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A guide to avoiding academic misconduct: Assignments & Exams

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For Assignments:

  1. Create a note-taking system to avoid unintentional plagiarism. This system should be able to tell you; (a) what notes are from which sources, and (b) whether your notes are direct quotes, paraphrased sections or general reflections.
  2. When writing about other sources, always provide a reference; this is also true for images or statistics from other sources.
  3. Take care when paraphrasing; make sure that you do not copy the source. Also, make sure that you provide an in-text reference for the source.
  4. When writing direct quotes from other sources you must highlight this by putting the text within ‘quotation marks’.
  5. Make sure that you write your reference list in accordance with your School’s referencing guidelines. Refer to your course handbook and/or Studynet pages for more information.
  6. When writing your assignment, you must work alone. Collusion (a form of academic misconduct) occurs when students work together to gain an unfair advantage. Proven academic misconduct carries severe consequences.
  7. Do not share your work with your friends.
  8. Never purchase an assignment from the internet. If you are experiencing difficulties, and worry that you won’t be able to submit your assignment on time, speak to either the Module Lead or your Programme Tutor.

For Exams:

  1. Make sure that you arrive at your exam room no later than 15 minutes before the published start time, or 30 minutes before-hand for the larger halls. There is no entry to the exam room after the published exam time, so don’t be late!
  2. Bring your Student ID and Candidate Number with you to the exam.
  3. If you are allowed to use a calculator in your exam, make sure that you bring a University approved calculator – a list of these can be found on Studynet.
  4. No food is allowed in the exams, however, you can bring a clear bottle of water (just make sure that the bottle label has been removed).
  5. Bring your own stationery (e.g. pens and pencils) in a transparent pencil case. Bringing your own blank paper will not be allowed; no objects that you bring should have any notes written on them.
  6. Do not bring any revision notes with you to the examination; also make sure that you do not have any writings or drawings on your body (e.g. on the palm of your hand).
  7. Try and leave your mobile phone at home; if you must bring your mobile phone to the exam, remember to turn your mobile phone off and leave it where advised by the Invigilators. Also, check to make sure that no alarms are set for during the exam time.
  8. When taking the exam, plan accordingly to make sure that you use the time effectively. When the Invigilator says that time is up, you must stop writing immediately.


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