Structuring the title:

Usually, the title is formed from the statement of the aim or conclusion of your experiment.

Click on the Aim to see the links between the titles and the vocabulary in the aim and conclusion. Then click the highlighted words in the aim for more explanation.

Aim

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This study aimed to demonstrate that consumption of a high cholesterol diet results in an increase in blood cholesterol concentration.

Conclusion

As has been found in previous studies, a diet which is high in cholesterol increases the plasma cholesterol concentration.

Title 1

Plasma cholesterol concentration increases in response to cholesterol intake in the diet.

Title 2

Varying the dietary intake of cholesterol may cause changes in plasma cholesterol concentration in middle-aged subjects

AIMconsumption of a high cholesterol diet
CONCLUSIONa diet which is high in cholesterol
TITLE 1in response to cholesterol intake in the diet
TITLE 2Varying the dietary intake of cholesterol

Notice how the information about diet is shifted from the beginning part of the sentence in the aim and conclusion to the end in title 1. This allows the focus in title 1 to be on what is affected i.e. plasma cholesterol concentration rather than on the cause i.e. cholesterol in the diet. Also title 1 is more general than the aim and conclusion as it refers to cholesterol 'intake' in the diet rather than a 'high' cholesterol diet.

Title 2 keeps the focus on the cause ie: dietary intake of cholesterol as in the aim and conclusion but is more general in describing the actual intake as 'varying' rather than high.

AIMan increase in blood cholesterol concentration.
CONCLUSIONincreases the plasma cholesterol concentration
TITLE 1Plasma cholesterol concentration increases
TITLE 2may cause changes in plasma cholesterol concentration

The noun increase in the aim changes to the verb increases in the conclusion and title 1.

Title 2 is a more tentative statement of the relationship between plasma cholesterol concentration and cholesterol in the diet as it does not specify what kind of change takes place.

Read the statement of the aim and the conclusion for the glygogen experiment and then read the list of possible titles. Although all of the titles are acceptable, decide which one is the most appropriate in the current climate i.e. basing the title on the conclusion. When you have made your choice (only one title), click the Submit button to receive your feedback.

Aim

This study investigates the relationship between fitness and the rate of muscle glycogen consumption during exercise.

Conclusion

This study suggests that the rate of muscle glycogen consumption during sustained prolonged exercise is slower in fitter subjects. Unfit subjects consume muscle glycogen at twice the rate of the fittest individuals

1. Muscle glycogen consumption during sustained prolonged exercise is slower in fitter subjects.

1. This is the most appropriate title in the current climate . It states the conclusion and specifies the kind of exercise undertaken.

2. Variations in levels of fitness influence the rate of muscle glycogen consumption during exercise.

2. This title is more general than title 1.

3. How muscle glycogen consumption during exercise is related to fitness levels

3. This title is a statement of the aim. The current trend is to base the title on the conclusion so answer 1 is the most appropriate.

4. High fitness levels result in lower rates of muscle glycogen consumption during exercise

4. This title is a more general statement of the conclusion than title 1 which specifies the kind of exercise undertaken.

5. Is muscle glycogen metabolism affected by fitness?

5. This title is a general statement of the aim phrased as a question.

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