I'm a graduate student in Physics. The past semester was online due to the current situation. We had a particular course named "Workshop course" which is about the metal shop where usually they teach about how to use essential equipment for various purposes. This course, like others, was online. It hasn't been any online classes, no doubt classes, etc. They just sent five youtube videos to watch, and that's it. We had to write a report about the two topics given in the final examination. One of the topics wasn't even in these videos.
Most students have used online material to write the report and plagiarized. Now I admit this to be misconduct. The instructor warned everyone about that and postponed the exam for the same reason.
I'm sure what everyone has done is wrong. But by what means, the course and its organization wasn't a misconduct. How could they expect someone to come up with something original? We aren't engineering students, and we don't have any background in this. I wanted to ask if the course was misconduct by the institute. Shall I ask the instructor to organize the course with proper classes (physical)?
Edit: It seems everyone thinks that our plagiarism is justified by the way course organization was done. But I'm not saying that. The only purpose for me to mention is that the institute does care about a good research in their domain. Hence they consider it to be very big misconduct. Therefore, after submitting everyone's report, it is given X grade to everyone, which means this examination will be conducted again after some time. Considering the institute cares about a good research, how do they justify their own organization, of course? Isn't that misconduct also? Isn't it a contradiction?
Also, just to add, I haven't plagiarized.