Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists is a 10-week on-line course within Learn. It will introduce students to the basic principles of statistical thinking and outline some of the most common types of analysis that might be needed for Masters or PhD research projects.
You can access this course at any time of the year, there is no fixed start or end date.
It is aimed mainly at students undertaking research projects (at either Masters or PhD level) in the College of Medicine (particularly lab-based subjects), but it may be of more general use, too – we welcome participants from any discipline, although the examples used will tend to reflect the instructors background in clinical research, public health and veterinary medicine. The principles taught, however, are universal!
Each week, participants will use resources such as recorded PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, and directed reading to investigate a topic, and will try some practical examples in Minitab, a statistical package available on the University’s Managed Desktop and in general-access computing facilities. Support is available through discussion boards that allow queries on specific points. The course runs asynchronously – participants work on course material and exercises in their own time, and interact via the discussion boards when required.
The following topics are covered:
- An introduction to the course and VLE
- Basic principles of statistical inference and exploratory data analysis
- Some basic concepts in probability
- Confidence intervals
- Hypothesis testing
- Study design – randomisation and blocking
- Study design – power calculations
- Correlation and simple linear regression
- One and Two-way analysis of variance models
- Method comparison/ reproducibility studies
Find out more here: https://edin.ac/2QUXevt
Prepare for Doctoral Success is a 4-week, interactive online course for all doctoral researchers at the University of Edinburgh.
Starting a doctorate is a very exciting time, but it can also be difficult to know where to start.
We hope this online course will help you settle in to your doctoral studies by sharing essential information, tips and advice, and giving you an opportunity to interact with other students at the same stage.
Course dates: this course will run for four weeks from 8th October 2018
Time commitment: we estimate you should expect to spend about 1-2 hours per week reading the materials and engaging with the tasks and online forums. It will be run as an asynchronous course, which means you can look at the tasks and post in the forums at a time that suits you.
- Week 1: Getting to know you – this is to introduce you to the course and other participants.
- Week 2: Starting out – the essential information and expectations.
- Week 3: The first year – milestones, planning and skills development.
- Week 4: Working with your supervisor – hints and tips, expectations and supervisor styles.
More information and booking here: https://edin.ac/2D7dFNZ
A warm welcome to new students to the University of Edinburgh and a welcome back to returning students! This academic year has another packed programme of events and workshops here at the Institute for Academic Development. We will use this blog to provide useful hints and tips as well as keep you up to date with events throughout the year.
You can find out about transferable skills, professional and personal development training and support for postgraduate researchers from the IAD in our new brochure for 2018/2019
See our new brochure here: https://edin.ac/2MmF9Hg
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Programme Manager – Doctoral Provision at the IAD