10 tips for using this site to best effect:
website has been formulated to help undergraduates (in Conservation
Sciences) to grasp the main foundation concepts that will be needed in dealing
with numerical / experimental data.
learning aid is not intended to be a substitute for lectures or indeed
for the possession of a good textbook!!
Each topic is outlined with the essential core features, it is then up to
each student to " read around the topic" starting with the two
(textbook and electronic) reading lists provided on the site.
topic is dealt with in a gentle, logical and progressive fashion. You should
possess a scientific calculator and familiarise
yourself with the statistics calculations that it can perform. They are
especially useful for quickly calculating means and standard deviations.
The Union shop sells them for about £8.00.
may follow the topics in the order in which they were written or
you may go directly to a particular topic that interests you.
NOT try to jump ahead too far, you will need to absorb all of
the material in Level C before moving on to Level I
worked and partially-worked examples are to show you how logical thought
can be applied to 'real' environmental and 'workplace' projects. The intention
is to show you also how good experimental design will help you to produce
experimental outputs that will stand up to rigorous scientific scrutiny.
be willing to enter any data set into either EXCEL or SPSS. It is part of
your training as a scientist (in terms of professional skills) that you
are familiar with both of these programmes. Many of the datasets have already
been attached to the site via the
SPSS data set index page.
Be prepared to experiment with any of the data sets provided. Simply open them and explore for yourself to see what inferences can be drawn.
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