Assessment in the Chemistry Laboratory
Last Update: January 9, 2012
The laboratory experience is probably the most important
experience that chemistry majors have at Truman. The faculty feel that it is
essential to the development of young chemists that they give prompt and
constructive feedback to students on their efforts in the laboratory. Every
student is to receive informal feedback during the laboratory to correct
problems in safety and technique and formal, written feedback through the
laboratory notebook, a laboratory report or a laboratory quiz.
Every faculty member has his or her own way of grading,
but there is enough commonality to create a set of criteria that we all look for
in our students' work. These rubrics, for the
of Conclusions section of a laboratory notebook or laboratory report and
Laboratory Notebook, are being made available to you, the student, to help
you understand how we assess these important components of the laboratory. It
is important that you understand that these are not strict, inflexible rules.
Rather, they are guidelines that the faculty follow when assessing your work,
which they can modify to meet their needs in a specific course.
The chemistry faculty have prepared outcome statements for
some of the courses in our curriculum (more are on the way). You may view these
by clicking on the links below.
Basic Principles of Chemistry
Chemical Principles I
- CHEM 131 Chemical Principles II
Outcomes for the Laboratory
Component of CHEM 130/131
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has prepared
guidelines for coverage in courses beyond the first-year. We at Truman follow
these recommendations closely, even though we have not completed detailed
outcome statements for these courses. The links below will take you to the ACS
guidelines for each of the chemistry sub-disciplines (all documents are in PDF
If you are interested in learning more about assessment at
Truman, click here.