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ASSESSMENT BRIEF
Subject Code and Title CAM411A Advanced Nutritional Medicine
Assessment Assessment 2: Literature Review
Individual/Group Individual
Length 2500 words +/- 10%
Learning Outcomes a) Critically appraise scientific research to the
therapeutic value of macro, micro and phytonutrients
b) Compile updated knowledge on nutritional
biochemistry and therapeutics based on current
scientific evidence
c) Develop and assess advanced nutritional approaches
for complex disease states
Submission
Weighting 50%%
Total Marks 100 marks
Context:
Using the initial research compiled in the Literature Review Proposal, write a literature review that
attempts to answer the research question presented in Assessment 1. Through researching,
summarizing and critically analyzing the literature available, your literature review will aim to
achieve the following:
• Identify the gaps in the current knowledge of your chosen area
• Identify opposing views
• Critically analyze the available literature through the development of themes
• Demonstrate the depth of your knowledge and understanding within the area of chosen
research
• Answer your research question
Instructions:
Students are required to write a literature review, based on the proposal submitted in assessment
1, by reviewing, critically evaluating and appraising the current literature, write a clear and fully
referenced literature review.
The literature review must be compiled from a search of the most recent (5-10 years) published
literature about your topic and therapeutic(s). Your goal is to identify and critically review 6 to 9
pieces of primary research on your chosen topic and therapeutic.
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It is expected that a minimum of 20 primary sources will be used in this literature review (see
below).
Select appropriate primary research articles for inclusion in the literature review. If you find many
similar studies on any aspect of the topic, restrict your discussion to the highest quality studies
only. If there are only poor-quality studies available, use the best of these but comment on their
deficiencies.
It’s a good idea to start with meta-analysis and systematic reviews (where available) and work your
way down through the research. Identify trials that were excluded and evaluate why. Look at
more recent research and critically evaluate that too.
Depending upon your therapeutic choice, there may be limited human studies available, your
research piece may then include some cellular studies, animal studies and any trials that connect
the disease pathophysiology and selected nutritional therapeutic intervention.
Please ensure to reference according to college guidelines, paraphrase and acknowledge author(s)
ideas. Note any statement of fact, assertion or theory must be substantiated with a citation from
the literature.
Literature Review Format
Cover page
Including: Statement of Authorship
A signed statement, as follows: “The material in this research project is original, except
where due acknowledgement has been given, and has not been accepted for the award of
any other degree or diploma. To the best of my knowledge and belief, it contains no
material previously published or written by another person, except where due
acknowledgement is made in the text”. Signed……………………………..
Contents page
Abbreviations page
1.0 Introduction
A general overview of the condition and selected therapeutic.
2.0 The condition
2.1 Prevalence
2.2 Aetiology
2.3 Pathophysiology
2.4 Medical Treatment
A description of the anatomical, physiological and biochemical factors that are present in the
condition disorder you have chosen and a discussion of the information you have found in the
literature about various causes of the presenting pathophysiology. You should cover genetic,
environmental, lifestyle, nutritional, psychological and any other relevant factors. Medical
treatment (chemo &/or radio) or other.
3.0 Proposed Nutritional Therapeutic
3.1 Background/introduction
3.2 Actions/Indications
3.3 Mechanism of action in chosen condition
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Introduce the therapeutic intervention and its mechanisms of action as they relate to the
pathophysiology of the chosen condition.
4.0 Literature review
4.1 Findings
4.2 Results – as a table appendix outlining the methodology of each study
4.3 Discussion – academically written critical analysis of the research reviewed
This should be the major part of your research project – a discussion of the information you
have found in the literature. The selected references should be critically analyzed for validly
and efficacy. Please also indicate any safety, toxicological or interaction data where relevant.
5.0 Conclusion
Give your conclusion based on the evidence presented. Do not put new material in your
conclusion. Based on your findings discuss any future implications for research.
References (not included in word count)
– A list of all studies and texts referred to in your literature review.
– The accepted college method is the APA system.
– Live links for each article must be included – either URL or DOI
Presentation
Format your literature review using an APA report writing style. Double spaced, times new roman, size 12 font.
Use appropriate headings and sub- headings throughout as this is a report not an essay.
