Preventing Academic Misconduct
This section is designed to help you understand why good academic practice is important to university life and your work in the wider world.
During your time at City, you'll be required to explore your subject through research and discussion and then submission of academic assignments, exams, projects and, most likely, a dissertation or research project. As part of this process, you'll be expected to research a variety of other peoples' theories and opinions about your subject, then consider and discuss your own ideas in relation to them.
Your lecturer will provide you with ideas on where to start your research about a particular topic through lectures, seminars and reading list material. They will then expect you to explore these ideas and materials, consider and discuss them in greater depth and produce and submit course work which includes your own ideas on the topic in your own words.
Often, you will want to include other peoples' ideas on a subject. This may be to show that you are aware of those ideas, and how they might relate to what you think about the subject. This is where your lecturer will expect to see you demonstrate good academic practice in your work. When you mention or discuss others' thoughts, ideas or concepts, you must acknowledge where these came from and not pass these ideas off as your own. If you don't explicitly state where you are using others' ideas, materials or words, then you could be accused of academic misconduct.
To understand more about what academic misconduct is, take a look at Understanding Academic Misconduct section of StudyWell The key terms and definitions pages explain what academic misconduct is and the different types of academic misconduct.
You can also look at the examples of real life case studies where students were accused of academic misconduct. Read their stories so you can avoid making the same mistakes.
Make sure you're also familiar with guidance about plagiarism from City, University of London. You should check your Programme Handbook for advice and information. You can also read City's Assessment Regulations, which is Section 19 of the Senate Regulations (look in Section 19 for the parts on "Academic Misconduct"). You can obtain a copy of these regulations and information about them from the Student Centre.