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Plagiarism is when you copy someone’s words and ideas published by someone else and present it as your own. Researchers should always give credit to the source.

To avoid the consequences of plagiarism you have to apply proper referencing mechanisms when quoting from a source.

Plagiarism is regarded worldwide as a serious form of academic misconduct. Disciplinary action will be taken against students making themselves guilty of plagiarism and can lead to expulsion from the University.


  • Treatise refers to a written scientific report (or paper) associated with a Honours degree or structured/coursework Master’s degree.
  • Dissertation refers to a written scientific report on research, which is the requirement for obtaining a research master’s degree by research.
  • Thesis refers to written scientific report on creative and original research, which is the requirement for a Doctoral degree.
  • Conference paper refers to a report to be presented at a conference/workshop and to be included in the conference proceedings.
  • Research outputs refers to results in research reports, books and chapters in books, journal articles and conference papers.
  • Journal article refers to a paper published in an academic journal.