Is critical thinking about being critical in the usual sense of being negative, or is it about "thoughtful thinking"?
After reading Jennifer Moon's chapter, do you think you knew what critical thinking was? Do you think you could use critical thinking as a learning tool?
Write a short report on plagiarism based on the following literal quote: "Plagiarism is intellectual theft" (Breach, 2009, 124). Please finish your report by including your own experience regarding plagiarism and using a reference system. Were you aware of the relevance of acknowledging sources?
An original idea presented in a book, for example, may have come from the author. This idea is theirs. If this idea is wished to be portrayed in an essay then it must be acknowledged as belonging to that author. Whether the idea is quoted or paraphrased, or simply mentioned in passing, the source of this idea must be acknowledged. If citation s not performed, then intellectual theft has occurred. In an academic environment plagiarism is taken very seriously, as is collusion. This is to say that it is not only the copying of an idea which can be deemed wrong, but also the sharing of an idea under the wrong circumstances. Sharing an idea from an essay with a friend can be a more dangerous thing to do than may be originally considered. In a sense, this encourages the friend to plagiarise because the idea is not theirs, it does not belong to them. The literal concept of stealing intellectual property may, at first, seem an odd one. But it is an unfortunately common one, more so than many may realise. It is always important to bare in mind the usefulness and importance of utilising a referencing system, and to acknowledge all sources and the ideas provided by them.
I have had to write several essays in the past. With every step up in academic level, there has been an increase in the importance of referencing. It becomes a deeper and deeper process which at university level requires the documentation of every source used. Before university I did an Foundation Diploma In Art & Design, this course aimed to prepare us all for university life and the ways in which things are done there. As part of the course we were required to write an essay, and as part of that we needed to reference. I had referenced in the past, but never at the level required by that essay. I was required to reference every source in detail using the Harvard referencing system. I was surprised at this method needing so much detail, such as dates accessed and the publisher and edition. I was aware of the importance of referencing before this point, but had no idea how detailed it needed to be. However, as it was explained to us, I began to understand the importance of it more. The reading of 'Chapter 8: Plagiarism - avoidance and detection' from 'Dissertation Writing For Engineers And Scientists' (Breach. M, 2009) has further informed me on the importance of it and helped me to realise just how necessary it is.