Experimental Design and Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
RenR480/711
Fall 2017
Room 303, Mechanical Engineering Building
Tuesdays 8:00am to 9:20am & Thursdays 8:00 to 9:20am and 12:30 to 1:50pm
Course description
Experimental design and data analysis in the environmental sciences. Introduction to the scientific method; presentation of quantitative data in forestry, conservation and environmental sciences; common research approaches and experimental designs; fundamental concepts of statistics; classical hypothesis testing and effect size statistics; parametric and nonparametric statistical tests; tests for binomial data; linear, nonlinear, and multiple regression. PreRequisites: A minimum of *60 of universitylevel courses; *3 introductory statistics recommended.
Note: This website contains material for Section II of this year's RenR480/711. Students of Section I, taught by Andreas Hamann, please refer to this website: Click here
Thursday, Sept. 7th, 8am to 9.20am
12:30pm to 1:50pm 
Working with R and RStudio
In the morning we will set up the software and learn how to import data. In the afternoon, a short lecture will introduce statistical vocabulary, and we will through a lab explaining fundamental concepts of file organization and objectoriented programming. 
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 8am to 9:20

Descriptive statistics Part I
Introduction to additional statistical vocabulary and descriptive statistics. In a lab, we calculate descriptive statistics with summary functions in R. 
Thursday, Sept. 21, 8am to 9:20
12:30 to 1:50pm 
Descriptive statistics Part II & Scientific graphs Part I
Why do we divide by n1? In addition, we will talk about scientific figures and start working on a lab about customizing ggplot2 graphs. 
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 8am to 9:20

Scientific graphs Part II
We will talk about go od and bad graphics and work through the second part of the lab about customizing ggplot2 graphs. 
Thursday, Oct. 5, 8am to 9:20
12:30 to 1:50pm 
RenR711 Projects
For RenR711 students: We will go over the project guidelines and learn how to set up a website. Rest of the day is reserved for questions about your projects For RenR480 students: The second assignment will be handed out in the morning. The rest of the time can be used to work on the assignment and to clarify any question about the previous labs. 
Thursday Oct. 26, 8am to 9:20
12:30 to 1:50pm 
RenR711 Projects
RenR480: No class; RenR711: Draft project presentation 