Create a chart that summarizes one family’s health history

Clayton State University

School of Nursing

HLTH 3201 Pathophysiology

Genealogy Project

Objective: To develop a three-generation genealogy chart for a family.

Part I: Research a family’s health history chart

1. Create a chart that summarizes one family’s health history. You must include a minimum of three generations on the chart. If you chose not to use your own family, you are responsible for finding a family to base the chart upon. Generations two and three should contain information about siblings, unless there is a situation where there is an only child.

2. Incorporate all of the following information into the chart, if available (if not available, state that so that points will not be removed for not including required elements):

a. Gender

b. Place of birth (City, state, and/or country)

c. Marital status

d. Offspring

e. Occupation

f. Cause of death

g. Chronic illnesses (ex: arthritis, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, congenital defects heart and lung disease, developmental delays, physical abnormalities, psychiatric disorders or anything else that is pertinent.)

Part II: Develop an inheritance chart

1. Based upon the information obtained from the genealogy chart that you created, develop an inheritance diagram/pedigree chart/genealogy chart, that highlights inheritance patterns of different chronic illnesses (ex: ex: arthritis, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, congenital defects, heart and lung disease, developmental delays, physical abnormalities, psychiatric disorders or anything else that is pertinent.) Note: track one chronic illness. You can find some ideas of how to format a pedigree chart by searching Google for pedigree charts/pedigree charts/genealogy charts. Some can be downloaded at no cost. Keep the size to normal paper size and make the format something that you can submit Power Point chart, or pdf of a drawing that you do.

2. Develop a legend that references the following items with symbols as listed below. See Page 46 for sample legends to use.

a. Boxes = males, circles = females

b. Shade/color the boxes to indicate a particular trait or chronic illness as listed above.

c. Include each color in the legend to indicate what it represents

d. Relationships:

i. A vertical line connects the spouse or mate of a male or female

ii. A vertical line indicates children

iii. Indicate deceased members of the family

iv. Place a star over the person who is the focus of the chart

3. Include all of the family health information include on the genealogy chart in Part I.

Part III: Summarize and explain your findings

Write at least two paragraphs which summarize and explain what the genealogy chart revealed about the health and health risks of the person and their family. Review the colored genealogy chart and observe which health traits/risks stand out and discuss them in relation to the focus person. Note: “Summarizing” refers to “covering the main points” of what you found in your project. “Explaining” refers to “making your findings understandable and clear”.

Grading Criteria:

This activity represents 10% of your final grade.

There should be four pages:

Points: Criteria:
5 Cover page: name, date due, course name, project title (centered in the middle of the page)
25 Part 1 chart
25 Part 2 chart
25

10

Part 3

a. Summary and explanation must be at least 2 paragraphs, and a paragraph should contain 5-7 sentences on the same topic.

b. Discuss and describe the inheritance pattern (ie autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, multifactorial, or general genetic/familial tendency)

20 Overall project appearance, grammar, formatting, clarity, logical flow of contents, APA style formatting

Also, copy/paste the grading criteria chart (this chart) onto the last page of your paper, so that it can be easily accessed while grading your paper online.

Note: This project should be typed. The cover page should be typed, Part I can be a table that is typed, Part 2 can be typed in Power Point or neatly drawn by hand and submitted via pdf file and Part 3 should be typed.

Staple pages together to submit. Do this at home, as a stapler will not be available in the classroom. Do not put paper in a fancy folder or cover.

LMS 05/11, 05/12

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