How to Write up Practical Assignments
During the course you will complete several Practical skills assignments.
For each one you will need to write up how you did the experiment in the form of a lab report - a bit like you might have done in science at school.
You don't have to write much, and the guidelines below should help you.
While doing the experiment you should keep a piece of paper handy to jot down what you're doing, what your results are and any other observations about the experiment.
This doesn't need to be tidy - it'll probably be a piece of paper that gets dirty as it'll be out while you're working. Include:
- Instructions given by the tutor
- Date and time
- Preparation of the sample
- What you are doing
- The measurements you take
Keep it safe and then attach it to the back of your report (see below) for this skill.
This is like a lab report and should contain the sections shown below.
The aim of your report is to write it up very clearly so that someone else could repeat what you did just be following your report.
The structure of your write-ups should be as follows:
1. Title Page
- The name of the experiment
- Your name
- Date of experiment
- Module name (e.g. Organic Food Crops)
- Any other information you want to add.
Explain what the experiment is about. Why is it useful to do it? What do you hope to find out?
3. Apparatus / Materials
A list of what you used. (Including and samples / soil samples)
4. Method / Procedure
What you did. Write very clearly so that someone else could repeat what you did. You might like to add any drawings or photos you have to make it clearer.
The results you found - write down the numbers or observations you made.
Discuss your findings.
- Were the results surprising?
- Was the experiment difficult?
- Would you do anything differently?
- What do your results mean in relation to plants - is the soil good for growing them?
- Anything else you want to discuss about the experiment or your findings.
Include photos and diagrams
"A picture says 1,000 words!" - Where possible include photos and diagrams - they really help improve your report!
How should I hand it in?
Skills assignments can be typed and then uploaded to the website. You will find a box to upload your assignment next to each assignment.
Alternatively, print out your assignment and post it to:
Paula Pender The Gate Lodge Brownshill County Carlow
Or you can bring it along to a practical day.
Always keep a copy of your assignment if you post it in case it gets lost.
Assignments can be hand written if you prefer.