Friday, March 27, 2015

Results OUT for OBU 2014 - PASS / FAIL / WITHHELD

Those that passed the paper - excellent work.

I had 3 students that managed to get an A in their projects in Topic 17 and 18.  Congratulations.

Those that are planning to re-submit their work due to fail, you can get a second review service from J Pro Training to help you out.

SLS review is RM400

Rap review is RM1,000 - RM1,500 depending on the amount of re-work required.

Topic 8 and 15 is RM2,000 since the work there is a NEW project.

This semester there is no more places for students to do the project since I have run out of space.  Those planning to do the project can do it next semester.  Best to contact Mr.Kumar 016-2630649 or email for details.

There are some that would have been told that their project is being withheld and this can be stressful period for them.  Waiting for the outcome is an ordeal by itself.

Those that have their projects withheld the reason is that OBU suspects that you may have cheated in the preparation of the project.

In this case you have to consider the following points from OBU BSc pack 2014/2015

The below is extracted from OBU Pack and indicates that the officer will contact you to indicate that you will have to support the fact that your work is yours.

It is good to have working papers or some form of evidence that indicates that this is your own work and not someone else.

This may be due to what you have written in the project or what is written in SLS.

The end outcome from this is - it is nothing, or it can be very serious for those that have cheated by means of hiring a person to write for them - accordingly in UK this is a crime and you can be punished.

"Appendix 6 - Plagiarism and cheating
John Playle, FCCA, FAIA, PGCertEd. Chief Moderator and Academic Conduct Officer of Oxford Brookes University BSc (Hons) Applied Accounting
Accountancy as a profession and ACCA in particular as a global accounting body, are built upon clear principles of honesty, integrity and good ethical behaviour. These principles are enshrined in the assessment process of all ACCA examinations and, of course, in the requirements for the Oxford Brookes degree.
The guidelines and student information on the degree are very clear about cheating and the consequences of so doing. They are also very clear about the necessity of referencing the Research and Analysis Project (RAP) according to Harvard referencing.
Fortunately, most students follow the guidelines and principles and produce RAPs that conform but an increasing number do not.
What is plagiarism? In simple terms it is a form of theft. It is the taking of somebody else‟s work and passing it off as your own by not acknowledging the original author. How would you feel if you had painted a beautiful picture or invented an amazing gadget and somebody else said that they had painted or invented it? Often, those accused of plagiarism, deny intent but admit that it may have “occurred by accident” as in the case of well known American historian Stephen Ambrose (Google him!) but ignorance is never accepted as a legitimate defence.
The simplest way of avoiding plagiarism is to correctly reference your work. Good referencing not only acknowledges your sources of information, ideas and opinions, it also serves to validate the information you are using to construct an argument. There is enough material on the internet to teach you how to use Harvard referencing as well as a link on Oxford Brookes website.i Yet I still receive excuses from students, whose RAP is referred to me as containing plagiarised material, that they did not know about Harvard referencing.
But what about cheating? The recent well publicised reports of the taking of performance enhancing drugs by cyclist Lance Armstrong have destroyed his reputation and his achievements written out of history. He is now vilified throughout the world. NOBODY likes a cheat, particularly those who have been harmed by the cheating.
We all know that there are organisations and individuals who are quite happy to encourage cheating by selling projects or writing them for students. In most countries, and certainly in the UK, this is a criminal offence committed by both the vendor and the buyer. It is described as “obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception” and can be punishable by imprisonment.
Why take the risk? Is any qualification obtained dishonestly of any value?
What are we doing about it? At Oxford Brookes we have a very experienced group of markers and moderators who are very skilled at spotting plagiarism and collusion. We are also helped by sophisticated software that compares projects to thousands of pieces of academic work, books, journals and articles from all over the world and the database is growing every minute of every day including all RAPs that have previously been submitted to this electronic comparison. From the next submission period, ALL RAPs will be passed through this software, making it more likely than ever that plagiarised or cheated work will be identified.
The Academic Misconduct process is very thorough. All projects which are suspected of containing plagiarised material or of being the result of other misconduct (collusion or cheating) are referred to one of our academic conduct officers (ACOs). The grading of the RAP is then withheld, the student being advised of the reason for this. The ACO will conduct a thorough and lengthy investigation to determine whether academic misconduct is proven. The student is given the opportunity to supply evidence from their own paperwork and this is considered by the ACO before coming to a final judgement which will be communicated to the student. If it is judged that academic misconduct has not taken place, the original grading is released to the student. If the student is found guilty of academic misconduct there are a range of penalties that can apply as follows:
  1. If the misconduct is not too great, for example parts of the RAP are plagiarised through lack of proper referencing, it is quite likely that the RAP will be given a 100% reduction of the grade ( a mark of Zero), failing the RAP. The student will be asked to submit a completely different project when resubmitting. Any resubmissions will, inevitably, be closely scrutinised to ensure that there is no repeat of the earlier misconduct.
  2. In more serious cases of plagiarism or repeated cases, the case will be referred to the Academic Registrar of Oxford Brookes with a recommendation that the student is barred from making any further submissions to obtain the degree. This will certainly be the case where there is evidence of collusion or other form of cheating.

