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Assessment 1

Task Description

You will be required to identify a media report (any form of media) which relates to an aspect of child development, illness or injury that is of public health significance.

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Based on this information you will develop a question(s) to explore the impact and scope of the issue. The aim of this question will be to explore existing data around the issue and to identify and critique strategies which could be used to promote or address the issue.

You must submit this assessment task in order to pass this unit. This research paper is worth 50% of your total mark for the unit.

Assessment criteria and marking rubric

Assessment CriteriaMeasures Intended Learning Outcome:
Criterion 1Identifies an issue relevant to child development, injury or illness. ILO1 and ILO2
Criterion 2Explains the health and resource implications of the identified issue using data sets and high-level evidence. ILO2
Criterion 3Identifies and critiques evidence-based strategies to promote or address the chosen issue.ILO1 and ILO2
Criterion 4Adheres to academic writing principlesILO4
Marking rubric 

Carefully review the marking rubric for this assessment task. Markers will be assessing your work against the assessment criteria in this rubric.

Other important information

 Please read this information carefully in preparation for Assessment Task 1:

Directions

There are three key components to the assessment task.

1. Identify a media report from 2019-2021 which relates to an aspect of child development, illness or injury that is of public health significance. The media report can be web based, print media, a transcript from a radio or television program, or a social media posting (e.g. Twitter, Facebook). It must be a factual report or linked to a fact based site – please do not use reports from conspiracy sites or non-reputable news sources. A copy of the media report, a screen shot, or a web link must be provided.

2. Use existing population level data to describe and explore the topic or issue with a particular focus on future health and resource implications. Data could be sourced from relevant datasets, government websites, organisations. The key aim is to describe the future health or resource implications associated with this topic or issue. What are the health or financial costs associated with this issue in the future? Depending on the topic or issue chosen, these costs may be positive or negative. The discussion of the topic or issue should use data to justify the discussion and support the arguments being presented and also be related to age and developmental stage.

3. Identify and critique evidence-based strategies which could be used to promote or address the chosen issue. If a negative issue has been identified, what can be done to address it – what evidence is there to support this approach or approaches? If a positive topic or issue has been identified, what can be done to promote this or make it more likely to happen – what evidence is there to support this approach or approaches?

Task format

1500 words. 

Submit your research paper by selecting the ‘assessments’ drop down menu item above and selecting ‘assessments’.

Referencing

Follow the guidelines for UTAS Harvard Referencing to attribute images and any other source material accurately and completely. 

Marking and feedback

There is a marking rubric for this assessment task. You are strongly encouraged to review the rubric before completing your submission.

Specific feedback addressing the assessment criteria will be provided in the form of comments on your paper or the marking rubric. General feedback will be provided via written or audio comments. 

You will receive your results and feedback via MyLO, in accordance with the timescales outlined in the School of Nursing assessment guidelines.

Example of how to structure Assessment 1 I’m going to focus on burns in young children (toddlers) because that was the example I used when answering a couple of discussion posts.

Introduction

My introduction would state the focus of my paper and what this paper will cover.

This is also a chance for you to make clear what the parameters are – for example, making clear if you are only focusing on Tasmania or NSW, or discussing an issue in a global context.

Media report

This media report is taken from a story published online by NBC, an American cable news organisation.

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/baby-scalded-hot-water-heater-lawsuit-arleta-converted- garage/2465670/

(Note that it doesn’t matter that this is an American story – it does not have to be Australian news)

Question

How can we prevent burn injuries to young children in the home?

(Note that the media report is about compensation paid to the family, but my question has nothing to do with injury compensation. I am using this media report because it is about burn injury in a young child and that is the topic I am interested in, but I choose the focus for my question)

Why is this an issue?

In this section, I need to establish why this is a problem, with reference to child development and based on data and/or evidence.

I’d probably start by talking about why burn injuries are more likely to occur in young children linked to development. I’d be discussing the fact that toddlers are mobile and like to mimic what adults are doing, but don’t have the cognitive ability to understand the risks associated with hot liquids for example. In other words, toddlers are physically able to take risks, but not cognitively advanced enough to protect themselves from those risks.

My next approach would be to get data on the prevalence of burn injuries in young children and where these injuries occur, particularly getting information about burn injuries occurring in thehttps://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/baby-scalded-hot-water-heater-lawsuit-arleta-converted-garage/2465670/https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/baby-scalded-hot-water-heater-lawsuit-arleta-converted-garage/2465670/

home. The best places to get data for this section would be government sites like the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare or other sites such as Burns Registry of Australia and New Zealand (BRANZ) or Kidsafe (Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia).

I might include information about numbers of children admitted to hospital, financial cost to the health system of treating burn injuries, provide evidence about how stressful burn injuries are to families and the ongoing impact on the child. I would be able to find data to support the first two points, but would probably need to use research evidence to support the last two points.

What can be done to address it?

I might start this section by a general explanation (supported by references) about why strategies aimed at preventing burn injury in toddlers take a risk avoidance approach (to prevent the risk occurring). This links to the cognitive development of the young child and their ability to grasp concepts like risk, harm, hot , cold etc – at this age we just take the risk away as much as possible while the child continues to learn about their world and how to keep themselves safe.

Note that this approach is different to how we approach it with an older child to warn them about danger at a level they can understand. For example, we teach older children that they should not stand too close to a fire or play with matches – in younger children we just make sure they cannot reach the matches at all.

