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503 FETP: Epidemiologic Application of Microcomputers


To enable students to use computers as a tool in their routine epidemiological studies and report writing activities. At the end of this course should be

  • conversant with the commonly used computer hardware, operating systems and software
  • able to produce a well formatted document using a word processing software and a graphical package
  • able to use computer for data analysis while using Epi Info software

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to computer software/ hardware/ operating systems currently in use
  • Skill development in word processing using a currently popular software e.g. Microsoft word
  • Skill development in graphic presentation using a currently popular software e.g. Microsoft powerpoint
  • Skill development in worksheet using a currently popular software e.g. Microsoft Excel
  • Skill development in using internet and email for search of epidemiological material and communication
  • Using Epi Info (windows based) for designing data entry form, entering data into computer and data analysis

Teaching Strategy:

  • Teaching will consists of short lectures followed by on-hand training on computers for skill development.

Course Assessment:

  • The course will contribute 200 marks to the final evaluation. Assessment will be based on evaluation of
  • Microsoft Office assignments 15% (30 marks)
  • Epi-Info assignments 85% (170 marks)