Requirements
Before November 2017
To be able to cope with the module, you will require the following
English : The course is conducted in English
Mathematics :
We assumed that you have at least high school level mathematics, and able to recognize the mathematical symbols and concepts in the following list.
 +, , *, /, as mathematical operators of add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Please note that, in computers we use * and not x
as a symbol for multiply.
 Algebra, the use of variables such as y = a + bx meaning the value of y is a plus b multiplied by x.
 Functions, particularly sqrt(), log(), exp(), sin(), cos()
Midwifery Terminology and Concepts :
The course material was originally produced for midwives, and demonstrated using common midwifery scenarios, such as gestational age,
sex of babies, birth weight, duration of first second and third stage, blood loss, and others. It
is assumed that Midwifery students will understand these terms, and Reproductive Medicine students not familiar with midwifery terminology will be able to cope by access the Dictionary or use the email to ask questions
Computers :
We assumed that you will :
 Have access to a computer and able to do the following with it
 Switch it on and off,
 Attach thumb drive and other devices
 Able to search and find files
 Know how to use the Web browser, enter data into text boxes, and click on links and buttons
 Able to copy and paste blocks of text, data, or graphic bitmap from one application to another, using the shorthand keys
 Copy : ctrl+c for Windows, Command+c for Apple Mac
 Paste : ctrl+v for Windows, Command+v for Apple Mac
 Able to bring a lap top to the workshops, or to be able to share one with another student.
 Able to communicate using emails and have an email address.
Do these before the workshops in November 2017
Much needs to be covered within 8 sessions of 3 hours each in the workshops during November.
Students should therefore be prepared, so as not to be
handicapped by difficulties in navigating through the course contents or performing the statistical procedures
Between May, 2017, when the web site is activated, and the workshops in November 2017, students should do the following
 Become familiar with the web site using your favourite web browser.
 Learn to navigate the web site, using either the menu bar at the top of every page, or the
Site Map. Both provide links to all the pages. The menu is more convenient,
the site map contains more description of the pages.
 Read through as much of the course contents as possible. Learn the easy stuff, identify the difficult bits.
Email Professor Chang and ask questions if clarification or
additional explanations are needed.
 Perform the statistical procedures using the StatPgm pages.
 Try the examples, and understand the output.
 Try using the programs for the exercises
 Deliberately feed in erroneous input, and see what may cause the programs to malfunction.
 Acquire and become familiar with other necessary computer software. You will need :
 A text editor. The recommended one is Microsoft Word
 A graphic editor. The recommended one is Microsoft Powerpoint
 A data editor. The recommended one is Microsoft Excel
 Learn to transfer data and graphics images between computer programs, the various editors,
and any other computer applications that you may wish to use.
 Should you prefer your own commercial software to support your study, such as SPSS, SAS, STATA,
or other graphic creators, make sure that you are able to perform the tasks required in the course.
 Do the exercises. Do them repeatedly even after you have managed to do it correctly, until
you can do them without hesitation, without the need to consult explanation pages, and making no mistakes. Remember doing
exercises is to acquire skills and not knowledge, and skills can only be acquired by repetition.
 Consult the Questions & Answers page occasionally. Find out what questions and answers relevant
to other students
 Email Professor Chang if you have any questions or suggestions
for additional information.
