BEV2007 - Observational Studies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 3 hours E

Course content

The course gives an introduction to various observational study designs, as well as methods for evaluating the association between exposure and outcome. Statistical analysis suitable for observational studies will be introduced, with focus on multiple linear and logistic regression. Principles for presentation and interpretation of results, as well as assessment of validity and causality in observational studies will be lectured. Through exercises and teamwork, the students will get an introduction to the practical application of epidemiological methods and analysis.

Learning outcome


Students have knowledge about

  • Various study designs
  • Sources of systematic errors
  • Multivariable regression analysis
  • Validity of observational studies


Students can

  • Calculate different measures of disease frequencies
  • Calculate different measures of association between exposure and disease
  • Interpret results from observational studies
  • Critically read and evaluate scientific articles on observational studies

General competence

  • Students should be able to apply basic epidemiological terminology
  • Students should have knowledge of the practical application of epidemiological methods

Learning methods and activities

Up to 42 hours of lectures/exercises. Exchange students interested in the course must consult the Department for possible admission.

Compulsory assignments

  • 70% participation in exercises

Further on evaluation

Compulsory activity

  • Compulsory activity involves participation in exercises. The exercises consist of written assignments and practical sessions.
  • Compulsory exercises are carried out in groups and assessed as approved / not approved.


  • The compulsory activities are approved for 4 years. Students with approved compulsory activities do not need to complete exercises again to take the exam.
  • If it is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Human Movement Science (BBEV)

Required previous knowledge

BEV1012 or with equivalent knowledge, and minimum 90 credits from BEV1010, BEV1011, BEV1012, BEV1013, BEV1014, BEV2006, BEV2008, BEV2009 and BEV2102. The course is reserved for students admitted to the bachelor program in Human Movement Science.

Course materials

Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IDR1505 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
IDR1508 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
BEV2002 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Sport Science
  • Human Movement Science
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 2024-04-24 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 Sluppenvegen 14 1
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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