BHS 002-1 MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY PRACTICAL PORTFOLIO
Following the practical sessions you will be expected to produce a portfolio comprising two laboratory reports detailing your findings across both sessions. Each report will be self-contained, but they should be submitted as a single document of no more than 2500 words. Excessive word counts will negatively affect grading. The lab report should be structured like a research article in a scientific journal (see details below), and should be submitted via Turnitin.
Relation to the Unit Learning OutcomesDemonstrate understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in metabolic pathways through the relationship between biochemical and biotechnological systemsPresent, analyse and interpret experimental data and clearly communicate your findings in writing. Outline Of Report StructureEach lab report should contain four sections: Introduction, Results, Discussion and References. Each section should be clearly labelled. Clarity of English language and presentation is essential throughout.Introduction: This section should typically represent approximately 30% of your report. It should summarise the published background literature relevant to this study. It must explain what your experimental study is about, and place it in context of the previously published literature. It should state the scientific aim of the study.Results and discussion: This section should typically represent the remaining 60-70% of your report. Data may be presented in tables, graphs, diagrams, or photographs as appropriate for your particular experimental study. Figures and tables should be separately numbered, and be clearly labelled. You should include written text to explain what your findings are and what is shown in the figures and tables. Results should describe your findings/observations, but not interpret their meaning. In the discussion you should interpret your results, explaining what they indicate. You should evaluate the quality of your data. You should identify any problems with the technique or data (if any exist) and suggest possible solutions. You should compare your findings to previously published findings or your expected findings, and should place your results in the context of published scientific literature. Your discussion should also include a reflection on your performance within the practical. What insights did you gain from the practical sessions; what problems did you have to overcome etc.
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