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Academic Writing Integrity: Avoiding Plagiarism

​Online Course
The face-to-face Avoiding Plagiarism workshop is not running currently. Please complete the fully online SUNLearn version at your own pace, here. If you would like to access our Postgraduate Skills Turnitin sandbox plugin on SUNLearn, please self-enrol here.​

Plagiarism can be a confusing topic for students, especially when they are expected to build on the work of other scholars in their field. Many find it challenging creating an original piece of work, while still relying on the research output of other scholars.

This workshop illustrates the principles of good academic writing, which when followed, make plagiarism highly unlikely. This half day workshop will show you how to avoid plagiarism through practical exercises and examples that illustrate how to explain your work in relation to that of other scholars - taking ethical principles and practices into consideration, as well as using correct referencing and paraphrasing techniques.
The workshop covers:

(i)   lntroduction to research integrity and ethical scientific writing.
(ii)  Practical exercises illustrating what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it.
(iii) How to use the software tool Turnitin to check your own work for possible plagiarism before handing it in.

he workshop is presented in English.


his workshop opportunity is funded by the Postgraduate Office. There is no cost involved for registered SU postgraduates who sign up and attend, however, in the case of late cancellations or non-attendance, applicants will be responsible for the full workshop fee since late cancellations and non-attendance have considerable cost implications for our office.

Target Audience:

Current SU Honours, Masters and doctoral students, especially those who are in the process of writing their proposals or literature reviews and want to know how to apply sound academic writing principles.

Contact and Booking Details

oking is essential and places are limited. Please note that we will confirm your place in the workshop on receipt of your application.
Registrations close five days prior to the workshop or as soon as a workshop is fully booked. 

Times & Dates (Stellenbosch campus):

9:00 - 12:00
Venue to be confirmed with the enrolled participants directly.​
​​The Postgraduate Skills Development Programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward or cancel it if there is not enough interest.
For enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za.