Any student of microbiology can tell you what the IMViC series is, because this group of four biochemical tests is standard operating procedure for identifying Gram negative enteric organisms. Three different media are used to determine what types of metabolic products are generated by growth, and whether citrate can be used as a sole carbon source for growth. Without exaggeration, results from these four tests can often reduce the 70+ possible enteric organisms to fewer than a dozen, allowing easy decisions on what follow-up tests to do for a quick and easy identification.
To learn more about the IMViC series and to practice the tests in the Virtual Lab, go to the Micro Digital Media lab manual and complete Exercise 11.
Your instructor will inform you of what should be turned in - the MDM exercise, the VUMIE lab report, etc. When done, you may be asked to take a quiz over this material.