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DUBLIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

BA (Hons) INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND LANGUAGES

YEAR 1 PROGRAMME HANDBOOK DT 555 / DT 556 / DT 557 / DT 564 2013-2014

SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES and

DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

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TABLE OF CONTENTS SECTION 1 - INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................................................... 3 SECTION 2 - PROGRAMME DETAILS ...................................................................................................................... 3

INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMME ...................................................................................................... 4 EXAMINATIONS AND VACATION PERIODS .......................................................................................... 5 DIT ACADEMIC CALENDAR – SESSION 2013/2014 .......................................................................... 6 PROGRAMME STRUCTURE YEAR 1 ........................................................................................................................ 7

ADVANCED STREAM FRENCH/GERMAN/SPANISH (DT555/6/7) ........................................................ 7 BEGINNERS INTENSIVE STREAM FRENCH/GERMAN/SPANISH/ITALIAN (DT556/557/ 564)................ 8 EXAMINATION AND ASSESSMENT DETAILS ........................................................................................................ 9

ADVANCED STREAM – .....................................................................................................................................9 BEGINNERS INTENSIVE STREAM – ........................................................................................................ 10 MODULE DESCRIPTORS ............................................................................................................................................11

BUSINESS MODULES ........................................................................................................................11 LANGUAGE MODULES (DT 555/6/7ADVANCED) ............................................................................. 12 CORE MODULES ........................................................................................................................ 12 OPTION MODULES .................................................................................................................... 12 LANGUAGE MODULES (DT556/7/564 BEGINNERS INTENSIVE)....................................................... 13 SECTION 3 - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ................................................................................................ 14

GENERAL QUESTIONS .................................................................................................................... 14 EXAMINATIONS .............................................................................................................................. 16

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SECTION 1 - INTRODUCTION Welcome Welcome to the Dublin Institute of Technology. Congratulations on completing your second level education and obtaining your place on DT555, DT556, DT557, DT558, DT564 or DT565 – BA Hons in International Business and Languages. You are starting on a programme designed with a good balance of academic and practical work, business subjects and language modules. The information contained in this handbook will help you to get an overview of the year ahead, its structure, aims and content. It contains essential information about modules and assessments and should be kept with other handbooks you receive about your course and its procedures. Apart from the academic aspects of your programme, there are many societies and clubs in the Institute, which represent a wide variety of interests and activities. We encourage you to broaden your horizons, avail of what is on offer and develop new interests. You will also meet new people from different parts of Ireland, Europe and across the globe and thus make new friends.

Introduction to DIT DIT has an enrolment of nearly 10,000 whole-time third level students, pursuing some 85 different programmes at certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate levels. There are also 8,000 part-time day and / or evening students and 4,000 apprentices. This gives a total of 22,000 students and makes DIT the largest higher education institution in the State. Its main centres are; Adelaide Road (Arts & Tourism), Aungier St. (Business, Arts & Tourism), Bolton St. (Engineering & Built Environment), Cathal Brugha St. (Arts & Tourism), Kevin St. (Science & Health, Arts & Tourism and Engineering & Built Environment), Mountjoy Square (Arts & Tourism, Business), Rathmines (Arts & Tourism).

The School of Languages The School of Languages is one of the largest of its kind in the state and offers language courses at various levels. At present, languages taught include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Irish and English as a Foreign Language. The School plays a major role in linking the College of Arts and Tourism to the other Colleges within the Institute. The School enables DIT students to take a foreign language as an integral part of their studies. You will find useful information on the School of Languages website http://www.dit.ie/schooloflanguages/ For Student Handbooks : http://www.dit.ie/schooloflanguages/currentstudents/bainternationalbusinesslanguages/ For information on the year abroad http://www.dit.ie/schooloflanguages/internationalexchange/outgoingstudents/ For useful tips on study skills http://www.dit.ie/study/mature/support/academic/studyskills/

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SECTION 2 - Programme Details Introduction to Programme Rationale The philosophy of the programme is to develop the students’ ability to successfully interact in a global business environment through a foreign language.

Programme Aims The main aim of the programme is to combine the study of business subjects with a deep appreciation and knowledge of another country’s language, culture and business environment.

