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Data Management and Statistical Computing - BSTA5004

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. Specific objectives are for students to: gain experience in data manipulation and management using two major statistical software packages (Stata and R); 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 R: The basics (importing and exporting data, recoding data, formatting data, labelling variable names and data values; using dates, data display and summary presentation); and creating programs. Module 2 - Stata and R: graphs, data management and statistical quality assurance methods (including advanced graphics to produce publication-quality graphs); Module 3 - Data management using Stata and R (using functions to generate new variables, appending, merging, transposing longitudinal data; programming skills for efficient and reproducible use of these packages, including loops and arguments.

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

Assessment
Three written assignments worth 30%, 35%and 35%.

Textbooks
If you have not used R or Stata previously, it is recommended that you have access to the text for the relevant software. Dalgaard P, Introductory Statistics with R. Second Edition. Springer 2008. Svend J, Frydenberg M. Stata: An Introduction to Stata for Hhealth Researchers. Stata Press, 2014. Notes supplied.

Additional information
Special Computer Requirements: R software. For advice about buying this package (at education license prices) see the BCA Textbook and Software Guide. If you have further questions you can consult the BCA program coordinator at your home university or the BCA coordinating office.

Details

Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

25 Feb 2019

Department/School: Public Health
Study Mode: Distance education
Census Date: 31 Mar 2019
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

05 Aug 2019

Department/School: Public Health
Study Mode: Distance education
Census Date: 31 Aug 2019
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: Associate Professor Patrick Kelly
HECS Band: 2
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