[MARMAM] Online Course - An Introduction to Basic Statistics for Biologists using R - 16th - 19th November2020

cdmacleod at gisinecology.com cdmacleod at gisinecology.com
Mon Oct 5 23:17:39 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 November 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 16th and the 19th of November 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 24 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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GIS For Biologists: A Practical Introduction For Undergraduates; RRP: 
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