BIOSCI 738 : Advanced Biological Data Analysis
2021 Semester One (1213) (15 POINTS)
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Create and communicate informative visualisations of data using the R programming language. (Capability 1, 4, 5 and 6)
- Design an effective experiment adhering to the fundamental principals of experimental desigh (randomisation, replication, and blocking). (Capability 1 and 2)
- Analyse and interpret multivariate data using an appropriate method (e.g., Principal Component Analysis, Discriminant analysis, Principal Coordinates Analysis, Muldimendional scaling, Cluster analysis). (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Perform and interpret different resampling techniques to carry out hypothesis testing and construct confidence intervals (e.g., randomisation tests, permutation tests, bootstrapping). Students should be able to write R code to perform each technique. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
- Communicate statistical concepts and experimental outcomes clearly using language appropriate for both a scientific and non-scientific audience. (Capability 1, 4, 5 and 6)
- Perform, interpret, and critique appropriate statistical regression techniques. Students should be able to write R code to fit each model. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
|Final Exam||40%||Individual Examination|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
There will be the option to complete additional assignments for extra credit (capped at 5% in total).
- Data wrangling
- Data visualisation
- Introduction to design and analysis of experiments
- Comparison procedures: pairwise comparisons of means, one-way ANOVA
- Multiple comparison procedures (controlling errors in hypothesis testing)
- Multiple regression with continuous and categorical explanatory variables
- Mixed models; incorporating fixed and random effects
- Resampling procedures: randomisation, permutation, and bootstrapping
- Cluster analysis
- Unsupervised learning: principal components analysis, dimension reduction
- Ordination: multidimensional scaling, correspondence analysis
- Supervised learning: discriminant analysis
- Networks and graphs
- Students must attend at least 7 out of the 10 workshops. Students who fail to attend at least 7 out of the 10 workshops will receive a DNC grade.
- Students must complete and submit at least 7 out of the 10 workshops to be awarded the possible 5% of the final grade.
- Students must complete the peer review coursework component of the assignments to be awarded the associated grade (up to a possible 5%).
This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect 2 hours of lectures, a 1 hour practical workshop, 3 hours of reading and thinking about the content and approx 4 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.
- Although designed as a Campus Experience this course is also available for remote students.
- Attendance is required at least 7 of the 10 at scheduled workshops to complete the course.
- Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including workshops will not be available as recordings.
- The course will not include live online events (e.g., group discussions/tutorials).
- Attendance on campus is required for the exam, unless enrolled as a remote student.
- The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable: 2 hour lectures and 1 hour workshops each week.
- If you are new to R or just want to refresh your skills try one or more of the Introductory R Tutorials listed here https://education.rstudio.com/learn/beginner/
- Available on short loan: STATISTICAL METHODS IN BIOLOGY: Design and Analysis of Experiments and Regression, Welham, Gezan, Clark & Mead, 2014.
- Available as an e-book: Modern Statistics for Modern Biology, Susan Holmes, Wolfgang Huber, 2018. https://web.stanford.edu/class/bios221/book/introduction.html
During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.
At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.
Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.
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- Level 1: Delivered normally as specified in delivery mode.
- Level 2: You will not be required to attend in person. All teaching and assessment will have a remote option. The following activities will also have an on-campus/in-person option: lectures, workshops.
- Level 3/4: All teaching activities and assessments are delivered remotely.
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Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.