Epidemiology B - Research Design

10 Units

Extends the points, analyses, and designs covered in EPID6420 Epidemiology A.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Module 1: to understand the potential advantages and disadvantages of descriptive studies, including cross-sectional, and ecologic designs, and sampling methods. Module 2: to understand the potential advantages and disadvantages of cohort studies and extensions such as nested case-control and case-cohort studies, to understand differential and non-differential misclassification, and time to event analysis. Module 3: to understand the assumptions inherent in the case-control and case-crossover designs, and methods to avoid bias. Module 4: to understand in more detail the sources of bias in RCT including concealment errors, randomisation techniques, type of RCTs and analysis. Module 5: to understand the steps in writing a systematic review, and sources of bias; this includes funnel plots, basics of calculating pooled odds ratios, and exploring sources of heterogeneity.


Module 1: Descriptive Studies Module 2: Cohort Studies Module 3: Case-Control Studies Module 4: Randomised controlled trials Module 5: Synthesis of Research Data: Systematic Reviews

Replacing Course(s) n/a
Transition n/a
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge EPID6420
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Progressed Assignments 1 and 2 are worth 15% and Progressed Assignment 3 is worth 30%.
  • Examination: Take Home - Take Home Exam worth 40%
Contact Hours
  • Email Discussion Group: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EPID6430

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