All lab reports should be submitted through safe assign by both lab partners before the beginning of the lab session on the due date; one hard copy should be submitted at the beginning of the lab session on the due date.
The lab report should be divided into the following sections:
1. Title page
Provide your names; section number; TA name; the title of the lab; and the date the experiments were performed.
Describe the background information related to the lab. Essentially, you are setting the stage for the report. This includes; i) identifying the “big problem” that is being addressed (what was the principle of the lab exercise?), (ii) describing the current state of knowledge relevant to this problem, introduce key specimen, biological processes and define key terms, (iii) identify the key questions that must be answered to further advance our knowledge, and (iv) state the specific hypotheses that are being tested in this report and give the scientific basis of each hypothesis (and how they relate to the key questions); each hypothesis should be stated individually (v) include images from credible sources; (vi) cite all your sources.
3. Materials and Methods
Each experiment should have its own subheading. Under the sub-heading, first include a paragraph of a list of all materials used. Then describe how the experiments were performed. You should provide sufficient detail so that another researcher would be able to fully replicate your experiments. This section should be written in the passive voice and in paragraph format.
Present the results of your experiments (i.e., what did you observe?). You should represent your data in the form of tables, graphs, drawings, or images that are referred to in the text (i.e., Table 1, 2…; Fig. 1, 2 ….). You can break this section down into smaller sub-sections that correspond to the different parts of the lab. Each figure, graph or table should have a
References: Provide a complete list (in alphabetical order) of all references that you have cited in your report. For example, these may include scientific papers, magazine articles, book chapters, books, or web sites. For each reference, include names of the authors, title of the reference, the year of publication, as well as the volume and page range of the paper/article/book chapter. For websites, please include the URL and date accessed. While you can use the procedure packet for certain information, the packet does not count as a citable source. Rubric for first lab report (30 pts.)