Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

A34591 Research Methods in Epidemiology with Basic Statistics
(Last Updated:30 August 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Primarily postgraduate students in the School of Medicine. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.
  LBR Module

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  

This module considers the basic concepts of epidemiology and gives students the knowledge and skills to access, describe and interpret epidemiological data, including:

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks1 per week4 hours
Test 0 weeks1 per week4 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
12 weeks of lectures and practicals and two examinations, totalling 52 scheduled contact hours.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 50 One and a half hour paper on Basic Statistics 
Exam 2 50 One and a half hour paper interpreting Epidemiological papers. All elements must be passed. No compensation between Statistics and Epidemiology halves 

Convenor: 
Professor R Hubbard

Education Aims:  

To provide an opportunity for students to acquire knowledge and understanding of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, relevant to public health and epidemiology..

Learning Outcomes:  

To be able to explain basic epidemiological concepts

  • To understand the difference between qualitative and quantitative research and be able to describe the main features of qualitative research
  • To be able to explain the basic concepts of other methodologies used in epidemiology, including standardization, screening and meta-analysis

    Knowledge, understanding and intellectual skills. Students must be able to demonstrate:

    Professional practical skills. Students will be expected to be able to