The unit is offered only in distance mode. Our means of communication will be via notes which can be obtained from ilearn, e-mail, and forums on ilearn. Our primary communication method is via ilearn and we expect you to log in at least weekly to check for announcements and release of assignments and so on.
The unit relies heavily on the prescribed text Hosmer, Lemeshow and May (see below). The study notes provide a guide to readings in this text, as well as sometimes to other readings, which will be provided. They also provide additional explanation where this is needed. In the study notes for each module, tutorial exercises are given, mostly referring to exercises in Hosmer, Lemeshow and May.
We will be using ilearn for online discussions, posting of course notes, assignments, solutions and data sets, and submission of exercises, and assignments.
The prescribed text is Hosmer DW, Lemeshow S and May S (2008). Applied Survival Analysis, John Wiley and Sons, Second Edition. This is essential as it has readings which are required. Online copies are available from the library. There are numerous texts on survival analysis which you may wish to consult, but the following may be particularly helpful because of its use of Stata:
Cleves MA, Gould WW, Gutierrez RG and Marchenko Y (2010). An Introduction to Survival Analysis using Stata, Third Edition, Stata Press.
Other useful texts are:
Klein JP and Moeschberger ML (2003). Survival analysis : techniques for censored and truncated data, Springer.
Kleinbaum DG (2012). Survival analysis : a self-learning text, Springer-Verlag.
Allison PD (2010). Survival Analysis Using SAS: A Practical Guide}, SAS Instiutute. (for those using SAS)
Moore, DF (2010). Applied Survival Analysis using R, Springer. (for those using R)
Therneau, TM and Grambsch, PM (2001). Modeling Survival Data: Extending the Cox Model, Springer. (more advanced treatment with code for SAS and R)
We will be using Stata (version 12, preferably 13 or later). While Stata has a GUI we will be using the command language. It is still useful to experiment with the GUI, as the corresponding commands are available in the Review pane.You will need your own copy of Stata, and will need to purchase it directly from the suppliers. You can place your order via the Survey Design website at http://www.surveydesign.com.au/buygradplan.html . For those that haven't used Stata previously there is much introductory material on the web. A useful starting point is http://www.stata.com/links/resources-for-learning-stata/, and particularly good is http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata You should especially learn the use of do files, as these allow for storing a series of commands. If you do wish to buy an introductory text on Stata then "An Introduction to Stata for Health Researchers" by S. Juul and M. Frydenberg, Stata Press. 4th end, 2014 is good. There are other texts available in the library.
GradPlan Stata IC 14 with perpetual licence (consisting of CD for Windows, Mac or Linux, including PDF of manuals) = $AUD283
GradPlan Stata IC 14 - as above but with a one-year licence = $AUD179
GradPlan Stata IC 14 - as above but with a six month licence = $AUD107 (this will be sufficient time to complete the course)
These prices are for the downloadable version. A DVD can be sent for an additional $AUD56. A valid Australian or NZ university e-mail address is required.
There is also a Small Stata option; however, this is limited to around 1,000 observations which will not be sufficient. Any of the other options have capabilities beyond what is needed for the course.