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Part 1

below is a copy of the student handbook regarding assessment offences including
plagiarism. Use this document as well as any other sources of information you
can find to answer in your own words the following two questions:

What is plagiarism?

Why is plagiarism a serious offence in British universities?

250 words)

Part 2

of your clients is interested in investing in China Mobile, a major company
listed on the Shanghai stock market. Identify the four most important ratios or
statistics used to assess financial performance, down load these for the last 3
years and use them to assess if the company is financially successful.

250 words)

Guidelines for this coursework:

  1. This coursework must be
    submitted online using Moodle on module ELC 310 before 12 noon on Thursday
    6th October.
  2. Use all available sources of
    information, for example Yahoo finance is a useful website to obtain
    financial data.
  3. Use Harvard referencing where
  4. Marks will be awarded approximately
    as follows: 60% for content, 30% for structure and 10% for presentation.
    Good content means providing the most important information that is
    relevant to the question asked. Good structure means organising the
    content in a logical order that clearly and directly answers the question
    asked. Good presentation means a format that is easy to read which helps
    the reader to quickly and clearly understand your answer. 

and Assessment Offences


Note: these examples are not necessarily exhaustive

Obtaining or attempting to obtain access
to an unseen examination or test paper prior to the start of the examination/test

The introduction or use in an examination
or test of any crib sheets, revision or other notes, books, notes, paper or devices of any kind other than those
specifically permitted in the rubric of the paper.[1]

Failing to comply with the instructions
of an invigilator or examiner, or with the printed instructions for candidates.

Removing from an examination or test any
script, paper, or other official stationery (whether or not completed) unless
specifically authorised by an invigilator or examiner. 

Being party to any arrangement whereby a
person other than the candidate fraudulently represents, or intends to
represent, the candidate in an examination or test (personation).

Communicating, or attempting to
communicate with another student or with any third party other than the
invigilator/examiner during an examination or test.

Copying or attempting to copy the work of
another student, whether by overlooking his/her work, asking him/her for
information, or by any other means, or knowingly allowing work to be copied.

The submission for assessment of material
(written, computer-generated, visual or oral) or ideas originally produced by
another person or persons, without clearly indicating that the material
is not original, such that the work could be assumed to be the student’s own.[2]

The unauthorised use of the work of
another student (whether by taking a hard copy without permission or through
access to a hard disk or floppy disk) 

The representation of  work produced in collaboration with another
person or persons  as the work of a
single candidate

The inclusion in a piece of assessed work
(other than an examination or test) of material which is identical or
substantially similar to material which has already been submitted for any other
assessment within the University 

Making false declarations in an attempt
to obtain modified assessment provisions or special consideration (eg of
extenuating circumstances). 

The presentation of data in laboratory
work, projects etc based on work purporting to have been carried out by the
student but which has been invented, copied, altered or otherwise falsified.

Attempting to persuade another member of
the University (student,  staff, or
invigilator) to participate in any way in actions which would be in breach of
this Regulation

Being party to any arrangement which
would constitute a breach of this Regulation.

1  This would include, for example, the possession or use of a
pre-programmable calculator/personal organiser where the paper permits use of
an ordinary calculator; the possession of unauthorised notes (in whatever
form).  It could also include possession
of a mobile phone or any other electronic device, where an invigilator had
instructed that such articles were to be deposited in a specified place. 

2   The use of direct quotations or
lightly paraphrased text without citing the source would be deemed to be an
assessment offence.  Where work was
similarly presented, without quotation marks, but with a clear indication of
the source this would be identified as bad practice and marked
accordingly.  (In the latter case,
overly-derivative work showing little intellectual input from the student would
be likely to be given a low mark, and if extensive the work would be almost
certain to fail).  Offences can also
include the use of intellectual data or ideas without acknowledgement; copying,
summarising or paraphrasing the work of another student or graduate;  commissioning another person to complete work
which is then submitted as a student’s own work; the use of professional essay
writing services or work drawn down from the Internet.