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Data Management and Statistical Computing - BSTA5004

Year - 2018

The aim of this unit is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to undertake moderate to high level data manipulation and management in preparation for statistical analysis of data typically arising in health and medical research. Students will: gain experience in data manipulation and management using two major statistical software packages (Stata and SAS); learn how to display and summarise data using statistical software; become familiar with the checking and cleaning of data; learn how to link files through use of unique and non-unique identifiers; acquire fundamental programming skills for efficient use of software packages; and learn key principles of confidentiality and privacy in data storage, management and analysis. The topics covered are: Module 1 - Stata and SAS: The basics (importing and exporting data, recoding data, formatting data, labelling variable names and data values; using dates, data display and summary presentation); Module 2 - Stata and SAS: graphs, data management and statistical quality assurance methods (including advanced graphics to produce publication-quality graphs); Module 3 - Data management using Stata and SAS (using functions to generate new variables, appending, merging, transposing longitudinal data; programming skills for efficient and reproducible use of these packages, including loops, arguments and programs/macros).

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

Assessment
3x written assignments (30%, 35%, 35%)

Textbooks
Recommended if you have not used SAS or Stata before: Lora D. Delwiche and Susan J. Slaughter. SAS: The Little SAS Book, 5th edition. SAS Institute Inc., 2012. Svend J, Frydenberg M. Stata: An Introduction to Stata for health Researchers. Stata Press, 2014. Notes supplied.

Details

Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

05 Mar 2018

Department/School: Public Health
Study Mode: Distance education
Census Date: 31 Mar 2018
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 2

30 Jul 2018

Department/School: Public Health
Study Mode: Distance education
Census Date: 31 Aug 2018
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Professor Judy Simpson
HECS Band: 2
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