spring 2017

BIO-8105 Ecological methodology: Study design and statistical analysis - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 04.05.2017

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Location

Tromsø |

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: January 10.

Application deadline for external applicants: December 1.

Type of course

Theoretical

Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. Valid documentation is a statement from your institution that you are a registered PhD student, or a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. PhD students are exempt from semester fee.

PhD students register for the course through StudentWeb. The registration starts in the middle of December.

External applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Application code 9303.

Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course.

Course content

The course aims to demonstrate how ecological theory, study designs and analyses should be linked, and the course should make students able to plan and conduct empirical, ecological research through all stages of the research processes from formulation of hypotheses to the presentation and interpretation of the results. Simple (e.g. crossed) as well as more advanced (e.g. split-plot, multi-level) experimental and observational designs are presented and compared with respect to issues such as precision, confounding and bias. Statistical aspects of the course focus on statistical estimation of biologically relevant effects and issues of model selection. Statistical methods covered are generalised linear and additive models, and a short introduction to the bootstrap is given. Multivariate analyses (PCA, Correspondence Analysis) are also briefly covered. The course emphasized also the practical aspects through the analyses of real data sets in R. The course is relevant for doctoral students within all field of ecology and evolutionary biology.

Recommended prerequisites

STA-0001 Applied statistics 1

Objectives of the course

The course aims to make students able to plan and conduct empirical, ecological research through all stages of the research processes from formulation of hypotheses, statistical analyses and to the presentation and interpretation of the results. The course focuses on the underlying principles of study design and statistical methods.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures 30 hours and PC-lab 30 hours.

Assessment

Oral exam and project work. Grading form: Pass/fail. There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course.

Date for examination

One oral test 09.05.2017

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.

Schedule

Course overlap

BIO-3123 Ecological methodology: Study design and statistical analysis 10 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Available on request.


Kontakt
Nigel-Yoccoz

Yoccoz, Nigel Gilles


Professor
Telefon: +4777646884 nigel.yoccoz@uit.no

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Nilsen, Ingjerd Gauslaa


Rådgiver
Telefon: +4777646018 ingjerd.nilsen@uit.no