1. Scholarship principles practice
HSC All My Own Work – Module 1
This introductory module considers what scholarship principles and practices are, why they are important and how students can benefit from making sure they follow the principles of ethical practice in their study for the HSC.
- the work and ideas of the author/creator of the material
- the work and ideas of others
- the sources from which the ideas and work of others have been drawn
We suggest you read:
- the HSC rules and procedures guide for students
- assessment advice for students
- your school assessment policy and program.
Malpractice is any activity that allows you to gain an unfair advantage over other students. It includes but is not limited to:
- copying someone else's work in part or in whole and presenting it as your own
- using material directly from a book, journal, CD, the internet etc without acknowledging the source
- building on the ideas of another person without acknowledging that person.
The consequences of malpractice, including plagiarism, could be:
- zero for an assessment task
- the withholding of an HSC course
- ineligibility for the HSC
- specific school sanctions e.g. the withholding of a school reference.
Honesty and integrity in students' learning and work are essential principles of ethical scholarship.
Students have rights and responsibilities in ensuring the ethical integrity of their work.
Students being dishonest in their learning and work can have serious consequences.
Ethical scholarship leads to fairness for students in their learning and assessment.
- follow the principles of honesty and integrity in their study habits
- be well organised
- seek clear guidelines from teachers regarding set tasks
- record details of sources used in the preparation of a task
- be clear about what is their own work and what are their own ideas
- acknowledge the work and ideas of others used in a piece of work
- list all the resources used in the development of a piece of work
- seek help if they are overwhelmed with competing demands on their time.
Work through each step in the module:
- 1.1 What are the principles and practices of good scholarship?
- 1.2 What are the rights and responsibilities of students in ensuring the intellectual integrity of their work?
- 1.3 What is malpractice?
- 1.4 Why do people cheat?
- 1.5 Why is it wrong to cheat?
- 1.6 What are the consequences of cheating in the HSC?
Module 1 resources
- Australian Catholic University - Academic Honesty Policy Australia
- Australian National University - Code of Practice for Student Academic Honesty Australia
- Charles Sturt University - Student and University Charter Australia
- Macquarie University - Plagiarism Policy Australia
- Academic Integrity Links - Penn State University USA
- Southern Cross University - Academic Skills Information Guides Australia
- University of Canberra - Academic Integrity Policy Australia
- Preserving Academic Honesty: Who Cheats and Why, and How to Prevent It - Lansing Community College USA
- University of New England - Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Australia
- University of New South Wales - Plagiarism & Academic Integrity Australia
- University of Newcastle - Code of Ethical Academic Conduct Australia
- University of Sydney - Academic Honesty Policy Australia
- University of Technology Sydney - Coursework Assessment Policies and Procedures Australia
- University of Western Sydney - Code of Conduct Australia
- University of Wollongong - Code of Practice: Students Australia
- Teaching Tips: Student Assessment / Cheating - University of the Sciences Philadelphia USA
- Preventing Academic Dishonesty - from Tools for Teaching - University of California, Berkeley USA
Complete the module 1 quiz once you have worked through 1.1 – 1.6.