Lab Project and Research Assignment

Instructions and Guidelines

You will be assigned a culture tube containing two bacterial types. Over three lab sessions you will perform several techniques and biochemical tests to identify these organisms.  Following the completion of these tests and collection and interpretation of your results, write a complete lab report detailing the tests performed, the results, and the most likely organisms you were given. The report should be no less than 5 pages long, not including the cover page, single spaced and using font size 12. Your lab report must contain the following.

  • Cover page – Your name, your instructor’s name, your section number, and the title of your project
  • Introduction – Background information on bacteriology, importance of microbial techniques or test. Introduce why the study was done. What are the objectives or aims of the study? etc. (Must include citations)
  • Materials and Methods – Describe each test performed and the expected results.
  • Results – Include all relevant tables and pictures. All tables and pictures must have title and or figure legend. 
  • Discussion/Conclusion – Discuss and analyze your results. How did the results lead to the identification of your unknown? Include flow charts depicting how you came up with the identification of your unknown. What problems did you encounter? Give some background information on the organisms you identified. Discuss the ‘big picture’. (must also include citation)
  • List of references/Bibliography: at least 4 references.

Besides assessing microbiology skills and knowledge, this exercise will also assess your ability to use relevant resource material to complete a research project. Therefore, you must include some researched information. Areas where you may include researched information include the introduction, materials, and methods and in your discussion. Your final paper will be assessed for the following.

  1. Your ability to understand and address the scope and objectives of a manageable research topic
  2. Your ability to identify credible and relevant sources
  3. Your use of information effectively to accomplish specific purpose
  4. Your ability to present information in a clear and meaningful way
  5. Whether you cite sources in an appropriate style. You must use in-text citations.
  6. Your ability to incorporate ideas of others in an ethical manner; summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting are correct and appropriate

All sources must be properly cited in the, American Psychological Association, APA,   the Council of Science Editors scientific style, CSE, or some other accepted format.  Whichever the format, the following must be included. 

  • the authors listed on the publication (or on the chapter if citing a book)
  • the title of the paper (or chapter if citing a book), 
  • the name of the journal (or book)
  • editors if a book is cited
  • volume number
  • complete pagination (first and last page of the work cited)
  • year of publication