Mathematics Background for Biostatistics

Subject POPH90015 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
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

Distance only

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: None
Total Time Commitment: 8-12 hours total study time per week
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Semester 1: Dr Gary Glonek, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide
Semester 2: Dr Maurizio Manuguerra, Macquarie University
Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia


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Subject Overview:

Basic algebra and analysis; exponential functions; calculus; series, limits, approximations and expansions; matrices and numerical methods.

Objectives: On completion of this unit students will be able to follow the mathematical demonstrations and proofs used in biostatistics at Masters degree level, and to understand the mathematics behind statistical methods introduced at that level. The intention is to allow students to concentrate on statistical concepts in subsequent units, and not be distracted by the mathematics employed.

Three written assignments to be submitted during Semester: Two worth 40% each covering calculus, and matrices and numerical methods (approx 12 hrs work each). One worth 20% covering functions (approx 8 hrs work)

Prescribed Texts:

Anton H, Bivens I, Davis S. Calculus: early transcendentals version, 8th edition. Wiley, 2005. (ISBN 0471472441)

Resources Provided to Students: Printed course notes and assignment material by mail, email, and WebCT Discussion groups.

Special Computer Requirements: Microsoft Excel or Stata statistical software.

Recommended Texts: Healy, M.J.R. Matrices for Statistics, 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, 2000. (ISBN 978-0-19-850702-4)
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 technical expression

Links to further information:

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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