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Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 10 March 2022, 10:18 AM)
Plagiarism: I am still unsure about plagiarism. Is there a guide for me?
To know more about plagiarism and academic misconduct, here are some suggestions:
1) Refer to the EEG part 5
2) Refer to this guide for students (attached)
3) Check out our FAQ on plagiarism-related questions via FAQ Studying @ Wittenborg
4) Attend the Academic English Workshop (AE) which is held during the Introduction Week in every block. The timetable is available via https://timetable.wittenborg.eu/ or you can refer to WUAS general year planning via 2021-2022 General Year Planning (wittenborg.eu)
5) Consult your Academic English teacher
Question:(Last edited: Friday, 26 November 2021, 1:42 PM)
Plagiarism/Turnitin Similarity Score: Does Turnitin show percentage of similarity and plagiarism? Or any highlighted area for plagiarism?
When a paper is submitted via Turnitin, an overall percentage of similarity or originality score (with colour code) is shown (see picture below). The similarity score is just a percentage of text in the student’s paper that matches sources in the Turnitin database. Turnitin does not detect nor check for plagiarism but it highlights the text in the student’s paper that is similar to or matches against another source. The picture below shows a Turnitin Originality Report in the Document Viewer window. On the right of the image, you will see a numbered list of matched sources. Each of these is allocated a colour and number and these correspond to the number and colour in the student’s text. A high percentage does not mean there is plagiarism and a low match score does not mean there is no plagiarism. However, a large percentage could indicate that the student has used too much from one source, or a direct copying of text from that source – see the red highlighted text numbered 1. A high percentage could also mean poor paraphrasing by student – see the pink highlighted text numbered 2. Both these high percentages are grounds for further investigation by the teacher on the student’s paper as direct copying and insufficient paraphrasing, even with proper referencing are considered as plagiarism.
At Wittenborg, up to 20% similarity is acceptable for all submissions through Turnitin as long as the submission is properly referenced as per Harvard referencing style. Above 20% but no more than 30% similarity must be motivated/justified by the student to be accepted for assessment. The 20% similarity does not automatically imply the submission is plagiarism-free as there could also be cases of plagiarism with less than 20% similarity. The submission must be properly referenced as per Harvard referencing style.
Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 11 February 2021, 1:46 PM)
Plagiarism/Turnitin Similarity Score: How will I know what changes I need to make after I viewed the Turnitin Originality Report and how can I lower the similarity score?
Check the ‘Match Overview’ of the Originality Report (picture shown below) and take note of sources which have more than 1% similarity. Make changes to your text, not only to lower your overall similarity score but also to lower the similarity of each source higher than 1%. Here are some suggestions on what you can do:
1) Remove or change strings of commonly used phrases or text (5-8 words) such as 'Sustainability is important for the environment', as such phrase is very common in the internet and will show up in the similarity score.
2) Put all exact words in quotation marks, or in an indented paragraph. Then use the filter key in Turnitin and exclude 'quotes' and 'bibliography'. (Refer to this link on how to use the filter function: https://help.turnitin.com/ithenticate/ithenticate-user/the-similarity-report/filters-and-exclusions.htm). However, a better way is to paraphrase everything in your own words, even if it is a definition, and provide the references. Make sure you don't just find synonyms of words or change few words here and there because Turnitin can detect similarity in sentences too.
3) Check the individual percentages of the sources. If the percentage for one or more of the sources are 2% or more (see the example in the picture below), reduce or paraphrase the text from that source. For example, referring to the picture below, reduce text from Sources no. 1, 2, 3 and 4.
These are some ways in which you can reduce the similarity score, but take note that a low similarity score does not definitely mean that your assignment is plagiarism-free. In addition to the above, you have to ensure that you have not committed any of the possible cases of plagiarism. For this, you have to check the EEG Part 5b. You can also refer to the attached document 'A Guide to Plagiarism - for students' on how to avoid plagiarism.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 10:10 AM)
Pre-Master Curriculum: Which Pre-Master's curriculum should I follow in the timetable?
You should select the relevant Pre-Master's programme in your timetable depending on the Master's Programme you are planning to undertake once you complete the Pre-Master's programme.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:07 PM)
Pre-Master's: Is there an internship requirement for pre-master's students?
No, pre-master's is considered part of the master's programme; therefore, it is not a compulsory module. However, master's or pre-master's students can only do their internships during the last semester of their study programmes.
Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 7 January 2021, 3:12 PM)
Printer Facilities: Where can I print documents?
For any printing needs, students can avail of the multiple printers in the Aventus building. For the exact locations at Aventus, as well as registering for this service, please click the link https://www.wittenborg-online.com/mod/resource/view.php?id=57959.
Wittenborg also recommends students to visit CopyService Apeldoorn for making copies of required documents. The location of CopyService Apeldoorn can be found easily with a Google search.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 16 March 2022, 10:33 AM)
Profile Picture: How to change your profile picture.
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Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 28 April 2020, 3:25 PM)
Project Week: Will project week affect my grade or is the final examination grade solely important for passing the block?
Project weeks are part of the curriculum and it will affect your ECs and ultimately the progress of your studies.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:12 PM)
Project Week: Do I need to complete all Project Weeks?
you are required to attend and pass all Project Weeks in the given academic
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 12:46 PM)
Project Week: How many Project Weeks does Master's students have to complete and when can they attend?
