Unit 5: Writing a Laboratory Report
In this unit you shall use the data and experience gained in Exercise
8.6 of the Saylor Foundation’s ME301: Measurement & Experimentation
Laboratory as the basis of a laboratory report. In that exercise, you
gathered and analyzed data to describe the dynamics of a thermometer.
In this unit, you shall organize that information into a report with a
threefold purpose: to communicate your data and experiences to peers, to
propose improvements to procedure, and to summarize the dynamics of a
specific thermometer. You may consider your audience to include both
peers and experienced mechanical engineers.
This unit is your opportunity to improve your understanding of the details learned in other units. Actually performing the exercise outlined here will force you to consider details of technical writing and document preparation that you would not consider if just reading about the process. The Unit 5 Quiz provides examples of that level of mastery.
Unit 5 Time Advisory
This unit should take you 23 hours to complete.
☐ Subunit 5.1: 12 hours ☐ Subunit 5.1.1: 9 hours
☐ Subunit 5.1.2: 3 hours
☐ Subunit 5.2: 2 hours
☐ Subunit 5.3: 3 hours
☐ Subunit 5.4: 3 hours
☐ Subunit 5.5: 5 hours
☐ End of Unit Self-Assessment: 1 hour
Unit5 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to: - Organize tasks for large document preparation. - Follow established guidelines for content and format of a laboratory report. - Employ systematic proofreading and revision methods.
5.1 Preparation of Report Body 5.1.1 Procedures, Results and Discussion, and Appendices - Reading: Pennsylvania State University: Leonhard Center’s “Laboratory Reports”
5.1.2 Introduction and Conclusions Instructions: Refer to the readings in sections 2.4.2, 2.4.2, and 5.1.1 for review. Prepare introduction and conclusion sections for the report you are writing for Unit 5, each containing 250-500 words.
5.2 Preparation of Abstract Instructions: Refer to the readings in sections 2.4.2 and 5.1.1 for review. Carefully hone an abstract containing 150-200 words.
5.3 Proofreading and Revision - Reading: Texas A&M; Writing Center’s “Revising and Proofreading”
5.4 Accompanying Memorandum and Cover Letter Instructions: Refer to sections 4.1.1 and 4.1.2 for review. Prepare both documents addressed to a peer planning to repeat your experiments in the near future. In the cover letter you may make reference to key aspects of your conclusions that may be important to someone repeating your experiment.
5.5 Accompanying Slide Preparation Instructions: Refer to the reading in section 4.3.3 for review. Prepare five slides summarizing your laboratory report and following the “assertion-evidence” design style as closely as possible.
Unit 5 Assessment - Assessment: The Saylor Foundation’s “ME304: Unit 5 Quiz”
Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “[ME304: Unit 5 Quiz](http://school.saylor.org/mod/quiz/view.php?id=915)” (HTML) Instructions: Please complete the linked assessment. You must be logged into your Saylor Foundation School account in order to access this exam. If you do not yet have an account, you will be able to create one, free of charge, after clicking the link.