  1. In these serious cases, the matter will be referred to ACCA for further disciplinary action, which could include suspension or permanent exclusion from membership of ACCA. This penalty could also apply to any other member involved in the misconduct, including any student whose work was copied.
  2. As I mentioned earlier, serious cheating, such as buying as essay from a website is often also a criminal offence and, where appropriate, Oxford Brookes University would not hesitate to lay the evidence before the appropriate authorities to consider whether criminal proceedings should be instigated
So, I ask again, IS IT WORTH THE RISK? If you think it is, then you are not the sort of person who should become a member of ACCA and join the accountancy profession.
The easiest way to pass the RAP and obtain the degree is to work hard, as with everything else in life. It must be YOUR work entirely. That way, when you obtain your degree, as with your accountancy qualification, you can be justly proud of your achievement. "
Source : OBU,2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

OBU Registered Mentor

In 2015 - all mentors for OBU have to be registered with OBU.

If you are doing OBU this semester, make sure you get a registered mentor.

Mr. Sathiyaseelan (Jay) is a registered mentor with OBU and has more than 12 years experience in mentoring.

He can mentor most of the topics for OBU and has many satisfied students that have completed their OBU.

Call 017-878-6074 to book a spot for mentoring or discuss your options.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

OBU Registered Mentor - Sathiyaseelan Jeyathevan FCCA

Mr.  Sathiyaseelan (Jay) FCCA is on the global mentor database and is an OBU Mentor for the BSc Applied Accounting program for then 12 years.

As a mentor, Mr. Jay has experience in providing mentoring for ACCA OBU students that are planning to to do their OBU in Johor, PJ, Shah Alam, Subang, Sunway and KL

This semester for those planning to do their OBU - please start by reading the following:

Pick a company

Pick the mentor

Start the project

Make sure you have completed the Professional Ethical Module

Make sure you are eligible to submit

Make sure that you have completed F4 - F9

If the all the above is done - there is no problems

Mentoring issues - what happens when you do not get to know the mentor

A mentee for OBU just highlighted the problems faced when doing OBU in a college that charged RM5000 for the OBU.

The whole BRM was not worth while since it did not really add value to the student

The mentee felt that mentoring was not done properly 

The person that was mentoring the mentee did not try to meet the mentee but had provided remote mentoring - finally resulted in failure of the RAP and SLS

If you want to avoid this hassle - get to know your mentor and talk about your plans as well as objectives.

Mr. Jay is a OBU registered mentor that can be identified from the mentee database that is available for you when you sign up with OBU website

So book your mentoring experience know by calling or visiting J Pro Business training on 23 Dec 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

OBU Submission 19 NOV 2014

Are you submitting your OBU this time?

Make sure you know that the date of last submission is 19 Nov 2014 and NOT 20 Nov.

The one thing to note is that you should be using the latest OBU Pack when you are doing your submission.

This is HERE

At this junction you should be checking the following:

Word count for SLS is 1,800 to 2,000 and the work is not descriptive but it should be reflective

RAP word count is 7,000 to 7,500 words

Your slides are within 24 slides

Your Appendix is correctly indicated, included financial statements for those doing Topic 8 and 15

Your list of reference is according to BSC pack Appendix 3 requirement

Cut and paste of materials from the net or others will be found out - so this has to be carefully watched since all projects will run through Turnitin.

I would suppose 20% is high unless it was referenced properly.

