Experimental Design Rubric
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A
Statement of problem (4 Points)



D
Experimental Control (Standard of ComparisonSOC)(4 points)


F
Procedure: Including Diagrams (12 points)

G
Qualitative Observations (8 points)

H
Quantitative Data  Data Table (12 points)



K
Analysis and interpretation of data (8 points)

L
Possible Experimental Errors (6 Points)


N
Applications and Recommendations for Further Use (8 Points)

Statement of problem
 Not a yes/no question and includes independent and dependent variables
 Problem is clearly testable and is written in a clear and concise manner

Hypothesis
 Statement predicts a relationship or trend
 Statement gives specific direction to the predictions(s); A stand is taken.
 Prediction includes both independent and dependent variables
 A rationale is given for the hypothesis.

Variables
 Controlled Variables (CV) (8 points)
 Independent Variable (IV) (6 Points)
 Dependent Variable (DV) (6 points)

Controlled Variables (CV)
 One CV correctly identified
 Two CVs correctly identified
 Three CVs correctly identified
 Four CVs correctly identified

Independent Variable (IV)
 IV correctly identified
 IV operationally defined
 At least three levels of IV given

Dependent Variable (DV)
 (3pts) DV correctly identified
 (3pts) DV operationally defined

Experimental Control (Standard of ComparisonSOC)
 logical sense for the experiment
 Reason given for selection of SOC

Materials
 All materials used are listed
 All materials used are listed properly (no extras)
 Materials listed separately from procedure

Procedure: Including Diagrams
 (2pts) Procedure well organized
 (2pts) Procedure is in a logical sequence
 (2pts) Diagrams used
 (2pts) Repeated trials
 (4pts) Enough information is given so another could repeat procedure

Qualitative Observations
 Observations about results given
 Observations about procedure/deviations
 Observations about results not directly relating to Dependent Variable
 Observations given throughout the course of the experiment

Quantitative Data  Data Table
 All raw data is given
 All data has units
 Condensed table with most important data included
 Table(s) labeled properly
 Example calculations are given
 All data reported using correct figures (significant figures)

Graphs
 Appropriate type of graph used
 Graph has title
 Graph labeled properly (axes/series)
 Units included
 Appropriate scale used
 Drawn in line best offit

Statistics
 Average (mean), median, mode, range, or other appropriate statistic used
 Measure of central tendency
 Measure of variation
 Other appropriate statistic used

Analysis and interpretation of data
 All data discussed and interpreted
 Unusual data points commented on
 Trends in data explained and interpreted
 Enough detail is given to understand data and allstatements must be supported by the data.

Possible Experimental Errors
 Possible reasons for errors are given
 Important info about data collection given
 Effect errors had on data discussed

Conclusion
 Hypothesis is evaluated according to data
 Hypothesis is restated
 Reasons to accept/reject hypothesis given
 All statements are supported by the data

Applications and Recommendations for Further Use
 Suggestions for improvement of specific experiment are given
 Suggestion for other ways to look at hypothesis given
 Suggestions for future experiments given
 Practical application(s) of experiment given