Describes all procedures as they were performed in paragraph form with complete sentences (NOT as a recipe or as written in the lab manual)


You may choose either Ex. 5A: The Cell—Transport Mechanisms & Cell Permeability  or  Ex. 16A: Skeletal Muscle Physiology


The report will be graded on content and format. Please see rubric below:


Content: 80%




  • Introduces the topic of the experiment, with sufficient background information to exhibit a clear understanding of the material covered


  • States major objectives clearly


  • States HYPOTHESIS properly






  • Includes all materials used through the entire experiment (Use complete sentences. Do not just make a list of materials)


  • Describes all procedures as they were performed in paragraph form with complete sentences (NOT as a recipe or as written in the lab manual)






  • Explains clearly and concisely, in paragraph form, data and observations (Do not explain or interpret your data, just state the results)


  • Displays relevant graphs/tables/diagrams (Results are always written out first then you show your graph or table, if applicable) Be sure to reference all graphs/tables/diagrams in the written portion of the RESULTS






  • Discusses how results support or fail to support hypothesis


  • Explains and interprets the data/observations


  • Explains possible sources of error


  • Describes how information might have practical uses in a clinical setting


  • Formulates further experiments to test hypothesis, or proposes a new hypothesis and experiment (based on observations in current experiment)






  • Properly lists all reference books, articles and websites used to write the report (See syllabus for examples)




Format: 20%






  • The report has a descriptive title


  • Materials and Methods are written in paragraph form with complete sentences


  • Each graph/table has a descriptive title


  • Axes of graphs are properly labeled


  • Sections are properly titled


  • Length is 3-6 double-spaced pages


  • References are cited correctly in the body of the paper and in the LITERATURE CITED section


  • The report and each section are logically organized






  • Grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation are used correctly and consistently


  • The report is written in third person






Creating the Report


Use a word processor to create your report. The preferred word processor is Microsoft Word but you may also use WordPerfect, RTF, PDF, PostScript, HTML, and plain text (TXT).


Double-space the text. When done, save the paper to your computer or a disk or a flash drive. A hardcopy of your report must also be submitted during class time on the due date which is two weeks after the experiment was performed.

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