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Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab Manual – Simple Book Publishing

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Anatomy and Physiology 2 Laboratory Manual is a guide for anatomy and physiology laboratory exercises. It includes dissection guidance with detailed images; instructions for physiology experiments including foundational content; and gross anatomy study guides for six body systems. Videos and tutorial links provide additional support. including studies in the following areas: Endocrine Blood Cardiovascular Respiratory Digestive Urinary Reproductive Fetal Pig Dissection

Material Type: Homework/Assignment, Reading

Author: Sheryl Shook

Anatomy and Physiology

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Anatomy and Physiology is a dynamic textbook for the two-semester human anatomy and physiology course for life science and allied health majors. The book is organized by body system and covers standard scope and sequence requirements. Its lucid text, strategically constructed art, career features, and links to external learning tools address the critical teaching and learning challenges in the course. The web-based version of Anatomy and Physiology also features links to surgical videos, histology, and interactive diagrams.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Brandon Poe, Dean H. Kruse, Eddie Johnson, James A. Wise, J. Gordon Betts, Jody E. Johnson, Kelly A. Young, Mark Womble, Oksana Korol, Peter DeSaix

Concepts of Biology

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Concepts of Biology is designed for the introductory biology course for nonmajors taught at most two- and four-year colleges. The scope, sequence, and level of the program are designed to match typical course syllabi in the market. Concepts of Biology includes interesting applications, features a rich art program, and conveys the major themes of biology.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: James Wise, Rebecca Roush, Samantha Fowler

Biology 2e

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Biology 2e is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester biology course for science majors. The text provides comprehensive coverage of foundational research and core biology concepts through an evolutionary lens. Biology includes rich features that engage students in scientific inquiry, highlight careers in the biological sciences, and offer everyday applications. The book also includes various types of practice and homework questions that help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Jung Choi, Mary Ann Clark, Matthew Douglas

Environmental Ethics

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This course focuses on two sets of issues in environmental ethics. The first set of issues, emerging significantly from practices such as animal agriculture and animal captivity in zoos, research facilities, and other settings, concerns the moral status of non-human animals. What kind of moral consideration are non-human animals owed? Do they have rights, and if so, how extensive are those rights? As a philosophy class, our emphasis is on the analysis of concepts and the critical evaluation of arguments. Beyond gaining a familiarity with the issue of the moral status of animals (along with the second issue of the class, not discussed here, concerning global climate change), students should expect to develop their analytic and evaluative skills through in-class discussion and a range of writing assignments. (Note: this resource was added to OER Commons as part of a batch upload of over 2,200 records. If you notice an issue with the quality of the metadata, please let us know by using the 'report' button and we will flag it for consideration.)

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Matt Tedesco

Introduction to Environmental Engineering

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Students are presented with examples of the types of problems that environmental engineers solve, specifically focusing on air and land quality issues. Air quality topics include air pollution sources, results of poor air quality including global warming, acid rain and air pollution, as well as ways to reduce air pollution. Land quality topics include the differences between renewable and non-renewable resources, the results of non-renewable resource misuse and ways to reduce land pollution. (Water quality is introduced in a later lesson in a separate presentation, as it is the focal point of this unit curriculum.)

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Barry Williams, Jessica Ray, Phyllis Balcerzak

Microbiology: A Laboratory Experience

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As a group of organisms that are too small to see and best known for being agents of disease and death, microbes are not always appreciated for the numerous supportive and positive contributions they make to the living world. Designed to support a course in microbiology, Microbiology: A Laboratory Experience permits a glimpse into both the good and the bad in the microscopic world. The laboratory experiences are designed to engage and support student interest in microbiology as a topic, field of study, and career. This text provides a series of laboratory exercises compatible with a one-semester undergraduate microbiology or bacteriology course with a three- or four-hour lab period that meets once or twice a week. The design of the lab manual conforms to the American Society for Microbiology curriculum guidelines and takes a ground-up approach -- beginning with an introduction to biosafety and containment practices and how to work with biological hazards. From there the course moves to basic but essential microscopy skills, aseptic technique and culture methods, and builds to include more advanced lab techniques. The exercises incorporate a semester-long investigative laboratory project designed to promote the sense of discovery and encourage student engagement. The curriculum is rigorous but manageable for a single semester and incorporates best practices in biology education.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Holly Ahern

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.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Joan Petersen, Susan McLaughlin

Microbiology Laboratory Exercises, Second Edition

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Schedule Best Laboratory Practices Working in a Microbiology Laboratory Exercises Preparation of a Culture Medium Culturing and Handling Microorganisms Isolation of a Pure Culture Counting Bacterial Populations Controlling Microorganisms Disinfectants Antimicrobial Agents: Susceptibility Testing Hand Washing The Lethal Effects of Ultraviolet Light Selection of Fungi from Air Microscopy Morphology and Staining of Bacteria Microbial Metabolism Enzyme Assay Metabolic Capabilities Microbial Genetics Transformation of Escherichia coli Isolation of Plasmid DNA Restriction Enzyme Digestion of Plasmid DNA and Gel Electrophoresis Appendices A – List of Organisms Used Throughout the Semester B – Vocabulary C – Media D – Intro to Micropipettes E – Microscopy Pocket Guide F – References and Supplemental Materials

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Ines Rauschenbach, Ramaydalis Keddis

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.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: 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

Introduction to Environmental Science

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This course uses the basic principles of biology and earth science as a context for understanding environmental policies and resource management practices. Our planet is facing unprecedented environmental challenges, from oil spills to global climate change. In ENSC 1000, you will learn about the science behind these problems; preparing you to make an informed, invaluable contribution to Earth’s future. I hope that each of you is engaged by the material presented and participates fully in the search for, acquisition of, and sharing of information within our class.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Alison VandeVoort, Caralyn Zehnder, Christine Mutiti, Donna Bennett, Kalina Manoylov, Samuel Mutiti