Academic Integrity

Case Studies

Good assessment design which focuses on developing students' skills can minimise opportunities for plagiarism and promote student engagement. See also Useful references.

Here are some examples of existing good practice from the University of Kent:

  • Case Study 1: Assessment which uses individual data sheets.
  • Case Study 2: Example of a student directed assessment.
  • Case Study 3: Assessment where students are given the same large data set, but have to define their own questions.
  • Case Study 4: A range of assessment tools designed to minimise students' opportunities to plagiarise.
  • Case Study 5: Assessment based on 100% coursework designed to guard against plagiarism.
  • Case Study 6: Assessment which aims to give students applied skills and enable them to pursue their own interests in the field.
  • Case study on Turnitin pilot projects in Economics and Business: implementing Turnitin as a formative writing tool. Cohen, J (2007) Using Turnitin as a formative writing tool. “Liverpool Hope CETLs Research Symposium. Opening The Gateway: Keys to Understanding Student Learning and Writing”. Liverpool Hope University, 26 June 2007.
  • Further teaching activities are suggested in the Plagiarism Handbook (2005). Regulations and plagiarism definitions have since been updated: see Academic Policies.


Further information for students can be found at Avoiding Plagiarism Links for Students.


Academic Integrity, UELT, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NQ

Telephone: +44(0)1227 824016 or contact us

Last Updated: 25/10/2012