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Article Review

Article Review

Assessment Instructions

Select a journal article on the subject of supplements and write a summary paper reviewing the article. You are encouraged, but not required, to use Senchina’s 2013 article “Athletics and Herbal Supplements,” linked in the Resources, under the Library Resources heading, for this article review. Note: If you choose to review an article other than the “Athletics and Herbal Supplements” reading, you may need to do further research in order to fully address all of the topics required for this paper.

Address all of the following points in your article review:

  • What are the main points presented in the article? What message is the author trying to convey? What are the specific areas of research and findings that the article highlights?
  • How could the supplements discussed in the article affect cells and body systems?
  • How are supplements used in different areas of athletics? Why are supplements currently unregulated? Based on your readings, do you think supplements should undergo more stringent testing? If so, how would this be monitored and paid for? Where in your life (or in the life of a friend or family member) is it important that supplements are tested? Note: Your answer to this question does not need to apply only to athletics.
  • Crosscheck the information in your article with other sources. What do other sources say about the same concepts presented in the article? Are there discrepancies between the information from the article and from other sources?
  • Complete an evaluation of your article, using either the Source Evaluation Form: Web Sites or the Source Evaluation Form: Journals and Books, both of which are linked in the Resources under the Capella Resources heading. Download the appropriate form and answer the questions.
  • In an additional paragraph or two, answer the following questions:
    • Would you consider this article to be a credible source of information on this topic? Why or why not?

Formatting Requirements

  • Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: References and citations should be formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point.
  • Length: Your paper should be between 500 and 700 words in length.
  • Format: Either submit both the Article Review paper and the completed Source Evaluation Form, or write a paragraph into your paper addressing the questions from the form.

Suggested Resources

The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.

Capella Resources

Click the links provided to view the following resources:


Capella Multimedia

Click the links provided below to view the following multimedia pieces:

  • Cell Structure and Function | Transcript.
    • This presentation will introduce you to different types of cells and help you understand how the body works at a cellular level.
  • Body System | Transcript.
    • This presentation looks at various systems and functions that will be addressed in this course. This includes immunity, the endocrine system, and DNA biology, as well as the nervous, cardiovascular, muscular, and skeletal systems.
  • Bone Remodeling | Transcript.
    • This presentation focuses on the details of bone and bone growth.
  • Muscle Contraction | Transcript.
    • This presentation focuses on muscles and how they function and contract.
Library Resources

The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course:

  • Senchina, D. S. (2013). Athletics and herbal supplements. American Scientist, 101(2), 134–141.
  • Brooks, A. (2007). Systems of our body. Delhi, IND: Global Media.
    • “Muscular and Skeletal Systems.”
  • Rogers, K. M. A., Scott, W. N, Warner, S., & Willis, B. (2011). Paramedics! Test yourself in anatomy and physiology. Maidenhead, GBR: Open University Press.
    • Chapter 1, “The Human Cell.”
    • Chapter 2, “Essential Biology and Biochemistry.”
    • Chapter 4, “The Musculoskeletal System.”
  • Singh, S. P., & Tomar, B. S. (2008). Cell biology. Meerut, IND: Global Media.
    • Chapter 1, “The Cell.”
    • Chapter 2, “Cell Metabolism.”
  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. (2002). Lippincott professional guides: Anatomy & physiology (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Author.
    • Chapter 1, “The Human Body.”
    • Chapter 4, “Musculoskeletal System.”
  • Van De Graaff, K. M., & Rhees R. W. (2001). Human anatomy and physiology. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
    • Chapter 1, pages 1–3, “Introduction to the Human Body.”
    • Chapter 2, “Cellular Chemistry.”
    • Chapter 3, “Cell Structure and Function.”
    • Chapter 4, “Tissues.”
    • Chapter 6, “Skeletal System.”
    • Chapter 7, “Muscle Tissue and the Mode of Contraction.”
    • Chapter 20, “Metabolism and Temperature Regulation.”
    • Chapter 22, “Water and Electrolyte Balance.”
Course Library Guide

A Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the BIO-FP1000 – Human Biology Library Guide to help direct your research.

Internet Resources

Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.

Bookstore Resources

The resources listed below are relevant to the topics and assessments in this course and are not required. These resources are available from the Capella University Bookstore. When searching the bookstore, be sure to look for the Course ID with the specific –FP (FlexPath) course designation.

  • Ireland, K. A. (2012). Visualizing human biology (4th ed.). Danvers, MA: Wiley.
    • Chapter 1, “What Is Life?” This chapter sets the stage for your exploration of the human body. Scientific knowledge and advances are obtained through the use of the scientific method, a systematic way of studying the natural world. Scientists use critical thinking and objective evaluation in their own studies and when assessing the work of others. You too must learn to evaluate information critically to determine the factual integrity and quality of the information you receive.
    • Chapter 3, “Everyday Chemistry of Life.” Organic molecules, built on atoms of carbon and at least one hydrogen atom, are the building blocks that make up all living things. This chapter describes the four classes of biological molecules. Knowledge of these types of molecules is essential for understanding the structure and function of cells, tissues, and organ systems.
    • Chapter 4, “Cells: Organization and Communication.” The human body contains trillions of cells. Each cell is highly organized, functioning and interacting to sustain life. This chapter explores how cells are built and how they operate—synthesizing molecules, bringing substances in, and releasing or keeping others out.
    • Chapter 5, “Tissues.” Cells are organized into different tissues, organs, and organ systems. As you read through the specific organ systems in later chapters, you will learn more about these tissues. This chapter introduces tissue types and considers how cells and complex body parts function to maintain equilibrium or homeostasis.
    • Chapter 6, “The Skeleto-Muscular System.” Besides providing an overview of the skeletal system, this chapter explains how bone functions as a living, dynamic tissue. This chapter also explores the structure and function of skeletal muscle to explain the mechanics of muscle contractions.

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