Sociology of Health and Illness

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Context
Health and healthcare can be understood through biomedical, behavioural, and socioeconomical approaches, and it is important for health professional to understand the
strengths and limitations of these approaches.
In addition, the concepts of public health, the “new public health”, social model of health,
sociology, population health and health promotion are used as framework s for designing
and implementing health services, and within which nurses work and contribute to the
health of individuals and communities.
Instructions:
For this assessment use the same case study video as you used in Assessment 1, that is
Video 1: David (hypertension), Video 2: Rhonda (diabetes), or Video 3: Theo (depression).
Your task is to compile a report applying the knowledge that you have gained within this
subject to describe models of health as relate to your chosen video case study. The report is
to include demographic information related to the health concern and a description of a
public health initiative for this health issue.

ASSESSMENT 2 BRIEF
Subject Code and Title SHI104 Sociology of Health and Illness
Assessment Assessment 2: Report
Individual/Group Individual
Length 1,000 words (+/- 10%)
Learning Outcomes This assessment addresses the Subject Learning
Outcomes outlined at the bottom of this document.
Submission Due by 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Sunday of Module 4.1
(Week 7).
Weighting 30%
Total Marks 100 marks

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Your report is to cover the following:

A definition of the biomedical, behavioural, and socio-economic approaches to
understanding health and healthcare.
Explain your chosen health issue presented in the video in biomedical, behavioural,
and socio-economic terms, highlighting at least 2 factors that may contribute to the
health issue.
Research and outline the demographic data for Australia for the health issue that

you have chosen, including mention of:
prevalence
gender
age
and where available, race, location and other descriptors

Identify a public health strategy or health promotion activity that aims to address the
causes and prevalence of the health issue and:

Briefly outline the initiative
Indicate what you think the strengths and weakness are of the initiative
Explain whether you think this strategy would be effective or not for the case
study you have chosen (David, Rhonda or Theo)
Please note: this report should contain an introduction, body and conclusion (see below
for further information on writing reports).
Helpful Data sources
There are many useful sites to research demographic information. To help you begin the
search you may wish to begin with these data websites:
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (n.d). Retrieved from
https://www.aihw.gov.au/
Australian Bureau of Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.abs.gov.au/
Referencing:
It is essential that you use appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research. Please
see more information on referencing here
http://library.laureate.net.au/research_skills/referencing
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Submission Instructions:

When: Assessment 2, Report is due to be uploaded to Blackboard by 11:55pm
Sunday Week 7 (Module 4, Subject 4.1)
Blackboard:
Assessment link
Report form, academic writing. The report must include cover sheet, page
numbers, word count, headings, reference list.
Where:
Format
:

 

File naming: Before submitting your files, you must name your files as follows:
SubjectNumber_LastName_FirstName_Assessment2

Referencing: Please follow the APA referencing style. Style guides can be found on your
college portal.
Assessments cannot be emailed directly to the lecturer.
If you are late with your assessment submission, you need to follow the late assessment
procedure relevant to your campus.
Feedback can be viewed in My Grades on Blackboard.
Helpful Guidelines -How to Write a Report?
The purpose of writing a report is to present information which can be described or
analysed. The key differences between writing a report and an essay; are that an essay
provides opportunity for exploration of ideas which can be expanded on in a lot more detail.
A report on the other hand is more prescriptive in its structure and the language that is
used. This means that your writing style needs to be concise and clear. Reports are broken
up into headings and subheadings, can include tables, graphs and diagrams; and information
can be presented in dot point form where appropriate.
The following is a basic report structure which can be used to successfully complete this
assessment task.
Introduction
This section requires you to provide background information on the topic you have chosen
to investigate (including historical context, surrounding changes in our understanding), the
purpose of your report, and what information your report will contain. This section is to be
written in complete sentences and paragraphs. It does not to contain any dot point
information or tables, graphs and diagrams.

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Body of Report
This section will be broken up into a series of subheadings which will address each of the
key areas you are required to research for your topic. The majority of these sections should
be written in complete sentences and paragraphs however, you can include graphs,
diagrams and tables that may be appropriate. Ensure that you title these clearly, in the
correct way, and reference using the APA system where necessary. Tables, graphs and
diagrams can also be added in an appendix at the end of your report, and when doing this,
you need to clearly state where the item can be located. Generally, information presented
in this format does not count towards your overall word count. Some information may be
presented in dot point, however if the majority of your information is set out in this way it
makes it difficult to evaluate your level of understanding for each area being researched
.
Conclusion
This section brings together all of the information that you have presented in your report,
and links back to your introduction any information that adds value to our overall
understanding of the topic. You can also discuss any areas which have been identified as
requiring further research or investigation and how this will work to improve or change our
understanding of the topic. This section does not introduce or discuss any new information
specifically, and like the introduction, will be written in complete sentences and paragraphs.
No tables, graphs, diagrams or dot points.
Appendix
Here you can include information which you may have referred to specifically throughout
your report, but were unable to include directly into the report (usually due to limited word
count). You need to ensure that anything you include here is clearly titled and easily
identifiable as to where it relates within your report.

