Bachelor's degree in Sport and Exercise Science (from 2008-2009)

Statistics applied to movement sciences

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Maria Elisabetta Zanolin
Maria Elisabetta Zanolin
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MOTORIE 2° semestre dal Mar 2, 2020 al May 31, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

The main objectives of the course are to provide the essential knowledge of the discipline, to make students able to calculate and interpret the most common descriptive and inferential statistics used in the scientific literature.


1) Measurement: measurement scales and validity, precision and accuracy. 2) Statistical variables and frequency distributions. 3) Descriptive statistics (measures of position and variability, contingency tables). 4) Introduction to probability theory. 5) From sample to population: principles of statistical inference. a. Confidence intervals; b. hypothesis testing (t-test for comparing two means, t-test for paired data, test for comparing proportions). 6) The Chi-Squared distribution and the analysis of frequencies. 7) Correlation and simple linear regression; interpretation of multiple regression analysis. 8) ANOVA: the analysis of variance.  Fowler J, Jarvis P, Chevannes M (2006) Statistica per le professioni sanitarie. EdiSES: Napoli.  Triola MM, Triola MF (2009) Statistica per le discipline biosanitarie. Ed. Pearson.  Mecatti F (2015) Statistica di base, II edizione. Ed. McGrawHill, Milano.  Verlato G, Zanolin ME (2000) Esercizi di Statistica Medica, Informatica ed Epidemiologia. Editrice Libreria Cortina: Verona.  Villani S, Borrelli P.(2013) Excel & Statistica Medica. Ed. Medea s.r.l. Pavia

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
W. W. Daniel, C. L. Cross Biostatistica Concetti di base per l’analisi statistica delle scienze dell’area medico-sanitaria (Edizione 3) EdiSES 2019 9788833190419
Norman G, Streiner D Biostatistica: quello che avreste voluto sapere... (Edizione 2) Ambrosiana 2015
Verlato G, Zanolin ME Esercizi di Statistica Medica, Informatica ed Epidemiologia Libreria Cortina Editrice, Verona 2000
Swinscow TDV, Campbell MJ Le basi della Statistica per scienze bio-mediche Edizioni Minerva Medica S.p.A., Torino 2004
Triola MM, Triola MF Statistica per le Discipline Biosanitarie Pearson 2009
Dancey CP, Reidy JG, Rowe R Statistica per le scienze mediche Piccin Nuova Libraria S.p.A. 2016 978-88-299-2765-4

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of a written exam followed by an optional oral exam. The written exam contains multiple choice questions and open answer exercises. Oral exam deals mainly with the written exam answers.

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