Cal Poly Pomona

BIO 211 Biometrics

Schedule / Syllabus - Spring Quarter 2015

  • Exam Dates (attendance required):
    • Exam 1
      • Closed Book - Wednesday, April 29
      • Open Book - Friday, May 1
    • Exam 2
      • Closed Book - Monday, June 1
      • Open Book - Wednesday, June 3
    • Final Exam: Wednesday, June 10, 9:10 am - 11:10 am
  • Lecture Schedule / Syllabus (pdf; 6 pages; about 274 KB)
  • Lab Schedule (pdf; 2 pages; about 157 KB) Contact your lab instructor for the schedule and syllabus information specific for your lab section. Your schedule may differ from the typical lab schedule.

Practice Problems

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Practice problems for Exam 1, Exam 2, and Final


BIO 211 Test Pac (pdf format; 93 pages; 505 KB) Version 12, released July 2009. When you download, assuming you have Adobe Reader, the file will probably open in the reader, which is probably opened inside your browser.. It is recommended that you save the file to your hard disk, run Adobe Reader, open the file, and then print. If you try to print at the download, it can take a long time. Special characters (e.g. Greek letters; mathematical symbols) may not be correct on your copy due to font substitution. Pay close attention in lecture to get the correct symbols. You will be required to use the correct symbols on exams. You are welcome to ask Dr. Moriarty if there is any confusion with respect to the symbols. Please inform Dr. Moriarty of any errors or problems with theTest Pac.

Corrections - BIO 211 Test Pac

If you purchased your Test Pac at the bookstore, be sure you make all of these corrections on your copy. If you download the Test Pac (below), the corrections should already have been made. However, check your copy to be sure.

Stat Cat version 3.7.1: available in native Excel format (.xls; 1.1 MB). It allows you to perform all of the analyses covered in the course. Some analyses are done using custom templates, some using the Excel data analysis tools. One analysis is in Stat Cat that is not covered in the course: the D'Agostino - Pearson K-squared Test for normality (allows you to test to see if your data are normally distributed). Version 3.7.1 (released 2 December 2014) fixes a bug in the calcualtion of the Mann-Whitney U Test. Beginning in version 3.7, there is a revised template for the chi-squared goodness-of-fit test. Stat Cat is suitable for classroom work, but should not be used for analysis of serious research data - use a real statistical package (e.g. R, SAS, SPSS) for those data. When you run Stat Cat, you must enable macros (enable content in later versions of Excel), or some features will not operate. In order for Stat Cat to work properly, the Analysis Toolpak and Analysis Toolpak VBA must be enabled. Click Tools, then click Add-Ins. Check the boxes by Analysis ToolPak and Analysis ToolPak - VBA, and then click OK. If the Analysis ToolPak and Analysis ToolPak - VBA options don't appear in the Add-Ins window, then you would need to re-install Excel. NOTE: If you have Excel 2007, then the method of getting to the Add-Ins window is different. Use the Excel help facility to find out how to get to Add-Ins.

Basic Statistics Reviews - what you need to know from basic statistics for success in Biometrics. These files are also available on the course Blackboard site. (Files are pdf format, both less than 150 KB).

  • Part One - Data scales, frequency distributions, central tendency, variablility
  • Part Two - Normal distribution, Z-Scores

Additional Excel files are available to help you. When you open one of the files in Excel, you should try to enable Macros. If you don't enable Macros, then the buttons that generate random data sets won't work. You can still use the Excel file - you'll just have to generate some data yourself rather than have Excel do it. When you open the file, If you don't get the dialog box about enabling macros, your Excel settings may be blocking any workbook with macros. To change this, click Tools, then Macro, then Security, and the Security Level tab. Click the button for Medium security - this will enable the dialog box. Note: If you're using someone else's computer, you probably should check with them first. Second note: If you're using Excel 2007 (Vista) then this almost certainly will work differently - but I don't have Office 2007 and can't help. These files are also available on the course Blackboard site. Both Excel files are small (under 150 KB).