Course Overview

Do you use or abuse statistical testing? The pharmaceutical industry makes widespread use of statistical tests, from clinical trials through to comparing results when transferring test methods or processes from one site to another. It is essential that the right test is correctly applied to each situation and this course will detail some of the common tests and how they should be correctly applied and interpreted.

Key Learning Objectives

On completion of this course delegates will:

  • Understand the basic concept of statistical testing; the hypothesis and the null-hypothesis
  • Understand the range of statistical tests that are applicable to the pharmaceutical industry
  • Have ‘hands-on’ experience in using statistical software to perform statistical testing and to interpret the output

Course Outline

Statistical Testing with Two Groups

  • The use of the t-test and paired t-test to compare two normally distributed groups

Statistical Testing with Three, or more, Groups

  • The use of analysis of variance (ANOVA) to compare three, or more, normally distributed groups

Nonparametric Tests

  • Tests that can be used when the data is not normally distributed; normality test, mann-whitney, wilcoxon and kruskal-wallis tests

Tests for Categorical Data

  • The use of the chi-squared test to determine whether there is a significant difference between the expected frequencies and the observed frequencies in one or more categories

Statistical Power and Sample Size

  • The relationship between the sample size and discriminating power; including discussion of the question how big does your sample have to be to give you the answer you need?

Correlation and Outliers

  • The use of correlation coefficients and outlier tests

Who Should Attend

  • Managers wishing to drive quality and other improvements based on an objective analysis of data
  • Personnel involved in the design, maintenance and operation of quality systems, both at sites and corporately
  • QPs and other quality professionals supporting regulatory filings and GMP inspection activities

Attend this course alongside our one day Statistical Process Control course on 11th September.

Your Tutor

David Young – David is a lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Modelling Science, University of Strathclyde who has worked in the pharmaceutical industry and has conducted research in Medical statistics and Epidemiology.

Course Fees

Course cost (excluding VAT)  £790.00


Early bird and multiple delegate booking discounts available. Discounts also offered to NHS staff, regulators,
charities and some self-funding individuals – contact us for details

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