experiments that isolate cause and effect are a fundamental part
of biological science. However, because biological systems are
complex and variable, designing good experiments is a challenge.
To meet this challenge, students in biology must become familiar
with a range of experimental designs and concepts. Biologists
carrying out non-experimental work also can benefit from a clear
understanding of the principles of experimental design.
- This course
is designed to introduce beginning graduate students to the basic
principles of experimental design. The emphasis is on being able
to design and evaluate the most common types of experiments employed
in biology. Topics include experimental units, treatments, controls,
replication, blocking, generic designs (e.g., factorial, latin
squares, cross-over, etc.), and statistical principles of design.
This course focuses on design issues for biologists but should
be useful for graduate students in other sciences.