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3.1 What is plagiarism?

'Plagiarism is when you pretend that you have written or created a piece of work that someone else originated. It is cheating, it is dishonest, and it could jeopardise your HSC exam results.'

Consider this situation

Your best friend rang you last night. She is really upset because she hasn't done her assessment task for PDHPE. She doesn't know what the question means. She can't do it in time. She asks you to email your finished assessment task.

If you give your friend your assessment task, she could be accused of plagiarism if she uses it. It's the night before it's due, chances are that she will.

The big issue is your academic honesty and her academic honesty.

You should tell her, 'Just do it.' Otherwise it is cheating and you are part of it.

  • Why does plagiarism matter?
  • What are the most common forms of plagiarism?
  • Why does plagiarism happen?

Why does plagiarism matter?

Because it is cheating. It is unethical and dishonest.

Because you are not developing the skills and knowledge that are important for your learning development and life ahead.

Because authors own their own words and ideas.
Because there are penalties

Assessment gives students opportunities:

  • to research deeply
  • to connect with different points of view
  • to learn how to develop a personal point of view and to express it clearly.

If you are plagiarising, you are not gaining any deep knowledge.

What are the most common forms of plagiarism?
Why does plagiarism happen?

Which is the best explanation in each of the following?

Plagiarism is:

  • Copying and pasting information from the internet.
  • Using the ideas of others as if they were your own.
  • Copying and pasting information from the internet, then changing the words.

Why does plagiarism matter?

  • Because it is dishonest - it is stealing other people's ideas.
  • Because it carries a penalty.
  • Because it wastes time and prevents you from learning anything.

A reference list, which shows where you have found your information, is necessary because:

  • Teachers like to give you some references to start your research.
  • It lists the sources cited and shows your intention not to plagiarise other people's ideas.
  • It is a requirement of the school and the Board of Studies.


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