Overview of Assessment
For this assessment you are required to complete a lab report worth 30% of the module. The aim of a lab report is to communicate to a scientific audience (in this case, lecturers) why you carried out an experiment how you carried out that experiment, what you found and what those findings mean, in a clear and systematic way. You will collect data, as a group, over the course of three timetabled practicals to investigate the acute response of high-intensity intermittent exercise compared to moderate intensity continuous exercise, and then you are expected to write it up in the format of a lab report (individual write-up).
The process of writing a lab report will allow you to understand the data and theories by thinking about the why and how which will aid your learning. The practice of writing lab reports will strengthen your key academic skills including sourcing appropriate literature, scientific writing, attention to detail, analysing and interpreting data and being able to convey your understanding of a topic through writing. The feedback you will receive on this assessment should be used to feed into future lab report (dissertation project) assessments.
You are required to write a lab report which focuses on the following experiment: ‘what are the acute physiological responses to high intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) versus moderate intensity continuous exercise (MICE). As part of practical 3 & 4 you will conduct your experiment and collect a range of physiological variables during HIIE and MICE to help answer this question.
The data from all participants (student volunteers) will be collated and provided to all students in a Microsoft Excel document on Canvas. You are expected to analyse all students’ data as a group set to allow you to communicate the outcome of the experiment.
The spreadsheet will show 7 dependent variables (DV): Lactate; White blood cells Heart-rate; Oxygen consumption (VO2); Respiratory exchange ratio (RER); Ratings of perceived exertion (RPE); Energy expenditure (EE). You are expected to write your lab report on THREE of these variables. One of these variables MUST be oxygen consumption. You are then able to select any TWO other variables to also analyse and write-up for your lab report. For example, you may select oxygen consumption, heart-rate and ratings of perceived exertion; therefore the aim of your lab report becomes ‘the effect of HIIE versus MICE on oxygen consumption, heart-rate and ratings of perceived exertion’.
TIP: You may wish to search for literature on the topic first and identify which variables have been more frequently researched. This may provide you with more literature to aid your understanding of the topic and help you write up the experiment.
Once you have sourced your literature and selected your variables (and attended the teaching sessions) you are ready to prepare and write the report. The report will contain 5 sections with each allocated a percentage of the grade. Guidance on how to structure and write each section of a lab report can be found in your assessment guidance section on Canvas. Please
Lab Report
Introduction (25% of the grade)
The aim of this section is to provide a background to the experiment and WHY the experiment was conducted.
Method (20% of the grade)
The aim of a methods section is to answer the question HOW the experiment was conducted.
Results (20% of the grade)
The aim of this section is to answer the question WHAT was found. For this lab report you will be expected to run statistical analysis (likely using SPSS) on your THREE key variables. Part of the challenge of this lab report will be determining the best way to present the data.
Discussion (30% of the grade)
The aim of this section is to answer the question WHY the results were observed and WHAT they mean.
References (5% of the grade)
This section should provide a list of the texts (books and journal articles) that you have referenced within the four sections. You are expected to use Harvard at Newcastle Referencing.
Word Count/Presentation Length
The word count for the lab report is 1500 words.
Exceeding Word Count
The 1500 word count does not include any figures, tables or references. The penalty for exceeding the word count (by even 1 word) will be 5% of the achievable mark for every 10% over the limit. For example, if your work received a mark of 60/100 and the limit is 1000 words, and you write between 1001 and 1100 then your mark will be reduced by 5% of the original mark to 55/100. You are expected to write your word count on your lab report.
Marking Criteria
The marking criteria outlined is used to determine the grade for each section of the lab report. Each section is weighted differently to provide the overall lab report mark. Ensure you understand how you will be graded. The marking criteria for each section of the lab report is available within the assessment guidance folder on Canvas, to help you with writing of the lab report.
I have attached below the dataset that you need to run your analysis on and get your descriptive results from

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