Academic Honesty

Acknowledgement Of Sources

Essays should be accompanied by appropriate documentation in the form of footnotes and a bibliography, which acknowledge all sources and references used in the development of your argument. This includes:
a) The use of quotation marks and specific referencing for all quotes
b) Citation of the source of all arguments
c) Acknowledgement of your reference when closely paraphrasing another person’s work

Essay Cover Page

If you are submitting your assignment in a hard copy form you must attach a completed cover page.

Essay cover page PDF form (77K)
Essay cover page DOC form (124K)


The University takes plagiarism very seriously. It is your responsibility to avoid any suggestion that plagiarism may have taken place. The University Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism in Coursework Policy 2012 states the University opposition to and intolerance of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism; sets out principles for approach to the academic honesty; identifies individual responsibilities for promoting the principles of academic honesty; and prescribes a process for handling allegations of academic dishonesty and plagiarism.

A university workshop – Quoting, Summarising and Paraphrasing Evidence (3hrs) is offered regularly free of charge by the Learning Centre on main campus. You are encouraged to attend if you would like help with appropriate referencing. The unit helps students to understand and use evidence for their own specific writing purposes, to identify differences between quoting and reporting and to practice language strategies to help avoid plagiarism. You may also consult the relevant section on the WriteSite.

At SCA, if a nominated academic determines that a student has engaged in plagiarism or some other form of academic dishonesty according to the Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism in Coursework Policy 2012, and the student is allowed to resubmit the work for assessment, the student will be required to submit the work within ten working days from the meeting with the nominated academic. The work will be assessed on a Pass/Fail basis only.

Editorial Assistance

Coursework students at SCA may use editorial assistance but you should discuss this with your lecturer/tutor and provide the editor with a copy of the following guidelines before you commence work:

Editorial intervention should be restricted to:

  • Proofreading: that is, detecting and correcting the presentation of the text to conform with standard usage and conventions (e.g. spelling, quotations, italics, lists, word usage, punctuation, graphs, charts, citations, references, heading hierarchies, symbols and equations, headers and footers, style of numbers etc)
  • The identification and provision of advice in matters of structure (the need to restructure and reword, deletions, additions); the conventions of grammar and syntax; use of clear language; logical connections between phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, and sections; voice and tone; and how to avoid ambiguity, repetition and verbosity.

Material for proofing should be submitted to an external editor in hard copy not electronic.

The name of the editor and a brief description of the service provided must be printed on the front page of the work when it is presented for assessment.