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HLSC220 Healthcare Ethics


Assessment Title  Argumentative essay
PurposeThe purpose of this assessment is for students to demonstrate the capacity to develop an ethical argument/s based around the four bio-ethical principles: autonomy, justice, beneficence, and non-maleficence. Students will use their chosen topic to develop a sound ethical argument.
Due Date  Tuesday 7th September, 2021
Time Due  0900hrs (09:00am)
Weighting  50%
Length  1500 words +/- 10% (includes intext citations, excludes reference list)
Assessment Rubric  Refer to Extended Unit Outline Appendix A
LOs Assessed  LO1, LO2
TaskThree topics will be available for you on LEO. You will select one of these topics and construct an argumentative essay. You are encouraged to choose a topic that you feel is important to you and that you feel passionate about.
Target AudienceHealthcare professionals
Submission  Via the Turnitin link in the HLSC220 LEO site
File format  Please submit as a .doc or .docx (not .pdf files)
Margins  2.54cm, all sides
Font and size  Use 11-point Calibri, Arial or Times New Roman
Spacing  Double spacing
Paragraph  Aligned to left margin, indent first line of each paragraph 1.27cm
Title Page  Not to be used
Level 1 Heading  Centered, bold, capitalize each word (14-point Calibri or Arial)
Level 2 Headings  Not to be used
StructureIntroduction: Provides an introduction and brief background to the topic and ethical discussion, identifies the ethical stance to be argued. Body: Provides the content of the ethical arguments incorporating the bioethical principles and relevant ethical theories and concepts. Conclusion: identifies the key ethical points argued and re-iterates the ethical stance taken. Does not introduce new ideas. Reference List: Includes all the sources identified within the essay.
Direct quotes  Always require page number. No more than 10% of the word count should be direct quotes.
HeaderPage number top right corner (9-point Calibri or Arial)
Footer  Name _ Student Number_ Assessment _ Unit _ Year (9-point Calibri or Arial)
Referencing Style  APA 7th Edition. It is recommended that you download ENDNOTE referencing software free from ACU
Minimum ReferencesThere is no set number of references that must be used as a minimum for this task, but as a rough guide only, if you have utilized less than 10-12 unique quality peer-reviewed sources then you have not read widely enough. All arguments must be supported using a variety of high-quality primary evidence. Avoid using any one source repetitively.
Age of ReferencesMost references for this task should be published within the last 5 years, however the appropriate use of older evidence sources (e.g. seminal theoretical ethical work) is acceptable.
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 or URL  Presented as functional hyperlink
Spacing  Double spacing the entire reference list, both within and between entries
Late Penalties  Late penalties will be applied from 09:01am on the 7th September, 2021, incurring 5% penalty of the maximum marks available up to a maximum of 15% in total. Assessment tasks that are submitted more than three calendar days after the due or extended date will not be allocated a mark.

Example: 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.  

Penalty Timeframe       Penalty          Marks Deducted 9:01 am Tuesday to 9 am Wednesday        5% penalty    5 marks 9:01am Wednesday to 9am Thursday         10% penalty                  10 marks 9:01am Thursday to 9am Thursday              15% penalty                 15 marks Received after 9:01 Friday                          No mark allocated n/a
    Return of Marks  Marks will generally be returned in three weeks of the submission due date; if this is not obtainable, you will be notified via your campus LEO forum.
    Final Assignment  Marks for the final assessment (assessment two) of this unit will be withheld until after grade ratification and grade release on 3rd of December, 2021.
    Assessment template project informed by ACU student forums, ACU Librarians and the Academic Skills Unit.

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