Students will be assessed on the basis of both individual and group-based assessments.
*NOTE: You must pass ALL components of the assessment in order to successfully pass the module.
Attendance is mandatory, except in extraordinary circumstances pre-approved by the instructor. Active participation in the seminar and large sessions is crucial for success in the course, and students who do not attend or participate will be penalized.
*Lateness (15 minutes or more) will be counted as partial absences.
Reflection Paper: CAPT Symposium (10%)
The reflection paper is designed to encourage reflection and application while helping you move your understanding of various topics from theory to practice. You will critically reflect upon what you have learned at the CAPT Symposium by linking the ideas with other material we have covered in our course. *NOTE: You must pass ALL components of the assessment in order to successfully pass the module.
Pop Quizzes (15%)
3 quizzes- each quiz worth 5%
You are expected to have read the assigned material for each seminar and each large session beforehand. Starting from week 3, a total of 4 in-class pop quizzes will be given at the beginning of class. The subject matter of these quizzes will be drawn from the reading assignments for that week, and material from the large, combined sections. Format: multiple choice, short answer, True-False. Marks from the best 3 quizzes will be used to calculate the final grade. No make-up quiz will be offered to students who miss the quiz.
Class Presentations (10%)
3 groups, 2 presentations - each presentation worth 5%
In small groups, students will be responsible for short presentations on different aspects of policies in Singapore. Detailed instructions will be provided during the weekly seminar sessions. Failure to turn up for your presentation will result in a grade of zero. Exceptions will only be considered pending extenuating circumstances.
Neighbourhood Profile (30%)
3 groups, 3 presentations- each presentation worth 10%
Grade the Environment: Week 8
Neighbourhood Interviews: Week 10
Action Plan and Stakeholder Analysis: Week 12 or 13
In small groups (of approximately 5), students will identify features of the economic, physical, social or service environments that promote or threaten the health of neighbourhood residents. Each group is responsible for crafting a working definition of their assigned environment, as well as identifying indicators that can be used to measure qualities of that environment. Additionally, students in each group will interview neighbourhood residents in order to gain insight into their perspective of the neighbourhood generally, as well as the environmental factor under study. Based on their findings, each group will identify areas for improvement (or areas that work well in the given environment), recommend possible interventions (or how the strengths could potentially be replicated in other neighbourhoods), conduct a stakeholder analysis, and formulate an action plan to address the chosen issue.
Detailed instructions as well as assessment rubrics for each component will be uploaded onto IVLE. Failure to turn up for your presentation will result in a grade of zero. Exceptions will only be considered pending extenuating circumstances.
Peer Evaluation (5%)
Your performance and contribution to group work will be assessed by your group members.
Policy Memo (25%)
A policy memo is a tool used to distill complicated decisions into a simple format that can be understood by your target audience. Drawing from the neighbourhood profile exercise you will select an issue that you think warrants additional attention from national policy makers. You will then conduct background research on this issue and its impact and draft a policy memo to the appropriate government ministry or minister(s). More specific instructions will be given on drafting policy memos and examples of policy memos will be uploaded onto IVLE.
Typically, no late assignments will be accepted. Extensions of the due date for the policy memo will be considered pending extentuating cirucumstances. Assignments submitted later than the due date will be penalized 10% of the possible grade for each day past due.