Sunday, February 20, 2011

Nutrition and disease paper! oh my!

Nutrition and Disease Research Paper

Research paper goals:

A. Learn how nutrition relates to a specific disease or condition

B. Obtain experience performing a literature review of a disease and its management. The assignment is not based on personal opinions, but on scientific evidence and research findings.


1. Select a topic of interest to you; examples include: GI disease (i.e. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease) Cardiovascular Disease (i.e. Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension, Stroke) Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, or Gestational Diabetes) Bulimia or Anorexia Obesity or Childhood Obesity Cancer (specify type) Renal Failure Cystic Fibrosis Liver Disease/Hepatitis Others? If you have topic not listed, talk with you instructor for approval

2. Paper specifications: Typed, double spaced, 3-4 pages (the page limit is strictly enforced; page limit does not include cover page or references) 12 point font, 1 inch page margins and page numbers. Use AMA, APA or MLA format



o>html Minimum of 5 separate references are required (NOT citing the same source five times)

o At least 3 of the references from peer-reviewed journal articles

o You can use your DN 203 text book as one source if desired

o Websites must be from a reputable source. Reputable sources include:

 Any government, university-based or hospital-based,association, such as USDA, Mayo Clinic, Tufts University, etc.

 National associations such as the American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, etc.

 Please note: WIKIPEDIA.ORG is NOT an acceptable reference for this or any other assignment, nor are dictionaries or encyclopedias of any kind. Cite your references throughout your paper and include a bibliography

3. Paper sections: Definition of the disease or condition Diagnosis and management of the disease or condition Discussion of the role nutrition plays in managing the disease or condition (this will be the substantial portion of your paper)

Grading rubric – to see the weighted points for the paper see Grading Rubric for Nutrition and Disease Research Paper in the Assignment section in Blackboard

4. Save your file in Rich Text, PDF or Microsoft Word (.rtf, .pdf, .doc or .docx)

5. Submit your assignment to the Digital Drop box in Blackboard via the Assignment button

Due Date: Sunday February 20, 2011 (by 11:59 pm )

Possible Points: 100 points
 Nutrition and Disease Research Paper Grading Rubric
Research and Documentation (25%)

Minimum of 5 separate references cited. At least 3 of these are peer-reviewed journal articles. Resources demonstrate extensive, in-depth research; little reliance on tertiary sources (popular books and websites); sources skillfully incorporated into paper at all necessary points; all citations (in-text and bibliography) follow a standard bibliographic format. All sources listed in bibliography are cited within the paper.

Minimum of 5 separate references cited. One of these is a peer-reviewed journal article. Resources demonstrate adequate research; sources appropriately referenced in paper; no more than one or two citation errors.

Less than 5 sources were used; no peer-reviewed journal articles were used; some facts not referenced; several citation errors

Over-reliance on tertiary sources (popular books and websites); spotty documentation of facts in text; pattern of citation errors


Discussion of Role of Nutrition in the Treatment or Management of Disease or Condition (50%)


Focus of the paper is nutrition. A substantial portion of the paper addresses how nutrition impacts the disease or condition and/or how nutrition is used to treat the disease or condition. Resources/references are used to support information.

Paper refers to nutrition as part of disease management or treatment however it is not the focus of the paper. Resources/references are used to support information.

The disease is discussed in detail, nutrition is minimally discussed. Resources/references are minimally used to support the role of nutrition in the disease or condition.

Nutrition is rarely mentioned in the paper.

No evidence of the role nutrition plays in the disease or condition.
Grammar/Style (20%)

Essentially free of grammatical errors; summative conclusion present; no errors in punctuation, capitalization or spelling. Writer demonstrates logical sequencing of ideas through well-developed paragraphs; transitions are used to enhance organization.

A few grammatical errors; distinct introduction present, though thesis not entirely clear; organization and examples appropriate; conclusion does not summarize the point. Paragraph development present, but not perfected.

Several grammatical errors; introduction and organization weak; conclusion weak.

Pattern of ungrammatical writing; little evidence of coherent organization.

Format (5%)


Paper neatly typed and formatted according to assignment guidelines: typed, double spaced, 3-4 pages, 12 point font, 1 inch page margins, with page numbers.

Paper typed and formatted according to assignment guidelines with very few errors, no more than one of the above elements missing.

Paper typed and formatted with some errors; one or two of the above elements missing

Paper not typed, or typed with numerous errors; format guidelines not followed; more than two of the above elements missing
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