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BI3010: STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF BIOLOGICAL DATA (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27


Course Overview

In a series of cases studies, you will learn how to analyse and interpret biological data to a level which will allow you to design, at least, the first stages of your level 4 honours project.

You will also choose from4-6 topics in advanced data handling techniques also pertinent to level 4 honours projects.

The course is intensive but allows you to work largely at your own pace with considerable assistance from 3-4 staff and 5-6 demonstrators.

Case studies are all derived from past BSc and MSc research projects giving a good insight to the range of project types available.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
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What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

None.

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Review of basics of data exploration and analysis using linear modelling; introduction to multivariate approaches to data analysis; depending on the option taken - fundamentals of using geographic information systems; scientific writing skills; bioinformatics and their application; statistical computing; multivariate statistics and managing your project.

Further Information & Notes

Students will attend 3 x 1hr lectures per week and 1 x 1hr practical session per week during the first 3 weeks. The second 2 weeks has a variable format depending on the choice of option. It is expected that students would spend a further 14-15 hours per week in self-study.

This course runs in weeks 10-14, and is scheduled in Thread 2, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times:  Mondays, 14-18; Tuesday, all day; Friday, 14-18.  If this is an optional course, there may also be contact hours on Wednesdays, 9-11.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One 2-hour MCQ exam (25%) and continuous assessment (75%). The examination will be “open book” with MCQ answers and continuous assessment will be based on reports produced during practical sessions.

Resit: One 2-hour MCQ exam (25%) and a new assignment for the failed continuous assessment allowing the candidate to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes (75%).

Formative Assessment

Tutorial/workshop sessions will provide opportunity for student-student and student-tutor interaction. Exercises completed during the practical sessions are supported by material that can be used for self-assessment and staff will provide informal verbal feedback during practical sessions.

Feedback

Students will receive written feedback on their practical reports.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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