PRACTICAL REPORT GUIDELINES
Reports must be written clearly and concisely and structured
as outlined below. Include sketches where relevant.
Title & Date
Objectives: As specified on the sheet with any amendments
References: Acknowledge sources of information used, eg, Polymer Handbook, Granta Design software etc.
Introduction: This should apply to the practical being undertaken, to show an understanding of the subject. You should show evidence of background reading, minimum 1 page, maximum 3 pages.
Experimental Procedure: Fully describe in the past tense exactly how you carried out the experiment.
Results: Tabulate all data, and derived results. Give a sample calculation. Show results graphically where possible.
Discussion of Results: Probably the most important section. This shows your understanding of the experiment. It is important that comparisons of results be made with values quoted in literature sources; you should also try and justify the experimental trends recorded.
Conclusions: This should be brief, explaining what you found and how the results can be justified.