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Unformatted text preview: 1 Introduction into the General Ecology Laboratory Biology 4416 Department of Biology Texas State University By Dr. Susan Schwinning and Dr. Weston Nowlin 2 Table of Contents Part I: Overview Laboratory objectives and Lab schedule…………………………………………….4 Assignments, grading and policies ……………………………………...…………..6 Part II: Semester Project Guidelines for semester research project……………………………………….…10 Writing the research proposal……………..………………………………………..11 Writing the scientific paper……………….……………………………………….…13 Giving the scientific presentation…………………………………………………...15 Part III: Statistical tool kit Descriptive statistics….………………………………………………………..….…19 Hypothesis testing.…………………………………………………………………...20 Hypotheses about one mean…..…………………………………………………...24 Hypotheses about two means…………………………………………..………..…25 Regression analysis………….…………………………………………………....…28 ANOVA: one factor, two levels……………………………………………….…..…32 ANOVA: two factors, two and three levels………………………………………...34 Hypotheses about counts ………………………………………………………..…36 3 PART I Overview 4 5 Laboratory Objectives This course is an introduction to ecology. The purpose of the lab section is to reinforce the concepts covered in lecture. The lab gives students an opportunity to practice quantitative skills including in the use of ecological models, statistical analysis, and the design, implementation and interpretation of ecological experiments. At semester end, students should have an understanding of the fundamental principles of ecology, the role of ecology in identifying and correcting environmental problems, and the steps involved in designing, executing and summarizing ecological experiments. Laboratory Syllabus Fill out this table at the beginning of the semester: Lab Coordinator Instructional Assistant* Name Office location Office hours Phone number Email address * The Instructional Assistant (IA) will have regular office hours. Do not hesitate to ask for help during lab meetings or during office hours. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO SEEK HELP!!! 6 Laboratory Schedule Fill out this table at the beginning of the semester: Date Lab number and title Field Lab?...
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2012 for the course BIO 4416 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '12 term at Texas State.

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