Subject POPH90013 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Students will be expected to undertake additional study (i.e. outside the stated contact hours) of at least 4 to 5 hours for each hour of contact in this subject
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: -


Dr Katrina Scurrah


Centre for Molecular, Environmental, Genetic and Analytic (MEGA) Epidemiology
Tel: +61 3 8344 0671


Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824

Subject Overview:

This unit aims to introduce students to basic statistical concepts and methods.

Objectives: At the completion of the unit, 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 statistical 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.

A multichoice and short answer 1 hour examination mid semester (25%), and a 2 hour short answer assignment (25%) and a final open book 2 hour examination at the end of semester (50%).

Prescribed Texts:

BR Kirkwood & JAC Sterne, Essential Medical Statistics Second Edition, Blackwell Science, 2003.

Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: -
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Notes: This subject is a Master of Public Health Consortium subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Health Economics/Economic Evaluation
Health Program Evaluation
International Health
Primary Care
Sexual Health
Social Health
Women's Health

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