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BIOLOGY 3120 - Research Design & Analysis

 

 

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Instructor:  Dr. R. Brandon Pratt

Syllabus

Proposal Guidelines

How to write a paper

Textbooks

1. Hinds, D. S., Germano, D. J., Pratt, R. B. and Kolb, K. J. Research Design and Analysis. 2015. Unpublished Manual.
2. Hofmann, A.H. 2014. Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations. 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press, New York, 728p.


Lecture Schedule

Date

Day

Topics and Assignments

Text Readings (italics = Hofmann book)

01-22

M

Asking Questions in Biology; Displaying Data

Ch 1, Ch1 Banard et al.

01-24

W

Basics of Experimental Design

Ch 2

01-29

M

Descriptive Statistics

Ch 3

01-31

W

Writing

Ch 1-6

02-05

M

Probability and Statistics

Ch 4

02-07

W

Assumptions of Parametric Statistics/ Writing

Ch 5/ Ch. 19-26

02-12

M

Hypothesis Testing & Confidence Intervals

Ch 6

02-14

W

Writing

Ch. 19-26

02-19

M

Exam 1

 

02-21

W

T-test/ Non-parametric two sample/ Proposals Due

Ch 7, 8

02-26

M

ANOVA

Ch 8

02-28

W

ANOVA & Non-parametric Alternatives

Ch 9

03-05

M

ANOVA: Post-Hoc Testing

Ch 10

03-07

W

Two-way ANOVA

Ch 13

03-12

M

Advanced ANOVA Designs

 

03-14

W

Displaying complex data

 

03-19

M

Review

 

03-21

W

Exam 2

 

03-26

M

Spring Break – No Class

 

03-28

W

Spring Break – No Class

 

04-02

M

Correlation & Regression

Ch 12

04-04

W

Correlation & Regression

Ch 12

04-09

M

ANCOVA

Ch 14

04-11

W

Writing - Introductions

Ch 10

04-16

M

Chi-Square

Ch 11

04-18

W

Writing/ Introduction Due

Ch 10-17

04-23

M

Writing

Ch 10-17

04-25

W

Writing

Ch 10-17

04-30

M

Posters

Ch. 28

05-02

W

Writing

 

05-07

M

Writing

 

05-09

W

Final Papers Due

 

05-16

W

Final Exam (2-4:30)

 

Laboratory Schedule

Date

Day

Week

Topics and Assignments

Readings

01-25

R

1

Displaying Data/ Observing Nature

Ch 1

02-01

R

2

Spreadsheets/ Descriptive Statistics

Ch 3

02-08

R

3

Working With Distributions/ Normality and Constant Variance

Ch 4 & 5

02-15

R

4

Hypothesis testing and confidence intervals/ Résumés

Ch 6, Ch 30

02-22

R

5

T-tests & Mann-Whitney Tests

Ch 7 & 8

03-01

R

6

ANOVA

Ch 8 & 9

03-08

R

7

ANOVA - Kruskal Wallis & Post-Hoc Testing

Ch 8, 9, & 10

03-15

R

8

Two way ANOVA

Ch 13

03-22

R

9

Displaying complex data

 

03-29

R

10

Spring Break – No Class

 

04-05

R

11

Correlation & Regression

Ch 12

04-12

R

12

Projects

 

04-19

R

13

Chi-Square

Ch 11

04-26

R

14

Projects

 

05-03

R

15

Papers

 

05-10

R

16

Poster Presentation Due & Displayed on 2nd Floor in Science 1

 

 
Templates for Excel statistical analyses:
Descriptive stats & t-test: Download
A range of tests: Download
Excel ANOVA template: Download
Excel Regression: Download
Chisqr: Download 1 Download 2
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