Western Sydney University 2018 300802 Biodiversity Introduction to Laboratory Work 2 Practical Manual INTRODUCTION TO PRACTICAL WORK IN 300802 BIODIVERSITY We will begin our study of living organisms in Biodiversity. In second semester, in Cell Biology, you will build on this knowledge and these skills. In later semesters, you will build on this knowledge in units such as Botany, Conservation Biology, Genetics, Invertebrate Biology, Medical Microbiology, Microbiology, Pathological Basis of Disease, Principles of Evolution, Principles of Zoology and Vertebrate Biodiversity. In this semester, we concentrate on microbes, plants and animals. In conjunction with the Lecture and Tutorial Workshop components of the Unit, we will be examining the way that living organisms are constructed: their external form or morphology, and their internal form, or anatomy. In many cases, there is a good fit between the form that part of an organism takes, and the function, or work, that it has to do. This is a recurring theme in many parts of Biology. There are steps you can take to get the most out of the Practical part of the unit. These steps include: Before coming to class: •read through eachPracticalbefore coming to your particular session. Each Practical is a long document, and if you are seeing it for the first time in class, you will not gain the maximum benefit from your 3 hours in the laboratory. •ideally, you should also read through therelevant part of the textbookprior to coming to your laboratory session. In the laboratory: •plan your time in the Practical, so that you have enough time to examine all the specimens and slides; if you have to look at eight slides in total, it is not sensible to spend 2.5 hours on slide 1! •look at all specimens or slides required;make records of observations as specified;attemptto answer all questions; •seek assistance from / discuss your work with a demonstrator to ensure that you have understood the work correctly. After the Practical:•revise the Practical, then re-read the relevant part of the textbook; •complete any questionsthat you did not finish during class; each time you go over the material, it will make more sense to you, and be seen by you as a coherent whole, and not simply a series of disconnected exercises; •revise the material using the Study Sets on the Quizlet website and the LearnSmart modules.