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Practical skills in biology

Author: A M Jones; Robert Reed; Jonathan D B Weyers
Publisher: Harlow : Pearson/Benjamin Cummings, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
This is a new edition of a leading biology textbook dealing in a practical way with fundamental laboratory techniques, specimens and data analysis.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A M Jones; Robert Reed; Jonathan D B Weyers
ISBN: 9780131755093 0131755099 013045141X 9780130451415
OCLC Number: 122282811
Notes: Previous edition: 2003.
Description: xv, 473 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: List of boxesPreface to the 4th editionGuided tourFor the studentAcknowledgementsList of abbreviationsStudy and examination skills1. The importance of transferable skills2. Managing your time3. Working with others4. Taking notes from lectures and texts5. Learning and revision6. Curriculum options, assessment and exams7. Preparing your curriculum vitaeInformation technology and library resources8. Finding and citing published information9. Evaluating information10. Using online resources11. Using spreadsheets12. Word processors, databases and other packagesCommunicating information13. Organising a poster display14. Giving a spoken presentation15. General aspects of scientific writing16. Writing essays17. Reporting practical and project work18. Writing literature surveys and reviewsFundamental laboratory techniques19. Your approach to practical work20. Health and safety21. Working with liquids22. Basic laboratory procedures23. Principles of solution chemistry24. pH and buffer solutionsThe investigative approach25. The principles of measurement26. SI units and their use27. Making observations28. Drawing diagrams29. Basic fieldwork procedures30. Samples and sampling31. Scientific method and design of experiments32. Making notes of practical work33. Project workObtaining and identifying specimens34. Collecting animals and plants35. Fixing and preserving animals and plants36. Collecting and isolating microbes37. Naming and classifying organisms38. Identifying plants and animals39. Identifying microbesManipulating and observing specimens40. The purpose and practice of dissection41. Introduction to microscopy42. Preparing specimens for light microscopy43. Setting up and using a light microscope44. Interpreting microscope images45. Sterile technique46. Cell culture47. Working with animal and plant tissues and cells48. Photography and imaging49. Measuring growth and responseAdvanced laboratory techniques50. Calibration and its application to quantitative analysis51. Immunological methods52. Enzyme studies53. Mendelian genetics54. Molecular biology techniques55. Light measurement56. Radioactive isotopes and their uses57. Measuring oxygen content58. Centrifugation59. Spectroscopic techniques60. ChromatographyAnalysis and presentation of data61. Manipulating and transforming raw data62. Using graphs63. Presenting data in tables64. Hints for solving numerical problems65. Descriptive statistics66. Choosing and using statistical testsAnswers to study exercisesIndex
Responsibility: Allan Jones, Rob Reed, Jonathan Weyers.


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