Assignment 2, 2015/16

| January 30, 2016

Assignment 2, 2015/16
Due date (off-campus): Tuesday 9th February, 9.00 am AEST
Weighting: 40%
Requirements: Written assignment (2000 words in total excluding references)
Deakin Graduate
Learning Outcomes
assessed:
GLO2: Communication to inform and effect change
GLO3: Digital literacy, to research and present the evidence
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
Unit Learning Outcomes
assessed:
ULO3: Evaluate scientific literature and organise derived
information to discuss a given real-world nutritional
problem logically and at an appropriate standard.
ULO4: Develop and logically present plausible solutions to
real-world nutritional issues affecting older people, based
on current scientific evidence.
Assignment 2 topic:
Provide justification for an effective community-wide nutritional strategy for the prevention of
stroke in older community-dwelling people that encompasses those aged 50 years and older.
Develop a policy/action plan that includes ONE nutritional recommendation for an effective communitywide
nutritional strategy for reducing stroke in those people aged 50 years and older and living in the
community. The strategy needs to focus on a food/diet and excludes the use of supplements.
This assignment will include justification for the effectiveness of the chosen nutritional strategy in
influencing stroke risk and outcomes, utilizing data from the peer-reviewed literature.
N.B. The policy and implementation plan must be demonstrated to be feasible, but a detailed
implementation plan is not required. The key emphasis of the assignment is development of ONE effective
community-wide strategy, with adequate justification of the effectiveness of your chosen approach with
reference to the literature.
Assessment criteria:
Your assignment will be assessed in the areas shown in the table below (see also more detailed rubric
following). Please note that the rubric used by markers for assessing your assignment on-line will be an
abbreviated form of the detailed scheme.
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Approx. word count guide
Introduction/Rationale
This section should set the scene and include information on the magnitude of the problem of cardiovascular disease within Australia and how reducing stroke will assist in reducing mortality and morbidity in Australia and maintain quality of life in older people, specifically those aged 50 years and over.
15%
350
Describe ONE nutritional strategy for stroke-prevention
Outline the key component of a feasible and effective community-wide NUTRITIONAL intervention plan to reduce stroke in people aged 50 years and above living the community. Indicate how the target population would access the program/product and who would deliver any program, considering the feasibility of involvement by community or non-government organisations, medical and allied health practitioners, and local, federal and/or and State governments. The draft policy and action plan for the proposed implementation of any action should be briefly outlined.
N.B. All that is required is a brief description to demonstrate that what you propose is feasible, but this is not the main part of the assignment.
15%
350
Justification of the key components of your strategy
Your chosen strategy must be justified as being effective using an evidence-based approach. The likely effectiveness of your chosen strategy should be adequately justified by referring to the peer-revised evidence-based literature. Clearly demonstrate how your chosen nutritional strategy would reduce stroke in older men and women living in the community.
N.B. Clear examples of successful similar interventions from the peer-reviewed literature could help to justify your case if they have produced a demonstrated reduction in stroke.
40%
940
Measurement of success, time frame, degree of difficulty
Include a description of the key outcome indicators of success. How will you measure success? Include an indication of the likely time frame required for the intervention and the likely time interval needed to see a demonstrable reduction in stroke in the older population. Also comment on the ease/difficulty of maintaining the intervention over the required time interval.
N.B. All that is required is a brief description (only a few lines) to provide an indication of time frame required and key outcome indicators.
15%
350
References. Include appropriate references to substantiate claims made in the assignment. Use correct citation (in text citations and bibliography) in the Vancouver referencing style.
5%
Overall clarity and presentation. Inclusion of word count and online submission of assignment as a PDF.
10%
Total
100%
HSN 743 Trimester 3, 2012 Assignment 2 Rubric
“Justification of an effective community-wide nutritional strategy for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in older community-dwelling people”
Assessment Criteria
High Distinction
Distinction
Credit
Pass
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Approx words
Range of Marks
12 – 15
10.5 – 11.5
9 – 10
7.5 – 8.5
1. Introduction/
Rationale
Describe a specific disease or health condition and provide a rationale for a community-wide intervention.
Concise and detailed description and critique of the problem. All relevant factual information included with appropriate referencing.
