The College recognises that academic integrity is paramount to the value of the vocational education sector and learner’s development of skills and knowledge undertaking formal vocational study. The College takes plagiarism, cheating and collusion very seriously as the assessment process is critical to the integrity of qualification outcomes. Plagiarism, cheating and collusion is a breach of learner conduct and will be managed and reviewed by the College management. Where plagiarism, collusion and/or cheating is identified, such acts may lead to disciplinary action and termination of enrolment without a refund of fees.
The Academic Honesty Policy covers the College, learners and training staff regarding plagiarism, collusion and cheating of and within assessment.
Plagiarism is the act of taking the ideas, writings or work of others and “passing off” or presenting it as your own work without acknowledging the original author. Plagiarism is a form of fraud and entails violating the property of someone else. You must make it clear which ideas you have obtained from someone else. Superficial and minor changes do not disguise your use of someone else’s words. You will have committed plagiarism if you do not acknowledge the source of a direct quote, or a specific piece of writing without a reference or acknowledgement.
Examples of plagiarism are:
- Direct copying of paragraphs, sentences, single sentences or significant parts of a sentence
- A ‘copy and paste’ of statements from one or multiple sources
- Submitting work done in collaboration with others as their own
- Copying or adapting another learner‘s original work into a submitted assessment item.
Cheating and Collusion
Cheating and collusion is:
- Collaborating on assignments where this is not a requirement of the assessment
- Copying all or part of assignments from another participant
- Submitting the work of others or a version of work of others from previous courses
- Acting with dishonesty in your studies and assessment work
The College’s expectations
When writing your responses to assessment questions, the College expects the learner will:
- Write their own ideas
- Draw on information from the unit’s learning support material and other relevant sources, and write this in their own words
- When writing a direct quote of another person’s work, use inverted commas around the quote and write from where the quote was found, e.g. “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” (1991, R.Dahl, The Minpins). Learners are not expected to provide a reference list at the end their assessment
- When answering legislation, regulation and codes questions, you may copy the relevant text as long as you reference it e.g. “The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the WHS Act) provides a framework to protect the health, safety and welfare of all workers at work. It also protects the health and safety of all other people who might be affected by the work.” WHS Act Qld, (2020). https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/laws-and-compliance/workplace-health-and-safety-laws/laws-and-legislation/work-health-and-safety-act-2011.
- Learners are expected to complete their own work and not collude or copy or use other works
Assessors accept a maximum of 15% plagiarism due to the structure and repetitious wording that can occur by virtue of the content required to complete a range of assessment. The assessor is to apply this policy at their discretion where they feel attempts at supporting the learner’s ability to genuinely complete the assessment task have failed.
Learners who are warned about plagiarism and continue to submit work that is not their own will have their enrolment cancelled without refund.
Resubmission of Plagiarised Work
Learners accept that after an initial warning, there will be a $50 fine re-submission fee per assessment that has been returned by a trainer/assessor to a learner because of plagiarism or marked as not yet competent because of plagiarised work. Learners accept that assessments will not be marked until the $50 fee per assessment is paid. Continued submission of plagiarised work will result in the termination of enrolment without refund.