When writing your thesis, you should ensure you don’t use another person’s ideas or words in a way that would suggest they are your own.
Unintentional plagiarism can occur where students are careless and use inefficient note taking systems. Notes taken without accurate documentation or the use of quotation marks could later inadvertently be used in the mistaken belief that they were your own words.
Lester (1987, p. 78) provides the following rules of conduct when using the material of others:
ECU regards academic misconduct of any form as unacceptable. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
The university defines academic misconduct as follows:
"academic misconduct" means any conduct by a student in relation to academic work that is dishonest or unfair and includes but is not limited to plagiarism, unauthorised collaboration, cheating in assessment and/or theft of another student’s work.
"cheating" means conduct in any assessment that is dishonest.
"plagiarism" means to knowingly or unknowingly present as one’s own work the ideas or writings of another without appropriate acknowledgment or referencing. This includes, but is not limited to:
A staff member who has reasonable grounds to believe that a candidate has committed some form of academic misconduct will discuss the matter with the candidate. If some form of academic misconduct has been committed then an appropriate penalty will be applied as outlined in University Statute 22: Student Obligations.
For further information, see the University Rules on Academic Misconduct Rules (students).
Effective paraphrasing and referencing is an important part of developing good academic writing skills. There are several workshops to assist you with avoiding plagiarism. These include:
Before submission, you’re required to check all writing, including your research proposal, by using Turnitin, a software program that can detect improperly cited or misappropriated text.
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