I have heard about outsider doing the projects for some of the students for a fee - this is unethical and should be avoided at all cost.

Getting a degree that way indicates that you have no awareness of the difficulty of supervised research and never learn anything - the paper would be useless.

Obviously this happens in all courses - there is always someone willing to do the work for a fee.

If you want to be supervised properly - next semester the OBU intake for J Pro will be starting on Dec 13, 2014 at J pro centre 10.00am - 4.00 pm

The fee for 2015 May submission
RM 1,000 for Business Research Methods and OBU Fee is RM2,000.  This must be taken as a package.

BRM will cover
1. How to select the company
2. How to select the topic
3. Financial analysis for OBU (Topic 4/8/12/14/15)
4. Governance analysis for OBU (Topic 17/20)
5. Marketing analysis for OBU (Topic 18)
6. Motivation analysis for OBU (Topic 6)
7. Other issues
8. Using Excel for faster analysis of data
9. Powerpoint presentation for OBU - getting it done in 20 slides
10. Referencing and writing a good piece of argument 
11. Concluding your work properly
12. Reflection on work - writing up SLS 4 Questions

Students that want to just do the OBU alone - the fee is RM 2,800 without any classes for the above.

There will be 3 days of 6 hours class for the BRM to cover all the details.  This should speed up your completion of project by 40% since there is a hand on training on how to get the research done faster and techniques to save time.

The class will be on 28,29 and 30 of Dec 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

OBU Mentor in JB

Students planning to get your OBU done in Johor - can also contact me directly to get mentoring done at JB.

This will also be feasible for students studying in Singapore, since you can drop by on Saturday to meet up and discuss the plans for your project.

Mentoring in JB will be starting off in Jan 2015 on 8/9/10 of Jan 2015.

8 and 9 of Jan - meetings will be after 6.30 pm

10 Jan - meetings will be from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

I will be meeting up mentees on those dates to discuss their projects and what to do moving forward, so please make arrangements with Mr. Kumar on timing for the meetings.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Results are out - ready for next submission?

Congratulations for those that passed the paper, if you had failed - try again next semester or the following.

Those that are planning to start your OBU for May 2015 submission - submission period 30 can get started now.

Latest date to complete the Professional Ethics module 31 March 2015 

Earliest submission of RAP online 01 May 2015

Latest submission of RAP online 20 May 2015 

RAP and BSc degree results release 23 September 2015 

Fee is 191 pounds

The mentoring fee with Mr. Jay is 
RM 2,800 for those that don't want to attend the BRM.

Those that attend BRM RM2,000.  The fee for BRM is RM1,000.  If you attend this BRM, you do not need to attend another BRM.  If you have attended a BRM before, please provide evidence of attendance to claim a discount of 50% on the BRM fee.

Please book earlier to get a seat since there is limited seats for mentoring per submission.

All students can attend a free seminar on HOW TO GET AN "A" OBU PROJECT seminar that will be held on DEC 16 2014 at Session 1:11am - 12.30pm & Session 2:3.00 - 4.30 pm

Please call Mr.Kumar 016-263-0649 to book your seat for this event.

There is no obligations for this event.

About Mr.Jay MSc FCCA Pg.Dip Marketing

Qualified with ACCA from Sunway College PJ in 1996 and obtained Pg.Dip Marketing from University of Northumbria (UK) in 1998.  He also got his MSc in Accounting and Finance with distinction from University of Gloucestershire (UK) in 2009.

He has been lecturing in ACCA (UK), CIM (UK), ABE(UK), AIA (UK), CIMA (UK) University of London (external program), University of Newcastle (UK), University of Sunderland (UK), University of Herdfordshire (UK) since 1997.

Subjects that have been covered by Mr. Jay includes Economics, Management, Strategy, Quantitative methods, Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Research, International Marketing, Strategic Marketing, Intergrated Marketing Communication, Business Law, Audit, Financial reporting, Tax, Corporate reporting, Business Analysis, Performance management, Advance Performance Management, Advance Audit and Assurance, Corporate Governance, Risk management and Financial Management.

That is all the subjects in ABE, CIM and ACCA and some more.

He is involved in toastmasters and has numerous awards. He has completed Advance Communicator Silver level for TM International.

If you are planning to get a mentor, best to get one that is familiar with the area that you are planning to do.