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Unit information: Statistics & Research Methods in 2015/16

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Unit name Statistics & Research Methods
Unit code MEDIM4003
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Wills
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Unit Aims:

  • To describe key features of study design and be able to formulate study hypothesis and design effective studies to address common research questions
  • To describe the core concepts necessary to be able to accurately interpret and present basic statistical analyses
  • To be able to find, review and critically appraise the scientific literature
  • To describe the important ethical elements of scientific and medical research

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Interpret numerical and graphical summaries of data
  • Understand the nature of sampling variation and the role of statistical inference in helping to quantify sampling variation draw conclusions from data.
  • Accurately interpret the results of analyses based on principles of hypothesis testing and estimation.
  • Interpret the results from common regression models.
  • Devise research questions and design effective studies/experiments
  • Offer a critical appraisal of the research methods elements of published scientific and clinical studies

Teaching Information

  • Lectures/workshops (12)
  • Conferencing (5)
  • e-Learning

Assessment Information

Coursework: home-based assessment (60%):

i) Poster presentation of results from a study (20%)

ii) Paper Interpretation task (20%)

iii) MCQs (concepts) and data interpretation (20%)

Examination (40%):

A 2 hour exam consisting of three sections (40 /60%):

i) Statistical concepts (25%): MCQs

ii) Interpretation and critical appraisal (50%): Open ended questions

iii) Designing a study (25%): open ended questions

Reading and References

Motulsky H. 2014. Intuitive Biostatistics. New York: OUP.