This assessment is for all students in
term 2, 2020, whether or not they are doing placement this term.
The second assessment task
for this unit is a reflective essay. This is an individual assignment of
approximately 2000 words and is based on your experience and observations this
term during a real public health emergency. Your essay must consist of your
reflection on the evolving situation that has taken place during the course of
term 2, 2020. The focus of the essay is to show your deepening understanding of
issues that may arise during a public health event, especially as they relate
to cross-cultural communities like the one we live in, and yourself as a developing
practitioner. Your essay should address the following points:
1) a very brief summary of the current
pandemic and its effects in Melbourne;
actual effects on our cross-cultural community;
3) the potential effects of this kind of
situation on a cross-cultural community; and
you, as a developing public health practitioner has learned from experiencing a
real life public health emergency. You do not necessarily need academic
references for this assignment but you will have to refer to outside sources
for item 2 above. It is recommended that you use the news media for this, but please
make sure that your sources relate specifically to Melbourne. For
Item 3, you may refer to other locations in Australia and the world as a
comparison (in this case, you will need references to media courses), but
this section should reflect your considered opinion. In choosing sources for
this assignment, make sure you refer only to reputable media (ie newspapers,
television broadcasters, radio broadcasters, etc.; it is not acceptable to use
social media sources, unless they come from reputable organizations. In other
words, the personal opinion of individual members of society should not be used
to address item 2 or support item 3.
This is a reflective assignment, so a more
informal writing style is acceptable. However, the reflection must not be
wholly descriptive. It must contain an assessment of the way in which your
views or thinking has changed and what you have learned about yourself as a
practitioner and the community in which you are working.
While this assessment is not due until week 12
of the term, it will be beneficial to make some notes for yourself as the
situation develops that you can refer to when you write your reflective essay..
You must achieve a mark of 50% on this
assignment to pass the unit.
This assessment task is due by 5:00pm on
Friday of week 12. Students experiences and impressions will be discussed in
class in week 12.