101 Lab Policies SCHEDULES AND PROCEDURES As can be seen in your Lab Schedule, there are eleven labs and one lab final scheduled for the semester. You must attend ten labs and the lab final. If you attend and turn in all eleven labs, then the lowest of your eleven lab scores will be dropped. Lab make-up sessions are not possible because of <== What to do if you equipment and space limitations. You must attend only the lab must miss a session for which you are registered. EXCEPTION: ONCE (and scheduled lab only once) during the semester, you may arrange with your lab instructor to attend his or her lab at a different time during the week. To see what lab times your instructor is teaching, look at the list of 101 lab sections. Lab reports must include data pages which have been initialed by your lab TA during the lab meeting at which the data was taken. Lab reports will generally be collected at <== How to turn in a the beginning of your next lab meeting. This is the only place report if you are and time at which you may turn in your lab report. EXCEPTION: going to miss the If you miss a lab meeting, then you will have missed the following week's opportunity to turn in the lab report for the previous lab; lab at the lab meeting which follows the one you have missed, you may turn in the lab report for the lab that you did attend two weeks earlier. Lab descriptions are freely available at our Lab Schedule webpage. The tables for recording your data are included with each lab description, and it is your responsibility to print the lab description, read it beforehand, and bring it with you to each lab meeting. If you forget to do this, you may take <== What to do if you data on notebook or graph paper, but you will receive a ten forget to print the point penalty each time you do so. In such cases, your actual lab description data sheets (the notebook or graph paper) must be initialed by your TA; you must then copy your data to the appropriate tables in the printed lab description. Turn in both the printed lab description AND the initialed data sheets (stapled together); answers to all questions must be written on the printed lab descriptions. When printing the lab descriptions, you are encouraged to print on both sides of the paper (if your printer has the capability); however, printing multiple pages on one side of a piece of paper complicates grading and is not allowed. WEIGHTING The lab final will consist of 10 multiple choice questions and will count as one lab; the lab final may not be dropped. The average of your ten best lab scores and your lab final will be your overall lab average. Your lab average will count as 25% of your overall class grade. BEING LATE TO LAB If your lab group has already begun working when you arrive for lab, then you can only receive credit for those parts of lab which are completed after you arrive. If you arrive late, your TA will make an initialed mark on your data pages to indicate where your lab group currently is in the data-taking process. Though you are responsible for all data, calculations, graphs, etc. within a lab, and though you must still copy any data already taken and analyze it correctly, you can only receive credit for those parts of the lab which are completed after you arrive. CHEATING You will work in groups in lab, but please understand that working together on a lab project does not mean you have permission to copy the work of your lab partner. Your written report must be entirely your own. You may not copy graphs, interpretations of graphs, answers to questions, or any other part of a report. Any copying of these types will be considered as a form of academic dishonesty. Allowing copying is just as dishonest as doing the actual copying. Therefore, all individuals involved in such dishonesty will be considered equally guilty, so all will receive a zero for that lab grade. LAB GRADING APPEALS Lab reports will be graded by your lab TA. You should save all graded materials throughout the semester in case of appeals or mistakes in recording grades. If you wish to appeal the grading of one of your lab reports, you must follow these procedures: (1) First discuss the grading of the report with your TA immediately after the lab session in which you received your graded report. If the problem cannot be resolved by this discussion, then follow the steps below: (2) If you think you deserve more points on a graded report, submit an appeal IN WRITING. Explain carefully exactly why you deserve more points, and ask for as many points as you think your answer deserves. (3) Staple your written appeal to your original report, and give this to Dr. Adams within two school days of receiving your graded report. You may do this after lecture, or you may ask the receptionist in PSF-470 to time stamp your report and put it in my box. (4) I will discuss the report with your TA, and with the other lab TA's. What I demand of the TA's is relative uniformity in report grading (everyone should get the same treatment, as far as is possible). We make take no action, in which case I will write a reply to your appeal. Or we may recall those reports as graded by your TA for regrading.