6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Differences between descriptive & analytical epidemiology, strengths & weaknesses of different epidemiological study design & basic concepts & methods of biostatistics including confidence intervals, p-values & sample size, statistical tests for comparing groups, regression models & survival analysis. Design & evaluation of clinical trials.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to;
- Explain how disease is measured in populations, calculate,interpret and communicate measures of association and difference;
- Critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of different epidemiological study designs;
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts and methods of biostatistics.
- Interpret confidence intervals, p-values and sample size and communicate their meaning.
- Use epidemiological and biostatistical principles to critically evaluate and interpret and communicate findings from epidemiological research.
- Explain and contextualise the concepts of population, sampling, measurement, bias, confounding and causation;
- Written assignment 1 (1500 words) 25%
- Written assignment 2 (1500 words) 25%
- Exam (MCQ/SAQ) (2.5 hours) 45% (hurdle)
- Weekly online participation 5%