BIOL 300: Biostatistics

Fall 2014


There will be two final exam viewing periods in January ( in my office): January 5 at 1:30 and January 20 at 2 pm.

For the final exam, please bring a calculator that cannot store text ( i.e., non-programmable), your UBC student ID, and something to write with. Slides for the final review class are here.

Midterm key is here. You will probablyget your midterm back in lab next week.

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. Some extra tips about writing these are available as well. The first draft is due Nov 10 at 5 pm in your homework box.

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


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.

Assignment 7: ANSWERS Chapter 13: 20, 28; Chapter 14: 17; Chapter 15: 30 (For 1st edition: see here.)

Assignment 8: ANSWERS DUE MONDAY November 24 at 2 pm: Chapter 16: 15; Chapter 17: 31a-c (These questions are available on a PDF here.)


Practice and Review Materials


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

Teaching Assistants

Kim Gilbert <>
Sections: Friday 2pm
Biodiversity 312
Office hours:
Wednesday 9:30-10:30

Alison Porter <>
Sections: Tuesday 9
Biodiversity 318
Office hours:
Tuesdays 11-12 in Biodiv 318

Michael Scott <>
Sections: Wednesday 11 and 2
Office hours: Wed 4-5 #311 Biodiversity

Alathea Letaw,
Sections: Thursday 9 and Friday 11
Biodiversity 203
Office hours:
Thursday 11-12

Rémi Matthey-Doret,
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.


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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