Tuesday, January 20, 2009

pGLO Lab Report Rubric

This lab report should follow the following guidelines:

1. No more than 3 pages, 1.5 spacing (not 1.3 etc), Size 12, Times New Roman Font, 1.5 inch margins and page numbers.

2. See The Guide to Writing Scientific Papers for additional formatting details.


Title 3 points

Includes the environmental factors that were manipulated (1 pt).

The parameter that was measured (1pt)

The specific organism that was studied (1pt).

Introduction 12 points

Purpose (2 pts)

Relevant background information (5 pts)

hypothesis (5pts)

Materials and Methods 5 points

You only need to write one sentence for this section. "See Bacterial Transformation: The pGLO System from BIO-RAD pages 14 and 15"

Results 10 points

Here the researcher presents summarized data for inspection using narrative text (4 pts)

You must include a tables and/or figures to display summarized data (6pts)

Formatting of table 5 points

All tables and/or graphs have…

Title (1pt)

A description explaining what is presented (4 pts)

Discussion 20 points

Here, the researcher interprets the data in terms of any patterns that were observed (5 pts)

An explanation of how the results differed from those hypothesized (5 pts)

Describe the evidence that indicates whether your attempt at performing a genetic transformation was successful or not (this is question number 4 in the Lesson 3 Review Questions). (5 points)

Include at least 3 sources of error AND explanation for the impact these would have, as well as ways to eliminate them in a future experiment. (5 pts)

Conclusion 7 points

This section simply states what the researcher thinks the data mean, and, as such, should relate directly back to the problem/question stated in the introduction.

Acknowledgments 3 points

In this section you should give credit to people who have helped you with the research or with writing the paper. If your work has been supported by a grant, you would also give credit for that in this section.

Literature Cited 3 points

This section lists, in alphabetical order by author, all published information that was referred to anywhere in the text of the paper. It provides the readers with the information needed should they want to refer to the original literature on the general problem.

Spelling, Grammar & Formatting 5 points

Report is free from spelling and grammatical errors. All section headings are in bold and centered.

Total possible score: 73 points

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