each heading, and after the end of any head i would sum up whether that part confirms or goes against the theory.(is there a better way to do it?)
Secondly I held an meeting with the HR executive in the relevant organisation before conducting my survey, though i did not use any information from the meeting but the marker said to reference what was used because i disclosed about the meeting being held in my RAP, now if i am to use any of that information which section should i incorporate into, while analyzing the results or while discussing the theories or should i use it in both? and it was an informal meet and all i have are the notes i took which are brief, how am i supposed to reference the interview do i have to give the complete details on question too question basis or just a summarized version?
Your help would mean the world to me
HamadNovember 9, 2015 at 8:45 am
From my understanding you are not addressing the markers feed back.your presentation is separate from the analysis part.if i were you ,i will could tackle it like this
In the presentation ,you need to show the results of your findings in graphs,pie charts, and construct a frequency distribution of data on each and every motivation variable that you have used.You are merely presenting facts as they are?
The facts in discussion should be related to the research questions.this is not the analysis stage
At this stage you need to relate your findings to the motivation theories,articles,newspaper articles,financial statements and see to what extend you have achieved your objectives and then draw conclusions based on your findings.i have written an article on triangulation ,please refer to it.
JosephNovember 9, 2015 at 8:48 am
You can only use the data sources that is in the literature review.Yes that is the right direction.use different data sources to support your findings as long as it is included in the literature review
JosephNovember 9, 2015 at 11:27 am
@hamadhameed – with the interview the marker wanted to see how this connected to the work you produced. Did it influence anything? If not, no point in mentioning it at all! If it did assist a little in helping you design your sample or any of the questions then you should mention this.
Notes from meetings if the info is used in the RAP should then be included in appendices and also the meeting can be included in answering SLS Q3. The name of the person, position and date of interview should then appear in the Ref list. In your case,as the marker mentioned it you need to address this point in the resubmission statement.
(One of the reasons the marker probably homed in on this was that mentors in Pakistan kept telling students they had to have primary data in T8 and management interviews and the markers became very sceptical that such interviews with managers ever took place. So they decided to demand details and also tried to point out that there was no reason to fabricate a meeting anyway)November 9, 2015 at 12:12 pm
@batala the markers comment was “insufficient linking of questionnaire results to the theories being discussed earlier. Possibly after each graph, and discussion of the result found, you could consider whether results support or not one of the theories” now as to over come this can i just put in a brief discussion after each question or a series of questions covering a theory whether they confirm it or not?
@trephena I have cleared my SLS already and I’ll just put in a brief discussion of my interview in my RAP as my sampling techniques was influenced by the relevant person.January 25, 2016 at 8:16 pm
Please I really do need your assistance/advice in respect of my RAP. I have submitted twice but yet to get a pass.
In accordance with OBU report, the presentation of research findings has been the major reason for failure.
Any suggestion will be appreciated as I have just one more opportunity to obtain the OBU degree.
Thank you all.January 26, 2016 at 7:13 pm
i am also writting my research and its a matter of life and death right now.
my mentor advised me to state business models but can someone please give me an example of business model/techniques to use.
can i state which model ill be using to design my questionnaire or that goes in the analysis of results?January 26, 2016 at 8:29 pm
@ekpeti – To pass T6 you need to ensure your data collection is robust. Too many students make up survey results but it is obvious to experienced markers who though they rarely actually accuse the student of forging the results, the markers will pull the methodology apart and say the data is unreliable. This then ends up will fails for Application,  Evaluation and  Information gathering.
The way to pass T6 is to set out the motivation theories in Part 2, use them to design relevant questions, test out the questions to ensure they are clear and people understand them, conduct a real survey (and don’t invent one and make up the data). Then in Part 3 analyse the results and tie these back to the theory, presenting the results in graphs and charts and discussing how it fits – or does not fit – with the general motivation theories.January 28, 2016 at 4:14 pm
@dels – read my answer to ekpeti – just don’t play the markers for fools they can spot when data is made up instantly. Too often questionnaires are written in poor ungrammatical English, specialist terms are not explained and there is no way the results claimed could be true. Read up on how to collect Primary data properly and test out the questions in a pilot survey and ensure that you include in the appendices a copy of any questionnaire, the raw data and anything else that is relevant to your findings. It all needs to be clearly set out – your job is to guide the marker through your work so that it follows logically.
(If you can’t do any of this properly don’t do it at all and attempt Topic 17 instead. The pass rate first time round for T17 is good and you have more chance of passing than if you are incapable of doing a proper survey and constructing a valid questionnaire).February 1, 2016 at 9:32 pm
@trephena. thanx for the response. looking at the other topics i think i am more comfortable with T6. i am just somewhat confused with the models, what models can be be used in this topic? the ones i know such as SWOT,PEST etc are related to business environment and i dont know how they would connect with a topic like this. I completely understand the need and requirement to use models but i am completely blank on modelsFebruary 2, 2016 at 1:03 am
@dels – As you wish but be aware that the T6 pass rate is only about 35% for first attempts rising to nearer 50% for resubmission ( versus about 67% for T17 first time and 90% on resubmission). This is invariably because of poor surveys and unreliable data collection by students submitting on T6.
Models in the context of T6 are the various motivation theories. You outline about 3 of these in Part 2 and relate your findings back to these in Part 3 when discussing your resultsFebruary 2, 2016 at 10:24 pm
@trephena, you are surely going to help me be in that 35% so i guess you and i are together till May
so on the theories, i have so far picked on Herzberg and Maslows and you suggest i add a 3rd one?
when i am discussing my results, am i supposed to refer to all the 3 theories?February 3, 2016 at 6:23 am
@dels – I always liked Vroom -as I think expectancy theory does play a role in individual motivation and performance. (Such a brilliant name too, Victor Vroom -sounds like a fictional character 🙂 )
To be in the successful band of 35% do test out your questions first on family and friends to ensure they understand them -it also makes you realise that you need to explain specialist terms as if a question is not clear then people cannot give honest valid replies -just answers they THINK relate to the question which may not be quite the same thing.
I always like a modern approach that goes beyond the theories too for some questions e.g. do you find your job stressful? How important is a work- life balance to you? This is because personally I won’t do stress and work-life balance is very important in my life. I know someone else who feels exactly the same and told me they actually changed to a lower paid job in their organisation because it was less stressful, carried less responsibility but made them happier and more motivated. Classic theories are rooted in the 20th century so adding a 21st century dimension to your work will bring in some critical thought which is necessary for a good grade. It is harder to pass T6 solely for the reasons previously given but a T6 done well can get an A grade
By the way Batala, our other Forum OBU moderator tends to advise on T6 as he submitted on this topic (whereas I have just seen the marker comments relating to failed students and know enough about primary data collection to know it is hard to do well unless you invest lots of time in planning and designing unambiguous questions)February 3, 2016 at 3:20 pm
hi @dels-T6 is part of the Transferable skills.You need to use technology to record,analyse financail data,to collect information from range of sources and to present research findings.
You need to use BusinessModels/ techniques to assist in your research.Models include Motivational theories,so you need to use those theories in your Literature reviews.
You must show evidence that you have been able to apply T6 through the use of Technology.When presenting your findings you can use softwares such as SPSS or even Excel Sheets.
The goodness at these stage is that you are not required to carry out any hypothesis on the fifindings.Make sure you design your questionnaire in such a way that you will be able to obtain results which you will present properly.
i hope this information will be helpfulFebruary 23, 2016 at 9:41 pm
thank you guys for your help. i will be back
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