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20 working days after deadline (L4, 5 and 7)
15 working days after deadline (L6)
10 working days after deadline (block delivery)
Unit title & code
Public Health Protection PUB008-6
Assignment number and title
Assignment 2: Evaluation of Public Health Protection Control and Prevention Strategies
Weighting of assignment
Size or length of assessment
Unit learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate the following knowledge and understanding:
• A critical understanding of the role of public health protection in protecting populations from infectious diseases and environmental hazards.
2. Demonstrate the following skills and abilities:
• Critically evaluate health protection strategies used to manage issues which impact on public health and, based on your findings, propose recommendations to prevent or reduce their impact in the future.
What am I required to do in this assignment?
For the health protection related issue identified in the first assessment:
Identify and critically evaluate the prevention and control strategies currently being implemented to manage the issue within the chosen geographical area.
Propose evidence-based recommendations to strengthen and/or improve the current prevention and control strategies to reduce its impact on public health in the future.
What do I need to do to pass? (Threshold Expectations from UIF)
1. Critically evaluate the strategies used to control and manage a specified disease or incident.
2. Propose evidence-based recommendations to reduce the impact of a health protection related issue on public health in the future.
How do I produce high quality work that merits a good grade?
How does this assignment relate to what we are doing in scheduled sessions?
Each week the public health protection lectures will highlight and discuss strategies which are used to prevent or control outbreaks of infectious diseases, or to mitigate the impact of environmental hazards.
In this assignment you will use your knowledge and understanding of good practice to evaluate how effectively strategies are being implemented within a specified geographical area. You will then use your knowledge and understanding of good practice, to propose recommendations to improve strategies that you have identified as being sub-optimal.
How will my assignment be marked?
Your assignment will be marked according to the threshold expectations and the criteria on the following page.
You can use them to evaluate your own work and consider your grade before you submit.
Pass – 40-49%
Pass – 50-59%
Commendation – 60-69%
1 Written expression and structure
Overall presentation of the report is satisfactory, but lacks informative figures and/or tables.
Most points are explained coherently, but structure and organization of the report is very weak.
Satisfactory use of key terminology, but explanations are vague and over simplistic.
The assessment question is addressed superficially; report includes interesting but irrelevant details throughout.
Many spelling and grammatical errors throughout the report.
Good, well presented report but figures and/or tables lack informative titles, or are poorly presented.
Report has a good, well organized structure and points are explained coherently
Good, correct use of key terminology, but explanations are relatively basic.
Attempts to address the assessment question well, but report includes some irrelevant information.
Some spelling and grammatical errors.
Presentation of report, including figures and tables is very good.
Report has a clear structure and information is well organized.
Very good, detailed and coherent discussion.
Demonstrates very good understanding and use key terminology.
Focuses on addressing assessment question and avoids inclusion of irrelevant information.
Minimal spelling and grammatical errors
Excellent or outstanding presentation of publication standard.
Written expression is concise, accurate and articulate.
Excellent, coherent in-depth discussion.
Report tightly focuses on and successfully addresses the assessment question.
Minor spelling and grammatical errors
2 Use of literature and referencing
Has identified essential literature but minimal range of literature is cited.
References and citations are included but UoB Harvard style is not used consistently.
Good range of evidence cited including current peer-reviewed primary literature.
Most references and citations are formatted in the UoB Harvard style but some inaccuracies remain. Very good range of evidence cited including current peer-reviewed primary literature.
References and citations are consistently formatted, with most in the UoB Harvard style. An excellent, comprehensive range of current primary literature is used effectively to support discussion.
References and citations are consistently formatted in the UoB Harvard style.
3 Application of knowledge and understanding
Report identifies the key prevention and control strategies implemented within a specified area.
Description of the prevention and control measures is simplistic and lacks specific detail.
Report identifies a broad range of strategies, and includes good detailed description of key prevention and control strategies implemented within a specified area. Report highlights a broad range of strategies, and presents very good, detailed description of selected prevention and control strategies implemented within a specified area.
Report highlights a broad range of strategies, and presents excellent detailed description of selected prevention and control strategies implemented within a specified area.
Critical evaluation of health protection control and prevention strategies. A limited attempt to analyse the effectiveness of the interventions described.
Analysis lacks a strong evidence base.
Demonstrates satisfactory understanding of strengths and weaknesses of health protection programmes. Attempts to analyse the effectiveness of the interventions using supporting evidence from good quality sources of information.
Demonstrates good understanding of strengths and weaknesses of health protection programmes. Very good, detailed critical analysis of effectiveness of the interventions based on evidence synthesized from multiple sources of good quality information.
Demonstrates very good understanding of strengths and weaknesses of health protection programmes. Presents excellent, in-depth and insightful evidence-based critical evaluation of the effectiveness of the health protection measures.
Demonstrates excellent understanding of strengths and weaknesses of health protection programmes.
5 Evidence-based recommendations to improve public health. Recommendations proposed are sensible, but lack clear links with specific findings of the report.
Recommendations are evidence-based but are not novel for the specified area having already been proposed in published literature.
Recommendations proposed are sensible, and could feasibly strengthen strategies identified as being sub-optimal.
Recommendations are described clearly and supported by a sound evidence-base. Recommendations proposed are well thought-out and are likely to strengthen strategies identified as being sub-optimal within the specified location.
Recommendations are explained in detail and are supported by a strong evidence-base.
Recommendations proposed are insightful and supported by a sound evidence-base.