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.
- Teaching Period 5 2018 (Online)
Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: 4528, 4529, M6007, M6021
This unit introduces students to biostatistics as applied to public health and management studies. Biostatistics is the science of describing, summarising and analysing health-related data. It is essential to understand biostatistics in order to design, conduct and interpret health-related research. The basic principles and methods used in biostatistics are covered in this unit. This includes the technical qualifications necessary for analysing and interpreting data on a descriptive and bivariate level.
Topics include: classification of health data; summarizing data using simple statistical methods and graphical presentation; sampling distributions, quantifying uncertainty in results from a sample; statistical distributions; comparing two/more groups/methods using confidence intervals and hypothesis tests (p-values); assessing the association between an outcome and an exposure using the chi-squared test; risk comparisons (RR & OR); prediction of an event or identifying risk factors for an event of interest where the event is measured on a continuous scale or a binary scale (yes/no); sample size calculations.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Explain the importance of biostatistics in public health studies;
- Classify data into appropriate measurement types;
- Explain sampling concepts and the role of sampling errors;
- Present data using relevant tables, graphical displays and summary statistics;
- Formulate research hypotheses into a statistical context in public health studies;
- Estimate quantities of interest and evaluate hypothesis with appropriate statistical methods;
- Accurately interpret statistical methods and results reported in health publications;
- Analyse data using a specific software package.
- Structured written report (1000 words) (15%)
- Structured written report (2000 words) (30%)
- Structured written report (3000 words) (45%) (Hurdle)
- MCQ online test (10%)
Off-campus: 20 hours per week for 6 weeks.
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