Research Methods for the Biosciences

Paperback | October 3, 2010

byDebbie Holmes, Peter Moody, Diana Dine

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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, enableeffective research. These include planning your experiment; data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting; and legal, ethical, and health and 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 CentreThe 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 bothstudent and lecturer. For students:* Statistical software walkthroughs for SPSS, Excel, and minitab* Complete details of calculations given in boxes* Interactive and printable decision tree, to aid in deigning your experiment* Interactive and printable risk assessment form* Integrative exercises based on published and unpublished student work* Weblinks* Hyperlinked glossaryFor lecturers:* A test bank of questions* Figures from the book available to download

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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 o...

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 develop...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.01 inPublished:October 3, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199545766

ISBN - 13:9780199545766

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Table of Contents

Part I: Designing your experiment1. Where do I begin?2. Planning your experiment3. Questions, focus groups and interviews4. Resarch, the law and youPart II: Analysing your data5. What to do with my raw data6. An introduction to hypothesis testing7. Hypothesis testing: Do my data fit an expected ratio?8. Hypothesis testing: Associations and Relationships9. Hypothesis testing: Do my samples come from the same population? Parametric data10. Hypothesis testing: Do my samples come from the same population? Non-parametric dataPart II: Writing your report11. Reporting your researchAppendicesGlossaryReferences

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Review from previous edition: "Well-organised and easy to read, Research Methods for the Biosciences is a useful tool for undergraduates, not to mention those involved in teaching in this field." --David Sotres, Good Clinical Practice Journal, August 2006