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BI3010: STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF BIOLOGICAL DATA (2021-2022)

Last modified: 05 Oct 2021 14:30


Course Overview

You will utilise a robust approach to statistical analysis, a skill highly valued by employers and researchers.
Lectures provide context, background and step-by step guidance on how to conduct and interpret a selection of statistical analyses.
Through a series of exercises, you learn to explore data, to specify appropriate linear models for your research question and to interpret their results.
A set of online tests structured around the exercises and the lecture content allow you to demonstrate your achievement of course learning outcomes.
With a group of students, you complete tasks and strengthen your understanding of applications of statistics.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor M Pinard
  • Dr Thomas Cornulier

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BSc Biology or BSc Conservation Biology or BSc Zoology or BSc Animal Ecology or BSc Marine Biology or Bachelor Of Science In Animal Behaviour And Welfare or BSc Animal Behaviour or BSc Behavioural Biology or MSci Biological Sciences or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management or BSc Ecology or BSc Forestry or BSc Forest Sciences or BSc Environmental Science
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BI3007 Experimental Design, Analysis and Presentation (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course aims to instil a robust approach to statistical analysis. By engaging with a series a lectures and podcasts, completing a set of exercises that progressively add more complexity, you will learn how: 

  1. to conduct data exploration and determine an appropriate approach to data analysis;
  2. to analyse and interpret results from a range of analyses, and
  3. to present the results from the analyses in an appropriate manner.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • conduct data exploration and determine an appropriate approach to data analysis;
  • analyse, interpret and present results from a variety of linear modelling analyses;
  • explain the strengths and weaknesses of different sampling and survey designs;
  • characterise robust and reproducible research practices that relate to sampling, hypothesis testing
  • and statistical analysis;
  • interrogate and interpret aspects of statistical analysis and presentation of results by engaging effectively with peers in group-based activities.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 9, 12 - 13
  • 2 Practicals during University weeks 9 - 13
  • 1 Seminar during University week9
  • 1 Support Tutorial during University weeks 10 - 14

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks 8 Feedback Weeks 8

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Feedback

The test is implemented through MyAberdeen as an online assessment, feedback is embedded for both correct and incorrect answers; the feedback is released to students two days after the deadline.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks 9 Feedback Weeks 9

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Feedback

The test is delivered online through MyAberdeen and feedback on correct and incorrect answers is embedded and released to students two days after completion of the test.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 45
Assessment Weeks 12 Feedback Weeks 12

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Feedback

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Three group tasks

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 11 Feedback Weeks 13

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Feedback

Three group tasks, with total weightings 20%

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyto conduct data exploration and determine appropriate approach to data analysis
ConceptualAnalyseto analyse and interpret results from a range of statistical analyses

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