If you are studying the biomolecular sciences - including biochemistry, biomedical sciences, biotechnology, genetics, microbiology and molecular biology - then this book will be an indispensable companion throughout the whole of your degree programme. It provides effective explanation and support for the development of a wide range of laboratory and data analysis skills that you will use time and again during the practical aspects of your studies. This book also gives you a solid grounding in the broader transferable skills, which are increasingly necessary to achieve a high level of academic success.
Rob Reed is Adjunct Professor (Education and Science) at Central Queensland University, Australia David Holmes is Associate Dean of the Keith B.Taylor Global Scholars Programme, St George's University School of Medicine (Grenada), based at Northumbria University, UK. Jonathan Weyers is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee, UK. Allan Jones is Chancellor's Award Fellow in Ecology, Environmental Science and Zoology at the University of Dundee, UK.
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 technology and learning resources 9. Finding and citing published information 10. Evaluating information 11. Using online resources 12. Bioinformatics- Internet resources 13. Using spreadsheets 14. using word processors, databases and other packages Communicating information 15. Organising a poster display 16. Giving a spoken presentation 17. General aspects of scientific writing 18. Writing essays 19. Reporting practical and project work 20. Writing literature surveys and reviews Fundamental laboratory techniques 21. Essentials of practical work 22. Bioethics 23. Health and safety 24. Working with liquids 25. Basic laboratory procedures 26. Principles of solution chemistry 27. pH and buffer solutions 28. Introduction to microscopy 29. Setting up and using a light microscope The investigative approach 30. Making measurements 31. SI units and their use 32. Scientific method and design of experiments 33. Making notes of practical work 34. Project work Working with cells and tissues 35. Sterile technique 36. Culture systems and growth measurement 37. Collecting and isolating microbes 38. Identifying microbes 39. Naming microbes and other organisms 40. Working with animal and plant tissues and cells 41. Homogenisation and fractionation of cells and tissues Analytical techniques 42. Calibration and its application to quantitative analysis 43. Immunological methods 44. Using stable isotopes 45. Using radioisotopes 46. Measuring light 47. Basic spectroscopy 48. Advanced spectroscopy and spectrometry 49. Centrifugation 50. Chromatography- separation methods 51. Chromatography- detection and analysis 52. Principles and practice of electrophoresis 53. Advanced electrophoretic techniques 54. Electroanalytical techniques Assaying biomolecules and studying metabolism 55. Analysis of biomolecules: fundamental principles 56. Assaying amino acids, peptides and proteins 57. Assaying lipids 58. Assaying carbohydrates 59. Assaying nucleic acids and nucleotides 60. Protein purification 61. Enzyme studies 62. Membrane transport processes 63. Photosynthesis and respiration Genetics 64. Mendelian genetics 65. Bacterial and phage genetics 66. Molecular genetics I- fundamental principles 67. Molecular genetics II- PCR and related applications 68. Molecular genetics III- genetic manipulation techniques Analysis and presentation of data 69. Manipulating and transforming raw data 70. Using graphs 71. Presenting data in tables 72. Hints for solving numerical problems 73. Descriptive statistics 74. Choosing and using statistical tests