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HMEC 2030W - 2011 Summer Session: #3 Paper: "Academic Ethics"

Key resources to work on Paper #1, #2, & #3 of the course.

How should I prepare for the 3rd paper? What "Academic Ethics" Means to You?!

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Explore any of your past experiences with "academic ethics."  Do you have any experience of cheating?  Have you seen anybody cheat?  What was your response or reaction to it? How much did you know what constitute "plagiarism"?  Refer to Avoiding Plagiarism (Birnbaum, 2009).  

The official statement regarding academic integrity (Section 8) is written in the language of regulations and requirements. The subject matter, however, is more complex than it appears.  Ashworth et al (1999), for example, explored students' perceptions of cheating and plagiarism.  There is also a sense shared by some teaching profesionals that the policing languge alone is not adequate to prevent plagiarism on campus (Owen &Narayan, 2009).

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Plagiarism is very tricky for everyone.  Take a look at some examples posted on Academic Integrity web site at Princeton University.  In order to avoid plagiarism, one needs good paraphrasing, quoting, and summarizing skills, as well as good understanding of the source and the purpose of its use in your paper [See: Integrating Sources in Writing ]  In a nutshell, the ability to produce a well-digested paragraph integrating your source or sources is high-level intellectual skills that are often tacit requirements in many disciplines and professional fields.

Does plagiarism apply equally in the Digital Age?  See:  In the Digital Age, Is Plagiarism an Acceptable Literary Technique?

It is encouraged to ask questions about academic ethics from a number of different perspectives before you make a point in your paper. [See: Mind Mappting].



Ashworth, P., Bannister, P., Thorne, P., & Unit, S. on the Q. R. M. C. (1997). Guilty in whose eyes? University students’ perceptions of cheating and plagiarism in academic work and assessment. Studies in Higher Education, 22(2), 187. doi:10.1080/03075079712331381034
David J. Birnbaum. (2009). Avoiding Plagiarism.  Retrieved June 6, 2011, from
Nawolka, Edward. (2010). In the Digital Age, Is Plagiarism an Acceptable Literary Technique? | Publishing Perspectives. Retrieved June 6, 2011, from
Owen, H., & Narayan, V. (2009). Pedagogy, Policing or Preventing Plagiarism? Experiences with facilitating Professional Development and Turnitin. Retrieved June 6, 2011, from
University of Manitoba. (2010). Section 8: Academic Integrity. University of Manitoba. Retrieved June 4, 2011, from

#4 Online Assignment

Online Assignment #4:

This time, you can choose to prepare a draft outline as you did in Assignment #2 or to compile a draft annotated bibliography, as you did in Assignment #3, whichever is beneficial to you in terms of constructing your paper.

Assignment #4 consists of two parts.

Part 1:

Post your draft outline or annotated bibliography (at least 3 sources included) in Angel.  Post it by clicking on the "Communicate" and "Post Your Assignment #4" tabs.

Submission Format: Type in subject line, "XXXX's Submission," where XXXX is your first name.

 Due Date: June 8, 2011


Part 2:

Skim through your classmates' posts and comment on two posts by your classmates.  Your comments should focus on what you have learned from them as examples of either an effective outline or annotated bibliography. 

Simply "reply" to the posts on which you are commenting.

Due Date: June 10, 2011