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COU202A Mental Health and the Community

Assessment Brief


Bachelor of Applied Social Science


Mental Health and the Community

Subject code


Name of assessment

Assessment 2: Case study


1500 words

Learning outcomes addressed by this assessment:

A, B, D

Assessment brief summary:

Present the causes, possible treatments, and social considerations of a particular mental health disorder.

Total marks




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Assessment Description:

Please read the description of the symptoms of mental disorder below. Write a case study based on this description.

Sarah is a 39 years old career consultant with a successful business. In the last two months, she has experienced mood changes accompanied by a change in the overall level of activity. She feels that she lacks energy and recently lost her interest in everyday activities.

Sarah experiences difficulties in getting to work on time as she often wakes up three hours earlier than normal and cannot get back to sleep. She has always been interested in keeping fit and healthy and attended the gym regularly three times a week. However, in the last months, Sarah has lost any desire in continuing with this activity, and she often says that she doesn’t have the energy to exercise. She has lost 5 kilograms last month due to her lack of appetite.

What bothers Sarah the most is her inability to perform well at work. Recently she has started skipping work altogether, and when she does go to work, she delegates most of her tasks to others.

Your case study should include:

  • An identification of the presented mental disorder according to ICD-10 (ICD-10 classification can be found online:
  • A brief description of this disorder
  • An explanation of the possible causes of this mental disorder
  • An identification of the available treatments for the presented mental disorder
  • A discussion of the historical and global perspectives on this mental disorder.

Marking Criteria:

Max. in category

Your points

Correct identification of the presented mental disorder (ICD-10) and brief description of the presented mental disorder


Explanation on the causes of presented mental disorder


Identification of the available treatments for presented mental disorder


Discussion of the social considerations related with this mental disorder


Word count, readability, and structure


Number and choice of appropriate references


Correct referencing style: in-text references and reference list






The work must be fully referenced with in-text citations and a reference list at the end. We recommend you work with your Academic Writing Guide to ensure that you reference correctly. You will find a link to this document on the main page of every subject in the 'Assessments' section. Correct academic writing and referencing are essential tasks that you need to learn. We recommend a minimum of ten references.

References are assessed for their quality. You should draw on quality academic sources, such as books, chapters from edited books, and journals. Your textbook can be used as a reference, but not the Study Guide and lecturer notes. We want to see evidence that you are capable of conducting your own research. Also, in order to help markers determine students’ understanding of the work they cite all in-text references (not just direct quotes) must include the specific page number/s if shown in the original.

Researching: You can search for peer-reviewed journal articles, which you can find in the online journal databases and which can be accessed from the library homepage. Reputable news sites such as The Conversation, online dictionaries, and online encyclopedias are acceptable as a starting point to gain knowledge about a topic. Government departments, research institutes such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), international organizations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), and local not-for-profit organizations such as the Cancer Council are also good resources.

Formatting: The assessment MUST be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. Other formats may not be readable by markers, and students may be asked to resubmit. Please be aware that any assessments submitted in other formats will be considered LATE and will lose marks until it is presented in Word.

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Word Count: Marks will be deducted for failure to adhere to the word count – as a general rule you may go over or under by 10% than the stated length.

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