FAQ Sheet Instructions
Prepare a FAQ sheet on your toxic agent using the information you collected for your report. The
sheet should be 1 page (NOT MORE) and would be something that might be handed out to people
who are interested or posted on-line. The content should not be very technical but more of questions
that the general public might have about the material. A few examples of FAQ sheets from are
provided. Please, pay attention to the FAQ sheet design and make it appealing to attract and motivate
the general public to read it. FAQ sheet design is part of the final score for this assignment.
FAQ Sheet Instructions
Some more detailed instructions on preparing the FAQ sheets for your toxic agents. Please, do not
use extensive text, but rather bullet point style, so people would be motivated to read rather than
overwhelmed by ton of text.
1) The format should be questions with corresponding answers.
2) The questions should be information that someone not familiar with the toxic agent would like
to know. You should include questions and answers similar to those below:
a. What is X?
i. Include information on the general properties
1. Gas, liquid or solid
ii. What are its uses
b. How would I be exposed to X?
i. Most likely routes of exposure
ii. Who is most likely to be exposure (member of general public, worker in
manufacturing plant, person applying pesticides, etc.)
iii. Specific groups especially at risk (children, elderly, pregnant women, etc.)
c. What are the effects of X exposure?
ii. Effects from human studies/epidemiology if known
iii. Molecular mechanisms – in general terms only
d. How can I prevent exposure to X?
i. Individual or group prevention (you can include regulatory preventative
e. Where I can get more information?
i. The best are government websites such as EPA, ATSDR, CDC, etc. These
websites are usually available and easily accessible which may not be the case
for other links.
3) The information should not be very technical. Remember that this FAQ sheet is for a
person that has questions or concerns about a specific material and, in many cases, they
do not have a science background. You should aim for a high school reading level and
any technical terms should be defined in layman terms.
Toxicant Assignment Instructions
For this assignment, choose a toxic agent that interests you (might be naturally occurring plant
toxin or venom, or synthetic/industrial). Post your choice in the “You’re your toxic agent choice
HERE” forum located below the link to these instructions If your toxic
agent of interest is already chosen, please pick another to prevent duplication. If you have any
questions about appropriate toxic agents or need help choosing, please contact me!
Write a 2-3 page (NOT MORE!, excluding reference list) report that includes the following
1. The most likely exposure scenario
2. The most likely route of exposure and target organ
3. Brief description of its toxic effects for the most likely route of exposure
a. Be sure to include any dose-response results as well as the target organ(s).
b. Include if the material is metabolized, excreted, retained in the body, etc.
4. How the dose can be minimized or the exposure prevented
Please, make sure your report contains all the above information. All information should be
correctly and consistently cited using APA format. You try to get a variety of sources, such as
government websites as well as non-internet sources, such as books, journal articles, or
government reports. You can include graphs and tables, if you wish, to more clearly illustrate
your points. If the figures or tables used are from one of your sources, they must be referenced
in APA style. As a note, Wikipedia is NOT an acceptable source.
Please use the “turnitin.com” resource provided on the Student Resources webpage to check
Post your report in the Toxicant Report assignment (in Topic 12)
Prepare a FAQ sheet on your toxic agent using the information you collected for your report.
The sheet should be 1 page (NOT MORE!!!) and would be something that might be handed out
to people who are interested or posted on-line. The content should not be very technical but more
of questions that the general public might have about the material. Please make your FAQ sheet
appealing so the readers are motivated to read it. FAQ sheet design will be part of the grade
score. A few examples of FAQ sheets are provided below. More detailed instructions are
included in the FAQ sheet instructions.
Post your FAQ sheet in the Toxicant FAQ forum (above topic 1)
Comment or ask questions regarding the FAQ sheets posted by your classmates. As
with the lecture discussions, your responses must be meaningful (ex: not just “I agree”
or “Great idea”). All posts must be submitted
Report: 15 points
FAQ Discussion: Each meaningful comment, question or answer is worth 1 point to a
maximum of 5 points. FAQ discussion score is included into the final class
participation score and is worth .