I would then identify one or two strategies that could be used to remove the risk of burns for example, lowering the temperature of the hot water as it comes out of the hot water cylinder. I’d base this discussion on the highest possible level of evidence such as evidence informed clinical practice guidelines, systematic review/s etc, recommendations from reputable organisations such as Kidsafe.

The level of evidence available depends on the topic. If there is limited evidence available (eg. this is a new strategy that is being trialled and there is not a lot of evidence about it yet) then it is important to state this and demonstrate your understanding of levels of evidence.

You do not need to critically appraise the evidence – just describe and discuss.

Please note: Because this topic has been comprehensively explained in this example, this topic cannot be used for the assessment task

NUR355 Children and Young People Assessment 1 – Research paper (50 marks)

Criterion High Distinction (HD) Distinction (D) Credit (CR) Pass (PP) Fail (NN) Identifies an issue relevant to child development, injury or illness (10 marks)

The paper has clearly identified an issue relevant to childhood development, injury and/or illness. The discussion includes an exceptional understanding of child development through a succinct and comprehensive description of the identified issue. The work clearly shows the significance to public health.

The paper has identified an issue relevant to childhood development, injury and/or illness. The discussion demonstrates sound knowledge and understanding of child development in relation to the identified issue, with a clear link to public health.

The paper has identified an issue related to childhood development injury and/or illness. The discussion demonstrates knowledge and understanding of child development and the links to public health.

The paper has referred to an issue related to childhood development injury and/or injury however concepts are a little vague. The discussion demonstrates limited knowledge and understanding of child development and the links to public health.

The paper does not identify an issue relevant to child development, injury, or illness. The paper fails to demonstrate understanding of child development, or the relationship of the issue to public health.

Explains the health and resource implications of the identified issue using data sets and high- level evidence (16 marks)

The work provides a succinct and comprehensive explanation of the health and resource implications clearly linked to the chosen topic. The discussion seamlessly integrates appropriate high-level data.

The work provides detailed explanation of health and resource implications, making good links to most aspects relevant to the chosen topic. The discussion integrates quality data relevant to the identified issue.

The work provides clear explanation of health and resource implications related to the chosen topic. There is a good attempt to support the discussion with appropriate data.

The work describes health and resource implications related to the chosen topic, but more detail needed. Data has been used to support the discussion, but this was limited in places or lower level evidence used.

The paper has not explained the health and resource implications of the identified issue. The discussion lacks support from high-level evidence and data.

Identifies and critiques evidence- based strategies to promote or address the chosen issue  (16 marks)

The paper provides an exceptional critique of a relevant strategy or strategies to address the chosen issue. Ideas and concepts are well supported with highest possible level of evidence.

The paper provides a good critique of a relevant strategy or strategies to address the chosen issue. Most ideas and concepts are supported with highest possible level of evidence.

The work describes and explains a relevant strategy or strategies which address the chosen issue. Most ideas and concepts are supported, but higher quality evidence could be used to support the discussion.

The work describes a strategy or strategies to address the chosen issue. Some ideas and concepts are supported, but greater use of evidence needed to support the discussion.

The work has not identified or examined evidence-based strategies to promote or address the chosen issue.  Discussion not supported by evidence or poor-quality evidence used to support the discussion.

Adheres to academic writing principles  (8 marks)

Presented an excellent discussion. The paper demonstrates clear and concise written expression with a succinct, logical structure. There is no spelling, grammatical and/or terminology errors. Accurately used the SoN Harvard referencing style throughout.

Presented a well-structured discussion. Clear written expression with a logical flow. There are some minor spelling, grammatical and/or terminology errors. Minor errors in the SoN Harvard referencing style.

Presented a clear discussion in an appropriate academic style with a mostly logical flow. There are occasional minor spelling, grammatical and/or terminology errors, but this does not interfere with understanding. Harvard referencing style has been used throughout, but there are some errors either in-text or in the reference list.

Discussion is presented quite well, but expression is sometimes unclear and unnecessary words used. There are several spelling, grammatical and/or terminology errors that at times interfere with understanding. Harvard referencing style used throughout, but there are errors either in-text or in the reference list.

The paper does not adhere to academic writing principles. There are frequent spelling, grammatical and/or terminology errors. There is inconsistent or incorrect referencing style and/or the incorrect referencing style has been used.

Assessment 1: Research report (template)

(Please remove the instructions in italics if using the template for your report)

Brief introduction

2-3 sentences stating what the paper is about

Media report

1 sentence stating what it is then insert a screenshot/ photo that shows the title/subject, the date, the source, and the first few sentences of the content if able/applicable.

Put URL underneath if applicable.

Question

This should define the focus of your topic.

The question does not have to be exactly like the media report – the media report just shows that your chosen topic is relevant and current.

Why is this an issue/ important?

Explain why this is an issue.

Include an explanation of how this links to a developmental age and stage.

What are the costs or savings (health and resource implications) associated with this issue or initiative? This can include financial, health, personal, community costs. Data and/or evidence must be used to support this section.

What can be done to address it? (if chosen topic is an issue) OR What can be done to promote/encourage it? (if chosen topic is a positive initiative)

What is an evidence informed strategy/strategies that have been shown to be effective in addressing/promoting this issue/ initiative?

Why is this strategy/strategies effective with this age group/stage of development?

Conclusion

1-3 sentences that summarise what the paper was about.

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