FOR20100 Applied Biostatistics

Academic Year 2022/2023

This introductory module, which requires only elementary algebra, is designed to explain and illustrate the statistical ideas and techniques that are an essential skill for a biological scientist engaged in the conduct or interpretation of experimentation. You will discover different types of data distributions and the parameters that define them. You will see how statistics calculated from samples are related to true values in the population from which the sample was drawn. The basic idea of a significance test will be developed and used to adjudicate on the significance, or otherwise, of observed differences. You will also be introduced to the measurement and analysis of the association between variables.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Summarise, describe and compare data sets.Estimate population parameters using sample estimates.Formally test hypotheses about population parameters and adjudicate on them with stated levels of confidence.Apply basic methods for investigating linear relationships between variables.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module with consist of face to face lectures for 45 minutes on two afternoons for 12 weeks. Students will also have to attend one one-hour tutorial each week starting week 3 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
STAT20070 - Data Modelling for Science

Applied Biostatistics (CPSC20010)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Online MCQ Week 12 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Online MCQ Week 8 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Online MCQ Week 4 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Group feedback on MCQs etc will be given.

Name Role
Cathal O'Hara Tutor