[MARMAM] New Online Course - An Introduction to Basic Statistics for Biologists using R - 14th - 17th September 2020

cdmacleod at gisinecology.com cdmacleod at gisinecology.com
Tue Aug 11 00:53:12 PDT 2020

Data preparation and analysis is a key skill for all those working with
marine mammals, and of the available software packages, R has rapidly
become the most widely used. This means that a knowledge of how to
prepare and analyse data in R is essential skill for marine

We will be running a new instructor-led online course in September 2020
based around our latest book, _An Introduction to Basic Statistics for
Biologists using R_. It will be held over Zoom video-conferencing and
will provide all the practical knowledge and experience you need to get
started with analysing biological data using R. As a result, no previous
experience with R or statistical analysis is required to do this course.

It will run from the 14th and the 17th of September 2020. The course
will consist of four three-hour sessions, and one session will need to
be completed each day. However, you will have a choice of completing it
between 10:00 and 13:00 British Summer (primarily for those living in
Europe, Asia and Africa) or 18:00 to 21:00 British Summer Time
(primarily for those living in North and South America). This choice of
time slots for each session allows participants from as wide a range of
time zones to participate in the course. 

Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 20 people. The fees for this
course are GBP 250 per person (with a discounted rate of GBP 195 for
students, the unwaged and those working for registered charities). To
book a place, or for more information, you can either email us at
info at GISinEcology.com or click on the link below. 


About the Course: 

This is a practical course and it is aimed at anyone who wishes to learn
how to carry out basic data processing and statistical analyses on
biological data using R. This includes importing data sets into R,
error-checking and processing them to prepare them for analysis,
calculating basic summary statistics, creating graphs, assessing and
transforming their distributions, and running statistical tests such as
Shapiro-Wilk tests, t-tests, Mann-Whitney U tests, paired t-tests,
Wilcoxon Matched Pairs tests, F-tests for equality of variance, Levene's
tests, ANOVAs, Kruskal-Walis tests, chi-squared tests, correlations and
linear regressions. It will also cover how to use R, how to work out how
to do things for yourself in R and how to create annotated R script
archives of what you have done. 

Each session will consist of a series of background talk covering
specific topics (more details are provided below), followed by related
practical exercises based on instructions from An Introduction to Basic
Statistics for Biologists using R. As a result, all participants will
receive a free copy of this book shipped to their address in advance of
the start of the course. While you are encouraged to remain online
during the practical sessions, you can choose to go off-line as you work
though the exercises (or if you need to take a break). However, if you
have any questions, the course instructor will be available throughout
the course for you to ask any questions you wish at any point. 

This course will be hosted by Dr Colin D MacLeod, one of the authors of
_An Introduction to Basic Statistics for Biologists using R_. Dr MacLeod
has been working in biological research for more than 25 years. He is
the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and a series of books
written to help biologists learn practical skills, such as statistics
and GIS. 

At the end of the course, all attendees will receive a certificate of
attendance and completion. Each certificate is embossed with the GIS In
Ecology official stamp to prevent its fraudulent reproduction. In
addition, each certificate has its own unique identification number that
we will record, along with your name, meaning that we can verify the
authenticity of the certificates we issue (and the course you have
completed) on request.

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Books From GIS In Ecology Staff:

GIS For Biologists: A Practical Introduction For Undergraduates; RRP:
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An Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) Using QGIS And
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