Plagiarism & Academic Honesty:
Lesson Plans by Outcome
Define Intellectual Property
- Ask students to give examples of intellectual property from various fields, i.e. arts, sciences, social sciences, etc.
- Writing exercise:
- Write about or create a situation where intellectual property was abused. Post on Blackboard and have others comment on the situation. Then all should return to class able to discuss the comments of at least one other classmate
- Create case studies for: college internships, graduate school situations, and work force.
Define Plagiarism, according to the UM plagiarism policy (M-Book)
- Ask students to locate the UM plagiarism policy in the M-Book.
- Have students free-write on what they learned in the tutorial about the M-Book policy on plagiarism.
- Have students describe a situation of plagiarism (according to the M-Book). Then discuss what they would do in this situation if they were a teacher.
- Compare and contrast information on the tutorial with that found in the M-Book
- Ask each student to print out a copy of the page titled “Examples of Academic Misconduct” and bring it to class.
- Discussion question: How do you feel about this policy? Is it fair?
- Discussion question: Do you think there are any extenuating circumstances that might require more flexibility than the M-Book allows?
Define Common Knowledge
- Ask students to bring to class one example of what they believe is common knowledge in an area in which they have personal expertise (eg., football, Russian history); ask the class to evaluate if each example is common knowledge.
- Have student list 10 items that they believe are common knowledge and 10 items they do not believe are common knowledge in class using the Daily Mississippian.
- In their next written assignment, underline a statement of common knowledge (and cite what is not).
- Explain parenthetical citations or have students use the Writing Center for their next paper that includes parenthetical citations.
Understand relationship between plagiarism and academic honesty in UM Creed.
- How does the UM Creed relate to plagiarism?
- Break into small groups – discuss each aspect of the Creed.
- Be able to relate what the aspects of the Creed mean and give examples of each.
- How can plagiarism effect each aspect of the Creed?
- What is the impact of plagiarism on University of Mississippi Community of Learning
Identify UM consequences of plagiarism
- Free write: Name and describe the consequences of plagiarism at the University of Mississippi,
- Blackboard Discussion or Virtual Classroom: Journal perceived fairness of various consequences of plagiarism – fair vs. unfair.
- Provide students with the link to consequences of plagiarism found on page 6 of the M-Book.
- Role play: students create plagiarism scenes outside of class and present (roles include students, parents, faculty, etc).
- Interviewer and interview role play.
- Create parallel situations with different assigned consequences for same break of rule (i.e. a student copies another’s paper – one professor gives an F on the paper, another fails them in the class, yet another takes action so the student is expelled.)
Identify ethical and legal consequences of plagiarism
- Find cases where people who plagiarize outside of college. What were the consequences? This can be done in small groups or as a written assignment.
- Cases are also available on the Reinforcing Academic Honesty website.
Strategies to avoid plagiarism
- Ask students to research and then use a time management system of their choosing.
- Require students to keep a research journal.
- Consult with the Center for Writing and Rhetoric on your assignment design. Is there a way to break it down into more steps or to personalize it?
- Have students interview a senior or graduate student for advice on how to manage their time and tips about research and writing assignments; post on BlackBoard.
Identify appropriate resources for assistance with scholarly work
- Bring your class to the library or Writing Center for a session to familiarize students with these resources.
- If the class size is reasonable, set up a consultation with each student.
- Provide links in BlackBoard to library online tutorials, websites for citation style, paraphrasing, common knowledge and other useful resources.
Created by UM Information Literacy Committee