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Asking Questions in Biology By Chris Barnard

Asking Questions in Biology
by Chris Barnard

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Presents the crucial process of enquiry, from a biological perspective, at its various stages. This book begins with an overview of scientific question-asking in general before moving on to demonstrate how to derive hypotheses from unstructured observations. It then explains how to use statistical tests as tools to analyse data.
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Asking Questions in Biology: A Guide to Hypothesis Testing, Experimental Design and Presentation in Practical Work and Research Projects by Chris Barnard

Asking Questions in Biology is all about scientific discovery. Biology students must be able to analyse data and produce high quality reports, but before this they need to work out exactly what it is they are trying to discover. Asking Questions in Biology begins with the often overlooked (yet crucial) skill of asking the right question, in the right way. It then moves on to present the tools and techniques required to gather data, analyse this data and finally to present this data (either orally or in a formal report).

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Table of Contents


1. Doing Science: Where do questions come from?

1.1 Science as asking questions

1.2 Basic considerations

1.3 The skill of asking questions

1.4 Where do questions come from?

1.5 What this book is about

2. Asking Questions: The art of framing hypotheses and predictions

2.1 Observation

2.2 Exploratory analysis

2.3 Forming hypotheses

2.4 Summary

3. Answering Questions: What do the results say?

3.1 Confirmatory analysis

3.2 What is statistical significance

3.3 Significance tests

3.4 Testing hypotheses

3.5 Testing predictions

3.6 Refining hypotheses

3.7 Summary

4. Presenting Information: How to communicate outcomes and conclusions

4.1 Presenting figures and tables

4.2 Presenting results in the text

4.3 Writing reports

4.4 Summary

Test finder and help guide

Some self-test questions

Appendix I: Table of confidence limits to the median

Appendix II: How to calculate some simple significance tests

Appendix III: Significance tables

Answers to self-test questions

Index

Quick test finders

Additional information

GOR002794504
Asking Questions in Biology: A Guide to Hypothesis Testing, Experimental Design and Presentation in Practical Work and Research Projects by Chris Barnard
Chris Barnard
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Pearson Education (US)
2007-07-19
256
0132224356
9780132224352
N/A
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