Learning Outcomes for the Integrated Lab Program, Experimental Chemistry I & II 
Department of Chemistry - Oregon State University
(last updated: 11/13/2004)

1.  Develop and practice observational skills:

  • Develop observational skills and make discoveries in the laboratory 

  • Be objective and keep an open mind, ask questions!

  • Recognize when an experiment is not working and be able to adjust amounts of reagents, conditions, equipment, etc., to make the experiment work successfully 

  • Record observations in a logical order in research styled notebook while performing the experiment in the laboratory 

  • Properly document your work including laboratory procedures, experimental conditions, materials used, equipment used and the results

  • Respect and acknowledge the intellectual property of others

2.  Prepare for laboratory work: 

  • Come to lab prepared to start work and plan to make most of your laboratory experience 
  • Read and study the laboratory manual and other reading assignments
  • Research topics that are unknown to you by studying the published scientific literature at the library and on-line before working in the lab
  • Research and document laboratory cautions and hazards before starting lab work by consulting standard references such as the CRC, MSDS, and Merck Index 
  • Plan your experiment wisely so that you can work carefully, efficiently and successfully

3.  Prepare professional scientific reports: 

  • Recognize that writing is a process that develops from the practice of writing draft and revision copies to produce a final polished report 

  • Compose and produce professional scientific reports that include well crafted sections on: abstract, introduction, experimental, results, discussion, references, supplemental information

  • Develop a concise scientific writing style that is suitable for publication by practice and example from the literature and with guidance from peer and instructor review 

  • Critically review others work and offer helpful suggestions for improvement to style and content 

  • Communicate with instructor for their feedback on how to improve report writing 

  • Perform a statistical analysis of your results and calculate confidence limits to describe the precision and accuracy of your results

  • Compare and contrast your results with published results and use sound scientific principles as a basis of justifying differences or supporting agreement

  • Prepare reports using a word processor and use a spell checker 

  • Prepare proper scientific tables, figures and charts using a spreadsheet and learn how to import these data directly into the report   

  • Use commercial drawing programs like ISIS draw or ChemWindows to draw chemical structures and reaction schemes and import these into reports 

4.  Operate Scientific Instruments: 

5.  Prepare samples and standards for analysis: 

6.  Develop team work to divide project duties ensuring efficiency and quality of the final results:

7.  Design templates using spreadsheets: 

8.  Use electronic forms of communication:           

9.  Critically search the scientific literature for information: 

For more information on the Integrated Laboratory Program in Chemistry at OSU, please contact:

Dr. Christine Pastorek
Director Integrated Lab Program
Gilbert 153
Department of Chemistry
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR  97331
email:  christine.pastorek@oregonstate.edu