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Written Assignment 2: Informational Booklet

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Addresses course outcome 4:

  • weigh and make health-related decisions based on an understanding of the value and limits of scientific knowledge and the scientific method

Choose and research a topic related to human biology. Imagine that you are creating a small booklet that will become available at a local health clinic. The booklet should be educational and understandable by the general public. You may select one topic that relates to either homeostatic mechanisms or to a disease that may interest you because of your own health or family history. You will find a list of suggested topics below, or you may come up with your own. If you select a topic that is not listed below, discuss your topic with your instructor before beginning work.

Suggested topics

  • Homeostasis: Hydration and exercise, adaptation of the human body to pregnancy, adaptation to cold or hot weather, adaptation to starvation and its consequences, sleep and health, or nutrition and health in children.
  • Diseases: diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, sickle cell anemia, Huntington’s disease, colon cancer, schizophrenia, macular degeneration, hemophilia, Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis, muscular dystrophy, or hepatitis.

Assignment criteria

  1. Select one of the suggested topics above (you may also choose a topic not listed above).
  2.  Find articles related to the topic. You can find assistance with searching for articles at the UMUC Library Subject Guides at
  3. Remember that this is a booklet. Write three to four pages (double-spaced), excluding references. You may include pictures, tables and oyher material but please include all references. You should cite information in the text from at least five sources (including books, journals, and the Internet). You may not use online encyclopedias as a source more than once. Use APA style for citing references (see All source material should be paraphrased or summarized in your own words. You should have no more than one direct short quote (less than 40 words) and no long quotes (more than 40 words) in your booklet.
  4. The sections of your booklet should include a title; an introduction that defines/describes your topic and what current/ongoing research has discovered about this topic; background information on what healthy organ system(s) is/are affected by the topic; the mechanism of action (e.g., how does the topic disrupt homeostasis? how does a disease spread and infect a person?); its symptoms and how it is diagnosed; current treatment options; and your references. You may include additional sections as necessary to cover your particular topic.
  5. Please keep in mind that the audience for your informational booklet is the general public. Your explanations and uses of evidence, illustrations, or other definitive details should be appropriate for the reader; your language should aid the reader’s understanding of the subject (including definitions where appropriate); you should use information logically, and provide conflicting evidence and research where appropriate.

Guidance on how to avoid plagiarism can be found at the following sites:

You may find very useful the Effective Writing Center (EWC) for feedback in writing your paper. You may send your paper to the EWC using a Request for Writing Help form to receive feedback from an EWC advisor. For more information please see the Student Resource Page with links to information on writing assignments, organizing ideas, evaluating resources, avoiding grammar mistakes, and other writing issues. You will need at least 48 hours for a response from the EWC and that paper submissions are capped for each day; plan to submit your paper as early as possible.

Rubric Name: Written Assignment 2: Informational Booklet


Statement of subject is clear and concise.

Overview of topic given but not clear

No introductory paragraph.

Clearly explained, complete list of signs and symptoms.

Some signs and symptoms covered, but may be incomplete or not clearly explained

Not covered

Clear, logical explanation of why signs and  symptoms appear.

Some explanation attempted, but not related to observed signs/symptoms or not factually correct

Not explained

Complete list of risk factors with analysis and explanation of relation of factor to the disease.

Risk factors listed, but list may be incomplete or analysis not provided

Risk factors not covered

Detailed explanation of maintenance of quality of life.

Quality of life issues mentioned, but not covered in detail or not factually correct

Not covered

In-depth discussion of diagnostic and therapeutic tools

Tools mentioned, but incomplete or not factually correct

Not covered

In-depth discussion of outcomes and prognosis

May be incomplete or factually incorrect

Not covered

In-depth discussion of at least three areas of current research

Some mention of at least one area of current research but not an in-depth discussion or some prominent research areas not covered

Not covered

In-depth discussion of at least three areas of future research

Some mention of at least one area of future research but not an in-depth discussion or some prominent research areas not covered

Not covered

Conclusion presents a well crafted statement of findings

Conclusion provides an accurate statement of findings

Summary of findings not provided

References are to the point for the topic & assist in deeper development of the subject; cites references according to designated style; all citations and clear and compelling.

References are to the point for the topic and are of appropriate scientific rigor; cites references according to designated style, but some citations are unclear

References are not of appropriate scientific rigor and/or of topical importance or sufficiently current; does not cite references in APA style

No errors of grammar, punctuation and/or spelling

1 to 5 errors of grammar, punctuation and/or spelling

More than 5 errors of grammar, punctuation and/or spelling

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