Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Professor Chris Reid, Ms Louise Shiel


Not offered in 2016


This unit is aimed at research professionals who manage clinical trial data or researchers who wish to develop skills in this area. Students will be given guidance to enable them to develop standards of best practice, be able to assess new technologies to ensure data quality and efficient data processing. Students will be given guidance on accepted practices for clinical data management and for data capture system design and development. Practical skills will be developed through the completion of weekly data management tasks for a hypothetical study, with a database developed using Microsoft Access. Note: Students will require access to Microsoft Access to complete most weekly tasks.


On completion of this unit students will:

  1. understand good practices in data collection and form design;
  2. be skilled in the practical creation and use databases and statistical packages;
  3. understand techniques in ensuring quality control of data;
  4. understand data storage, backup and archiving procedures;
  5. understand concepts of data confidentiality, access and security.


Participation and discussion questions, including both online and block days (10%)
Written assignments (60%)
Take-home examination (30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

2 block days.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


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