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Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2011 12:37:56 -0400
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Subject: Re: max enrollment in instructional labs
That's really a function
of the available laboratory space, nature of the experiments, hood
space, bench space, layout, equipment availability, the number of TA's,
the workload (lab reports, grading) on the instructors/TA's, and so many
other variables it's generally not practical to set a general limit on
enrollment. It's a case-by case
However, from a safety standpoint
*alone*, one could limit a laboratory based on x feet of bench space (or
square footage) per student because crowding is obviously a safety
hazard. And if the lab requires hood space, then you could
designate y linear feet of hood per student/experiment.
Presumably individual labs were *designed* to accommodate a certain
number of students, in which case that number should be in the
paperwork/plans, giving you an easy concrete number to start
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On Sep 7, 2011, at 11:23 AM, Steehler, Gail wrote:
policies or guidelines do universities use to set enrollment caps on
instructional labs? Our Chemistry Department caps lab sections at
24 in lower level courses. I believe we have used safety as the
justification, but could not find the source of that specific number.
Some of our lab courses have lower caps due to specifics of
equipment, techniques, or space. I have a program that wants to
justify lower caps for instructional labs. I need some sense of
what is standard or what criteria we might use.
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