MS40040E Professional Skills for Business: Academic Plagiarism


Essay: What is Academic Plagiarism and why is academic integrity relevant to professionalism in a Business 


In this section we’re going to give an overview of the work


A brief explanation of what you believe plagiarism is (based on your research, not just your thoughts), and why it is important in a business setting.

Consider including a definition by citing one of the papers or books you have found which appears to offer the best fit with your conclusions: Gipgip (1998. Pp. 12), describes plagiarism as “…”


Expand upon your explanation of plagiarism. 

Plagiarism is when… 

It is important because… 

When students plagiarise, they…

Bring in contrasting/supporting views, then pull them together to your conclusion (R+R=C) 

E.g. Both Gipgip (1998) and Chopchop (2010) agree that plagiarism is… 

…this suggests many students will plagiarise without realising it.

Consider the ethical implications of plagiarism.

E.g. Copying the work of another means the student has not demonstrated a personal understanding of the topic. This could have serious implications when later asked to undertake a similar task in the workplace.

Consider the reputational issues.

E.g. Those found plagiarising work may find their personal reputation damaged…

Consider licenced professions and legal implications – health, education, law.

E.g. Plagiarism is particularly worrying in the legal profession where lawyers are expected to show integrity. 

Consider intellectual property and what theft of that means (e.g. copyright infringement)

E.g. Using another company’s work without consent can result in legal action, fines and even imprisonment.


The conclusion is often very similar to the introduction.

You can take small pieces of what you’ve already said and present them again. 

E.g. As shown, plagiarism is… 

In the workplace plagiarism is…


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