Course Syllabus for

Applied Statistics
Tillämpad statistik

MAM005F, 1.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2016
Decided by: Mats Ohlin
Date of establishment: 2016-11-11

General Information

Division: Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching languages: English, Swedish


To give participants an introduction to a statistical thinking, statistical methodology and management of empirical data in a statistical program. After the course, participants are able to perform and interpret the results of simple statistical analyzes and critically examine elementary statistics in scientific studies.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must be able to discuss the concepts of causality and generalizability.

Course Contents

This course has a similar content as “Applied statistics” at the medical faculty, LU. The course includes the following three blocks: 1) Introduction to medical statistics a. Study design b. Generalizability c. Basic statistical concepts d. Descriptive statistics 2) Parameter estimates and hypothesis testing a. Basic principles b. P-value, confidence intervals and statistical power c. Common statistical tests for comparing two groups 3) Data management a. Create and validate datasets b. Documentation c. Basic knowledge in a statistical package (SPSS) d. Reproducible analyses (script-based) This course discusses questions that can be studied through quantitative methods. The course discuss common statistic concepts different measures of dispersions and proper graphical techniques to visualize and study characteristics of the collected data. The course will also introduce concepts like parameter estimation, and uncertainty will be discussed and described through standard errors and confidence intervals. Additionally hypothesis testing, p-values and statistical power are introduced. The course will also cover basic tests for comparing two groups e.g., t-test, Mann-Whitney, Chi-square and Fisher’s exact test. Focus will be on interpretation and on which conclusions can be drawn from the results based on statistical significance, evidence, effect size and generalizability. The course also includes a practical introduction to a statistical package (SPSS). This session focuses on principles for data management but the participants’ will also get the opportunity to conduct the statistical analyses covered in the course.

Course Literature

Björk, J.: Praktisk statistik för medicin och hälsa.. Liber, 2010.
Alternative in English: Kirkwood B and Sterne J. Essential Medical Statistics. Blackwell Science, 2a upplagan, 2003. Kapitel B: 2-8 samt C: 14, 15 och 17.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, exercises

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written report, written assignments. Active participation (>80%) and written report.
Grading scale: Failed, pass
Examiner: Senior lecturer Jakob Löndahl

Admission Details

Admission requirements: Admission to postgraduate studies.
Minimum number of participants: 3
The number of participants is limited to: 10
Selection criteria: Based on need to carry out research work.

Course Occasion Information

Start date: 2020-11-01. Start date is approximate.
End date: 2020-12-30
Course pace: 25% of full time

Application Information

The course is given in Swedish

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinators:

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