This unit teaches about design of observational and experimental studies in health and statistical procedures for data analysis. We will discuss published studies and analyse our own data using relatively simple statistical techniques (correlation, linear regression, t-test, ANOVA, odds ratio, etc.), with understanding of fundamentals of statistical theory. You will develop the ability to draw a sound conclusion about the research question taking into account both statistical result and key aspects of study design. We will also discuss current topics in health research in Australia, and/or globally. You will learn to use Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), and how to write concise research reports. The unit will prepare you to be a critical reader of health research relevant to your profession and to engage in further research training should you wish to do so.
1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr laboratory session/week, 1x1-hr tutorial session/fortnight
Group presentation (7%), Quizzes (18%), 1000wd report (25%) and end semester exam 50%
There is no single textbook. Recommended textbooks are: Field, A. (2013). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics: And sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll (4th ed.). Los Angeles: Sage. Portney, L. G., and Watkins, M. P. (2009). Foundations of clinical research: Applications to practice (3rd ed.). Essex, England: Pearson Education Limited. Saks, M. and Allsop, J. (2013) Researching health: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. London: Sage.
HSBH1007 or HSBH2007Prohibitions
PSYC2012 or SCLG3603