Policy and Grading
SoftwareUse whatever software you would like to write your lab reports - Microsoft Word, Latex, or chisled in stone tablets and then take a selfie. As long as lab reports are clear, easy to read, and professional - the software tool does not matter. We will provide some support for Latex, which is useful for writing technical documents. Despite rumors you may hear, use of Latex is NOT required. All labs are submitted via Canvas (discussed in class).
General GuidelinesYour lab reports should always contain a description, evidence and interpretation.These are usually not distinctive sections. Note that the lab reports are meant to be brief and focused on results, not a lengthy explanation of all the steps taken. Remember - brievity is a virtue.
DescriptionConcisely describe the goal and approach of your investigation, referring to the tables and figures provided in the evidence. In about one sentence each,
EvidenceInclude evidence in the forms of tables or figures that capture your results. Each table or figure should have a brief caption that summarises its content. Tables and figures should be legible, with appropriate axes, units etc (see Plots link)
InterpretationYou should interpret the evidence that you have included. What do the results indicate? What can you infer? What are some of the issues with the results.
LengthSo how long should a lab report be? There is no general answer, but often 2 or 3 plots and a few paragraphs/captions are sufficient. Please see one of the course instructors (not a nninja) for specific feedback on the length of your labs and whether you are providing enough or too much detail. Some of the early weeks of the course will tend to be shorter than the later weeks.