Academic Integrity

Make sure you understand what is meant by ‘academic integrity’ and ‘academic misconduct’ 

‘Academic integrity’ and ‘academic misconduct’ (e.g. plagiarism, collusion, breach of ethics) are important terms for you to understand if you are to be successful in your studies. Take your time to go through this information carefully and if there is anything you do not understand, ask your module tutor(s).

What is academic integrity?

Academic integrity is all about being honest in your academic work. This means that you must produce work that is your own so that when you get credit for it, the credit really belongs to you. This does not mean that you cannot use other people’s work to help you as long as you acknowledge them. A good piece of academic writing will make use of a range of work to show that you have read and understood the subject you are talking about – just make sure you correctly cite the source of information. Correct reference citation enables your lecturer to see who else’s ideas you have made use of and to check the source themselves to see if you have correctly understood it.

Now watch this: This short video (2.22 mins) introduces the concept of Academic Integrity simply and clearly (note: it was written for a different School but the message is the same).

What is academic misconduct?

Academic misconduct refers to improper behaviour in the assessment process. This covers a range of behaviours such as copying (plagiarism), buying an essay, borrowing an assignment from a friend, falsifying documents, cheating, theft of assignments and collusion. Academic misconduct can apply to any type of assessment including written work, practice assessment documentation, presentations and exams.

Now watch this: This video (7.28 mins) explains Academic Integrity and Misconduct in more detail, including different types of assessment-related offences and how to keep your work (and reputation) safe from allegations of misconduct.

For further information about academic misconduct and assessment offences please see the University Policies and Regulations.

What is plagiarism?

The misappropriation or use of others’ ideas, intellectual property or work (written or otherwise), without acknowledgement or permission is called plagiarism. It may be intentional or unintentional and includes, but is not limited to:

  • the importing of phrases from or all or part of another person’s work without using quotation marks and identifying the source;
  • without acknowledgement of the source, making extensive use of another person’s work, either by summarising or paraphrasing the work merely by changing a few words or by altering the order in which the material is presented;
  • the use of the ideas of another person without acknowledgement of the source or the presentation of work which substantially comprises the ideas of another person and which represents these as being the ideas of the candidate.

This interactive on-line resource will help you understand and avoid plagiarism.

What is Turnitin® and how can it prevent plagiarism?

Turnitin® is a ‘text matching tool’. When you submit a document to Turnitin® it will give you an electronic report back (called an originality report) which shows you whether any of your text matches work that has already been submitted or published by somebody else.  See here for Further information on Turnitin® and how it can help you improve your academic writing.

Have pride in your work

It is you who will link the different ideas in your work together and it is you who will decide which points to argue and how. It is you who will choose what evidence to use to support your comments and it is you who will be expected to justify the opinions you are sharing. Producing work in this way shows originality and ownership – your thinking, your work.

Please do not put your future as a health care or social work professional at risk as a result of academic misconduct.

Keywords: cheat; cheating; copying; copy and pasting.