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BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting and Research and Analysis Project INFORMATION PACK

1 May 2008

CONTENTSIntroduction Enquiries and Copyright Section 1 Aims and outcomes of BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting degree Eligibility Programme regulations Oxford Brookes policies, rules and regulations Research and Analysis Project learning outcomes Assessment of Research and Analysis Project Research and Analysis Project resubmission Project Mentor meetings Research and Analysis Project preparation Research Project Skills and Learning Statement PAGE 3 4 5

Section 2 Section 3 Section 4 Section 5 Section 6 Section 7 Section 8 Section 9 Section 10 Section 11

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Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Appendix 3 Appendix 4

Conversion arrangements Research and Analysis Project assessment criteria How to reference your work Oxford Brookes Process Model

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INTRODUCTION The Oxford Brookes University BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting degree is delivered in collaborative provision with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Since the BSc degree was introduced in 2000 over 6,800 ACCA students, affiliates and members worldwide have successfully completed this degree scheme. They have done so by passing the first two stages of the ACCA professional examinations and then passing their Research and Analysis Project which was submitted directly to Oxford Brookes. Oxford Brookes and ACCA undertook a thorough review of the BSc scheme in 2006 and agreed to make a number of changes to build on the degrees success. The revised BSc degree scheme will be fully implemented on 1 August 2008. This Information Pack provides details about the revised BSc degree programme, and the revised requirements of the Oxford Brookes Research and Analysis Project. The project continues to be the final component of the BSc degree. To pass, a student must achieve the standards expected of a final year undergraduate in undertaking and presenting an applied piece of research. A student has already demonstrated undergraduate capabilities by passing the ACCA Part 2 / Fundamentals Skills module examinations. Although the Information Pack is written primarily for ACCA students, I am confident that its contents will be of interest and value to college tutors and employers who provide project mentor support to ACCA students in the preparation of their Research and Analysis Project. The content of this Information Pack is taken from the BSc degree webpages on the ACCA website. ( These webpages include the Research and Analysis Project submission form which is specific to each six-monthly project submission period and which is not included here. The BSc degree webpages will be updated on an ongoing basis. The content of this Information Pack will remain relevant for at least the next two project submission periods, whose deadlines are 3 October 2008 (Period 17) and 3 April 2009 (Period 18). However we may produce additional content for the BSc degree webpages which will provide further support to ACCA students and their project mentors. I recommend that students should visit the BSc degree webpages periodically to check for any new material. The first seven sections of this Information Pack set out the academic framework of the BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting degree and the Research and Analysis Project. They also include the Oxford Brookes University rules and regulations for the BSc degree and project. They can be viewed as definitive. The remaining four sections contain Oxford Brookes advice and guidance to the student and project mentor on how to undertake and present a Research and Analysis Project. These sections include important information on the recommended structure and content of the Research Project and Skills and Learning Statement. I strongly recommend that students should read the Information Pack thoroughly before starting their project work. I would be pleased to receive any comments that you may have about the content included in the BSc degree webpages and / or this Information Pack. I can be contacted at the email address on page 4.

John Woodley ACCA Undergraduate Programme Director Oxford Brookes Business School3

ENQUIRIES If you have an enquiry concerning the BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting degree or the Research and Analysis Project, please contact the ACCA office at Oxford Brookes University. ACCA Office Oxford Brookes Business School Wheatley Campus Wheatley Oxford OX33 1HX United Kingdom Email: tel: +44 (0) 1865 485702 fax:+44 (0) 1865 485802

COPYRIGHT This Oxford Brookes University Information Pack is protected by copyright. No part of it may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopied or otherwise, without the written permission of Oxford Brookes Business School. However, an ACCA registered student and his / her project mentor may download one copy each from the ACCA website for their personal use.




The principal aim of the BSc degree programme is to widen access to Oxford Brookes University (OBU) and enable ACCA students across the world the opportunity to obtain an OBU degree. The BSc degree aims to enhance and extend the knowledge and skills gained by you in your professional studies, and to improve your effectiveness as a professional accountancy student and future finance professional. On completing the degree programme, you will have demonstrated a capability to: Knowledge and understanding K1 Critically evaluate accounting concepts and principles and their application in solutions to practical accounting problems. K2 Prepare financial statements of entities, including groups of companies, using relevant financial information, accounting techniques and standards; and to analyse and interpret such financial statements. K3 Use relevant management accounting techniques with cost information, for planning, decision-making, performance evaluation and control, within different business settings. K4 Apply financial management techniques to issues affecting investment, financing, and dividend policy decisions of an organisation. K5 Understand the general legal framework, and apply specific legal principles relating to business, including taxation legislation as applicable to individuals, single companies and groups of companies. K6 Explain the process of carrying out the assurance (audit) engagement and its application in the context of the professional (audit) regulatory framework. K7 Describe the organisational context of the accountant and of the development of accounting information systems; to understand the need for the efficient use of resources within an organisation. K8 Understand the ethical responsibilities of professional accountants, including the principles of the ACCA code of conduct, and to reflect on ethical dilemmas and potential solutions. Disciplinary and professional skills D1 Prepare non-complex financial statements using generally accepted accounting principles. D2 Evaluate and comment on the performance and financial situation of organisations using a range of interpretative techniques. D3 Select and apply appropriate accounting and financial management techniques to organisational business planning, decision-making and control. D4 Understand the limitations of accounting techniques and the implications of such limitations. D5 Understand the limitations of acquired knowledge of legal and taxation issues and recognise the need to seek further specialist advice where necessary. D6 Communicate analysis of accounting and financial information and recommendations to a variety of different audiences.


Transferable Skills T1 Solve problems through the identification of key issues, synthesis of information and analytical tools, and the presentation and critical evaluation of a range of options. T2 Communicate appropriately in writing and through an oral presentation. T3 Complete a programme of study through independent and self managed learning. T4 Undertake an independent research project relating to a single organisation or industry sector. T5 Prepare a written report which meets academic requirements of information collection and referencing of information sources. T6 Use information technology to record and analyse financial data, to collect information from a range of sources and to present research findings. T7 To reflect on the learning attained through completing the programme and its impact on future professional development and employment roles.



To be awarded the BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting you must: be registered with Oxford Brookes University ie opted-in to the BSc degree scheme

before passing any of the three ACCA Fundamentals papers, F7, F8 and F9 pass the three ACCA Fundamentals papers F7, F8 and F9 and pass other papers as

required to successfully complete all nine Fundamentals level papers complete the ACCA Professional Ethics module complete and pass the Oxford Brookes University Research and Analysis Project complete the BSc degree scheme within 10 years of your initial registration onto the

ACCAs professional qualification. Please note that you must successfully complete the Fundamentals level exam papers, F1 F9, and complete the Professional Ethics module before submitting a Research and Analysis Project to Oxford Brookes University. If you wish to enquire about your eligibility to complete the BSc degree, please contact the ACCA office at Oxford Brookes at Please include your ACCA student registration number in any correspondence. ACCA students who passed one or more ACCA professional


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