Biology 7530
Instructor: C. Ray Chandler

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The textbook for this course is Sokal, R. R., and F. J. Rohlf, 1995, Biometry, 3rd ed., W. H. Freeman, New York. Students will find this a useful text for this course, as well as a convenient reference in the future. Readings assignments from this text are given in the lecture outline and the course schedule.

In addition to the text, I recommend that students obtain a copy of the statistical tables that accompany this text (Sokal, R. R., and F. J. Rohlf, 1995, Statistical tables, 3rd ed., W. H. Freeman, New York.). You may also use other published statistical tables, but they will not be keyed to the textbook. Some of the more common statistical tables are available online.

You may also be interested in a statistics text online.


My office is MPCS 2043B. I have no formal office hours. Instead, I have an open door policy. Students are welcome to stop by at their convenience or see me to arrange an appointment. If you are unable to reach me you may leave a message in the Biology Department office (681-5487). You may also reach me using e-mail. Don't hesitate to see me if you need help. I am happy to have you visit me in my office.


Because this is a graduate course, attendance is expected. There are no make-up tests or assignments, and my notes are not available after missed classes.


There will be three exams in this course, each worth 100 points. This first exam will be a traditional in-class exam that will cover definitions and basic statistical concepts. The remaining two exams will be take-home exams that contain calculation-based problems (for both hand and computer). You will have one week to complete the take-home exams. Because real life is open book, you will be permitted to use your notes and textbook in completing the take-home tests. However, you may not discuss any test material with fellow students or use any other resources.

In addition to exams, there will be approximately weekly homework assignments. These assignments are designed to build practical skills in analyzing and interpreting biological data. These assignments will be worth 100 points. Thus, your final grade will be calculated from a total of 400 points. There is no extra credit.


All work in this class is expected to be your own. If you violate GSU policies concerning academic dishonesty (see the Student Conduct Code for a definition of academic dishonesty) the minimum penalty will be an F in the course, and the incident will be reported to the administration (it will go on your permanent record).

The Student Conduct Code also requires you to conduct yourself in a non-disruptive manner (turn off cell phones, no talking, be respectful of classmates). Disruptive students will be removed from the lecture hall and, if disruptions continue in future classes, will be removed from the course.

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