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Practical Skills in Biology
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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

About the 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.

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