Lab Notebook Scoring Rubric for Nucleic Acids Biochemistry Lab

Date:

Evaluator:

Student:

Objective

Novice

Apprentice

Exemplary

Organization: organize lab notes effectively

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Pages not numbered or dated

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Most pages are numbered and dated

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All pages numbered and every section is dated

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No Titles or Headings

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Titles and Headings are clearly marked in most experiments

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Each experiment has a Title, Goal, Method, Result, and Conclusion

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Table of contents is missing

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Table of contents is mostly up-to-date and complete

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Table of contents lists Date, Experiment Title, and Page numbers for each experiment

Content:

Describe materials and methods used and document results

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Methods are incompletely described

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Methods and Materials are described in most experiments

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One could repeat the experiment from the Methods described

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Results are not included

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Most Figures and Tables are included

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All Figures and Tables are included accompanied by titles and legends

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Observations are not recorded

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Observations are noted

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Observations are carefully recorded

Analysis:

Describe data analysis

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Data analysis is not described or included

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Data is analyzed, but the methods used may not be fully described

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Data analysis is complete with sample calculations written out in full

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No error analysis

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Error analysis is qualitative

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Final results are accompanied by error estimates

Interpretation

Reach a conclusion

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Conclusions are not documented

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Immediate thoughts are recorded for most experiments

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Results are interpreted in the context of the hypothesis being tested

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lab Report Scoring Rubric for Nucleic Acids Biochemistry Lab

Date:

Experiment:

Team:

Evaluator:

Objective

Needs improvement

Satisfactory

Excellent

Writing: Demonstrate effective technical writing

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Poor spelling

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Most words are spelled correctly

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Text is error-free

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Tense is inconsistent

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Tense is mostly consistent

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Observations and experimental sections are related in the past tense; conclusions are related in the present tense

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Voice jumps between first, second, and third person

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Voice is mostly consistent

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First person pronouns are used only for special emphasis

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Text is difficult to read

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Writing is mostly clear and concise

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Text is clear, concise, and easy to read

Introduction:

Identify the testable hypotheses

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Hypothesis is missing from the introduction or an untestable/irrelavant hypothesis is misidentified

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A testable hypothesis is identified

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Testable hypothes(es) are stated in clear and compelling text

Experiment:

Describe materials and methods used and document results

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Methods are incompletely described or too much detail is included

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Completeness and efficiency are balanced to some degree in the Methods section

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Method description achieves an appropriate balance between completeness and efficiency

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Results are not included or Figures and Tables are confusing

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Figures and Tables are clear and effective

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Figures and Tables are effective and accompanied by titles and legends

Analysis:

Describe data analysis

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Data analysis is not described or included

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Data is analyzed, but the methods used may not be fully described

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Data analysis is complete and could be reproduced by someone familiar with the experiment

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No error analysis or an inappropriate emphasis on error analysis

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Qualitative error analysis is included where appropriate

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Final results are accompanied by error estimates where appropriate

Discussion

Interpret the results and reach a conclusion

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Conclusions are missing or may be stated without any supportive arguments

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A conclusion is reached but the reader is may not be completely persuaded

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Results are interpreted in the context of the hypothesis being tested and a persuasive conclusion is achieved