Design of studies to address different types of research questions. Survey methods, experimental and observational studies, measurement, control of confounding and bias, evaluation of competing designs, determination of study size.
|Paper title||Design of Research Studies|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$886.35|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- (STAT 210 or STAT 241 or PSYC 210) or (STAT 110 or STAT 115 and 54 points at 200 level or above).
- STAT 251
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- Learning Outcomes
The aim of this paper is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to translate a research aim into specific study objectives, construct a study design to address the objective(s), and write a plan for the statistical analysis.
Specifically, on completion of this paper students will be able to:
- Distinguish different types of studies and identify appropriate designs for addressing different types of research questions.
- Describe the roles of confounders, mediators and effect modifiers in a study design and analysis and determine an appropriate estimand to address the research question.
- Identify the relevant sources of variation and correlation and the units of replication.
- Identify potential sources of bias in a study and design a study to minimise bias.
- Design and plan the analysis
- a complex survey.
- an experiment.
- an observational study.
- Carry out a statistical evaluation of a study design, including power and sample size determination.
- Describe the ethical considerations in the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of a research study.