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Report and Presentation Guidelines

CEE 352

Guidelines: 1. 10-15 pages (please submit high quality not quantity-driven reports) 1.5-line spacing (does

not include cover page)

2. Page numbers at bottom footer – middle or right (don’t forget page numbering)

3. 1 inch margins

4. 12pt font (times new roman, arial, or calibri acceptable)

5. One line space between paragraphs. Justify left – no indentation

6. Cover page includes title, names of authors, and/or picture/diagram (optional)

7. References – follow Guidebook. Use in-text citation – use the author and date. Do not use the footnote citation method.

8. Tables – follow the table heading format per Guidebook. Provide proper references and do not insert a pdf copy of the table from a source in the text.

9. Figures – follow figure heading format per Guidebook. Properly reference. I know that you may not be able to redraw reference figures but ensure that they are clear in the text and in

acceptable quality.

10. Use reference cited formatting for journal articles, books, websites, and reports per the

Guidebook. Follow examples provided on pages 7-5 to 7-9 of the Guidebook. Read over the Guidebook to get some other good advice on writing style, grammar and organization.

 

My advice on your preparation: 1. When you gather information think of the items you need to address in the report as given

below.

2. Make a good outline so you have a well-organized paper and knowledge of what type of

information goes where before you start writing. It will make writing the document less

stressful and more efficient.

3. Make sure that each of your paragraphs has a common theme and a proper introductory

sentence that sets the idea and focus of that paragraph. This is very important in producing a

readable and clear document.

5. Figures and tables should provide a self-explanatory overview of your data. Decide what the

data show, then create figures to highlight the most important points of your report. [ref]

6. Produce a rough draft copy first and then start reading it over or editing. I should not be

getting your first or second drafts.

7. When you write, think of your reader as someone who does not know your subject as well as

you do and should be able to easily understand what you are saying. The easier something is to

read and understand – the better the writer is.

 

Note: The intent of these reports is not a test of your writing skills but it is good experience for

you to think of these things and to do the best you can. Getting more proficient in writing takes

 

 

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time and experience. For those of you whose English is not your first language, do the best that

you can.

Lab report preparation: The written report will include the following components:

 

Introduction – Introduce the purpose of the experiment and your results/methods. Explain any ideas or techniques that are necessary for someone to understand the

results section. (1-3 page) 20 points Results – Include ONLY relevant figures and tables. 35 points Discussion – Summarize what you have found and explain the importance or

implication. (1 page) 35 points References – Follow reference formatting given in the Guidebook. (no page limit). Use

as least 2 alternative sources as a reference. 10 points Other relevant information (optional)

 

Presentation guidelines: Time limit: 10-15 minutes

The purpose is to share the results of your experiment in class.

Due to time constraints, limit your presentation to 5-7 slides (some pictures can go fast)

 

Include the following components at the minimum:

 

Introduction Results Discussion of findings References

 

 

 

 

 

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LABORATORY REPORT RUBRIC

 

EXCELLENT GOOD NEEDS IMPROVEMENT POINTS

Introduction

Relevant background information is

presented in balanced, engaging way

 

Your experimental goals and

predictions are clear and seem a logical

extension of existing knowledge

 

Writing is easy to read

 

All background information is correctly

referenced

Relevant background information is presented

but could benefit from reorganization

 

Your experiment is well described and a plausible

hypothesis is given

 

With some effort, reader can connect your

experiments to background information

 

Writing is understandable

 

Background information is correctly referenced

Background information is too general,

too specific, missing and/or

misrepresented

 

Experimental question is incorrectly or not

identified

 

No plausible hypothesis is given

 

Writing style is not clear, correct or

concise

 

References are not given or properly

formatted

20

Results

Text tells story of your major findings

in logical and engaging way

 

Figures and tables are formatted for

maximum clarity and ease of

interpretation

 

All figures and tables have numbers,

titles and legends that are easy for the

reader to follow

Text presents data but could benefit from

reorganization or editing to make story easier for

reader

 

Text includes interpretation of results that is

better suited for discussion section

 

Figures and tables are formatted to be clear and

interpretable

 

All figures and tables have numbers, titles and

legends

Text omits key findings, inaccurately

describes data, or includes irrelevant

information

 

Text difficult to read due to style or

mechanics of writing

 

Text difficult to read due to logic or

organization

 

Figures and tables missing information,

improperly formatted or poorly designed

 

Figures and tables have inadequate or

missing titles or legends

35

 

 

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Discussion

Appropriate conclusions drawn from

findings

 

Connections made between

experimental findings

 

Connections made between findings

and background information

 

Future directions considered

 

Writing is compelling

Appropriate conclusions drawn from findings

 

Experimental limitations considered

 

Writing is clear

 

Connections made between experimental

findings

 

Connections made between findings and

background information

 

Future directions considered

Writing is compelling

Conclusions omitted, incorrectly drawn or

not related to hypothesis

 

Relationship between experimental

findings and background information is

missing or incorrectly drawn

 

Writing style and mechanics make

argument difficult to follow

35

References

Complete list of reliable sources,

including peer-reviewed journal

article(s)

 

Properly formatted in body of report

and in reference section

Adequate list or reliable sources

 

With minor exceptions, properly formatted in

body of report and in reference section

 

Properly formatted in body of report and in

reference section

List is incomplete or includes sources not

cited in body of report

 

List includes inappropriate sources

 

List not properly formatted

 

References not properly cited in body of

report

10

Total score 100

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