I am also well versed in APA format, some facilitators (I hesitate to call them professors) give full credit on APA while others will take off points for APA formatting.
There is a huge amount of copying that goes on for weekly question posting.
Once your answer is posted its free game for anyone to copy and re-word as their own work, there is no recourse.
Some assignments are pointless, I am currently in PCN-515 and most weekly papers are personal essays yet these require references?
I've had classes where weekly 'papers' are simply outlines and the entire class focuses on how to write a research paper outline, rough draft, final draft etc- in a graduate level program I would expect people to know how to assemble a 'paper'. Other classes have multiple powerpoints and not papers.
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