Linear Models (BSTA5007)

UNIT OF STUDY

The aim of this unit is to enable students to apply methods based on linear models to biostatistical data analysis, with proper attention to underlying assumptions and a major emphasis on the practical interpretation and communication of results. This unit will cover: the method of least squares; regression models and related statistical inference; flexible nonparametric regression; analysis of covariance to adjust for confounding; multiple regression with matrix algebra; model construction and interpretation (use of dummy variables, parametrisation, interaction and transformations); model checking and diagnostics; regression to the mean; handling of baseline values; the analysis of variance; variance components and random effects.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information

Classes

8-12 hours total study time per week, distance learning

Assessment

2x written assignments (35%, 40%), submitted exercises (20%), online quizzes (5%)

Textbooks

Recommended: Kutner MH, Nachtsheim CJ, Neter J, Li W. Applied Linear Statistical Models. 5th edition. McGraw-Hill/Irwin 2005. ISBN 978-0-07-310874-2 Notes supplied.

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

BSTA5002 and (BSTA5011 or PUBH5010)

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.