Microbiology Unknown Report

Requirements :  Typed, one inch margins for report, cover sheet with centered information

   Due during week 14: date and time TBD; one paper from each student.

   Copying, plagiarism and other forms of cheating will result in a zero (0).

Grading :  40 points for this report, with other reports will make up 25% of lab grade ! 

Late report penalties are discussed in the microbiology lab addendum.

Failure to perform or complete the unknown lab experiments or determine the unknown IDs or turn in a report based on the work done = up to - 40 points off!


Cover Sheet and Format :  1.5 points

   0.5  points (all or none) for coversheet: Name, CWID-4, Date, Section

   1.0 points (all or none) format for a  typed report, proper margins, formatting, etc.

Report Contents :

I. Introduction :  2.5 points.  [Two (2) sentences minimum]. Background information regarding the importance of this experiment done to identify unknown organisms. Give 2-3 reasons that support your rationale for performing microbiology unknowns.

II. Purpose : 0.5 points.  "To identify the possible microorganisms in unknown tube # _______"

III. Materials and Methods : 6 points.   This should be your "daily" DETAILED log of the dates, media used and procedures done. See Appendix B: "Unknown Report" for examples.

IV. Discussion :  12 points total.  The following data should be presented for EACH isolated organism:

V. Sign off Sheets: 4 points. You MUST also included both sign off sheets

V. Results: 8 points. Create a proper and complete flow chart for ALL isolated organisms and indicate final identification as a Genus and species. See Appendix B: "Unknown Lab Report" for an example.

VI. Conclusion : 5.5 points   
Answer the following questions (a-c @ 1 point each; d @ 1.5 pnts; e @ 1 point)

a. What did you learn ?

b. What would you do differently ?

c. Honestly evaluate your aseptic/sterile technique

d. Pick one of your identified unknown organisms and discuss the clinical signs an individual or animal might have if diagnosed with this microorganism how would you specifically treat it, and what is the prognosis for this disease ?

e) Include a bibliography reference sheet in MLA format for sources used in research for this report.

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