Data Analysis and Presentation Skills: An Introduction for the Life and Medical Sciences / Edition 1

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Overview

Data Analysis and Presentation Skills is an invaluable text allowing students to develop appropriate key skills when designing experiments, generating results, analysing data and ultimately presenting findings to academics and referees. Taking a hands-on approach, each of these key areas is introduced clearly and carefully, showing how to access and evaluate information using a variety of resources. Basic analytical theory is gradually introduced alongside practical applications to enhance student understanding. The reader is shown how to present data in charts using Microsoft Excel. Statistical analysis is carefully explained showing clearly how to manipulate data in spreadsheets and analyse the results using commonly used tests. A section is also included on the use of PowerPoint as well as giving advice on how to prepare a poster.
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Reviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book introduces the reader to data analysis and presentation techniques used to disseminate research results to the scientific community. It has an associated Web site that includes links to further interned resources and further problems and examples.
Purpose: The purpose is to demonstrate the use of Microsoft Professional/Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint, an Internet browser, and e-mail client software. This allows readers the opportunity to develop the skills needed to present research findings.
Audience: The target audience is students in life and medical sciences.
Features: The book begins with an introduction to Microsoft Windows. Chapter 2 covers the research and planning of research studies. The focus is identifying sources of information and planning an experimental study. Chapters 3, 4, and 5 discuss the use of Excel in the preparation of graphs and charts and the data and analysis capabilities. Finally, chapter 6 covers the use of PowerPoint to present the data. An appendix includes further readings, Microsoft application key codes, and some statistical tables. The accompanying Web site enhances the text information.
Assessment: This book should be very useful to the target audience. It is especially useful to anyone needing to become more familiar with Microsoft applications.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470852736
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Working in the Windows environment 1
1.1 Basic computing terms 1
1.2 Working in Windows 2
1.3 General functions in Microsoft applications 6
2 Researching and planning scientific investigations 11
2.1 Sources of information 11
2.2 Experimental design 28
3 Presenting scientific data 35
3.1 An introduction to Microsoft Excel 35
3.2 Presenting graphs and charts 51
4 Preliminary data analysis 77
4.1 Descriptive statistics 77
4.2 Frequency distributions 86
4.3 Correlation and linear regression 92
5 Statistical analysis 107
5.1 Selecting a statistical test 107
5.2 Statistical tests for two samples 111
5.3 Analysis of variance 135
5.4 The Chi-squared test 148
6 Presentational skills 159
6.1 Preparing for seminars 159
6.2 Using Microsoft PowerPoint 162
6.3 Poster presentations 172
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