Synthesising your paper
This is where you need to start synthesising the information you have collected into a formal report. Read the summative report proforma carefully and identify the major headings and relevant sections. You will need to use the skills you acquired in your literacy unit and apply them here.
There is a specific style that you need to use for a report:
An example of a basic report will be provided to give you extra support at this time.
Ethical use of information and avoiding plagiarism
Correct referencing and ethical treatment of the data is important; the notion of plagiarism is one that continues to plague students through out their University career.
The only way that best describes the notion of plagiarism is to explain it like this.
Coke is a product of the Coke Cola Corporation but if you copied the can, the shape, the colour and the style and said the 'can' was your own then that would not be right and the company would be unhappy - the company would probably prosecute you.
When academics write papers, the ideas contained within are their products and if you copy them without acknowledging the author, then you are plagiarising - you are pretending their ideas are your own.
There are several assessment tasks throughout the unit.
Formative Assessment - you will get feedback from your tutor to refine your developing report.
Summative Report - this will contain your report on your chosen problem and aspects of the inquiry
Formative vs Summative
Formative assessment is important in helping craft reports, with feedback given to enable refinements to be made in the final product. It is important to realise that all the comments and changes suggested by your tutor, while they may appear negative and demoralising, are actually constructive criticism designed to help you create a much better finished product.
Summative assessment is a final assessment of the whole body of work and there is no opportunity to make changes - it is assessed as it stands.
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Formative feedback from your tutor.