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.
Unit incompatable for students enrolled in OEH course codes: 2312, 0160, 2868, M6026, M5018
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;
- Assessment Handbook entry:
- 6 x Critical reflections (300 words each) (30%)
- Critical appraisal (1,200 words) (20%)
- Study design (1,200 words) (20%)
- Case study report (1,350 words) (30%) (hurdle)