Scientific Writing Video Library
Title (time) Goals
Intro to Science Writing (14:09) ■Learn what you'll get from this course
Expectations for your Lab Book (19:50) ■Understand why scientists keep lab notebooks; how to keep a good one
Model Development & Experiment Planning:  
The Model Development Process (12:59) ■How to successfully go from observations, to questions, to hypotheses, to experiments
Experimental Design 1: Core Principles (13:24) ■Tell different types of scientific studies apart; list key properties of good experiments; identify sources of bias impacting experiments; understand and distinguish between 2 different meanings of "control"; identify types of variability and distinguish from bias
Experimental Design 2: Types of Variables (7:09) ■How to classify variables (types; subtypes; components) and how each type is used in experiments; conventions for displaying variables in graphs
Experimental Design 3: Putting it Together (11:32) ■How to go from a model to good, specific, concrete experiments that you can do to make a scientific advance, and why do these steps in order
Learning R:  
R, Introduced (13 min) ■Understand what R is and why it's useful
R Interactive, Part 1 (3 min) ■How to use the command line: Line-by-line hands-on practice with operating R
R Interactive, Part 2 (6 min) ■Understanding the key moving parts that make R work
R Interactive, Part 3 (11 min) ■How complex/multidimensional sets of information are organized and accessed in R (matrices, data frames); how to pull out elements and how to apply functions and operators to them
R Interactive: Bonus Tips (5 min) ■Getting text to wrap so it doesn't run off the page; shortcuts to run code faster; how comments work and why to use them; using scripts to write and execute code
Intermediate R Skills Video (27 min) ■What packages are and how to load them; how to quickly and easily get your data into R; understanding why R does different things to different types of information; avoiding common data import pitfalls; developing good coding, project, and script organization habits to make your life MUCH easier in the long run; basics on how to troubleshoot when you run into problems; orientation to R's help documentation; what you must send me when you ask for help
Basic Stats:  
Part 1: Center and Spread (11:15) ■Understand what summary statistics are and how they are structured and calculated, including functions in R; difference between means and medians
Part 2: Shapes of Data Distributions (06:00) ■Names for different data distribution shapes; how to plot them in R; how the data distribution impacts measures of center and spread; what it actually means for data to be "skewed" and why you must use that word carefully
Part 3: Boxplots (16:52) ■Going beyond just the range: Methods to summarize and portray the spread of data in a compact format; how to read boxplots; why they are more accurate and information-rich than barplots; how to generate them in R; why you need to define your plot elements in figure legends
Part 4: The Standard Deviation as a Measure of Spread (08:24) ■More statistically advanced methods for characterizing data distributions: definition and calculation of variance
Part 5: Selecting the Appropriate Plot Type (08:13) ■Decision tables for going from data to the correct type of plot
Part 6: Populations vs. Samples (04:16) ■How and when is it appropriate to generalize beyond your research findings to the world at large? And where do statistics fit in?
Part 7: Fundamentals of creating plots in R (19:50) ■Refresher on how to make boxplots, plus scatterplots and line plots
Stats Part II - comparing 2 groups:  
Hypothesis Testing & P values (13:11)
The t Statistic (12:25)
Finer Details of the t-test (11:40)
Understanding P Values (21:09)
Doing a t test in R (13:12)
Stats Part III - comparing multiple groups:  
ANOVA #1: Intro to multiple comparisons (9.5 min)
ANOVA #2: Post hoc tests (9 min)
ANOVA #3: Two way ANOVA (11.5 min)
ANOVA #4: ANOVA & post hoc tests in R (6.5 min)
ANOVA #5: two way ANOVA in R (4 min)
General Resources  
Making a Data Figure (9:02) ■Data are at the heart of scientific papers. They contain a ton of details displayed in a compact, precise format. How to get all the information in quickly and accurately.
Writing Workflow ■Scientific papers aren't written from start to end. What's the most efficient way to put them together, and why?
What are primary research articles and how to find them ■Understand how primary research articles get published and what differentiates primary research articles from their sneaky cousins
Using Zotero to manage references (OPTIONAL BUT VERY HELPFUL!) ■Save yourself a lot of tedious typing for citations: Use a reference manager instead. Applies to non-science courses, too.