Work submitted for assessment is expected to meet the requirements of satisfactory presentation, referencing
and expression, including spelling, punctuation, sentence structure and paragraphing and text structure. Only
original work will be accepted.
Please submit a SafeAssign report (PDF) along with your completed literature review (doc). If both documents are
not submitted the assessment will not be considered submitted.
Sources
Information may be sourced from primary, secondary and tertiary sources:
Primary sources: Include original research articles, systematic reviews and meta-analysis from
high quality journals, peer reviewed journals.
A minimum 20 primary sources are expected for this literature review
Secondary sources: Include general review articles, summaries, abstracts of primary source articles.
Tertiary sources: Include recognised, authoritative textbooks.
Students are strongly recommended to:
o Use primary sources wherever possible and use the most recently published information you can
find.
o Use secondary sources only where primary sources cannot be accessed.
o Use tertiary sources only when primary or secondary source journals are not available. All texts
should be by experts recognised in their particular field. Make sure you consult the latest edition of
the text.
o Never use lecture notes, manufacturers’ information sheets, magazine or newspaper articles,
anecdotal reports, non-reputable internet/web sites, self-help groups, practitioners’
recommendations.
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o Use websites as a guide to primary sources.
o Websites should not be used unless they belong to reputable sources e.g. Government,
official organizations or recognised medical association journal sites.
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Learning Rubric
Content Fail Pass Credit Distinction High Distinction
Overall presentation
• format & structure
• spelling & grammar
• academic language &
writing style
Some structure relevant to
Literature Review Proposal.
Key sections may be
omitted.
Structure supports a
Literature Review Proposal.
Language and writing style is
mostly appropriate.
Structure is clear and supports
a Literature Review Proposal.
Language and writing style is
appropriate.
Structure is clear and coherent
which enhances the
presentation of a Literature
Review Proposal. Demonstrates
an understanding of language
and style appropriate to
academic writing.
Clear & coherent structure
which enriches the presentation
of a Literature Review Proposal.
Demonstrates an insightful
understanding of language and
style appropriate to academic
writing.
0-2 2.5 3 4 5
Introduction Inadequate description of
health issue and
intervention topic. Rationale
for the review explained
poorly or missing. Search
strategies are limited in
scope. Inclusion/exclusion
criteria may be missing.
Basic-level description of
health issue and intervention
topic. Rationale for the review
is explained, although several
missing points, or not clearly
described. Search strategies
are basic and limited in
scope. Inclusion/exclusion
criteria may be missing.
Moderate-level description of
health issue and intervention
topic. Rationale for the review
is explained, as is the literature
review scope. Search
strategies are adequate,
although could be more
comprehensive.
Inclusion/exclusion criteria may
be missing.
Good-level, clear description of
health issue and intervention
topic. Rationale for the review is
clearly explained, as is the
literature review scope.
Demonstrates a comprehensive
approach to literature search
strategies and effective use of
inclusion/exclusion criteria.
High-level, clear description of
health issue and intervention
topic. Rationale for the review
clearly explained, as is the
literature review scope.
Demonstrates a comprehensive
approach to literature search
strategies and effective use of
inclusion/exclusion criteria.
0-4.5 5.0-6.0 6.5-7 7.5-8 8.5-10
Selected condition and therapeutic
• Prevalence
• Aetiology
• Pathophysiology
• Background
• Actions/indications
• Mechanisms of action
Limited understanding of
the condition, its treatment
and the chosen therapeutic.
Little to no discussion of
interactions and
recommendations
Has demonstrated a basic
understanding of conditions,
medical treatment and
chosen therapeutic.
Discussion of interactions and
recommendations.
Demonstrates a solid
understanding of the condition,
medical treatment and the
chosen therapeutic. Discussion
of interactions and
recommendations with some
analysis.
Demonstrates a thorough
understanding of the condition,
medical treatment and chosen
therapeutic which is highlighted
in the detailed discussion,
evidencing current
understandings.
Detailed discussion of
interactions and
recommendations, analysis and
critical thinking demonstrated.
Demonstrates an insightful
understanding of condition,
medical treatment and chosen
therapeutic incorporating
current research in the
discussion and analysis.