Programme Objectives The objectives of the programme may be summarised as follows: • to facilitate students in making the transition from broad-based, second level studies to self- directed, specialised studies • to familiarise students with the culture of the target language • to enable students to gain fluency in at least one foreign language • to develop in students a confidence in their ability to act as facilitators between their own and foreign cultures, so that they may seek employment in companies which place a high value on cultural mobility • to cultivate in students the business acumen necessary for the development and implementation of successful and innovative business strategies in an international environment • to develop an understanding of the way in which cultural variation affects the way business operates in an international environment • to develop in students the analytical, conceptual and critical skills to enable them to adopt a strategic perspective of business events • to develop skills in time management, self projection and human interaction in an international business environment

Tutorials You will be given an extra hour of tutorial in Accounting and in Principles of Economics on a rotational basis. Make sure you to inform yourself as to the date and time of their occurrence.

Year Coordinators Languages: Dagmar Fischer, Room KA 3014, Phone: 402 4856; email: dagmar.fischer@dit.ie Business: Mary Ryan; Room: AU 3-047.1; Phone: 402 7017; email: mary.ryan@dit.ie

Timetables For a tutorial on how to use webtimetables http://www.dit.ie/registration/studentclasstimetables/ For a direct access to webtimetables http://www.dit.ie/is/how/logintowebtimetables/

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Examinations and vacation periods On the next page you will find a provisional calendar for the 2013-2014 academic session. Please read it carefully and note the following: Attendance at class during the semester is compulsory. You must not arrange holidays or travel during the thirteen class contact weeks of each semester. Examinations take place twice per year, in January and May/early June. Supplemental (repeat) exams take place in late August/early September. January exams take place over the first two weeks of the second semester. Summer exams take place over three weeks in May. The dates for the supplemental examination session are normally available from late June It is vital that you do not book holidays or plan to travel during the examination periods. It is equally important that you do not plan such activities for late August/early September until you are sure you have passed all modules for the year. It is not possible to reschedule missed exams. Missed exams count as a failed attempt. This will also apply to other forms of assessments such as presentations, oral exams, written tests and submission of assessed work. Rescheduling of such activities can only happen where certified medical evidence of illness has been supplied.

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DIT Academic Calendar – Session 2013/2014 (The Academic Year comprises 2 Semesters of 15 weeks during which student learning and assessment takes place.)

SEMESTER 1 September 2013

October 2013

November 2013

December 2013

January 2014

02/09/13 09/09/13 16/09/13 23/09/13 30/09/13 07/10/13 14/10/13 21/10/13 28/10/13 04/11/13 11/11/13 18/11/13 25/11/13 02/12/13 09/12/13 16/12/13 23/12/13 30/12/13 06/01/14 13/01/14 20/01/14

Session commences 1st Years commence including Orientation, Induction Teaching commences for 2nd & subsequent years

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Christmas Christmas Christmas 14 15

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1B

1 5 Weeks to Include: 12 Lecture Weeks +1 Review Week +Assessment U

Review Week (unless otherwise arranged)* Review week to be used either for revision, reading, field visits, lectures, interim tests, formative assessment feedback etc. To be applied in Week 7 except where otherwise arranged

Week 14: Exams commence and marking commences Module Boards and Progression and Award Boards Student Feedback and Appeals Choice of Options and Electives for 2nd Semester 2B

SEMESTER 2 February 2014

March 2014

April 2014

May 2014

June 2014

27/01/14 03/02/14 10/02/14 17/02/14 24/02/14 03/03/14 10/03/14 17/03/14 24/03/14 31/03/14 07/04/14 14/04/14 21/04/14 28/04/14 05/05/14 12/05/14 19/05/14 26/05/14 02/06/14 09/06/14 16/06/14

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Easter Easter 12 13 14 15

Teaching commences for all students 3BU

15 Weeks to Include: 12 Lecture Weeks +1 Review Week +Assessment Review Week (unless otherwise arranged)*

Review week to be used either for revision, reading, field visits, lectures, interim tests, formative assessment feedback etc. To be applied in Week 13 except where otherwise arranged.

