Bayesian Statistical Methods

10 Units

This course will provide students with an understanding of the logic of Bayesian statistical inference (i.e. the use of probability models to quantify uncertainty in statistical conclusions)and allow them to acquire skills to perform practical Bayesian analysis relating to health research problems. This course is offered in conjunction with the Biostatistics collaboration of Australia (BCA).

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Distance Education - Callaghan)

On completion students should:

  1. have a thorough understanding of Bayesian statistical inference;
  2. be able to compare Bayesian methods to standard statistical methods;
  3. be able to apply appropriate Bayesian statistical methods to the analysis of health/medical related data.

The first component of the course is an introduction to simple one-parameter models with conjugate prior distributions, which are fundamental to Bayesian statistics. This knowledge is built upon by introducing students to standard models containing two or more parameters, including specifics for the normal location-scale model. Once students have this knowledge, they will then be shown the relationship between Bayesian methods and the standard approaches to statistics. The next component of the course will provide students with practical experience using computational techniques for Bayesian analyses via common statistical software. Finally, students will be exposed to the application of Bayesian methods for fitting hierarchical models to complex data structures.

Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Epidemiology (EPID6420); Mathematical Background for Biostatistics (BIOS6040); Principles of Statistical Inference (BIOS6050); Linear Models (BIOS6070); Categorical Data & GLMs (BIOS6020); Probability and Distribution Theory (BIOS6170);
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching Methods Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 100% assignments (40% practical exercises, and two case study assignments worth 30% each).
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for BIOS6130

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