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Epidemiological Studies: Design and Analysis (VET699)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Description This unit will provide students with the skills required to design, conduct and analyse epidemiological studies; conduct and interpret risk factor analysis; determine sample sizes and develop and analyse surveys; understand biases in surveys; and develop clinical trials for relevant situations.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Design, conduct and analyse epidemiological studies that address a public, animal or plant health problem
2. Calculate and interpret measures of association including: risk ratio, odds ratio, risk difference, attributable fraction, population attributable risk, population attributable fraction
3. Design, conduct and analyse surveys, including determination of appropriate sample sizes
4. Differentiate between random error and systematic error (bias) and define using examples the three sources of bias: (i) confounding; (ii) selection; and (iii) information.
5. Develop clinical trials and evaluate the uses and potential limitations of the different types of trials.
Timetabled Learning Activities Online discussions and online workshops as required. Internal students are expected to attend a 1-hour tutorial per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to develop knowledge of the key principles of disease investigation, study design and analysis, surveying and sampling in epidemiology through problem based and case-based learning. Students will be provided electronic copies of core course material and readings and will be expected to complete problems and interpret findings relating to this material.
Assessment Assessment is based on contribution to the on-line discussion and solving set problems 1250 words (20%); two assignments (student selected disease/condition) 1500 words each (20% each); a series of final problems (Assessment 3) 1500 words, (40%). Involvement in weekly on-line discussion forums with the class and unit coordinator will be expected. Internal students will be required to attend tutorials.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of Veterinary Studies (Veterinary Surveillance), Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine), Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science, Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Master of Biosecurity or permission of the Academic Chair. Successful completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, VET641 Principles of Epidemiology.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Biosecurity (MBiosec)
Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (MVetClinStud)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) (MVS)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Veterinary Surveillance) (MVS)
Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (DVetMedSc)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Mieghan Bruce
Lecturer Veterinary Epidemiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2459
e: Mieghan.Bruce@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.015 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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