For this assessment, you are asked to critically discuss a case scenario and address the following:
Where should you start?
Firstly, make sure to read your Subject Outline carefully, and read any information provided to you by your Lecturer. Ask questions if you don't understand something.
Secondly, select a case study from the Assessment 2 folder in your subject i2 site.
This assessment will require doing some wider research. You already have a bit of experience with this from Assessment 1 (Journal Entry 2), so follow a similar approach with the exercises below to make a start. Refer to the Evaluate tab in this guide to refresh your memory on how to evaluate the information you find.
A topic analysis will help you to clarify and understand what your assessment question is asking you to do.
In your assessment question, you will generally be given three key pieces of information:
Charles Sturt University has a list of explanations for common instruction words.
Your question is related to your chosen case study, so this becomes part of the topic analysis:
|Key concepts||social determinants of health (ie. socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, geographic location, transport, community infrastructure etc), impacts/implications on older people, professional practice|
|Limits||report, case study, critical discussion|
|Instruction words||Identify, provide, consider, discuss|
Before you start searching for information, you need to do some further work to analyse your chosen case study and identify search terms. You might find some general information if you search for the phrase 'social determinants of health,' but you will find more relevant, specific information if you search for what is most relevant to your specific case e.g. immigrant, mental health, nutrition, rural, financial
For example, looking at the 3 case study choices, think about what keywords will find relevant information. Use synonyms and alternatives for words, as well, to broaden your search.
|Age||Older person||Aged, ageing, older adult, elder, senior|
|Social determinants of health||Immigrant, single, mental health||migrant, widow, anxiety, fear|
|Implications||isolation, low mobility||loneliness, public transport|
|Professional practice/working with these individuals||response||care, plan, approach|
When searching, you can combine these words and concepts to find relevant books and articles. You need to experiment with combinations to discover which key word combinations produce the best results.
You should also search for each concept as well as the more specific key words, to make sure you find both general and more specific articles. For example, make sure to search for aged care AND isolation to find articles about how those working in aged care might address isolated aged people, as well as dementia care AND "regional Australia" to find articles specific to regional Australia.
See the Find section for search tips, and more information about tools and resources.
This assignment specifically directs you to read more widely than the course readings. To find articles, try a number of different Primo or Google Scholar searches. Use the Find tab on this guide.
You can also take a look in the following Gerontology journals available in the Charles Sturt University Library catalogue: