Statistics for Bioscience
Prof: Bret Larget
TA: Jun Zhang
Previous to this class, my statistical background was somewhat lacking. I'd only had a few classes that touched on stats, and they really weren't taught that well. It may be that the applied focus of this class is what appealed to me, I'm not really sure. But things I fuzzily remembered as being nonsensical from previous classes made perfect sense in the context of how to actually use them.
Simulation and Probabilistic Modeling
TA: Jag Chhatwal
The course description of this class was a lot more interesting than the class itself. A large portion of the beginning of the class was spent reviewing fairly basic statistics. Much of the rest of the class was effectively model programming for non-programmers. The rest was fighting with Excel and ProModel.
All that aside, the course was useful to me for the lectures on model validation.
Forest Ecosystem Ecology
Prof: Tom Gower
There was a whole lot of information crammed into a very little time in this course. For example, all of the soil orders were covered inside of two lectures. I got the impression that much of the course material was expected to be review for most of the students, hence the fast pace. A lot of it was new to me, though, which made things interesting.
Concepts were emphasized rather than quantitative relationships (probably because quantative relationships aren't known for a lot of ecological things!). That was a bit odd for me, I was used to courses which emphasize quantitave things.
Last Updated: 2012.10.17 15.36