Rough Draft of Final Lab Report
Completed Lab for assignment
I just need to add an abstract and fix the few things that the instructor mentioned in the grading of my rough draft. I have attached them above. Instructors comments when she graded my rough draft are pasted at the bottom.
Final Lab Report
You are required to write a complete laboratory report that covers all three experiments for “Lab 2: Water Quality and Contamination,” using knowledge gained throughout the course. To begin, download the Final Lab Report Template and utilize this form to ensure proper formatting and inclusion of all required material. Additionally, view the Sample Final Lab Report before beginning this assignment, which will illustrate what a Final Lab Report should look like. You must use at least four scholarly sources and your lab manual to support your points. The report must be six to ten pages in length (excluding the title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.
The Final Lab Report must contain the following eight sections in this order:
- Title Page – This page must include the title of your report, your name, course name, instructor, and date submitted.
- Abstract – This section should provide a brief summary of the methods, results, and conclusions. It should allow the reader to see what was done, how it was done, and the results. It should not exceed 200 words and should be the last part written (although it should still appear right after the title page).
- Introduction – This section should include background information on water quality and an overview of why the experiment was conducted. It should first contain background information of similar studies previously conducted. This is accomplished by citing existing literature from similar experiments. Secondly, it should provide an objective or a reason why the experiment is being done. Why do we want to know the answer to the question we are asking? Finally, it should end with all three hypotheses from your Week Two experiments. These hypotheses should not be adjusted to reflect the “right” answer. Simply place your previous hypotheses in the report here. You do not lose points for an inaccurate hypothesis; scientists often revise their hypotheses based on scientific evidence following the experiments.
- Materials and Methods – This section should provide a detailed description of the materials used in your experiment and how they were used. A step-by-step rundown of your experiment is necessary; however, it should be done in paragraph form, not in a list format. The description should be exact enough to allow for someone reading the report to replicate the experiment, however, it should be in your own words and not simply copied and pasted from the lab manual.
- Results – This section should include the data and observations from the experiment. All tables and graphs should be present in this section. In addition to the tables, you must describe the data in text; however, there should be no personal opinions or discussion outside of the results located within this area.
- Discussion – This section should interpret your data and provide conclusions. Discuss the meanings of your findings in this area. Was your hypothesis accepted or rejected, and how are you able to determine this? Did the results generate any future questions that might benefit from a new experiment? Were there any outside factors (i.e., temperature, contaminants, time of day) that affected your results? If so, how could you control for these in the future?
- Conclusions – This section should provide a brief summary of your work.
- References – List references used in APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Carefully review the
Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.
(0.95 / 1.25) Materials and Methods
Basic – Partially describes the materials and methods section. Moderate detail may be missing that limits the repeatability of the experiment and/or excessive information is present.
Good start to a materials and methods section but in your Final Lab Report, I will need to see much more detail. This section should be written so that an outsider reading your report could repeat your experiment. This does not meaning writing every little step like dip the pH test strip in the water, then shake the test strips, these steps can be simplified to read we used pH test strips to measure water pH, etc. since the kits come with instructions. However, just remember that enough detail is needed to repeat the experiment. If you have any questions about this feel free to email me directly or post your concerns in the “Ask Your Instructor” section of the course.
(0.8 / 1.25) Results
Below Expectations – Includes a results section that minimally addresses tables utilized in the laboratory as well as an explanation of the data. Major errors may be seen in the data tables, details are missing in the data explanation, and personal opinions are stated.
It looks like you provided some of the data but in the Final Lab Report make sure that you include all of the data that you generated during the Week Two lab in with the report. The best way to do this is to simply copy and paste all of the completed tables from the Week Two lab into your Final Lab Report. If you do this it will ensure that all the data is present.