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OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITYSkills and Learning Statement
BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting(1810 words)ByChan Su Yen ACCA Reg. num: 1511039(1
May 2010)
Skills and Learning Statement
1. What did I learn from the meeting with your Project Mentor?
The mentor I selected is the lecturer in my college and he taught me T5 Managing andPeople previously. Therefore, he is very equipped with knowledge regarding tomanagement.
First Meeting
Before the first meeting, my mentor actually asked me to prepare myself with some brief notes on what project that I am interested in. He asked me to check in the ACCAwebsite to look at the topics beforehand so that he will be able to easily start thecoaching on how to do the project.I had prepared a timetable for the project timeline and also issues to be discussed in themeeting. The meeting started with a briefing by my mentor on what is expected fromme for the project and proceeded to move on to topic selection and company selection.I agreed on my topic and selection of company with my mentor. My mentor asked mewhy I had selected this topic and whether I would be able to gain access to conduct amotivation study in the firm. I discussed on the data gathering approach and my mentor agreed to my approach and suggested that I read up on other materials on motivationand manners in conducting a survey.Therefore, in the first meeting I learnt that I need to be able handle my timemanagement and be more prepared before attending the meeting. I realised after themeeting I had to pen down the issues learnt or else I would not be able to remember them later. I also learnt how to progress forward in the data gathering approach.
Second Meeting
In the second meeting, my mentor checked on my progress of the project. He correctedmy mistakes in analysing and he finds that I am having difficulty in my use of languageand I am unable to express the things that I wanted to express and therefore it ismisleading and hard to understand.He also gave me some guidance on how to prepare questionnaires to meet with myobjectives. I discussed the ways in which analysis of data from the questionnaire wouldbe done. My mentor reminded me to use Excel to manage my data analysis so as tomeet requirements of the project.I discussed problems in model selection as well as the appropriateness of the articlesthat I was planning to conduct my research on. My mentor did question me about myknowledge about these articles and whether I understood them.Therefore, in my second meeting I have learnt how to prepare questionnaires and thatthere is significant wealth of resources out there in the internet which I realised that I did
not really use. I also obtained some knowledge on how to use Excel to gather moredata. I learnt that I was required to defend my usage of model by arguing about therelevance and validity of the articles.
Third Meeting
My third meeting is actually the presentation day, where I have to present my RAP tomy mentor using PowerPoint slide show. I was feeling nervous and worried that mypreparation was not good enough and I might make mistakes in certain area. After presentation, my mentor gave me feedbacks on my presentation. He explained theimportance of presenting information as an important aspect of work flow. He thenstarted out by explaining to me that in overall, my presentation was good. There is flowand also I am able to answer most of his question. He then explained my weaknessesand that would be I forgetting my line half way presenting and loosing eye contact mostof the time.However, he said this is normal due to this is the first presentation I ever had. He alsoshowed me how to use the PowerPoint application that can help present even moreinteresting.In this final meeting I learnt that my presentation skills can be improved and that I canpossibly improve my knowledge of power point.
2. How well do I think I have answered the questions?
I think I did answer the questions in a satisfactory manner. I am able to link back theobjectives to the final conclusion. By using Microsoft excel and also the technique of analysis learnt from my mentor I was able to draw up a strong conclusion which Ibelieve could aid my work and improve the overall understanding of motivation in smallaudit firms.However, I believe that I could have done better if I had carried out an interview after the questionnaire, I would be able to understand answers obtained from thequestionnaire. This would have allowed me to make a more meaningful interpretation of my findings. I could have also improved the results if I had included other smaller firmsin my vicinity for the study.Reflecting to the difficulty faced in doing this project, I realised that I lacked researchskills and being able to work independently. This is possibly due to the manner in whichthe college where I have studied focuses more on exam rather than assignments or projects.

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