December 13, 2009

PMA_CBE experience

The PMA was interesting and exciting as I learnt a lot. First of all I would like to say that the assignment was not difficult but it was rather different than any of my previous assignments and coursework. Feed forwarding my assignment turned out to be one of the best decisions I made during my PMA work. I realized that unlike my under graduation university, where I was not expected to reference anything apart from other author’s work I was using, this module and perhaps the whole course requires evidence to back any comment or statement that I was making in my assignment. I found this strange and in the beginning I did not like it partially because I needed to spend a lot more time in going through books and journals to support my evidence which was time consuming, but after having a chat with the module tutor, who explained me the reason for supporting the statement and comments, it made perfect sense. The reason was sound and totally valid as my understanding on the subject was not deep enough to provide a new perspective on the topic or layout a new theory contradicting the old one.

My biggest and costliest mistake during the PMA was that I used Toronto style referencing system as I preferred that style over Harvard but on talking to one of the lecturers, he told me some lecturers just prefer Harvard referencing system and some of them even deduct marks for not using it (which personally I thought was a bit ridiculous as I thought the whole point of it was make the reference clear) but anyways, I spent around 13 hours just correcting my referencing in the PMA. The only good thing about it was that I learnt Harvard referencing style.

         Coming back to the positive things, I felt a dramatic change in my learning style, process and sources that I used before and after the PMA. All most all the work I did can be easily related to my future work/ career. After the PMA I can feel that I am more confident and open to new and variety of knowledge as I can see how it benefits individuals in long run irrespective of the industry they pursue their career in.

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