This authentic assessment task is from Victoria University's Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health, in a unit called 'Making a healthy planet: Transdisciplinary transformations'

The contributing academics are Dr. Helen Widdop-QuintonAssociate Professor Jeannie Rea.


Example case study presentation & reflection

  • Overview: In pairs, explore a planetary health topic and propose a possible policy change and consequent action plan. Write an individual reflection afterwards.
  • Length/duration: Presentation 10 mins + 5 mins Q&A, Reflection 1000 words
  • Weighting: 40%
  • Due: Presentation in session 3, 4, 5 or 6 of 8, Reflection 2 days after presenting
  • AQF level: 8

The purpose of this assessment task is to:

  • Draw upon planetary health and social change theory to analyse positive planetary health change possibilities
  • Learn how to formulate a feasible and defensible policy change
  • Practise proposing an action plan to drive this change


It aligns with the following learning outcomes:

LO2: Critically assess theories on the conditions for social change and apply to a contemporary example of community capacity building and resilience

LO3: Articulate and advocate an evidence and value-based explanation of transdisciplinary transformation

LO4: Utilising a planetary health approach, investigate and propose a policy change and action plan for implementation in students’ professional area

The context for this task is a planetary health change that you would be advocating for in your professional area. It must connect with the themes of Sessions 3 to 6.

Working in pairs, you need to develop: 

  • A case study about a planetary health problem/issue – you’ll need to consider inclusion of diversity and difference, and analysis through a transdisciplinary lens informed by post-colonial and Indigenous critical studies
  • A proposal for a policy change (or intervention) to address this problem – this is proposed as a feasible and defensible change; extensive legislative or administrative details are optional
  • An action plan to implement the change, which you will present and advocate to the class – this indicates how the change can be implemented (the how, who and timing of activities to effect the change)

These will form the basis of your presentation. It should go for 10 minutes, plus 5 minutes for Q&A, and include no more than 6 slides. Your presentation should introduce and contextualise your case (including the problem you are focusing on, rationale for this focus, and your proposal for policy change needed), include evidence to support your ideas, and outline the action plan to put the change into practice.

After the presentation, you must individually write a reflective evaluation that takes into account peer feedback and your own evaluation and learning.

  1. Carefully read the assessment requirements, criteria and rubric for this task
  2. Establish your partnership for developing your case study – find a partner who is engaged in a similar professional field and who has similar planetary health change interests to yours
  3. Negotiate your presentation time in the class schedule during Sessions 3 to 6
  4. As a pair, develop your case, policy change and action plan
  5. Together, design a 10-minute presentation of the above items – you might also want to prepare some questions to ask the audience to encourage their feedback and responses
  6. Deliver your case study presentation to the class during Session 3, 4, 5 or 6 according to the negotiated schedule
  7. Manage a 5-minute Q&A session after your presentation
  8. Individually, write an evaluation on your case study presentation based on your reflections and received feedback
  9. Submit your individual reflection to the dropbox along with the slides used in your presentation within 2 days of presenting (you must each do this)

Criterion 1: Contextualisation of case 

Criterion 2: Quality of action plan 

Criterion 3: Communication and presentation skills

Criterion 4: Quality of reflection