Assessment task 3 – Case study analysis
Type: Case study analysis (Individual task)
Due date: Due 2359h AEST, Monday, 04 October 2021, Week 6
Length: 1500 words (excluding reference list)
Material: Covered in weeks 2 to 4
Aligned subject learning outcomes:
SLO2. Critically evaluate and apply theoretical models and methods of the biological bases of behaviour to propose solutions to current global health challenges;
SLO3. Communicate proposed solutions to current global health challenges to a variety of audiences.
In this task you will be required to critically evaluate research from areas of the biological bases of behavior, and use the research to propose solutions to a global health issue that is directly aligned to a Sustainable Development Goal. Your response will take the form of a population-based case study analysis. The following steps apply:
Choose a population-based case study from the three categories provided below, and select one of the specific options. You must focus on one of the assignations below, otherwise a grade of zero will be awarded for this assessment.
Identify the challenge for the particular case study and population option, and formulate a research question to focus on, including the methodological approaches and research inclusions and exclusions for the literature review.
Conduct a literature review on your question to evaluate the current research in behavioural neuroscience.
Write up your case study in the following format.
a. The first section of your submission will provide an overview of the case study, and the overarching aim of your analysis of it. Write this first as you will use this synopsis to formulate a scope of your literature review. Be sure to include concise information to inform the reader about the population and the challenge (recommended word limit: 200).
b. Detail your research question because the research question will determine the review method, the literature sourced, and the focus. A research question in this context is the stated aim/focus of the review that you have set out to have answered by the review process. At this point, detail the inclusion/exclusion criteria for the literature (this is how you determine what literature to include in the review), and explain the reasoning behind these considerations. Use this as an opportunity to really define your review aim and method and its focus (recommended word limit: 200).
c. Present your evidence-based literature review, critically evaluating the research as it applies to your case study, your aim, and your research question; and provide discussion on behavioural neuroscience evidence-based solutions to the identified issue. Depending on topic and focus, your critical evaluation might involve, for example, weighing up the balance of the evidence in relation to what has been shown to work or not work) and then providing a clearly stated determination for the reader (recommended word limit: 900).
d. The final section of your submission will provide a succinct overview of your findings of the literature review, and your recommended behavioural neuroscience evidence-based solution(s) to the challenge as it applies to the target population (recommended word limit: 200).
Notes relevant to your submission:
• You must adhere to APA 7 formatting requirements, including in-text citations and referencing
• You must focus on one of the assignations below, otherwise a grade of zero will be awarded.
The health challenge topics in this section align to the Sustainable Development Goal #3, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Digital neuropsychology provides new approaches for measuring and monitoring neuropsychological functioning (including computerized neuropsychological assessment devices). In this topic you will recommend the potential uses for digital neuropsychology (including computerised neuropsychological assessment devices) in the diagnosis, or treatment or rehabilitation of a neurological condition aligned to the currently recognised global health challenge of good health and well-being. Choose one of the following topics as your population case study:
Option 1 Diagnosis OR treatment of Adults with Multiple Sclerosis
Option 2 Diagnosis OR treatment of people with Acquired Brain Injury
Option 3 Cognitive rehabilitation of adults with drug addiction/addictive disorders.
Neurobiology of aggression
The health challenge topics in this section align with the Sustainable Development Goal #16 to significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.
Studies related to the neurobiology of aggression provide us with a more sophisticated understanding of the mechanisms underpinning antisocial behaviour, moral decision making, and violent offending. Research has suggested potential links between brain structures, hormones, biological functioning in the body and aggressive behaviour. This topic is focused on the development of neurobiological evidence-based methodologies that can be employed in the diagnosis or treatment of antisocial behaviour. Your target groups are as follows:
Option 1 Diagnosis of Violent Offenders to assist with targeted treatment
Option 2 Treatment for the perpetrators of domestic violence to prevent re-offending.
Healthy and disordered eating: The obesity epidemic
The health challenge topic in this section aligns to the Sustainable Development Goal #3 to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages; and #12 to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
According to the World Health Organisation (2016), there were around 2 billion adults who were categorised as being overweight, 650 million of which were obese. It has been suggested that the worldwide prevalence of obesity tripled between 1975 and 2016. Calculations indicate, based on current trends, that there will likely be in the order of 2.7 billion overweight adults, in excess of 1 billion adults affected by obesity, and 177 million adults severely affected by obesity by 2025. Your task is to recommend neurobiological evidence-based therapeutic (treatment or management) strategies to address obesity caused by food addiction.
Choose one of the groups listed below as the basis of your population case study:
Option 1 Overweight primary school children displaying excessive eating behaviours, and who has parents that are obese
Option 2 Single, working, middle-aged males who are obese and have been diagnosed with food addiction.