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.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014





This is a critical item in your OBU submission and OBU does not make any exception to this issue.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Thinking of starting OBU 2014?

Are you thinking about doing your OBU and still wondering about the benefits?

I just had one student tell me that her parents want her to complete the ACCA P level before doing OBU.

Well that looks like good advice but does your parent know anything about the industry and how an accountant does their work?

Will you be asking you parent permission to go for an audit assignment in the future or do a tax job in an overseas stint?

Obviously not - because they have adequate knowledge about education up to your form 5 level.

Once you enter ACCA and started taking a professional qualification - it is like doing your medical degree.

All the students should then consider - how they are going to get where they want to be - a Chartered Certified Accountant.

My experience with ACCA P level students, is that, sometimes it takes longer than expected.

There are students that have taken on P level paper for 4 times and still not passed = 2 years of your life doing one paper.

This is a story of 3 of them - Mary, Amy and Linda

Mary did OBU degree as soon as it was available and got the degree, Amy and Linda said that they wanted to clear their professional and felt that doing OBU is a waste.

Mary got a job in Big 4 and started earning 2.8k, reaching assistant manager in 4 years time - earning 6k, while trying to do the last 2 papers. She was accepted because she had a degree.

Amy worked at small firm earning 1.8k for 4 years, hitting senior earning 2.3k, while trying to do last 2 papers

Linda listened to her parents and studied full time for 4 years - earning nothing.

All qualified the same time.

The one that worked in Big 4 got a job as an accountant in a listed company earning 10k per month, also got ACCA membership immediately.

The one that worked in small firm now got accepted into Big 4 as a junior earning 3k - getting ACCA membership immediately.

The one that did not get any experience working did not get a job for another 1 year.  Later got a job in a mid-tier firm earning 3k

After another 5 years.....
The one that did OBU is a FD earning about 40k per month
The one that waited but worked a bit is an accountant for a large company earning RM10k per month
The one that worked in the mid tier firm is still there earning RM6k per month

Moral of the story.  Sometime parents protect you too much, it will cost you later.  Know what is important for you and go get it.

They are not skilled enough to know what is important for you after the age of 21.

You should be responsible for your decisions and not them.

Grow up and make the right decision - get your OBU earlier and go to work.

Practical experience helps in passing ACCA optional papers and this is one of the secrets that you should know.

Parents of ACCA students always think that putting too much pressure for their kids is bad - actually it is good since it creates character and allows them to be stronger when facing stressful situation.  Parents should also talk to people who know the industry and not people outside the industry before giving advice to their kids.

You can still sign up for OBU one to one mentoring with Mr. Jay for Nov 2014 submission (same as the ones in the college)

Fee is RM2,200 - 2,700 per student.  If you have studied with me before, you will get another discount of RM150 per paper studied.

Those with 68 marks and above - your fee is RM2,200
Those with 60 marks and above - your fee is RM2,500
Those with less than 60 marks - your fee is RM2,700

This is full mentoring, one to one, which is the same as the one offered at Sunway University College.  

The difference is the price!  Those that did the BRM can also consider since there is a saving of RM600 for those with 68 marks and above.

Call 017-8786074 for details.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Nov 2014 OBU Submission

Planning to pass up your OBU this time,  the following is the things that must be done first.

1. Ensure that you are eligible for OBU submission
2. Complete online ethical module
3. Check your average marks - determine the grade that you will be getting
5. Pick a 3 topic for discussion with mentor for the 1st meeting
6. Pick 3 companies for discussion with the mentor on the 1st meeting
7. Prepare a time line for completion of the project
This will include

  • Completion of Part 1
  • Completion of Part 2
  • Completion of Part 3 + List of reference  + Appendix
  • Review / Check for word and discussion with mentor
  • Completion of Power point slides
  • Presentation / Review - Points from mentor
  • Completion of SLS
  • Compilation of materials (5 elements)
  • Final review
  • Submission (1 Nov 2014)
The average timing for this include 6-8 weeks.
8. Pick a mentor
  • Preferred to pick someone with background in OBU mentoring
  • Consider experience
  • Consider fee - RM2,700 (Individuals) ~ RM4,000 (Colleges)
  • Consider risk

Note there is no difference in doing OBU at the college since the award comes direct from Oxford Brookes and not the college or university where it is done.

The college has limited involvement in the process of mentoring and awarding of the degree.

Future employers are only interested in the award and the grade obtained.

Location of doing the degree is irrelevant.  The most important thing is to ensure best outcome in terms of control.

J Pro Training has been involved in OBU Mentoring since 2003 - which is 11 years of experience.

It has already produced many 1st class graduates over the time and more than 250 OBU grads have been mentored by J pro during this time.

The mentors involved in the mentoring process are lecturers involved with ACCA and have strong knowledge of the subject matter involved.

The last part about doing OBU - the best time to get it done is after verifying your ACCA F4 - F9 grades and then starting at about the time you do your optional papers.

This would mean that you should do it when you do P1/P3 or when you do P2 alone or when you do P4 - P7 2 papers.

Is is valuable?

Yes, since it ensures that you get paid a degree holder's salary when you look for a job and the last two optional papers in ACCA can be a drag some times.

It can take some time before you get the optional cleared. Having the OBU is like a back up plan that gets you started on your career.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

J Pro Training open day

J Pro training will have an open day for the ACCA Dec 2014 examination and Nov 2014 OBU Submission on 22 June 2014 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Drop by to collect the timetable for:
ACCA P1 (Evening classes Monday) - RM900
ACCA P2 (Evening classes Wednesday) - RM1,100
ACCA P3 (Evening classes Monday) - RM900
ACCA P5 (Weekend classes) - RM1,200
ACCA P4 (Full time classes) - RM1,200
ACCA P6 (Weekend classes) - RM1,200
ACCA P7 (Weekend classes) - RM1,200
ACCA F8 (Intensive course) - RM500
OBU Mentoring - RM2,700
There will also be a briefing for those that are planning to do your OBU this time around.

The benefit of coming in on 22 June - you can get scholarships for the class / OBU mentoring.

Students that have a got an average mark of 68 for F level will get RM500 scholarship and those that got 60 marks and above will get RM200 scholarship for signing up on that day.

If you come along with a friend, each of you will get RM100 waiver for signing up together.  Only sign up for papers that you will take.

For ACCA Classes, the materials you get are:
+ Lectures by professional - 18 years in ACCA training
+ Exam focus notes - just adequate for the exams
+ Text book (ACCA Approved text)
+ Online forum access - moderated by lecturer
+ Revision class - 9 ~ 11 questions practiced per day
+ Full class - covers the full syllabus
+ Copying facility for missed classes
+ Coffee / Tea
+ Coaching for career development
+ Small class size (26 maximum)
+ Lecturer marked scripts (professionally done)
+ Conducive training room  - beats the others flat.
Flexible payment plan

No registration fee, no special subject requirements, no admin fee, no extra photostating fee, no prior qualification requirement.