Epidemiology B - Research Design

Course code EPID6430Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

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

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesModule 1: to understand the potential advantages and disadvantages of descriptive studies, including cross-sectional, and ecologic designs, and sampling methods.
Module 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.
Module 3: to understand the assumptions inherent in the case-control and case-crossover designs, and methods to avoid bias.
Module 4: to understand in more detail the sources of bias in RCT including concealment errors, randomisation techniques, type of RCTs and analysis.
Module 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.
ContentModule 1: Descriptive Studies
Module 2: Cohort Studies
Module 3: Case-Control Studies
Module 4: Randomised controlled trials
Module 5: Synthesis of Research Data: Systematic Reviews
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEPID6420
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsProgressed Assignments 1 and 2 are worth 15% and Progressed Assignment 3 is worth 30%.
Examination: Take HomeTake Home Exam worth 40%
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EPID6430