San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
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Application of Plagiarism Screening Software in the Chemical Engineering CurriculumPlagiarism of outside material by students is an area of concern for written assignments includingresearch papers and laboratory reports. In recent years the ease of access to text and othermaterials via the internet has increased the ease with which plagiarism can occur. Acompounding factor is that students raised during the Internet Age likely have different views onintellectual property due to illegal downloads of music, movies and other media being morecommonplace and difficult to police. Though negative effects of plagiarism have traditionallybeen limited to students, recent incidents of plagiarism at large universities have become nationalnews, leading to diminished university reputations. With this in mind, vigilance by universities inidentifying instances of plagiarism can serve to identify and prevent instances of student cheatingwhile protecting their academic reputations.This study examines the application of the plagiarism screening software package TurnItIntoward three classes in a university chemical engineering curriculum, focusing on junior- andsenior-level undergraduate students. The number of instances of plagiarism before and duringuse of the software package will be compared and discussed. A risk in the use of plagiarismscreening software by instructors is the fostering of student distrust, due to students feeling thattheir instructor is “after them” or disrespecting their morality. Student answers to poll questionssoliciting views on the use of plagiarism screening software by their instructors will be examinedto determine how engineering students view the use of such software and any resulting effects onstudent-instructor relationships.
Cooper, M., & Bullard, L. G., & Peretti, S. W., & Ollis, D. F. (2012, June), Application of Plagiarism Screening Software in the Chemical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/20955
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