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Course Title: Environmental Sampling Statistics
Categories: 1 - Data Analysis
2 - Environmental Analysis
3 - Statistics
Instructor(s): Randy Vander Wal Course Number: 129
Affiliation: Penn State University
Course Date: 03/08/2016 - Tuesday Course Length: 1/2 Day Course
Start Time: 01:00 PM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $300 ($400 after 2/12/16) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
The course objective is to provide basic statistical tools that are routinely used in environmental applications. By focused topics and practical examples in air, water and soil analysis, attendees will achieve sufficient knowledge and understanding to apply these basic techniques. Descriptive statistics begins with the normal distribution for description of populations and for calculating confidence intervals and performing hypothesis testing. Inferential statistics begins with sampling. Methods include stratified, cluster and two-stage sampling following the EPA guidance on choosing a sampling design for environmental data collection. Third, error propagation (analysis) provides an estimate of overall measurement uncertainty.

Target Audience
This course is intended for non-experts (professionals, researchers, students) seeking a brief introduction to the concepts of distributions, sampling methodology and error analysis - all in the context of environmental sampling, analysis and reporting.

Course Outline
Topics to be covered by theory and examples include the following:
1. Distributions
a) The normal distribution
b) The standard normal distribution

2. Confidence intervals
3. Hypothesis testing

4. Sampling methodologies
a) Simple random
b) Stratified
c) Cluster
d) Two-stage

5. Error Analysis

Course Instructor's Biography
Dr. Vander Wal is presently a Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in energy science, instrumental analyses, environmental measurements and sampling statistics.