The Graduate Diploma consists of 8 units of study. The BCA program was designed to be done part-time. At two units per semester, the Graduate Diploma can be completed in two years.
Compulsory units for the Graduate Diploma include: Epidemiology, Mathematical Foundations for Biostatistics, Data Management and Statistical Computing, Principles of Statistical Inference, Regression Modelling for Biostatistics 1 and Regression Modelling for Biostatistics 2. Some students may substitute electives for units of study such as Epidemiology, Mathematical Foundations for Biostatistics, or Principles of Statistical Inference, if they have equivalent prior study.
Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma program can complete one elective unit from outside of the pool of BCA electives. These electives can be chosen from the list of endorsed courses/programs at their home university.
The Biostatistics Research/Practical Project/Thesis (WPP) is not a requirement.
On completion of the Graduate Diploma, graduates will have attained the required skills for employment as a biostatistician.
On completion of this course, students will:
- Be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the mathematical background, theory and application of the principles of epidemiology and biostatistical methods in health and medical research
- Have acquired skills in complex statistical analyses to handle a variety of practical problems using modern statistical techniques and software
- Have acquired skills in data collection and data management, including database design, quality control procedures and the ethical handling of data
- Have developed skills to identify the relevant statistical issues in practical problems in medical/health settings and to propose and implement an appropriate statistical design and/or analysis methodology
- Have developed skills and demonstrated ability to present statistical results in a format suitable for publication in health-related journals or professional reports
- Have acquired the technical skills to be able to read methodological papers in the biostatistical literature and apply the methods described therein to practical problems
- Have developed the practical and technical skills to progress to further postgraduate studies in biostatistics
- Be aware of professional codes of conduct and ethical standards such as those of the Statistical Society of Australia