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possible lab report rubric Biology 211

Table of contents
No headers

Sections 

No Evidence 

Inadequate 

Marginal 

Good 

Excellent 

 

1 

2 

3 

4 

5 

Title Page 

 

 

 

 

 

Title 

No Title 

Incorrect information in title 

Information correct but important criteria missing 

Information accurate but not specific, wordy 

Informative, specific, identifies important content. 

Author, Class Identification, Due Date 

Not included 

Only includes author 

Some missing information 

All information included, placement and capitalization errors 

All information included, placement and capitalization correct 

Introduction 

 

 

 

 

 

Question 

No Question 

Question vague or not scientific 

Question general but scientifically answerable 

Specific scientific questions 

Well-stated, specific, scientific 

Background info/relevant literature/relevant definitions 

No background information 

Little relevant information, no definitions 

Gives very little information, some terms identified but not defined, no references 

Gives too much or inappropriate information, important terms identified and defined. 

Well-stated, specific, scientific information, important terms included, clear, scientific wording of definitions, includes appropriate references 

Hypothesis 

No hypothesis formulated 

Lacks all characteristics of an excellent hypothesis (maybe list out  the characteristics) 

Lacks 2 of the characteristics of an excellent hypothesis 

Lacks one of the characteristics of an excellent hypothesis 

Testable, falsifiable and specific to the research question 

Prediction 

None stated 

Addresses different question or dependent variables 

Predictions do not follow form hypothesis or are not quantifiable 

Predictions related to hypothesis but not clearly stated 

Measurable predictions follow directly from hypothesis 

 

Materials & Methods 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials  and Equipment Listed 

None Listed 

Incomplete list of materials and equipment 

Complete list but missing details on equipment or amounts/dimensions of materials used. 

Complete list with adequate details, unclear organization 

Complete list, complete details, clear organization 

Description of Experimental Design/ Variable Description 

Not discussed 

 

Both dependent and independent variable incorrectly identified, no control discussed 

Independent and dependent variables reversed, controlled variable discussed.  Replications and levels of independent variables not discussed. 

Independent and dependent variables correctly identified, use of controlled variable not clearly discussed. Levels of independent variables and use of replications not clearly discussed. 

Independent and dependent variables clearly and correctly defined and includes levels of independent variables. Use of replications and controlled variable clearly and concisely discussed.   

Step by Step Procedures 

No procedures 

Not sequential, most steps missing or confusing 

Most steps listed, put in sequence but confusing and lacking detail or too much detail 

All steps included in sequence but  lacking detailed and clarity 

All steps included with clear, concise language, well-organized 

Results 

 

 

 

 

 

Data/Table & Graphs 

No data given 

Table or graphs missing or inaccurate 

Graphs and tables included, minor inaccuracies, don’t clearly represent the data. 

Graphs and tables included, accurate, clearly depict the data, missing labels or titles 

Table and graphs complete, accurate, clearly depict the data, correctly and completely labeled. 

 Use of statistics 

None included 

Statistics incorrectly calculated  

Statistics correctly calculated but not clearly included in tables 

Statistics correctly calculated and included in tables but not discussed. 

Statistics correctly calculated, included in tables, clearly discussed. 

Description of findings 

None included 

Inaccurate description of trends 

Accurate mention of some trends, incomplete 

Accurate summary of trends, includes conclusion here rather than in Discussion section 

Accurate, concise summary of trends observed with no conclusions included. 

Discussion/Conclusion 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-technical summary of results 

None included 

Repeat of the results, no summary 

Summarizes results but not clear, unorganized 

Clear summary of results, not concise or organized 

Clear, concise summary of results in logical sequence 

Implication of results 

None stated 

Doesn’t state whether the hypothesis is accepted or rejected or question answered, no supporting evidence 

Accepts or rejects the hypothesis or answers the question but doesn’t provide supporting evidence from the experiment. 

 

Accepts or rejects the hypothesis or answers the question, provides some supporting evidence but not clearly presented. 

