Ealth in an Era of Environmental Change

Theme:
HOW MODIFICATIONS TO OR IMPACTS ON OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL PROCESSES INCLUDING HOW WE USE, TRANSFORM, MANAGE OR EXPLOIT NATURAL RESOURCES OR ECOSYSTEMS MAY DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IMPACT ON OUR HEALTH.
You must provide a 2 250 word Literature review and analysis on this theme
Select ONE CURRENT ISSUE and provide a summary of the literature, using relevant case examples, that addresses the theme above.
For the issue you select, you may examine ANY DIRECT OR INDIRECT HEALTH IMPACT(S) from ANY FORM(S) OF ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSITION OR MODIFICATION (such as health impacts from environmental encroachment, degradation or overuse through to, for example, possible beneficial impacts of environmental restoration and rehabilitation).
You may select a LOCAL/REGIONAL, NATIONAL OR GLOBAL issue, provided it has a dI STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU DISCUSS POSSIBLE TOPICS WITH ME (BY E-MAILemonstrable or potential health impact BEFORE PROGRESSING TOO FAR IN YOUR ASSIGNMENT PREPARATION
The assessment will be based upon your ability to:
describe, interpret and apply a conceptual framework in which to accurately
understand and describe their chosen health and environmental change issue
appraise issues, identify and locate sources of information, and conduct a
critique relating to the health and environmental change issue you have selected
within a regional, national or global context
Each assignment must include:
i · TITLE PAGE: All assignments need a clear title. The total word count must be
included under the title.
i · BRIEF INTRODUCTION/IDENTIFICATION OF THE ISSUE: Introduce your chosen
topic, provide any necessary definitions and explain WHY the topic you have
selected is considered to be important/relevant
i · SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS OF THE AVAILABLE EVIDENCE ON THE TOPIC YOU
HAVE CHOSEN:
o In the main sections of the essay, which you should divide up using
subheadings, you should
(i) summarise and draw out the main findings, and
(ii) provide a critique/interpretation of the significance of the
findings.
o You must use at least 25 recent references (i.e. in past 10 years). You
can include earlier references (e.g. from textbooks; a?classica? articles) but
you must still include 25 recent ones as well.
o Apart from this, there is NO set number of studies that must be included
and your analysis/interpretation a it is as many as allow you to
demonstrate the current state of evidence regarding your chosen topic.
o See the marking key below for more details on how the marks are
assigned/ weighted.
i ·CONCLUSION: Every assignment must provide a clear summary of the available
evidence.
i · LIST OF REFERENCES: Any standard referencing format is acceptable (e.g.
Vancouver)
WORD LIMIT 2 250 words (excluding figures, tables and references).
You MUST state your number of words on your front page.
References/Tables/Figures are NOT included in the word limit.


1. Identification of problem (P); Grade out of 10
Students who receive high grades in this component achieve the following:
a clear concise identification of the health and environmental change issue to be assessed
use of pertinent literature (e.g. journal articles; Departmental reports) indicating the incidence, prevalence or other measures of disease burden caused by the health and environmental change issue
a precise delineation of the topic to be assessed with an indication of why this might be a health priority
2. Synthesis/integration (S); Grade out of 15
Students who receive high grades in this component achieve the following:
a well-integrated summary of the available literature on the health and environmental change issue in question, including judicious use of well-designed and relevant findings (e.g. as opposed to randomly selected or poorly designed papers which did not adequately encompass the topic)
use of critical analytical tools to weigh the available evidence
a convincing critique of the main strengths and limitations of studies relating to the health and environmental change issue
3. Interpretation/innovation (I); Grade out of 10
Students who receive high grades in this component achieve the following:
evidence of personal insight and a capacity to independently interpret of the findings
use of the available data to draw the studentas own conclusions in a plausible manner
generation of initiatives or identification of other issues with relevance to Australian or regional populations
4. Conclusion (C); Grade out of 5
Students who receive high grades in this component achieve the following:
a succinct conclusion which captured and reiterated the major themes explored in the report
identification of major research, health service and policy needs, taking into account any limitations or problems that may be encountered
5. Layout/references (L); Grade out of 5
Students who receive high grades in this component achieve the following:
consistent and correct use of references; correct spelling and grammar
evidence of natural and sensible flow of information
use of headings and subheadings to identify major sections