HAR6042: Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal (online)

The Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal (online) module is led by Rebecca Simpson. It runs in the Spring semester and is worth 15 credits.


Overview

The Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal (online) module is led by Rebecca Simpson. It runs in the Spring semester and is worth 15 credits.

It is one of the modules on:

This module is available as a CPD option

This module is available University-wide in any year as a DDP module

 


Introduction

The module will introduce students to basic concepts and techniques such as hypothesis testing and confidence interval estimation in statistics. Students will learn some simple statistical methods and the principles behind some advanced methods such as regression.

It will equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and critically appraise statistics in the research literature.


Objectives

  • To introduce students to fundamental concepts and methods in medical statistics.
  • To enable students to apply these concepts to critically appraise research literature.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, a student will be able to:

  • Classify and appropriately display and summarise different types of data.
  • Describe the properties of the Normal distribution.
  • Distinguish between a population and a sample, and describe the precision of a sample estimate of a population parameter.
  • Explain the concept of confidence intervals as applied to means, proportions, differences in means, and differences in proportions.
  • Describe the process of setting and testing statistical hypothesis.
  • Distinguish between ‘statistical significance’ and ‘clinical significance’.
  • Evaluate the quality of published research.


Teaching methods

A mixture of online tutorials, asynchronous moderated discussion groups and other interactive methods will be used to impart knowledge of key statistical concepts and methods, while structured exercises will apply these concepts to critically appraise research literature.

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Information last updated: 8 October 2021


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