Experimental Design
Biology 7610
Instructor: C. Ray Chandler

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Manipulative 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.

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