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General Lab Report Guidelines Lab reports should be 4 to 6 type-written pages in double-space. Figures, graphs, tables, and ‘References’ page do not count towards this page limit. Use complete sentences; grammar, spelling, and neatness do count. You should proofread the report using spell-check and grammar-check before printing, and correct errors before submission. Print your paper at least a few hours before it is due to give you time to deal with computer and printing problems that sometimes
  General Lab Report Guidelines Lab reports should be4 to 6 type-written pages indouble-space. Figures, graphs, tables, and ‘References’ page do not count towards this page limit. Use complete sentences; grammar,spelling, and neatness do count. You should proofread the report using spell-check andgrammar-check before printing, and correct errors before submission. Print your paper at leasta few hours before it is due to give you time to deal with computer and printing problems thatsometimes occur. Computer or printer problems are not considered valid excuses for late labreports and you will lose points. A copy of your lab report must also be posted in your labsection on Blackboard ( Lab Reports link) before your regular lab period.The lab reports aredue two weeks afterthe experimentat the beginning of the lab period, unless specifically indicated in the laboratory schedule. Lab reports turned in after the labperiod are already considered late and you will lose 2 points. For each day the lab report isturned in late, you will receive a 5-point deduction. You MUST attend the lab and run theexperiments or you will not be allowed to submit a lab report.Remember, be brief and to the point. Do your own work;   lab reports are not a collaborativework. In other words,do not plagiarizefrom another student or from an outside source (thisincludes cutting and pasting from any web page). Do not cite Wikipedia or any other onlineencyclopedia. The minimum penalty for someone who is caught plagiarizing is azero for theentire lab report.****************************************************************************Grading breakdown:Title: 1Introduction: 7Materials and Methods: 5Results: 6Discussion and Conclusion: 8References: 4Spelling, Grammar: 2Correct format: 1Posted on Blackboard on Time: 1Total 35 points __________________________________________________________  Lab Report Guidelines for Enzymes Lab 1.   Format: 1-inch margins, Times New Roman, font 12,double-spaced  2.   4- to 6-pagelimit for text only (drawings, pictures, tables, or graphs, and References pagedo not count toward that limit)3.   Numberthe pages – bottom right corner!4.   Thetitleof your paper should bespecific, descriptive and concise(do not write “Lab report #1” or “Enzymes lab report” or “Amylase”).5.   Introduction:a.   Start by talking about amylase (how it works, where it can be found, what affectsits activity, which one you were working with, etc.) and then introduce the readerto your experiment.b.   You may include figures in this section (you don’t have to, but if you do, then donot forget to put (Figure 1) or “as seen in Fig. 1”   in the text after you mentionthem!).c.   State thehypothesis(es)and prediction(s) in the last paragraph.d.   Don’t forget to cite throughout the text – (author, year) , for example: (Stevensand Thompson, 2001)e.   Written in present tense (hypothesis in future tense, and if mentioning previouslyfound data use past tense)6.   Materials and Methods: Explain the procedure so someone who needs to repeat thisexperiment clearly understands all the steps and will be able to repeat it in the sameexact way.do not use bullet pointsdo not list all the materials one by one – include them in your proceduredescriptionwritten in passive form and past tense (e.g. Planaria were cut …)written in paragraph formitalicize  species names  7.   Results: mention your results (but do not discuss about anything) and refer reader to seeappropriatefigure(s),table(s)andgraph(s). Label correctly those figures!For example, below the graph that tested the effect of temperature on amylase write something like this: Figure 1. The influence of differenttemperatues on amylase activity.Write ONLY about the AMYLASE experiments, not about the catechol oxidaseexperiments. Choose one factor out of the three that you tested in lab and write onlyabout that factor in your M&Ms, Results and Discussion.8.   Discussion and Conclusion: use past tense to state what you found out, whether or notyour hypotheses were correct, discuss your findings, mention those figures, tables andgraphs again throughout the text, compare your data with other researchers’ findings(cite those authors) to prove the results you got are valid (or not).You need to rephrasethe information you got from your sources and cite the authors – you cannot just put thetext from those scientific papers in quotations and cite the authors.Explain why something went wrong, what you could have done differently, and in theend propose future experiments and talk about implications of your research.  9.   References (or Works Cited): 3 scientific sources minimum – primary scientific articles (2at least) and secondary scientific articles (review papers).Other sources such as your textbook and lab manual cannot be used for this assignment –only papers from scientific journals. Random websites with enzyme information cannotbe cited at all.All sources need to be correctly (!) written and put in alphabetical order.When citing throughout the text, if you have 3 or more authors you can put for example(Clark et al., 2004), but in “References” section you have to write all their last names andfirst name initials (here you cannot put Clark et al.).Use theAPA citation style(document posted on Blackboard under Lab-relatedDocuments in your lecture section).For more instructions on how to write lab reports read Pechenik’s‘A Short Guide toWriting about Biology’ (if you purchased the custom Campbell Biology 9 th editiontextbook at the USC bookstore then you have a password for the electronic version of this book and you also have three chapters at the end of your textbook). Some usefulinformation about this assignment can also be found in“Lab Report Sections”posted onBB in your lab section. Carefully reading scientific papers (not skipping sections just to read the Results orDiscussion) will help you figure out what goes into which section.
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