Tma01 T200

TMA01 T200
Question 1: the plagiarism question
Student A would be considered to have plagiarised moderately. There are a few reasons for this:
• The structure is similar even though the order has been reshuffled in some parts to hide this. Also bits from different sections have been taken and combined. Student A has taken parts from first and second paragraph and combined them. An example is to compare “Instead of merely using it to access email and webpages, users now want to access video and music content and even control their central heating system… (Student A). “Simply to access webpages and e-mail, activities that don’t require much bandwidth. Today, however, users want more from their wireless technologies, such as the ability to smoothly stream video, download music or large data files, videoconference, participate in multiplayer games and remotely or automatically control thermostats” (Garber).
• There are similar phrases, even though different wording has been used. The section on “control thermostats” (Garber) has been changed to “central heating systems” (Student A), which clearly demonstrates this. Another evidence of this is evident on phrases “standardization until the second half of next year…” (Garber) “Standards probably won’t be finalised until the second half of 2013” (Student A).
• Student A has not presented their own viewpoint but just reshuffled, extracted and rephrased the information from this article.
Student B would be considered to have heavily plagiarised. There are many reasons for this:
• There are many phrases which are identical, right from the start of the piece. Compare “Until recently, most users” (Garber) to “Until quite recently, most people” (Student B) it is identical with a few minor tweaks to make it seem different. There are many other identical phrases which are copied directly from the article. The first few sentences are almost identical with wording. Even the part on the theoretical speed is copied word for...