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SIBS Syllabus

A tenative syllabus for Summer 2017 based on the 2016 syllabus is shown below; the 2016 events are mapped to the 2017 dates for the program (June 11 - July 21, 2017). The actual syllabus is still being finalized but will be similar.

On most days (Mon-Fri), instruction will be in the form of lectures, special presentations, and group panel discussions in a morning (AM) session from 10:00 am - noon. In the afternoon (PM) session from 1:30 pm - 3:30pm, students will engage in "hands-on" activities including learning to use statistical software, data analyses, and computer simulation exercises.

Each week will feature a field trip related to issues of importance to biostatistics. Bus transportation will be provided.

Following common statistical practice, students will be randomized into teams of 2-3. During the first week of the program, each team will be assigned a project involving data from a real study carried out by Duke Clinical Research Institute or other research institutions. Over the course of the program, teams will become familiar with the data and, using techniques learned in class, carry out analyses to address the questions from the study. Teams will present their results during the last week of the program.

On weekends, we will take several "fun" field trips to attractions in the Triangle area and beyond. Field trips given below are representative and are subject to change.

Week 1
06/11/2017All DayArrival, Registration, and Opening Dinner and Social
06/12/201710:00am - 12:00pmIntroduction to SIBS and "How I become interested in statistics:" Personal histories of SIBS instructors
06/12/201701:30pm - 03:30pmDescriptive statistics and probability
06/13/201710:00am - 12:00pm@Duke - Clinical research and the role of biostatistics
06/13/201701:30pm - 03:30pmRandomized trials vs observational studies
06/14/201710:00am - 12:00pmPopulation, sample, and sampling.
06/14/201712:15pm - 01:15pmLunch - Recent media account of health research, grad school, etc.
06/14/201701:30pm - 03:30pmIntroduction to SAS Statistical Software.
06/15/201710:00am - 12:00pmHypothesis testing, estimation, and confidence intervals.
06/15/201701:30pm - 03:30pmIntroduction to R and random sampling on the computer
06/16/201710:00am - 12:00pmHypothesis testing, estimation, and confidence intervals, continued
06/16/201701:30pm - 03:30pmStatistical software for hypothesis tests on confidence intervals.
06/17/2017All DayTrip to North Carolina Cost, Wrightsville Beach

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