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Biostatistical Methods (MAS224)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Biostatistics is concerned with the collection, summarisation, analysis and interpretation of data arising in the life and health sciences. This unit builds on introductory statistical work, emphasising practical methods relevant to biological and health applications. These include design and analysis of simple experiments and clinical trials, assessment of risk factors, analysis of binary data and an introduction to survival analysis. Practical aspects are enhanced via regular workshop analyses and a project.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. Develop sound judgement about biological and biomedical data
2. Facilitate reading and understanding of statistical analyses common in the health and biological sciences literature
3. Reach correct conclusions about biomedical data from designed and observational studies
4. Understand and implement appropriate experimental design protocols
5. Use statistical software to carry out analyses and interpret the output appropriately.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 x 1 hour per week; workshops: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit uses a mixture of structured activities and assessments to assist students in learning the material covered in the unit. Structure activities include lectures and workshops. Attendance at lectures is not compulsory but is highly recommended for internal students. Workshops will help students understand the applications of statistical methods and are immensely useful in galvanising the concepts studied during the lectures.
Assessment All students' abilities to correctly apply statistical methods will be assessed at regular intervals during the semester via assignments and a project. These assessments are designed to allow students to demonstrate their ability in each of the content areas of the unit and to give them regular feedback on their progress, helping them to identify theit areas of strength or weakness during the semester. Assignment solutions and results will be posted progressively on the Learning Management System.
The weightings for assessment items are as follows:
Assignments (4) - 25%
Project - 25%
Final Examination - 50%
Prerequisites MAS180 Introduction to Statistics or MAS183 Statistical Data Analysis.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MAS230 Biostatistical Methods cannot enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Animal Health (BSc) [New in 2015]
Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biological Sciences (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biomedical Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc) [New in 2015]
Conservation and Wildlife Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BSc)
Crop and Pasture Science (BSc) [New in 2016]
Engineering Technology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Management and Sustainability (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Genetics and Molecular Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) [New in 2016]
Marine Biology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Marine Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mineral Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics and Nanotechnology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Sport and Health Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors Applied Statistics
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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