Plagiarism: What is it, and are you guilty?


In this article we discuss the most common forms of plagiarism. The student’s attention is particularly drawn to plagiarism in the context of group work, this form of plagiarism is referred to as collusion.

Plagiarism may be described as written falsification or representing another person’s work or thoughts as your own, with or without their approval or by combining their work with your work without acknowledgement. Plagiarism may also be deliberate or accidental. Regardless of the circumstances, under exam regulations deliberate or accidental plagiarism is an offence.

Verbatim is word for word citation without acknowledging the source, this includes copying and pasting text from online sources.

Collusion may include unauthorised collaboration between students, failure to acknowledge assistance received or even failure to comply with the regulations of group work. Whilst we encourage group work, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they have a full understanding of the extent of collaborated work allowed and which parts of the work must be your own.

Paraphrasing is the rewording of work produced by others by adjusting a couple of words or changing their sequence without acknowledging the author of the original text.

ICB Assessors often identify students who submit very similar work with no citations, this is unacceptable and is considered an offence. Students found guilty of this could have their work rejected as null and avoid or face other disciplinary action.

You should always acknowledge any assistance that contributed to the production of your work through citations and indentation, this includes help from fellow students and any other sources. The reader should always know which part of your work is based on your independent thoughts or research and which part isn’t.