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Plagiarism, collusion and group work

Collusion is a form of plagiarism that can occur as a result of inappropriate collaboration during group work. Collusion involves working with others without permission from your lecturer to produce work which is then presented as your own independent work.

As group work allows the sharing of ideas and information to complete a task, it can be difficult to be sure you are not colluding. The best way to avoid collusion is to ensure that each member of the group writes their own material using their own words. If you need to refer to group work, ensure you acknowledge the work of the group.

Do not allow others to copy your work. Allowing your work to be copied makes you just as guilty of plagiarism as the student who does the copying and just as liable to penalty.

If you are not sure how to approach a task involving group work, ask your lecturer for further information.

Writing and Plagiarism  
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