BIOL 20300. RESEARCH SKILLS FOR LIFE SCIENTISTS This course is an introduction to experimental design, data analysis and other important research skills in the life sciences. In addition to sound statistical and experimental practice, emphasis will also be placed on other important skills for life scientists such as how to find and read the literature and how to communicate scientific information effectively. Covered topics also include descriptive statistics, probability theory and many of the commonly used parametric and non-parametric statistical tests. A final group project will allow students to apply what they've learned by designing, carrying out, analyzing and interpreting data from an original research project of their design.