LAB SAFETY AND PLAGIARISM
How important do we really think safety when dealing with chemical substances is. How many of on wear our safety belts? Do we don Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the kitchen? What do we really know about the substances we use for washing our clothes or dishes, the fluids we use to clean, or even the vitamins and supplements we take on faith that they are safe? In this lab, we’ll explore important safety concepts that should stay in the forefront of your mind as you move through this course.
MATERIALS REQUIRED • Splash/Safety Goggles: These can be purchased at automotive supply stores, hardware stores, building supply companies, such as Home Depot or Lowes • Some type of bound notebook • A chemical product from your kitchen, bathroom, or garage
TIME REQUIRED 3-4 hours — Before the due date for this lab, you will need to have purchased your goggles and notebook. Give yourself time to do this.
For this lab, you will need to type all of your answers, labeling them following the numbering below. Make sure to include APA citations for any sources you use.
PART 1: SAFETY
“Standard PPE” [CC BY-SA via Wikimedia Commons]
1. Watch the following video concerning safety in the classroom and academic laboratories. Write a 3-5 paragraph narrative of the incidents and the outcome of the resulting investigation. Describe how information has informed you concerning the safety of yourself and others concerning the handling of chemicals. o After the Rainbow (access a full-text transcript of audio here)
2. Choose a chemical product from your kitchen, bathroom, or garage. o List the ingredients in table format. Research these ingredients and tabulate the toxicity and hazards. Describe the recommended personal protective equipment that should be used when dealing with the product. o Review the hazard diamond in your textbook. Create a hazard diamond for one of the chemicals in your product.
3. After watching the videos and researching your chemical product(s), o Buy safety splash goggles and some type of bound notebook to do Lab 2 (and all the experiments). o Submit a photo of yourself wearing the safety goggles, holding a student ID card (instructions found in the Syllabus/Lab Information section of the course), and the notebook.
4. Write a 3-4 paragraph narrative regarding lab safety, describe how the above information has informed you concerning the safety of yourself and others concerning the handling of chemicals.
PART 2: PLAGIARISM
1. Plagiarism is a topic that must be discussed and considered in every course, whether online or face to face. View and read these CCCOnline sites, Academic Integrity Policy and Consequences for Plagiarism to understand the definition of plagiarism that is being used in this course. 2. Lab report data and narratives are the most commonly plagiarized item in online classes. That is because a student may have a friend who already took the class and offers their papers, hired an online lab report writing service, or just searched the internet and cut/pasted information and text. All of these are considered plagiarism. Even plagiarizing yourself is not allowed, as if you took the class before, and just resubmitted your work, you are not retaking the class and using the opportunity to refine your skills, which is probably the reason the class had to be retaken. o Open the lab report examples here: Lab Report Example 1 Lab Report Example 2 and Lab Report Example 3. These reports have been examined by our originality checking software which will be used for all of the Assignments you submit for this course. The software highlights any content that it matches to previously turned in documents or the internet. o Read through and state if you think plagiarism occurred for each example. If so, how could you tell? (list out specifics) o What kind of penalty might each of the students receive? Provide your answer in 4-6 sentences and make sure to address each example.
Finally, keeping this lab and the Laboratory Safety agreement in mind, you will want to navigate to the Module 1 Safety and Plagiarism Quiz and complete it. NOTE: You must schedule a time to take this quiz 24 hours in advance. Navigate to the Module 1/Quizzes folder for more information.
See the Schedule and Course Rubrics in the Syllabus Module for due dates and grading information.
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