Key facts

Course Dates
TBC
Type/Duration
2 days, including a local overnight stay.
Credits
0
Cost
£700.00
Fee info
Part-funding has been made available by The Morley Agricultural Foundation, who are offering 10 bursaries, which will bring the cost of this module down from £700 to £350 per person and this includes a one-night stay and all your food and refreshments.
IFST Membership
IFST membership is unavailable for this course.
Course Provider
University of Nottingham
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
University of Nottingham
Cohort
AFTP Cohort
Tutors

Prof. Debbie Sparkes

Course overview

Be it bioscience or business, if you want to use data to help guide a given enterprise, you need to understand statistics and experimental design that helps you engage with that data.

The tools and techniques in this course would be suitable for people who work in (and with) management because of how it can help participants understand and act upon data and statistics. Participants would be taught how to engage with statistics so they can find questions that can then be turned into a plan of action to pursue in the same way you can develop hypotheses and experiments from data

This two-day short course, which is delivered in partnership by the University of Nottingham and The Morley Agricultural Foundation, is aimed at people who commission and conduct field trials and farmers who may host and have a close interest in field trials. 

Part-funding has been made available by The Morley Agricultural Foundation, who are offering 10 training bursaries, which will bring the cost of this module down from £700 to £350 per person and this includes overnight accommodation, an evening meal, lunch and refreshments.

Bursaries are available to people actively working in field trials or who have a practical interest in their outcome i.e. agronomists and farmers. Bursaries will be preferentially allocated to individuals working for independent companies or their own business.

To apply for a bursary, you will need to write a couple of sentences as to why you are applying for a bursary and this should be completed in the field provided within the 'Funding and Finance' section of your AFTP course application. Applications can be initiated by clicking the 'Apply Now' button on this page.

The course will be held at the University of Nottingham's Sutton Bonington campus.

Learning outcomes

Topics covered on this course will include:

  • An introduction to crop experimentation (including why we need good experimental design and statistics).
  • How to select an appropriate experimental design (focussing on field experiments).
  • A practical exercise where participants get to design their own experiment, then your instructor will give feedback to the group on the pros/cons of each design.
  • The fundamentals of analysis of variance (no calculations, just a basic understanding to facilitate interpretation).
  • Use of computer programs to do analysis and calculations.
  • How to present data, including results of statistical analyses.
  • Evaluation of other people’s data/claims in the press (what questions to ask, what to look out for etc.).
  • Correlation and regression - what’s the difference and when should each be used?
My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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