Program Bachelor of Applied Social Science
Subject Counselling for Grief and Loss
Subject code COU302A
Name of assessment Assessment 2: Essay
Length Words: 2000
Learning outcomes addressed by this assessment: A, B, C
Submission Date: End of week 7, Sunday 11.55 pm
Assessment brief summary: Select a loss you have experienced in your own life, either the loss of a person, a relationship, loss of health etc. You then need to critically analyse the grief and loss experienced according to the criteria provided in the assessment description below.
Total marks 40
Students are advised that any submissions past the due date incur a 10% penalty per day, calculated from the total mark e.g. a task marked out of 40 will incur a 4 mark penalty per day.
Students must attempt all tasks in the unit to be eligible to pass the unit
More information can be found in Think Education Assessment Policy document on the Think Education website (http://www.think.edu.au).
COU302A - Assessment Description:
-In this assessment task you are asked to critically analyse theory and practice and to integrate your learning to date.
You are asked to select a loss you have experienced in your own life, either the loss of a person, a relationship, loss of health etc. You then need to critically analyse the grief and loss experienced according to both of the contemporary theories below:
Stroebe & Schut’s Dual process model of coping with bereavement
Rubin’s Two Track Model of bereavement incorporating biopsychosocial functioning and the nature of the relationship to the deceased.
Critically reflect on the application of the theories. State what you believe to be the merits and constraints of the practical application of each theory.-
Max. in category Your points
Demonstration of understanding of theories: ability to think critically about theory applied to practice and evidence of original thought 10
Integration of theory and practice 10
Examination of the types of losses experienced and an understanding of your vulnerabilities when going through the grieving process 10
Number and choice of appropriate references 4
Word count, readability, and structure 3
In-text references and reference list, accuracy and use of correct referencing style 3
What we want to see:
This essayi will incorporate a formal introduction, main points and conclusion; as this is an essay, the introduction and conclusion, as well as individual paragraphs addressing different issues should not be flagged with subheadings, but incorporated in the essay.
The work must be fully referenced with in-text citations and a reference list at the end. We recommend you work with your Academic Writing Guide to ensure that you reference correctly. You will find a link to this document on the main page of every unit, under the 'Assessments' section. Correct academic writing and referencing are essential tasks that you need to learn. We recommend a minimum of six references.
Referencing: References are assessed for their quality. You should draw on quality academic sources, such as books, chapters from edited books, journals etc. Your textbook can be used as a reference, but not the Study Guide and lecture notes. We want to see evidence that you are capable of conducting your own research. Also, in order to help markers determine students’ understanding of the work they cite, all in-text references (not just direct quotes) must include the specific page number/s if shown in the original.
Researching: You can search for peer-reviewed journal articles, which you can find in the online journal databases and which can be accessed from the library homepage. Reputable news sites such as The Conversation (https://theconversation.com/au/health), online dictionaries and online encyclopedias are acceptable as a starting point to gain knowledge about a topic. Government departments, research institutes such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local not for profit organisations such as the Cancer Council are also good resources.
Formatting: The assessment MUST be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. Other formats may not be readable by markers. Please be aware that any assessments submitted in other formats will be considered LATE and will lose marks until it is presented in Word.
What we don’t want to see:
Plagiarism: All sources of information need to properly be acknowledged. Please refer to the plagiarism website on blackboardii. By clicking the 'Upload this file' button you acknowledge that you have read, understood and can confirm that the work you are about to submit complies with the Flexible and Online plagiarism policy as shown in the JNI Student Handbook. Like other forms of cheating plagiarism is treated seriously. Plagiarising students will be referred to the Program Manager.
Word Count: Marks will be deducted for failure to adhere to the word count – as a general rule you may go over or under by 10% than the stated length.
Late Submissions: Students are advised that any submissions past the due date incur a 10% penalty per day, calculated from the total mark e.g. a task marked out of 30 will incur 3 marks penalty per day.
No submission: Students must attempt all tasks to be eligible to pass the unit.
More information can be found in Think Education Assessment Policy document on the Think Education website.
Resources Available to YOU:
1. Academic writing guide link https://laureate- au.blackboard.com/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_20163_1&c ontent_id=_2498847_1&mode=reset
2. Writing & referencing: The link to the Learning and Academic Skills Unit (LASU) is on the left pulldown menu on the blackboard home page:
LASU also provides a series of academic skills tutorials. Please contact Caroline Spaans (email@example.com, 02 949 232 14).
3. Researching: A guide to researching is available on the library page http://library.think.edu.au/research_skills/.
Please contact the online and Pyrmont librarian for Health, firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further help or a tutorial on how to do research this way.