Group Work

Collaboration is encouraged at university as a useful way to learn, but students have difficulty identifying where collaboration stops and collusion begins. USQ Academic Regulation Section 5.1(PDF*) defines plagiarism, cheating and collusion.

To avoid this confusion you are encouraged to provide students with further information on:

  • how individual work will be identified
  • the assessment criteria
  • how students will identify shared work.

If students work in formal groups their confusion about collaboration and collusion can be alleviated by being specific about:

  • the criteria for the group and/or individual product and processes
  • how you intend to measure individual contributions to the group
  • how you allocate the grades between individuals in the group.

Other resources to assist manage group work include:

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