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20.1: Introduction for the Final Lab Project

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    The Final Lab Project is an active-learning, problem-based activity that enables you to work collectively in a small group to diagnose an infectious disease and apply what was learned in this course. The goal of this final project is for you and your lab partners as a group to:

    1. Come up with a valid diagnosis of the type of infectious disease seen in your case study and identify the bacterium causing that infection; and

    2. Support your group’s diagnosis based on:

    a. Any relevant facts in the patient’s history. (A reliable on-line source will be used to support this.)
    b. The patient’s signs and symptoms. (A reliable on-line source will be used to support this.)
    c. Each of the individual lab tests given in your case study.
    d. All microbiological lab tests you performed as part of the project.

    The due date for this report can be found on the class calendar. Remember, you are working as a group to solve a problem. Your grade for this lab is based on the completeness of your report and written evidence of the critical thinking process that went into making and supporting your diagnosis. Remember, you are trying to convince your instructor that you understand how the diagnosis was made by supporting that diagnosis with data.

    Grading:

    The Final Lab Project Lab Report is worth 52 points.

    These case studies are based in part on your in-class participation as part of your group. Therefore:

    a. If you were not in labs when the inoculations with your unknown were performed, 6 points from your Lab Report score for the Final Project.

    b. If you were not in labs when the results of your lab tests were observed, 6 points from your Lab Report score for the Final Project.

    c. For each day your Lab Report is late, 4 points from your Lab Report score for the Final Project.

    You must write your own individual lab report. Do not submit the same exact lab report as other members that worked in your group. That is plagiarism! The reports must be individually written!

    You will first choose one of the unknown bacteria provided by your instructor. Look your unknown number up in the instructor’s case study key to determine which case study goes with your unknown.

    The rubric that will be used to grade your Final Lab Project Report will be found in the attached file

    Your name:

    Your unknown number:

    Your case study letter:

    Your lab section:

    Others in your group:

    Caution

    Be sure to handle all the bacterial cultures you are using in lab today as if they are pathogens! Be sure to wash and sanitize your hands well at the completion of today’s lab.

    Contributors and Attributions

    • Dr. Gary Kaiser (COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BALTIMORE COUNTY, CATONSVILLE CAMPUS)


    This page titled 20.1: Introduction for the Final Lab Project is shared under a not declared license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Gary Kaiser.

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