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BL5113   Statistical Modelling of Biological Data

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 11

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: To be arranged. (Weeks 8 - 11)

Statistical modelling is an indispensible tool for the analysis of scientific data. This advanced level module will introduce methods for fitting models to biological data, mainly using R software. Approaches will include multiple regression, GLMs, and GAMs. We will consider some of the difficulties that can occur in modelling biological data sets e.g. temporal autocorrelation, and will look at ways to check and test models. We will consider approaches to model selection. The course will also cover multivariate techniques such as cluster analysis.

Relationship to other modules

Co-requisite(s): You must also take BL5111

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take MT5753

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 4 x 1-hour lectures and 4 x 3-hour labs and 1 x 2-hour seminar. Four weeks in total.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

Re-assessment: Resubmission of failed item(s) of Coursework


Module coordinator: Dr S C Smout
Module teaching staff: Team taught