Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct
This three hour course is designed to help you understand what is meant by plagiarism and academic misconduct, why it is taken so seriously, how it is possible to inadvertently commit misconduct, and how to avoid falling into the trap of inadvertently behaving unethically.
Target audience and stage
This course is mandatory for all newly enrolled postgraduate research students
We start by looking at the different forms of academic misconduct including plagiarism, cheating, fabricating data and behaving unethically. We then move on to how we can identify plagiarism in written work, and examine the Turnitin electronic detection system, considering the role it can play in helping prevent plagiarism. The session then moves on to a discussion of what constitutes ethical research and concludes with a review of unethical behaviour in research, with specific reference to data collection and analysis.
On completion of this course you should be able to;
– List the various forms of “academic misconduct”
– Describe the consequences of being found guilty of academic misconduct
– Avoid accusations of plagiarism through using correct citations and referencing
– Conduct research in a proper and ethical manner
Dr Julian Beckton is the Research, Training and Development Co-ordinator in The School of Education. He completed his own doctorate in 2010 and has since taught on the Ed D programme supervising a number of students to completion of their own doctorates. He is also the institutional Administrator for the Turnitin Plagiarism detection service.