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Plagiarism. Aim of Session  To learn what plagiarism is  To be familiar with some common causes  To understand why not to plagiarise is important 

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1 Plagiarism

2 Aim of Session  To learn what plagiarism is  To be familiar with some common causes  To understand why not to plagiarise is important  To know how to avoid plagiarism  To be aware of the DIT policy on plagiarism

3 What is Plagiarism?  You use someone else’s words, work or ideas and present them as your own  Without acknowledging them  Can be intentional or unintentional  It is important to note however, for postgraduate study, that  You will build on other people’s work BUT  You must acknowledge it

4 Plagiarism - Definition  regarded as either intentionally or unintentionally the ‘passing off’ of others’ work as one’s own. This includes the using of others’ ideas, information presented or accessed in either visual or audio formats and asking or paying another to produce work." (DIT 2012)  DIT 2012, Best Practice in Research, idelines/bestpractice/, Date Accessed: 7 th November idelines/bestpractice/

5 Why is it such a big deal?  You are enrolled in an academic programme  Part of what you are learning is  To appreciate and acknowledge the work of others in your discipline  The correct way to use the work of others in your discipline  In order to be able to participate in your discipline in as professional manner  All your actions are conducted in relation to the body of knowledge  You are interacting with the ‘body of knowledge’ and contributing back to this ‘body of knowledge’  Ethical behaviour is an essential skill in life  Not just academic life

6 What is the School looking for ?  We are Not interested  In ‘catching’ you out  Focusing on issues not relevant to your programme of study  Putting unnecessary barriers in your way  Making your life difficult  We are interested in  Educating a community of professionals  Who can practice in both industry and academia  Who respect their discipline and those that practice in this discipline  Who can project their thoughts and ideas in a professional manner  Building on the work of others ethically  Contribute back to the body of knowledge so that others can benefit

7 Two Things You Need To Know  Citing  Acknowledging within the text/content of your work the source or sources you are using to build an argument or support an opinion.  It is ok to use someone else’s work in this way.  Do this when  You want to take an section of a source.  Make it clear why you are using it, put it in quotations and acknowledge the source  You want to paraphrase or present a summary of information taken from a source(s).  Be careful! It is not ok simply to rewrite. You must also cite and reference.  You want to support your argument or opinion.  Here you are simply saying ‘I have read respected sources in the area and these guys agree with me’

8 Two Things You Need To Know  Referencing  When you cite someone’s work you must include the full detail of where to find the original text.  You do this by including a reference list, usually at the end of your submission.  Each reference details  The Author (s) Name  The Year of Publication  The Correct Title  Where the source can be located – Details of Publication  This enables the reader of your work to locate any sources and read them for themselves.

9 Is this plagiarism? 1. Yes 2. No Copying and pasting text without acknowledging its source. You must always acknowledge where you got any text you have included that has been cut and paste from any type of source.

10 Is this plagiarism? 1. Yes 2. No Copying and pasting text and acknowledging its source. Not only must to acknowledge the source, if it is a direct cut and paste you should treat it as a quote or, alternately, create a paraphrase.

11 Is this plagiarism? 1. Yes 2. No Copying and pasting text, and putting it in italics, quotation marks, with a citation at the end, e.g. (Smith, 2006). This is the correct way to include text cut and paste directly from a source.

12 Is this plagiarism? 1. Yes 2. No Copying some of the author’s sentence (s) - either by mixing the author’s phrases with your own without using quotation marks or by putting some synonyms into the author’s sentence structure without acknowledging its source. If you are paraphrasing you must use your own words. It must be sufficiently different from the original – if not you should quote the text.

13 Is this plagiarism? 1. Yes 2. No Restating the authors views in your own words with a citation at the end, e.g. (Smith, 2006) This is the correct way to paraphrase.

