The Simple Lab ReportThe simple report is generally only two to five pages long, and usually consists of the following:• Aims• Method• Results• Conclusion• Discussion• ReferencesAims (or objectives)The purpose of the experimentThere may be one aim or several. For instrumentation-based practicals it is customary to mention the apparatus to be used.
For example, the aim for a biochemistry practical which uses a spectrophotometer to determine serum protein levels might be written as “to determine protein levels in normal serum samples by spectrophotometry”. Method (or materials and methods)How you carried out the experiment (and what reagents you used)Normally, the method is given out as part of the practical notes and very rarely would you be required to rewrite it, although you may have to note any alterations. Some lecturers will be happy with a reference to the method, e.g. “see practical notes page xx – alterations noted” and others may require a photocopy of the method attached to the report (with any alterations noted).