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SH104 Assessment 2 Rubric: Report

Assessment
Attributes
Fail (Unacceptable)
0-49%
Pass
(Functional)
50-64%
Credit
(Proficient)
65-74%
Distinction
(Advanced)
75 -84%
High Distinction
(Exceptional)
85-100%
Knowledge and
understanding
Explanation of
biomedical,
behavioural, and socio
economic
models of health
25%
Incomplete understanding
of required concepts and
knowledge of biomedical,
behavioural, and socio
economic
models of health.
Models of health
definitions not included or
limited in report.
Basic knowledge or
understanding of the
required concepts and
knowledge of biomedical,
behavioural, and socio
economic models of health.
Models of health definitions
included for some but not
completed in full in the
report.
.
Thorough knowledge and
understanding of the
required concepts and
knowledge of biomedical,
behavioural, and socio
economic models of health.
Defines models of health
clearly and applies relevant
concepts.
Information substantiated by
relevant evidence from
academic sources.
Highly developed
understanding of the
required concepts and
knowledge of biomedical,
behavioural, and socio
economic models of health.
Well demonstrated capacity
to define and explain
models of health and apply
relevant concepts.
Information substantiated
by significant evidence from
academic sources.
A sophisticated
understanding of the
required concepts and
knowledge of biomedical,
behavioural, and socio
economic models of health.
Models of health defined
thoroughly and clear
examples provided.
Discriminates between
relevant information and
understanding
substantiated by significant
evidence from academic
sources.
Gathers and applies
data
Researching patterns of
illness, including varied
demographic
information.
25%
Incomplete or incorrect
data gathered.
Inappropriate data
sources presented in
report.
Sufficient data collection
presented. A limited variety
of demographic resources
gathered. Lacking mention
of one or more key patterns
of illness.
Detailed level of data from
appropriate sources
presented. Limited
interpretation or analysis of
demographic information.
Patterns of illness in relation
to prevalence, gender, age,
race, location have been
considered.
High level of appropriate
data, provided
interpretation of data.
Appropriate demographic
sources gathered.
Patterns of illness in
relation to prevalence,
gender, age, race, location
and other relevant
descriptors have been
elaborated on well
outlined.
Advanced level and
presentation of relevant
data, provided
sophisticated
interpretation of
demographic data.
Patterns of illness in
relation to prevalence,
gender, age, race, location
and other relevant
descriptors have been
interpreted and explained
expertly.

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Analysis and
application of new
knowledge
Identification and
description of a public
health/health
promotion initiative
25%
Limited understanding of
the topic. Inadequate
assessment and analysis
of a public health/health
promotion initiative.
No strengths or
weaknesses outlined for
an initiative idea.
Demonstrated knowledge
of the topic. Adequate
assessment and analysis of
a public health/health
promotion initiative.
Identification of strengths
and weaknesses of an
initiative idea.
Limited explanation of how
strategy could be effective
for chosen video case study
health issue.
Thorough understanding of
the topic. Explains the
assessment clearly and
provided a well-developed
analysis of a public
health/health promotion
initiative.
Identification and thoughtful
description of strengths and
weaknesses of an initiative
idea.
Comprehensive explanation
of how strategy could be
effective for chosen video
case study health issue.
Highly developed
understanding of the topic.
Well-argued assessment
and analysis of a public
health/health promotion
initiative.
Thorough and clear
explanation of strengths
and weaknesses of an
initiative idea.
Very well demonstrated
capacity to justify how
strategy could be effective
for chosen video case study
health issue.
A sophisticated
understanding of the topic.
Comprehensive assessment
and analysis of a public
health/health promotion
initiative.
Insightful and concise
discussion of strengths and
weaknesses, demonstrating
ability to discern and
elaborate on how strategy
could be effective for
chosen video case study
health issue.
Structure and writing
style.
Clarity of expression,
planning and flow of
work
15%
No evidence of planning.
Inappropriate writing
style. Needs work on
structure, flow and order.
Report missing structure
of introduction, body and
conclusion.
Adequate academic writing
style. Basic structure, some
areas may lack flow or
order.
Some aspects of report
structure missing, lacking
complete introduction,
body and conclusion.
Good academic writing style.
Logical sequence with clear
structure.
Report structure includes
flow of introduction, body
and conclusion.
Well-developed academic
writing style. Clear
expression with logical
sequencing, flow and
structure.
Report structure includes
clear presentation of
introduction, body and
conclusion.
Highly developed academic
writing style. Clear and
concise. Structure and
sequencing effectively
supports discussion,
drawing concepts together.
Report structure includes
succinct presentation of
introduction, body and
conclusion.

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Correct citation of key
resources and evidence
10%
Demonstrates
inconsistent use of good
quality, credible and
relevant resources to
support and develop
ideas.
Demonstrates use of
credible and relevant
resources to support and
develop ideas, but these
are not always explicit or
well developed.
Demonstrates use of credible
resources to support and
develop ideas.
Demonstrates use of good
quality, credible and
relevant resources to
support and develop
arguments and position
statements.
Shows evidence of wide
scope within the
organisation for sourcing
evidence.
Demonstrates use of high
quality, credible and
relevant resources to
support and develop
arguments and position
statements.
Show evidence of wide
scope within and without
the organisation for
sourcing evidence.
The following Subject Learning Outcomes are addressed in this assessment
SLO b) Explain the philosophical concepts of public health, the new public health, social model of health, sociology, population health and health promotion
and consider their application as the framework for designing and implementing health services in the Australian health system.
SLO d) Describe the biomedical, behavioural, and socio‐economical approaches to health and healthcare.
SLO f) Access and use academic and information resources to explore patterns of health and illness.