Methods in Experimental Ecology I (PCB 6466): Fall 2021
 Time: Wednesdays & Fridays (2:003:20)
 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:
https://login.ezproxy.library.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 25, 27 
Installing R & RStudio  Popularity of stats software
Hector Ch. 1 & Appendix 
Course overview & goals The new statistics 

2:
Sep 1, 3

Hypotheses 1 , 2 


3:
Sep 8, 10 
Experimental Designs 1  Helicopter experiment

Last week’s Readings discussion
Designing Research for Model Selection Design helicopter experiment Handling Data in R 
(Due 15 Sep) 
4:
Sep 15, 17 
How To Graph in RStudio: The Basics  Tufte in R  Conduct helicopter experiment 
(Due 22 Sep) 
5:
Sep 22, 24 
Probabilities  Normality tests I  Graphing II 
(Due 29 Sep) 
6:
Sep 29, 31 
Z and ttests 
Hector (2015) Ch. 2 & 3 
t tests 
(Due 6 Oct) 
7:
Oct 6, 8 
ANOVAs II  Hector (2015) Ch. 6  Readings discussion 
(Due 13 Oct) 
8:
Oct 13, 15 
Hector (2015) Ch. 5 
CIs.R (a txt file) 
(Due 20 Oct) 

9:
Oct 20, 22 
OLS Regressions  Hector (2015) Ch. 6  Linear regressions 
(Due 27 Oct) 
10:
Oct 27, 29 
ANCOVAs 
Hector (2015) Ch. 7 
ANCOVAs
Golden Ticket – one per customer 
(Due 3 Nov) 
11:
Nov 3, 5 
Generalized Linear Models I  Hector (2015) Ch. 8, 9  GLMs 1 
(Due 10 Nov) 
12:
Nov 10, 12

MON: VETERAN’S DAY 
Hector (2015) Ch. 10 
Mixed Effects ANOVAs 
(Due 17 Nov) 
13:
Nov 17, 19 

Mixed Effects Regressions 
(Due 24 Nov) 

14:
Nov 24 
Intro to Multivariate Analyses
FRI: T’GIVING 
ordinations.R.txt  no homework  
15
Dec 1, 3 
– – – – 
– – – –  Study design & analyses, revisited
Review & inclass practice Cumulative Final Exam to you ^{3}^{rd} 
no homework 
16 
Finals Week 
Finals Week  Finals Week 
Final DUE WED DEC 8^{th} 