Essential Biology with Physiology

9780321243317: Essential Biology with Physiology

Essential Biology with Physiology is a brief non-majors biology book that combines the clear writing, real-world applications, vivid art programme, and powerful media of Essential Biology, Second Edition, with nine new chapters on animal and plant physiology for instructors who want to cover these topics in their courses. Essential Biology with Physiology helps students become informed citizens by focusing on evolution, human applications, and up-to-date information on important issues like DNA technology, cloning, and global warming. Biology and Society essays at the beginning of each chapter hook students' attention, and visual summaries at the end of each chapter help students reinforce their understanding of key concepts.

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Practical Skills in Biomolecular Sciences

Laboratory and field studies are essential components of undergraduate training in the life sciences. Practical work must be fully understood and effectively presented, but many students under-perform because they lack basic laboratory skills. This book, now in its second edition, continues to provide students with easy-to-use guidance for laboratory and field studies, but in addition it now covers broader transferable skills. As a result the new edition provides guidance and support over the entire range of a typical undergraduate courses in biomolecular sciences.

New features for the second edition

  • A new section at the front of the book on Study and Examination skills, including new chapters on time management, working with others, note taking, revising, assessment and exams, and preparing a cv.
  • New chapters on bioinformatics and on the preparation and use of calibration curves.
  • Updated material on the use of the Internet and World Wide Web.
  • New material on evaluating information – a vital skill for today’s students.
  • New material in the numeracy and statistics chapters to provide greater support and guidance.
  • Every chapter has study exercises to reinforce learning with problems and practical exercises. Answers are given at the back of the book for all exercises.
  • Every chapter is supported by a section giving printed and electronic sources for further study.

Retained features from previous edition

  • Worked examples and "how to" boxes that set out the essential procedures in a step-by-step manner.
  • Key points highlighting critical features of methodology.
  • Use of margin tips, definitions and illustrations.
  • Use of two-colour text throughout the book.
Practical Skills in Biomolecular Sciences is an indispensable book for undergraduate students in a range of subjects including biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and biomedical sciences. It is also a valuable resource for teachers of these subjects in colleges and secondary schools.

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