Short Data Analysis Project

Course code BIOS6960Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Develops familiarity that allows the student to gain experience with exploratory statistical analysis of a dataset of a moderate size, consult with a 'client' and report writing.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2006, 2005, 2004
Objectives1. Identify an appropriate research question 2. Define a hypothesis or hypotheses (up to 3)
3. Perform exploratory data analysis addressing the research question
4. Interpret the results 5. Define appropriate further analysis that needs to be carried out for a complete analysis
6. Draw preliminary conclusions 7. Identify limitations of the dataset in relation to answering the research question.
ContentAll students enrolled in this course will be assigned a supervisor to work with on their project. The allocation of a supervisor will be
based on topic of the data analysis project. Students without a data set will be provided with data for this project. Ideally the dataset should consist of between 15 to 30 variables and between 150 to 2000 courses or other appropriate analysis unit, and be in a health-related area. Students are encouraged to use their own data.
Replacing Course(s)BIOS6960A and BIOS6960B - Multi Term Sequence courses.
TransitionNone required - all students complete.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBIOS6910 Biostatistics A and BIOS6920 Biostatistics B, or equivalent; basic epidemiological concepts.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Assessment Items
ReportsAssessment will be based entirely on a written thesis which will present background, research question, airms, hypothesis, data collection and statistical methods, results and discussion and conclusion. The report may be submitted in the format of a research paper or publication.
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term