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Types of plagiarism ii


You will be plagiarising if you:

  • Submit the same piece of work for two different assignments, even if they are to different departments

You cannot submit exactly the same piece of work for two different assignments. If you have been rewarded for a piece of work once then you cannot expect to be rewarded again for the same piece; this is also true for different years of study, even if you are repeating a year. You will be cheating if you try to get two sets of marks for one piece of work. However, it is perfectly acceptable to refer to, or to use, material from your earlier assignments, so long as you make sure that you acknowledge the original source, even if that source is yourself.

  • Submit written work produced collaboratively, unless this is specifically allowed

This is known as 'collusion'. Alternatively, if you are required to work with another person, it is simply 'collaboration'. Whereas in most cases of plagiarism, the second party (the person being plagiarised) is not involved directly with the first party (the plagiariser), in cases of collusion, the first and second party work together to deceive a third party (the marker).

  • Copy the work of another student, even if they have consented

This is also collusion.

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