Assignment submission, Turnitin and Plagiarism
This is a paperless unit so no assignments or quizzes will be physically handed in. You will be required to submit all assignments through iLearn via a Turnitin link. Turnitin is an online program that detects plagiarised pieces of work. It compares not only work between students in the current year but also across previous years, across institutions, with all published materials, and the internet. It is an incredibly effective tool. So do yourself a favour and write your work in your own words – in fact it is a requirement for all assignments in the course that they be written in your own words. Do not under any circumstances lend your work to another student. If that student plagiarises your work you too will be liable. Do not copy and paste text into your document with the thought you will modify it later – you will forget! Lastly do not leave things to the last moment, as that is when the urge to plagiarise hits you most.
The penalties imposed by the University for plagiarism are serious and may include expulsion from the University. ANY evidence of plagiarism WILL be dealt with according to University policy.
Plagiarism involves using the work of another person and presenting it as one's own. A full outline of the Universities policy on plagiarism is found at http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/ academic_honesty/policy.html. The website includes a general discussion of plagiarism, definitions, examples drawn from concrete cases, procedures that will be followed by the University in cases of plagiarism, and recommended penalties. Students are expected to familiarise themselves with the website.
Extensions and penalties
10% will be deducted for each day an assignment is late, including each day of a weekend. If you are unable to submit the assignment by the due date then an extension must be sought before the due date unless this is absolutely impossible. You will be asked to submit a Disruption to studies request via ask.mq.edu.au (see “What to do if you miss...” below).
WHAT TO DO IF YOU MISS AN ASSIGNMENT TASK OR PRACTICAL SESSION
Illness, misfortune, or special events
Submit request for Disruption to Studies via ask.mq.edu.au (Do not give doctors certificates to lecturers or tutors).
You will need to provide documentation for illness. You cannot provide a medical certificate to ask.mq.edu – you must have the doctor complete a Professional Authority form (www.mq.edu.au/.../Form_Disruption%20to%20Studies_PAF.pdf). If you do not submit this form with the request, the Disruption to Studies request will be declined by ask.mq.edu.au without ever being sent to the course convener.
For other situations you must provide a supporting letter explaining the circumstances that led to you missing the practicals (http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/ disruption_studies/schedule_evidence.html).
Inform the course convener (via the email@example.com email address) that you have submitted consideration.
The course convener will process your Disruption to Studies request. If approved it is your responsibility to arrange with the course convener (via the firstname.lastname@example.org email address) to do your assignment or practical at another time.
If you are sick on the day of your practical but are fine the next day, and there are practicals on, you may attend these practicals to catch up. You must however ensure that the course convenor has agreed to this prior to practical attendance. This is your responsibility.
Neglect (i.e. forgot or just slack)
Be courteous i.e. address the intended reader appropriately and say thank you!
We endeavour to reply to emails in a timely fashion, but will only be checking and
responding Monday through Friday, during working hours.
You are expected to attend 70% of all practical classes.
To pass this unit you must achieve an overall score of 50% or greater.