Assessment Task 1

| August 18, 2015

Assessment Task 1 – Assignment (1500 words)

Due date:

Friday 28th August, 2015 by 23:59pm

Weighting:

40%

Length and/or format:

1500 words

Purpose:

This assessment aims to enhance students learning related to
contemporary mental health issues including reasoning, critical
thinking, reflection and care planning. The essay will provide an
opportunity for students to be analytical and synthesize
information within the expectations of academic writing.

Learning outcomes assessed:

1, 2

How to submit:

This essay will be submitted electronically into turnitin via the
LEO unit page.

You must complete and attach: The ACU assignment cover sheet. Students need to attach an
ACU Coversheet to the assignment ensuring they have signed
the statement that the work is original. The current ACU
Assignment Cover Sheet is downloadable from
http://students.acu.edu.au/154914.
Return of assignment:

The assignment will be returned via the LEO turnitin with a grade
and feedback summary.

Assessment criteria:

The assignment will be marked based on the criterion
assessment rubric on next page.

Assignment Topics:
Students will be provided with two contemporary mental health topics with the choice of one to be
submitted. Please see topics to choose below:
Topic 1
Contemporary literature has identified the increasing incidence and prevalence of depression
in Australia. Discuss this phenomenon in relation to the reasons for this increase. In your
answer consider gender specific differences and the nurse’s role in the treatment and
management of the illness.
OR
Topic 2
Individuals who experience borderline personality disorder often have difficulties in emotional
regulation leading to unstable and intense interpersonal relationships. Discuss this
statement and the use of pharmacological and non- pharmacological treatments and nursing
interventions for these individuals.
The discussion is to be supported with relevant and credible references. There are to be a minimum
of ten references at least two (2) being researched based journal articles. No Wikipedia and only
two (2) web based sites.
NRSG210 Mental Health Nursing, Semester 2 2015

Page 13 of 20

There is evidence of
breadth of reading. An
argument is presented
with supported evidence.
Emphasised the
importance of
consumer/carer
perspectives throughout
most of the discussion.
There is a concluding
paragraph which restates
the topic, provides a
summary of most of the
key points, and presents
an overall conclusion

There is a concluding
paragraph which restates
the topic, provides a
summary of all of the key
points, and presents an
overall conclusion.

There is a clear introduction
that outlines some of the
topic, and profiles some
content.

There is a clear
introduction that outlines
the topic, and profiles
most the scope, content
and the sequence of the
essay topic.
The content is relevant to
the topic. Student has
highlighted in detail all
the relevant significant
factors; explained and
analysed the concepts
and or issues and their
importance.
Evidence and examples
are presented of varying
quality.

There is a concluding
paragraph which restates
the topic, and provides a
summary of most of the
key points.

Most content is relevant to
the topic. Student has
highlighted most of the
relevant significant factors;
explained and analysed the
concepts and or issues and
their importance on most
occasions.
Evidence and examples are
presented of varying
quality.
An argument is presented
with some supported
evidence.
Emphasised the importance
of consumer/carer
perspectives throughout
some of the discussion.

Expected Credit (CR)
Standard

Expected Distinction (D)
Standard

There is evidence of both
depth and breadth of
reading. An argument is
presented and well
supported with evidence.
Emphasised the importance
of consumer/carer
perspectives throughout
the discussion.

Expected High Distinction
(HD)
Standard
There is a clear introduction
that outlines the topic, and
contextualises and profiles
the scope, content and the
sequence of the essay
topic.
The content is relevant to
the topic. Student has
highlighted in detail all the
relevant significant factors;
explained and analysed the
concepts and or issues and
their importance.
Referred to relevant theory
and literature to support
their reasoning and
examples are presented.

NRSG210 Mental Health Nursing, Semester 2 2015

8 marks

Closing paragraph

25 marks

Critical Thinking &
Reasoning

30 marks

Content, Evidence &
Examples

8 marks

Focus & Introduction

Elements
(Weighting)

ASSESSMENT TASK 1- ASSIGNMENT (40%)

Student Name: _________________________________

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There is a concluding
sentence which
restates the topic, and
provides a summary of
some of the key points.

