Biostatistics A

Course code BIOS6910Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

The aim is to provide students with an understanding of statistical reasoning and its application to epidemiological studies and the ability to read and critically evaluate the statistical section of journal articles. The course introduces basic statistical concepts of data presentation, probability distributions, confidence intervals hypothesis testing, sample size and power.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesObjectives of the course are for the student to:
-Understand the use of and be able to calculate probabilities associated with commonly used distributions, such as Normal, Binomial and t distributions and to be able to determine if data are normally distributed,
-Understand processes involved in data analysis and carry out exploratory data analysis,
-Be familiar with the use and assumptions of confidence intervals and be able to calculate and interpret confidence intervals for means and proportions
-Understand the concept of hypothesis testing and be able to undertake hypothesis tests relating to means and proportions,
-Discuss the difference between statistical and medical significance,
-Understand the concept of study power and the importance of a Type II error,
-Understand the importance of calculating sample size before commencing a study and be able to calculate sample size for common situations relating to means and proportions,
-Interpret results of commonly used statistical methods as they are presented in published literature.
Content-Introduction
-STATA Resource Kit
-Exploratory data analysis;
-Sampling distributions and confidence
-Hypothesis testing,
-Sample size
-Statistical Methods
The course includes practical exercises to illustrate the different concepts outlined, self assessment exercises, progress assignments with model answers and practical computing exercises requiring interpretation and presentation of results.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBasic mathematical concepts; no other assumed knowledge.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments6 Progress Assignments which do not carry any weighting. 2 Marked Assignments.
MA1 worth 20%, MA2 worth 35%.
Examination: Take HomeTake Home Exam is worth 45%.
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for BIOS6910