Research in Biomedical Sciences


Course Objective

After the course, students will be able to: discuss the (dis)advantages
of different research designs; explain the relationship between sample,
population and model; use excel to manage research data and conduct
basic statistical analyses; explain what a confidence interval is;
explain how a statistical test works; select the appropriate analysis
technique given a basic research design.

Course Content

In this course the emphasis is on how biomedical knowledge is
systematically acquired. This includes what types of (epidemiological)
research there are and their advantages and disadvantages. What types of
information does this research yield and how can this information be
used to make decisions about research hypotheses. There is ample
attention for the development of conceptual understanding of inferential
statistics. This understanding of inferential statistics will be applied
with several different basic techniques to the practice of biomedical
scientists. There is extensive attention to the interpretation of the
results, and the weight that the use of statistical results have in
scientific practice.

Teaching Methods

Lectures - on average 2 hours a week; Seminars- on average 2 hours a
week; Computer practical classes - on average 3 hours a week; Research
for the research project: 2 times during the course.

Method of Assessment

There are two (closed book) partial exams that taken together form 75%
of the grade. If the combined average of the exams is insufficient, then
there is one resit exam worth 75% covering the material of both partial
exams. The research project consists of a research report (25%).


Primary course material is "The practice of Statistics in the Life
Sciences" by Brigitte Baldi and David S. Moore (Fourth -or Third-
edition). ISBN-13:
978-1-319-18760-6. Additional study materials will be made available
through Canvas.

Target Audience

This is a required course for students in the first year of the Bachelor
program Biomedical Sciences.

Additional Information

This course contributes to the end goals of the bachelor program in the
area of academic skills in the following way: During the course you will
write an individual report about a research project that is part of the
assessment of this course. Secondly, this course contributes to
developing an academic attitude due to the focus on critical
considerations that play a role in making decisions about conducting
research in practice. This is assessed in the exam.

Custom Course Registration

Registration for this course module, lectures and exam is through VUnet. After you have registered, the faculty will automatically enrol you into the different (computer)practicals and workshops.

Recommended background knowledge

Introduction to Biomedical Sciences

General Information

Course Code AB_1142
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator T. van den Berg MSc
Teaching Staff T. van den Berg MSc
dr. L.D.J. Kuijper
H.R. Zoomer

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Study Group*, Lecture, Computer lab*, Meeting*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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