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Academic Writing Integrity: 
Avoiding Plagiarism Online Course


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This course aims to ensure that Stellenbosch University (SU) postgraduate students:
  • are aware of the content in SU’s Policies on Plagiarism
  • understand what plagiarism constitutes within the academic world
  • know how to avoid plagiarizing by applying principles of good academic writing
  • know how to use the software tool Turnitin in a meaningful way
  This online course covers:
  • An overview of research integrity and ethical scientific writing
  • Practical exercises illustrating plagiarism and how to avoid plagiarizing by critically engaging with other scholarly work, by using correct paraphrasing and referencing techniques.
  • The role of Turnitin and how to interpret a Turnitin similarity report
  • And is housed on SUNLearn (learn.sun.ac.za). Access this course here once you have logged in to SUNLearn.