Week 14: Exams commence and marking commences Module Boards and Progression and Award Boards Student Feedback and Appeals

(Dates for Apprenticeship and Failte Eireann Programmes differ from the above details can be obtained from the relevant Schools.)

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Programme Structure Year 1 Advanced stream French/German/Spanish (DT555/6/7)

Semesters 1/2

Contact hours per week

Dirct. Lrng

Total Learng. Hours

Number of ECTS credits

Marketing Theory

1+2

2

152

200

10

Principles of Economics

1+2

2

52

100

5

Principles of Business Communication/Research Methodology

1+2

2

52

100

5

Accounting 1

1+2

2

152

200

10

French/German/Spanish Language Culture and Society

1+2

3

128

200

10

French/German/Spanish Language Communication

1+2

3

128

200

10

Minor Language (Spanish, French, German, Italian)

1+2

3

128

200

Introduction to Cultural Image, Identity & Memory

1+2

3

128

200

Module Title

Total Self

Choose one of the following

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10 10


Programme Structure Year 1 Beginners Intensive stream French/German/Spanish/Italian (DT556/557/ 564)

Semesters 1/2

Contact hours per week

Dirct. Lrng

Total Learng. Hours

Number of ECTS credits

Marketing Theory

1+2

2

152

200

10

Principles of Economics

1+2

2

52

100

5

Principles of Business Communication/Research Methodology

1+2

2

52

100

5

Accounting 1

1+2

2

152

200

10

German/Spanish/Italian Language in Context 1

1+2

3

128

200

10

German/Spanish/Italian Language in Use 1

1+2

3

128

200

10

German/Spanish/Italian Language Interaction 1

1+2

3

128

200

10

Module Title

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Total Self


Examination and Assessment Details Please note year 1 examination results will be considered in the allocation of Erasmus places.

ADVANCED STREAM – DT555/6/7 International Business & Languages –French/German/Spanish Module Code

MRKT 1036

Sems. 1/2

Module Title

Marketing Theory

1+2

Exam

Written exam (summer) 55%

Continuous Assessment Cont. Assess. Individual Examination 15%

ECTS Credits

10

Group Marketing Plan 30% Cont. Assess.

ECON 1020

Principles of Economics

1+2

Written exam (summer) 70%

Micro economics 15%

5

Macro economics 15%

BUSC 1000

Principles of Business Communication/Research Methodology

1+2

Written exam (summer) 70%

Cont. Assess. International Business Project 15% International Business Presentation

5

15% ACCT 1017

Accounting 1

1+2

FREN 1101 / GERM/SPAN 1104

French/German/Spanish Language and Society

1+2

FREN 1100 / GERM/SPAN 1103

French/German/Spanish Communication

1+2

CULT 1000

Introduction to Cultural Image, Identity & Memory

1+2

GERM/SPAN 1106 / FREN/ITAL 1103 / RUSS 1100

Minor Language: Language & Culture 1

1+2

Total

Written exam (summer) 70%

Cont. Assess. 30%

Oral Exam

Cont. Assess.

60%

40%

Written exam

Cont. Assess.

60%

40%

Written exam

Cont. Assess.

50%

50%

Written exam 50%

10

10

10

10

Cont. Assess. Oral 30%

10

CA 20% 60

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Examination and Assessment Details BEGINNERS INTENSIVE STREAM – DT555/DT556/DT557/DT564 International Business & Languages – French/German/Spanish/Italian

Module Code

MRKT 1036

Sems. 1/2

Module Title

Marketing Theory

1+2

Exam

Written exam (summer) 55%

Continuous Assessment

Cont. Assess. Individual Examination 15%

ECTS Credits

10

Group Marketing Plan 30% Cont. Assess.

