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Module Reading List

Experimental Design and Analysis, 2017/18, Semester 1
Dr Leslie Firbank
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

The main text that I will be working from is Andy Field (2013) Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics : and sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll 4th Edition, Sage. Older editions will still be fine, but some sections will be out of date in terms of which menus to use.

There are lots of other textbooks around, that differ in detail and style of writing. Please look at a few before you buy. Check out the followig

Ennos, R. (2000) Statistical and data handling skills in biology. Prentice Hall. Short and to the point.

Ven Emden, H. (2008). Statistics for terrified biologists. Blackwell. Good, approachable, and covers experimental design

Dytham, C. (2011). Choosing and using statistics: a biologist's guide. 3rd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell. A tried and tested book that covers the course well.

THere's then books that put stats into a scientific context,which you might easier to follow, or just full of stuff that's obvious !

Field, A. & Hole, G. (2003). How to design and report experiments Sage.

Barnard, C., Golbert, F. & McGregor, P. (2011). Asking questions in biology. 4th edition. Pearson.


See also the role of statistics and big data in our changing lives, for example

Mayer-Schonberger V & Cukier K (2013) Big Data: A revolution that will transform how we live, work and think. John Murray.


This list was last updated on 14/07/2014