CHEMISTRY FORMAL LAB REPORT GUIDELINES – ASSESSMENT

UV Spectroscopy Analysis

Note 1: All Lab Reports must be typed in Times New Roman and 12point font size.

Note 2: All Lab Reports must follow accepted grammar guidelines and rules.

Assessment Goals:

Critical Thinking (20 points) – to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information;

Written communication (10 points) – to include effective development, interpretation of ideas through written and visual communication;

Quantitative literacy (10 points)- to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions;

Team work (20 points) – to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.

LAB FORMAT

Part 1:

  • At the top of the first page of the Lab – Place the Lab Title
  • On the next line below the Lab Title, put the Date (DD/MM/YYYY)
  • On the line below the Date, put the names (first and last) of all lab members.
  • Now, skip a line leaving a blank line.
  • Start the Lab Sections on the line below the skipped line.

Part 2:

Lab Sections (be sure and skip a line between the end of each section and the beginning of the next section.

  • Introduction: Describe the underlying concepts on which this Lab is based, give applications examples about Spectroscopy UV analysis, and the purpose of the experiment. Do not forget to reference your sources. (Individual work)
  • Materials: List all materials and equipment used. (Teamwork)
  • Procedure: A brief but complete description of what was done in the experiment. (Teamwork)
  • Results: Record all the data obtained. The data should always be organized in a logical, sensible, readable manner. There is no single right or wrong way to do this. Any method that displays the data in an intelligible way is acceptable. Be sure to clearly label each set of data. If you put the data in table or in graph format, label them. Report the results and explain the results obtained. (Teamwork)
  • Conclusions: Here you present your proud results. This should be the most extensive section of the lab! (Individual work).
  • References – Use at least three references (Do not use Wikipedia)
  • Teamwork: Discuss the following questions thoroughly.
    • How well did you work in your team to complete this lab?
    • What was the role of each member in your team?
    • Add any comments about your lab partner.

  • Discuss whether your results are reasonable. If they aren’t, comment on what may have happened to cause any inaccuracies.
  • Explain the basic chemistry concepts that took place in the experiment
  • Comment on whether you met the objective for the lab.
  • Discuss any problems you encountered.
  • Include any experimental error.
  • Discuss what you learned and the meaning of this knowledge. Try to be eloquent.Creativity is nice too.
  • Do not forget to reference any source you used for your conclusion, etc.

Number system.

Citations: When you cite the source of information in the report, you give a number in parentheses that corresponds to the number of the source in the listing in the “References.”

References: The sources are listed in numbered accordingly, as in the following article.

[1] Powell JM, Wattiaux MA, Broderick GA. Evaluation of milk urea nitrogen as a management tool to reduce ammonia emissions from dairy farms. J Dairy Sci. 2011;94(9):4690-4694.

 
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