Iodine intake in women of childbearing age
Coursework assignment 2: Data analysis – abstract
Deadline: Wednesday 11th May at 4 pm
Submission: via SurreyLearn. This is an individual assignment, and you must work independently.
Length: 300 words – excluding tables/headings and references
Formatting instructions: Abstracts must be prepared using 12-point Times New Roman font, 1.5 spacing and margins of 2 cm.
There is a choice of question for this assignment:
General guidance for everyone
Write your answer in the format of an abstract. Your abstract should include the following headings: introduction, methods, results, discussion. Details of what to include under each heading are below.
We have also uploaded some example abstracts from the Nutrition Society and the British Dietetic Association. Please note that these are to give guidance only and you must follow the exact formatting instructions (including use of headings) for this assignment.
You will be marked on the presentation of the tables and graphs, as well as the choice and interpretation of the statistical analysis. Remember this assignment is demonstrated to test your ability to present and summarise data appropriately.
Introduction (5 marks)
One or two sentences only to introduce the topic and the importance of the research. Include the aim of the study.
Methods (20 marks)
Here you only need to give the method of the data analysis and the statistical tests used (with justification). You do not need to describe the method of subject recruitment or data collection.
Results (20 marks)
Your answer will include one table and one graph. You will also need to describe some results in sentences in this section.
Tables (15 marks)
Tables must have an appropriate heading. Tables must be aligned in the text (not sideways), and in minimum of font size 10. Each column must be appropriately labelled. Report measures of central tendency (mean/median) in a separate column to measures of variance (SD or IQR)
Figures (15 marks)
Figures should be clearly labelled, including a figure number.
When reporting figures, consider the accuracy of the measurement when deciding how many decimal places to include.
Discussion (10 marks)
Short section to put the research in context. Explain the implications of the findings, any possible explanation for the differences between groups, future research, recommendations for practice.
References (one or two only) (5 marks)
Should be in Vancouver style (i.e. citations are numbered in the text and reference list.