Biological Science: Exploring the Science of Life

ISBN : 9780198783688

Jon Scott; Gus Cameron; Anne Goodenough; Dawn Hawkins; Jenny Koenig; Martin Luck; Despo Papachristodoulou; Alison Snape; Kay Yeoman; Mark Goodwin
1280 Pages
219 x 276 mm
Pub date
Jul 2022
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  • Motivates the reader to take their first steps on the journey to becoming an independent researcher, using a narrative and numerous learning features that demonstrate the experimental basis of biological science, and the importance of the scientific method and scientific enquiry.
  • Builds a robust understanding of the essential concepts that underpin biological science as a discipline onto which more advanced study can be layered: this is emphatically not a catalogue of knowledge to be remembered, but a resource that introduces concepts to be understood.
  • Incorporates quantitative skills as a central component of the study and investigation of biological science, so that students learn to see the value of quantitative tools in better understanding biological systems than something to be feared.
  • A modular structure allows academics to tailor the content used to the specific needs of their students, ensuring maximum relevance to each student, and hence optimizing their motivation to learn.
  • Encapsulates a rich learning experience that fosters active learning, problem-solving ability and critical thinking and accommodates different learning preferences - with a focus on the enhancement of understanding, not the testing of knowledge.

Biological Science: Exploring the Science of Life responds to the key needs of lecturers and their students by placing a clear central narrative, carefully-structured active learning, and confidence with quantitative concepts and scientific enquiry central to its approach.
Written by a team of dedicated and passionate academics, and shaped by feedback from over 55 institutions, its straightforward narrative, reinforced by key concept overview videos for every chapter, communicate key ideas clearly: the right information is provided at the right time, and at the right depth.
Its pause and think features, self-check quizzes, and graded end of chapter questions, augmented by flashcards of key terms, directly support active learning. The combination of narrative text and learning features promote a rich, active learning experience: read, watch, and do.
Its combination of Quantitative Toolkits, Scientific Process panels, and the Life and its Exploration chapters provide more insight and support than any other general biology text; they prepare students to engage with this quantitative and experimental discipline with confidence, and set them on a path for success throughout their future studies.
With coverage that spans the full scale of biological science - from molecule to ecosystem - and with an approach that fully supports flexible, self-paced learning, Biological Science: Exploring the Science of Life will set you on a path towards a deeper understanding of the key concepts in biology, and a greater appreciation of biology as a dynamic experimental science.


Life and its Exploration: Foundational Principles
Topic 1: Exploring the science of life
Topic 2: The emergence of life on Earth
Topic 3: Defining Life
Topic 4: Evolutionary processes
Topic 5: The diversity, organisation, and classification of life

Quantitative Toolkits
Quantitative Toolkit 1: Understanding data
Quantitative Toolkit 2: Size and scale
Quantitative Toolkit 3: Describing data
Quantitative Toolkit 4: Ratio and proportion
Quantitative Toolkit 5: Understanding samples
Quantitative Toolkit 6: Designing experiments
Quantitative Toolkit 7: Assessing patterns
Quantitative Toolkit 8: Formulae and equations
Quantitative Toolkit 9: Rates of change

1:Building blocks: molecules and macromolecules
2:Energy: powering biochemical processes
3:Information: genes and genomes
4:Mendelian genetics
5:Reading the genome: gene expression and protein synthesis
6:Proteins and proteomes
7:Metabolism: energy capture and release from food
8:Molecular tools and techniques

9:Characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
10:Cell division in prokaryotes and eukaryotes
11:Microbial diversity
12:The growth, measurement, and visualisation of cells
13:Microbes in life: harnessing their power
14:Microbes as agents of infectious disease

16:Physiology overview
17:Communication and control 1: introducing the nervous and endocrine systems
18:Communication and control 2: sensory systems
19:Communication and control 3: controlling organ systems
20:Muscle and movement
21:Cardiovascular system
22:Respiratory system
23:Exercise physiology
24:Renal system
25:Digestive system
26:Reproductive system
27:Immune system

28:The structure of living organisms
29:Body plans
30:Interaction with the external environment
31:Movement, locomotion, and migration
32:Defence against predation and invasion
33:Reproduction and development

34:Fundamental concepts: ecology, evolution, species, and speciation
35:Genes: evolutionary change in alleles, genotypes, and phenotypes
36:Populations: quantifying demographics and modelling change
37:Communities: species interactions and biodiversity metrics
38:Ecosystems: abiotic interactions and environmental processes
39:Challenges: key threats to ecosystems
40:Solutions: managing, conserving, and restoring ecosystems

About the author: 

Jon Scott, Emeritus Professor of Bioscience Education, University of Leicester
Gus Cameron, Reader in Biomedical Science Education, School of Biochemistry, University of Bristol
Anne Goodenough, Professor in Applied Ecology, University of Gloucestershire
Dawn Hawkins, Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University, Anglia Ruskin University
Jenny Koenig, Assistant Professor in Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham
Martin Luck, Emeritus Professor of Physiological Education, University of Nottingham
Despo Papachristodoulou, Reader of Medical Education, King's College London
Alison Snape, Reader in Bioscience Education, King's College London
Kay Yeoman, Professor of Science Communication, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia
Mark Goodwin, Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genome Biology, University of Leicester
Prof Henderson Cleaves, Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Dr Anne Cunningham, Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Dr Kelly Edmunds, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia
Dr Paul Elliott, Director of Studies in Biology and Scientific Admissions Tutor, Homerton College University of Cambridge
Dr Steve Ennion, Associate Professor, Leicester Medical School, University of Leicester
Dr Gethin Evins, Deputy Head of Department, Department of Life Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Albert Fahrenbach, School of Chemistry, University of New South Wales, Australia
Dr Heather Felgate, Researcher, Quadram Institute, University of East Anglia
Dr Joanne Foulkes, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University
Dr Laetitia Gunton, Life and Geosciences, Australian Museum
Dr Helen James, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia
Dr Ian Kay, Formerly Deputy Head of Department, Department of Life Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Laura Mongan, Senior Lecturer in Medical Education and Biomedical Sciences, University of York and The Hull York Medical School
Dr Kevin Pyke, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham
Dr Katherine Sloman, School of Health and Life Sciences, University of the West of Scotland
Prof Jo Spencer, Head of Department, Department of Immunobiology, King's College London

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