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Academic Integrity Support Modules

This introductory module will equip you with a basic understanding of academic integrity before you move on to the other modules, which explore the following topics: 

  1. Introduction to academic integrity
  2. Cheating in exams
  3. Collusion
  4. Contract cheating
  5. Plagiarism
  6. Fabrication or falsification including misrepresentation through documentation

1. Introduction to academic integrity

What does academic integrity mean to you? Think about this and write down your thoughts.

Now that you have thought about what Academic Integrity means to you, it’s time to discover what Academic Integrity means at QUT.

Work through this introductory learning module to get a better understanding of Academic Integrity at QUT and see if it matches what you wrote down.

2. Cheating in exams

In this topic we will look at QUT policies and procedures to manage cheating in exams and strategies that you can use to avoid such academic misconduct in your work.

What is considered as cheating in exams?

Let’s start with the basic concept of cheating in exams and general expectations what you should do (and not do) when you are in an exam. 

The basic principal of any assessment such as an exam is that all students will be treated fairly and equally. So, to cheat in an exam will basically mean that you have done something that will give you an unfair advantage in that exam. 

The following actions are all considered as cheating in exams. 

  • Students bringing any unauthorised material into the examination.
  • Students having access to unauthorised notes or other study aids during the examination. This includes information on paper or any another object, such as a digital device, or on a student’s body or clothing.
  • Students engaging in unauthorised communication with others during the examination. Keep in mind that the definition of communication is very broad, so here we are referring to any type of communication. 
  • Students copying or reading another student’s work during the examination.
  • Students compromising the integrity of an exam by failing to comply with standards of conduct during examinations.

To learn more about the standards of conduct during examinations visit the QUT Student Code of Conduct.

Work through the following cheating in exams learning module to get a better understanding of specific types of actions you need to take to when taking exams at QUT.

3. Collusion

In this topic, we will look at collusion and QUT policies and procedures to manage it in the University. We will also become familiar with strategies that you can use to avoid collusion in your academic work.

4. Contract Cheating

In this topic we will look at contract cheating and QUT policies and procedures to manage it in the University. We will also become familiar with strategies that you can use to avoid contract cheating in your academic work. 

5. Plagiarism

In this topic we will look at what plagiarism is, QUT policies and procedures to manage plagiarism in the University and strategies that you can use to avoid plagiarism in your academic work. 

6. Fabrication or falsification including misrepresentation through documentation

In this topic, we will look at fabrication or falsification of documentation, and QUT’s policies and procedures relating to this. We will also explore strategies you can use to avoid resorting to falsifying documentation in your academic work and supporting documentation.

Conclusion

Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of QUT Guild’s academic integrity support modules. 

We hope the modules have given you some useful strategies for avoiding poor academic practice and academic misconduct during your studies at QUT. If you have further queries, please reach out to the QUT Guild Academic Advocacy team: .

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