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by Steve Nodwell - Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 4:49 PM
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Term has finished! Turns out I'm the only graduate wanting to work in Greymouth, so yay, less competition in the job market.

DICT510, the DB assignment? Turns out I never had to do it in the first place. FFS.

For the group report which was basically the last thing we did, I need to define a few issues here. so:


  • A student grading anothers work can be a bit iffy. A pair of slightly dishonest students could use each other for easy As, or allow one to sabotage another. This is offset by the tutor marking the gradings as well - but does introduce extra work for Bob.
  • The assessment allows for an imperfect marking schedule. Our own was very heavily weighted towards having lots of references - and I know I thought to exploit that. Was that ethical of me? We'd agreed to it, and I wanted a good mark.


  • As stated above, either the tutor gets a break from marking when students grade each other, or has extra work marking the students grades. 
  • CSER itself is an issue around professionalism. There's the business need to make a profit, and the social need for the community, and the environmental need for the planet we live on. Which is the most important need to fill?

The assignment itself:

  • Leaving it til nearly the last minute was a dumb idea. Always is.
  • CSER is a ridiculously hard topic to find hard information on.