EPIB 607  Fall 2012 Principles of Inferential Statistics in Medicine Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:002:55pm Location: Purvis room 25 Office hours: Tuesdays 9:3011:00pm in Purvis room 48 or by appointment Erica E. M. Moodie and Olli Saarela Erica's contact details: Purvis Hall room 38B TA: TBA TA office hour: TBA 

Prerequisite:  Basic understanding of
differentiable and integral
calculus. Enrollment in the Epidemiology program at McGill University. 

Objectives:  The aim of this course is to provide students with basic principles of statistical inference applicable to clinical and epidemiologic so that they can: (i) understand how statistical methods are used by others, (ii) apply statistical methods in their own research, and (iii) use the methods learned in this course as a foundation for more advanced biostatistics courses.  
Content: 


Texts:  Required
text: Baldi B and Moore D S. The Practice of Statistics in the Life Sciences, 2nd edition. Freeman and Company. NOTE: Used or less expensive copies of the text may be available in the bookstore or online (e.g. at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca). You can also buy this as an eBook. Course notes: These are available as a PDF document on webCT to download. Additional resource: Moore D and McCabe G. Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, 6th Edition. 2007. Freeman and Company. Armitage P, Berry G, and Matthews JNS. Statistical Methods in Medical Research, Fourth Edition. 2002. Blackwell Scientific Publications. Note: These are excellent books. If you have a friend in the class with whom to share a book, you may want to consider buying one copy of this and one of Baldi & Moore. 

Equipment:  Hand calculators (with square
root, log, and exponential function) are required.
The R
software package will be introduced and used
for inclass illustrations. R
is available under GPL (free) at http://lib.stat.cmu.edu/R/CRAN. 

Evaluation:  Assignments
20% Midterm exam 30% Project 10% Final exam 40% The final grade will consist of a letter grade. This will be determined by taking the maximum of: (Homework/Project 30% + Midterm Exam 30% + Final exam 40%) and (Homework/Project 30% + Final Exam 70%). The midterm will be held in class date October TBA (closed book, but you may bring one 8x11 sheet of notes). The project is due TBA. The final will be held TBA (closed book, formula sheet provided). No makeup work will be allowed for assignments unless a valid & demonstrable reason is presented within one week of the original due date. 

Note on academic integrity: McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see http://www.mcgill.ca/integrity/ for more information). 

NOTE: ASSIGNMENTS & SOLUTIONS, HANDOUTS WILL BE POSTED ON WEBCT. 