Research Methods for the Biosciences

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Science - 381 pages
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Scientific research is the ultimate tool in pushing forward the limit of our understanding. But, as with any tool, research is only powerful if used properly, and to its full effect.

Research Methods in the Biosciences demystifies the process of research to equip every biosciences student with the skills they need to get the most out of their investigations. Research isn't solely about experimental design; the book leads them through all the factors that, together, enable effective research. These include planning your experiment; data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting; and legal, ethical, and health & safety considerations.

Research Methods for the Biosciences brings together the knowledge and skills required of every good researcher as a coherent whole, making it the essential resource for any biosciences student.

Online Resource Centre
The Online Resource Centre to accompany Research Methods for the Biosciences constitutes a totally flexible teaching and learning package, keyed directly to the text, featuring interactive tasks and exercises for both formative and summative assessment, and additional reference materials for both student and lecturer.

For students:
DT Statistical software walkthroughs for SPSS, Excel, and minitab
DT Complete details of calculations given in boxes
DT Interactive and printable decision tree, to aid in deigning your experiment
DT Interactive and printable risk assessment form
DT Integrative exercises based on published and unpublished student work
DT Weblinks
DT Hyperlinked glossary

For lecturers:
DT A test bank of questions
DT Figures from the book available to download

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Experimental design
What to do with raw data
An introduction to hypothesis testing

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About the author (2006)

Debbie Holmes is a senior lecturer, and Diana Dine and Peter Moody are lecturers, in the Department of Applied Sciences, Geography and Archaeology at University College Worcester, UK. Between them, the authors have wide experience of teaching across a broad range of biological and environmental science-based subject areas, and developing web-based resources to support their undergraduate teaching.

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