Plagiarism and uses of Turnitin for summative assessments

University Academic Misconduct Policy

The University of Wolverhampton updated the Policy on Maintaining Academic Integrity (June 2015) .The extract below is taken from the policy and relates directly to plagiarism and the submission of final year dissertations and masters projects:

Students are required, where appropriate, to make a declaration as to the authenticity and originality of any submitted piece of work. This declaration also authorises the University to request and require students to provide an electronic version of any submitted assessment for checking. In concert with the skills and experiences of academic staff the University will utilise electronic tools to detect plagiarism.

At Undergraduate level the University will require that all final year projects and dissertations are submitted through text matching software for analysis. At postgraduate level the University will require that all dissertations (or similar) are submitted through text matching software for analysis. It will be the responsibility of each Faculty to ensure that this requirement is communicated to students in the relevant module guidance and acted upon.

Students may further be required to submit an electronic copy of their work for checking via text matching software where plagiarism is suspected.

The University will support staff in using text matching software via the College of Learning and Teaching who will make training and support available.

If an act of plagiarism is confirmed, then the required action to be taken can be found on the policy and regulations page.

How to submit final year dissertations and masters' projects

Canvas with Turnitin for final year dissertations and masters’ projects

When a module is a final year dissertation or masters project module this information is generated by e:Vision and automatically communicated to the module’s associated Canvas course. This information enables the use of Turnitin in these topics via the eSubmission functionality.

If the module’s assessment eSubmission comprises of students needing to submit more than one file, the tutor has to select which file is to be selected for sending to Turnitin (only one file can be submitted per assessment).

On the assessment deadline, Canvas automatically creates a class and an assessment in Turnitin and submits the file to Turnitin. Turnitin then checks for matches between the file and other texts.

Canvas also automatically checks for and submits late submissions to Turnitin every 24 hours. An originality report is created and a link to the report is displayed next to each student’s submission in the Canvas eSubmission view. Students do NOT see this originality report in the Canvas view, just tutors. No assessments other than final year dissertations and masters’ projects can currently be submitted to Turnitin using Canvas.

PebblePad with Turnitin for final year dissertations and masters’ projects

In PebblePad, summative submissions to Turnitin are made through the workspace. In order to use Turnitin with PebblePad, the workspace must be set up in advance and before any assets are submitted. Assets are submitted manually by the tutor either individually or in bulk. An originality report is created and a link to the report is displayed next to each student submission in the PebblePad workspace view. Permissions can be set to allow students to see the originality report or to keep them hidden.

Turnitin for final year dissertations and masters’ projects
Summative assessments can also be submitted directly to Turnitin if required. Using Turnitin requires the module tutor or leader (called instructors by Turnitin) to manually set up a class and assignment drop box area directly in the Turnitin software. Students’ files are submitted to this area by the tutor. The assessment area can then be accessed to see all the originality reports that have been produced.

Help for administrators and instructors

Administrators

In Turnitin, the administrators’ role is to create instructor accounts within their schools. All help for administrators can be found on the administrator training pages of the Turnitin website and administrator help center articles. Here is a link to the Turnitin Administrator Quickstart Guide.

Turnitin also offer a variety of On Demand Webcasts. 

Instructors

In Turnitin, instructors are the users that create classes and assignments before submission of student work can take place. An administrator needs to set up instructor accounts. All help for instructors can be found instructor training pages and instructor help centre articles. Here is a link to the Turnitin Instructor Quickstart Guide.

Turnitin also offer a variety of On Demand Webcasts.