Tutors and lecturers are able to tell if you have plagiarised, just by reading your work:
Everyone has their own writing style. It is obvious that a section of an assignment has been copied because of the changes in grammar, words used, punctuation, etc.
Your tutors are knowledgeable about their field and will know what has been written on the topic. They will be able to tell if you have copied from the books or articles on the reading list, or from other well known sources.
Tutors usually mark an entire class or year’s work – they will recognise if two assignments are similar. They are also likely to have marked the previous year’s work so may be able to tell if you have copied from someone in a different year.
In addition, the University uses WISEflow /Ouriginal to manage digital coursework submissions (thesis, dissertations and other course work). When you submit your work, Ouriginal checks it against documents in the database, from partner databases – books and journals etc. and material from the internet for similarities.
When the analysis is complete, a text-matching originality report is generated and forwarded to your teacher/supervisor. Please note that the student does not receive a copy of the originality report.