'Academic integrity means acting with the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility in learning, teaching and research' (Universities Australia 2017).
When developing curriculum it is important to incorporate academic integrity principles into the design through skill development introduced at the appropriate time, processes that incorporate learner feedback, and specific emphasis on underpinning values.
Curtin is committed to an educative approach to the development of academic integrity skills. Staff should educate students on disciplinary requirements and embed it into units at all levels of the course. Learn more about promoting academic integrity.
Academic integrity program for staff
An academic integrity program for staff is now available via iPerform. It consists of five modules that address academic integrity competence for staff and how to identify and respond to breaches. It also discusses teaching, learning and assessment and provides advice on designing assessments to avoid academic integrity breaches. Modules 1 and 2 are suitable for all staff, while modules 1-5 are suitable for all teaching staff. Each module is approximately 40 minutes long.
This module covers what academic integrity is, why academic integrity matters and who is responsible for it. A self-assessment, practice scenarios and quiz are also included. This module is appropriate for all staff at Curtin.
This module covers promoting a culture of academic integrity and includes policies and processes, challenging conversations, and supporting students in vulnerable situations. A practice scenario and quiz is included. This module is appropriate for all staff at Curtin.
This module focuses on identifying and responding to breaches of academic integrity. It discusses what constitutes a breach of academic integrity, why and how students breach academic integrity, identifying potential breaches and discusses how to respond appropriately to potential breaches. A practice scenario and quiz is included. This module is appropriate for staff in teaching roles and those that support teaching.
This module focuses on teaching, learning and assessment and the implications for academic integrity. Academic integrity challenges, working together for academic integrity and the vital roles of managers, curriculum designers, and educator are covered. Also, preventing breaches, education and detecting breaches of academic integrity in group contexts is discussed. A practice scenario, Curtin resources and quiz are also provided.This module is appropriate for staff in teaching roles.
This module examines assessment design choices and how they can affect academic integrity. Common advice for designing assessment with integrity are explored including: written assessment, oral and practical assessment. Challenges of students working in groups and alone as well as assessment venues are covered. A practice scenario and quiz is included. This module is appropriate for staff in teaching roles.
Invigilation is an important strategy for preventing and detecting cheating in tests/examinations. For school-based tests/examinations including in-class tests and lab tests the policy elements outlined in Regulations for the Conduct of Examinations and Invigilated Tests of the Assessment and Student Progression Manual should be followed.
Contract cheating is when a student allows someone or an organisation to draft or complete an assessment task on their behalf whether they are paid or unpaid. Here are some ways to familiarise yourself with contract cheating:
Develop strategies [pdf – 103kB] to help prevent contract cheating.
Complete the ‘Academic Integrity: Contract Cheating’ eLearning Module in iPerform.