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180124 VO+UE Tools in Cognitive Science II: Basic Statistics for Cognitive Scientists (2020S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

Preparation Meeting: Mo 2. März 2020, 11:00
HS 2i d. Inst. f. Philosophie, NIG, 2. Stock

First Meeting Exercises: March 5th, 9:45 - meet at the porter's lodge in UZA I

Further Dates: Thursdays 9:45-13:00; Lecture 9:45-11:15 in HS 1, UZA1; exercises follow the lecture



max. 25 participants
Language: English



Thursday 9:45-12:30
First Meeting Exercises: March 5th, 9:45 - EDV-Raum 2 Ökologie Biozentrum Z1.023 EG Z1.023 (meet at the porter's lodge in UZA I)
First lecture: March 12, 2020


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course introduces the most important basic concepts in statistics and their application to biological and behavioral research. It covers topics in univariate statistics (univariate descriptive statistics and graphical display of data, correlation, regression, hypothesis tests, ANOVA) and multivariate statistics (PCA, factor analysis, discriminant analysis & classification, MANOVA, CCA, PLS). The course focuses on a geometric understanding of the methods and on a critical discussion of their application for scientific research.
The practical part should foster the understanding of theoretical concepts via basic examples from different research fields (mainly biology related research topics). We will try to "produce" our data, visualize and analyze them.
Expectations and learning outcomes from the practical part:
- overview of the plethora of statistcal methodologies
- use of different statistical programs (SPSS, R, R Studio)
- Scientific visualization in practice
- Applied scientific reasoning and critical discussion of their statistical methodologies for scientific research

Assessment and permitted materials

UPDATE Due to the exceptionnal situation related to the covid crisis, course work will be evaluated by continuous assessment only. The final grade consists of homework exercises about theoretical and practical aspects. No final exam will take place.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

UPDATE Minimum requirements for passing the course:
- Homework assignements about the theoretical part (50%)
- Homework assignements about the practical part (50%)
The final grade consists of a combination of the above mentioned evaluation criteria (percentage in parentheses).

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