Fundamental biostatistical issues encountered in the design and analysis of quantitative/qualitative research projects. Topics include data description, basic probability concepts, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, regression models and study design.
|Paper title||Nutritional Biostatistics|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,590.98|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,357.07|
- The paper will assume a knowledge of basic algebra.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Human Nutrition's website
- Teaching staff
- Dr Paula Skidmore
- Paper Structure
- This paper runs parallel to HASC 413. It consists of all of the classes and assessments
for HASC 413.
An additional one-hour weekly class and an additional assignment are also required.
- Teaching Arrangements
- HASC 413 (15 points) covers fundamental biostatistical issues encountered in the design
and analysis of a quantitative research project. Topics include data description,
basic probability concepts, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, and regression
models and basic study design. This is an existing paper which is run in the Department
of Preventive and Social Medicine.
An additional assignment (5 points) is overseen in the Department of Human Nutrition. The purpose of the assignment is to give the students practice in application and interpretation of fundamental biostatistical skills. It aims to support work being undertaken by the students while planning thesis or dissertation work. Students have the choice of either:
- Writing up a short report in the style of a peer reviewed journal
- Writing a short grant application in the style of a Marsden or other grant.
- Text books are not required for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding,
Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- The main aim of HUNT 454 is for students to learn how to analyse and interpret data in research studies and papers. This will prepare them for postgraduate research as part of either a MSc thesis, PGDip or BSc(Hons) research project/ dissertation.