Biochemistry 3106 Lab Report Format
Each lab report that you write for 3106 should be based on the following format.
(This outline is meant to clarify what is described on page iv of you lab manual).
Not following this format WILL RESULT IN LOST MARKS!!!
Title and date:
o Should include your name AND your partner’s name.
Materials and Methods:
o Normally, say, “As per Biochemistry 3106 lab manual, pg. X-X”
o MAKE SURE that any changes in the procedure of the lab are
Tabulated Results and Raw Data
o Examples of the charts for each lab are included throughout the lab;
you can copy or cut and paste these labs into your lab manual to
include your raw data in.
o Your raw data has to be included in every lab. This raw data
should be written on the left side of your lab manual.
o The raw data and tables MUST BE REWRITTEN into each lab
report on the right side of the lab manual under the heading of
“Results”. Remember to include appropriate titles and units in each
o Raw data MUST be signed and circled by a lab demonstrator
before you leave the lab.
Observations (if applicable)
o A VERY brief outline of observations witnessed throughout the lab
may be included in your section of raw data. Please note that these
listed observations are not in detail, and are not required for every
step (in other words, this isn’t a chemistry lab).
o A sample observation:
“The while pellet in tube X is larger than the white pellet in
o Read the lab procedures carefully; required calculations for the lab
are located in different sections of each lab.
o Only one sample calculation is necessary. For example, if you
have to calculate the concentration of eight samples, the lab
demonstrators only need (and want) to see one of those
o Each calculation must be labelled.
Graphs should be hand drawn not computer generated.
o Each graph should contain the following items:
Legend (if necessary)
NO PENCIL – the only exception to this rule is the line of
best fit drawn on your graph.
Date, student names
An APPROPRIATE scale (your graph should occupy
approximately 2/3rds of the page)
Points (i.e. o..o or x..x)
A line that begins at the origin
Dotted lines from the x and y axis that indicate the points
you have read from your graph
o Each graph title must include the following information in a brief
What is being examined
The concentration of any substrates used, if known
The conditions the experiment was performed under (i.e.
The method used, if necessary
The purpose of the graph (i.e. “Standard curve to be used to
o Throughout each lab are questions that are related to the lab. Each
question must be answered in a section underneath a heading of
o Each question MUST be answered in this section, even if it is
required to be answered again in your discussion.
o Must include the following information:
Introduction to the subject matter covered in the lab (or in
each PART of the lab if the lab is in parts)
Observations (your results and anything else applicable)
Expectations (what did you expect to get; how do your
results compare to your expectations)
Deductions (what do your results mean)
Relationship to known biochemistry (do your values
compare to “known, textbook” values, and how?)
Physiological/biological implications (how do your results
affect the body’s biochemistry; pathways should be included,
If you have large degrees of error, or if your results disagree
with the known results, explain why
Any errors, that you are aware of, in the experimental
o State the purpose of the experiment, what you showed, and how it
applies to the purpose (i.e. did you prove what you set out to prove)
o A BRIEF (one small paragraph) summary
1. PLEASE keep your lab book neat. Neat lab books mean happy lab
2. If you make a mistake, do not rip out the page or scribble the entire page
in ink. Simply draw a line through the page and write “VOID” on the
page. If, however, you make a one-line mistake, simply draw one line
through it. No white out.
3. If you have any questions during or after the lab, don’t hesitate to talk to
your lab demonstrators.