For one-semester, non-majors introductory biology courses with a human focus.
This manual offers a unique, extensively class-tested approach to introductory biology laboratory. A full range of activities show how basic biological concepts can be applied to a wide variety of plants, animals, and microorganisms. This helps students to:
1) gain practical experience that will help them understand lecture concepts
2) acquire the basic knowledge needed to make informed decisions about biological questions that arise in everyday life
3) develop the problem-solving skills that will lead to success in school and in a competitive job market, and
4) learn to work effectively and productively as a member of a team.
Exercise 1. Introduction to the Scientific Method.
Exercise 2. Interdependence Among Organisms.
Exercise 3. Windows to a Microscopic World.
Exercise 4. Functions and Properties of Cells.
Exercise 5. Movement of Molecules Across Cell Membranes.
Exercise 6. Investigating Cellular Respiration.
Exercise 7. Organic Molecules and Nutrition.
Exercise 8. Factors that Affect Enzyme Activity.
Exercise 9. Functions of Tissues and Organs I.
Exercise 10. Functions of Tissues and Organs II.
Exercise 11. Introduction to Anatomy: Dissecting the Fetal Pig.
Exercise 12. Organs of the Abdominal Cavity.
Exercise 13. The Circulatory System.
Exercise 14. Introduction to Forensic Biology.
Exercise 15. Mitosis and Asexual Reproduction.
Exercise 16. Connecting Meiosis and Genetics.
Exercise 17. Human Genetics.
Exercise 18. Introduction to Molecular Genetics.
Exercise 19. Biotechnology: DNA Analysis.
Exercise 20. Using Biotechnology to Assess Ecosystem Damage.
Exercise 21. Population Ecology.
Appendix I. Self-Test Answers.