Transferable Skills Course: Statistical Literacy

  • Note date change
  • Start: Nov 18, 2020 09:30
  • End: Nov 23, 2020 11:30
  • Speaker: Rick Scavetta
  • Location: online
  • Host: Kirsten Kelleher
  • Contact: kelleher@molgen.mpg.de
Transferable Skills Course: Statistical Literacy
Enables Life Scientists to Understand the Purpose and Uses of Classical Statistics as an Integral Part of the Scientific Method

To book this course, please email kelleher@molgen.mpg.de .

This course will now take place online. There are three group sessions:

18th of November, 9.30 - 11.30

20th of November, 9.30 - 11.30

23rd of November, 9.30 - 11.30

One week before the first group session you will receive access to the course material, which you will need to work through before the group session. This should take about 1-2 hours of your time per day.


Topics covered:

  • Good experimental design and sources of bias.
  • Systematic versus random error.
  • The distinction between samples and populations.
  • The most appropriate ways to describe samples.
  • Estimation and the principle of hypothesis testing.
  • The Standard Error of the Mean and confidence intervals.
  • Understanding and reporting uncertainty.
  • Power, Type I and type II errors.
  • Standard parametric tests and their interpretations, including p-values, test statistics and associated distributions.


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