Laboratory Investigations in Microbiology
The lab practicum will have 30 stations placed around the lab. Each station will feature a microbial culture medium, microscope or other equipment. As you enter, you will receive your question & answer sheet. Your starting point for the practicum will be the station number that is written in the upper right-hand corner of your practicum sheet. Stations 1 - 4 are in the front of the room, 5 - 8 in the second row, and so on until you reach stations 21 - 24 in the last row of lab seats. Stations 25 - 30 are on the side or front of the lab. Please proceed directly and quietly to your assigned station when you enter. As soon as everyone is at their stations, the practicum will begin. You will have one minute at each station, after which you will be asked to rotate to the next-higher number. You cannot go back to a station you have already been at. You cannot take more time than is allotted to you (you will be holding up someone else if you do). Students that refuse to follow these rules will be asked for their answer sheet immediately.
Each station will typically have a two-part question. A) Identify something B) What is the meaning/how does it work? Read each question carefully. There will be 30 questions in all (several of which include BONUS points). Since each question is worth only 1 point, do not worry if you have to skip a question. You may have time left later during the practicum to answer the question, especially if you make yourself a little note in the margin (e.g. "the slant was blue"). This may help you remember later that you meant to say "citrate-positive".
Questions for the lab practicum may include any or all of the following:
Practice questions (with links to answers) are available here.
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