BONE disease which Include Acromegaly Osteogenesis imperfect Osteomalacia Paget’s disease

Name: ___________________________________________


Anatomy and Physiology-I Grading Rubric for Paper and Brochure—Jackson


Paper (60% of overall Research Paper grade)


Introduction (-5)

Characteristic of Disease


Current Status


Discussion (-25)

Metabolic and Physiologic Effects


Side Effects of Treatment


Conclusion (-10)

Future Standing


Topic Evaluation

Synthesis of information—majority of the information

in the paper summarized/paraphrased (-5)

No more than 2 direct quotes. (-3)

Works Cited and Used

At least 5 reputable references included & each resource used

in the discussion (-2)

Reference included in alphabetical order (-1)

Citations in paper consistent with Reference page (-3)


Consistent format (-3)

Font Size appropriate (-2)

Double spaced (-1)

Brochure (40% of Research Paper grade)


Overall appeal

Neat, organized (-15)

Clear, informative content (-12)

Appropriate tone for target audience (-3)



Appropriate images for disease topic (-5)



References and/or contacts for further info provided (-5)


Total Grade _____________

BIOL 2401 Research Project—Health Brochure and Informational Write-up   


Your research project is designed so that you can investigate and learn more about health issues discussed during the semester and to hone your writing and computer skills. To select a topic, view the list provided at the end of these instructions.  Your professor will send a sign up sheet around for you to choose your topic. If you are interested in a particular topic not on the list, please get it approved by your professor first.


In creating a health brochure and informational write-up, you will:

  • Utilize a variety of informational resources/technologies to search for data, research a health condition/disease/illness, create a brochure, and communicate the knowledge you gained to others.
  • Draw on prior knowledge as well as knowledge gained during the semester on the subject to comprehend, interpret and evaluate the topic.
  • Critically assess information found during research, demonstrating the ability to discern pertinent information.


  1. In creating a health brochure, you will need to brainstorm topics for your individual brochure. Once you have chosen a topic, you will need to research it thoroughly. This will entail searching online journals, library resources and information offered by organizations. You can create an outline for the information that you plan on including in your brochure and discuss it with me.

You will create your own brochure using the information you have gathered on your chosen topic. Each brochure will include pictures, facts, and resources. They can be created using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher or other computer software. You can download free templates at internet sites such as In areas where computer access is limited, you can create a brochure by hand using 8 ½ X 11 cardstock or heavy paper, pictures cut from magazines or other sources, and text printed neatly and clearly. However, printed versions completed on a computer are preferred over those created by hand & cut/pasted.

The following are guidelines for creating the brochure:


The information should be brief (5-10 min read)


You may use the half-fold or tri-fold design. A printed version (rather than one made by hand) is preferred.


Be sure to include a title for the brochure, graphics/pictures, headings and subheadings

Pictures or graphs you include must have a citation underneath them.


Don’t forget to list contacts (organization help lines, e-mail addresses, ULRs, etc.) where readers can access more information and help.


Your name needs to be on the brochure.


The finished hard copy will be handed in to your instructor along with your write up for a grade.

  1. The informational write-up will provide you with an opportunity to go into more details on your chosen topic. This will be a separate, typed Microsoft Word document from the brochure.

The following are guidelines for the informational write-up:

The information should be in complete sentences. A minimum of 2 pages of text in the body of the paper (not including Literature Cited page); 12 font; double-spaced.

Written in scientific format (APA formatting is preferred). This includes using citations in the body of the paper. All information is to be paraphrased, and proper credit should be given to the original author(s).  Use no more than 2 quotes.

No less than 5 references, to be cited on the Literature Cited page at the end. You may use your textbook as one of the references.  All of the required references must be current (within the last 5 years if possible).  Please do not use Wikipedia or any similar website.  Additional references (other than the 5 current scientific) can be from any timeframe.  Make sure to use reputable sources.  The Literature Cited page should be a separate page.

Each student is expected to complete their own work. There should be no copying or paraphrasing of referenced material without proper citation.  If a direct quote is used, it should either be placed in quotes or indented.  Either method is acceptable but both need to be followed immediately with a citation.  This paper should be written in your own words, based on your own research of the topic.  Improper citation or plagiarism of other’s work will result in a deduction of points or a grade of 0 (See syllabus for Academic Integrity).

You are to have an Introduction, a Discussion, and a Conclusion. Be sure to include these 3 titles.

In the Introduction, include a brief summary of the chosen topic and highlight areas you will introduce in the Discussion.

In the Discussion, please provide more specific details than in your brochure on the metabolic and physiological effects of the condition and treatment options starting at the cellular level and ending with the organismal level.  Also, be sure to discuss any physiological ramifications (i.e. side effects) of the treatment at the point of action.

