Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Simon Moss


The aim of this unit is to enhance the ability of students to undertake multivariate statistical procedures, including ANCOVAs, MANOVAs, discriminant function analysis, multiple regression, canonical correlation, and factor analysis. Statistical concepts, such as the benefits of statistical control, power, effect size, outliers, and assumptions, are also addressed.


After completing this unit successfully, students should be able to:

  1. Design a study to optimize the information that statistical analyses could yield;
  2. Select and apply the appropriate statistical analyses to explore multivariate data;
  3. Apply creative and insightful analytic methods to maximise the utility of research;
  4. Justify and report the tools and procedures that were utilized;
  5. Understand the breadth of sophisticated, intricate and novel techniques that are available to analyse data.


Statistics journal 60%, Booklet of approximately 50 questions 40%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Simon Moss

Off-campus attendance requirements

Five-day off-campus workshop

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