14 So how do I do it correctly?  Know what is expected of you  Be familiar with the institute guidelines  Ask your lecturer for information on style required  Learn the referencing style required  Be careful in your reading  Make notes when you are reading of where things come from  Always give credit for ideas that are not your own  Manage your time  Read your work before you submit

15 Unacceptable Excuses  I ran out of time on my assignment …  I asked for an extension and wasn’t allowed..  Why is this unacceptable?  Part of what you are being assessed on is your ability to submit work  On time  In a professional and ethical manner  In the form requested  If you can’t manage to do this you must expect to suffer some consequence

16 Unacceptable Excuses  The lecturer for this module never explained he/she had a policy on it …  I didn’t know I had to cite and reference ….  No one explained it to me …  On registration you are expected to make yourself aware of all Institute guidelines and regulations  It is your responsibility to be adhere to all Institute guidelines and regulations  Individual lecturers do not have to explicitly restate all institute policies  Ignorance is not an acceptable excuse

17 Unacceptable Excuses  I didn’t understand what it meant …  I didn’t realise I was doing it  You are responsible for your own conduct and the work you submit  You are expected to have a clear understanding of academic practice  If anything is unclear you must ask  You are responsible for the work that you submit for marking;  It is your responsibility to fully understand what plagiarism is and to ensure that you do not commit plagiarism (intentionally or unintentionally).

18 Unacceptable Excuses  I worked on it with someone else…  You are not allowed to submit work jointly unless you have first received permission from the lecturer in question that this is permissible.  If you are working with someone else you both have responsibility for the finished work.  It is not acceptable to come to the lecturer after submission and indicate that you worked with others.

19 Unacceptable Excuses  I showed this work to my lecturer before I submitted it and s/he didn't comment on it.  This is not part of the lecturer’s role  Lecturers will assume that anything you submit in draft form will be corrected  Correct citation and referencing is something your lecturers expect you to do without them having to tell you all the time

20 Unacceptable Excuses  I didn’t think I would get mattered (or get caught) ….  It matters  Every assignment is reviewed for plagiarism  Lecturers have been marking material for a lot longer than you have been creating it !  You are very likely to be found out.  It’s not worth it.

21 Unacceptable Excuses  But I worked really hard on it….  But you didn’t do what was asked of you  But you didn’t work smart  But you didn’t operate in the same way as everyone else who submitted  But you had an advantage over those who spent time correctly citing and referencing  But you didn’t present it professionally

22 Unacceptable Excuses  It was ok for another assignment …  Someone else did the same thing and no action was taken …  It wasn’t a problem in my last college …  The policies of the Institute are clear and publicly available  You have to take responsibility for your academic behaviour

23 Final Questions To Ask Before You Submit  Would you be happy for this to be published on the web?  Would you be happy for someone else to base their opinion/arguments on your work?  Would you be confident that no one could accuse you of plagiarism?

24 What happens if something I submit is suspected?  You need to be familiar with the General Assessment Regulations of the institue  assessment-regulations/general/ assessment-regulations/general/  Key Points  The lecturer may utilise their own professional judgement firstly to resolve the matter.  However some case may be so severe they have to be dealt with through the Institute Policy.  If a lecturer suspects that plagiarism has occurred, they shall notify school management  School management will inform the student of the concern and arrange a meeting (within 10 working days).  At the end of this meeting the Head of Department/Assistant Head of School and the lecturer will consider the case, make an academic decision and choose one of the following options:  The matter has been resolved.  To resolve the matter the student may need to resubmit the work in question.  The matter is not resolved.  If the matter is not resolved (option iii) the Head of Department/Assistant Head of School will report should promptly report the case to the Head of School who in turn will request the Faculty Administrator to move the case to the Panel of Enquiry.  Details of Panel of Enquiry are outlined in the General Assessment Regulations.

25 High Profile Examples

26 Any Questions?

27 Useful Sources  DIT Study Skills Part 4  Study skills and academic writing  DIT General guide for Academic Writing and Presentation of Written assignments  Available from e/Home/Homepage.html e/Home/Homepage.html  DIT General Assessment Regulations  rds/student-assessment-regulations/general/


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