Culminate means to arrive at the final stage; to be at the point of highest development; to end.
There's a reason this course is known as Culminating Project and that's because it is meant to be the crowning achievement of your experiences at Cummings. Everything you have done at Cummings has led to this one final project that will build upon your previous knowledge while making a new and important contribution to the field of behavioral health.
It is part of the expectation that your work in this Culminating Project will expand upon what you have already done. When referring to your previous work, there is a right way to do that and there's the way that can be considered plagiarism.
First, let's be clear on our terminology:
At Cummings, your culminating project often builds upon the work of previous courses. Please be aware of the following:
BOTTOM LINE: Students should adhere to the spirit of ethical writing. Although there are situations where recycling of one's own text is acceptable, it is a practice that in general should be avoided -- unless it is done in a manner consistent with scholarly conventions (quoting, paraphrasing, and citing of the source.)
Source: iThenticate. (2011). The ethics of self-plagiarism [PDF document]. Retrieved from http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hub/92785/file-5414624-pdf/media/ith-selfplagiarism-whitepaper.pdf