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11-01-09, 03:10 PM
Guide on preparing OBU – Research & Analysis Project
Prepared by: Acid

Part 1 – The Beginning

In preparing for the OBU Research & Analysis Project, Most students spend a lot of time wondering as to what exactly the Research & Analysis Project (RAP) is all about. The reason for this is because they try to search the same amount and type of guidance as is available for the ACCA Exams. The starting point to work for the RAP is first to correct our understanding of what RAP is all about.

Research & Analysis as the name suggests is the applied research which we are required to carry out to meet our objectives. Research is a part of academic studies in which you learn more than just models and theories. You need to apply your professional knowledge in reaching an appropriate conclusion about your subject matter.
Oxford Brookes University requires you to prepare a 6500 words report along with a 2500 words Skills and Learning statement (SLS). All information regarding the marking and grading of this report is available online on the ACCA Website. You should download the “Basic Information Pack 2008” which will provide guidance on marking, skills required in making the report, and a general guidance on the structure of your report.

In this article I will talk about few points we need to make clear while making the reports.
When preparing this report, you should keep in mind that you first need to set the objectives of the report i.e What is it that you need to find out from your research. For example, If you select the topic of your research as “3 years financial and business performance of GE” then your objectives are could be:

What was the annual sales growth in 3 years period from 2006-08
What effect did rising oil prices had on the Net profits for the year
How well did GE perform compared to its competitors
What Impact did credit crunch had on the financial performance
What effect did new legislations had on the business performance of the company

These are called Research Questions or Project objectives. Note that in they all begin with “What”, “How” , “Did” etc.

Your research is supposed to answer all these questions. From this, you should get the idea that the information you would need for this is, the financial and business performance of your chosen company (GE in this case), competitors performance, financial and business news. To get all this information you could look at some of these sources:

Company Annual reports
Competitors annual reports
News Website ( BBC, Financial Times, Economist etc.)
Search Engine (Google!)

Annual Reports of large companies can be easily located on the company's website. Try browsing company's Investor Relation or Financial Information sections.These are all secondary data, you may collect primary data to increase the quality of report and present a better analysis however It is completely correct to use secondary information as far as its rightly referenced.

So in this article, we saw how to begin our project with a correct understanding. We will continue about the following parts in the next part of our guide.

05-02-09, 03:54 AM

guide part1 for rap was very useful.It gave me an idea how to start the project.

So looking forward to part2.

Thank You,


26-02-09, 01:49 PM
i need a sample of a passed RAP

26-02-09, 03:48 PM
i need a sample of a passed RAP

You dont get it and you shouldnt try to look for it. Your work should be your own and that would also go against Ethical instance.


Pollyn, Basil S.
23-03-09, 06:53 PM
This is one of the most comprehensive simple approach the RAP by students who seem confused on how to start. Thanks for the insight.:smile:

06-07-09, 02:08 PM
The Guide on the OBU - Research & Analysis Project preparation is well simplified by this unique write up. Thank you

07-07-09, 08:15 PM
Thank you for simplifying the GHOST of RAP :D
Looking forward for the next part.



23-07-09, 10:58 AM
I have started my RAP.I want to know if i can send the soft copy to you for your review before sending it to Oxford Brookes.Thanks

Best regards

24-07-09, 09:34 AM

Can you send me your project. I need to also see how the project is prepared. If you can assist. i will also give you mine and share information.

05-10-09, 08:20 AM
Can any one help, what is the difference between research objectives and research questions?

09-10-09, 06:57 AM
Can someone tell me how to start on Skill and Learning Statement?

03-07-10, 05:37 AM
I dont know how to start the OBU project. Is anyone can help to provide a sample of the project for reference?

09-09-10, 09:29 AM
Does the OBU RAP need an Executive Summary or abstract?, and when concluding is it necessary to write the research questions or objectives again?

08-11-10, 07:45 PM
Dear Acid !
Have U Posted any Other Part Afterwords ?
& Can U Pls Send Me a Sample for Getting Know How about the Format ETC .

21-01-11, 08:23 PM
You would have to research your way. Download bscinfopack available on ACCA Website.