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1) Identify patterns in personal health-related data collected.
2) Evaluate the literature relating to a personal health topic.
3) Compare personal results and trends to those found in the literature.
4) Explain limitations that may have been present during the experiment.
Please review this Video (Links to an external site.) and then read the instructions.
General Overview of Results and Discussion:
This is the place to present your results. Take the raw data (data collection) that you submitted and turn it into something meaningful. You should present your data in graphs, charts, figures, and/or tables. Was your dependent variable affected? The results section should contain meaningful numbers and figures. The discussion section is where you will compare your results to those found in the literature. Did your results agree with the literature? How did your results differ from the literature? What are some possible reasons why it was different/similar? What limitations did your study present? Present some ideas for future research that may build on your study or help to improve it.
For this section of your scientific project, you are expected to present and discuss your results using published, scholarly, scientific literature. At the top of your paper, please restate (in one single sentence) your hypothesis to clearly identify your independent and dependent variables. If your hypothesis is not restated, you will receive a zero.
Please use the following 3 subheadings to receive full credit:
Re-State your Hypothesis: Please re-state your hypothesis.
You are expected to state the results of your self-experiment in paragraph form.
Your results must be presented in complete sentences. You must complete the following to receive full credit:
At least 1 paragraph regarding the results you found. This should not only present your data, but also any changes you found (if any) from before the pre-experiment to after the post-experiment.
At least 2 visual representations of your data (graphs, charts, figures). The visual representations should enhance your written word, not replace it.
For this part of your project, you are expected to discuss your findings in relation to other published scientific literature on the topic. Think of this section as a “compare and contrast” of your work to published scientific literature. You must use scholarly, scientific research articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Websites, blog posts, and other non-academic sources are not acceptable. Remember to CITE YOUR SOURCES/REFERENCES in proper APA format.
Be careful of automated citation generators, as they often make mistakes in proper formatting. Please refer to this website for information on how to format your in-text citations as well as your reference list: https://www.mendeley.com/guides/apa-citation-guide (Links to an external site.)
There is no length requirement for this section, however a thorough, comprehensive evaluation and discussion of your findings is expected, and difficult to achieve in less than 1 page.
To receive full credit on this section, your paper should include the following:
All literature discussed must come from peer-reviewed academic journals.
Information from other sources must be stated in your own words. Using quotation marks to “give credit” to the author does not demonstrate your understanding of the material.
Insightful comparisons should be made between your findings and at least 5 scientific journal articles.
All figures and tables should have descriptive titles and should include a legend explaining any symbols, abbreviations, or special methods used. Figures and tables should be numbered separately and should be referred to in the text by number, for example:
Figure 1 shows that the activity decreased after five minutes.
The activity decreased after five minutes (fig. 1).
Discuss your findings in relation to your hypothesis
Did your results reveal what you had predicted? Why or why not? •
Discussion must include whether your findings agree or disagree with your hypothesis. There should also be a brief commentary on where one could go from here with the experiment.
This section of your report should concentrate on general trends and differences and not on trivial details.
Limitations of your experiment must be discussed (including: # of participants, time frame, confounding variables, difficulty with adherence, etc.)