Online Courses

Ensuring Integrity 1: Plagiarism Awareness (Doctoral Students)

This online course was developed by the Graduate School, in conjunction with the Library. It aims to equip Imperial PhD students with a working knowledge of the concept of plagiarism and how to avoid it. This enables students to use and share information ethically, with academic integrity and in accordance with Imperial College's Examination & Assessment: Academic Integrity Policy.

You are required to achieve a threshold level of understanding which will be tested through a final exam. Instructions on how to receive a certificate as proof of completion can be found in the course in the section ‘Course Info.’

On completion of this online course you will be able to:

  1. Explain what plagiarism is
  2. Identify incorrect referencing and possible potential cases of plagiarism
  3. Apply techniques to avoid the different types of plagiarism
  4. Reference properly someone else's work as well as your own work
  5. Evaluate and relate the impact of academic integrity to your own work as researcher and in your career 

In order to self-enrol onto the course, please follow the instructions: ‌Plagiarism Awareness (PhD Students) 2019-2020 [PDF]

All postgraduate students are required to take a compulsory online course in plagiarism awareness.

The Plagiarism Awareness course is compulsory for all 1st year Doctoral students and MUST be completed before the 9 month Early Stage Assessment (ESA).

*Master’s students who complete the course during their Master’s registration at Imperial College London will not be expected to take the course again should they progress to a doctorate award with the College.  However, students are encouraged to engage with the doctoral version of the course 6 months prior to submission of their thesis so that they can refresh their knowledge.

Ensuring Integrity 2: Intellectual Property (Doctoral Students)

This course aims to equip PhD Imperial students with a working knowledge of the concept of Intellectual Property (IP), and an awareness and understanding of the basic principles surrounding IP rights, such as patents, copyright, design rights and other forms of IP.  An understanding of IP and its application is important for all students; for those intending to continue in academia as well as those intending to enter the commercial world after graduation.  

The students interested in joining academia will be able to reflect on the potential and actual 'impact' of their research on the wider world, which has growing importance. Many technical advances will never be adopted and developed by industry without the protection provided by patents or copyright, for example.

For students intending to enter the commercial world, an acquaintance with the fundamental issues around intellectual property may well prove highly valuable in the increasingly competitive jobs market irrespective of sector or specialisation.

You are required to achieve a threshold level of understanding which will be tested through a final exam. Instructions on how to receive a certificate as proof of completion can be found in the course in the section ‘Course Info.’

On completion of this online course you will be able to:

  • Identify all key intellectual property rights, their use, and how they are obtained
  • Indicate what a patent is and evaluate how to obtain one for your invention
  • Think critically on how relevant a patent is in the digital age
  • Analyse the various types of licenses to better understand the commercial significance of research results   
  • Assess the potential IP in a new invention or business idea

In order to self-enrol onto the course, please follow the instructions: Intellectual Property (PhD Students) 2018-2019 [PDF]

Ensuring Integrity 3: Copyright (Doctoral Students)

This course aims to equip you with a working knowledge of copyright and licencing so that in your career you can use and share information in a copyright safe way. The course has activities and discussions to give you the opportunity to practice the knowledge and skills acquired through context based scenarios and examples. You are recommended to share your reflections on the digital canvases throughout the course. This will give you a chance to elaborate what you learnt in the readings, share examples and challenge your understanding by interacting with your peers.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Define what copyright is & what types of works are protected by copyright
  • Describe the main types of licenses, including the creative common license  
  • Copy and reuse research materials safely
  • Plan how to get permission to use third party copyright in your thesis
  • Evaluate how UK Copyright laws affect the work you produce as a researcher

To self-enrol onto the course, please follow the instructions: Ensuring Integrity: Copyright (Doctoral Students) 2018-2019