ECON 1020

Principles of Economics

1+2

Written exam (summer) 70%

Micro economics 15%

5

Macro economics 15%

BUSC 1000

Principles of Business Communication/Research Methodology

1+2

Written exam (summer) 70%

Cont. Assess. International Business Project 15% International Business Presentation

5

15% ACCT 1017

Accounting 1

1+2

GERM / ITAL / SPAN 1100

German/Spanish/Italian Language in Context 1

1+2

GERM / ITAL / SPAN 1102

German/Spanish/Italian Language Interaction 1

Written exam (summer) 70%

Written Exam 60%

Cont. Assess. 30%

10

Oral/Aural 20% Written Assessment 20%

10

Oral 60% Oral/Aural

1+2

10

40% Oral/Aural 20% GERM / ITAL / SPAN 1101

German/Spanish/Italian Language in Use 1

1+2

Total

Written Exam 60%

Written Assessment 20%

10

60

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International Business and Languages Year 1 Module Descriptors Business modules Marketing Theory

All organisations, whether commercial or not-for-profit, depend on marketing to understand and address the requirements of customers, and also to facilitate a proactive approach to a competitive marketplace. This module provides students with a comprehensive grounding in the core marketing concepts, theories and principles most relevant to the student’s future development of marketing strategies and the implementation of marketing practice

Principles of Economics

In this course the students will study the fundamental principles and concepts of Economics. The course will examine the theoretical background of both Micro and Macro Economics. This includes the examination of the market and how it operates in allocating our scarce resources, the use of the market in managing the national economy both domestically and in the global environment and a comparison with other national and regional economies.

Principles of Business Communication/Research Methodology

This module deals with the practical application of effective communication skills. Good communication is increasingly recognized as being essential to the smooth running of business operations everywhere. This entails a learning content that prepares students to communicate clearly and to appreciate the dynamics of group/team work.

Accounting for International Business

This is a course in the fundamentals of accounting. It presumes no prior knowledge of accounting from second level, however there is material that students who have studied the subject before will find challenging. The student is introduced to the key concepts underlying accounting and recording business transactions. It also encompasses the preparation of financial statements for different business entities. It sets the foundation for further study in the area.

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Language modules (DT 555/6/7Advanced) CORE MODULES

French/German/ Spanish Culture & Society

This module is structured around student understanding of French/German/Spanish Language culture while developing their language and intercultural competencies. The module provides students with an understanding and awareness of social customs and practices in target-language countries and seeks to improve student survival skills while on trips and short stays in French/German/Spanish language countries.

French/German/ Spanish Communication

The module develops all 4 key skills; oral, listening, reading and writing skills, and progresses student understanding of selected topics. It builds on student understanding of fundamental aspects of English and Target Language grammar systems and develops students’ ability to identify and apply essential grammatical structures in the foreign language.

OPTION MODULES

Introduction to Cultural Image, Identity & Memory DT555/6/7

This module introduces students to a range of questions and issues surrounding cultural imagery, identity and memory and develops student understanding of the formation and mediation of cultural identity and memory. The module also explores how cultural memories and both dominant and more marginalized narratives of the past are represented and reflected in tourism and heritage industries.

Minor Language & Culture 1 DT555/6/7

This First Year module introduces the learners to the target language and its culture

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Language modules (DT556/7/564 Beginners Intensive)

German/ Spanish/Italian Language in Context 1

This module introduces students to the target language and its culture. The topics studied in the module will be introduced through a variety of materials in the target language, with a view to making learners more aware of fundamental intercultural differences when communicating in the foreign language.

German/ Spanish/Italian Language Interaction 1

This module introduces students to different types of interaction in the target language. The topics studied in the module will be introduced through a variety of texts in the target language, with a view to enabling learners to communicate effectively at a basic level in their language of study.

German/ Spanish/Italian Language in Use 1

This module introduces students to the target language and its structures. The topics studied in the module will be introduced through a variety of texts in the target language, with a view to increasing learners aware of the sounds, lexicon and structure of their language of study.

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SECTION 3 - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS General Questions IMPORTANT: The following notes are not intended to represent a definitive interpretation of the Institute's regulations. In every case students should read the full regulations, especially DIT's General Assessment Regulations (http://www.dit.ie/qualityassuranceandacademicprogrammerecords/student-assessment-regulations/ ) 1.

Who sets and marks the examinations? The examination for each module is normally set and marked by the lecturer who teaches it. Where there are two or more lecturers for a module, the paper is jointly set and corrected by both lecturers. Exam scripts are anonymous.

