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  • The University of Auckland

Academic Integrity: Values, Skills, Action

This course will explore academic integrity and how you can demonstrate it in your work, study and research at university.

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Academic Integrity: Values, Skills, Action
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    1 hour

What is academic integrity? Why is it so important in academia? And how can you, as a student at university, achieve with integrity and honesty?

These are some of the important questions we’ll explore over the four weeks of the course. As we do so, you will hear from the lead educator as well as the perspectives of students like you.

Specifically, each week contains videos, articles, activities and quizzes that will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful and ethical learner. There will also be opportunities for you to discuss your ideas with other students on the course and learn from their experiences and points of view.

By the end of the course, we hope you’ll come to understand the meaning of academic integrity and how to avoid academic dishonesty, misconduct and plagiarism but more importantly we hope you will also embrace the values associated with academic integrity as your own.

Additionally, and equally importantly, this course will help you develop study skills and academic writing skills needed to act in accordance with those values, and thus achieve with integrity.

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What topics will you cover?

WEEK 1: WHAT IS ACADEMIC INTEGRITY? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

  • The meaning of academic integrity and the fundamental values associated with it
  • The importance of academic integrity in academia
  • Transitioning to university from different environments and adjusting to new norms and values

WEEK 2: WHAT IS ACADEMIC DISHONESTY AND HOW TO AVOID IT?

  • Examples of academic dishonesty including plagiarism
  • Strategies for avoiding plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty
  • Most common rationalisations used to excuse academic dishonesty
  • Dealing with unexpected events which may contribute to academic dishonesty
  • Avoiding academic dishonesty when working on assignments—individually or in groups

WEEK 3: ACHIEVING WITH INTEGRITY: USING THE WORK OF OTHERS

  • Respecting the work of others
  • Referencing, summarizing, paraphrasing and quoting

WEEK 4: ACHIEVING WITH INTEGRITY: GEARING UP FOR STUDY

  • Study skills which cultivate academic integrity including: time management, study planning, tips to work in groups, critical reading and note taking, essay writing, studying for exams

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on the meaning and importance of academic integrity as well as the values associated with it
  • Identify actions which constitute academic dishonesty and how to avoid it
  • Explore how to use the work of others with integrity
  • Develop key study skills which foster academic integrity

Who is the course for?

No specific requirements. The course is mainly for university and college students, including undergraduates, postgraduates and doctoral candidates.

Who will you learn with?

Dr. Jason M. Stephens is an Associate Professor at The University of Auckland. His research focuses on academic motivation and moral development, particularly as it relates to cheating behaviour.

Who developed the course?

The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and the only one included in the Times Higher Education top 200.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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