BASS – COU301A Page 1 Assessment Brief Program Bachelor of Applied Social Science Subject Working with Addicted Populations Subject code COU301A Name of assessment Assessment 2: Critical literature review Length Words: 1500 Learning outcomes addressed by this assessment: A, C, E Submission Date: End of week 6, Sunday 11.55 pm Assessment brief summary: Students are required to critically analyse the impact the Disease Model of addiction has on current addiction treatment models and intervention approaches. Total marks 30 Weighting 30% 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 ( BASS – COU301A Page 2 Assessment Description: In your essay discuss: “Although the brain disease model of addiction has yielded effective preventive measures, treatment interventions, and public health policies to address substance-use disorders, the underlying concept of substance abuse as a brain disease continues to be questioned.” In this essay you will also research current methods of addiction treatment and address some of the common criticisms of the disease model of addiction, and offer counter-arguments Research a variety of relevant and current academic or scholarly sourced literature (minimum 10) and make reference to this literature in your essay. Marking Criteria: Max. in category Your points Answering the question and responding to the topic 10 Links to theories and concepts – appropriate review of literature 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 Total: 30 Comments: BASS – COU301A Page 3 What we want to see: 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 ten 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 (, 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 blackboardi . 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. BASS – COU301A Page 4 Resources Available to YOU: 1. Academic writing guide link 1&content_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: 1&content_id=_2498847_1&mode=reset LASU also provides a series of academic skills tutorials. Please contact Caroline Spaans (, 02 949 232 14). 3. Researching: A guide to researching is available on the library page Please contact the online and Pyrmont librarian for Health, Dawn Vaux ( if you would like further help or a tutorial on how to do research this way. i


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