A handful of National University of Singapore (NUS) students who cheated on a practical examination they were allowed to take home in March were punished last Tuesday, when results for the module were released.
On top of receiving zero marks for the exam, they have been barred from exercising the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for the module.
The option to write off grades for up to 10 modular credits for any module taken last semester was made available to NUS students in the light of the disruption to learning caused by the pandemic.
The students have been reprimanded, and the plagiarism offence will be included in their formal educational records at the university, said a spokesman for the NUS School of Computing last Thursday.
The spokesman declined to reveal how many students were caught but told The New Paper: “Thorough plagiarism checks were conducted to look into allegations of plagiarism in a practical examination for CS1010E programming methodology.
“Following the plagiarism checks, some of the students in class, which comprises engineering students, were found to have plagiarised in this practical examination.”
The checks were conducted through anti-plagiarism software and manual verification by course instructors. The spokesman said the school and the university take a serious view of academic plagiarism.
In the previous semester, about 680 students took the CS1010E module, which is compulsory for engineering students. The exam in question was