BIOL 300: Biostatistics

Fall 2014


Announcements for the class will be posted in this section as the term proceeds. Especially if you miss a class, check here for any new info.

Course Materials

Assignments (and answers, later)



Practice and Review Materials


Prof. Michael Whitlock
Office: Biodiversity 216
Office Hours
: Mondays 1:30-2:30, or after class

Teaching Assistants - to be updated

Kim Gilbert <>
Sections: Monday 11 and 2
Biodiversity 312
Office hours:
Mon. 1-2 in the stats lab; homework box outside Biodiv 312

Becca Kordas <>
Sections: Wednesday 11
Biodiversity 104
Office hours:
10-11 Wed.

Kate Ostevik <>
Sections: Wednesday 2 and Friday 2
Office hours:
4-5 Friday in the stats lab

Alathea Letaw,
Sections: Friday 11
Biodiversity 203
Office hours:
Thrusday 11-12

Kira Delmore,
Sections: Tuesday 9 and Thursday 9
Office hours:
Tuesday 11-12 in the Stats Lab


Where is...?

Classes are 14:00 TTh in Wesbrook 100.

Lab Sessions are held in Biol. Sci. room 2078. Labs start the third week of term.

Assignment answers are displayed on this web page (see above, starting the Monday after the assignment is due).

When is...?

The midterm will be held in-class sometime in October. Date will determined by majority vote in class.

Assignments are due on Fridays at 2 pm (at least a week after they are posted). Turn the assignments in to your TA from lab; they'll have a box outside their door.

The final exam will be scheduled by UBC in early October. Location will be determined by UBC. The exam will last 2.5 hours.


The textbook for this course is The Analysis of Biological Data by Whitlock and Schluter. All royalties from sales of the book at UBC Vancouver will be donated to Oxfam.

The lab manual is available online and printed out at Copiesmart in the UBC VIllage (5728 University Blvd #103).

There are also many references on reserve and otherwise in Woodward Library.

Tests and Grading

Mid-term date: TBD.

Final exam date: TBD. The final exam will cover material from the whole course. It will last 2.5 hours.

The course grade will be averaged in the following way:





Assignments (homework)


Lab assignments



Your performance on the exams is expected to reflect your own work, not that of other people.  University policy dictates stern penalties for those who copy the work of others or allow their own work to be copied.  On assignments, it is acceptable to work in groups, but it is not acceptable to copy another's work or allow your work to be copied.

If you miss the midterm with a legitimate excuse (either by pre-arrangement or an acceptable medical emergency with doctor's note), no make-up midterm will be offered. The final exam grade will be used in place of the midterm in the final grade assessment.

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