The first assessment task is a written assignment of about 1000 words that you will complete on an individual basis. For this assignment, you will choose one of the topics from the list below and write about its significance in Public Health. The assignment will require some very focused research, so it is important to begin early and seek help from the Academic Learning Centre or advice from your lecturer or tutor if you need it.
The topic for this assignment is:
** Chronic fatigue syndrome as a recognized condition;
Each of these topics is a fairly new phenomenon. For your chosen topic, you will need to research the scholarly literature as well as information available from organizations like the AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) to understand the background of your topic. However, you are not to write about the clinical aspects of the topic. Your assignment must address the following issues in separate sections: 1) Introduction — outlines the issue and gives an indication of its Public Health significance; this section must include the population affected or at risk, if relevant; 2) Public Health Implications – describes how has your topic affected thinking and practice in the field of Public Health and what are some important issues that came to attention because of your topic;; 3) Historical Context – discusses how your topic fits into the Public Health context that came before and the broader history of Public Health; 4) Future Context– discusses your personal view on the future of your topic and how you believe it will change or affect Public Health thinking and practice into the future.
This assignment must be written in a formal, academic style (not first person) and must be fully referenced. Harvard referencing is preferred for this unit. You will need to have BOTH in text references and a complete, properly formatted reference list. If you need help with referencing, please consult the ALC as soon as possible.
This assignment is worth 40% of the marks for the unit, and you must achieve a mark of 50% on this assignment to pass the unit.