Epidemiology B - Research Designs

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 - 2016 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. to understand the potential advantages and disadvantages of descriptive studies, including cross-sectional, and ecologic designs, and sampling methods.
  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.
  3. to understand the assumptions inherent in the case-control and case-crossover designs, and methods to avoid bias.
  4. to understand in more detail the sources of bias in RCT including concealment errors, randomisation techniques, type of RCTs and analysis.
  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 StudiesModule 2: Cohort StudiesModule 3: Case-Control StudiesModule 4: Randomised controlled trialsModule 5: Synthesis of Research Data: Systematic Reviews

Assumed Knowledge EPID6420
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignments (x3)
  • In Term Test: Take home examination
Contact Hours
  • Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (Two hours Face to Face Tutorial delivered at Callaghan Campus. Contact hours are an indication only.)
  • Lecture: for 7 hour(s) per Day for Weeks (This course will be delivered as a week long intensive workshop for students enrolled at the University of Newcastle Sydney Campus.Lectures will commence on Monday the 8th of August and will conclude on Friday 12th August.)
  • Online Activity: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for EPID6430
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