• Department of Electrical Engineering

Guideline for lab report and assessment

Every group has to submit only ONE lab report for every experiment. The marks for every experiment for every student are calculated as follows: 40% for lab report (group assessment), 40% for lab performance (individual assessment) and 20% for peer assessment.

Refer to the lab course Spectrum for the lab report rubric, lab performance rubric and peer assessment rubric.


Lab Report (Group Assessment: 40%)

A lab report must consist of the following main bodies:

  1. Abstract (5%)
  2. Introduction (5%)
  3. Results and discussion (20%)
  4. Conclusions (5%)
  5. References (5%)

Do not include these in your lab report:

  1. Experiment procedures
  2. Introduction part similar to what is written in the lab sheet

The lab report MUST be written using the Excel file provided in your Spectrum only. Visit your lab course Spectrum and look for "Lab report file" to download the file.

The lab report must be written in English language only.

A lab report example can be found in your lab course Spectrum under "Lab report example."


Lab report submission and deadline:

  1. Refer to the lab timetable for the lab report submission deadline.
  2. The lab report (using the provided Excel file) must be submitted ONLINE through Spectrum (only one of the team members has to submit the lab report).
  3. The Lab Report Rubric can be found in the Spectrum.


Mark deduction on the lab report will be made:

  1. For late report submission
  2. If 2 reports from different groups are exactly the same (word by word)
  3. If there are certain portions in the lab report similar with other group's lab report
  4. If some questions in the lab sheet are not answered in the lab report


Lab Performance (Individual Assessment: 40%) (for hands-on experiments only)

The performance of every student during every lab session is assessed based on:

  1. Preparation before experiment (10%)
  2. Participation during experiment (10%)
  3. Teamwork (10%)
  4. Results recording (10%): Every student in a group must record the results

Mark deduction on the lab performance will be made if a student is (not affecting other team members):

  1. Late for more than 15 minutes without strong justifications (-15 marks)
  2. Not wearing proper attire in the lab (-20 marks)
  3. Eating in the lab (-15 marks)
  4. Not obeying technician/demonstrator’s instructions (-15 marks)

 The Lab Performance Rubric can be found in the Spectrum.


Peer Assessment (Individual: 20%)

After every experiment, the team members of a student in a group will assess his/her performance. He/she will also be assessing his/her team members' performance. E.g. if a group consists of 3 students X, Y and Z, X will be assessing Y and Z, Y will be asssessing X and Z and Z will be assessing X and Y. The peer assessment is stricly confidential.

The marks for peer assessment will be averaged. E.g. if X is assessed by Y and Z, the total peer assessment marks for X will be divided by 2. However, if X is assessed by Y or Z only, the total marks will be divided by 1.


The peer assessment is based on:

  1. Participation during experiment (5%)
  2. Teamwork (5%)
  3. Results recording (5%): Every student in a group must record the results
  4. Lab report writing (5%)

The Peer Assessment Rubric can be found in the Spectrum.


Overall Assessment for Every Lab Course (100%)

However, please note that the marks for every experiment will be given based on:

Lab session (40%) Lab report (40%) Peer (20%) Marks obtained for the experiment (100%)
0 0 0 0%
0 0 1 0%
0 1 0 0%
0 1 1 0%
1 0 0 0%
1 0 1 0%
1 1 0 Only lab performance + Lab report marks
1 1 1 Lab performance + Lab report + Peer assessment marks


0 = Absent lab session / No lab report submitted / No peer assessment

1 = Attended lab session / Submitted lab report / Have peer assessment

The above table indicates that for marks to be awarded for an experiment, students must attend the lab session AND submit the lab report (only 1 of the members from every group has to submit the lab report).

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  • Faculty of Engineering, UM
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