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Last approved: Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:11:11 GMT

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CS (Crop Science)
Dual-Level Course
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Applied Research Methods and Analysis for Plant Sciences
Applied Research Plant Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Crop & Soil Science (11CS)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
CS 590Fall 201516
CS 590Fall 20148
CS 590Fall 20139
CS 590Fall 201211
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Face-to-Face (On Campus)

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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
Grady L Miller
Professor and Extension Specialist

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture16NANotypically have had 8 - 12 students. Moving to scale up room in 2015 which had a limit of 20.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: ST 511
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Students will gain understanding of the common principles of scientific method. They will gain knowledge and experience with planning for research, developing research objectives, methodology considerations, experimental design, statistical analyses, and presentation of data. Class will have a heavy focus on experimental methods in applied plant science research.

This course is intended for Ph.D. and M.S. students in the plant sciences. It will address common principles of the scientific method. It is an applied course that includes some outdoor demonstration/experience with planning and set-up of field experiments. Students will gain knowledge and experience with plot layout, research scheduling, sampling, data collection, organization skills, record keeping, experimental design, statistical analysis, data presentation, and principles of preparation of data for journal article submission specifically focusing on applied plant science research. No other course offered at this institution addresses these aspects of applied plant science research methods. Students from a variety of applied programs would find this course useful.


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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of SciencesMontserrat Fuentes (Head) and Howard Bondell (DGP)"Statistics sees this course as an extension of, rather than a replacement for, the statistical training of these students. The fieldwork and direct applications in this course would be well suited to supplement the methodology. We would like to see the students taking this course in conjunction with ST 512 and/or ST 524, as all 3 courses would play important roles in their training."
Dr. Miller has a 17% (funded) academic appointment. No adjustment in his teaching appointment is needed or warranted. Any resources needed for the outside demonstration/experience portions of this course are borrowed from Dr. Miller’s research program. Students may use University computer centers or personal computers for required computer assignments. No other resources are required.

For students to be able to:

1) apply common principles of scientific method to field-based research,

2) independently design their own field studies including producing a plot plan, plot map, and research objectives,

3) determine the appropriate research methods and experimental design in context with their own studies,

4) correctly analyze commonly used experimental designs using current statistical analyses software,

5) students be able to summarize their analyzed data in a suitable format for the scientific community. 

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1) properly apply the scientific method.

2) formulate a needs assessment for field plot research materials.

3) design a field study and produce a corresponding plot plan.

4) write SAS code to analyze common models used in plant science research

5) interpret common ANOVA SAS output.

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Exam25%Written mid-term exam
Major Paper13%Methods Paper (includes Oral Presentation)
presentation12%Oral presentation of Methods Paper
Final Exam25%Oral (1 to 1), Final exam
Homework25%Problem Sets
Discussion0%Journal article discussion as it relates to instruction topics.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Survey of Class50 minutesGather background of each student so that more appropriate examples can be included throughout semester. In some cases, data may be obtained from either the student or a faculty to better illustrate subject area (methodology/analysis).
2. Inappropriate scientific presentation and misuse of statistics50 minutesWarning to students to resist any/all temptations to misuse statistics in presentation of research data. Examples of previous cases shared.
3. Basic Statistic/Research Principles – A Review250 minutesReview commonly mis-understood principles so everyone is has a good foundation.
• Premise of Statistics
• Basic Field Research and Terminology
• Rounding and Reporting Numbers
• Scientific Method
• Randomization in Field Plots
• Variability
• Principles of Design
4. Experimental Planning and Field Experiment Considerations 150 minutesCombination of lecture with examples and will go to the field to demonstrate some principles.
5. Development and Evaluation of Plot Plans and Plot Maps (includes outside demonstration/project assignment)150 minutesFollow up on previous exercise which includes outside demonstration. This also requires homework sets so students can show competence in subject.
6. Procurement of Supplies and Resources in Research50 minuteslecture/examples
7. Statistical Designs and Treatment Arrangements – with specific plant science examples (includes outside demonstration/project assignment)150 minuteslectures, plant science examples and normally includes some outside demonstration/project assignment
8. Data Management – problem sets100 minutesSeveral problem sets to be completed with discussion between submissions.
9. Introduction of Data Transformations and using Scales50 minuteslecture, normally incorporated into problem set(s).
10. Introduction to Covariance Analysis50 minuteslecture, normally incorporated into problem set(s)
11. Analysis of Data – problem sets***250 minutesSeveral problem sets to be completed with discussion between submissions.
12. Presentation of Data following Analysis100 minuteslecture/examples with discussion time for students to relate their own research.
13. Critique and Discussion of Selected Current Literature as it Relates to Class Subject – will be incorporated throughout semester200 minutesDiscussion of current literate as it related to class subject.
14. Journal Publications Process Overview50 minutesLecture/examples with Q&A period
15. Presentation of Methodology Papers (teaching moments)150 minutesstudent presentation with discussion that follows.
mlnosbis 4/11/2016: No overlapping courses. Possible consult with College of Sciences since this is a new course.

ghodge 4/11/2016 Consultation provided by COS. Ready for ABGS reviewers.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-No issues.
dfrpp (Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:54:25 GMT): Rollback: Needs committee review
renutt (Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:18:38 GMT): Rollback: -Work on abbreviated title so it gives more information to someone looking into course; try to include Plant Sciences or an abbreviation of that in the title. -GSC had a question of how long a course is - 15 or 16 weeks; Semesters are traditionally 15 weeks long not including exam week so this may need an edit once you double-check -The catalog description is redundant - the committee feels that the last sentence could be deleted to resolve this issue. -You mention some "outside" time for the course; GSC assumed you meant just outdoors from building but you should clarify whether this is outdoors or off site. -Cut the last sentence of the course justification so that you don't have to do consultations with each of those departments. You could also reword that sentence with a vauge statment about how students from a variety of programs would find this course useful. -Student objectives and learning outcomes need to be terms listed here: They must be measurable. -Remove the sentence that states that this course has been taught 6 out of the last 7 semesters in the resources statement. -You may need more than one student learning outcome. Most courses have 3-4 outcomes. Again, they must be measurable. -Remove the additional statements from this course action.
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