Research Data Management

Event Details

Course Title: Research Data Management
Dates: 7 - 9 August 2018    
Time: 9.00am - 12.30pm each day
Room 1.053
Health Education & Learning Precinct (HELP)
Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
Level 1 West Building
Royal Children's Hospital
Flemington Road
Duration: 3 half days
$190.00 for internal applicants ** Fee applies to staff from MCRI, RCH and DOPs only
$825.00 for external applicants
$495.00 for external full-time students 

Course Details

This course is run over three mornings. The first two mornings are lecture-style sessions with small group exercises. They cover the concepts of data management necessary to consider before starting collection of data for your research project.  The sessions identify the processes required to achieve good quality data and discuss how those processes can be managed.  The focus is on designing and maintaining a simple database, but issues that require consideration for more complex databases will also be addressed.

The third morning is the 'Data Management in Action' hands-on session which takes place in a computer lab.  Participants are taken through the processes of data cleaning and file management. REDCap and Stata will be used for data entry and data checking, respectively. No prior knowledge of these packages is necessary for the course but participants should understand they will require knowledge of a stats package in order to check and clean their own research data. The focus will be on the mechanics of data cleaning and organising the storage of the many files produced for a research project, not the specifics of the software packages used. However, participants will need to be familiar with computer file management within Microsoft Windows, e.g. how to recognise different file types by their extensions and how to move files between directories.

At the completion of the course participants should:

  • Understand the importance of ensuring the highest quality data for analysis purposes
  • Understand that time spent carefully planning the collections and cleaning of data avoids time-wasting and frustration at the analysis stage
  • Be able to design a simple database
  • Understand the issues involved when designing a complex, relational database and know when to seek advice
  • Be able to organise project data and analysis files in a systematic manner that will support well documented and reproducible results

Prerequisite: familiarity with computer file management within Microsoft Windows.

Materials supplied: full set of course notes plus a zipped file containing the files and directory structure used for the 'Data Management inAction' hands-on session. 
Participants to supply: not applicable.
Refreshments: morning tea will be provided.


The process for registering for CEBU courses is changing from 2018.  Registration will now be via Trybooking whether you are paying via cost centre transfer, invoice or credit card. Please note there is an additional Trybooking fee of 30 cents per registration which will be applied when your register online.

Internal participants:
Please contact Marian Chandler via email prior to accessing Trybooking if you want to organise a cost centre transfer or invoice.  Marian will provide you with a unique promotional code which will allow you to proceed to the checkout without entering payment details. The cost centre transfer process remains the same whereby you should advise your admin/finance person to arrange the transfer of funds from your cost centre to CEBU 68092 and CC Marian into the correspondence so that payment can be confirmed.  

Payment by credit card: Proceed directly to Trybooking and follow the prompts to register.

Register for Research Data Management here:

Cancellation of registration:  No refund of payment will be paid for cancellations or swapping of course dates unless received 7 calendar days prior to the course start date.

Marian Chandler
Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Unit (CEBU)
Murdoch Children's Research Institute
The Royal Children's Hospital
Flemington Road
T: 9936 6049