Classical Methods in Data Analysis
This online medical course, offered by the MSc Epidemiology program of the UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University, provides an understanding of the basic applications of biostatistics in the analysis of medical research data.
Topics are types of data, location and variability measures, samples and populations, distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, comparing two or more means or proportions (parametric and non-parametric methods), and relationships between two variables (correlation, simple linear regression). The course also includes an extensive discussion of the multiple linear regression models. This is an ideal course for anyone who wishes to further his medical education by getting a better understanding of data analysis.
√ have insight into the √n law and its consequences for sample size
√ have insight into the general principles of decision procedures (“testing”) and be able to apply these procedures in practice using common statistical packages (SPSS, R)
√ understand the principles of the following statistical analysis techniques: Student T-tests (1-sample, 2-sample and paired), Analysis of Variance (1-way and 2-way ANOVA), Simple and multiple linear regression analysis, 1-sample, 2-sample and paired proportion tests (x 2 test for goodness-of-fit, Pearson’s x 2 test and McNemar’s x 2 test)
√ know in which situations these techniques can be applied and the conditions that should be met to obtain reliable results using these techniques
√ be able to apply these techniques using common statistical packages (SPSS, R)
√ have insight in the Kolmogorov Smirnov test (normal distribution) and the Fisher test for equality of variances and be able to apply these tests in practice using common statistical packages (SPSS, R)
√ understand the results obtained with these techniques, and be able to apply these results in practice (e.g. in answering a study questions
√ be familiar with the terms ‘explained variance’ and multi-collinearity
√ understand the principles of model reduction in regression analysis
√ understand the basic principles of the technique of logistic regression analysis
√ be able to choose the appropriate non-parametric technique to be applied in case of non-normally distributed data, and understand the principles of these methods.
√ An assessment will be part of this course
Please note that you are required to hand in assignments during some of the learning units in this course:
Sunday before start date - introduce yourself
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 1
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 2
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 3
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 4
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 5
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 6
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 7
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 8
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 9
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 10
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 11
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 12
Monday – Final Exam
This course includes an exam that primarily consists of essay questions, which is the only part of the course that is not online. The exam dates and times will be announced on the Elevate website.
You are allowed to redo the exam once. If you are able and willing to take the exam in Utrecht, the Netherlands, we are available to proctor the exam for you without any costs. If you have to take the exam from a different location, you need a proctor. This proctor may ask you to pay for their expenses.
Please read more about proctoring on our specific webpage. The exam is not compulsory. However, if you want to receive the Course Certificate and the credits, it is obligatory to take the exam.
To enroll in this course you need:
√ A BSc degree
√ To have participated in an introductory statistics course
√ A sufficient proficiency in English reading and writing (B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference)
As this is an online course, you do need access to an internet connection in order to be able to complete assignments and communicate with fellow participants.
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