Notes on Plagiarism

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Notes on Plagiarism

1. What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that occurs when a person passes off someone else’s work as his or her own.  This can range from failing to cite an author for ideas incorporated into a student’s paper to handing in a paper downloaded from the internet. Please note “Copy and Pasting” from the internet without due referencing is a form of plagiarism. Translating material from the work of others without due referencing is also plagiarism. In addition, cooperation on assignments between students without specific permission is a form of plagiarism.

2. How do I reference properly?

For more information on how to reference your work correctly please see the Final Project Workshop Guidelines or Google “Purdue Owl” or visit the apastyle official website
If you use material quoted from other authors (including all  material copy/pasted from the internet) this must:

  1. be limited to 15% of the total assignment (any more than this should be placed in the appendix)
  2. it should be placed in quotation marks
  3. it should be clearly referenced. This means the material should be followed by a symbol (a number or an asterisk) which clearly identifies to the reader the reference which relates to that quotation. Simply listing a number of sources at the back of the report is NOT acceptable.

If someone simply alters a few words in a quotation, it will still be treated as a quotation.

3. What happens in cases of plagiarized assignments?

If a student is found to have plagiarized the work of others, their work will be reviewed by the Disciplinary Committee for possible penalty. This may result in a lowering of grade or, if repeated, expulsion from the programme.

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