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SCN1028731, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1175, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination APPLIED STATISTICS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge NICOLA SARTORI SECS-S/01

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SECS-S/02 Statistics for Experimental and Technological Research 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 2.0 32 18.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Prerequisites: The style is informal and only minimal mathematical notation will be used. There no real prerequisites except elementary algebra. However, a previous introductory course in statistics is recommended.
Target skills and knowledge: - Ability to carry out some commonly used statistical analyses and to interpret their results.
- Ability to critically understand the main statistical methods used in the biological literature.
Examination methods: Written examination.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on the understanding of the main concepts and the skills in their application.
Course unit contents: - General ideas. From the research problem to the probabilistic models. Sampling. Observational and experimental studies. Statistical tests: hypotheses, p-value interpretation, error types, power. The problem of multiple comparisons/tests. Confidence intervals.
- Elementary methods. Inference on a proportion and comparisons of two proportions. Student's t: one sample, two samples, paired data. Large sample inference. Nonparametrics methods: Wilcoxon (one and two samples) and Kruskal-Wallis tests. Correlation coefficient.
- Advanced methods. One-way and two-way analysis of variance. Regression analysis: linear and logistic model. Exploring multivariate data: principal components and cluster analysis.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course emphasizes statistical ideas rather than mathematical
formulations or computations. Methods and models are motivated and illustrated using a variety of real biological, environmental and medical examples. Many lessons will be conducted in the computer lab using the environment for statistical computing and graphics R (
Additional notes about suggested reading: - Slides of the lectures and other materials made available on the net

- Textbooks will be suggested during the first lessons on the basis of the prior preparation of the students.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)