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Reports and Written Work

REPORTS AND WRITTEN WORK

All laboratory reports are marked out of 20.


Title Page: Include:

Title of experiment
Students name and ID number
Laboratory partners names
Laboratory section and name of GA
Date of submitting laboratory report

Abstract (3 marks)
The abstract is a crucial part of your laboratory report. It is a clear written paragraph which briefly
conveys the intent of the laboratory exercise, mentions the methodology utilized during the laboratory
period, summarizes important experimental observations, findings, and conclusions. The abstract
length must be between 200 to 300 words.
Procedure (0 marks)
No marks are given for this section. You may indicate as outlined in the 59240 laboratory manual,
quoting the relevant pages. However, if there is a major deviation from experimental procedure or
significant problem with the data arising from experimental error, you must state these differences in
this section, as these deviations could influence the marks you receive in later sections (i.e., see
Results and Calculations below).
Results and Calculations (Experiments 1-4: 8 marks & Experiment 5: 6 marks)
Present your data in neatly laid out tables. Always include units and estimated errors arising from
experimental errors, instrumental readings, etc. Include a comparison of your experimental data with
literature values where appropriate. Show a sample calculation for each type of calculation required,
including the equation used, the numbers substituted into the equation, unit analysis, and the final
answer. All calculations must be typed and not hand-written.
Discussion (Experiments 1-4: 7 marks & Experiment 5: 9 marks)
This section is meant to convey your understanding of the experiment. Discuss all important results,
where trends and anomalies are discussed with reference to the underlying theory of the experiment.
Important results should be compared with those found in the literature, and reasons for differences
between experimental and literature data should be discussed. When there are several sources of
possible error, indicate to what extent each may have affected the final results. You may also choose
to include in your discussion possible applications of the experiment, suggested improvements or
extensions to the experiment, and/or alternative methods of measurement. Answer the laboratory
questions at the end of each experiment!
Conclusions (1 mark)
Write a brief statement summarizing the most important results of the experiment, including numerical
final results and per cent errors (if applicable).

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References (1 mark)
Make a list of all reference material, using the same format as the laboratory manual. References
should appear in the order they appear in the text. References in the text should appear as superscripted arabic numerals. For example: The boiling point of benzene is 80.1 C.3
Reference format:
1.
Atkins, P.W. Physical Chemistry, 7th Edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2001.
Submitting Laboratory Reports
Laboratory reports must be submitted to the GA ONE WEEK after the laboratory session on the
students registered laboratory day. For example, students in the afternoon laboratory sessions must
submit their reports by 2:30 p.m. the following week, and students in the evening laboratory must
submit their reports by 6:00 p.m. the following week. Laboratory reports handed in within the 24-hour
period after the deadline will receive a 50% of the total grade. Reports submitted in later than this
deadline will not be marked and be assigned a grade of ZERO.
Medical excuses do not apply to the submission of laboratory reports. A medical excuse cannot be
used if a report is not submitted at the time of the deadline(s). A student must also be present during
the actual experiment to be allowed to submit a laboratory report.
If the report cannot be submitted in person before the deadline, then the FULL report may be submitted
electronically by 2:30 p.m. (afternoon sections) or 6:00 p.m. (evening sections) the day of the report is
due. The report will not be penalized if the hard copy of the report is in the hands of the GA by 9:00
a.m. the following morning.

IMPORTANT
Since students in the laboratory session will be performing the same five experiments during
the course of the semester, students will only be allowed to view marked laboratory reports
during the next laboratory session and be returned to the GA by the end of the laboratory
session. GAs will be in the possession of the reports till the end of the semester. Students
may collect their laboratory reports from their respective GAs at that time.
Final Laboratory Grades
An attempt will be made to post unofficial laboratory grades prior to the final exam. It will be the
students responsibility to verify grades posted are the marks received for their laboratory write-ups.
Students will have exactly one week after the unofficial laboratory grades are posted to dispute any
marks they may have received. Students must bring in their marked laboratory report to the Laboratory
Coordinator (Essex Hall, Room 175) to verify the mark received does not correspond with what was
posted. Once the one week deadline has passed, the final laboratory grades will become official and
will be submitted to the professor for final course grades.
Disputes, Complaints, and Policy
Any disputes or complaints arising from the laboratory course should be initially drawn to the attention
of the GA. Any concerns regarding a laboratory grade must be addressed immediately and no later
than two weeks after the marked report has been viewed. Should his/her decision be deemed unjust,
representations may be made, in turn, to the Professor instructing the course, the Head of the
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the Dean of Students.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Windsor


Guidelines for Examinations, Assignments and Laboratory Reports

Cheating and Plagiarism


1.

During an examination, students must not have in their possession any unauthorized
books, notes, or extraneous material, unless permitted by the instructor.

2.

All incidents of cheating and plagiarism will be reported by the instructor directly and
immediately to the Departmental Head for consideration of disciplinary action as
delineated in Senate By-law 31.

Calculators
Students may only use calculators approved by the Faculty of Science and/or their instructors.
Programmable calculators and calculators with infra-red transmission capability are not
permitted.
Absence
1.

Attendance of laboratories and mid-term examinations is MANDATORY.

2.

Students who miss a mid-term examination or laboratory must provide written


documentation to justify an absence. Unexcused absences or incomplete laboratory
reports will result in a grade of incomplete, which in turn will result in a grade of
incomplete for the course.

3.

Such a student should call the departmental office 253-3000 x3521 to report his/her
name and the examination missed within 24 hours of the exam.

4.

Written documentation justifying the absence must be presented within 48 hours of the
examination or as soon as possible.

5.

Excuses will not be accepted after a student has taken an examination.

Midterm examination
1.

Only examinations written in non-erasable ink will be considered for a grade appeal.

2.

All grade appeals must be accompanied with a written rationale for the grade appeal.
Requests such as "see question xx" contain insufficient information and will not be
considered for a grade appeal.

3.

All grade appeals must be made either within five working days after the examination is
returned to the class, or by a date designated by the professor.

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Laboratory Reports/Assignments
Plagiarism is defined in section 2.4.22 of the University Calendar. Students are reminded that
copying laboratory reports and assignments constitutes plagiarism. When two or more
laboratory reports/assignments containing substantially identical material are submitted, a grade
of 0 will be assigned to each student, and the incident will be reported to the Department Head.
Final Examinations
1.

A student may inspect his/her own corrected final examination.

2.

All posted final grades are unofficial, and non-negotiable.

3.

Students who wish a formal appeal of their final examination/grade as described in


section 2.6 of the Calendar may complete the appropriate paperwork at the registrar's
office. In general, successful appeals will be based solely on academic merit. Grade
appeals to satisfy admission or scholarship requirements or other program prerequisites
will be rejected.(These guidelines were approved by the Departmental Council on 19
Dec. 1996; updated Sep. 2003)