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MSc (Clin) Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Biostatistics

Unit code DENT70001
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Dentistry
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

The Biostatistics unit is an interactive online course, mandatory to all PGT students of the School of Dentistry complementing the School's other mandatory unit, namely Research Methods.

'Biostatistics' provides students with an introduction to key material required for the design, analysis and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research and the production of a high quality dissertation.

The course will run over a 10 week period, supplemented with timetabled face-to-face sessions which will be used to consolidate the online material and provide the students with an opportunity to discuss the topics in person.

Topics covered include:

  • Collection and summary of data
  • Sampling and probability
  • Estimation and confidence intervals
  • Comparing groups and sample size calculations
  • Contingency tables
  • Correlation and regression
  • Reliability and validity
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analysis

 

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Research Methods DENT61010 Pre-Requisite Compulsory

Aims

The unit aims to produce students who are competent in the data collection, simple analysis and interpretation of clinical or clinically-related research projects. The latter may include medical education, public health and basic-science areas such as genetics, microbiology or biomaterials.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • identify different types of data and carry out mathematical calculations;

  • carry out basic statistical techniques;

  • understand the key methodological and statistical issues to consider when critically appraising published research;

  • explore the development of a research idea from hypothesis through to interpretation;

  • make a judgement on the credibility of methodology and statistical analysis of research articles with respect to implications for dental clinical practice/future research;

  • apply research related skills to professional practice;

  • discuss issues regarding the implementation of research findings; and

  • understand the key methodological and statistical issues to consider when critically appraising published research.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 60%
Written assignment (inc essay) 40%

The unit is assessed by a mid-term assignment of 1,500 words (40% of final mark) and a final assignment of 2,500 words (60% of final mark).

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
eAssessment 50
Work based learning 100
Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Tanya Walsh Unit coordinator

Additional notes

The course will be delivered predominantly through e-learning over a period of 10 weeks, with three timetabled face-to-face symposiums. A variety of online material will be utilised including web-based reading, online discussions, tutor feedback, interactive exercises and selfassessment.


The face-to-face symposiums will be a mix of tutor presentations, group work and student presentations.


Self directed learning will allow reflection of material in the context of research and broaden understanding as well as knowledge.
 

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