These activities can be integrated inside subjects or programs so that academic integrity is made discipline or subject specific

Why develop academic integrity within particular subjects?

"It  is about not misrepresenting what I know or how I know it within the context of the discourse community I’m operating within. This qualification is because in different contexts there are different expectations and practices of attribution, and this doesn’t necessarily mean different degrees of honesty." (Learning advisor focus group, University D: FG5)

Developing a deepening understanding

Incremental induction into the norms of research based activities is a way of engaging students in the process of developing a deepening understanding of the meaning and value of academic integrity.

"Academic integrity is different in different sectors and other cultures. Rules are not about universal understandings but local expectations of those rules." (Student focus group, University E: FG4)

The practice of evidence-based writing is developed in discipline-specific assignments.

  • Students need to be exposed to many good examples or models of academic writing of the type of writing that is appropriate within their discipline, which they can emulate
  • Students need to practice the structures and language choices found in their models
  • The assessment process needs to include feedback and scaffolding in a learning environment that is safe and where mistakes are utilised as points for learning.

Development activites to download and use

Activities to learn about different writing conventions

Copying in computer science: What are the university's expectations?

Creative arts: plagiarism or transformation?

Online resources

Computer sciences

The Higher Education Academy: Information & Computer Sciences gives general advice about plagiarism, including self-plagiarism and examples of how students plagiarise in computer programs.


Please use the following citation when referring to this resource:
Academic Integrity Standards Project (AISP): Aligning Policy and Practice in Australian Universities (2012). Learning activities, Office for Learning and Teaching Priority Project 2010-2012,