The purpose of the Disease project in Biology 100 is to understand how a disease, condition, or affliction, will affect a body organ/system and how a 'normal' organ/system functions. You will conduct a scientific review of the disease, condition, or affliction and then present it to your colleagues in class. Your section teacher may have specific instructions on completing the review and oral presentation. Classes may be required to supply a scientific research paper or a poster session or an annotated bibliography. All classes will have an oral presentation.
1. A formal research paper or annotated bibliography.
2. A scientific Powerpoint presentation or poster session depicting the information presented in the research paper.
3. An oral presentation on the research topic (using the PowerPoint presentation/poster session as a visual aid).
Guidelines for Human Diseases Paper
Please include the following areas in your paper (not necessarily in this order):
- Describe the normal healthy physiology (function) of the system/organs affected by your disease.
- Describe the disease you are focusing on: cause, symptoms, type of people affected, treatment, transmission (if contagious), and preventions.
- If possible, briefly include history of the disease: when it was “discovered” and who discovered in or who first studied it. Discuss how common the disease is briefly.
- Show (briefly) why the issue has a personal interest for you.
- Describe how the disease affects the body at the organ level, the organ system level, and the cellular/molecular level.
- Focus on the science (physiology) of your topic (perhaps, in addition to other aspects).
- Use terminology YOU understand: do no use complex technical or medical terms that are not thoroughly understandable.
- Have a narrative approach to the topic (a verbal progression of thoughts rather than snapshots)
- Have a list of at least 5 references cited and refer to and give proper credit to these references in the body of the text (whether quoted or paraphrased). Reference should include at least two books or articles (written within the last 5 years), no more than two web sites, and an interview (if possible). Make a “References Cited” or “Bibliography” section, using NoodleBib as introduced through the Biology 100 Research Page designed by the librarians. These sources should be listed in alphabetical order. When you refer to the ideas from one of these sources in a scientific paper, you cite if by putting (author, date) in parentheses in the body of the text. (NO FOOTNOTES). See an instructional librarian if you need help.
- Back up your assertions with evidence.
- Be narrowed sufficiently in scope so you can address your topic in this short format; be selective in sources and breadth. Be concise where you can.
- Be clear and interesting to your reader. Try reading your paper aloud to another person or even your self. (If you stumble in the read, that place needs revisions.)