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Plagiarism and collusion – a reminder

SQA defines plagiarism as ‘Failing to acknowledge sources properly and/or >submitting another person’s work as if it were your own.’

Collusion means ‘copying work from another candidate and/or working collaboratively with other candidates on an individual task.

The principal rules for compiling and submitting coursework

The main rules on plagiarism and collusion that candidates really need to understand are:

  1. Candidates’ coursework should be in their own words, unless they are quoting from a referenced source. If they are asked to explain what they mean by a certain phrase or paragraph, they should be able to do so.
  2. Candidates should always credit work that is not their own, regardless of where the ideas came from.
  3. Candidates should not let anyone other than their teacher/lecturer see their coursework. In real life, it may be considered good practice to share information, but in coursework assignments this is not acceptable. It can lead to candidates being accused of collusion, which could mean that a penalty is applied to their award.
  4. If a candidate asks for help, other candidates, friends, family, or teachers/lecturers should only help them to understand. They should not tell them what to write, or show them their own work (or the work of someone else).
  5. Candidates should be advised of the risks associated with using essay banks, essay-writing services etc — these are services that are available from the internet and offer to provide candidates with coursework materials for a fee.
  6. Setting expectations is an important step in helping candidates to understand the academic standards required. It is important that candidates understand that, when they sign the authentication statement on the flyleaf, that they are confirming that the work is their own and that any ideas or words belonging to someone else are correctly acknowledged.
  7. Candidates should have read the SQA booklet Your Coursework (issued annually to centres) and be fully conversant with the penalties for plagiarism and collusion

REMEMBER! IF YOU HAVE A TUTOR THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO GO ANYWHERE NEAR YOUR FOLIO! IF I BELIEVE YOU HAVE HAD HELP FROM YOUR TUTOR I WILL REJECT THE FOLIO PIECE AND MAKE YOU DO ANOTHER IN SCHOOL UNDER SUPERVISION. BE WARNED!

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