Laboratory Term Project
The final report will consist of 3 sections (below). A rubric will be provided to you depending on the nature of your project.
A written overview of what you did and what you found (3 pages, double spaced, 12 pt. font)
All of your data tables and observations
Photographs of your plant throughout the semester
Observations should be taken regularly, at least twice a week. All observations should be recorded, either in a notebook or in a spreadsheet program. The exact parameters being measured will vary depending on your project, but should include some of the following:
Correct scientific name of the plant
Characteristics of the plant (use the anatomy terms we cover in class!)
Closely related species
Height measurements (remember to use metric units)
Age of the plant (easily attainable from the date you start your observations)
Any other plants growing on or near your plant
Observations of the immediate area (what is the plant growing next to?)
Temperature and light conditions
Any fertilizer use or pruning
Any pesticide applications
Frequency of watering (or rainfall)
Any visible damage (either caused by pests or human activity)
Any animals interacting with the plant (bird nests, squirrels, cats, etc.)
Loss of leaves
Development of new structures (fruits, strobili, tendrils, adventitious roots, etc.)
Anything specific that you notice. If it catches your eye, write it down and take a pic!
Day of the final exam, midnight. Submit electronically via Blackboard as instructed in Assignments (i.e. SafeAssign). For each day your grade will be reduced by a 10% of the maximum possible for such grade.
Remember that this is a plant project. That means no algae, no fungi and no lichens. Mosses and liverworts are okay. If you’re not sure what you’re looking at, just ask!
Data sheets 5 points
Photographs 2 points
Write-up 3 points
10 All elements of the report are fulfilled. Work was handed in on time. Formatting is complete:
9 Minor general errors, mostly complete, lacking minor details.
8 Mostly complete, some error or omissions.
7 Sizable omissions.
6 Major problem but still a complete project
5 Not acceptable