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How many subjects are there on the programme? Advanced Streams (French, German, Spanish) – 4 Business modules, 3 Major Language modules, (2 major language core modules plus an option to be chosen from either Cultural module or minor language). Beginners Intensive Streams (German, Spanish, Italian) – 4 Business modules and 3 Language modules.

3.

Can I repeat any failed modules? Any courses you fail can be repeated in the supplemental exams at the end of August /beginning of September. You may compensate up to 15 ECTS provided all marks for those 15 ECTS are between 35% and 39%. You have a maximum of four attempts in total to pass a module. Firstly there are repeat examinations (called "Supplemental" Exams, starting at the end of August) where failed modules can be taken again. Modules still not passed can be repeated at the following sitting and finally the following autumn. Please read the General Assessment Regulations carefully on this point It is important to strive towards passing all subjects at the first attempt, as students who repeat a

module in the Supplemental Examinations will only be awarded a maximum mark of 40% for a module passed at a second or subsequent sitting. Individual student results are issued in a transcript of results. This is an official document frequently sought by employers to establish your academic record.

4.

Do I simply have to pass each module to progress to the next year of the programme? Students can progress to subsequent years of the programme by simply achieving 40% in each module. However, it is very unwise to simply seek to achieve 40%. The classification of your degree is largely determined by what you learn in each year. The opportunity to progress to higher level courses is determined by your results. Even if you choose not to continue with further study, potential employers seek out students who have a track record of good marks throughout their programme.

5.

Can I move on to the next year of the programme carrying failed modules and repeat them subsequently? Students can only proceed to the next year of the programme if they have passed all modules. In addition to the sessional exams, you have an opportunity to repeat modules at the supplemental sittings at the end of the summer. You will not be allowed to progress to Year 2 if you have failed a module.

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What is the relevance of getting good marks in year 1? As you know, Year 3 of your degree programme is a compulsory year abroad. You will spend the year studying at a partner institution in a country of your major language. The School of Languages has well established bilateral agreements with partner institutions in China, France, Germany, Italy, Taiwan and Spain. You should be aware that results for Year 1 will be used to inform the decision making process in the selection of a partner university. The Erasmus coordinator will use the averaged mark for end of year 1 modules. Students with a high average mark will be able to select their destination university ahead of students with lower average marks.

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What exactly is the examination board? This is a formal meeting of all examiners on a programme, held after the papers have been marked. At the examination board each candidate's marks are reviewed and recorded. A decision is made as to whether a student should pass, pass by compensation or repeat.

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What is a Degree Classification in DIT? The award of a Degree with Honours may be made with the classifications of First Class Honours, Second Class Honours or Pass as set out in the table below. Average Mark

Nature of

Classification

Band

Achievement

+ 70%

Excellent Performance

First Class Honours

60% - 69%

Very Good Performance

Second Class Honours, Upper Division

50% - 59%

Good Performance

Second Class Honours Lower Division

40% - 49%

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Satisfactory Performance

Pass

How do I get my examination results? You receive an email in your DIT email student account once results are released. You are then able to access your results on EGB. For further details, please check

http://modularisation.dit.ie/studentinfo.htm Results of Supplemental Examinations These are normally published in the third week of September. The results are available on EGB. 10.

What happens if I am unable to take an exam due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances? You should read chapter 13 section 1of the General Assessments Regualtions Relevant forms can also be downloaded from the same link

11.

Are continuous assessments compulsory? Continuous Assessments are compulsory. A module is evaluated through a combination of continuous assessment(s) and / or an examination. The final mark for a module is an aggregate of the various assessment marks. Failure to submit or sit any assessment component of a module results in marks lost for that module.

12.

What happens if I am late submitting material for continuous assessments? Materials for assessment may be subject to a penalty or may not be accepted, unless you have a valid and documented case.

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Do I have to attend all lectures? It is compulsory to attend lectures and take part in any coursework required by lecturers. The correlation between attendance and passing exams is well documented. This is particularly true for languages as the learning is cumulative. Constant engagement with the material in class and homework is essential to make progress and gain competence in the language. Attendance is monitored in all language classes and letters are sent to students with poor attendance. If there are serious issues affecting your attendance, please contact your year coordinator.

