Most people should aim to get a variety of high quality nutrients in their diet – this includes macronutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and also micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) such as vitamin C and calcium. Analyze your diet, concentrating on nutrition, not calories. Your writing assignment should discuss the following:
Please support your paper with specific examples from your nutrition log. For example, if you say you are doing well because you eat enough fruits and vegetables, you should support this from your log (“I had x servings”) and possibly from an outside source (“nutritionists recommend eating x servings per day (CITATION)”).
Submit this assignment with the written analysis on the first page, references (if used) on the second,
Biology 101 Writing Assignment Guidelines
The written assignments are designed to provide opportunities for the student to find, evaluate, select, synthesize, organize, cite, and present information and arguments clearly and effectively for understanding scientific issues on personal, societal, and global levels. This requirement is designed to help students achieve the University-wide Student Learning Outcomes (UPS 300.003) specifically to “communicate clearly, effectively, and persuasively, both orally and in writing”. (See: http://www.fullerton.edu/senate/publications_policies_resolutions/ups/UPS%20300/UPS%20300.003.pdf)
It is important that your assignments are thoroughly researched and clearly written. You should define all your terms and be concise. These assignments are designed to give you the experience of applying your knowledge of biology to a current controversy or topic of interest. You will use the same sort of method that you will later use as an informed citizen and consumer when making decisions that involve biology. You should review the relevant chapters in your textbook, other course materials and use other sources to fill in missing information when necessary.
The structure of your paper
Primary Sources: You may find information in the “primary literature,” which is where the research was originally published. You can find these articles by using CSUF’s on-line search engines, or by asking for the help of a CSUF librarian. Examples of the primary literature include Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy, and Genetics.
Secondary Sources: You may find relevant articles in recent newspapers, popular magazines, or popular science journals. These are referred to as “secondary” sources, since they describe research that was published elsewhere. Examples of these include The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Time, Scientific American, Discover, New Scientist, and Science News.
Websites: If you choose to use a website, be aware that most websites are not peer-reviewed, and often present inaccurate information. Examples of excellent websites include those of the National Academy of Science, the National Institute of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and WebMD. If you are unsure of the appropriateness of a website, check with your instructor. Alternatively, the CSUF library has an excellent guide to evaluating websites at http://library.fullerton.edu/ under Guides for Undergraduates. Wikipedia is not an appropriate website for research in a college course.
Guidelines for citing references
In-Text Citations are REQUIRED for any information included in your paper (everything that is not common knowledge or opinion)
In-text citations should be in APA format. You can find a summary of APA guidelines for your citations at: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02/
NOTE: Any course materials used to complete these assignments must also be properly cited in your paper.
Reference Page is REQUIRED and should include all sources cited in text
Your references should be formatted using APA guidelines. You can find a summary of APA guidelines for your reference page at: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/
The Purdue OWL: Citation Chart is a quick reference on how to format citations and references using different formats, including APA can be found at: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/media/pdf/20110928111055_949.pdf
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