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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 Unpublished Manual.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)

1/24

T

Asking Questions in Biology; Displaying Data

Ch 1; Asking questions

1/26

R

Basics of Experimental Design/ Writing

Ch 2/ Ch 1-6

1/31

T

Descriptive Statistics/ Writing

Ch 3/ Ch 1-6

2/2

R

Descriptive Statistics/ Writing

Ch 3/ Ch 1-6

2/7

T

Probability and Statistics/ Writing

Ch 4/ Ch 1-6

2/9

R

Assumptions of Parametric Statistics/ Writing

Ch 5/ Ch. 19-26

2/14

T

Hypothesis Testing/ Writing

Ch 6/ Ch. 19-26

2/16

R

Hypothesis Testing Confidence Intervals/ Writing

Ch 6/ Ch. 19-26

2/21

T

Exam 1

 

2/23

R

T-test/ Proposals Due

Ch 7

2/28

T

T-test

Ch 7

3/2

R

Non-parametric two sample

Ch 8

3/7

T

ANOVA

Ch 8

3/9

R

ANOVA & Non-parametric Alternatives

Ch 9

3/14

T

ANOVA: Post-Hoc Testing

Ch 10

3/16

R

Two-way ANOVA

Ch 13

3/21

T

Advanced ANOVA Designs1

 

3/23

R

Résumés (Curriculum Vitae)

Ch. 30

3/28

T

Exam 2

 

3/30

R

Correlation & Regression

Ch 12

4/4

T

Correlation & Regression

Ch 12

4/6

R

ANCOVA

Ch 14

4/11

T

Spring Break – No Classes

 

4/13

R

Spring Break – No Classes

 

4/18

T

Chi-Square

Ch 11

4/20

R

Chi-Square/ Writing

Ch 11/ Ch 10

4/25

T

Writing/ Introduction Due

Ch 10-17

4/27

R

Posters

Ch. 28

5/2

T

Writing

Ch 10-17

5/4

R

Writing

Ch 10-17

5/9

T

Final Papers Due

 

5/18

 

Final Exam (2-4:30)

 

Laboratory Schedule

Date

Day

Week

Topics and Assignments

Readings

1/25

W

1

Displaying Data/ Observing Nature

Ch 1

2/1

W

2

Spreadsheets/ Descriptive Statistics

Ch 3

2/8

W

3

Working With Distributions

Ch 4

2/15

W

4

Normality and Constant Variance

Ch 5

2/22

W

5

Hypothesis testing and confidence intervals

Ch 6

3/1

W

6

T-tests

Ch 7 & 8

3/8

W

7

ANOVA

Ch 8 & 9

3/15

W

8

ANOVA - Kruskal Wallis & Post-Hoc Testing

Ch 8, 9, & 10

3/22

W

9

Two way ANOVA

Ch 13; Hmwrk

3/29

W

10

ANOVA/ Résumés

Ch 13

4/5

W

11

Correlation & Regression/ Résumés Due

Ch 12

4/12

W

12

Spring Break – No Classes

 

4/19

W

13

Chi-Square

Ch 11

4/26

W

14

Chi-Square

Ch 11

5/3

W

15

Papers

 

5/10

W

16

Poster Presentation Due 2nd & 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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