In the Conclusion, you will want to provide a brief review of any developing research, tests, or treatments for the condition to wrap up the informational write-up. 

You will hand in a hard copy to your instructor along with the brochure. 


You will be assessed on:

  • The effectiveness of your research in gathering information on your topic.
  • The appeal of your brochure.
  • The pertinence of the information/resources within your brochure and informational write-up.



List of Topics:


Basal cell carcinoma

Malignant melanoma





Muscular dystrophy

Myasthenia gravis




Osteogenesis imperfect


Paget’s disease




Rheumatoid arthritis

Nervous System:



Parkinson’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease


Multiple sclerosis












Otitis media

Meniere’s disease




Oral cancer

Geographic tongue





Outlining Strategies


After you have your completed the prewriting, conducted research, and written an effective thesis statement, it is time to organize your information. One of the best ways to organize all your writing and ideas is by creating a formal outline. An outline provides general descriptions of what will appear in your paper. Through logical organization, an outline provides a visual picture of the structure of your paper and helps show relationships between and among ideas.


Creating an Outline


To create an outline, gather your prewriting and all the information you want to include in the paper. Begin to write down the information in the order you think makes the paper most logical. Normally, you outline only the body paragraphs for your essay. Include your thesis statement at the top to ensure you include only the support that defends or proves your thesis. A basic outline appears similar to the following:


Thesis: ______________________________________________


  1. Body Paragraph One of the Paper
  2. Point 1
  3. Point 2
  4. Body Paragraph Two of the Paper
  5. Point 1
  6. Point 2

III.      Body Paragraph Three of the Paper

  1. Point 1
  2. Point 2


Depending on the length and detail of your paper, your outline may include many more points and sub-points (also often referred to as headings and sub-headings). Include all your source examples and any other information that makes up a paragraph, which may make your outline appear similar to the following:


  1. Body Paragraph One of the Paper
  2. Point 1
  3. Sub-point 1
  4. Sub-point 2
  5. Point 2
  6. Sub-point 1
  7. Sub-point 2
  8. Body Paragraph Two of the Paper
  9. Point 1
  10. Sub-point 1
  11. Sub-point 2
  12. Point 2
  13. Sub-point 1
  14. Sub-point 2

III. Body Paragraph Three of the Paper

  1. Point 1
  2. Sub-point 1
  3. Sub-point 2
  4. Point 2
  5. Sub-point 1
  6. Sub-point 2


It is important to keep the following in mind when creating an outline:


  • One point can never stand alone: If you have an “A,” you must have a “B”; if you have a “1,” you must have a “2”; and so forth.
  • Your outline should be complete and detailed. Try not to list just a simple word because you may not know what you were referencing. Instead, be very detailed and use complete phrases—a topic outline is one that uses phrases, not sentences, to describe headings and sub-headings.
  • After you have drafted an outline, play with it a little by rearranging the order of topics and subtopics. Place them in the best order, so items make sense, and  transitions are easy to add.


Ways to Organize an Outline


Your outline is a visual representation of the order of ideas in your paper. Because the ideas can be presented in a number of different ways, it is a good idea to explore different organizational arrangements. The following are the more common ways to organize ideas:


  • Least important to most important. You can begin with the least important reason or fact and end with the most important. Many persuasive essays are organized in this way to build the momentum of an argument: The reader then walks away from the paper thinking about the strongest reasons to agree with the writer.


  • Most important to least important. You can begin with the most important information for the reader (your strongest point), with the next most important information following. Continue until you end with the least important information for readers. Executive summaries and news articles are usually written this way because readers may not have time to read to the end of the story or article.
  • Chronologically. You can order a sequence of events chronologically—in other words, in the exact time order the events occurred. If you tell a story or describe a process—for example, downloading a song from the Internet or changing an automobile tire—the order of events or steps in the process is important.
  • Logically. You can organize your outline logically so the information makes the most sense, such as from a problem to a solution. If you were writing about drug addiction, you might start with a definition of addiction, followed by an explanation of different kinds of addiction and ways people become addicted to substances or behaviors, and then end with methods for overcoming addictions.
  • Spatially. If you want to describe the way a person or object looks, you can arrange the descriptions in a certain order: right to left, front to back, or top to bottom. If you write about a hiking trip in a national park, for example, you might start by describing the objects at the bottom of a mountain, continuing up the trail until you reach the top.




For additional help with outlining, review the information at the following site:





An outline allows you to see the overall picture of your final paper. As you complete additional research, your outline may change; however, as long as you have a detailed outline before you start the drafting step, your paper will be much better organized.



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