Accepts or rejects the hypothesis or answers the question by clearly and convincingly using supporting evidence from the results of the experiment. Suggests future directions for additional studies. 

Limitations of the experiment  

None included 

Weak or missing discussion of limitations of the experiment or possible sources of errors. 

Some discussion of limitations of the experiments or possible sources of errors. 

Discussion of both limitations of the current experiment and possible sources of errors. 

Discussion of both limitations of the current experiment, possible sources of errors and includes suggestions to address these issues. 

             Concluding Paragraph 

Not included 

? 

? 

? 

? 

References 

 

 

 

 

 

Relevant References 

None 

Not the required number 

Required number included but not the appropriate type of study or source 

Required number included, appropriate studies and/or sources, errors in format 

Required number included, appropriate studies and sources, correctly formatted 

Additional Factors 

 

 

 

 

 

Grammar and Spelling 

Spelling or grammar errors seriously interfere with understanding of the report 

Very frequent grammar and/or spelling errors 

Between 5 and 10 grammar or spelling errors. 

Fewer than 5 grammar or spelling errors. 

All grammar and spelling correct 

Format

Not typed 

 

Typed but not using specified format/headings 

 

Typed using specified format for titles, sections, graphs and tables. 

Timeliness 

More than 1 week late 

1 week late 

3  to 6 days late 

1 to 2  days late 

On- time 

 

Current Points: (probably needs to be changed to have more points/emphasis on conclusion and results)

Title Page-10

Introduction-20

                  Materials & Methods-15

                  Results-15

                  Discussion/Conclusion-20

                  References-5

                  Additional Factors-15

Total: 100

 

Possible suggestion, points with weights:

Title Page-10x.5=5

Introduction-20x .5= 10

                  Materials & Methods-15 x 1=15

                  Results-15x 2=30

                  Discussion/Conclusion-20x1.5=30

                  References-5x1=5

                  Additional factors (only spelling and format): 10 x.5= 5

Total: 100

For timeliness, if late take off points instead of giving points for turning in on time.

 

 

 

Sections 

No Evidence 

Inadequate 

Marginal 

Good 

Excellent 

 

1 

2 

3 

4 

5 

Title Page 

 

 

 

 

 

Title 

No Title 

Incorrect information in title 

Information correct but important criteria missing 

Information accurate but not specific, wordy 

Informative, specific, identifies important content. 

Author, Class Identification, Due Date 

Not included 

Only includes author 

Some missing information 

All information included, placement and capitalization errors 

All information included, placement and capitalization correct 

Introduction 

 

 

 

 

 

Question 

No Question 

Question vague or not scientific 

Question general but scientifically answerable 

Specific scientific questions 

Well-stated, specific, scientific 

Background info/relevant literature/relevant definitions 

No background information 

Little relevant information, no definitions 

Gives very little information, some terms identified but not defined, no references 

Gives too much or inappropriate information, important terms identified and defined. 

Well-stated, specific, scientific information, important terms included, clear, scientific wording of definitions, includes appropriate references 

Hypothesis 

No hypothesis formulated 

Lacks all characteristics of an excellent hypothesis (maybe list out  the characteristics) 

Lacks 2 of the characteristics of an excellent hypothesis 

Lacks one of the characteristics of an excellent hypothesis 

Testable, falsifiable and specific to the research question 

Prediction 

None stated 

Addresses different question or dependent variables 

Predictions do not follow form hypothesis or are not quantifiable 

Predictions related to hypothesis but not clearly stated 

Measurable predictions follow directly from hypothesis 

 

Materials & Methods 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials  and Equipment Listed 

None Listed 

Incomplete list of materials and equipment 

Complete list but missing details on equipment or amounts/dimensions of materials used. 

Complete list with adequate details, unclear organization 

Complete list, complete details, clear organization 

Description of Experimental Design/ Variable Description 

Not discussed 

 

Both dependent and independent variable incorrectly identified, no control discussed 

Independent and dependent variables reversed, controlled variable discussed.  Replications and levels of independent variables not discussed. 

