25 Feb Oxford Brookes (OBU) ACCA Applied Accounting RAP: The Resubmission Statement
The Resubmission Statement – how a good one is your key to success on resubmission
The resubmission statement is in a way one of the most important documents that you will have to prepare in case you are resubmitting (please see the Resubmission Guide to see whether you have to produce this statement or not. Usually you do, unless resubmitting on another topic/company). Sad to say, the purpose of the resubmission statement is often misunderstood; it’s not just another boring form to be filled in after completing the RAP and before uploading files. However I would suggest you to spend some time on this form BEFORE even beginning to start preparing your resubmission, as it would be way more helpful this way.
I honestly believe that the real purpose of the resubmission statement is to allow you to do some reflection over why you failed the last time. Hence, you would be able to give thought to your deficiencies, realize what went wrong, try to improve your areas of weakness and most probably produce a successful resubmission. You can consider it as your personal ‘Plan of Action to Pass the RAP’. So firstly, please do not copy-paste some friend or colleagues resubmission statement, but instead put your own thought into completing it as it is quite a worthwhile exercise to be anticipatory about your own work. To be effective, the resubmission statement must reflect who ‘you’ are, as there is no set model in this case.
The following is the approach I would suggest:
First, go through the feedback by the moderator/marker. It gives details not only about the areas you failed in but also why you couldn’t achieve a pass score.
Prepare a ‘draft resubmission statement’ by focusing on the areas or activities you failed and why you failed them and jotting them down.
Consult the Assessment Criteria for a Pass in the latest Information Pack (current Appendix 1) after referring to both of the above. Since now you know where you lacked/what you did wrong from your draft, the marker’s feedback tells you what was omitted or not up to par and the assessment criteria lays down the minimum requirements, it’s time to do a little ‘gap analysis’.
Then comes the self-reflection! It is just an extension of the Skills & Learning Statement, in which you had to self-evaluate what you had learned from your experience of producing the RAP and being guided by the mentor. Moreover, if you have failed your SLS on self-reflection previously, this time you might be able to impress the marker by writing about how you used the self-evaluation technique to help yourself guide through what went wrong the last time and where you lacked, and eventually improve your Resubmission Statement.
So back to the ‘gap analysis’, think about ways of achieving at least a C grade and attaining a pass. For instance the feedback on topic 8 may have stated that your evaluation did not show any real analysis, but rather constituted almost entirely of ratio calculations and statements of whether sales/profit etc. increased/decreased. The Assessment Criteria states that ‘Little or no critical evaluation’ would result in failure, ‘High level of critical thought shown in the analysis and a rigorous approach to the evaluation of information’ is expected for an A grade and ‘Strength shown in some areas of critical review of the information. Good evaluation of information’ would give you a B grade. Now it is evident that in areas of Evaluation of Information and Analysis, a critical approach ascertains the grade. So here is the ‘gap’ that you need to bridge now. After figuring out the ‘gap’, the next thing you do is think about ways to bridge in the gap, as in this case it would be to introduce some critical evaluation (you can always google to find out some student material on how to pursue a critical review and analysis approach).
Another example which shows the type of comments you are allowed to make in the resubmission statement could be the following (about failure in the Referencing element of Information Gathering and Referencing).
Imagine the feedback goes like:
“Your referencing was incompatible: in many places it was absent and some of the references were quite hard to search for in the Reference List as it was not in accordance with the Harvard referencing.”
Now this means that in order to pass the resubmission, your referencing must be more orderly (you can use the Harvard system or some other unambiguous system that identifies what has been referenced and provides details of all the sources in the reference list). The referencing must also be more consistent such that all the opinions, facts and ideas of others mentioned in the RAP are supported by accurate references (to add to the validity and prevent plagiarism).
In improving this, firstly go through all the guidance on referencing so that you comprehend what is required. Then apply all this to your work to imply that the referencing issue has been resolved.
When all this is done, it would be fit to update your draft resubmission statement by repeating marker’s feedback comments and then writing about how you overcame these issues.
For example in the Information Gathering and Referencing example above, you can write:
“I have gone through the Resubmission Guide and all other Guidance available on referencing and as proposed I have used the Harvard system to make it more systemic and easier to find references in the list. I have reviewed my report and made sure that I have provided ample references for all the statements that I have made as I now understand the significance of referencing in supporting my findings and avoiding plagiarism.”
Hence the Resubmission Statement is not something that OBU has introduced to punish you for failing the last time, but instead a useful checklist to help you improve on your resubmission and get the C grade. If you use it like it is meant to be used, you should get your BSc in no time!
There is no assessment criteria attached to the Resubmission Statement as it is meant to be done just for self-evaluation, so you can’t be failed on it. But a poor statement would most probably imply that not much effort has been done to improve the resubmission and therefore the ‘gaps’ haven’t been filled properly. This could eventually lead to failure in the final outcome. Therefore, investing some time into your statement goes a long way, for which we at Academic Mania are here to help, is evidently the first step for a successful resubmission. Best of luck!
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