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STATISTICS FOR BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
STATISTICA PER LE SCIENZE BIOMEDICHE

A.Y. Credits
2020/2021 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Marco Bruno Luigi Rocchi tuesday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and by appointment after class
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Sanitary Nutritional and Environmental Biology (LM-6)
Curriculum: Percorso comune
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Learning Objectives

The course aims to give students a methodological training and basic statistics, not separated from the acquisition of an operational capability in the face of real problems

Program

1. Outline of probability. 

2. Population and sample. 

3. Measuring scale variables. 

4. Main indices of position (arithmetic mean, median and mode) 

and dispersion (variation range, variance, standard deviation, coefficient of variation, 

quartiles, interquartile range). 

5. bivariate statistics: regression and correlation. 

6. Main distributions: Binomial, Poisson, Gaussian. 

7. The sampling distributions: distribution of the sample mean and t-distribution. 

8. Test: the z test; the Student t test (for one and two samples). 

9. Confidence intervals for the means and proportions. 

10. Anova and nonparametric statistics 

11. The scientific method and unscientific methods 

12. The research protocol 

13. The rationale 

14. The literature search 

15. Randomization 

16. Blindness 

17. Experimental design 

18. Sample size 

19. Assessment tools and their properties: reliability, validity, responsiveness, least significant difference, sensitivity and specificity 

20. Deviations from the protocol and their treatment 

21. Critical reading a scientific paper

Bridging Courses

None

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

In relation to statistics for biomedical sciences, students should show possession of: 

D1 - the mastery of basic skills; 

D2 - the understanding of the fundamental concepts of the discipline 

D3 - the ability to use knowledge and concepts to reason according to the logic of the discipline

D4 - the ability to communicate to specialist and non-specialist audiences

D5 - the ability to study in an autonomous manner

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Seminars; guided exercises 
 


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Frontal lessons

Attendance

None; attendance is strongly recommended

Course books

Rocchi MBL: Statistica e metodologia della ricerca per le discipline biomediche e psicocomportamentali, Edizioni Goliardiche, Trieste, 2007 

R.R.Sokal, F.J.Rohlf, Biometry, Frreman, 1998

Assessment

Written test (multiple chioce quizzes regarding the theoretical part; exercises); the oral exam is optional (after passing the written test with at least 18/30 score)

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

 Material available on blended.uniurb.it can be advantageously used

Attendance

None

Course books

 As for attending students

Assessment

 As for attending students

Notes

The student can request to sit the final exam in English with an alternative bibliography. (Course with optional materials in a foreign language) 

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