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1 © The Robert Gordon University Steve Button - Discipline Leader Petroleum Production Engineering Wednesday 17th September 2008

2 © The Robert Gordon University Plagiarism and Collusion

3 © The Robert Gordon University RGU Definitions of Plagiarism and Collusion taken from A3 – Section 2: Academic Misconduct A3 : STUDENT CONDUCT, APPEALS AND COMPLAINTS 6. CATEGORIES OF ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT

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8 © The Robert Gordon University Plagiarism The University defines this as the practice of presenting the thoughts, writings or other output of another or others as original, without acknowledgement of their source(s) at the point of their use in the students work.

9 © The Robert Gordon University Plagiarism The University defines this as the practice of presenting the thoughts, writings or other output of another or others as original, without acknowledgement of their source(s) at the point of their use in the students work. All materials including text, data, diagrams or other illustrations used to support a piece of work, whether from a printed publication or from electronic media, should be appropriately identified and referenced and should not normally be copied directly unless as an acknowledged quotation.

10 © The Robert Gordon University Plagiarism The University defines this as the practice of presenting the thoughts, writings or other output of another or others as original, without acknowledgement of their source(s) at the point of their use in the students work. All materials including text, data, diagrams or other illustrations used to support a piece of work, whether from a printed publication or from electronic media, should be appropriately identified and referenced and should not normally be copied directly unless as an acknowledged quotation. Text, opinions or ideas translated into the words of the individual student should in all cases acknowledge the original source.

11 © The Robert Gordon University Collusion The University defines this as two or more students working together, without the prior authorisation of the Course Leader, tutor or supervisor, to produce the same piece of work, and then attempting to present this work as their own.

12 © The Robert Gordon University RGU utilises "TurnitinUK which is an online service hosted at This enables staff to carry out electronic comparison of students' work against electronic sources including other students' work."

13 © The Robert Gordon University We will show you examples where Plagiarism, Collusion and use of un-referenced sources has been identified in year 2008 students

14 © The Robert Gordon University Example of Students Coursework Collusion

15 © The Robert Gordon University February 2008 ENM205 Production Operations Background: Student gained an A Pass in his coursework and Turnitin Originality Report was examined as the high mark was considered unusual. This is what was found………………………………. Example 1

16 © The Robert Gordon University Source of material identified his work was 99% similar to pre-existing work

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21 © The Robert Gordon University Submitted CourseworkSource Coursework Extracts

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25 © The Robert Gordon University Submitted CourseworkSource Note: Unusual misspelling Coursework Extracts

26 © The Robert Gordon University Student failed their Coursework, they were prevented from going onto their Project and they had to resubmit the Coursework 8 months later.

27 © The Robert Gordon University February 2008 ENM205 Production Operations Background: Turnitin Originality Report was examined and material sources traced. This is what was found………………… Example 2

28 © The Robert Gordon University Source of material Identified as previous years courseworks and unreferenced sources work was 54% similar to pre-existing work

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32 © The Robert Gordon University Student failed the Coursework, and had to resubmit 8 months later.

33 © The Robert Gordon University Example of Student Project Example 3

34 © The Robert Gordon University Submitted ProjectSource Student had referenced but Cut/Paste is not acceptable

35 © The Robert Gordon University Submitted ProjectSource Student had referenced but Cut/Paste is not acceptable

36 © The Robert Gordon University Submitted ProjectSource Again student had referenced but Cut/Paste is not acceptable

37 © The Robert Gordon University The Student failed their MSc Project and it added 9 months to their course length.

38 © The Robert Gordon University Why do we feel that this is so important?

39 © The Robert Gordon University Why do we feel that this is so important? 1.Students who cheat devalue the Masters Degree

40 © The Robert Gordon University Why do we feel that this is so important? 1.Students who cheat devalue the Masters Degree 2.RGUs reputation is adversely affected

41 © The Robert Gordon University Why do we feel that this is so important? 1.Students who cheat devalue the Masters Degree 2.RGUs reputation is adversely affected 3.It is unfair on majority of hard working students

42 © The Robert Gordon University Why do we feel that this is so important? 1.Students who cheat devalue the Masters Degree 2.RGUs reputation is adversely affected 3.It is unfair on majority of hard working students 4.I did my MSc in 2006, worked extremely hard, did not cheat and therefore those who do devalue my efforts.

43 © The Robert Gordon University I have spent the last 10 years carrying out statistical Analysis relating to Well Engineering Risk. I have a particular interest in evaluating statistical data and Turnitin is really a comparative statistical analysis of large amounts of data.

44 © The Robert Gordon University I have spent the last 10 years carrying out statistical Analysis relating to Well Engineering Risk. I have a particular interest in evaluating statistical data and Turnitin is really a comparative statistical analysis of large amounts of data. In short I am perfectly happy spending many hours checking through Turnitin outputs to ensure that Students maintain academic standards and that RGUs standards are upheld.

45 © The Robert Gordon University As a test on some of my own work I submitted some of my course notes on Coiled Tubing and also my 2006 MSc Project to Turnitin and these are the findings……

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49 © The Robert Gordon University Conclusions If you are considering using another persons work, either from your class or previous years courseworks or projects, or cutting/pasting material whether referenced or otherwise then

50 © The Robert Gordon University Conclusions If you are considering using another persons work, either from your class or previous years courseworks or projects, or cutting/pasting material whether referenced or otherwise then YOU WILL BE CAUGHT

51 © The Robert Gordon University Conclusions Turnitin will also pick up inadequate referencing and flag up potential Plagiarism so read the RGU Plagiarism and Academic Guidelines.

52 © The Robert Gordon University Information resources on Plagiarism Guidelines

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65 © The Robert Gordon University Thank you for your attention


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