Unit description

Provides students with an understanding of the basic statistical methods so that they can be applied to the Health Sciences. Students will gain experience in the basic statistical analysis and also in the interpretation of medical papers. Use of Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software will be introduced to assist with data presentation and interpretation.

Unit content

Topic 1 Descriptive Statistics
Topic 2 Normal Distribution and Confidence Intervals
Topic 3 Probability and Hypothesis Testing
Topic 4 Correlation and Regression
Topic 5 Chi-square Methods
Topic 6 Analysis of Variance
Topic 7 Application of Biostatistics

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • A package is available through the SCU Co-op Bookshop, which includes a DVD called ActivStat, that provides interactive exercises to supplement the text. Make sure the book includes the DVD before purchasing : Triola, MM & Triola, MF, 2006, Biostatistics for the Biological and Health Sciences, Pearson Education, Boston, Massachusetts. ISBN: 9780321194367.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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