I thought I would start off my work this weekend with the plagiarism and referencing test we’ve been asked to do. I went through the tutorial, read the referencing guide and I was ready to go. On my first attempt I made a few mistakes (trying to do it too quickly mostly) so I went back and tried again but still got a question wrong. However I am not satisfied with this, ideally I want to get 100% (seems like they should be easy marks).
So I could return to the test as many times as I like, trying all the different answers, until I get my 100%. But doing that feels wrong as I truly don’t understand how to give the correct answer to the question about how to reference a website in APA format. The first time I answered it I did it too quickly so the second time I took time to look at the referencing guide (and other web based guides) before answering the question, couldn’t see an option that matched so went for the closest. I’ve raised the question in a forum and will have to settle for my not quite full marks, but there’s a nagging feeling in my head I should repeat the test until I get full marks.
I’m definitely doing this course to learn but am torn at this point about doing what I consider to be the right thing and taking actions that would benefit my marks. The marks on this test probably won’t have a great deal of influence on my overall grade but it’s the principle that interests me. Are there points at which we take the strategic route even if we don’t fully agree with it? Or should we always stick to our principles?