Methods in Experimental Ecology I (PCB 6466)
 Time: Mondays and Wednesdays (1:002:20)
 Room: Bio 305
 Instructor: Dave Jenkins, office = BIO 111B, email [david.jenkins AT ucf.edu] for help / meetings
 TA: Fede Borghesi office = BIO 111, email [flopezborghesi AT knights.ucf.edu] for help / meetings
Textbook: Hector. 2015. The New Statistics with R. Available FREE thru UCF Library (with your login) at:
http://ezproxy.net.ucf.edu/login?url=http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729051.001.0001/acprof9780198729051
Recorded lectures are available on youtube
Learn how to design, analyze and interpret experiments and quantitative observations. Introduction to modern statistical software and basic statistical methods needed to collect, organize and interpret data critically. For beginning graduate and senior undergraduate researchers, this course bridges between undergraduate stats and Methods II.
Week  Videos etc. (before class)  Reading (before class)  InClass Topics  Assignments 
1:
Aug 26, 28 
Installing R & RStudio  Popularity of stats software
Hector Ch. 1 & Appendix 
Course overview & goals The new statistics 

2:
Sep 4

MON: LABOR DAY  Hypotheses 1 , 2  DORIAN ! 

3:
Sep 9, 11 
Experimental Designs 1  Helicopter experiment

Last week’s Readings discussion
Designing Research for Model Selection Design helicopter experiment Handling Data in R 
(Due 16 Sep) 
4:
Sep 16, 18 
How To Graph in RStudio: The Basics  Tufte in R  Conduct helicopter experiment 
(Due 23 Sep) 
5:
Sep 23, 25 
Probabilities  Normality tests I  Graphing II 
(Due 30 Sep) 
6:
Sep 30, Oct 1 
Z and ttests 
Hector (2015) Ch. 2 & 3 
t tests 
(Due 7 Oct) 
7:
Oct 7, 9 
ANOVAs II  Hector (2015) Ch. 6  Readings discussion 
(Due 14 Oct) 
8:
Oct 14, 16 
Hector (2015) Ch. 5 
CIs.R (a txt file) 
(Due 21 Oct) 

9:
Oct 21, 23 
OLS Regressions  Hector (2015) Ch. 6  Linear regressions 
Homework #7 (Due 28 Oct) 
10:
Oct 28, 30 
ANCOVAs 
Hector (2015) Ch. 7 
ANCOVAs 
Homework #8 (Due 4 Nov) 
11:
Nov 4, 6 
Generalized Linear Models I  Hector (2015) Ch. 8, 9  GLMs 1 
Homework #9 (Due 11 Nov) 
12:
Nov 11, 13

MON: VETERAN’S DAY 
Hector (2015) Ch. 10 
Mixed Effects ANOVAs 
Homework #10 (Due 18 Nov) 
13:
Nov 18, 20 

Logistic Regressions 
Homework #11 (Due 25 Nov) 

14:
Nov 25 
Mon: Intro to Multivariate Analyses
WED: T’GIVING 
ordinations.R.txt
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no homework


15
Dec 2 
– – – – NO CLASS WED. 
– – – –  Study design & analyses, revisited
Review & inclass practice Cumulative Final Exam to you 2^{nd} 
no homework
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16 
Finals Week 
Finals Week  Finals Week 
Final DUE MON DEC 9th 