Nutrition and Health, S2 2015
Nutrition Project Guide and Marking Rubric
Due date: Sunday 27 September, 11:59PM
From the Course Outline:
General guidelines and topic:
You are to assess and critically analyse your diet and wider lifestyle behaviours in this project.
The focus is NUTRITION and you focus on the analysis/analyses of your nutrition habits.
You have to use evidence to support your statements! Especially peer-reviewed journal articles. We suggest
that you use a minimum of 5 journal articles and 3 other reliable ‘grey literature’ sources such as government
websites (this recommended number is different for each assignment). Remember that Week 3’s lecture and
tutorial focused on scientific evidence, citing and referencing. Also – like with the other 2 assignments – you
need to reference images. Don’t hyperlink images in this assignment (you are only allowed to hyperlink in the
blog assignment) – instead, either list the image source (i.e. web address) below the image (you can use this
resource to shorten long web links if you want to: http://tinyurl.com/) or ‘cite/reference’ the images as Sophia
did in Week 3’s lecture using letters, e.g. [A]. If the image is your own, please state that in a caption beneath
This assessment has an emphasis on learning outcome 3.
You can use some or all of the lifestyle measurement tools you used in tutorial classes T3-5 in Weeks 4-6 (e.g. 24hour recall of vegetable intake, food diary, IPAQ, DASS, etc.). You may also choose to use other lifestyle
measurement tools (preferably those that are validated by evidence) not covered in classes.
You will submit a Word or pdf document via Turnitin/Moodle.
A suggested structure for your project is outlined below. The main section headings are mandatory (e.g.
Background, Methods…), but you can decide what you include within each main section. Remember to keep
the Marking Rubric on page 2 in mind, and to cite references throughout.
o Title of your choice
o Background: things that you could include: nutrition/lifestyle influences on health, types of nutrients/foods,
determinants of (your) food and drink intake/wider lifestyle habits, what are guidelines for nutrition/physical
activity, nutrition/lifestyle assessment methods: how, why, limitations?
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GENM0707 Nutrition and Health, S2 2015
Methods: How you assessed your own nutrition/lifestyle habits. Include some or all details of your
assessment activities in the tutorials, e.g. the 3-day food diary that you completed. With this food diary, you
can estimate your daily intakes of energy in kJ and/or macro- or micronutrients that you are interested in. If
you used an app to do your food diary, this information may have been calculated automatically, but if
you recorded your food and drink intake on paper, then you can estimate nutrient intakes using
database/s accessed via this website:
Results: of your nutrition/lifestyle assessments. Just outline the main aspects of your assessment/s. There is no
need for all the detail and we don’t want any appendices. 24/8/15: YOU CAN NOW INCLUDE APPENDICES,
E.G. APPENDIX 1, FOOD DIARY; ETC.
Discussion: What, how and why do you eat and drink what you do? How does this compare to
guidelines/the rest of the Australian population (if you are an international student, you can pick
guidelines/food intake data from your home country)? Are guidelines accurate? How does your lifestyle
influence your health? How does this affect your future?
Word count: not including reference list, but yes – including citations and tables.
This assignment is worth 30% of your overall GENM0707 grade.
no focus on
1/5% or 2/10%
2/5% or 4/10%
3/5% or 6/10%
4/5% or 8/10%
5/5% or 10/10%
focus is on
of your own nutrition (and wider lifestyle)
behaviours: why do you do what you do and
how does this relate to the rest of the
population/guidelines? What effects do your
behaviours have on your health? I.e. WHY?
effects of and
Evidence and referencing
Use of information sources from a wide range
of reliable evidence, with an emphasis on peerreviewed journal articles; accurate citations and
Overall impression, including flow (e.g. clarity,
how clear is your organisation of the content?),
layout (does your document look nice and
tidy?), spelling and grammar, word count
Poor evidence and
Some ok evidence;
behind, effects of
and interrelationships of
lots of errors in
confusing, a bit
errors in spelling
and grammar, too
Below average but
impression , not
parts messy, a few
errors in spelling
and grammar, a bit
errors spelling and
there on word
clear, tidy, no
errors in spelling
and grammar, spot
on with word
very tidy, no errors
in spelling and
grammar, spot on
with word length
describing your own nutrition/lifestyle
behaviours, including analysis of data, with a
focus on your nutrition habits, i.e. WHAT?
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