Lab Marking Criteria

The following criteria are used to mark the lab reports.

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Introduction:

Levels

Aspect 1

Aspect 2

Aspect 3

Defining the problem and selecting variables

Formulating an hypothesis

Describes the method for collection of data

Complete

Formulates a focused problem/research question and identifies the relevant variables.

Formulates a quantitative hypothesis justified by theory.

Describes the method concisely but with all important details.

Partial

Formulates a problem/research question that is incomplete or identifies only some relevant variables.

Formulates an hypothesis but is not quantitative or justified by theory.

Describes the method, but omits one important detail, or is too long.

Not at all

Does not identify a problem/research question and does not identify any relevant variables.

Does not formulate a valid hypothesis.

Does not describe the method, or omit more than one important detail, or the description is in point form.

Data collection and processing:

Levels

Aspect 1

Aspect 2

Aspect 3

Recording raw data

Processing raw data

Presenting processed data

Complete

Records appropriate quantitative and associated qualitative raw data, including units and uncertainties where relevant.

Processes the quantitative raw data correctly.

Presents processed data appropriately and, where relevant, includes errors and uncertainties.

Partial

Records appropriate quantitative and associated qualitative raw data, but with some mistakes or omissions.

Processes quantitative raw data, but with some mistakes and/or omissions.

Presents processed data appropriately, but with some mistakes and/or omissions.

Not at all

Does not record enough appropriate quantitative raw data or raw data is incomprehensible.

No processing of quantitative raw data is carried out or major mistakes are made in processing.

Presents processed data inappropriately or incomprehensibly.

Conclusion and evaluation:

Levels

Aspect 1

Aspect 2

Aspect 3

Concluding

Evaluating procedure(s)

Improving the investigation

Complete

States a conclusion, with justification, based on a reasonable interpretation of the data.

Evaluates weaknesses and limitations.

Suggests realistic improvements in respect of identified weaknesses and limitations.

Partial

States a conclusion based on a reasonable interpretation of the data.

Identifies some weaknesses and limitations, but the evaluation is weak or missing.

Suggests only superficial improvements.

Not at all

States no conclusion or the conclusion is based on an unreasonable interpretation of the data.

Identifies irrelevant weaknesses and limitations.

Suggests unrealistic improvements.

Format:

Levels

Aspect 1

Complete

The report is written in proper English, the student uses a vocabulary appropriate to the subject. References are clearly identified, and the lab correctly formatted.

Partial

The report is written in reasonably good English, but contains a few major mistakes or the student uses inappropriate vocabulary for the subject. References should be added in some sections, or the formatting of the lab can be improved.

Not at all

The report is not written in good English, containing numerous mistakes or inappropriate vocabulary for the subject. References are missing or incomplete, or the formatting of the lab is deficient.