Clinical Biostatistics

Course code BIOS6100Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Involves practical applications of statistical methods in clinical and diagnostic settings. The underlying statistical theory will be presented as support rather than as the main emphasis.
This course is offered in conjunction with the Biostatistics collaboration of Australia (BCA).

Available in 2015

Distance Education - CallaghanSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of statistical methods in evidence-based health care
2. Determine appropriate statistical methods of particular relevance to evidence-based health care in particular applications
3. Correctly employ these statistical methods and have the skills to effectively communicate with clinicians on the application of these methods and interpretation of the results
ContentUsing a series of case studies the various statistical methods relevant to clinical and diagnostic settings will be presented in a clinical context with appropriate practical interpretation. Students will learn to apply methods for assessment of clinical agreement, the statistical properties of diagnostic tests and their interpretation, statistical and ethical issues involved in screening tests, and the fundamentals of modelling for clinical prediction. Students will be actively engaged in an in-depth analysis of issues in systematic reviews of medical research studies, including selection and appraisal of studies, levels of evidence, meta-analytic methods for estimating effect sizes using fixed and random effect models, assessing heterogeneity and publication bias.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEpidemiology (EPID6420);
Mathematical Background for Biostatistics (BIOS6040);
Probability and Distribution Theory (BIOS6170);
Principles of Statistical Inference (BIOS6050). This course may be taken concurrently with Clinical Biostatistics.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignments 92% (4 written assignments, each worth 23%) 8% for online discussions.
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 BIOS6100