School Of Medicine

Data Management and Programming for EpidemiologyWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 401179.2


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Andrew Page

Assumed Knowledge
High school mathematics (arithmetic, formulas and algebra, reading graphs). Basic computer competency and basic programming skills.

401077 Introduction to Biostatistics

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate course.

Teaching Periods
Nothing on offer.

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About this Unit
Modern epidemiology deals with ever increasing volumes of data and complexity of analysis. This course is aimed at equipping students with effective practices for managing data and programme code and ensuring the security of their data. Students will be taught the fundamentals of managing code and data in a revision control system as well as good programming practices and techniques which can form a basis for a robust, repeatable and test-driven research methodology. Programming instruction and exercises will use the SAS and R languages, and SQL databases.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Home computer or laptop or access to a machine on which software can be installed. (Necessary for assignments). Software required includes Git (free, open-source, multi-platform) and R (free, open-source, multi-platform).

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