• Offered by Research School of Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Areas of interest Population Studies, Public Health, Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ben O'Neill
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
    Second Semester 2020
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Completion of Year 12 maths or equivalent is recommended. Completion of or concurrent enrolment in POPH8100 is recommended.

This course will examine principles of biostatistics, in the context of real-world public health issues. The aim of the course is to help those without a specialised background to read and interpret biostatistical content in the medical and public health literature.

Topics, chosen by frequency of occurrence in the literature, will include:

  • Introduction to sampling distributions, hypothesis tests and estimation
  • Analysis of normal data, including t-tests and linear regression
  • Analysis of binary data, including 2x2 tables, Mantel-Haenszel methods and logistic regression
  • Analysis of count data, including comparing rates between two groups
  • Poisson regression

Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on understanding the reasons why the techniques are appropriate, underlying assumptions, use of the statistical analysis package Stata and interpretation of results, rather than the mechanics of calculation. Each topic will draw upon one or two papers from the literature. Both online materials and drop-in help sessions in a computer lab will be used to facilitate learning and provide opportunities to explore specific topics in more detail.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Define and explain mathematical and biostatistical concepts covered in the course.
  2. Produce appropriate visual displays and summary statistics for datasets, and describe the shape and properties of the data from those outputs.
  3. Choose and implement appropriate statistical models and tests and interpret their outputs to make inferences from data; continuous outcomes, binary data, categorical data, survival data.
  4. Produce appropriate diagnostic plots for statistical models and use these to critically assess the assumptions of the model against the data.
  5. Construct functioning scripted statistical analysis (in STATA or R) to load, wrangle, and analyse a dataset.
  6. Critically assess the statistical methods and evidence presented in published research studies.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online quizzes (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Assignment 1 (30) [LO 1,2,3,6]
  3. Assignment 2 (20) [LO 1,2,3,6]
  4. Take home exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

In Person delivery mode: online lectures and weekly computer laboratory, plus 7 hours per week of associated study.

Online delivery mode: 10 hours per week of reading, online lessons, exercises and assessment preparation

Please note: The course is offered in both In Person and Online mode in Semester 1, and in Online mode only in Semester 2

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with POPH4101

You will need to contact the Research School of Population Health to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Betty R Kirkwood & Jonathan AC Sterne. Essential Medical Statistics (2nd Ed). Oxford: Blackwell Science Ltd, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0865428713

 

Assumed Knowledge

Recommended Course - POPH8100 Fundamentals of Epidemiology

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3974 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A
3433 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 Online N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8447 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 Online N/A

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