"Postgraduate business education has become a very important financial stream for most tertiary institutions. However, what is becoming increasingly evident is that the assumption of good or even adequate academic competence, based on IELTS scores, is incorrect and that in reality many international students struggle to meet the academic standards and expectations of the overseas universities. This manifests itself in many ways; ultimately students fail units and have negative learning experiences. At best they reflect competencies of surface learners rather than those of deep learners. This paper reports on interim results of a pilot study that embedded an academic skills component into an introductory management unit in a MBA program. Based on the students’ plagiarism scores, the results to date demonstrate a positive outcome of the intervention. The students were found to have a significantly lower rate of plagiarism compared with a previous cohort. The pilot study highlights the need for more personal face-to-face help rather than impersonal cyber help and that when it comes to student learning, the ever increasing use of technology is misguided and over used as the salve for all problems."

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