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What is the Year Coordinator’s role? If you have a problem with a module, you should in the first instance discuss the matter directly with the lecturer concerned. If this does not solve the problem, you should approach the Year Co-ordinator. There are also student representatives on the Programme Committee who can be approached for advice. The year coordinator can also give you advice on a range of other issues you may experience during the year.

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What is the role of the Head of School? The Head of the School of Languages (Ms María-José González-Acting) has overall responsibility for the programme. Dr Amr Arisha, Head of Department of International Business, has responsibility for the business side of the programme. The Head of Department of International Business and Ms Odette Gabaudan, School of Languages, are joint chairs of the International Business and Languages Programme Committee.

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Can students contact lecturers or talk to them outside of lecture time? Students are encouraged to approach their lecturer about any concerns they may have during the course of the programme. Lecturers’ contact details are available on the DIT website.

17.

Who can I talk to about personal problems? Student counsellors are available for problems of a personal nature. This service is free of charge.

Examinations 18.

Registering for your examinations During each year of the programme you must register for your examinations. Registration forms are available in Kevin St. Examinations Office. You will be advised of the deadline well in advance. Late registration will incur a fine.

19.

Examination Results See question 9

20.

Appeal Procedure Should you wish to have a re-check or re-mark of your paper, please read chapter 14 of the General Assessments Regulations. If you feel you have grounds for appeal, details on the process and forms are available on the same link

21.

Repeat Examinations If you fail any modules, you must repeat those modules at the next available sitting. You only have to repeat the courses which you fail. Supplemental examinations take place at the end of August / beginning of September. A registration form for the supplemental examinations will be posted with your examination results in early July. If you have failed some modules, and if you have not received an examination registration

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form by July 30th, you should contact the examinations office in order to get an entry form and register for your supplemental examinations. There is a registration fee for supplemental examinations. 22.

Results of Supplemental Examinations These are normally published in the third week of September. The results are available on EGB.

PLAGIARISM PRACTICAL GUIDELINES FOR IBL LANGUAGE MODULES In accordance with DIT Plagiarism statement which expressly forbids all forms of plagiarism, it is the policy of the School of Languages to refuse work which is plagiarised. In simple words: plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of someone else’s work. That ‘work’ may be a published book or article, information downloaded from the Internet, or the work of another student. Plagiarism can take various forms: copying, paraphrasing (summarising in one’s own words a passage of someone else’s work), or adopting someone else’s detailed line of argument, without acknowledging the source. Plagiarism is a form of ‘unfair practice’ (see General Assessment Regulations, Chap.11), and a student found guilty by the Panel of Investigation may face serious penalties. In written essays, projects or presentations students should: - append a bibliography listing all sources used; - place any portions of text directly quoted between quotation-marks; - identify and correctly reference the source of ideas and arguments presented; In written essays, projects or presentations students should not: - submit language assessments corrected by a native speaker, as work so corrected and rewritten may not in the end be one’s own, and is therefore a form of plagiarism1; - resort to translation engines under any circumstances2. Format of oral examinations - Students should note that neither reading from notes nor the unbroken presentation of material evidently learned off by heart will be acceptable. The examiners may therefore ask the examinee to leave any notes aside, to cover the same point(s) again or to discuss points further without reference to such notes. All students must be prepared to take questions from the examiners during their presentation and demonstrate that they are able to cope with such interruptions. These are designed to give students a chance to show that they fully understand what they are presenting and are able to 1 Tuition in the School of Languages is designed to help you learn the language; Native-speaker competence is not expected of language students.

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discuss it in a meaningful two-way exchange, such as would occur in a real life situation. Accordingly, delivery and active participation on the part of the examinee are just as much under assessment in oral examinations as are content and linguistic accuracy, and these elements are not to be understood as separate from each other.

For an information leaflet in relation to what Plagiarism is and how to avoid it, please check http://www.dit.ie/media/library/documents/researchersandplagiarism.pdf or the information leaflet in Appendix 1 of the General Assessment Regulations (see link below). In the same document (chapter 11 and Appendix 1), you will find the procedure for suspected cases of plagiarism and other breaches of DIT’s regulations. http://www.dit.ie/qualityassuranceandacademicprogrammerecords/student-assessmentregulations/general/

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