VET410 Introduction to biostatistics

Credits (ECTS):3

Course responsible:Eystein Skjerve

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk

Course frequency:Yearly

Nominal workload:90 hours.

Teaching and exam period:Week 8: 19-23 February 2024

About this course

The course is taught over 1 week with lectures, group work and assignments. More information about the course, including the timetable, is available in Canvas after you have enrolled in the course via StudentWeb. The course forms the basis for enrollment in the course VET411. The course replaces the previous course VET410 (10ECTS).

Last time: Spring 2024

Course content:

The following topics will be presented durng the course:

- Probability theory

- Stochastic variables and probability distributions

- Important distribution in biomedical research

- Estimation and requirements for estimators

- Interval Estimation

- Formulation of hypotheses

- Hypothesis testing for continuous variables (parametric and non-parametric)

- Analysis of tables

Learning outcome

Throughout the course, the student is expected to achieve the following skills / knowledge:


  • Be familiar central probability distributions (normal distribution, binomial and poisson distribution)
  • Understand the main principles behind estimation theory and statistical hypothesis testing, including parametric and non-parametric models for continuous variables and analyses of tables


  • Be able to describe statistical patterns using tables and graphical techniques in spreadsheets and statistics programs.
  • Be able to calculate a confidence interval and conduct a hypothesis test in a given situation.
  • The course consists of a mixture of lectures, group discussions and assignments. In exercises and assignments specific datasets from the textbook and other datasets are used. Exercises and assignments are solved using spreadsheets (Excel) and recommended statistics software.
  • Teachers are available throughout the course
  • None
  • The course will be evaluated through assignments and a final course assignment to be submitted after the course.

  • Participation in the course activities is mandatory. A minimum attendance of 75% is required to pass.
  • Registration deadline: 1st of February
  • The course is open to PhD candidates, researcher students and researchers (if space) at the NMBU Veterinary Faculty. Other researchers / PhD candidates can apply for admission by contacting the research advisor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Candidates at the NMBU Veterinary Medicine will be given priority. Registration through StudentWeb.