The students will learn to generate, test, and graphically represent basic hypotheses on data distributions using large datasets.
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This lesson centers around comparing the survivorship of two groups using a life table derived from tombstone information. Students will work through calculating some elements by hand via a worksheet alongside working in R. This swirl lesson goes step-by-step to show students how to do basic data manipulations, graphing, visual inspection of the data, and statistical tests as they work an example dataset with respect to a given hypothesis (whether males and females have the same life history curve). Students are then expected to repeat the coding steps they learned in R to test a hypothesis of their own.
- Final Swirl Lesson Plan for Population Demography.pdf(PDF | 67 KB)
- Population Demography Worksheet.pdf(PDF | 175 KB)
- Population_Demography.swc(SWC | 320 KB)
- Results Grading Rubric_student.pdf(PDF | 117 KB)
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- Weigel, E. (2019). Population Demography in Swirl. Make Teaching with R in Undergraduate Biology Less Excruciating, QUBES Educational Resources. doi:10.25334/Q4XN08
Please feel free to adapt this for use with other cemetery, longevity, or death datasets, provided that you are always respectful of the people your data represent.
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