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HUNT454 Nutritional Biostatistics

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
Paper code HUNT454
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,622.82
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,517.77

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Eligibility
The paper will assume a knowledge of basic algebra.
Contact
human-nutrition@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Dr Jill Haszard

Paper Structure

This paper runs parallel to HASC 413. It consists of all of the classes and assessments for HASC 413.
An additional two-hour fortnightly 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.
Five additional lectures and one assignment (5 points) are overseen in the Department of Human Nutrition.  The purpose of this is to give the students a broader understanding of the scientific method and to introduce them to nutrition-specific statistical methods. 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.
Textbooks
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.
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Learning Outcomes

The main aim of HUNT 454 is for students to learn how to analyse, report, 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.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 11:00-12:50 12
Friday 11:00-12:50 9-15, 18-22

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 9-16, 18-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-16, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 14:00-15:50 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20