Epidemiology B - Research Designs

Course code EPID6430
Available in 2016
Available in 2017
2016 Course Timetables


Extends the points, analyses, and designs covered in EPID6420 Epidemiology A.


Sydney Elizabeth Street

  • Semester 2 - 2016

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017


  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. to understand the potential advantages and disadvantages of descriptive studies, including cross-sectional, and ecologic designs, and sampling methods.

2. to understand the potential advantages and disadvantages of cohort studies and extensions such as nested case-control and case-cohort studies, to understand differential and non-differential misclassification, and time to event analysis.

3. to understand the assumptions inherent in the case-control and case-crossover designs, and methods to avoid bias.

4. to understand in more detail the sources of bias in RCT including concealment errors, randomisation techniques, type of RCTs and analysis.

5. to understand the steps in writing a systematic review, and sources of bias; this includes funnel plots, basics of calculating pooled odds ratios, and exploring sources of heterogeneity.


Module 1: Descriptive StudiesModule 2: Cohort StudiesModule 3: Case-Control StudiesModule 4: Randomised controlled trialsModule 5: Synthesis of Research Data: Systematic Reviews

Assumed Knowledge


Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Assignments (x3)

In Term Test: Take home examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Two hours Face to Face Tutorial delivered at Callaghan Campus. Contact hours are an indication only.

Sydney Elizabeth Street


Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Day for 1 Weeks

This course will be delivered as a week long intensive workshop for students enrolled at the University of Newcastle Sydney Campus.Lectures will commence on Monday the 8th of August and will conclude on Friday 12th August.

WebLearn GradSchool

Online Activity

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term