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Writing Center's Guide to Academic Writing for Health Sciences

A LibGuide created for KUMC students and faculty that explores academic writing best practices and tips

Acknowledgement

Kind acknowledgements are given to the following:

La Trobe University - Learning & Research Services (Library), and Dr. Julianne East for permission to use content from their guide.

Assignment example

De-constructing a task

Consider the task below and think about how you would work out the task requirements.  Use the following questions to guide you:

  1. what are the topic/s you must cover?
  2. what are the instructions? Are there instruction words which tell you what you must do and how you should do it?
  3. what is the issue/s?  Look for topics in the question which lead to discussion and differing perspectives.

Early detection and referral for children with a developmental delay is one of the aims of MCH nursing practice. But what happens afterwards?

Critically analyse the role of the MCH nurse in the care of a child with a diagnosed developmental delay other than autism. (Discussion of the disorder itself should not exceed 500 words).

Your analysis should be supported by relevant literature and should include working in partnership with the family.  

Answers:

 1.    What are the topic/s you must cover?

the role of the MCH nurse in the care of a child with a diagnosed developmental delay and working in partnership with the family

2.     What are the instructions? Are there instruction words which tell you what you must do and how you should do it?

Critically analyse; Discussion … should not exceed; should be supported by relevant literature; should include working in partnership with the family

3.     What is the issue/s?  Look for topics in the question which lead to discussion and differing perspectives.

The role of the MCH nurse following detection of a developmental delay seems to be problematic. What are the different perspectives on the role of the MCH nurse working with a child who has a developmental delay? What could the problems be? Are there limits to what the MCH nurse can do? How should the MCH nurse work with the family?

Applying the Sample Essay Plan

The essay plan template on the next page may not mean much to you until you read the essay written in response to the task. By matching the different sections of the plan with the essay you will see how this essay has been structured and planned. For example, when you look at the plan and the essay, you will find the sentences in the section ‘Main purpose / point of the essay’ at the end of the first paragraph in the introduction.