This unit provides foundational skills essential for doing research in biology and for critically judging the research of others. We consider how biology is practiced as a quantitative, experimental and theoretical science. We focus on the underlying principles and practical skills you need to explore questions and test hypotheses, particularly where background variation (error) is inherently high. In so doing, the unit provides you with an understanding of how biological research is designed, analysed and interpreted using statistics. Lectures focus on sound experimental and statistical principles, using examples in ecology and other fields of biology to demonstrate concepts. In the practical sessions, you will design and perform, analyse (using appropriate statistical tools) and interpret your own experiments to answer research questions in topics relevant to your particular interest. This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study.
Two lectures per week and one 3-hour practical per week.
Practical reports/presentations (60%), one 2-hour exam (40%).
Required: Ruxton, G. and Colegrave, N. 2016. Experimental design for the life sciences. 4th Ed. Oxford University Press Recommended: Quinn, G. P. and M. J. Keough. 2002. Experimental Design and Data Analysis for Biologists. 1st Ed. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Recommended: Field, A. 2013. Discovering statistics using SPSS. 4th Ed. SAGE Publications, London.
BIOL1XXX or MBLG1XXX
6cp from (BIOL1XXX or MBLG1XXX or ENVX1001 or ENVX1002 or DATA1001 or MATH1XX5)Prohibitions
BIOL2922 or BIOL3006 or BIOL3906