Experimental Design and Biostatistics


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained previous in the study programme.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge of the principles of hypothesis-driven research. 
  • Have knowledge of different types of experimental designs and their ethical considerations. 
  • Have knowledge about the scientific quality criteria such as internal and external validity, reliability, causality, generalizability and different types of bias. 
  • Have knowledge of inclusion and exclusion criteria.
  • Have knowledge of methods to test data for normality. 
  • Have knowledge of methods for parametric and non-parametric statistical tests. 
  • Have knowledge of methods for visualizing discrete and continuous statistical outcomes. 
  • Have knowledge of methods to estimate sample size.   


  • Be able to write an experimental protocol, including selection of the experimental design, sample size consideration and inclusion/exclusion criteria.
  • Be able to select and apply the appropriate statistical method for a specific hypothesis.
  • Be able to generate visualizations of discrete and continuous statistical outcomes.
  • Be able to apply dedicated statistical data analysis software. 


  • Be able to reflect on the strength and weaknesses of a specific experimental protocol.  
  • Be able to reflect on the applied statistical methods and generate a conclusion. 
  • Be able to critically review the conclusions drawn based on an experimental protocol and statistical methods.  

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examExperimental Design and Biostatistics
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aidsInformation about allowed helping aids for the examination will be published in the description of the semester/module.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleEksperimentalt design og biostatistik
Module codeM-BM-K2-2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science