EE 347 - Guidelines for Lab Reports


Pre-lab									10-20 points
Data, Results, and Post-lab Analysis					15-30 points
Technical and Learning Content, Completeness, Commentary [TLCCC]       7.5-10.0 points
Presentation, Professionalism, Legibility [PPL]			       2.5-5 points

Total									35-60 points

The template available online, How to Prepare EE 347 Lab Reports, contains author instructions and describes the format for lab reports based on the IEEE Instructions for Authors. Pre-labs and experiments 1-7 do not have to use the two column format. Experiments 3 and 7 use the abbreviated report format at the end of this page, because they precede EE 307 midterm exams.

Please record relevant data, sketch results accurately, note numerical values, and generally document that you performed all tasks requested in the Lab Manual. Did the results agree with expectations? Did you encounter any problems? Quantity does not necessarily equal quality, so be concise. With a copy of the Lab Manual and your report, I should see exactly what you did, how you did it, what results you obtained, and read careful and clear explanations of all KEY issues. Please apply the Paramedic Method and use the active voice! Read my comments on use of active and passive voice. If you want your instructor to ignore something you write, use the passive voice. More on experiments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9.

Here are a few additional requirements:

 

Negative Points

-3

-2

-1

-0






Evidence, Reasoning & Critical Thinking

Poor evidence, reasoning or critical thinking.

More evidence, reasoning, or critical thinking missing.

A lack of evidence, reasoning, or critical thinking.

Each topic sentence supported by evidence, reasoning, and critical thinking.

Clarity, Grammar & Spelling

More than four grammar and/or spelling errors

Three or four grammar and/or spelling errors

One or two errors in grammar/spelling

All grammar and spelling are correct

Followed guidelines in How to Prepare EE 347 Lab Reports

Four or more errors or missing two of the sections required by Table III

Three or four errors or missing one of the sections required by Table III

One or two errors

Yes

References

No references

Too few references or more than two citation errors.

Enough references, some cited incorrectly

Enough references, cited completely & correctly. Has authors

 

Abbreviated Report Format for Experiments 3 and 7
COMPLETE ONLINE DATA SHEET
http://courseware.ee.calpoly.edu/courseware/ee347/EE347_EXPT3.doc or http://courseware.ee.calpoly.edu/courseware/ee347/EE347_EXPT7.doc
Answer any post-lab questions found in the data sheets. Answers should include logical reasoning and evidence based on experimental observations, simulations, and engineering analysis. Normally, this data sheet becomes Appendix I.
TITLE/AUTHOR(S)
Not required. Indicate author names on data sheet.
ABSTRACT
Not required.
INDEX TERMS
Not required.
I. INTRODUCTION AND LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Not required.
II. SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES
Not required, but extra credit these weeks.
Explain how experiment topics or applications related to the experiment foster or prevent sustainability [6]. Reference [7] and others on Canvas™ provide helpful information. Consider issues related to Energy, Environment, Economics, and social or political Equity, four“E”s of sustainability. Use appropriate bibliographic citations.
III. TROUBLESHOOTING
Optional.
IV. POST-LAB QUESTIONS
Answer any post-lab questions other than those answered on the data sheet.
V. COMPARE EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS WITH PRE-LAB
 
  A. Analysis and Theory
Optional, unless you need to explain something not covered by post-lab questions or online data sheet questions.
  B. Data
Legible f igures have numbers, captions, annotations, axis labels and correct units. Don't repeat figures already contained in online data sheet.
  C. Simulations
You might wish to redo pre-lab simulations based on what you learned in lab. Explain here, and attach as an appendix.
APPENDIX I (ONLINE DATA SHEET)
Already included at beginning of report, so don't include here.
APPENDIX II (PRE-LAB)
Include one completely correct pre-lab as an appendix.
APPENDIX III
Optional.
REFERENCES
Cite references completely and correctly.

General Tips

Below, please find more specific tips for

Experiment 1
Experiment 2
Experiment 3
Experiment 4
Experiment 5
Experiment 6
Experiment 7
Experiment 8
Experiment 9


Experiment 1 Tips

Experiment 1 has a long pre-lab, so start it early. Re-read How to Prepare EE 347 Lab Reports.


Experiment 2 Tips

Experiment 2 pre-lab simulations sometimes prove challenging, so start early enough to ask your instructor questions.


Experiment 3 Tips

 


Experiment 4 Tips

 


Experiment 5 Tips


Experiment 6 Tips

 


Experiment 7 Tips

 


Experiment 8 Tips

 


Experiment 9 Tips

 

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