Highly accurate, clinically
appropriate and relevant.
Insightful discussion of
interactions and
recommendations, high level of
analysis and critical thinking
demonstrated.

0-9.5 10-12.5 13-14.5 15-16.5 17-20
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Discussion & Analysis of the
Literature
The literature being
reviewed is discussed and
analysed inadequately.
Some key details are
included; however, many
details are missing,
including poor
demonstration of critical
thinking skills.
The literature being reviewed
is discussed and analysed to
a basic academic level. Some
key details are included,
however, many details are
missing or not clearly
explained. Basic analysis,
research and critical thinking
skills demonstrated.
The literature being reviewed is
discussed and analysed to a
moderate academic level. Most
key details are addressed
including the study design,
relevant statistics and results.
However, some details are
missing or not clearly
explained. Moderate-level
analysis, research and critical
thinking skills demonstrated.
The literature being reviewed is
discussed and analysed to a
high academic level. Key details
are addressed including the
study design, relevant statistics
and results. Some minor
aspects of above could be
improved. High-level analysis,
research and critical thinking
skills demonstrated.
The literature being reviewed is
discussed and analysed to a
high academic level. Key details
are addressed including the
study design, relevant statistics
and results. High-level analysis,
research and critical thinking
skills demonstrated.
0-14.5 15-19 19.5-22 22.5-24.5 25-30
Substantiation
• Quality
• Currency
• Relevance
The literature review is
inadequately substantiated
by appropriate use of up-todate primary and secondary
references. There may be a
lack of high-quality primary
references and/or overreliance on secondary
resources. Inadequate
critical thinking. No or some
in-text references are
missing.
Less than 20 primary
articles used.
To a basic level, the literature
review is substantiated by
appropriate use of up-to-date
primary and secondary
references. There may be a
lack of high-quality primary
references and/or overreliance on secondary
resources. Basic level of
critical thinking. No or some
in-text references are
missing.
To a moderate level, the
literature review is
substantiated by appropriate
use of up-to-date primary and
secondary references.
Substantiation demonstrates a
moderate level of research,
insight and critical thinking.
No or some in-text references
are missing.
The literature review is
substantiated by appropriate
use of up-to-date primary and
secondary references.
Substantiation demonstrates
comprehensive, insightful and
relevant research and critical
thinking. Secondary resources
are used minimally and only to
back up foundation knowledge.
No in-text references are
missing. Some minor aspects of
above could be improved.
The literature review is
substantiated by appropriate
use of up-to-date primary and
secondary references.
Substantiation demonstrates
comprehensive, insightful and
relevant research and critical
thinking. Secondary resources
are used minimally and only to
back up foundation knowledge.
No in-text references are
missing.
0-9.5 10-12.5 13-14.5 15-16.5 17-20
Conclusion
• Gaps in research and
conflicting information
Conclusion is brief or not
present. Little to no
discussion on key content.
Conclusion is basic. Identifies
some issues relating to
nutritional clinical practice,
although lacking key details.
Gaps in research may or may
not be identified. No or some
new material is introduced.
Conclusion is moderately well
structured and detailed.
Identifies key issues relating to
nutritional clinical practice,
although some may be
missing. Gaps in research
identified to a moderate level.
No or some new material is
introduced.
Conclusion is concise, wellstructured and detailed.
Identifies key issues relating to
nutritional clinical practice.
Gaps in research identified, and
no new material is introduced.
Some minor aspects of above
could be improved.
Conclusion is concise, wellstructured and detailed.
Identifies key issues relating to
nutritional clinical practice.
Gaps in research identified, and
no new material is introduced.
0-4.5 5.0-6.0 6.5-7 7.5-8 8.5-10
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Referencing (5%) Incorrect referencing style
and or many errors may be
present.
In-text references and
reference list adhere to
appropriate referencing style
at least half of the time.
In-text references and
reference list adhere to
appropriate referencing style
most of the time. Some errors.
In-text references and reference
list adhere to appropriate
referencing style. No errors.
Some minor aspects of
referencing could be improved.
In-text references and reference
list adhere to appropriate
referencing style. No errors.
0-2 2.5 3 4 5
Total: / 100

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