ECON2004 Trimester 3A, 2015 ESSAY TOPIC:

| December 29, 2015

ECON2004 Trimester 3A, 2015 ESSAY TOPIC:
Healthy Eating
A healthy eating pattern is very important to maintain good health and well-being
throughout our lifetime
The topic of this essay is: The factors that are likely to affect individual’s decisions
about the type of food/beverages they choose (e.g., healthy food, junk food) and the
consequences of an unhealthy diet.
Therefore, your essay should explore:
1. Compare the trends in eating patterns in Australia and another country of your choice
(with evidence).
2. The factors affecting individuals’ decisions about the type of food/beverages they
choose and the consequences of an unhealthy diet. And demonstrate how they make
their choices under different economic situations.
3. Government policy that might promote healthy eating and its effectiveness.
Your essay MUST apply relevant concepts from microeconomic theory. Thus, you should
use relevant concepts and diagrams to address points 2 & 3 above.
PLEASE SEE THE MARKING CRITERIA ON THE FOLLOWING PAGE
THE APPROPRIATE LENTH IS 1800 – 2200 WORDS.
ASSIGNMENT MARKING CRITERIA
Each of the sections (1, 2, 3) above will be scored out of 8 (SUBTOTAL is 24 = 3 x 8
marks). 3 marks are allocated to the introduction & conclusion, and 3 marks are allocated
to referencing. This gives a total score out of 30. This score will be halved to give a mark
out of 15, followed by a possible deduction of up to 2 marks for improper grammar,
sentence and paragraph construction. The assignment marking criteria is summarised in
the table below:
Assignment Marking Criteria
Part Scoring Explanation
1. Background
information 6
Search for information on the trends in eating and
explain/describe the trends with clear and well-labelled
graphs and tables. Please ensure your data or information is
recent, relevant and properly referenced.
2. Decision
making on
eating
12
This section MUST draw on relevant theory, especially
consumer choice theory (although you may also consider
concepts from behavioural economics to be relevant).
Ensure that you include relevant diagrams and concepts –
and that these are applied to the details of the essay topic.
3. Policy 6
This section should also draw on relevant theory (such as
consumer choice theory). Ensure you include relevant
diagrams to show, for example, the effects of taxes or
subsidies. The section should also include information on
recent government policies to promote healthy eating.
SUBTOTAL for
all
three sections:
24 marks = 8 marks allocated for each section (1,2,3)
4. Introduction &
Conclusion 3
The introduction should include some general comments on
the topic and an outline of your essay. The conclusion
should recap your key findings and include some
general comments on the issues raised by your research.
5. Referencing** 3
The referencing score is compiled from having
demonstrated an adequate range of research from
appropriate sources, using the correct format.
TOTAL: 30 marks divided by 2 to give a mark out of 15
6. Prose
(possible
negative
adjustment
of up to 2
marks)
If there is evidence of weakness in grammar, sentence
and paragraph construction, then up to 2 marks will be
deducted from your final score out of 15.
GRAND TOTAL: FINAL MARK out of 15

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