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BI 602 Biometry 3 semester hours
The choice and application of standard, efficient, practical, and appropriate statistical techniques for data analyses in common biological situations. Computer instruction will emphasize the practical application of statistical techniques using the SPSS statistical package. Lecture and computer instruction will be combined in four class hours per week.
Summary of Objectives:
To provide the student with the background necessary to choose appropriate statistical techniques for data analyses in common biological research situations.
To provide the student with the background necessary to statistically analyze research data using the SPSS statistical package on a computer.
To provide the student with the background necessary to correctly interpret statistical results as a means to answer biological questions.
To foster a positive attitude toward the usefulness and necessity of statistical methods in biological research.
To provide the student with the background necessary to read the biological literature with its current emphasis on statistical accountability.
To provide the student with sufficient statistical maturity to actively seek out and explore new statistical methods for new experimental designs and problems when they arise.
Three tests on statistical concepts and techniques. (67% of course grade.)
Regularly assigned, graded homework problems as examples of specific statistical techniques. Required REPORTS on homework problems will consist of a statement of the biological problem (hypothesis) with a summary of the research conditions, the data of the study, the statistical analyses and statistical results, and the biological conclusions and interpretations. (33% of course grade.) (Submitting an extra credit report based on statistical usage or misuse in an article in the biological literature is also an option near the end of the course.)
Zar, Jerrold H. 2010. Biostatistical Analysis, Fifth Edition - or - Zar, Jerrold H. 1999. Biostatistical Analysis, Fourth Edition.
Excerpts from Linton, M. and P. S. Gallo, Jr. 1975. The Practical Statistician: Simplified Handbook of Statistics.
Sokal, Robert R. and James F. Rohlf. 1995. Biometry, The Principles and Practice of Statistics in Biological Research, Third Edition.
Linton, M. and P. S. Gallo, Jr. 1975. The Practical Statistician: Simplified Handbook of Statistics.
Statistical Computer Manuals, e.g., SPSS for Windows.
Attendance Policy: You are expected to attend all classes. There is no direct grade penalty for missing class, however I offer you a friendly warning that from past experience the indirect penalty for missing a class is usually severe.
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