Basic Clinical Research Tools

Subject CLRS90010 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

May, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 16-May-2016 to 20-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 17-May-2016
Census Date 27-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 10-Jun-2016

Semester 1, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours (4 day intensive block)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours per 12.5 credit point subject

Prerequisites: None


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Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in either N28AA, N12AA, N34AA, N01AA, MC-MHSC or GD-MHSC. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

As scary to some people as they are hard to spell correctly! Yet biostatistics and epidemiology are essential to how clinical data is analysed. Not simply after-the-event add-ons, but determining the design and analysis of all the data that is collected. These fields have experts able to assist researchers, but without a good understanding of the basic principles of biostatistics and epidemiology, dialogue about the processes involved is difficult. A good grounding in this area facilitates group dynamics in research and provides a critical foundation for quality research.

Topics covered include:

  • Basic descriptive data
  • Probability and inference
  • Analysis of two-way tables
  • Differences of Means
  • Simple correlation
  • Case-series, cross-sectional, cohort, case-control studies and Randomised Clinical Trials (RCTs)
  • Measurement of exposure
  • Bias, random error and individual variation (including response variation)
  • Sample size and power
Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs
  • Understand basic principles of epidemiological and clinical research
  • Be familiar with terms used in the literature
  • Understand statistical reasoning, including inference and the need for power and appropriate samples
  • Perform basic statistical processes
  • Understand the role, strengths and weaknesses of different study designs

A series of epidemiological and biostatistical exercises equivalent to 2,000 words (50%), and a review of segments of journal articles of 2,000 words (50%).

Prescribed Texts:

Students will be provided with articles and references that support the teaching program as part of their course materials.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Science
Master of Clinical Research
Master of Mental Health Science
Professional Certificate in Clinical Research

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