Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE DNS3112

 
TITLE Biostatistics and Health Informatics

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 6

 
DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

 
DESCRIPTION This study unit will provide students with the principles of Statistics as applied to Health Sciences.
The unit also introduces the basic principles of Health Informatics including electronic patient record systems, local and international sources and databases of epidemiology and health care services.

Study-unit Aims

The aims of this study unit is to:
- familiarise the student with the basic principles of statistics in order to be able to read a scientific paper
- allow them to do their own basic statistical analysis.
- familiarise students with electronic patient records.
- make the students aware of sources of data available both local and internationally.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Discuss the statistical concepts behind a basic study design
2. Describe the availability of both local and international databases
3. Discuss electronic patient records

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Perform simple statistical analysis on a data set
2. Identify data sources
3. Access electronic patient records

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Statistics without tears: An Introduction for Non-Mathematicians
Derek Rowntree
Penguin Science
ISBN-10: 0205395090 (available in library)

Medical Statistics made easy
Michael Harris and Gordon Taylor
ISBN-13: 9781904842552 (available in library)

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Independent Study, Lectures, Practicum & Project

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM1 Yes 30%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 70%

 
LECTURER/S Arthur Nogueira Rodriguez

 
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