Total Credits: 10
Level: Level 4
Target Students: Core module for MSc Oncology and MSc Cancer Immunology and Biotechnology students.
|Spring||Assessed by end of Spring Semester|
Summary of Content: This module will give students a basic understanding of the principles underlying the design and analysis of epidemiological studies and clinical trials. Topics will include: study design, bias and confounding, sampling variation, summarising and presenting data, measures of effect, hypothesis testing (t-test, chi-squared test), survival and longitudinal data, meta-analysis, non-parametric methods, correlation, introduction to multivariate regression analysis, screening, sample size and power.
Method and Frequency of Class:
Specific Activities are not listed
Further Activity Details:
One two-hour lecture per week (18 hours).
Method of Assessment:
|Assignment||30||Analyse dataset using SPSS and write a report of 1500-2000 words (5 tables/graphs)|
|Inclass Exam 1 (Written)||70||MCQs and short essay questions - 1 hour 30 mins|
Dr I Spendlove
Dr A Venn
Education Aims: To give students a basic understanding of cancer epidemiology and key epidemiological concepts, including prevalence and incidence, study design, and how causes can be established. To give a basic understanding of statistical principles underlying the design and analysis of clinical trials, studies of aetiology and prognosis, and the evaluation of screening tests.
Learning Outcomes: By the end of this module, students will be able to:
• Explain basic epidemiological concepts
• Choose the most appropriate design for a research study and describe the main features, strengths and limitations of each design
• For the basic statistical methods used in epidemiology research, carry out the appropriate analysis in SPSS and interpret the resulting output
• Explain the basic concepts of other methodologies used in epidemiology and clinical research, including screening and meta-analysis
Offering School: Medicine
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