Read the information below first, as it will inform you of what to expect from working through this site. There are eight main sections to the site - each covering all aspects of Academic Honesty and Integrity.
Each section contains information essential to your studies along with quizzes and links to other useful resources. Much of the information is downloadable as a PDF (so that you can print off and read at a time that best suits you). You can of course also save the PDF (or Word document) electronically onto your mobile device.
We urge you to read all information carefully.
A brief description of each section is given below it and is accompanied with direct links. While using this site also consider the other resources the University has to offer, you can access these by clicking on the links below.
Remember to use the Study Chat Facebook window on the right also to post any ideas, questions or solutions you may have!
What this site offers for YOU:
‘Academic Honesty’ and ‘Academic Integrity’ will be explored as key concepts underpinning and informing academic good practices.
Over the next few months we will be adding a ton of practical tips and advice to help facilitate our effective engagement with our studies.
The site will address many aspects of effective study, illustrating the importance of understanding concepts such as: the contested nature of knowledge, making meaning, critical thinking, building argument and the signposting of authorship and ideas in our writing.
We explode a few myths about academic writing, for example, it is not fully true that we should never put our own ideas in our work. We argue instead that the best academic writing should allow the author to be present in their work, provided the arguments and ideas presented have been developed through careful consideration of the evidence (prioritising the findings and arguments of authorities in the field) and are presented in an academic style.
We also define academic good practices - by contrasting these with ‘academic poor practices’, demonstrating how an incomplete understanding of expectations substantially increases risks of unintentionally committing ‘academic crimes’, such as plagiarism and collusion.
What constitutes plagiarism is by no means straightforward and we aim to show that although few students set out deliberately to steal the ideas of others, lack of understanding of what constitutes plagiarism results in many more students being alleged to have committed plagiarism.
So, we will explore the very nature of plagiarism in an academic setting, and why this has been – and continues to be – such a troublesome area, fraught with misunderstandings.
Likewise, we will explore complexities and pitfalls-to-be-aware-of relating to collaboration by assessing what exactly constitutes acceptable forms of academic collaboration versus unacceptable forms and legitimate collaboration versus collusion.
A central argument throughout this site, is that with a clear and full understanding of academic good practices (and appropriate planning and time-realism), we can effectively reduce the possibility of committing unintentional plagiarism (or other forms of academic poor practice) to zero.
We urge you to read this website carefully. It deals with difficult concepts and is not intended to be read in one sitting.
Instead, we recommend taking your time. Bookmark the site and refer back to it regularly – as you progress through your studies and develop your skills and expertise as a student: as you become more confident as a participant in your ‘learning community’.
Take the various quizzes to test your understandings, and check out the numerous links, such as sister study-skills website, The StudyHub or Library Matters. We have included a number of links to sites containing useful further reading.
Please do let us know what you think! It’s really important to us that we get your feedback on the helpfulness of all the information here. Your constructive feedback will assist us greatly in enhancing the content on this site for students.
Better still, your experiences engaging with your studies could be invaluable: we’d love to document these. Anything you think will be helpful advice for other students would be fantastic to have.
For information on how to send in comments and contribute to the further development of this site, click the link: About Us & Comments
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