Honor Code Policy for Introductory Synthetic Biology
Please carefully read over the following policy before
beginning work on your lab notebook and project proposal.
If you are in doubt then ask the Instructor, NOT a TA
or fellow students.
***NOTE: Policy for my other courses may differ***
All of the rules under the Rice
Honor Code apply to BIOC
313. When you turn in an assignment, you must be able to make
the statement, "On my honor, I have neither given nor received
any unauthorized aid on this assignment." This pledge applies
to notebook entries, homework assignments, project proposal, final paper,
and the journal
You are encouraged to use resources available at
Rice's Center for Written Oral
and Visual Communication (CWOVC). Additionally, you are
encouraged to meet with a CWOVC consultant for feedback about
your presentations. However, you are NOT permitted to meet
with a CWOVC consultant for help with any writing assignments
for this course. Please
consult with me if you have any questions.
Laboratory Notebook (INDIVIDUAL Effort)
- Notebook pages that you turn in must be exact copies of
the original page in your permanent notebook. Making
changes on the "copies"
or the original notebook pages AFTER removing them from the
notebook or leaving the lab is an honor code violation.
- All corrections must be indicated in the notebook when the
mistakes are discovered, even if it's days or weeks after
that particular entry was made; do not attempt to "line-up" the
copy page under the original to make a correction.
- All notebook entries must be dated with the actual date;
that is, you cannot "pre-date" or "post-date" pages to agree
with a particular lab session.
- The notebook is a "real-time" record of the procedures,
problems, and results that occur during lab; you are not
allowed to come to lab with the protocols already written
in your notebook.
- You may paraphrase from the protocols that you print from
the course web site, but you must not enter the information
word for word in your notebook. Document exactly what you
did, including any mistakes, problems, setbacks, etc.
- Since you work as a team, you are expected to share "raw
data" that is generated during lab. However, you
absolutely must not copy procedure details directly from
another student's notebook! Communicate with your co-investigators
and share the information by word of mouth to confirm what
steps your team members carried out so that you may enter
the information in your own words; include the name of the
team member who performed the experiment as well as the page
#'s in her/his notebook which contain the information.
- The notebook must contain evidence that you personally
did the manipulations required to calculate all of the data
- Although the notebooks will contain similar data, the presentation
of this data and how it was obtained, as well as the objectives
of each lab, experiment summaries, and conclusions, must
be unique to each student.
- All notebook pages recorded DURING lab are due in your
folder at the end of that lab session (i.e., you must turn
them in BEFORE you leave lab).
- Do not remove notebook pages from your folder.
Brainstorming Document and Project Proposal (TEAM Efforts)
You will prepare a written brainstorming document and a project
proposal for a novel genetic circuit. You have a great degree
of flexibility as to how you prepare your work; each team's
brainstorming document and proposal should
be unique in organization and style.
- Each team must cooperatively create all text
in the brainstorming document.
Do not consult other teams as you prepare your document.
- Each team must cooperatively create all text,
tables, graphs, and figures that are presented in the
you adapt a figure from a published paper or from the
web, acknowledgement as to the source of the data is
Do not consult other teams as you work on your proposal.
The instructor needs to know your own understanding of the concepts
in your own words. NEVER quote directly from ANY source, and
never paraphrase or summarize someone else's interpretation.
- Do NOT share any form (electronic or hard
copy) of any version of your assignments,
- DO NOT LET ANYONE ELSE "CRITIQUE" OR "PROOFREAD" ANY
FORM OF ANY VERSION OF YOUR WORK.
Homework assignments are submitted either as an INDIVIDUAL effort or as a JOINT effort with your lab partner.
Follow the instructions associated with an assignment.
Written reference material
- You may consult your notebook, the course web site, reference
readings, textbooks, review articles, and primary sources
(published research papers).
- You may NOT consult another student's lab notebook, project
proposal, or PowerPoint presentation, from this year or from
any previous year.
- You may not consult my comments on past presentations or
notebooks. In fact, those comments may be inappropriate for
the current lab.
- To protect yourself and others from possible plagiarism please
do not allow anyone access to your notebook or computer files.
Copyright, Acknowledgements, and Intended
Created by B. Beason (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Rice University, 29 June 1999
Updated 19 September 2014