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RMIT Creds: Digital Literacy

The RMIT Library Creds guide explains the content of the Library's Creds and how teachers and lecturers can embed these creds in courses and programs.

About this Cred

Academic Integrity, or the ability to produce work with honesty and fairness, is essential to academic study.

This badge explains the concept of academic integrity and its significance within and beyond university. As part of this Cred, students explore the importance of doing one's own work while also acknowledging how other people's ideas have influenced their thinking and writing.

Access the Academic Integrity Awareness Cred

Learning outcomes

This badge demonstrates to future employers that students are able to:

  • acknowledge that the RMIT community has expectations around academic integrity
  • acknowledge that honesty, fairness and integrity are values associated with academic integrity
  • recognise academic misconduct
  • identify appropriate referencing techniques


Final Assessment for this Cred is a multiple-choice quiz (MCQ).This is automarked, with no facilitation involved.

Students will have 60 minutes and two attempts to reach the 80% pass mark.

There are short formative activities designed to develop skills in practising academic integrity; identifying plagiarism, collaboration and collusion; when to reference; and how to paraphrase, summarise and quote.

Why embed this Cred?

As set out in the RMIT Teaching Guides, Academic Integrity is integral to the values of the University. By embedding this Cred, you are providing your students with the information about plagiarism and academic integrity that they need to develop scholarly skills and behaviours (RMIT University 2018).

The Cred provides information about paraphrasing, using direct quotations, and incorporating references into the body of assignments and reference lists. If you assess students for referencing and general written proficiency, this Cred provides good examples and links them relevant RMIT sites which provide further assistance.

Who should do this Cred?

Academic Integrity Awareness introduces fundamental principles of academic conduct and will benefit:

  • any student new to RMIT
  • first-year undergraduates 
  • Vocational Education students
  • Masters students new to RMIT
  • international students new to the Australian academic environment

How will your students benefit?

On completion of this Cred, students will have engaged in activity-based learning and will

  • understand principles of paraphrasing and referencing that will assist not only in their course, but in the undertaking of the rest of their program
  • know how to avoid plagiarism

How to embed and align this Cred with course outcomes

  • Use in conjunction with another piece of assessment where correct referencing and paraphrasing is required.
  • Set the Cred up as an introductory assessment.
  • Use as a standalone assessment.

Note: Make sure you include your use of the Academic Integrity Awareness Cred in your Course Guide information.

Which Cred should I embed next?

Information Literacy: Key Concepts and Repurposing and Sharing Digital Objects look at finding and using information and online objects ethically and responsibly. These build on the principles introduced in Academic Integrity Awareness.