Corruption Question: Some cases just shock the soul and bring into question just how low people can go in defrauding the trusting and unsuspecting. For further details will be based on your contributions as a whole. That means there is scope to get some things wrong, ask co-discussants for clarification, respond superficially and so on, and still get a very favourable assessment. Importantly, each comment is NOT marked individually. Instead, I'm looking to see how well your contributions, taken as a whole, meet the assessment criteria for the Unit and contribute to the group's understanding by: • expressing your opinions, where possible supported by evidence from the literature or your observations • critically questioning other students' thinking • posting questions or providing a synthesis of issues raised While it is acceptable to occasionally make general comments during Forums, this is not the place for colloquial chat about the topic. You should present your material in an academically appropriate way. While it does not need to be as formal as one finds in assignment, nevertheless your postings should be written in coherent English and properly punctuated, sequenced and structured. Other suggestions: • During the Forums, avoid using attachments unless absolutely necessary. Most of us don't like opening and reading lengthy attachments before we respond. Aim for active, reflective interchange of ideas, not lengthy declarations. In particular, do NOT prepare a long formal statement of your position on a topic and post it as an attachment. Keep your postings short. Instead of writing a whole page, just write a paragraph or two. • Stay involved. Do not go into a Forum for a few hours or over a few consecutive days, make a number of postings, then not go in again. Doing so is inconsiderate of people who are engaged in an ongoing way. • When you want to respond to a particular topic or comment, just reply specifically to that, rather than making a general posting. This results in a 'threaded' discussion where you can have several meaningful topics happening in parallel. • Make sure you can see all the postings, especially after the discussion has been going for a while and there are lots of comments.
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