phe5ist biostatistics




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students are introduced to basic statistical concepts and methods as they are applied in the field of health. At the completion of the subject, students should be able to: distinguish basic data types (binary, categorical, continuous) and summarise them appropriately using tables and graphs; understand the concept of sampling variability and describe how simple statisical analyses of data from a sample can be used to draw inferences about population parameters; calculate standard errors and confidence intervals for estimated means and proportions; obtain p-values from tables and understand their role as measure of evidence; distinguish between clinical relevance and statistical significance; and appreciate the importance of statistical power and perform a sample size calculation.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDell Horey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Classes are held at the City Campus. The subject is on offer to Master of Public Health students.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEssential medical statistics.RecommendedKirkwood, B. R., & Sterne, J. A. C.2ND EDN, BLACKWELL SCIENCE 2003.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Knowledge -Recognise and understand the different descriptive statistical tools used in public health

Lectures, tutorials, individual and group work

02. Skills -Understand and apply the appropriate statistical technique to address a research question in public health

Lectures, tutorials, individual and group work

03. Application and analysis -Calculate relevant measures of centrality, variability, associations and differences -Solve the research question using appropriate statistical tools -Apply appropriate tests and interpret your findings

Lectures, tutorials, individual and group work

04. Evaluation -Evaluate your findings from applying the relevant statistical tests to solve the research question

Lectures, tutorials, individual and group work

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDell Horey

Class requirements

One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Equivalent to 36 face to face contact hours and 2 hour exam"


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 2-hour final exam5001, 02, 04, 03
two 1500-word individual written assignments5002, 03, 04, 01