This is defined as: ‘the practice of taking someone else’s work, ideas or text and passing it off as your own‘.
In the context of answering assignments it may be very tempting to find the answer to the question you are doing, either online or from the NALP Course Material we provide you, and to copy and paste it into your assignment.
This is acceptable only if it is of an appropriate length, referenced and put into quotation marks, although you should be aware that you may not get marks for such copied text and could lose marks if you rely too heavily on copied text.
It is always better to complete the assignment using your own words.
However, it will not be acceptable to copy and paste wholesale text or otherwise reproduce it word for word without citation. This will be regarded as plagiaraism and will result in your whole assignment being marked as a ‘fail’ without hesitation.
If you are found to have committed plagiarism, you will be given a warning. However, if it happens a second time, whether on the same assignment or a different one, you may be disqualified from the qualification as a whole meaning that you will not be allowed to continue your studies.
If you are disqualified for plagiarism or any form of malpractice, you will not be entitled to any refund of your course fees. If you are unsure about what is and what is not acceptable in terms of using citations, or what plagiarism means, please request to speak to a tutor.