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BIOLOGY 301 - 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 Unpublished Manual.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 Reading

1/4

M

Asking Questions in Biology; Displaying Data

Ch 1

1/6

W

Basics of Experimental Design

Ch 2

1/11

M

Basics of Experimental Design

Ch 2, 3

1/13

W

Descriptive Statistics

Ch 3

1/18

M

MLK Holiday – No Classes

 

1/20

W

Probability and Statistics

Ch 4

1/25

M

Assumptions of Parametric Statistics

Ch 5

1/27

W

Exam 1

 

2/1

M

Hypothesis Testing

Ch 6

2/3

W

T-test

Ch 7

2/8

M

T-test

Ch 7

2/10

W

ANOVA & Non-parametric Alternatives

Ch 8

2/15

M

ANOVA & Non-parametric Alternatives

Ch 9

2/17

W

ANOVA: Post-Hoc Testing

Ch 10

2/22

M

Two-way ANOVA

Ch 13

2/24

W

Exam 2

 

2/29

M

Advanced ANOVA Designs

 

3/2

W

Correlation & Regression

Ch 12

3/7

M

Correlation & Regression

Ch 12

3/9

W

Chi-Square

Ch 11

3/14

M

Logistic Regression (Final Papers Due)

 

3/16

W

Final Exam (2:00-4:30)

 

Laboratory Schedule

Date

Day

Week

Topics and Assignments

Readings

1/4

M

1

Observing Nature: A Field Trip to The ESA

 Ch. 1

1/6

W

1

Spreadsheets/ Displaying Data

 

1/8

F

1

Writing

Ch. 1-6; 19-26

1/11

M

2

Writing; Résumés (Curriculum Vitae)

Ch. 1-6; Ch. 30

1/13

W

2

Describing Populations

 

1/15

F

2

Résumés (Curriculum Vitae)

Ch. 30

1/18

M

3

MLK Holiday – No Classes

 

1/20

W

3

Working With Distributions

Ch. 1-6; 10-17

1/22

F

3

Writing (Research Proposal Due)

Ch. 1-6; 10-17

1/25

M

4

Normality and Constant Variance

 

1/27

W

4

Projects

 

1/29

F

4

Projects

 

2/1

M

5

1-Sample and 2-Sample Tests

 

2/3

W

5

2-Sample Tests

 

2/5

F

5

Projects (Introduction due)

 

2/8

M

6

T-test

 

2/10

W

6

ANOVA/ Kruskal Wallis

 

2/12

F

6

Projects

 

2/15

M

7

ANOVA

 

2/17

W

7

ANOVA/ Post-hoc testing

 

2/19

F

7

Projects

 

2/22

M

8

Two-Way ANOVA

 

2/24

W

8

Correlation & Regression

 

2/26

F

8

Projects

 

2/29

M

9

Projects

 

3/2

W

9

Correlation & Regression

 

3/5

F

9

Projects

 

3/7

M

10

Correlation & Regression/ Writing

Ch. 28

3/9

W

10

Chi-Square

 

3/11

F

10

Project Clean-up

 

3/14

M

11

Posters

 

 

 

1. These readings are from Hofmann, A.H. 2014. Scientific Writing and

Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations. Oxford University

Press, New York, 728p.
 

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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