That's a little bit depressing.
Friday, May 5, 2006

Ok, so... I have a lab partner for my chemistry labs and we've had 15hours of labs this semester.

She's attended 4 hours of those compulsory labs. When it comes to writing the lab reports you are allowed to write a joint report with your partner so not wanting her to fail I agreed to write joint reports.

The first report I did all by myself. The entire fricking 9hour lab write up plus the pre-lab research questions. Handed it in on time and got 78%. That's a fricking 1st people. Obviously my lab partner got the same grade.

The second lab report I wrote up entirely again. With one exception. I was called home unexpectedly because of family illness so I emailed the entire report to my lab partner minus the pre-lab since i didn't have any research books with me.

I spoke to her and explained the situation and she said she'd do the pre-lab, put it in the gaps I'd labelled for her and then print out the report and hand it in...

Excellent! So, yeah I'd done 90% of the marks (pre-lab only worth 10%) but it was a weight off my mind knowing she'd hand it in.

One month later...
Today I got called into the lecturers office to discuss the lab report. Apparently my lab partner plaguerised the pre-lab from someone else... word for word... even copied and pasted their diagram.

Since it's a joint report we're both responsible. My mark for this report just went from 75% (first) to 40% capped (third class).

I lost 35% because she couldn't be arsed to answer two questions (one page of our 12 page lab report).

So thanks... thanks a lot.


Friday, May 26, 2006 8:52 AM


As a teacher I'm actually angrier with your teacher. There should always be a way for partners in any group project to rate each other and for them to turn in all the work they did toward the cumulative end result to help the teacher evaluate and give a fair grade. I think you should talk to your teacher and explain.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 3:52 AM


I say we pummel said partner with a big stick. Force her to wear a "red nose" and do Panto with Blobby and then kick her arse through the engine!

Friday, May 5, 2006 10:58 AM



This is why I work alone.

Friday, May 5, 2006 10:19 AM


Wow... That sucks. I hate group work of any kind really for that very same reason. There's always someone who doesn't want to pull their weight and do the work. But that's really bad. Even my pot smoker/dealer partner in my Chem Lab wasn't that bad. Actually...he was better than me...which is why I'm an English major and not a math or science major...heh...

Glad to hear you at least got a 40%. I know my university's policy on plagiarism is a 0 for the assignment and possible suspension or outright expulsion, though the latter depends on the teacher and if he/she reports it.

Hope things go better.

Friday, May 5, 2006 9:00 AM


Aw, that sucks. *tear* Ah, well...better luck next time, mm? Here's to hoping for a better lab partner in the future!

Good luck and hope thing's work out well for you. :-D



Friday, May 5, 2006 8:25 AM


You went wrong by caring if she failed or not. Obviously SHE didn't care.

Oh well... live and learn.

Friday, May 5, 2006 7:17 AM


This is the lenient option. I originally scored zero before I explained what had happened.

Definitely writing seperate lab reports in future.

Friday, May 5, 2006 6:52 AM


Wow! That really does suck.

Did you explain the situation to your lecturer? I would have explained the situation and brought in the report that I emailed to her in the first place to show that you had indeed done 90% of the work yourself. And I probably would have mentioned that I did the whole first lab myself. And mentioned how your partner never shows up for said labs.

I don't think of myself as catty, but I wouldn't let another person drag me down like that. Stand up for yourself!

Certainly the lecturer will give you some leniancy if s/he understand your situation.

That really really sucks and I'm sorry you're having to learn such a hard life lesson!

And from now on, can you write separate lab reports?

Poor you! *hugs*

Friday, May 5, 2006 6:45 AM


Damn. that utterly sucks. Here's hoping your lab partner gets a good kick from karma sometimes soon. what a jerk.


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