Master's students are required to complete a total of three (3) Project Weeks (PW) in order to receive a pass in this module. The PW topic of blocks 1 & 5 are similar, while the PW topic of blocks 2 & 6 are similar and the PW topic of blocks 3 & 7 are similar. Students must ensure that the three PWs taken are not a duplicate of another. For example, once a student has a Pass for PW block 1, they can no longer take the PW in block 5 because the topic is similar. If taken, the mark will not be registered in Osiris. Only ONE PW can be taken per block. For example if students join the campus-wide Bachelor's PW like the Climate Change PW, students will not be allowed to join the Master's PW for that block.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:13 PM)
Project Weeks: How can I attend the Project Weeks?
At least 6 times a year, Wittenborg students are involved in a project week that challenges them through real-life, real-time projects organised by the university in cooperation with various companies and organisations, both locally, nationally and sometimes internationally.
Students are divided into project groups and are given an assignment to be completed in a short period of time, usually one or two weeks. This means dealing with deadlines and pressure while working for a real client. At the end of the project week, findings are presented in a professional setting at Wittenborg University: an opportunity to hone consulting and presenting skills. In short: a stimulating and educational experience that prepares students for the reality of their future careers.
For more information about participation and project weeks, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 9:31 AM)
Project Weeks: How will the project weeks be delivered?
As is the case with the rest of the modules, project weeks will be delivered through online activities, i.e. online groups and team sessions will be conducted. Teams will be given the responsibility to collaborate outside the scheduled sessions. At the end, the teams will present their deliverables, while the university will make all the material and resources needed online for the students.
International trips have been cancelled.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:15 PM)
Redirecting Post: How can I get my post redirected to my new residence overseas?
It can always be a hassle if your post gets misplaced after you have moved abroad. It may also be difficult for your friends or relatives to contact you if you have moved without letting them know in advance. There is a smart way to ensure any lost or misplaced posts by applying for this service on the Postnl website. This will enable all posts to your old address to be automatically redirected to the new address abroad. This service from Postnl is free of charge.
To avoid confusion because the website is mainly in Dutch, there is the option of visiting a Postnl office in your area and activating this service.
You can apply for this service online by visiting their Postnl website at: https://www.postnl.nl/ontvangen/post-doorsturen/doorzendservice/.
Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 22 April 2021, 4:12 PM)
Refund: How can I claim a refund?
Please fill in the Refund Request Form. If the request has been approved by the Finance Department, the payment would be made within 8 weeks. If your refund request has been rejected, you will be informed via e-mail latest within 8 weeks after receiving the refund request. If you have any further questions, you can contact email@example.com.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:17 PM)
Registration at Municipality: When should I register at the municipality?
After receiving a residence permit, foreign students can register in their municipality. All students must be registered at their local City Hall. Just call your local City Hall for an appointment.
The Front Desk can make an appointment with the Gemeente (City Hall) for registration of the newly arrived students from abroad in Apeldoorn. For the appointment, students should bring the following documents:
Citizen Service Number (BSN)
“Burgerservicenummer” (BSN) is a unique personal number that enables reliable and efficient data exchange between citizens and government. In the Netherlands, all residents must have their own BSN if they wish to engage in either part-time or full-time work or studies, and for administrative issues, such as opening a bank account.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 12:53 PM)
Registration Letter: How can I get my registration letter?
If you need your registration letter, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and student number. We will send it to you after checking your educational status and financial requirements.
Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 24 February 2022, 9:18 AM)
Reimbursement of Travelling Expenses: How can a student reimburse any travelling costs for moving through campuses to attend the classes?
When student groups in specialisation modules (Bachelor or Master programmes) are smaller, Wittenborg may decide to combine the groups with a other study location (Amsterdam/ Apeldoorn) to ensure consistency in our student experience. In similar situations, Wittenborg will reimburse the return travel costs (train/metro) between the two study locations (Amsterdam-Apeldoorn-Amsterdam/Apeldoorn-Amsterdam-Apeldoorn)
NOTE that this is not an option for students to follow classes at any campus.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 3:51 PM)
Residence Permit (RP): What shall I do if my RP is going to expire soon? How do I extend my RP?
In principle, you will be notified by Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) when your residence permit will expire soon (within three months). It is fully your own responsibility to notify Registrar Office and submit required information and documents completely to extend your residence permit on time to avoid residency gap in your residency in the Netherlands.
Kindly refer the webform and upload all necessary documents to request for an RP extension: https://form.wittenborg.eu/visa-application-RP-extension.htm. Please submit the form at least 6 weeks prior to your RP expiration date. Then the Registrar Office could have sufficient time to review your files, prepare your RP extension application and send to IND.
Additionally, please note
that we cannot submit an application for a residence permit extension of the
validity if the residence permit is still valid for more than three months. The IND
will disregard an application for an extension that is submitted earlier than three months before the expiration date of the residence permit
Should you have any question concerning this email, feel free to contact us directly via email: email@example.com.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 10:04 AM)
Residence Permit Expired: What should I do if my residence permit has expired but I cannot leave the Netherlands at this moment?
Submit an extension application at the IND desk where possible. If this is not possible, you can ask for a return decision at the counter. With a return decision, you then have an additional 28 days to leave the country. You can make appointments at the counter in the usual way, but bear in mind the currently limited services at the IND counters.