Practical Skills in Biology

Series
Pearson
Author
Rob Reed / Jonathan Weyers / Allan Jones  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
6
Language
English
Total pages
560
Pub.-date
March 2016
ISBN13
9781292094328
ISBN
129209432X
Related Titles



Description

If you are a student of biology then this book will be an indispensable companion throughout your entire degree programme. It clearly explains the laboratory and field skills that you will draw on time and again for the practical aspects of your studies, and also gives you a solid grounding in those wider transferable skills which are increasingly necessary to achieve a higher level of academic success.

New to this Edition

New for this edition

  • New page design to improve readability.
  • Over 50 new tips, figures, tables and boxes.
  • Updates to text references and sources for further study.
  • Changes in content and emphasis in many chapters.
  • Consolidations and additions to material new in the fifth edition, including that on environmental investigations, bioethics, chemical analysis, photosynthesis and respiration, stable isotopes and electrophoresis.
  • Generic guidance regarding Microsoft Office software, rather than version-specific details.
  • Support from a Companion Website containing answers to study exercises, live links to additional sources, digital copies of all figures, and a database of ‘procedures boxes’. 

Table of Contents

Study and examination skills

1. The importance of transferable skills

2. Managing your time

3. Working with others

4. Taking notes from lectures and texts

5. Learning effectively

6. Revision strategies

7. Assignments and exams

8. Preparing your curriculum vitae

 

Information technolgoy and learning resources

9. Finding and citing published information

10. Evaluating information

11. Using online resources

12. Using word processors, databases and other packages

13. Using spreadsheets

 

Communicating information

14. Organising a poster display

15. Giving a spoken presentation

16. General aspects of scientific writing

17. Writing essays

18. Reporting practical and project work

19. Writing literature surveys and reviews

 

Fundamental laboratory techniques

20. Essentials of practical work

21. Bioethics

22. Health and safety

23. Working with liquids

24. Basic laboratory procedures

25. Principles of solution chemistry

26. pH and buffer solutions

 

The investigative approach

27. The principles of measurement

28. SI units and their use

29. Making observations

30. Drawings and diagrams

31. Basic fieldwork procedures

32. Samples and sampling

33. Scientific method and design of experiments

34. Making notes of practical work

35. Project work

 

Obtaining and identifying specimens

36. Collecting animals and plants

37. Fixing and preserving animals and plants

38. Collecting and isolating microbes

39. Naming and classifying organisms

40. Identifying plants and animals

41. Identifying microbes

 

Examining specimens and samples

42. The purpose and practice of dissection

43. Introduction to microscopy

44. Preparing specimens for light microscopy

45. Setting up and using a light microscope

46. Interpreting microscope images

47. Sterile technique

48. Cell culture

49. Working with animal and plant tissues and cells

50. Photography and imaging

51. Measuring growth and responses

52. Fundamentals of chemical analysis

53. Calibration and quantitative analysis

 

Environmental investigations

54. Ecological analyses

55. Analysis of aquatic environments

56. Analysis of soils and sediments

57. Measuring atmospheric variables

58. Measuring light

 

Advanced analytical techniques

59. Immunological methods

60. Enzyme studies

61. Mendelian genetics

62. Fundamental molecular biology techniques

63. Using stable isotopes

64. Using radioisotopes

65. Measuring oxygen content

66. Photosynthesis and respiration

67. Centrifugation

68. Spectroscopic techniques

69. Chromatography

70. Electrophoresis

 

Analysis and presentation of data

71. Manipulating and transforming raw data

72. Using graphs

73. Presenting data in tables

74. Hints for solving numerical problems

75. Descriptive statistics

76. Choosing and using statistical tests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back Cover

'Practical Skills in Biology is a superb resource for all undergraduate bioscientists, covering the essential fundamental background for laboratory and field work. Its tips, key points, and instructions for basic procedures help students develop confidence in key transferable skills' Rona R. Ramsay PhD FRSB, University of St Andrews.

 

This book is an indispensable companion throughout your entire degree programme. It clearly explains the laboratory and field skills that you will draw on time and again for the practical aspects of your studies, and also gives you a solid grounding in those wider transferable skills which are increasingly necessary to achieve a higher level of academic success.

 

Now in its sixth edition, Practical Skills in Biology has been updated throughout to provide a complete and easy-to-read guide to developing the skills you need, further strengthening its reputation as the practical resource for students of biology and biological science.

 

Practical Skills in Biology:

  • Provides a 'one-stop' guide to the key practical skills needed in biology
  • Contains comprehensive coverage of key study and examination skills concepts
  • Includes fundamental laboratory and field skills
  • Helps you develop investigative and analytical techniques
  • Shows you how to analyse and present data
  • Includes new content on environmental investigations, bioethics, chemical analysis, photosynthesis and respiration, stable isotopes and electrophoresis
  • Additional support from a Companion Website containing answers to study exercises, live links to additional sources, and digital copies of all figures.

Allan Jones is Chancellor’s Award Fellow in Ecology, Environmental Science and Zoology at the University of Dundee, UK.

Jonathan Weyers is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee, UK

Rob Reed is Emeritus Professor (Education & Science) at Central Queensland University, Australia.  

 

Author

Allan Jones is Chancellor’s Award Fellow in Ecology, Environmental Science and Zoology at the University of Dundee, UK.

 

Jonathan Weyers is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee, UK

 

Rob Reed is Adjunct Professor (Education & Science) at Central Queensland University, Australia.