June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
Electrical and Computer
14.435.1 - 14.435.8
Detection and Prevention of Plagiarism in Electrical Engineering Education
In recent times, plagiarism has attracted unprecedented attention in higher education. It is generally agreed that the advent of the Internet with the ease of access it provides to sources of information has contributed to the proliferation of the practice of plagiarism. Plagiarism has become a global problem, encouraging alliances of higher education institutions around the world, creating incentives for the development and use of highly specialised and costly software platforms in combating the phenomenon.
Until recently it would have been considered inconceivable for students of electrical engineering to resort to plagiarism. Yet, it seems hard to deny that there is a disturbing trend indicating that plagiarism is on the increase. Examples range from the use of circuit designs to adopting computational code without giving any credit whatsoever to the source.
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is variously defined as “a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work” 1 . The on-line Encarta Dictionary: English (U.K.) unmistakably gives it as “stealing somebody’s work or idea: the process of copying another person's idea or written work and claiming it as original” 2 .
The University of South Australia defines plagiarism as “a specific form and serious act of academic misconduct”. Acts constituting plagiarism are declared to include3: ≠ “direct copying of the work or data of other persons, from one or more sources, without clearly indicating the origin. This includes both paper-based and electronic sources of material from websites, books, articles, unpublished work such as theses, working papers, seminar and conference papers, internal reports, lecture notes or tapes, and visual materials such as photographs, drawings and designs; ≠ using very close paraphrasing of sentences or whole clauses without due acknowledgment in the form of reference to the original work; ≠ submitting another student's work in whole or in part, where such assistance is not expressly permitted in the course information booklet; ≠ use of another person's ideas, work or research data without acknowledgment; ≠ submitting work that has been written by someone else on the student's behalf; ≠ copying computer files, algorithms or computer code without clearly indicating their origin; ≠ submitting work that has been derived, in whole or in part, from another student's work by a process of mechanical transformation (eg changing variable names in computer programs) ≠ in any way appropriating or imitating another’s ideas and manner of expressing them where such assistance is not expressly permitted in the course information booklet.”
Gol, O., & Machotka, J., & Nedic, Z., & Nafalski, A. (2009, June), Detection And Prevention Of Plagiarism In Electrical Engineering Education Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/5232
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