Higher Education

Laboratory Manual for Human Biology, 2nd Edition

  • David Morton Frostburg State University
  • Joy B. Perry University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley
  • James W. Perry University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley
  • ISBN-10: 0840049439  |  ISBN-13: 9780840049438
  • 320 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1995
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $145.75
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This four-color lab manual contains 21 lab exercises, most of which can be completed within two hours and require minimal input from the instructor. To provide flexibility, instructors can vary the length of most exercises, many of which are divided into several parts, by deleting portions of the procedure without sacrificing the overall purpose of the experiment. Taking a consistent approach to each exercise, the second edition provides an even clearer presentation, updated coverage, and increased visual support to enable students to apply concepts from the Human Biology course.

Features and Benefits

  • The approach clearly and consistently guides students through each exercise: Objectives, Introduction, Materials, Procedure (with each step numbered), Pre-lab questions, Post-lab questions.
  • The authors include hundreds of labeled photographs and illustrations to help students visualize the material.
  • This lab manual can be used in conjunction with Starr/McMillan, Human Biology or any other Human Biology text.

Table of Contents

1. Learning About the Natural World.
2. Observing Microscopic Details of the Natural World.
3. Chemistry of Life: Biological Molecules and Diet Analysis.
4. Cell Structure.
5. Cell Membranes and How They Work.
6. Enzymes, the Catalysts of Life.
7. Homeostasis.
8. How Mammals Are Constructed.
9. Support and Movement: Human Skeletal and Muscular Systems.
10. External Anatomy and Organs of the Digestive and Respiratory, Systems.
11. Organs of the Circulatory, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems.
12. Human Blood and Circulation.
13. Human Respiration.
14. Human Sensations, Reflexes, and Reactions.
15. Sensory Organs.
16. Reproduction and Development.
17. Cell Reproduction.
18. Human Heredity.
19. DNA, Genes, Cancer and Biotechnology.
20. Evidences of Evolution.
21. Human Impact on the Environment.
APPENDIX 1: Measurement Conversions.
APPENDIX 2: Terms of Orientation in and Around the Animal Body.

What's New

  • NEW! A new exercise features DNA, Genes, Cancer and Biotechnology.
  • NEW! Lab exercises were updated throughout, such as adding a blood pressure activity to "Homeostasis," stressing emphasis on organ identification in "How Mammals are Constructed: Material," and more.
  • NEW! New and updated images appear throughout, such as the new images in "Observing Microscopic Details of the Natural World" and the new human skeleton images in "Support and Movement" to help student recognition and identification.
  • NEW! The "Learning About the Natural World" exercise expands on the previous Scientific Method appendix. Students are asked to perform short, noninvasive experiments and observations on group members in the context of various elements of the scientific method.
  • NEW! In "External Anatomy and Organs of the Digestive Respiratory Systems," external anatomy was added along with many images of fetal pig dissections. Students and instructors are also given alternatives to pig dissection.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

David Morton

David Morton emigrated to the United States from London, England, in his sophomore year of high school. Dr. Morton earned a B.S. degree cum laude from the State University of New York at New Paltz and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. His thesis involved iron metabolism in vampire bats, and he continued his general interest in the physiology and ecology of bats throughout his career. Before retiring in 2009, he held positions at Wright State University and Frostburg State University. He chaired FSU's biology department for 9 years. He continues to reside in the city of Frostburg, Maryland, with Beverly, his wife of 46 years. They have one son and four granddaughters.

Joy B. Perry

Joy Perry is Senior Lecturer of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Fox Valley, Menasha, WI. Ms. Perry earned a B.S. in General Biology from Purdue University and an M.S. in Plant Pathology, with emphasis on Integrated Pest Management, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She serves on the board of the international professional society, the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE). An avid gardener, she is active in local and statewide groups promoting community and school gardens, as well as expanded opportunities for producers and consumers of local food.

James W. Perry

Jim Perry is Campus Executive Officer and Dean Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Fox Valley. Prior to his retirement in 2011, he also was Professor of Biological Sciences. Dr. Perry began his university education at Fox Valley's sister campus, U.W. Marathon County in Wausau, WI. He received his B.S. (Zoology and Secondary Education), M.S. (Botany and Zoology), and Ph.D. (Botany and Plant Pathology) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His Ph.D. thesis was an ultrastructural study of the infection process and disease progression of a major fungal disease of potatoes. From 1983 to 1993, he was a faculty member at Frostburg State University. Dr. Perry and his spouse Joy reside in rural Winnebago County, WI, and spend as much time as possible at their cabin in far northern Wisconsin, seven miles south of Lake Superior. He is an avid outdoors person, vintage car owner, and owns, wrenches, and drives a 1962 Volvo vintage road race car on some of the nation's finest road race circuits.