assignment research on a viral emerging or e-emerging infectious disease

| March 14, 2016

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Assignment Overview

For Project 1 you will do some research on a viral emerging or e-emerging infectious disease or caused by an NIAID priority viral pathogen, read an article about a recent research study on the disease, write a 2000-2500 word (approximately five to six pages -single spaced, not including figures, tables, footnotes, bibliography, and glossary of terms) research/topic report, and share what you learned with your classmates.

The steps of the assignment are listed below and additional details are provided in the topics below.

Step 1: Select a virus or disease from the table below.

Emerging and Re-emerging Viral Infectious Diseases*

Chikungunya virus infection

LaCrosse encephalitis (LACV)

Dengue (breakbone fever)

Lugo hemorrhagic fever

Ebola hemorrhagic fever

Marburg hemorrhagic fever

Enterovirus 71 or 68 infection

MERS-CoV

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome

Mumps

Heartland virus infection

Rabies

Hendra virus disease

Rubeola (measles)

Hepatitis C

West Nile fever

Japanese encephalitis

Yellow fever

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever

Powassan Deer Tick virus infection

*Selected from NIAID Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases listing (Last Updated 25 February 2015). Retrieved 07 November 2015 from http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/BiodefenseRelated/Biodefense/Pages/CatA.aspx

Note: Reports on HIV/AIDS and influenza are not acceptable as topics for Project 1.

Step 2: Read the topic on What to Include in Your Report.

Step 3: Read about the disease in Boundless Microbiology (Chapter 15), University of Carolina Microbiology and Immunology Online textbook (Part 3 Virology), or Infectious Diseases: In Context (2008) Editors Wilmoth Learner, B. and Lerner, K.L., Gale, Detroit, Michigan. Infectious Diseases: In Context (2008) includes a good background source for an overview of specific communicable infectious diseases. To access go the Biology page in the UMUC Library Guide for the Sciences (http://libguides.umuc.edu/content.php?pid=11004&sid=85989 ) and click on the title link in the box “Background Reading”.

Step 4: Research your topic and select a scholarly article about a recent research study (see the “Required and Acceptable Sources”section below).

Step 5: Submit the URL link with a complete citation and a copy of the research study article for approval by your instructor. Submit to the “Article for Project 1” assignment folder no later than November 22. Earlier is better in case you need to find a different article.

Step 6: After your primary article is approved, do some more research on other information to include in your report. At least three additional sources are required (see the “Required and Acceptable Sources” topic).

Step 7: Review Module 2 “The Writing Process” in UMUC’s Online Guide to Writing and Research (http://coursedev.umuc.edu/WRTG999A/index.html). This module provides some guidelines for the three general phases in writing a paper or assignment: prewriting, writing, and revising.

You are expected to submit your own work, and your report should be phrased and presented in your own words (no more than 5% of your report is to be directly quoted from the articles). UMUC’s policy on academic integrity and sources for guidance on how to avoid plagiarism are provided in the syllabus.

Step 8: Write your report.

Include all of the components listed in the next topic: “What to Include in Your Report”.

Your paper should be written at the level of and for someone who has a basic understanding of introductory microbiology as covered in BIOL 302.

You are expected to submit your own work, and your report should be phrased and presented in your own words (no more than 5% of your report is to be directly quoted from the articles). UMUC’s policy on academic integrity and sources for guidance on how to avoid plagiarism are provided in the syllabus.

Step 9: Use the spelling and grammar check to correct mistakes in your paper and check the spelling of technical and scientific terms. Your report should be neat and clearly organized.

Step 10: Submit your final report to the “Research Topic Report” assignment folder no later than November 29. Points will be deducted for later submissions (see policy in the syllabus).

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