The written assignment of the course are challenging. This is purposeful to get the students to think about the issues that we cover on the course. A recipe for a good answer is not to paraphrase the materials, or to hand-wave something around the topics, and then declare that everything is good in an empirical paper that was analyzed. Instead, the students are expected to explain how they understood the issues, and based on that understanding, how well the empirical paper did. This is of course difficult to do, but it will also lead to better learning outcomes than just paraphrasing the materials. Because the assignments are challenging, it is perfectly ok if a submission states that the the student did not fully understand something as long as this is accompanied by an explanation of what specifically was difficult to understand and why.
The course has a near-zero tolerance for plagiarism and this will be enforced with the TurnItIn plagiarism detection software. While paraphrasing the material is not recommended, direct copying from the sources without proper attribution of the quote is not accepted accepted at all. When you consider quoting the material, consider the following:
- Are you trying to explain an idea presented in the material?
- Are you trying to demonstrate specifically what was said or a specific result that was reported?
One exception to his policy is that if a student has answered to an assignment as a part of previous attempt to do the course or as a part of the pre-requisite course TU-L0000, that old submission can be used as a starting point for a new submission for this course..
Submissions that contain non-trivial amounts of text that has been quoted but not properly marked as quotes will lead to a score of 0 for the assignment. To get a passing grade, a student that fails due to plagiarism will need to submit two new versions:
- The originally submitted text where all copied sections are marked as direct quotes following the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) guidelines.
- A new version where the direct quotes are rephrased in your own words.
If there are still problems in these two versions, the student is asked to correct the problems according to the above instructions and resubmit new versions. To avoid unnecessary rewriting of a submission multiple times, students that are asked to resubmit must check their work using the Independent Turnitin Originality Check before to submitting to the course website.
This strict policy is necessary because academic writing follows certain conventions and it will be impossible to publish ones research if these conventionas are not followed. Therefore, at this point of studies it is important to produce text yourself even when you were explaining what someone else has said. Many journals in management follow the APA referencing style, so it is useful to get to know the style early on. The style guide can be found at the library. Read through at least the rules 6.01-6.10. (in 6th edition, available in the Zotero library). Additionally, many journals (e.g. Elsevier journals) also use TurnItIn for checking submitted works, and therefore knowing how this program works can help you avoid problems in the future.