EH5801: Epidemiology and Data Collection

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 1.
Teaching Methods: 8 x 3hr(s) Lectures; Other (self-directed study and independent research)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Dr Birgit Greiner, School of Public Health.
Module Objective: An overview of the epidemiological approach to the monitoring of health and safety in the workplace is given. Data collection methods, the choice of appropriate study design, the interpretation and use of statistics and the role of computers in the research and information management process are examined.
Module Content: Introduction to Occupational Epidemiology and the epidemiological approach to study design and practice. Covering major epidemiological (observational and experimental study) design types, criteria for establishing a causal relationship, the role of bias, confounding and chance in epidemiological studies. Identifying, locating and evaluating current sources of heatlh and safety information. Validity and reliability of data. Data protection. Data management. Using data - How to calculate and use descriptive and infererntial statistics, including: basic descriptive measures; means, meridians and modes; standard deviation and percentiles; histograms and bar charts, the normal distribution; the estimation of normal ranges.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Design a simple data collection form for data collection in the workplace.
  • Describe the general approaches to statistical significance testing and confidence interval estimation.
  • Outline the basic study designs used in monitoring health in the workplace and the type of inference that can be drawn from such studies.
  • Design a strategy for evaluating the success of health and safety interventions.
  • Calculate simple summary measures on a set of data and present them in an understandable format.
  • Identify the types and sources of health and safety statistics in common use.
  • Interpret the legal and ethical requirement of data collection.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (3 x statistical exercises, 50 marks; 1 x 1,000 word essay, 50 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40% Students need to pass each element of continuous assessment independently. For students who do not satisfy this requirement, the overall mark achieved in the module and 'Fail Special Requirement' will be recorded.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the module coordinator).

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