Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Alfred Hospital Full year 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor Andrew Forbes


Students will be exposed to real-life biostatistical problems in an academic health research environment, industry or government under supervision by an experienced biostatistician with a staff or honorary appointment at Monash University. They will be allocated, or may select, 1 or more research projects, and required to make regular contact with the associated health research personnel together with the supervisor. Under the guidance of the supervisor, the student will assume responsibility for statistical aspects of the relevant research project(s), and perform an analysis of appropriate complexity for the project then present and interpret the results in a written and oral form.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. appreciate the challenges facing a biostatistician in professional practice;
  2. demonstrate strategies for elicitation of pertinent research questions and associated biostatistical issues from a health or medical research project;
  3. collaborate with a medical researcher in devising a strategy for statistical analysis of the research data;
  4. perform data integrity checks and an appropriate statistical analysis;
  5. present the results and their interpretation in a written report suitable for presentation to a clinical research journal.


Written report (100%)

Workload requirements

20 hours per week.

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Chief examiner(s)



This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters of Biostatistics.

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