Professional
academic writing skills are a crucial requirement for radiography students. The
difference between success and failure in hospitals can often depend on an
individual’s professionalism.  Irvin
(2010) defines academic writing as a piece of writing that demonstrates
knowledge and authenticity at a given task. He also states that appropriate
academic writing includes knowledge of research skills, ability to read complex
text and understand key disciplinary concepts. Additionally, it is academic
honesty which is a necessity in every academic environment.  It helps one accurately express their
uniqueness in presentation and interpretation of a task by different
individuals. This essay will analyse the common misconduct such as collusion,
plagiarism and cheating that may occur in academic writing, how it is dealt
with, how to establish ‘good practice’ academically and the overall importance
of portraying honesty at all times.

In an
article to support academic and professional competence, Ng, et all. (2007)
suggest three areas of competency for an undergraduate radiography programme.
These include “fitness for practice, fitness for purpose and fitness for
award.” This implies that while students study to be competent in their
practice as radiographers, they should also be knowledgeable in their studies
and avoid behaviours that could be considered inappropriate or cheating.   In basic terms academic writing is more than
just constructing sentences, but is the ability to be able to critically read
articles or work from other authors that make a meaningful contribution to the
task. This shows that academic writing will take into consideration the
contribution of others to the essay, with their work correctly acknowledged,
and evidence to show that the task has used other works appropriately. As a
future health professional, it is important to have some knowledge of academic
writing to demonstrate academic honesty.

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