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Biomeasurement: A Student's Guide to Biological Statistics

Biomeasurement: A Student's Guide to Biological Statistics

A refreshing, student-focused introduction to the use of statistics in the study of the biosciences. Emphasising why statistical techniques are essential tools for bioscientists, Biomeasurement removes the stigma attached to statistics by giving students the confidence to use key... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780198807483
Barcode 9780198807483
Published 28 March 2019 by Oxford University Press (S2)
Format Paperback, 4th Revised edition
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Author(s) By Hawkins, Dawn
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ISBN-13 9780198807483
ISBN-10 0198807481
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Oxford University Press (S2)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 28 March 2019
International Publication Date 2 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, 4th Revised edition
Edition 4th Revised edition
Author(s) By Hawkins, Dawn
Category Probability & Statistics
Applied Mathematics
Mathematics For Scientists & Engineers
Biology & Life Sciences
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 190mm
Height: 245mm
Spine: 19mm
Weight 650g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Biometry, Life sciences - Statistical methods, Life sciences - Research - Methodology
NBS Text Science & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 570.72
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Statistical analysis allows us to attach meaning to data that we have collected; it helps us to understand what experimental results really mean, and to assess whether we can trust what experiments seem to be telling us. Yet, despite being a collection of the most valuable and important tools available to bioscientists, statistics is often the aspect of study most feared by students. Biomeasurement offers a refreshing, student-focused introduction to the use of statistics in the study of the biosciences. With an emphasis on why statistical techniques are essential tools for bioscientists, the book develops students' confidence to use and further explore the key techniques for themselves. Beginning by placing the role of data analysis in the context of the wider scientific method and introducing the student to the key terms and concepts common to all statistical tools, the book then guides the student through descriptive statistics, and on to inferential statistics, explaining how and why each type of technique is used, and what each can tell us in order to better understand our data. It goes on to present the key statistical tests, walking the student step-wise through the use of each, with carefully-integrated examples and plentiful opportunities for hands-on practice. The book closes with an overview of choosing the right test to suit your data, and tools for presenting data and their statistical analyses. Written by a talented educator, whose teaching has won praise from the UK's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Biomeasurement is sure to engage even the most wary of students, demonstrating the power and importance of statistics throughout the study of bioscience. Online resources: The online resources to accompany Biomeasurement include: For students: * Screencast walkthroughs for SPSS and R. * Online glossary and flashcard glossary. * Data sets, for use in statistical analysis software packages. * Help sheets offering concise guidance on key techniques and the use of statistical analysis software packages. * Interactive calculation sheets to help students carry out key statistical tests quickly and easily in Excel, without the need for other software. * Full-text versions of Literature Link articles from OUP Journals. For registered adopters of the book: * Additional exercises, to supplement those in the book, and suggested tutorial assignments. * Figures from the book, available for download. * PowerPoint presentation outlines for each chapter.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review As a student with limited mathematical ability, new to statistics who believed I would not be able to pass this module, I read this book chapter by chapter prior to my weekly lectures and everything fell into place without a struggle. A 100% necessary purchase. A 100% necessary read. The book is appealing and very easy to navigate. I have tried to read other statistics books aimed at beginners but this was the only book which I clearly understood. * Julie Carter, student at Anglia Ruskin University * This book was a blessing when I got it for my first year, and I'm still finding it helpful in my second year! It is so easy to navigate; you can read it cover to cover if you are very confused, or just dip into the topics you need. I would definitely recommend it to any students doing a bioscience degree which involves statistical elements. * Bethany Richmond, student at the University of Warwick * It demystifies and clarifies topics that students can normally find confusing and challenging. It is a must for biologists! * Dr Maria G. Tuohy, School of Natural Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway * This book represents the best I have seen for teaching undergraduate biologists statistics. * Dr Chris Venditti, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Hull, UK * Review from previous edition Biomeasurement does a wonderful job of keeping the biology the focus of analysis, and highlighting the fact that statistics is simply another useful tool to help biological understanding. * Dr Shane Richards, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Durham, UK *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Dr Dawn Hawkins is Reader in the School of Life Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University. She has over 20 years' experience in curriculum development and teaching whole organism biology and statistics in higher education. Her textbook is based on the quantitative modules that she teaches to undergraduate and postgraduate bioscientists. As well as the use of statistics in the biosciences, her research interests also include the behaviour, ecology and conservation of animals in East African ecosystems.

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