HMET5130 – Linear Regression Analyses

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Course content

This course gives a thorough description of linear regression modelling, starting from the basics of measuring correlation between two variables and simple linear regression. The course proceeds through multiple regression, the inclusion of dummy variables, and the problems of confounding and interactions. Model checking is also covered. Computer exercises will be used throughout the course. The aim of the course is to make students able to perform linear regression analyses in their own work.

Learning outcome


You will gain knowledge of:

  • Interpretation of linear regression models
  • Relationship between correlation and linear regression
  • Regression coefficients
  • Interpretation of interaction terms
  • The assumptions of linear regression analyses, identify violation of the assumptions and learn possible remedies for the violations


You will learn how to:

  • Perform linear regression analyses in practice, using software such as Stata
  • Check that assumptions of the model are fulfilled
  • Identify confounding variables and understand why they are confounders

General competence

You will be able to:

  • Perform linear regression analyses in your work and research


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Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with HMM4101 – Research methods and statistics (discontinued)



IMPORTANT: Offered last time FALL 2022: Students will be following parts of the lectures in HMET4101.  Pay attention to the information in Canvas for a detailed time table.


Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.



Home exam (4 hours)


The Board at the University of Oslo has decided to introduce detailed guidelines for all examinations, which take place at the University. The description of the grading should be clear and transparent. This is done to ensure alignment between learning outcomes, assignments, and grading. The Faculty of Medicine has developed a web page with information regarding exams and the grading procedures (norwegian version).

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

All written and printed material. Four types of calculators are allowed to be used during the examination:

  • Citizen SR-270X
  • Citizen SR270X BTSPU
  • Casio FX-82MS
  • TI-30XIIS.

Language of examination

For students at Eu-HEM: English

For students at HEPAM: The problem set will be given in English. Answers can be given in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

For HEPMA students:

For Eu-HEM students:

An EU-hem student cannot present her or himself for the examination in a course more than two times. There will be held re-sits for EU-hem students who have failed an exam or who have legitimate absence (usually illness) in January and August. If you are entitled to a re-sit you must contact the student advisor via email no longer than one week after the result of the exam has been published.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






IMPORTANT: Offered last time FALL 2022: Students will be following parts of the lectures in HMET4101.  Pay attention to the information in Canvas for a detailed time table.


Offered last time Fall 2022

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