Welcome to FRST 231 – Introduction to Biometrics

Instructor: Rob Kozak

Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia
Room 2716 – 2424 Main Mall (Dean’s Office), Forest Sciences Centre
Vancouver, BC, Canada     V6T 1Z4

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me at any time:

Email:  rob.kozak@ubc.ca     Tel: (604) 822-2402


Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the course website.  Make sure that you check in once in a while – important announcements for this course will be listed below.

To read the materials on this website, you need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader, available HERE.  The number of pages printed per sheet can be controlled in “Print, Properties”.


Course Announcements

  • NOTE:  This site is currently under construction and will possibly be migrated to the new Canvas learning platform.
  • Classes will begin on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.  There will be no labs held during the first week of classes.
  • Labs begin the second week of classes (week of September 11).  Please make sure that you are registered for one of the lab sessions (L01, L02, L03) in FRST 231.  There will be some opportunity to move labs once the course has started.  Note that lab locations may change depending on the number of students enrolled in each.  Some labs are currently located in two classrooms – please show up to the first classroom listed for the first week.
  • Questions about course conflicts, full labs, or registration should be directed to Forestry Student Services.
  • Course textbooks (by Kozak, Kozak, Staudhammer, and Watts) are required and some new and used copies are now available at the UBC Bookstore.  There may be a shortage of texts for the first few weeks, so some readings may be posted on the website.  Do NOT purchase the FRST 231 Custom Course Materials – these are for Distance Education students.
  • Please make sure that you have a statistical calculator for the labs beginning the week of September 11.  Graphing calculators will work as well, but are not required.
  • All of the overheads used in this class can be downloaded from the Lectures page.  If you are having trouble downloading the class notes, try the second “Alternative Link” on the Lectures page, which is larger but should support any platform.
  • Note that a suggested due date and suggested (practice) questions will be given for each reading (on the Readings page).  As well, solutions to all problems in the textbook (odd and even numbered) will be provided on the Readings page once each chapter is completed in class.  Please try your best to keep up with the readings and do as many exercises from the book as possible.
  • We are beginning the first component (Introduction) on Friday, September 8.