Experimental Design and Statistics


This module develops basic concepts and skills in experimental design, data management, data exploration, statistical theory and analysis of experimental and observational ecological data.

Sustainable development topics referenced within the module include: Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life on Land, 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand basic theoretical and applied principles of statistics

  2. Gain proficiency in using statistical software for the statistical analyses of biological and ecological data

  3. Organise and present scientific data in tabular and chart format using computer applications to a professional standard

  4. Apply the principles of hypothesis testing to carry out some basic statistical tests for significant difference and / or association

  5. Make scientifically valid conclusions from analyses of biological data and comment on their reliability

  6. Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply experimental design principles in the collection of biological and ecological data.

  7. Appreciate the need for quality assurance in the collection, presentation and analysis of biological data.

% Coursework 60%
% Final Exam 40%