An easy to read, practical guide to the skills required for laboratory and field studies in biology. This unique text offers advice on all types of practical work encountered by undergraduate students. The comprehensive coverage includes general advice on practical work, including safety issues; description of laboratory techniques with hints on their use; guidance on analysis and presentation of results including oral and poster presentations; and hints on examination technique. Will be used throughout the student's degree course. Includes illustrations, hints and tips, worked examples, 'how-to' boxes, checklists and flow charts. Gives advice on communication skills, from essay writing to oral presentations, and examination technique. It is aimed at undergraduates and secondary teachers in biology. It can be used on course: BSc, HNC, HND in biology, applied biology, botany, microbiology, zoology, ecology, environmental sciences, marine biology and biomedical science.