Assessment Title Assessment Task 3: Essay – critical appraisal of evidence
Purpose To demonstrate your ability to critically appraise a piece of published evidence in relation to a clinical issue. Using Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP), you will demonstrate the ability to critically appraise the design and methods of a systematic review or randomised controlled trial, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the study.
Due Date Monday 17th May
Time Due 0900 hours
Length Essay 1200 words +/-10% Completed CASP checklist attached as Appendix A to your essay
Assessment Rubric See Unit Outline Appendix A
LOs Assessed 3, 4&5
Task You are required to demonstrate your ability to critically appraise a piece of published. Using an appropriate CASP checklist (e.g., CASP for RCTs or CASP for SRs), you are required to use the checklist to inform your answers.
Target Audience Nursing, midwifery and paramedicine healthcare professionals
Submission Your essay should be submitted as a Word file via your HLSC122 campus tile Assessment 3 dropbox. Your essay should include your completed CASP checklist as an Appendix.
FORMATTING Written script
File format .doc or .docx (not .pdf files)
Margins 2.54cm, all sides
Font and size 11-point Calibri or Arial
Spacing Double spacing
Paragraph Aligned to left margin, indent first line of each paragraph 1,27cm
Title Page As per the Individual written script template
Level 1 Heading Centered, bold, capitalize each word (14-point Calibri or Arial)
Level 2 Headings Optional/ don’t have to be used: Flush left, bold, capitalize each word (12-point Calibri or Arial)
Structure Essay Structure as per the Academic Skills Unit guide: Introduction, body, conclusion, reference list
Direct quotes Quotes from references should not be used for this assessment
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Header Page number top right corner (9 point Calibri or Arial)
Name Student Number Assessment Unit Year (9 point Calibri or Arial)
Referencing Style APA 7th
Should include at least four (4) credible and relevant references (i.e., peer Minimum References reviewed journal articles or textbooks).
Published in the last 5 years as this area of knowledge is rapidly developing.
Age of References Note that this excludes seminal (original) works, which have no age limitations. Reference List
Heading “References” is centered, bold, on a new page. (14 point Calibri or Arial)
Alphabetical Order References are arranged alphabetically by author family name
Hanging Indent Second and subsequent lines of a reference have a hanging indent
DOI Presented as functional hyperlink
Spacing Double spacing the entire reference list, both within and between entries
Late penalties will be applied from 9:01am on the 17th of May 2021, incurring 5% penalty of the maximum marks available up to a maximum of 15%. Assessment tasks received more than three calendar days after the due or extended date will not be allocated a mark.
An assignment is submitted 12 hours late and is initially marked at 60 out of 100. A 5% penalty is applied (5% of 100 is 5 marks). Therefore, the student receives 55 out of 100 as a final mark.
Return of Marks
Penalty Timeframe Penalty
9:01 am Wednesday to 9 am Thursday 5% penalty
9:01am Thursday to 9am Friday 10% penalty
9:01am Friday to 9am Saturday 15% penalty
Received after 9:01 Saturday No mark allocated
Marks will be generally returned in three weeks; if this is not obtainable, you will be notified via your campus LEO forum.