- October 3, 2018 at 12:39 pm
Quick question on the title. Do we put the company name at the end? ie A Critical Review of the Key Factors Motivating the Employees of Company X or just the title as it is per OBU? (I haven’t changed the title just switched a company for the company name)
Also do we put mentor name on our RAP anywhere?
Do numbers count as a word eg my project is in sections numbered 1, 1.1, 1.2
how would I include those in the word count? 1 is 1 word? 1.1 is 1 word or 2?
Other than that….I’m ready to go!!!
TOctober 3, 2018 at 9:06 pm
You can put the company name on the title sheet if you wish to.
As the marking is now anonymous this also extends to the mentor. However in this respect the choice is yours (the idea behind anonymous marking is that the marker will not be subconsciously influenced by any cultural pre-conceptions about the student or their choice of mentor)
I think you will find that numbers count as words however 188.8.131.52 probably comes out the same as 1. You can easily check this yourself as the word count is MS Word (just highlight them and the number usually appears bottom left for the highlighted section followed by the total for the document). The only difference is that because sometimes students post charts and tables as images if you are right up to the word count limit you could find the marker will look to see if there are many of these such images. They could then fail as they interpret lots of imaged tables as an attempt to get round the word count.
Well done for getting your work done on time – you will be the envy of many others! 😀October 23, 2018 at 8:46 am
I am working on topic 6. Wanted help on the following
How many motivational theories do I have to use.
Is one would be enough to pass the RAP.
awaiting urgent response
Regards,October 23, 2018 at 12:28 pm
In a word – no!
You are expected to discuss the various aspects of your findings against at least 2 preferably 3 classical theories demonstrating that you understand the different emphases of the theories and how they relate to what you have found.October 23, 2018 at 4:31 pm
Thank u so much for your reply.
Would you help me out deciding which one to use.
Currently I have taken Maslow and McGregor (theory x and Y)
Also need your opinion on two concerns that I have first is theories, Would two be enough to pass the RAP with A or B grade and second questionnaires I have adapted the questions for both these models which were already made and The questions are roughly coming up to 21 or 22.
Please advice? Am I on the right direction
A TariqOctober 24, 2018 at 9:25 pm
Both Maslow and McGregor are quite simplistic theories so I think you would also need to supplement them with Herzberg if looking for a higher grade.
The problem with a Topic 6 work is that surveys are often poorly constructed and the questionnaire badly constructed. As a result the pass rate is low and most work gets at best a C grade. If you are looking for a B or an A then you need to ensure that the results from the survey link back well to the theories and company practices. It also helps if you bring in aspects of modern working practices (flexitime, home working, job sharing, long hours culture)…. and of course the referencing needs to be good!October 26, 2018 at 12:12 pm
Thank u so much for your reply.
In terms of the theories now i am clear. However regarding questionnaires, are we allowed to adapt questionnaires already made or do we have to construct ourselves?? Also How many questions do you recommend we should take from each theory?
Thanking you in advanceOctober 30, 2018 at 7:25 am
If you are taking someone else’s work then there might be plagiarism issues. Normally about a dozen questions are required total I would suggest about 4 or 5 for Maslow,, a couple for McGregor and the rest for HerzbergOctober 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Thanks for your reply
I’m using 24 questions, is it fine or are they too much?
A TariqOctober 31, 2018 at 8:00 am
That’s fine however when analysing the data it may be sensible to collate some of the responses in your discussions. For example it would be better to focus on producing about 12 graphs or so for the very significant findings / most important questions. However it may also be appropriate when discussing those (and don’t just do this by repeating the figures from the graph) you refer to other relevant questions that either support a similar view or possibly contrast / contradict the findings for that particular graph. Otherwise 24 graphs would be ‘graph/chart overload’ !
Remember it is quality discussion and linkage back to the classic theories that will largely dictate whether you pass or fail – provided that is that your survey and the sample you used is explained properly and there is some structured methodology in Part 2 and a logical approach to your work.November 2, 2018 at 2:04 pm
Can I just check all the front page needs is the project title and our ACCA number? Also the total manual word count (so to include graphs which word doesn’t pick up?)
I shouldn’t include my name or my mentors name?
On the submission portal it asks for an excel file separately. I have referred to mine as Appendix 3, do I upload it where it asks for the appendix also? or should I change the reference in the project to say excel document?
