CAL POLY POMONA

Geological Sciences Department

GSC 323: Geomorphology

Dr. Jeff Marshall

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR LAB AND FIELD REPORTS

 

1.        All lab and field reports are due at the beginning of the next lab session, unless otherwise indicated by the instructor.

 

2.        Reports should be type written and formatted in a professional manner, using word processing software (e.g., Word). Data tables should be completed using database software (e.g., Excel). Illustrations, maps, and graphs should be completed if possible using appropriate graphics and graphing software (e.g., Illustrator, ArcGIS, Excel). Hand drawn field maps and illustrations are acceptable in certain cases if drawn neatly and accurately. Ask me if you have any questions before turning in your report!

 

3.        Neatness and organization are important; points will be deducted for sloppiness.

 

4.       Print only on one side of a sheet of paper.

 

5.        Reports should consist of 6 primary sections:

Introduction

                                                                                                         Methods

                                                                                                         Field/Lab Observations

                                                                                                         Data & Results

                                                                                                         Discussion

                                                                                                         Conclusions

                                                                          

6.        Write in complete sentences and use proper spelling and grammar. Strive for clarity. Ambiguous writing will be penalized.

 

7.        Explicitly show any equations, sample calculations, and definitions.

 

8.        Present both raw and finished data in tabular or graphic form whenever possible. Label axes and scales with appropriate units and variables. Every illustration and table should have a descriptive title and/or caption. All maps should have a proper scale, north arrow, and legend.

 

9.        Read all project handouts carefully. In your reports, be sure to address all questions included in the handouts. While the handouts present important project details, do not rely on them as your only source of information. Be prepared to use your text and related research articles. In your reports, always note with proper references where you obtained additional information.

 

10.     Students are encouraged to work in groups and to consult with one another while working on lab and field projects. Group data and illustrations may be shared in most cases. However, all writing should be done independently and individual reports should represent your own personal effort. Remember, in addition to learning the science, you are also learning how to present your results and interpretations in a professional manner! This will be a critical skill in any future profession that you pursue.