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Second-order subjects within Life Science include Anatomy, Physiology, Biology, Botany, Ecology, Forestry and Agriculture, Genetics, Nutrition, and Zoology.

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Introductory Statistics for the Life and Biomedical Sciences
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Introduction to Statistics for the Life and Biomedical Sciences has been written to be used in conjunction with a set of self-paced learning labs. These labs guide students through learning how to apply statistical ideas and concepts discussed in the text with the R computing language.

The text discusses the important ideas used to support an interpretation (such as the notion of a confidence interval), rather than the process of generating such material from data (such as computing a confidence interval for a particular subset of individuals in a study). This allows students whose main focus is understanding statistical concepts to not be distracted by the details of a particular software package. In our experience, however, we have found that many students enter a research setting after only a single course in statistics. These students benefit from a practical introduction to data analysis that incorporates the use of a statistical computing language.

In a classroom setting, we have found it beneficial for students to start working through the labs after having been exposed to the corresponding material in the text, either from self-reading or through an instructor presenting the main ideas. The labs are organized by chapter, and each lab corresponds to a particular section or set of sections in the text.

There are traditional exercises at the end of each chapter that does not require the use of computing. More complicated methods, such as multiple regression, do not lend themselves to hand calculation and computing is necessary for gaining practical experience with these methods. The lab exercises for these later chapters become an increasingly important part of mastering the material.

An essential component of the learning labs are the "Lab Notes" accompanying each chapter. The lab notes are a detailed reference guide to the R functions that appear in the labs, written to be accessible to a first-time user of a computing language. They provide more explanation than available in the R help documentation, with examples specific to what is demonstrated in the labs. The notes cover topics such as constructing histograms, writing loops, and running regression models.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Biology
Statistics and Probability
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Textbook
Author:
Dave Harrington
Julie Vu
Date Added:
01/08/2021
Laboratory Exercises in Microbiology: Discovering the Unseen World Through Hands-On Investigation
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The exercises in this laboratory manual are designed to engage students in hand-on activities that reinforce their understanding of the microbial world. Topics covered include: staining and microscopy, metabolic testing, physical and chemical control of microorganisms, and immunology. The target audience is primarily students preparing for a career in the health sciences, however many of the topics would be appropriate for a general microbiology course as well.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Queensborough Community College
Author:
Joan Petersen
Susan McLaughlin
Date Added:
06/15/2019
Microbiology
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Microbiology covers the scope and sequence requirements for a single-semester microbiology course for non-majors. The book presents the core concepts of microbiology with a focus on applications for careers in allied health. The pedagogical features of the text make the material interesting and accessible while maintaining the career-application focus and scientific rigor inherent in the subject matter. Microbiology’s art program enhances students’ understanding of concepts through clear and effective illustrations, diagrams, and photographs.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Anh-Hue Thi Tu
Ann Auman
Ann Paterson
Ben Rowley
Brian M. Forster
Clifton Franklund
George Pinchuk
Graciela Brelles-Mariño
Mark Schneegurt
Mark Sutherland
Myriam Alhadeff Feldman
Nina Parker
Paul Flowers
Philip Lister
Summer Allen
Date Added:
11/02/2016