Syllabus for BIOL 2300 – Spring 2010_Larson

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Syllabus for BIOL 2300 – Spring 2010 Instructor: Dr. Chad Larson Office Number: Life Science Room 225b Lab phone number: 817-272-1341 Email Address: [email protected] Office Hours: T & Th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Course Number, Section Number, and Course Title: BIOL 2300, SEC 001, Introduction to Biostatistics Time and Place of Class Meetings: LS 118, Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 AM to 12:20 PM, Jan 19 – May 7. Final Exam: Tuesday, May 11, 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM; the final exam will be comprehensive Description of Course Content: Introduction to the collection, description, and analysis of data with statistical methods appropriate for biological sciences. Material covered with the associated book chapters are listed below: Schedule of Lecture Topics Timing of topics is tentative, but the times of the Midterms are firm Date Topic Reading Jan 19-21 Introduction: Statistics and their use in biology chapter 1 Jan 26-28 Description of populations and samples chapter 2 Feb 2-11 Random sampling, probability, and the binomial distribution chapter 3 Feb 16 Clinic I Feb 18 Midterm Exam 1 Feb 23-25 The normal distribution chapter 4 Mar 2-4 Sampling distributions chapter 5 Mar 9 Clinic II Mar 11-26 Confidence intervals chapter 6 Mar 15-19 Spring Break Mar 30 Clinic III April 1 Midterm Exam 2 April 6-13 Comparison of two independent samples chapter 7 April 15-20 Analysis of categorical data chapter 10 April 22 Clinic IV April 27-May 4 Statistical principles of design chapter 8 May 6 Clinic V May 11 FINAL EXAM Student Learning Outcomes: Students will become competent in techniques of simple statistical analysis appropriate for biological sciences. Students will be able to interpret data and draw scientific conclusions based on statistical analysis. These outcomes will be assessed using embedded questions in course exams. Requirements: BIOL 1441 and BIOL 1442, or permission of the instructor and biology advisor.
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Textbooks and Other Course Materials: 1) The class will follow the textbook: Samuels, M.L. and J.A. Witmer. 2003. Statistics for the Life Sciences, 3rd ed. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. The textbook is recommended but it’s NOT a requirement for the class . 2) You will need to use a computer with web-browser access to the internet to obtain data for some assignments. 3) Simple calculator for quizzes and exams (programmable or graphing calculators are not allowed). 4) Course lecture notes will be available through Phi Sigma, the graduate student’s Biological Honor Society and also online (link will be provided first day of class). These are highly recommended . Grading Policy
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