Sci 207 week 3 assignment


Ashford 4: – Week 3 – Assignment


Rough Draft 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 a rough draft 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 Rough Draft of the Final Lab Report Template and utilize this form to ensure proper formatting and inclusion of all required material. Using the template will ensure proper formatting. You must use at least four scholarly sources and your lab manual to support your points. The rough draft 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 Rough Draft of the Final Lab Report must contain the following seven sections in this order: 

  1. Title Page – This page must include the title of your      report, your name, course name, instructor, and date submitted. 
  2. Introduction – This section should discuss 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. 
  3. 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 manual. 
  4. 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 section. 
  5. 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? 
  6. Conclusions – This section should provide a brief      summary of your work. 
  7. 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 Center.

Note: An abstract must be included in the Final Lab Report. However, the abstract should not be included in the rough draft 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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