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NS 220 Applied Stats & Expermi Design
Gabor, Timothy M.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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Course

NS 220 Applied Stats & Expermi Design

Semester

FA 2007 HO

Faculty

Gabor, Timothy M.

Title

Associate Professor of Biology

Degrees/Certificates

PhD, Wildlife, Texas A&M
MS, Biology, Memphis State
BS, Wildlife, U of Wisc--Stevens Point

Office Location

Sc 113A

Office Hours

MWF 9-11

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6869

E-Mail

tim.gabor@park.edu

Web Page

http://captain.park.edu/tgabor

Semester Dates

20 August-14 December 2007

Class Days

-M-W-F-

Class Time

8:00 - 8:50 AM

Prerequisites

MA 131 or higher

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Gould, J. L., and G. F. Gould.  2002.  Biostats basics: a student handbook. WH Freeman, New York, New York, USA.
       ISBN # 0716734168

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Course Description:
The applied use of statistics in the natural sciences. This course will proved an overview of statistics important to biological investigation, hypothesis testing, sampling protocol, and experimental design. Emphasis will be placed on computer statistical packages, natural science data, and application and interpretation of these statistics.Students will be introduced to several common statistical tests, including one- and two-sample hypothesis testing, analysis of variance (ANOVA), correlation,regression, and chi-squared tests with nonparamentric alternatives briefly discussed. Prerequisite: MA 131 or higher. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

In this class, the instructor will attempt to create an interactive learning environment based on lectures, class discussions, laboratories, exams, quizzes, and various technologies. Critical thinking and skepticism are the cornerstones of science and the foundations to uncovering the truth.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Define basic terms in statistics and recognize problems inherent in using statistics in natural sciences including the difference betwee parametric and nonparametric statistics (key discipline topics, discipline terminology)
  2. Use several computer-based statistical packages (currently Excel and SPSS) (technical skill, discipline concepts)
  3. Analyze and interpret results of various data sets using t-tests, ANOVAs, regresions, contingency tables, and several of their variations (critical thinking, communication, essential technical skill)
  4. Design experiments in the natural sciences using a variety of experimental designs, research methods, and statistics and prepare methods of analytical research in written format (critical and creative thinking, essential technical skill, communication)
Class Assessment:

ESTIMATED POINT VALUES:

Comprehensive Final Exam (core assessment)                          200 points
Exams (2 @ 100 pts. each)                                                      200
Homework (10--15 assignments @ 10--20 pts. each)              200
                                                                                           ---------------
TOTAL                                                                                   600 points
 

MINIMUM GRADE GIVEN IN COURSE:

A = 90.0% and higher

B = 80.0%

C = 70.0%

D = 60.0%

F = less than 60.0%

Grading:

ESTIMATED POINT VALUES:

Comprehensive Final Exam (core assessment)                          200 points
Exams (2 @ 100 pts. each)                                                      200
Homework (10--15 assignments @ 10--20 pts. each)              200
                                                                                           ---------------
TOTAL                                                                                   600 points
 

MINIMUM GRADE GIVEN IN COURSE:

A = 90.0% and higher

B = 80.0%

C = 70.0%

D = 60.0%

F = less than 60.0%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments are due by the end of the class period on their due date. Assignments not received by this time will be given a grade of zero. Emergency situations that can be documented will be handled on a case by case basis with the instructor. All other excused and unexcused absences must personally hand the instructor the assignment or make arrangements for the assignment to be hand delivered before the due date. Assignments that are mailed, e-mailed, slid under the door, etc. will not be graded.  Missed laboratory exams can not be "made up".  Students must give the instructor at least 1 weeks notice prior to an absence for a university-sponsored event; all assignments and exams during this absence must be completed prior to the absence.

No "extra credit" is available in this class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Cellular phones, beepers, and other communication devices are not allowed in class. Disruption of class by one of these devices will result in that student being counted as absent for the day and removed from the class for the day. Students suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be reported to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and removed from the class. Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) such as loud talking, snoring, going to the bathroom/snack machine/soda machine during class time, etc. will result in removal of the student from the class for the day and the student will be considered absent. Multiple disruptions (loud talking, cell phone, etc.) over the semester will lead to withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week

Topic

Chapter(s)

1

Cause & Effect

1

2

Data

2

3

Binomial Distribution

3

4

Continuous Parametric Distributions I

4

5

Review & Additional Info

 

6

EXAM

 

7

Continuous Parametric Distributions II

5

8

Data Transformations

6

9

Fall Break

10

Multiple Parametric Distributions: ANOVA

7

11

Categorical Data

8

12

Nonparametric Continuous Data

9

13

Review & Additional Info

 

14

EXAM

 

15

Correlation and Regression

11

16 Mutiple Regression 12

17

COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
Instructor's attendance policy.-- It is the student's responsibility to initial the attendance sheet each day they are in class.  Students may not initial for other students (even if they are in attendance); this constitutes academic dishonesty. Three absences (for any reason) are allowed without penalty; 5% will be deducted from the student's final grade for each additional absence.  Students more than 5 minutes late for class or that leave more than 5 minutes prior to the end of class will be considered absent.  If less than 5 minutes late, the student will be counted as tardy.  Two tardies constitute an absence.  Students who miss a class due to a school-sponsored event (e.g., athletics) will not be counted as absent if the instructor is given at least 1 week notice prior to the event and work is turned in and exams taken prior to the event.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
Please inform the instructor of any allergies (latex, pollen, etc.) and/or other medical/physical conditions at the beginning of the semester that may need special attention during laboratories in the lab or outside in the field.

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