Research Report


Before you start work on your Oxford Brookes University Research Report, you should read all of the information included in these pages. In particular it is important that you have a good understanding of, or have finalised, the following matters before you start your research work:

  • What is expected of you in preparing your Research Report?
  • How will your Research Report be assessed?
  • Who will be your Project Mentor?
  • How do you ensure that your Research Report submission reflects your full abilities?
  • What is the link between the Research Report and the Skills and Learning Statement?
  • How do you ensure that you do not breach the Oxford Brookes University regulations on cheating?

The purpose of the Research Report is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate a range of Technical and Professional Skills in:

  • Understanding of accountancy/business models
  • Application of accountancy/business models
  • Evaluation of information, analysis and conclusions
  • Presentation of project findings

and Graduate Skills in:

  • Communication
  • Information gathering and referencing
  • Information technology.

All of these make a significant contribution to the learning outcomes of the BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting degree programme. You will demonstrate this range of skills by applying some of your previous ACCA learning in an approved project topic area to a specific, identified organisation. There is a maximum of 7,500 words for the Research Report.

In this section we provide some guidance on how you could proceed to undertake your project work. We also give a recommended structure for your Research Report which should ensure that you have provided sufficient evidence for Oxford Brookes University to come to a judgment in each of the assessment criteria for the Research Report.

The Oxford Brookes University recommendations are not the only way in which a Research Report could be undertaken. It is your decision as to how you manage your project work and produce your Research Report. However in doing so you must be aware of how your Research Report will be assessed. If you do not include content which is relevant to one or more of the Research Report assessment criteria then you risk not meeting the required standards. Similarly, if you include content that is not relevant, then you risk not providing sufficient evidence for Oxford Brookes University to assess your abilities under one or more of the assessment criteria.

There are a number of issues that you must consider before you start your Research Report as they could have a significant impact on both the way in which you develop your project objectives and research questions and how you conduct your research activities.


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