The Concepts of Science course includes weekly laboratory classes that meet separately from the lecture class session. Students should carefully select a laboratory time that is available in your schedule, sign up for that laboratory time, and go to all laboratory sessions.
Attendance is required at all Concepts of Science laboratory sessions, and roll will be checked each week in laboratory. Attendance in laboratory may be part of your laboratory grade.
Your laboratory grade for the term counts 25% of the overall course grade, which is assigned by our lecture instructor. Laboratory teachers report laboratory grades to lecture instructors for each student at the end of the term. It is the student’s responsibility to ask if there are any questions about an individual laboratory grade and all components of that grade. Lecture instructors cannot answer specific questions about laboratory grades or attendance records. Those are maintained by the laboratory teachers only.
Students should be aware that it is Concepts of Science program policy that you must pass the separate laboratory part of this course with a 60% or better score in order to be able to pass the whole course. In other words, if a student fails in the laboratory, the lecture instructor must give a grade of F for the whole course regardless of the lecture exam grades and other lecture section scores. Students should be aware that passing the laboratory but failing the lecture part of the course does not guarantee a passing grade in Concepts of Science.
Students must be prepared in advance to go to laboratory each week. This is the individual student’s responsibility. This responsibility includes reading assigned materials in advance, working through the on-line components (if any) for each laboratory exercise, and bringing required data and other required materials from the advance readings, on-line components, etc. with you to laboratory class. Failure to do these things will likely have a negative effect on your grade and may prevent you from being able to do the week’s laboratory work. Not being able to do the week’s laboratory work may result in a zero score for that week.
Unlike the lecture portion of the class, students in laboratory should not expect that their laboratory teacher will lecture to them each time. Students are expected to come to the laboratory prepared to complete the week’s laboratory work.
The link on the left side of this page Laboratory portal will lead you to the links for each laboratory week. Please see your laboratory syllabus for information on which laboratory assignment to enter for each week during the academic term.