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MPH1031

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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# Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

### 6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

 Level Postgraduate Faculty Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Offered Alfred Hospital First semester 2010 (Day) Coordinator(s) Dr Julie Simpson

#### Synopsis

Descriptive statistics - graphs and tables. Theoretical and empirical probability distributions - chi-square, student's-t, binomial, Poisson, standard normal. Basic statistics - mean, median, mode, minimum, maximum, standard deviation, proportion. Standard errors, confidence intervals and their construction. Paired and unpaired t-tests. Chi-square and Fisher's exact for contingency tables. Non-parametric tests, correlation and bivariate regression. Relative risks and Odds ratios.

#### Objectives

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

1. perform simple statistical analyses of small data sets by hand;
2. identify the appropriate technique for data analysis;
3. obtain p-values from tables;
4. distinguish between clinical and statistical significance;
5. understand the concept of a Type I and Type II error and identify where these may have occurred;
6. calculate and explain the interpretation of simple confidence intervals.

#### Assessment

Mid-semester examination 25%
Final examination 50%
assignment 25%.

#### Contact hours

2 contact hours per week at Melbourne University

#### Off-campus attendance requirements

2 contact hours per week at Melbourne University.