Module NUR 6055 Policy, Politics and Nursing BSc (Hons) Nursing, 09/13 cohort Assignment launch date: Assignment submission date: Assignment submission method: Maximum word count: Assignment brief 5th October 2015 15th January 2016 by 12:00 (twelve noon) Electronic 3,000 words Title Your critical analysis must address: Critically analyse a current issue relevant to health policy and your field of nursing The drivers for the policy and/or the significance of the policy issue at global, national or local level; The influences of current context and/or political philosophies on establishing priorities and the formulation of policy; How policy formulation is influenced by individuals, groups or organisations; How nurses can influence or challenge policy, and/or the forms of power that nurses may use in delivering policy in practice; The impact of policy implementation on patients / service users; The evaluation of policy, if your chosen issue has reached that stage. Your assignment must address all module learning outcomes. You are required to submit your assignment electronically through the module’s Moodle page. Your assignment must be submitted in one of the following Microsoft compatible formats: .doc .docx .rtf Full guidance on electronic submission of assignments is available on the Moodle page. NUR6055 assignment - draft Additional guidelines: Use Harvard Referencing style, in accordance with the University’s guidelines . Use a range of resources including: Reports, policies and official inquiries by government , independent organisations, and professional statutory and regulatory bodies; Books, journals, news organisations and websites. Use of wider reading should enhance your mark, Demonstrate critical analysis. Steps to critical analysis include: Breaking things down into separate elements Comparing and contrasting Discussion of strengths and weaknesses Placing in context Reaching a justifiable conclusion Identification of gaps / omissions. You are not required to reflect, but where mentioned personal experience must be clearly identified as such. Pay attention to the structure and organisation of your assignment. Include introduction, main body and conclusion. Your introduction should make clear the aims and focus of your assignment. Structure your assignment to provide a logical development of your ideas Write clearly in sentences and paragraphs, with attention to spelling Avoid jargon, slang and colloquialisms. Refer to Faculty of Health marking criteria for level 6. You must adhere to the Faculty of Health’s Policy on Confidentiality. There are answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the assignment are available on Moodle. Why is a 3000 word assignment used to assess this module? Successful completion of this assignment will help you develop skills in: understanding policy in practice exploring, comparing and contrasting different viewpoints and perspectives; critically analysing and applying concepts and ideas that are new to you; reaching a personal understanding about significant theories and concepts and expressing them in a way that makes them your own; planning a structured piece of work so that you express yourself clearly and concisely in writing; correctly referencing a range of resources.