Entry Quiz

A good title is short and to the point. It should be treated either as an aim or a conclusion. The trend in the Biochemical literature these days is for the latter.

If you were writing about an experiment in which you had measured the effect of artificial sweeteners on insulin secretion you could write the title as an aim or a conclusion.

Click on the aim and conclusion to see the example titles and the comments on these titles.

Aim

Conclusion

Read the background information for the cholesterol experiment.

Examine the titles for the cholesterol experiment Each of the titles are appropriate but some are better than others. Rank the titles in the order 1 to 5 where 1 = most appropriate by typing the appropriate number in the boxes next to each title. When you have ranked all the titles, click on Submit to get your feedback.

  • A) DIETARY CHOLESTEROL INTAKE AFFECTS PLASMA CHOLESTEROL CONCENTRATION

  • B) RICH CHOLESTEROL DIET INCREASES PLASMA CHOLESTEROL CONCENTRATION, WHEREAS LOW CHOLESTEROL DIET CAUSES DECREASE IN PLASMA CHOLESTEROL CONCENTRATION

  • C) PLASMA CHOLESTEROL CONCENTRATION INCREASES IN RESPONSE TO CHOLESTEROL INTAKE IN THE DIET

  • D) MEASURING THE EFFECTS OF CHOLESTEROL IN THE DIET ON PLASMA CHOLESTEROL CONCENTRATION

  • E) VARYING THE DIETARY INTAKE OF CHOLESTEROL MAY CAUSE CHANGES IN PLASMA CHOLESTEROL CONCENTRATION IN MIDDLE-AGED SUBJECTS

Answer e is the best title because it is informative and circumspect. It precisely identifies the purpose of the study and the 'target group'.

Answer c is both more general than e (does not identify a 'target group') and less cirumspect (identifies the relationship between cholesterol intake in the diet as increasing plasma cholesterol concentration.) In fact, the relationship should have been expressed more accurately i.e. an increase in cholesterol in the diet increases plasma cholesterol concentration. This title also focusses only on the effect of increasing plasma cholesterol concentration.

Answer b states both outcomes of this experment but this makes it too detailed and therefore too long.

Answers d and a are general titles based on the aim of the experiment. They donít give much away.

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