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Experimental Design for the Life Sciences

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  • Thorough but student-friendly approach to experimental design that aims to stimulate, rather than intimidate.
  • Walks you step-by-step through the different stages involved in designing an experiment, how different research questions will lead you to different types of experimental design, and how different designs suit different kinds of data analysis.
  • Theoretical concepts are reinforced with a broad range of examples to demonstrate the practical relevance of experimental design across the life sciences.
  • Self-test questions, with answers at the end of the book, encourage students to check their understanding as they progress, and reinforce essential facts.
  • Discussion of ethical issues raises awareness of this important aspect of experimental design

By: Graeme D Ruxton(Author), Nick Colegrave(Author)

208 pages, 35 b/w illustrations

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Jun 2016 | Edition: 4 | #227077 | ISBN-13: 9780198717355
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About this book

The careful design of experiments lies at the core of good research. Experimental Design for the Life Sciences equips you with the skills you need to effectively design experiments, making this essential aspect of the research process readily understandable. It demonstrates how good experimental design relies on clear thinking and biological understanding, not mathematical or statistical complexity.

With a refreshingly approachable and articulate style, Experimental Design for the Life Sciences walks you through the considerations that go into designing an experiment in clear, practical terms. Using examples drawn from across the life sciences – from ecology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and health sciences – the authors illustrate how these concepts are applied within the broad context of real biological research.

New to this edition
- New chapters dedicated to key concepts such as pseudoreplication, statistical power, and different types of design.
- Completely reorganized structure, which emphasizes how the features of a particular biological question of interest will naturally draw you to different types of design and of data analysis.
- Updated examples drawn from across the life sciences.
- Enhanced Online Resource Centre, with additional examples, supplementary sections on complex concepts and statistical issues, and suggested course structures with practical exercises.

Online Resource Centre
The Online Resource centre to accompany Experimental Design for the Life Sciences features:

For students:
- Self-test questions and answers
- Additional examples
- Supplementary sections discuss complex concepts and statistical issues in more depth
- Links to useful websites and free software

For lecturers:
- Suggested course structures, complete with practical exercises

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