STMSE-Statistics and Epidemiology

Module Provider: Mathematics and Statistics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Fazil Baksh

Email: m.f.baksh@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module provides an introduction to statistics and epidemiology with a focus on nutrition and food sciences.

Aims:
This module provides an introduction to statistical methods. The objective is to introduce students to key issues in the design of research studies in the nutrition sector; and to expose them to a range of relevant, but quite specific, techniques for analysis and interpretation of data.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module students will be able to:
• apply techniques to summarise and present data effectively,
• apply relevant techniques to analyse data and interpret the results,
• use an appropriate software package to analyse data and interpret the results,
• identify the important concepts of study design and hypothesis generation,
• describe the aetiology of disease, and identify and make distinctions between association and
causation,
• explain important aspects of epidemiology and population effects,
• analyse data and interpret results arising from epidemiological and intervention studies,
• identify appropriate sample sizes.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Data and its description using tabular and graphical methods
Statistical computing using an appropriate package
Analysis of data - means, variances, confidence intervals, hypothesis tests, regression, ANOVA and Blocked Designs
Key issues in study design - objective setting, research hypotheses
Epidemiology - case-control and cohort studies and their analysis
Other topics - intervention studies, sample size calculations, causation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures supported by PC practicals, self-study material and problem sheets.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Guided independent study 80
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Set exercise 20

Other information on summative assessment:
Two assignments and one examination paper.

Formative assessment methods:
Practical classes, tutorials and problem sheets.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
2 hours

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of at least 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
One examination paper of 2 hours duration in August/September - the resit module mark will be the higher of the exam mark (100% exam) and the exam mark plus previous coursework marks (80% exam, 20% coursework).

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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