CBS Holds Lecture on ‘How to Avoid Plagiarism in Academic Writing’

The Dean’s Research Club (DRC) of the Central Business School (CBS) held its second Lecture on ‘How to Avoid Plagiarism in Academic Writing’ at Central University, Christ Temple on Wednesday, 1st March, 2017. The overall objective of the lecture was to build capacity of the Faculty in the area of research this time around with emphasis on practical ways of avoiding plagiarism in academic manuscripts in order to reduce the similarity index thereby increasing the chances of it being published in reputable journals. The lecture attracted 23 participants, mainly faculty drawn from the various departments in CBS and the Law School. It was delivered in three sessions. The first session provided insights into what is meant by plagiarism, how bad it is, as well as, how to detect and eliminate plagiarism in manuscripts. The second session was a hands-on practical session where attendees were taken through a demonstration and explanation of the features of the plagiarism detector software in the ‘Blackboard Learn app’ of Central University. The participants tried their hands on the software by uploading a document of their choice to detect the extent of plagiarised text in their documents. The third session involved a lecture on the importance and consequence of plagiarism which was concluded with an advice to attendees on how to train themselves to avoid plagiarism in their academic manuscript write-ups. In addition, participants were provided with web links to computer based plagiarism and similarity index computation software as well as slides of the first presentation which contained other relevant information regarding similarity index computation and some biggest stories of plagiarism in 2016. Mr. Justice Djokoto, Central University Research Co-ordinator, Mr. Samuel Quarcoo of the Centre for Distance Education and Dr. Justina Dugbazah, Director of Research, Central University were the facilitators. Dr. Justina Dugbazah on her part explained the rationale behind the Central University Policy for establishing the Research Directorate. She encouraged all faculty and senior administrative staff to take advantage of ‘Central University Research Fund’. The Lecture was organized by the Public Lecture and Colloquium Committee (PLCC) whose role among others is to help improve and increase research activities in the Central Business School.

MR. DAVID ABBEY VOTED AS CU TIER 2 PENSIONS BOARD MEMBER

The Junior Staff of Central University voted to elect Mr. David Abbey as their representative on Central University TIER 2 PENSIONS BOARD in Friday’s election which saw him winning 53.7% of the vote. Mr. Abbey, a staff of Central University currently assigned to the Audit Directorate of the University defeated Mr. Emmanuel Bleboo, Mr. Emmanuel Obeng, Mr. Benjamin Brown, Mr. William Jinjong and Mr. Jeffrey Owusu in a keenly contested election.

Out of the 77 junior staff who were eligible to vote, 54 voted representing a turnout of 70.12%. Employed in 2008 as a Library Clerk, Mr. Abbey is currently a level 400 Business Administration Student in Central University. An elated David Abbey expressed his profound gratitude to his colleagues for the trust reposed in him. ‘I am so happy. The huge margin shows the great confidence my colleagues have in my ability to do the job. I promise them that during my tenure, I will be transparent and keep the updated on every development on the various boards and committees on which I will be representing them.” He said.

The 35-year old Mr. Abbey will replace Mr. Bright Antwi now promoted to the Senior Staff level.

Central University starts paperless academic service request

Central University, the leading private university in Ghana has introduced an innovative e-students request technology known as “Request a Service” which seeks to help students and alumni experience fast processing and delivery of official transcripts and other academic documents.

According to the University, the deployment of the technology drive will enable students/ alumni to request for services, make submission from anywhere in the world and also cut out all the printed forms and manual validations of requests.

Since its opening in 1998, the university which was granted a presidential charter in January 2016 has graduated over 19,000 students in various disciplines for undergraduate and post graduate degree programs.

Introduced by Inpath Technologies Ghana Limited, this service makes CU the first university in Ghana to go paperless with students requests and also provide the opportunity to track the processes till the request is delivered at their door steps.

Launching the service, Mrs. Stella Etse, In-Charge, Academic and Students Services, said the struggle and inconvenience of travelling over a long distance to request for transcripts and other services by students and alumni should be over.

“From the comfort of their home in every corner of the globe, students and alumni can send in their request and within 2 days it is ready for pick up or delivery by DHL she noted adding that the technology helps to reduce the processing period for transcript requests from 5 days to 2 days. “This means better service experience, increased productivity, and drive efficiency”, she posited.

Explaining the processes involved, the Chief Operating Officer of Inpath Technologies Ghana Limited, Mr. Samuel Korley said using the students portal on the university’s website (www.central.edu.gh), the student/ alumni will proceed to request for an itemised service from a customised dashboard to complete a request.

“On submission of the request, one has to pay for the cost of the transcript or document being requested for before processing will begin” he indicated and added that,multiple payment options ranging from various mobile money platforms, Master and Visa Debit cards and some selected banks were available to complete the transaction.

Mr. Korley revealed that once a request is confirmed, the student/ alumni can track every stage of theprocessing until final delivery is made by DHL (the partnering courier service) to the recipient at every corner of the globe.

This innovative platform seeks to increase efficiency by 50% and also cut out the stress associated with physical follow ups in the acquisition of transcripts.

2-DAY WORKSHOP ON CONSTRUCT AND USE OF MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST ENDS

A 2-Day Capacity Building Workshop which was held on the 27th- 28th February, 2017 for 72 lecturers of the School of Applied Sciences has ended at the Miotso campus. The purpose of the workshop was to update the participants’ knowledge and skills required in the construction and use of multiple-choice tests in the assessment of students. The Resource person was Professor Kafui Etsey, an experienced lecturer with over 31 years’ experience in teaching Assessment, Educational Statistics, Educational Research Methods, Measurement and Evaluation from the Department of Education and Psychology (College of Education Studies, University of Cape Coast). The highly interactive workshop saw the participants divided into various groups for practical work on the constructing of multiple- choice test. Professor Etsey took the participants through the nature, principles, strength and limitations of constructing Multiple-Choice Test using the tools of PowerPoint presentation, discussions and practical work. The workshop provided strategies, resources, and practice for designing questions that are unambiguous, fair and appropriate. Participants were also taught to recognize and avoid commonly occurring technical flaws in constructing multiple-choice items and identifying the characteristics of good test items. The Director of Human Resource, Mr. Thomas Ofori -Amanfo thanked Professor Etsey for his service and expressed his confidence in the usefulness and effectiveness of the workshop towards the achievement of its stated objectives and learning outcomes. He hinted that their conditions of service and promotions could be influenced by the mastery and implementation of these training programmes when it comes to their assessment under the New Annual Performance Management and Career Development System. He stated plans by the Human Resource Directorate to roll out similar workshops for all the other schools.

 

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