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Formal Report

Laboratory Performance

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Properly protected themselves and others against health hazards, and followed all safety regulations found in the Lab Handbook. Kept the lab clean, and
did not damage or endanger equipment; shutdown experiments properly and on time.
Displayed competency in the laboratory procedures needed to obtain useful, accurate, and precise measurements. Used time wisely.

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Maintained a lab book in a manner acceptable in industry. Pages were numbered, signed, witnessed, and dated. Notes could be used by a colleague to
repeat their work.

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Draft: Introduction & Theory
Engineering score, based on the Theory and Introduction requirements of this rubric.

Abstract & Executive Summary

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Both concisely and clearly states all project objectives.

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Both briefly and accurately explain the vital experimental procedures and pieces of equipment used.

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Both clearly summarize important findings relevant to the objectives. Mention and describe important unexpected discoveries, not part of the original
objectives.
Both give resonable conclusions. Executive summary concisely states thoughtful recommendations of the project.

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Introduction
Begins by explaining why the general area of research is important to chemical engineering industry and describes the current state of the research area.
Shows student has adequately researched the literature; text contains multiple appropriate citations.
Clearly states all project objectives in a manner understandable to a nonexpert. Ends by briefly stating the procedures used to address objectives.

Theory
Demonstrates the author understands and has reviewed the relevant background and methods in the literature. An appropriate theoretical approach was
used with proper citations given.
Contains all the valid equations needed to create the reported results, with all important theoretical assumptions stated.
All symbols are accurately defined in the text as equations are introduced, as well as in the table of nomenclature.

Apparatus & Procedure
Each chemical and piece of equipment used is described in such detail that a chemical engineering student at another university could obtain the same
materials and conduct the same experiments years later.
Description of what the team did is detailed enough so that a chemical engineering student at another university could repeat the experiments. Rational is
given behind choosing the experimental approach, over other obvious alternatives. Obvious details are omitted.
Methods show effective, insightful, and efficient experimental design.

Results & Discussion
Data presented are meaningful to project objectives and are associated in the text with both reasonable statements of fact about the data and speculation
on the reasons behind trends. Descriptive statements are clearly distinguishable from speculation.
Data are correctly analyzed and reasonably discussed, in a manner consistent with the Theory section and basic principles of chemical engineering.
Appropriate methods of error analysis have clearly been used. Data are compared to model predictions / literature values.
All data are presented with appropriate units, significant figures, and indication of confidence intervals and levels.
It is made clear which equations in the Theory section were used to calculate every result given in this section.

Conclusions & Recommendations

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The entire project is concisely summarized.

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For every objective a conclusion is given that is reasonably supported by the data, or a reasonable explanation is given as to why a conclusion could not
be obtained. Important unexpected discoveries that were not a part of the original objectives are described.
Insightful, sound, and useful recommendations for future work are given.

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Tables of Reference & Appendixes
Table of Contents, Figures, and Tables: Correct page numbers; all figures, tables and sections listed; titles the same as they are in the text.
Table of Nomenclature: All symbols used are listed in proper order, briefly described, and listed with the associated units.

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References: All references used in the text are listed in an appropriate order and style. All the needed information is accurately included.

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Appendix, Raw Data: Raw data is provided in either tabular form or as attached digital media. Units & uncertainties are made clear in the text.

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Appendix, Calibrations: Calibration data are presented in such a way that the quality of the resulting data may be clearly judged.

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Appendix, Equipment and Materials: Detailed information about each important piece of equipment and chemical used is given.

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Appendix, Sample Calculation: Enough information given so that a chemical engineering student at another university could easily check the calculations
used to obtain type of data reported in the text.
Appendix, Error Analysis: All independently measured experimental quantities are listed and assigned an appropriate uncertainty. Error propagation is
performed and described, and the principle sources of error in the experiments are clearly identified.
Appendix, Problem Statement: The original, unaltered problem statement for this project is included.

Format, Language & Appearance
Figures convey information efficiently, accurately, and aesthetically. Fonts are of appropriate size. Figures are titled, and captions are positioned
correctly and are sufficiently descriptive.
Tables are neat, and as compact as possible while still conveying useful information. Tables are titled, and captions are positioned correctly and are
sufficiently descriptive.
Proper style, grammar, and spelling.

Bonus Points
Bonus points may be awarded for extraordinary, skillful, and insightful effort in reaching and going beyond project objectives.

