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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to survey research and methods used in health statistics
    • Survey sampling, experimental design, and observational procedures
    • Developing a questionnaire
    • Coding and cleaning survey data
    • Scale development
    • Concept of experimental design
    • Incidence and prevalence statistics
    • Standardization of rates
    • Randomized trials and Cohort studies
    • Case-control studies
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Web links
    • Print Materials
      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Compare and appraise the processes used to develop and conduct survey research
  2. Explain the ethical and privacy considerations associated with the design and conduct of survey research
  3. Independently plan and design a small scale survey project, and prepare a detailed survey design report
  4. Evaluate scale development and meta-analysis concepts
  5. Explain the basic principles of experimental design
  6. Identify and implement different study designs used in health statistics and elsewhere
  7. Interpret measures of risk and disease rates.
  • Assignment 1 - Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Quizzes — Online (10%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignments — 2 (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SWI-HMS777
  • SWI-HMS773

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject teaches students to identify and understand some of the methodologies used in survey research. It includes an overview of the procedures used in survey research, a descriptive approach to methods including questionnaire design, both sample and census data collection methods, and an introduction to survey sampling. The subject also covers observational and experimental data collection, incidence and prevalence statistics, standardisation and the different types of study designs commonly used in health statistics and elsewhere. Case studies will be drawn from areas such as sociology, market research, psychology, medical sciences and other areas as  appropriate.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the subject.

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