PF6613: Introductory Statistics for the BioPharma Industry

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 10, Max 50.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 3.
Teaching Methods: 6 x 3hr(s) Workshops (webinars, lectures, practicals, case studies and presentations); 50hr(s) Directed Study; 32hr(s) Other (self-directed study)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sonja Vucen, School of Pharmacy.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Pharmacy.
Module Objective: To provide an introduction to a number of basic statistical concepts that can be applied in the control and monitoring of processes in the BioPharma industry.
Module Content: Basic concepts and definitions. Presenting and summarising data. Measurement of central tendency and variation of data. Presentation of data. Probability and probability distributions. Statistical hypothesis testing. Sampling techniques and determination of sample size. Linear regression and correlation.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Recognise the importance of statistical analysis in the BioPharma industry.
  • Define key statistical terminology.
  • Distinguish between descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Perform statistical analysis of data.
  • Make justifiable conclusions by identifying different types of variables and appropriate statistical methods.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Statistical assignment, 60 marks; Term test, 40 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Oral if required.
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: 50%.
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 School of Pharmacy).

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