Independent and dependent variables correctly identified, use of controlled variable not clearly discussed. Levels of independent variables and use of replications not clearly discussed. 

Independent and dependent variables clearly and correctly defined and includes levels of independent variables. Use of replications and controlled variable clearly and concisely discussed.   

Step by Step Procedures 

No procedures 

Not sequential, most steps missing or confusing 

Most steps listed, put in sequence but confusing and lacking detail or too much detail 

All steps included in sequence but  lacking detailed and clarity 

All steps included with clear, concise language, well-organized 

Results 

 

 

 

 

 

Data/Table & Graphs 

No data given 

Table or graphs missing or inaccurate 

Graphs and tables included, minor inaccuracies, don’t clearly represent the data. 

Graphs and tables included, accurate, clearly depict the data, missing labels or titles 

Table and graphs complete, accurate, clearly depict the data, correctly and completely labeled. 

 Use of statistics 

None included 

Statistics incorrectly calculated  

Statistics correctly calculated but not clearly included in tables 

Statistics correctly calculated and included in tables but not discussed. 

Statistics correctly calculated, included in tables, clearly discussed. 

Description of findings 

None included 

Inaccurate description of trends 

Accurate mention of some trends, incomplete 

Accurate summary of trends, includes conclusion here rather than in Discussion section 

Accurate, concise summary of trends observed with no conclusions included. 

Discussion/Conclusion 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-technical summary of results 

None included 

Repeat of the results, no summary 

Summarizes results but not clear, unorganized 

Clear summary of results, not concise or organized 

Clear, concise summary of results in logical sequence 

Implication of results 

None stated 

Doesn’t state whether the hypothesis is accepted or rejected or question answered, no supporting evidence 

Accepts or rejects the hypothesis or answers the question but doesn’t provide supporting evidence from the experiment. 

 

Accepts or rejects the hypothesis or answers the question, provides some supporting evidence but not clearly presented. 

Accepts or rejects the hypothesis or answers the question by clearly and convincingly using supporting evidence from the results of the experiment. Suggests future directions for additional studies. 

Limitations of the experiment  

None included 

Weak or missing discussion of limitations of the experiment or possible sources of errors. 

Some discussion of limitations of the experiments or possible sources of errors. 

Discussion of both limitations of the current experiment and possible sources of errors. 

Discussion of both limitations of the current experiment, possible sources of errors and includes suggestions to address these issues. 

             Concluding Paragraph 

Not included 

? 

? 

? 

? 

References 

 

 

 

 

 

Relevant References 

None 

Not the required number 

Required number included but not the appropriate type of study or source 

Required number included, appropriate studies and/or sources, errors in format 

Required number included, appropriate studies and sources, correctly formatted 

Additional Factors 

 

 

 

 

 

Grammar and Spelling 

Spelling or grammar errors seriously interfere with understanding of the report 

Very frequent grammar and/or spelling errors 

Between 5 and 10 grammar or spelling errors. 

Fewer than 5 grammar or spelling errors. 

All grammar and spelling correct 

Format

Not typed 

 

Typed but not using specified format/headings 

 

Typed using specified format for titles, sections, graphs and tables. 

Timeliness 

More than 1 week late 

1 week late 

3  to 6 days late 

1 to 2  days late 

On- time 

 

Current Points: (probably needs to be changed to have more points/emphasis on conclusion and results)

Title Page-10

Introduction-20

                  Materials & Methods-15

                  Results-15

                  Discussion/Conclusion-20

                  References-5

                  Additional Factors-15

Total: 100

 

Possible suggestion, points with weights:

Title Page-10x.5=5

Introduction-20x .5= 10

                  Materials & Methods-15 x 1=15

                  Results-15x 2=30

                  Discussion/Conclusion-20x1.5=30

                  References-5x1=5

                  Additional factors (only spelling and format): 10 x.5= 5

Total: 100

For timeliness, if late take off points instead of giving points for turning in on time.

 

 

Suggestions from Residency:  Go from Beginning to Advanced, maybe only 3 categories

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