Ultuna, Uppsala

Linear mixed models and experimental design with applications to agricultural field experiments, 3 ECTS

This course aims to bring knowledge about how statistical linear mixed models can be used for analyzing experiments with various experimental designs, especially designs that occur in agricultural field research. After the course, students should be able to use the SAS system for modeling temporal or spatial correlation and for analyzing split-plot trials, incomplete block experiments and series of trials.

Time and location

The lectures are concentrated to a single week at campus Ultuna, Uppsala, January 27–31, 2014. It is possible to apply for travel grants. A compulsory home assignment with problems covering the course content will be distributed after the course. This home assignment should be completed within four weeks. Students are encouraged to set aside time for this in advance.


The course is organized by the research schools Focus on Soils and Water and Ecology – its basics and applications, and is given by Johannes Forkman, senior lecturer in statistics at the Field Research Unit, SLU.

Entry requirements

This course is primarily intended for PhD students at SLU, but upon availability the course is open to other researchers at SLU and participants from other universities. It is recommended that students have already completed a general statistics course at the PhD level or have equivalent general knowledge about statistical methods. Due to the focus on agricultural field experiments, it is desired that students have experience of such trials. However, this is not a requirement; students from other research areas may well benefit from the course, since the statistical methods concerned have many applications. Students are expected to have acquired basic knowledge about the SAS system before the course starts (self-study material will be distributed before the course).