SCIS online courses are developed for delivery using the Internet and computer-mediated communication (CMC). By following the 'Course Information' links, you can access information about the undergraduate courses that SCIS is now offering online.
Once you have enrolled in a course, you will be able to access the full set of materials you will need to complete your course. Online course support includes regular access to your tutor through email and course conferences. You will also be able to access peer support through these same media.
Students enrolled in an Athabasca University course are considered to be responsible scholars, and are expected to adhere rigorously to principles of intellectual integrity. For a discussion of academic dishonesty and its penalties, please consult the Athabasca University Calendar.
Plagiarism is a form of intellectual dishonesty in which another person's work is presented as one's own. Be certain that whenever you use a secondary source in your course work and assignments you reference your source in a consistent and logical manner. All direct quotes (quotations of any number of words from the original) and indirect quotes (paraphrased ideas) must be acknowledged. Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism, and as with any form of academic misconduct, it will be penalized. Penalties may take the form of rejection of the submitted work; expulsion from the examination, the course, or the program; or legal action, depending on the specific nature of the infraction.
However, dutiful citation of quotes and paraphrased materials does not mean that you can write an essay assignment by stringing together a series of quotes. You should always try to summarize or describe someone else's ideas in your own words. When you present your own ideas or opinions in a paper, provide evidence or arguments to substantiate your position.
The following web sites offer information about the citation styles of the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the American Psychological Association (APA):
Updated June 10 2014 by FST Technical Staff