Penalty
Late penalties are 10 percent of possible total points for the first day late (or fraction thereof), and 2 percent of possible for each subsequent day. Late
reports will not be eligible for bonus points.
Penalties due to ethical violations (outlined in the student code), also including willful negligence of EHS concerns within the laboratory. They may range
from any percentage of the project score to failure of the class.

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Late reports will not be eligible for bonus points. They may range from any percentage of the project score to failure of the class. Kept the lab clean. Descriptive statements are clearly distinguishable from speculation. Properly protected themselves and others against health hazards. and indication of confidence intervals and levels. Fonts are of appropriate size. and aesthetically. and dated. especially innovative techniques. and as compact as possible while still conveying useful information. and 2 percent of possible for each subsequent day. Format. and useful recommendations for future work are given. All data are presented with appropriate units. Notes could be used by a colleague to repeat their work.summarizes clear and useful recommendations and conclusions of the project with respect to each objective. etc. For every objective a conclusion is given that is reasonably supported by the data. and captions are positioned correctly and are sufficiently descriptive. Displayed competency in the laboratory procedures needed to obtain useful. and spelling. grammar. Appropriate methods of error analysis have clearly been used. witnessed. in a manner consistent with the Theory section and basic principles of chemical engineering. Conclusions & Recommendations The entire project is concisely summarized. insightful. Methods show effective. and followed all safety regulations found in the Lab Handbook.e. Penalties Late penalties are 10 percent of possible total points for the first day late (or fraction thereof). Concisely summarizes the results of the research. Language & Appearance Figures convey information efficiently. Results & Discussion Data presented are meaningful to project objectives and are associated in the text with both reasonable statements of fact about the data and speculation on the reasons behind trends. and problems encountered. or a reasonable explanation is given as to why a conclusion could not be obtained. and precise measurements. Tables are neat. . also including willful negligence of EHS concerns within the laboratory. Proper style.) so that the student working five years from now could purchase the same equipment (excluding unit ops equipment) Gives a brief description of important experimental procedures. Important unexpected discoveries that were not a part of the original objectives are described. accurate. Data are correctly analyzed and reasonably discussed. Tables are titled. and efficient experimental design. Concisely Apparatus & Proceedure Enough information is given about each piece of equipment used (i. and captions are positioned correctly and are sufficiently descriptive. Maintained a lab book in a manner acceptable in industry. shutdown experiments properly and on time. Bonus Points Bonus points may be awarded for extraordinary. skillful and insightful effort in reaching and going beyond project objectives. significant figures. Figures are titled. thermocouples. signed. Data are compared to model predictions / literature values. Overview Concisely state all of the objectives of the project. chemicals. and did not damage or endanger equipment. sound. Insightful.Memo Report Laboratory Performance. accurately. Penalties due to ethical violations (outlined in the student code). Mentions important unexpected discoveries that were not part of the original objectives. Used time wisely. Pages were numbered.

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Presenter name: ___________________________________________ 13% 15% 20% 12% 15% 15% 10% 100% Your Name: ________________________ .

lack of verbal fillers and other noise. topic's background. restated central idea. Clearly defined ethical dilemmas. citations given for introductory material. kept within the time constraints. established interest. and colors.Presenter name: ___________________________________________ Your Name: __________________________________ PRESENTATION ASPECT & YOUR COMMENTS Introduction: Effective title and attention getter. persuasive supporting material. citations given for images. Overall Impressions: Includes general impressions of persuasiveness. Delivery: Appropriate eye contact. the ideas were ordered logically and effectively. movement. left audience with an effective residual message Visual Aids: Appropriate text size. font. and response to questions. and made a strong argument for some particular solution. rate of speech. appropriate use of visual aids. and presenters credibility. general visual appeal. volume. clearly stated central idea. while presenting an adequate and reasonable Conclusion: Reasonably described the possible the future of this topic. Ethical Implications: Accurately and clearly articulated implications and scope. enthusiasm. audience adaptation. confidence. Structure and Organization: Well developed main points. identifies purpose. .

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Prepared to discuss relevant safety issues and procedures.Preliminary Oral Exam Prepared to discuss the theory needed to accomplish the project. . All students participated and had given thought to their roles in their team. Prepared to discuss proper operation of equipment. methods for taking physical measurements. Had an outline of their experimental plan and were prepared to discuss alternatives. as well as possible sources of error.

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