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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor R Wolfe


Statistical methods for clinical trials data, including design considerations, sequential analysis, bioequivalence and analysis of repeated measures data. Methods for measuring agreement between raters or instruments including kappa statistics and intraclass correlation coefficients. Analysis of survival time data with Cox proportional hazards regression models. Methods for process control. Combination of lectures and data analysis sessions on laptop computers using Stata statistical software.


On completion of this unit students should have:

  1. learnt statistical analysis methods for the analysis of clinical research data.
  2. gained the skills to apply statistical methods to example datasets using statistical software on a laptop computer.
  3. gained an understanding of the implications of statistical considerations for the design of clinical research studies.
  4. gained an understanding of and the ability to interpret statistical methods in published articles on clinical research studies.


Two written assignments (100%)

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Rory Wolfe

Contact hours

3 Block days


Credit grades in MPH1040 and MPH1041; familiarity with Stata statistical software.

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