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BIOSTATS 6005EX - Principles of Statistical Inference

Career: Postgraduate Coursework
Units: 3
Term: 4120
Campus: External
Contact: Online
Restriction: Available to Grad Cert, Grad Dip, M Biostatistics students. Check with School for Non-Award Study.
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: No
Available for Non-Award Study: Check with School
Pre-Requisite: BIOSTATS 6001EX and BIOSTATS 6003EX or BIOSTATS 6019EX
Assessment: Two major assignments and submission of selected practical exercises

The aim of this course is to develop a strong mathematical and conceptual foundation in the methods of statistical inference, which underlie many of the methods utilised in subsequent courses, and in biostatistical practice. The course provides an overview of the concepts and properties of estimators of statistical model parameters, then proceeds to a general study of the likelihood function from first principles. This will serve as the basis for likelihood-based methodology, including maximum likelihood estimation, and the likelihood ratio, Wald, and score tests. Core statistical inference concepts including estimators and their ideal properties, hypothesis testing, p-values, confidence intervals, and power under a frequentist framework will be examined with an emphasis on both their mathematical derivation, and their interpretation and communication in a health and medical research setting. Other methods for estimation and ypothesis testing, including a brief introduction to the Bayesian approach to inference, exact and non-parametric methods, and simulation-based approaches will also be explored.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
4120 Mon 09/08/2021 Wed 18/08/2021 Fri 17/09/2021 Fri 29/10/2021

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Independent Study
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
25675 01EX 20 16 This class does not have any timetabled face-to-face sessions. Please check MyUni or contact your Course Coordinator for details.