Palmer College of Chiropractic Division of Graduate Studies MS in Clinical Research Program CLIN51502:Biostatistical Thinking and Reasoning 1 Credit HourFall 2011 Instructor: Cynthia R. Long, PhD 209 Harris Building Email: [email protected]Phone: 884-5157 Fax: 884-5227 Office Hours: Drop in or by appointment Teaching Assistant: Ying Cao, MS 210 Harris Building Email: [email protected]Phone: 884-5189 Office Hours: TBD MEETSResearch Center Classroom, LL009 Harris Building Tuesday, 11:10am-12:30pm for 10 wks 8 Nov 2010 – 24 Jan 2012 PREREQUISITES None COURSE DESCRIPTION This course includes topics on general statistical concepts such as: terminology; basic probabilistic notions; measurement issues, including sources of variation, types of measurement error (e.g. chance, systematic) and strategies for minimizing measurement error; types of variables; data description and exploration, the importance of appropriately summarizing data; and the role of statistical methods, in general, in the scientific research process. COURSE OBJECTIVESBy the conclusion of this course, students will: Recognize terminology related to statistics and the scientific method Identify measurement issues, including sources of variation and types of measurement error (e.g. chance, systematic) Identify strategies for minimizing measurement error Understand basic descriptive statistics Recognize appropriate data summaries Understand the concepts underlying inferential statistics
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