An argument is
presented with minimal
support of evidence.
Some emphasis on the
importance of
consumer/carer
perspectives
throughout the
discussion.

Some content is
relevant to the topic.
Explained and analysed
the concepts and or
issues and their
importance on most
occasions.
Evidence and examples
are minimal.

There is a clear
introduction that
outlines the topic.

Expected Pass (PA
Standard

There is a concluding
sentence which
restates the topic
without providing an
summary of the
content.

Arguments made are
not supported by any
evidence.
No emphasis of
consumer/carer
perspectives
throughout the
discussion.

There is an
introductory sentence
that outlines the
topic, some parts are
unclear and or
absent.
There is insufficient
content presented
that is relevant to the
topic, and no
evidence and/or
examples are
presented.

Expected Fail (NN )
Standard

There is no
evidence of a
conclusion.

There is no clear
argument
presented.
No attempt to
incorporate
consumer/carer
perspectives in the
discussion.

The content,
evidence and
examples are not
appropriate.

There is no
introduction.

(No attempt made)

Student ID: _______________________________

NRSG210 Assessment Rubric

Credible and relevant
references are used.
Accurate use of APA
referencing style on most
occasions. Uses between 11
– 14 references.

Credible and relevant
references are used.
Accurate use of APA
referencing style on most
occasions.
Mostly accurate use of intext citations. Uses
between 15 – 17
references.
There are minimal errors
with grammar, spelling
and punctuation that
impact readability, and
the meaning is easily
discernible.
There are some errors with
grammar, spelling and
punctuation that impact
readability. However, the
meaning is readily
discernible.

There is a clear
introduction, followed by
the body of the essay, with
a conclusion. However,
content within the body
and within paragraphs is
not always logically
sequenced. Most
paragraphs relates to a
discrete idea.

The content in the essay
mostly matches the
outline presented in the
introductory paragraph.
Most paragraphs are
organised in a logical
manner, and the essay
ends with a rational
conclusion.

Tutor Comments:

There are no errors with
grammar, spelling and
punctuation that impact
readability, and the
meaning is easily
discernible.

NRSG210 Mental Health Nursing, Semester 2 2015

Marks = 80

Sentence Structure,
Grammar, Spelling &
Punctuation
3 marks

Sources & Referencing
3 marks

3 marks

Sequencing &
Accuracy

The content in the essay
matches the outline
presented in the
introductory paragraph.
Most paragraphs are
organised in a logical
manner so that content
flows from one paragraph
to the next, and there are
clear linking sentences that
link each paragraph to the
next. The essay ends with a
rational conclusion.
Credible and relevant
references are used.
Accurate use of APA
referencing style on most
occasions.
Accurate use of in-text
citations. Uses between 18
– 20 references.

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Most references are
credible and relevant.
Accurate use of APA
referencing style on
most occasions.
Accurate use of in-text
citations on most
occasions. Minimum of
10 references used.
There are substantial
errors with grammar,
spelling and
punctuation that
impact readability. The
errors detract
significantly, but the
meaning is discernible.

There is a clear
introduction, followed
by the body of the
essay, with a
conclusion. However,
there is little evidence
of sequential
presentation. Some
paragraphs relates to a
discrete idea.

There are substantial
errors with grammar,
spelling and
punctuation that
impact readability.
The errors detract
significantly, but the
meaning is discernible
with major effort.

Not all references are
credible and/or
relevant. Many
inaccuracies with the
APA referencing style.
Too many direct
quotations. Uses less
than 10 references.

There is not a clear
introduction, body
and conclusion.
Paragraphs don’t
relate to a discrete
idea, or link to one
another.

Grammar, spelling
and punctuation
are such that the
reader cannot make
sense of the
content.

There are no
references used.

There is no
evidence of
sequencing or
paragraphs.

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