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Lab Report 15% Details of requirements can be found in the unit laboratory manual. A copy of the marking guide used to mark the Lab Report can be located in the laboratory manual and on the unit Moodle site. Students should refer to this when preparing for, and writing, their Lab Report. The report must be submitted online though Moodle by 4pm, Thursday 24th April. The maximum word limit for the Lab Report is 1450, which is broken into: Introduction (maximum of 400 words), Materials and Methods (maximum 100 words), Results (maximum 400 words, not including figures and tables), Discussion (maximum 400 words), and Conclusion (maximum 150 words). Introduction and Aims (maximum of 400 words) This section, written in present tense, contains background information relevant to the topic with the purpose of providing a context for the experiments performed. This introduction should 'set the scene' for the experiment and your later discussion. Make sure that you reference any information that you include from sources such as text-books. The last part of the introduction should also describe the aim(s) of the experiment. Materials and Methods (maximum of 100 words) Written in present tense, for this section you only need to reference the relevant pages of the laboratory manual. You do not need to rewrite the methods section. However, if there are any deviations from the method in the manual, these must be pointed out so that someone who had read your report would be able to repeat the experiment. Results (maximum of 400 words, not including figures, graphs and tables) Written in past tense, here you will present your final results in a coherent and logical manner using appropriate tables and graphs. All figures must include a figure number, title and legend, which must be referred to in the text e.g. Figure 1, or Graph 2. A brief description should explain what is observed in each graph or figure. Note the important aspects of your results, but be careful not to discuss your results in this section. All raw data, data analysis (including standard curves) and example calculations should be included in an appendix. Requirement for tables (should be prepared in Microsoft Excel): - Include a table number and a descriptive title at the top of the table, as well as a legend (if necessary) below the table - Be consistent with your decimal places, think about significant figures! Requirement for graphs (should be prepared in Microsoft Excel): - Have a figure number and an appropriate title at the top of each graph. - All graphs should fill an A4 size page and should be drawn using Excel - Label both axes, indicating what the variable for that axis is, as well as what units you are using - Include a key/legend where necessary. This is particularly useful if you have more than one line on the graph. Page 8 of 12 Australian Government Higher Education (CRICOS) Registered Provider number: #00212K Discussion (maximum of 400 words) Write this section in past tense. This is your interpretation of the results given what background information you have available. Do not “rehash” the introduction. The following points should be addressed, in a logical and coherent manner: - Briefly, what does the literature suggest the results should be? - What were your results? - Are these results consistent with the literature? If not, why not? You should also include reasons for any imprecision or errors encountered Conclusions (maximum of 150 words) - Summarise your results and your conclusions. Did you achieve your aims? What were those aims again? Your conclusions should relate back to the aims of the experiment. Appendix The tabulated data of your raw results and calculations should appear here. References The Lab Report must be referenced appropriately (e.g. acknowledge where you obtained information from) through in-text citation, and then listed at the end in a reference list. You should use the Harvard (author-date) system.
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