BIOL 300: Biostatistics

Fall 2014

Announcements

For the midterm on Oct. 30, emails have just been sent with the location you should come to. In brief, if your surname (as listed by UBC) begins with A through R, you will be in Wesbook 100. For surnames starting with S - Z, please come to CHEM D200. The midterm covers lecture material through chapter 12 and material up until now in the lab.

Instructions (with deadlines) for the lab writing assignment (worth 10% of the course grade) are posted here. We'll talk about this in class October 16. Data are posted here.

The final exam has been announced to be on December 2 at 3:30 pm (for 2.5 hours). The location has yet to be announced.

Assignment 6 is posted below.

Make sure to come to lab this week (October 14-17, or Monday 21) becuase you will be collecting data needed for your lab research report.

The midterm will be October 30 (by class vote).

Course Materials

Assignments (and answers, later)

Assignment 1: ANSWERS Due September 19: Chapter 1, questions 19 and 21; Chapter 2, problems 19 and 33 (2nd edition) -- if you have first edition click on the link and scroll down, but it will require a password that I'll send out by email.

Assignment 2: ANSWERS Due September 26: Chapter 3, questions 14 and 19 a and c ; Chapter 4, problems 22 and 26 (2nd edition) (1st edition click on the link)

Assignment 3: ANSWERS Due October 3: Chapter 5: 26, 27, and 33; Chapter 6: 16.

Assignment 4: ANSWERS Due October 10: Chapter 7: 18, 21, 23 (1st edition: Chapter 7 :14, 20,22 (Except for question 22, calculate the 95% CI, not the 99% CI).

Assignment 5: ANSWERS 2nd edition: Chapter 8:  14 and 17; Chapter 9:  16  (1st ed.:Chapter 8: 13 and 16; Chapter 9: 14)

Assignment 6: ANSWERS Due October 24: 2nd edition: chapter 10: 24; Chapter 11: 21; Chapter 12: 32. (For 1st edition, see here.)

No assignment for the week of the midterm.

 

Practice and Review Materials


Professor

Prof. Michael Whitlock
Office: Biodiversity 216
Office Hours
: Mondays 1:30-2:30, or after class
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-mail: whitlock@zoology.ubc.ca

Teaching Assistants

Kim Gilbert <kgilbert@zoology.ubc.ca>
Sections: Friday 2pm
Biodiversity 312
Office hours:
Wednesday 9:30-10:30

Alison Porter <porter@zoology.ubc.ca>
Sections: Tuesday 9
Biodiversity 318
Office hours:
Tuesdays 11-12 in Biodiv 318

Michael Scott <mscott0106@gmail.com>
Sections: Wednesday 11 and 2
Office hours: Wed 4-5 #311 Biodiversity

Alathea Letaw, alathea@zoology.ubc.ca
Sections: Thursday 9 and Friday 11
Biodiversity 203
Office hours:
Thursday 11-12

Rémi Matthey-Doret, matthey@zoology.ubc.ca
Sections: Monday 11 and 2
Biodiversity 205
Office hours: Mon. 4pm-5pm (at 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 October 30. 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.

Textbooks

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:

Final

50%

Mid-term

30%

Assignments (homework)

10%

Lab assignments

10%

 Policies

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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