New MMI Course on Statistical Analysis is a great success
The first run of the MMI course 'Introduction to Data Analysis' took place in the Institute of Molecular Medicine, St James's Hospital, on 17-18 January 2011.
22 graduate students and researchers from all the MMI partner institutions (NUI Galway, RCSI, TCD, UCC and UCD) attended the course, which comprised 11 hours of lectures and lab-based practical sessions delivered by the course faculty based in TCD: Drs Eleisa Heron, Carlos Pinto and Ricardo Segurado.
Day 1 lectures covered general topics such as how to visualise and present data, and introduced the most common distributions that are seen in data. The types of statistical studies as well as the notion of statistical hypothesis were explored. Day 2 lectures analysed methods of hypothesis testing and variables relationships (correlation/regression). Both days included breakout sessions in between the lectures, allowing participants to apply the various concepts via practical exercises and interactions with the course faculty.
The programme also featured interactive computer lab- based sessions, during which participants applied their new statistical knowledge in a greater depth by working on practical exercises using statistical software packages.
The Introduction to Data Analysis course is accredited by Trinity College Dublin (2.5 ECTS). Assessments comprise a case study and an MCQ examination.
Participants who successfully complete the course assessments will receive a MMI Course Certificate co-signed by representatives of the Course Faculty, the TCD Medical School of Postgraduate Studies and MMI Education & Training, acknowledging the award of credits.
Feedback received from participants was very positive. As there was great interest in this course at the application stage, we are discussing an early rerun with the course faculty. We thank the sponsors, Minitab and Statistical Solutions, for their support of this MMI Course.