Curriculum and Quality

Working in Groups

It is not uncommon for students to participate in some form of group work during their study at this university. When students work together openly and honestly with the knowledge of their tutor in a positive and cooperative way it is a valuable tool in developing a range of skills. But when students work together or with other persons for the purpose of deceiving an assessor as to who is actually responsible for producing the material submitted for assessment, this is collusion. Collusion is another form of academic dishonesty (University of Western Sydney 2000).

There are also other forms of academic dishonesty that relate directly to student participation in group-work (James et al 2002).

  • Copying from other members while working in a group.
  • Contributing less, little or nothing to a group assignment and then claiming an equal share of the marks.
If you are confused or unsure about what is acceptable conduct while participating in a group assessment task, ask your tutor or lecturer.