HSC8036 : Health Statistics
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Ms Denise Howel
- Owning School: FMS Graduate School
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
To explain the relevance of statistical ideas and techniques to health sciences.
To introduce the requirements, advantages and disadvantages of the techniques covered in the module, and hence identify an appropriate statistical technique for a situation.
Enable students to interpret the results of statistical analyses reported in the literature and carry out and interpret simple statistical analyses using appropriate software.
Outline Of Syllabus
This is an introduction to statistical concepts, and their use and relevance in health sciences. The emphasis will be on when to use particular techniques, and how to interpret the results. Students will learn how to apply many of the techniques, and computer practical sessions will reinforce concepts and give practice in carrying out and interpreting statistical analyses. Topics covered are graphical and numerical data summary; the Normal, and Chi-squared distributions; combining probabilities; confidence intervals and hypothesis tests for comparing means and proportions; transformations and non-parametric tests; simple correlation and linear regression; confounding and effect modification; ANOVA and multiple comparisons; survival analysis; simple linear and logistic regression; sample size calculations; MINITAB and EPI INFO commands to perform analyses.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||25||1:00||25:00||Including formative activities and mock examination feedback session|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||18||1:00||18:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||11||1:00||11:00||interactive activities around teaching|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||18||1:00||18:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||18||1:00||18:00||Classroom based activities|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||5||1:00||5:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||30||1:00||30:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||18||1:00||18:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||57||1:00||57:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures and linked computer-based practical sessions and group work develop knowledge and module-specific skills. Module and key skills are developed through the course work and project used as part of the assessment.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Report||1||M||65||10% Team design of a study and 90% individual 3000 word report|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Knowledge and understanding are assessed by the written examination. The project tests data analysis and presentation skills in addition to knowledge and understanding.
There are formative activities in the form of exercises (with outline answers) available for each lecture, and a session discussing students’ attempts at past exam questions