6 months of hard work and I’m too nervous to submit it just yet in case I spot anything wrong!!
TNovember 2, 2018 at 2:32 pm
Another question on the excel file…. what are they assessing in this? I’ve actually got 3 different files in excel format, and don’t know which to upload as the excel file, or can I put all 3 there?
TNovember 2, 2018 at 10:36 pm
Oxford Brookes has adopted a policy of anonymous marking meaning that anything that would identify the student should be removed (apart from the registration number). The intention is to try to avoid any potential marker bias. In an ideal situation this should also extend to anonymous ethnicity however this is more problematic with RAP students as they often choose local companies and refer to their own countries in the report (whereas this situation does not tend to apply to campus based students).
Of course a student can waive their anonymity and anyone who does include their name will not be penalised as the policy is supposed to be for the benefit of the student.
There is a prompt for an Excel file specifically to remind students that they need to upload a spreadsheet. Load one as the Excel spreadsheet and the others as appendices but leave them in the .xls format.
Do check your submission confirmation to ensure you loaded all the right files and any uploading errors need to be notified to email@example.comNovember 5, 2018 at 6:57 am
hello moderators, i have a question about submission files.
OBU requires to submit as separated files. I suppose this is for word count control. The problem is that can i keep my RAP with appendices and references as well as separately submit my appendices and references? Or i have to cut down appendices and references sections in my RAP.
Thank you so much for your time and have a great day!November 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm
The marker will not thank you if you keep your appendices and reference list in the main report because it then means that have to waste time highlighted the rest of your report to establish the actual word count. You should always aim to make life easier for the marker and keep them on side!November 7, 2018 at 5:57 pm
I’ve submitted my RAP. Do we have to pass the RAP before we can continue with our ACCA studies? I’m starting to look at SBL and want to know if I’m getting ahead of myself? If we need to have passed before we can sit the next exam then I wont rush through it, otherwise I would quite like to give it a go in March but the sitting is before RAP results.
TNovember 8, 2018 at 9:24 am
No, if you have proved eligibility for the RAP that is it.
In terms of necessary order: proof of proficiency in English skills needs to be established before passing F7/8/9 – or their new equivalents – because these papers CANNOT form part of the prior learning credits (meaning they need to be passed AFTER you enter the degree, not quite the same as being awarded the degree
However if in doubt contact firstname.lastname@example.org (probably sooner rather than later as this time next week they will be far to busy with new submissions)January 23, 2019 at 8:25 pm
To anyone who can offer advice – is there a minimum number of employees the organisation must have? where i live it is difficult to find organisations with a large number of employees. is it possible to use an organisation with 50-100 employees, or even 100-150 employees? thanks in advance.January 24, 2019 at 6:39 pm
It is fine to use a small organisation. The most important things are to:
1. Understand how to sample and how to discuss the aspects of this fully in Part 2
2. Ensure you understand and outline about 3 classic theories in Part 2 and ‘map’ our questions to these theories
3. When evaluating the results relate them to the chosen theories and discuss the implications of the results for the organisation
GillianMarch 15, 2019 at 1:38 pm
I would like to do the same topic, I need some help.April 17, 2019 at 12:24 pm
Good day guys,
I would like to do topic 6 for submission in Nov. 2019 (period 40).
I am finding it difficult to understand what the topic requires; is the topic looking for indicators of motivation in employees ( how motivated employees behave ) or the actual factors that motivate employees.
looking forward to your help.
Yami.April 23, 2019 at 4:18 pm
You need to understand the motivation theories and design a questionnaire for employees that may show whether these theories apply to your sample. In your findings you discuss whether the classic theories fitted or not and the implications of this on the work force and management and possibly discuss the relevance of the theories to your organisation.
Read through the thread – many ideas have been discussed there. You could also try to find opinions on some modern features of the work place e.g. flexible working, work-life balance by supplementing your survey with questions relating to these or some questions that relate to just specific groups e.g. for working mothers you could ask about whether arrangements for time off, maternity cover etc are adequate and how well the company tries to accommodate family needs. It may not be applicable to the organisation you choose but some allow significant periods of time off (unpaid) and allow employees with different recreational needs to buy additional days holidays or in fact sell back unused days (up to a specific limit). These benefits may attract staff and discourage staff turnover (some facts and figures about employment policies are normally required to supplement your commentary).May 7, 2019 at 6:18 am
This is noted and many thanks Trephena.
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