In 2012 the Australian Government awarded over $200,000 in funding to the University of Newcastle for the Prianit project


Friday, 14 February 2014

In 2012 the Australian Government's Office for Learning and Teaching awarded over $200,000 in funding to the University of Newcastle to undertake an investigation into plagiarism and related issues in assessments not involving text (Prianit).

The Prianit project is investigating the understandings of academics and students concerning academic integrity with regard to non-text-based assessment items. 

There appears to be a reasonably common understanding about plagiarism and collusion in assessment items written in prose text. However, there are many disciplines of study that use assessment items not based in prose, such as: 

  • Computer programs 
  • Databases 
  • Spreadsheets 
  • Visual art images and other designs 
  • Musical compositions 
  • Mathematical proofs 

It is far from clear that the same sort of consensus about plagiarism and collusion applies across these disciplines. 

This project has used nationwide surveys and focus groups to investigate what academics and students in these disciplines think constitute breaches of academic integrity in non-text based assessment items, and how academics discourage such breaches, detect them, and deal with the consequences.

Team members and partner institutions

University of NewcastleSimon
 Professor Mario Minichiello
 Chris Lawrence
Monash UniversityAssociate Professor Judithe Sheard
 Associate Professor Angela Carbone
Australian National UniversityAssociate Professor Chris Johnson


Project Leader
P: +61 2 4348 4666
F: +61 2 4348 4145