Designing computer security assessments to reduce plagiarism

English, Rosanne; (2019) Designing computer security assessments to reduce plagiarism. In: Proceedings - 3rd Conference on Computing Education Practice, CEP 2019. ACM, GBR. ISBN 9781450366311 (

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Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty for computing science assessments is a well documented issue. A common mode of dealing with this is to apply plagiarism detector software to code submissions to check for suspected plagiarism based on how similar submissions are. However, it arguably is less well established how to design computing science specifc assessments which aim to reduce the possibility of plagiarism, whilst not disadvantaging students who may struggle with some aspects of an assessment. This paper aims to report on the design and practice of such an assessment within a computer security course.