The problem is clearly stated and thoroughly described, so that the significance of the problem and importance of developing a solution is articulated.
All relevant factual information included with appropriate referencing.
The problem is stated, described, and clarified.
Most relevant factual information included with appropriate referencing.
The problem is stated but description leaves some terms undefined, ambiguities and/or backgrounds unknown.
Some relevant factual information included with appropriate referencing.
Problem is stated with minimal clarification or description.
15%
350
High Distinction
Distinction
Credit
Pass
Range of Marks
12 – 15
10.5 – 11.5
9 – 10
7.5 – 8.5
Approx words
2. Propose a community-wide nutritional strategy to effectively prevent a specific disease or health condition.
The nutritional strategy implementation plan is logical, with a clearly articulated rationale, realistic, economically viable and sustainable. Proposal is innovative, taking into account the complexities of the issues.
The feasibility of the plan is demonstrated through the
The nutritional strategy implementation plan is logical, with a clearly articulated rationale that addresses most feasibility issues.
Proposal acknowledges difficulties of implementation and aspects of issues with relevant discussion, but solutions
The nutritional strategy implementation plan is described with a clearly articulated rationale that addresses some feasibility issues. Some of the logic underpinning the plan may not be clear.
Difficulties of implementation are acknowledged but with
The nutritional strategy and implementation plan are described clearly but only minor consideration given to feasibility. There is minimal articulation of reasoning behind the plan.
Limited acknowledgment and discussion of any difficulties of implementation.
15%
350
proposal of solutions to tackle anticipated challenges. Limits of strategies/ proposal are acknowledged.
may be lacking.
limited discussion.
High Distinction
Distinction
Credit
Pass
Approx words
Range of Marks
32 – 40
28 – 31.5
24- 27.5
20 – 23.5
3. Justification of the likely effectiveness of your nutritional strategy in respect to reducing disease outcomes.
The strategy is clearly stated and strongly justified through interpretation and critical analysis of the most relevant high quality evidence.
The justification takes into account the complexities of the health problem and solution.
The strategy is clearly stated and justified through interpretation and critical analysis of the most of the relevant high quality evidence.
The justification takes into account most of the complexities of the health problem and solution.
The strategy is clearly stated and justified through interpretation and critical analysis of some relevant high quality evidence.
The justification takes into account some of the complexities of the health problem and solution.
The strategy is clearly stated and justified with limited interpretation and critical analysis of some relevant evidence.
40%
940
High Distinction
Distinction
Credit
Pass
Approx words
Range of Marks
12 – 15
10.5 – 11.5
9 – 10
7.5 – 8.5
4. Measurement of success, estimated time frame, and degree of difficulty for your program
Clear and concise articulation of measures of success with description of measurement techniques. Estimation of magnitude of effect within a specified time frame, with comprehensive justification illustrated by relevant examples.
A couple of outcome measures of success included. Some indication on measurement techniques required to demonstrate effectiveness. Estimation of magnitude of effect within a specified time frame, with limited justification illustrated by some relevant examples.
Limited information on outcome measures of success included. Brief description of outcome measures to demonstrate effectiveness. Estimation of magnitude of effect within a specified time frame, with minimal justification illustrated by some examples.
Minimal description of measures of outcome success. Estimation of magnitude of effect within a specified time frame with minimal justification and limited examples.
15%
350
References. Use correct citations (in-text citations and
Uses relevant references to substantiate claims made.
Some minor errors in reference citations and
Some substantial errors in reference citations and
Substantial errors in reference citations and
5%
bibliography) in Vancouver referencing style.
Uses correct citation (in-text citations and bibliography) in Vancouver referencing style.
formatting, Vancouver referencing style.
formatting, Vancouver referencing style.
formatting, Vancouver referencing style.
Overall clarity and presentation. Inclusion of word count and electronic submission of assignment as a PDF.
Sophisticated presentation and all arguments clearly articulated.
Inclusion of word count and submission of assignment as a PDF.
Excellent presentation and arguments clearly articulated.
Inclusion of word count and submission of assignment as a PDF.
Adequate presentation and argument clearly articulated.
Word count may be missing or failure to submit assignment as a PDF.
Adequate presentation.
Word count may be missing or failure to submit assignment as a PDF.
10%
Total
100

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