Write a minimum two-page paper describing the process and conclusion of your unknown
investigation. This paper should include the following:
- A description of the media used and what the results on each type of media indicate.
- A detailed description of each organism you identified. Where it can be found in nature.
Whether it is pathogenic to humans, what types of disease it can cause, and what type
of antibiotics are useful against it.
- Describe your results in detail and explain how you arrived at your conclusions.
- Cite at least four references in your paper using APA format.
- Include a cover page and a reference page.
Unknown reports in microbiology are written in scientific format. Scientific writing is different
from other types of writing in that the results of the exercise or experiment are being
showcased, not the writing. The purpose of scientific writing is not to entertain, but to
inform. The writing should be simple and easy to understand. A specific style must be
followed when writing scientific reports.
Scientific writing is typically written in the passive, third-person only voice. Use detailed and
specific language rather than general terms such as “very”, “many”, “a lot”, and
“sometimes”. The pronouns “I”, “we”, and “they” are not used. For example, instead of
writing “I used a TSA plate to isolate my unknown….” It is customary to write, “A trypticase
soy agar plate (TSA) plate was used to isolate the unknown.” It is also customary to write in
the past tense for most of the report. This includes the introduction, summary, description
of materials and methods, and the results. The present tense is reserved for the
conclusions and results