Purpose: An additional form of assessment in anatomy and physiology is by writte

Purpose: An additional form of assessment in anatomy and physiology is by written assignment (an essay). This affords the student the opportunity to research the published literature about a topic and to write about it logically, clearly and succinctly while learning to cite the scientific literature that is referred to. The essay topics given below are intended to be descriptive rather than prescriptive. That is, students are given the freedom to take the essay topic in almost any direction. The topic chosen for your writing assignment should be a disease or abnormality that effects the system/body parts that your group is presenting on.
Guidelines: Your paper should be written in the THIRD PERSON taking the individual out of the writing and avoiding pronouns such as I, we, my, our (first person) and you, yours, your, us, we (second person). You should deal with facts and not opinions, thus providing citations within your paper and on your reference page. Focus on the subject itself and not on your feelings about the subject. The use of third person retains a formal tone in your writing. The use of first and second person can make a document seem more casual. The paper should be complete and the main body should be 1000-1500 words in length (excluding cover page, abstract, references, etc.). Utilize APA Style format and references. See the Owl at Purdue site for help with APA formatting principles:
Format of your Paper (10pts):
Abstract (10 pts) Short summary of the entire paper. Put in main ideas, restrict to 100 words. Introduction (10 pts)-Word limit: 150 – 300 words.
Describe why you are interested in the particular health topic that you are focusing on in your paper. Give a short background on your health topic, being sure to identify: what organ system(s) is involved; a general cause for the health condition (or purpose for the technology); what you see as the importance of learning about this topic; the prognosis for someone with this condition (or the opportunity for using this technology).
Detailed Information (50 pts) -Word limit: 200 – 300 words
A. Common Signs and Symptoms (10)
i. List the most common symptoms
ii. What does a person experience or feel who has this disease?
iii. Here would be a good place to include information you learn from interviewing someone who has had this disease or who knows someone who has had the disease
B. How this relates to what you learned about the organ system (10)
C. Causes (10)
D. Diagnosis, Treatment, Medications and Prevention (10)
E. Prognosis (and Complications, if applicable) (10)
i. Can people die from this disease?
ii. If so, do they usually die, sometimes die, or only rarely die?
iii. Can the treatments completely get rid of the disease?
iv. Or do they only manage the symptoms?
v. Are there any problems that occur from this disease that never go away? For example, are people sometimes crippled or brain damaged, or is their immune system weakened?
Discussion (10 pts) -Word limit: 200 – 300 words Share your opinions on what you learned about this condition. What’s the take-home message you want to give your readers?
References (10 pt, 2/citation + 4 for format) Minimum of 3 primary research citations.

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