Outline of the Final Lab Report
Carefully review the Grading Rubric that will be used to evaluate your
assignment before you begin.
You are required to develop an outline for your Final Lab Report, which
covers all three experiments for "Lab 2: Water Quality and Contamination."
To begin, carefully review the instructions for your Final Lab Report
assignment located within Week Five. Next, download the Outline of the
Final Lab Report Template and utilize this form to ensure proper formatting
and inclusion of all required material. Note that the outline should be
written in paragraph form and should not simply be a list of bullet points.
Using the template will ensure proper formatting. You must use at least
four scholarly sources and your lab manual to support your points. The
outline must be three to five pages in length (excluding title and reference
pages) and formatted according to APA style. For information regarding
APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within
the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.
The Outline of the Final Lab Report must contain the following seven
sections in this order:
a.Title Page – This page must include the title of your report, your name,
course name, instructor, and date submitted.
b.Introduction – This section should outline why the experiment was
conducted. At a minimum, it should contain three paragraphs. One
paragraph must cover background information of similar studies that
have already been done in the area. This is accomplished by citing
existing literature from similar experiments and explaining their
results. A second paragraph should provide an objective or a reason
why the experiment is being done. Why do we want to know the
answer to the question we are asking? A third paragraph should
provide a hypothesis for each of the three experiments conducted.
c. Materials and Methods – This section should provide a detailed
description of the materials used in your experiment and how they
were used. A step-by-step rundown of your experiment is necessary;
however, it should be done in paragraph form, not in a list format.
The description should be exact enough to allow for someone
reading the report to replicate the experiment, but it should be in
your own words and not simply copied and pasted from the lab
d.Results – This section should include the data and observations from the
experiment. All tables and graphs should be present in this section.
Additionally, there should be at least one paragraph explaining the
data in paragraph form. There should be no personal opinions or
discussion beyond the results of your experiments located within this
e.Discussion – This section should interpret or explain the meaning of your
data and provide conclusions. At least three paragraphs should be
outlined here. First, a paragraph should be present that addresses
whether the hypotheses were confirmed or denied and how you
know this. Second, you are to discuss the meaning of your findings
in this area utilizing scholarly sources to put the paper into context.
For example, how do your results compare with the findings of
similar studies? Also, you should discuss any future questions
arising from your results and how you might test them. Finally, you
should discuss if there are any outside factors (i.e., temperature,
contaminants, time of day) that affected your results. If so, how could
you control for these in the future?
f. Conclusions – This section should provide a brief summary of your work.
g.References – Provide a list of at least four scholarly sources and your lab
manual that will be used in the Final Lab Report. Format your
references according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing
Note: An abstract must be included in the Final Lab Report. However, the
abstract should not be included in the outline as it is to be written last after
the entire paper is fully written. Do not forget this in your Final Lab Report.
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