Prejudice. George Floyd

George Floyd’s death went viral. He died during an arrest on the allegation of distributing counterfeit money. His slow, agonizing death was caught on video and the clip blast worldwide. The video was captured by a helpless teenager who wanted to help but worry of consequences imposed by authorities.

The BlackLivesMatter awareness/ movement has been around for years . The African American community are openly subjected to cognitive bias ( as in the case of Amy Cooper) which, if not investigated properly could wrongly lead to police brutality. A life could be taken away in such misunderstanding.

In my 1st semester, we had a module on Social Psychology and one of the topics discussed Prejudice.

PREJUDICE

Prejudice is a cognitive framework and is often portrayed as a negative attitude directed to a particular group or individual. It is a form a belief conceived from various sources such as from socialization, conforming behaviors, direct inter group conflict and social categorization. The framework is able to stay in a loop as it saves mental effort to formulate a new one or if it boosts ones own self image.

Prejudice tends to be mistaken as discrimination. While both brings on a negative connotation to it, discrimination is more towards a form of negative BEHAVIOUR towards the intended group or individual. Apartheid and WW2 are glaring examples of this.

Someone may not be able to see a person with PREJUDICE unless the person exhibits it in a form of behaviour that supports it. That is when DISCRIMINATION jumps on board.

Prejudice will continue to exist. It is inevitable. It’s like Malays being associated as being lazy and corrupted no matter how. Or Asians being perceived as 3rd world citizens despite hailing from a very developed land called Singapore. There will always be supporting factors that seem to give weight to these pre-existing frameworks making it difficult to go away.

In Mr Floyds case, because of his skin colour – he was associated with a crime and was already presumed guilty before proper questioning.

R.I.P George Floyd.

My assignment marks are out

I am satisfied with my marks and comments made by the examiner. I acknowledge that there are areas that needs improvement especially the formatting and referencing part. Nama pun belajar kan.. so learn we must. Awal2 memang tak perfect lagi.

My assignment for Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia, TITAS (MPU3323) on Nujum Pak Belalang scored 56.75% over a total of 70%. I did the task diligently, following the rubric guidelines attached to it. I feel that even if you are at lost at what to write, the rubric can help you. Aim for the best column mark because it seems that even in the best column, there are gradings from a weak-strong to a strong-strong point.

As you can see, my APA part needed more work.

My sources to help me for the TITAS write-up were mostly online journals but I got help with regards to the language form from books at the Melaka public library. I read on Malay literatures and proper DBPish magazines just to get a nice lenggok to the language. In a way, I can insert peribahasa, kiasan and perumpaan’s appropriately in my essay to make it a nice read. So that bila baca ada macam pantun or gurindam sikit. We want the examiner to feel intrigued and delighted to read our essay.

My other assignment is for the Learning Skills (OUMH1603) subject around Good Citizenship EDucation (GCED) and I chose the topic of Biodiversity. I have probably said it a lot of times, I really enjoyed writing about it and I made sure my examiner knew about it. Again, my guide is the rubric chart provided alongside the assignment. I achieved 50.25% over a total of 60% for this.

In this assignment, I highlighted the problem of Periuk Kera near extinction with regards to the Lemang Periuk Kera and of an individual, Jadav ‘Molai’ Payeng who replanted a forest in India. One of the most helpful sources I looked into while writing about this is the Biodiversity Course playlist on the California Academy of Sciences channel on YouTube. I understood the theories from our OUM handbook better after watching the videos. YouTube is an excellent resource for assignment write-ups. You can use the words and even some great sentences because it does not go through the similarity check unless it is written down somewhere and available on the internet.

All assignments go through a similarity check and different ranges of percentage warrants respective mark deductions. Since both of my essays had less than 30% , no marks were deducted. If say, a student has between 30.01 – 50% from the check, 5 marks are deducted and the list goes on. It is just not worth it. Do the assignments on your own, do not hire third party help. Do not copy a friends essay even though they are at a different learning centre. Write from the brain with passion. LOL.

I can’t give access to my essays at the moment.

Not until I have gotten my marks from other parts of the examination. Once I am pass that, only then I can upload my essay. Thank you for your understanding. I hope my other results are OK too. Wish me luck.

TITAS exam

Our modules and assignments are designed in such a way that it is part-time friendly. Meaning, that learners are assessed in various ways. In OUM’s case, most of the assessment is assignment driven. And the assignment comes in various forms. It can be a traditional academic essay or in the form of a video.

TITAS’s final exam is the MCQ. Apart from trying the sample questions uploaded in the student forum, I also googled ‘TITAS MCQ’ for more samples. I printed at least a few pages of the questions I found online.

Indeed, all the searching paid off as some of the questions in the final MCQ had the same vibe as the ones available online. I was able to answer them confidently.

Taking notes

It’s hard being a student back.

An attempt of writing up notes. Bought coloured markers and all. Including pretty pastel highlighters from Shopee. I think students nowadays take notes on Ipads. Very digital. I am still old school but I will find a way to make it work.

The aim is to so-called list the objectives of the topic on that little paper and then do the contents afterwards.

*kinda doing backdated entries now.. ha ha*