Data Management & Statistical Computing

Subject POPH90018 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: None
Total Time Commitment:

8-12 hours total study time per week





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Semester 1: Dr Patrick McElduff, University of Newcastle
Semester 2: Professor John Carlin, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne

Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia


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

Subject Overview:

Relational databases and how to explore them using Stata and SAS; using Stata and SAS to import, check, inspect and manipulate data, including appending, merging, using dates, transposing longitudinal data; fundamental programming skills for efficient and reproducible use of these packages, including loops, arguments and programs/macros; data display and summary presentation, including advanced graphics to produce publication-quality graphs.


The aim of this course is to introduce students to essential concepts and tools required for the management, manipulation, display and analysis of data using the Stata and SAS statistical software packages.


Three written assignments to be submitted during semester, one worth 30% (approx 10 hrs work) and two worth 35% each (approx 12 hrs work each).

Prescribed Texts:

Cody, R., Smith, J. Applied Statistics and the SAS Programming Language, 5th edition, Prentice-Hall, 2005. (ISBN 0131465325)
Hills, M and De Stavola, B, A Short Introduction to Stata for Biostatistics, Timberlake, 2006. – order online at

Resources Provided to Students: Printed course notes and assignment material provided by mail and email, and onine interaction facilities.

Special Computer Requirements: SAS AND Stata software as well as Microsoft Access. For advice about purchasing these packages (education license prices); see “Study Resources” at:

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Independent problem solving, clarity of written expression, sound communication of technical concepts

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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