M.Sc. Course Material: Clinical Biostatistics

This website is for students following the M.Sc. programme in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. It provides Martin Bland's teaching material for the Clinical Biostatistics Module.

For each week, the material to be used at the teaching session is provided: the classroom lecture notes, which are a slightly condensed version of my PowerPoint slides, and the classroom exercises. After the date of the lecture, a solution to the exercises will also be posted. These are all PDF files. In addition, two text versions of the lectures are provided. One of these is a printable PDF version. The other is an online lecture, which covers the same material. There are also some online exercises for further study. These will be added to from time to time.

There is also a Question and Answer file. If you email me any question about the course, I will add it to this file, anonymously, with my answer. In this way anyone else who had the same question will see the answer. I suggest that you check this at least once a week.

There are a lot of exercises for this course. I hope that you will attempt them all. Research suggests that testing improves learning (see Eva KW. Putting the cart before the horse: testing to improve learning. BMJ 2007; 334: 535. You will need your Athens password to access this article.). Some of these are exercises to test basic understanding, some are exercises based on research publications to put this understanding into the health research context. If there are any of my answers which you do not understand, assume that it is my fault for being unclear (or even plain wrong!) and ask me about them.

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Course programme

Questions and Answers


Time and place for the 2007 Examination

The examination will be on Tuesday 19 June at 2.30 p.m. in P/T/005/6 (Physics).

Examination 2007 Papers

These papers will be the source of questions for the 2007 exam. As it is an open book exam, you may bring your copies with any notes you wish to make to the exam. Fresh copies will also be provided in the examination itself.

Past and speciment exam papers

These papers and the suggested answers are given to help revision. The specimen examination was provided in 2006, when the structure of the exam was changed. In 2006, the course was taught twice, to both Tuesday (Year 1) and Wednesday (Year 2) students. Two examinations were set.

Week 1: Data, frequencies, and distributions

Week 2: Estimation

Week 3: Significance tests

Week 4: Comparing means

Week 5: Transformations

Week 6: Categorical data

Week 7: Correlation and regression

Week 8: Survival data

Background material

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Last updated: 2 July, 2008.

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