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What does the general statement, background information, and purpose entail? (The lab...

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mballaz | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted June 13, 2010 at 8:20 AM via web

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What does the general statement, background information, and purpose entail? (The lab write-up was for a rat dissection.)

I have to write a lab for a rat (Rattus norvegicus) dissection where the external anatomy, digestive system, reproductive system, urinary system, gas exchange, and circulatory system were examined. I was wondering if anyone knew what I should include in the general statement, background information, and purpose. For purpose I already have

" The purpose of this lab was to examine the internal and external features of the rat and how they are organized."(This was based of a problem that said, "How are the external features and internal organ systems of the rat organized?")

If anyone has any suggestions please lend a hand

Thanks in advance, Mballaz

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 15, 2010 at 2:58 AM (Answer #1)

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I cannot tell you the exact information pertaining to the rat for your write up - however, since no one has tackled this question yet, I thought I'd at least offer some help with these terms:

General statement: this is a few sentences of what the lab was (think of it like a short introduction).  You should include here what the lab was basically about and for - and what you thought you would see as results.  Remember not to go into details of background or purpose yet as those come next.

Background information: this would be anything that is necessary to understand about the lab that wouldn't be otherwise explained in the lab.  Examples might include definitions of any terms that are not common, methods you will use in the lab, or modes of analysis for the conclusion of the lab.

Purpose: Ask: "Why are you doing this lab?  What is the problem you are trying to solve?  What are you hoping to learn as a result of this lab?"

All three of these are introductory pieces - so you are allowed to keep them all fairly general and overview-ish.  Obviously the details will come in the observations and conclusions sections.

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