6. Assessment The purposes of this assignment are •To develop an understanding and appreciation of your own attitudes, values and beliefs and the way these might change •To develop an understanding of the link between your professional judgement and the concepts that it is built upon •To help develop your academic judgement and show the extent to which it is linked to professional judgement Assessment activityLength requiredWeighting within unit
The assignment requires the student to identify their personal views, and in exploring the relative merits of ‘opt-in’ and ‘opt-out’ approaches to organ donation, demonstrate their personal and academic learning2500 words50% Practice Outcomes (ESC’S and NMC)50% CRITERIA FOR SUCCESS1. Compare and contrast ‘opt-in’ and ‘opt-out’ approaches to organ donation, giving examples from current practice in the UK and other European countries 2. Using Blackboard exercise 1, describe and explain your personal views in relation to organ donation at the start of this exercise 3.
Using Blackboard exercise 2, provide as strong a critique as possible of your previously held views 4. Using Blackboard exercise 3, offer a structured reflection, indicating how and why any change in your view has taken place 5. Plan your essay to demonstrate an understanding of the following key attributes of academic writing oAn appropriate title oclear structure, making good use of paragraphs oevidence of appropriate reading using a range of authoritative sources oaccurate Harvard referencing good sentence construction, language and punctuation oawareness of and avoidance of plagiarism Suggested structure for your assignment Markers will use this suggested structure as a guide in addition to the criteria for level 1 that appear on the feedback sheets. It is suggested that you think of a paragraph as a passage of text dealing with a single point or idea. For planning purposes, it is helpful to think of a paragraph as being around 150 words and around 6 – 8 sentences. A 2500 word assignment typically contains about 16 paragraphs.
There would normally be two paragraphs in each of the introduction and conclusion, with the remaining 12 paragraphs forming the main body. The main body is divided into sections that help you plan to meet the criteria for success. The first four criteria above can each form a section of the main body, with three paragraphs in each section. It is helpful to ask yourself – “If I meet each of criteria 1 to 4 using three paragraphs, what will each paragraph contain? ” Once you have this list of 12 paragraphs, you have your essay plan, and are ready to draft your introduction.
Introduction 2 paragraphsA summary of the points (paragraphs) in sequence for each of the main body sections, using one sentence to describe each of the 12 paragraphs Main Body Section 1 3 paragraphsCompare and contrast ‘opt-in’ and ‘opt-out’ approaches to organ donation, giving examples from current practice in the UK and other European countries Main Body Section 2 3 paragraphsUsing Blackboard exercise 1, describe and explain your personal views in relation to organ donation at the start of this exercise Main Body Section 3 paragraphsUsing Blackboard exercise 2, provide as strong a critique as possible of your previously held views Main Body Section 4 3 paragraphsUsing Blackboard exercise 3, offer a structured reflection, indicating how and why any change in your view has taken place Conclusion 2 paragraphsStructurally similar to the introduction but with ‘finishing off’ language to remind the reader of your main points As you near completion of your assignment, compare your draft with criterion for success 5 to ensure you demonstrate an understanding of the key attributes of academic writing.
Essay Title A significant part of the assignment task is to give the essay an appropriate title. The marker will see an appropriate title as a key indicator of the effort that has gone into planning. The title should accurately describe the account that follows in a short and meaningful phrase. You are strongly advised to write yourself a working title at the start of your essay planning. This is your own summary of the criteria for success, and it will help to keep you focused on the various elements of the assignment task as you plan and write your essay.
When your essay is nearing completion, you can edit your working title into a final title – a shorter and snappier description of your account. You should access a variety of textbooks, journals and documents to support your learning. The following are of particular relevance: http://www. nmc-uk. org/ http://www. dh. gov. uk/en/Healthcare/NationalServiceFrameworks/index. htm http://www. dh. gov. uk/en/Managingyourorganisation/Equalityandhumanrights/Humanrights/index. htm http://www. dh. gov. uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_088970?
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Griffin, R. Tenghah 2010 Law and Professional Issues in Nursing 2nd Ed. Learning Matters Limited. Exeter. UK McHale, J. Tingle, J. 2001 Law and Nursing. Butterworth Heinemann. Edinburgh Brown, R. 2009 The Approved Mental Health Professional’s Guide. 2nd ed Learning Matters UK Hendrick, J 2010 Law and Ethics in Children’s Nursing. Wiley-Blackwell Howatson-Jones, L. 2010 Reflective Practice in Nursing. Learning Matters Limited. Exeter. UK Ellis, P. 2010 Evidence-based Practice in Nursing Learning Matters Limited. Exeter. UK