Mathematical Background for Biostatistics

Course code BIOS6040Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Covers the necessary mathematical background to understand the key techniques in biostatistics.
This course is offered in conjunction with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA).

Available in 2015

Distance Education - CallaghanSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this unit, students should be able to:

1. Manipulate general mathematical expressions and inequalities;
2. Understand the notion of a limit and calculate simple limits;
3. Understand the notion of the derivative and its applications, and calculate simple derivatives;
4. Understand the notion of the integral and its applications, and calculate simple integrals;
5. Manipulate and evaluate simple matrix expressions;
6. Understand matrix concepts such as determinant, inverse, rank, orthogonal matrix, eigenvalues and eigenvectors;
7. Appreciate the nature and importance of mathematical arguments.
ContentThis course covers core topics in algebra and analysis, including polynomial and simultaneous equations, graphs, the concept of limits, continuity and series approximations, including Taylor series expansions. Calculus will be introduced describing the techniques of integration and differentiation of vector expressions. This will be integrated into a study of probability, where the concepts of probability laws, random variables, expectation and distributions will be introduced. Essential topics in matrix algebra relevant to biostatistical methods will be presented. Finally, essential numerical methods, including the Newton-Raphson method for solution of simultaneous equations and concepts of numerical integration will be introduced.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignments 100%
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics or Master of Medical Statistics programs.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for BIOS6040