Formal Lab Report 1: Growth and Enumeration of Escherichia coliRead “Writing Formal Laboratory Reports” in the lab manual and follow instructions.Take a look at scientific publications to get an idea of “scientific language e.g.http://aem.asm.org/content/74/22/6918.longhttp://aem.asm.org/content/80/24/7659.longhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC291691/You can use different search engines (e.g. NCBI PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed)to look for suitable publications to be cited as references using appropriate keywords.
Additional instructions to be followed:• Lab reports should be double spaced.• Use font size 12 and 1” margins at the top, bottom, left and right.• Do not exceed the recommended number of pages or words, where indicated! Note: TAswill not mark pages exceeding the indicated page limits.• Pages must be numbered (Page #1 is the page following the title page).• Use at least two external references (e.g. your text book and a publication) in addition to thelab manual.
Include the following:Title page:• TitleAbstract: maximum 250 words, briefly summarizing the objectives of the report, methodsused, and results generated. Example: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7447444
Introduction (5 pages maximum):• Overall goal• Objectives for each experiment• Brief background on:o Growth of bacteria in a batch cultureo Importance of studying bacterial growth and enumerationo Different methods of enumeration techniqueso Pour plate techniqueo Membrane Filtrationo Most Probable Number Method2o Turbidimetric Estimation
Materials and Methods (3 pages maximum)• Brief descriptions of the experimental procedures used, instead of explaining in greatdetail the step by step procedure; simply refer to the lab manual.• Note any changes made in the experiment.• List the bacterial strains used in the experiment, writing the name out in full with theabbreviated form in brackets if you wish to use the abbreviated for throughout the labreport.• Use scientific names correctly and pay attention to proper format.• Materials and methods section should be written in past tense and in third person singular
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