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BSTA5005: Clinical Biostatistics (CLB)

2024 unit information

The aim of this unit is to enable students to correctly use statistical methods of particular relevance to evidence-based health care and to advise clinicians on the application of these methods and interpretation of the results. Content: Clinical trials (equivalence trials, cross-over trials); Clinical agreement (Bland-Altman methods, kappa statistics, intraclass correlation); Statistical process control (special and common causes of variation; quality control charts); Diagnostic tests (sensitivity, specificity, ROC curves); Meta-analysis (systematic reviews, assessing heterogeneity, publication bias, estimating effects from randomised controlled trials, diagnostic tests and observational studies).

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Public Health

Code BSTA5005
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
(PUBH5010 or BSTA5011 or CEPI5100) and BSTA5002
BSTA5210 or BSTA5007

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand and apply Continuous Quality Improvement to medical studies and hospital data including detection of special and common causes of variation
  • LO2. Explain and apply appropriate measures of agreement and consistency for both raters and continuous measurements
  • LO3. Calculate measures of the performance of diagnostic tests and interpret these via ROC curves where appropriate
  • LO4. Describe systematic reviews and undertake meta-analyses of various types of studies
  • LO5. Understand advantages and disadvantages of cross-over designs in general and be able to analyse 2x2 designs
  • LO6. Explain the role of, and the relationships between, non-inferiority, efficacy and equivalence trials
  • LO7. Calculate and report sample sizes for non-inferiority and equivalence trials
  • LO8. Choose the appropriate graphical and/or statistical methods to answer clinical questions
  • LO9. Effectively communicate the results of, and ideas behind statistical analyses performed to clinicians and statisticians

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2023
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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