Written assignment: Critical analysis of the literature
Critical analysis of the literature
Weighting: 30% Due Date:
5 August, 2019
This assessment assists you in the understanding of clinical infectious diseases by demonstrating critical analysis of the literature to provide an informed opinion.
This assignment addresses the following course learning outcome/s:
1. Critique contemporary communicable diseases and related healthcare associated infections at a global, regional, national and local level;
2. Explore the association between science of infection and infectious diseases in the clinical context;
3. Develop and implement your knowledge of the aetiology, natural history, epidemiology, diagnosis, transmission, monitoring, and treatment of classic and contemporary infectious diseases across the lifespan;
Task description For this task you are required to:
Choose one of the following vignettes relating to a contemporary or classic infectious disease which you are to provide a critical analysis of the literature on to provide an opinion:
• You are the new Infection Prevention and Control Professional at a regional health district. The executive is considering introducing mandatory seasonal influenza vaccinations for health care workers but is unsure of the issues surrounding it. You are asked to look into it.
• You are the Infection Prevention and Control Professional at a large facility. A physician has requested that a patient receive a faecal transplant for the treatment of Clostridium difficile. You know that this has been considered a controversial issue in the past and need to know more about the issue.
• You are a healthcare worker working in a remote clinic and have been asked to investigate whether chemoprophylaxis for the contacts of a patient who has a group A Streptoccocal (GAS) infection is required.
8846NRS Assignment 1 (2019)
Relevant aspects of your argument and topic could include:
• Aetiology, morphology
• Epidemiology, incidence, prevalence
• Clinical presentation
• Natural history
• Mode of transmission
• Provisional and definitive diagnosis
• Management (including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, indications,
contraindications, special considerations, clinical monitoring, adverse effects, interactions)
• Relevant infection control and prevention considerations
• Other considerations relevant to your organisms as determined from the critique of the literature, such as jurisdiction-based legislative reporting requirements.
The information presented MUST be referenced using APA 6th Edition. For guidelines on this go to the Griffith Health Writing and Referencing Guide.
A minimum of 20 scholarly articles per topic from relevant peer-reviewed journals and textbooks are to be used throughout this process.
Submission to be completed online through Learning@Griffith by Monday 5th August 1900hrs.
Submission is to be via the Turnitin submission point on the Course Website.
Length: 1000 words
Other elements: • Always refer to the Griffith Health Writing and Referencing Guide.
• Ensure that you use scholarly literature (digitised readings, research articles, relevant Government reports and text books) that has been published within the last 10 years.
• Provide a clear introduction and conclusion to your paper.
• You may use headings to organise your work if you wish.
• Unless otherwise instructed, write in the third person.
• Use academic language throughout.
• Refer to the marking guidelines when writing your assignment. This will assist you in calculating the weightings of the sections for your assignment.
• State your word count (excluding only your reference list) on the Assignment Coversheet.
• Submit your assignment via Turnitin as per the instructions on your Learning@Griffith
course site. [Submit in the ‘assessment’ tab].
1 Scholarly or peer-reviewed journal articles are written by scholars or professionals who are experts in their fields, as opposed to literature such as magazine articles, which reflect the tastes of the general public and are often meant as entertainment. Cornell University Library (2016). Distinguishing Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Periodicals. http://guides.library.cornell.edu/scholarlyjournals. Retrieved Feb 18, 2016
2 Everyday language is predominantly subjective. It is mainly used to express opinions based on personal preference or belief rather than evidence. Written academic English is formal. It avoids colloquialisms and slang, which may be subject to local and social variations. Formal language is more precise and stable, and therefore more suitable for the expression of complex ideas and the development of reasoned argumentation. Newcastle University (2016). Writing Development Centre: Language. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/students/wdc/learning/academic/language.htm. Retrieved
Feb 18, 2018
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