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

  • We will attempt to migrate this site to the Canvas learning platform in the coming months.  For now, please consider this the course website, and check in here for any course announcements.
  • Classes will begin on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.  There will be no labs held during the first week of classes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We are beginning Component #1 (Introduction) on Friday, September 8.
  • We are beginning Component #2 (Probability, part 1 of 2) on Monday, September 18.
  • Note that all office hours have now been set and that Letitia and Hyeyoung have switched their office hours – please consult the TA Contacts page.
  • We are beginning Component #3 (Probability, part 2 of 2) on Monday, September 25.
  • The midterm exam date has now been set – Friday, November 3 in class.
    • The midterm will cover materials up until the end of Chapter 5.
    • Two practice midterms have now been uploaded to the Exams page.  Please see instructor / TAs for solutions.
    • Lab sessions during the week of October 30 to November 2 are optional review sessions.  The TAs and instructor will be there to answer any questions that you have regarding the midterm material.
    • A review session will be held on Wednesday,  November 1 at 7 pm, in FSC 1005.
  • Labs #1 through #4 (questions 1 – 14) are due in class on Wednesday, October 11.  Please make sure that your work is legible and that all pages are stapled together.  Please include your name and student number on the front page.
  • We are beginning Component #4 (Statistical Inference, part 1 of 4) on Wednesday, October 11.
  • Try your hand at the Central Limit Theorem by clicking HERE.
  • There will be two sittings of the FRST 231 final exam.  The official sitting will be on December 19 at 8:30 am (Earth Sciences Building 1013).  An alternative (early) sitting will be held on December 8 at 8:30 am (FSC 1005).
    • If you wish to take the early exam (December 8), you will need to inform me – in writing – by Friday, November 10.
    • Two review sessions will be held prior to the final exam – Wednesday, December 6 at 7 pm in FSC 1005 and Sunday, December 17 at 7 pm in FSC 1005.
    • Two practice final exams have now been uploaded to the Exams page.  Please see instructor / TAs for solutions.
    • We will all maintain our office hours until the December 19 exam.
  • We are beginning Component #5 (Statistical Inference, part 2 of 4) on Friday, October 20.
  • We are beginning Component #6 (Statistical Inference, part 3 of 4) on Friday, October 27.
  • The midterms have now been graded and handed back.
    • If you did not hand in your formula sheet, please do so as soon as possible to receive a grade.
    • If you wish to drop your midterm grade and have your final exam be worth 75% of your final grade, please write me an explanatory note by Friday, November 17.  Or just write me a note.  I like notes.
  • Labs #5 through #8 (questions 15 – 30) are due in class on Wednesday, November 15.  Please make sure that your work is legible and that all pages are stapled together.  Please include your name and student number on the front page.
  • We are beginning Component #7 (Statistical Inference, part 4 of 4) on Wednesday, November 15.
  • We are beginning Component #8 (Correlation, part 1 of 2) on Wednesday, November 22.
  • Try your hand at Confidence Intervals HERE.
  • Appendix A from the textbook, which contains all tables used in this class, can be downloaded HERE.
  • Labs #9 and #10 (questions 31 – 34) are due in class on Wednesday, November 29.  Please make sure that your work is legible and that all pages are stapled together.  Please include your name and student number on the front page.
  • There will be a mandatory lab (Lab #11) the week of November 27.
  • We are beginning Component #9 (Correlation, part 2 of 2) on Wednesday, November 29.
  • Solutions to Lab Problems #35 and #36 can be found HERE.
  • Uncollected labs can be picked up from Rob.