Survival Analysis

Subject 505-942 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: None
Total Time Commitment: 8 - 12 hours total study time per week

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Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Petra Graham, Macquarie University

Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia

School of Population Health, University of Melbourne

Subject Overview:

Topics include: Kaplan-Meier life tables; logrank test to compare two or more groups; Cox's proportional hazards regression model; checking the proportional hazards assumption; time-dependent covariates; sample size calculations for survival studies.

Objectives: To enable students to analyse data from studies in which individuals are followed up until a particular event occurs, e.g. death, cure, relapse, making use of follow-up data also for those who do not experience the event, with proper attention to underlying assumptions and a major emphasis on the practical interpretation and communication of results.
Assessment: Three written assignments to be submitted during semester worth 22% each (approx 8 hrs work each).
Online participation worth 8% (approx 6 hrs work)
One at-home examination at the end of Semester (26%, approx 10 hrs)
Prescribed Texts:

Hosmer D W, Lemeshow S, May S. Applied Survival Analysis: Regression Modeling of time to event data.
2nd Edition. Wiley Interscience 2008. (ISBN 978-0-471-75499-2)

Special Computer Requirements: Stata statistical software

Resources Provided to Students: Printed course notes and assignment material by mail, email, and online interaction facilities.
Recommended Texts:

Cleves M, Gould W, Gutierrez R. An Introduction to Survival Analysis Using Stata, 2004.

Stata Press - (ISBN 978-1-881228-84-4)

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Independent problem solving, facility with abstract reasoning, clarity of written expression, sound communication of technical concepts

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This subject is not available in the Master of Public Health.

Related Course(s): Master of Biostatistics
Postgraduate Certificate in Biostatistics
Postgraduate Diploma in Biostatistics

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