STATS 740 : Sample Surveys
2021 Semester Two (1215) (15 POINTS)
STATS 740 provides an introduction to design and analysis of sample surveys. The first part of the course focuses on the design of surveys, with examples from recent or undergoing surveys. We will define sampling frames, target populations, different types of error, sampling error and sampling designs. We will briefly introduce different sampling designs such as simple random sampling, stratified, clustered, multistage, and pps (probability proportional to size). The second part of the course involves the analysis of data that arises from sample surveys. This part is more mathematical and includes formal definitions of sampling designs, as well as formal mathematical proofs. We will study estimators of totals, ratios and regression coefficients. We will also consider post-design techniques such as post stratification, the regression estimator and calibration estimator. This course is designed for students that are interested in learning how to design and analyse surveys, including sampling theory and software. Each week has a 1-hour R tutorial and a 2-hour lecture.
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
- Explain and apply different probabilistic sampling designs (Capability 1)
- Apply survey sampling methods to estimate totals, means and regression coefficients under complex survey designs. (Capability 1)
- Recognise and interpret feasible and useful sampling designs for different survey scenarios. (Capability 1 and 4)
- Use and apply statistical software for the analyses of complex surveys. (Capability 1, 3 and 5)
- Describe methods to enhance analyses of existing sampling surveys using readily-available information. (Capability 2 and 3)
|Final Exam||60%||Individual Examination|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 150 hours per semester involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect 2 hours of lectures a week, a 1 hour tutorial a week, 3.5 hours of reading and thinking about the content, 4 hours of work on assignments/tutorials per week and 2 hours of test and exam preparation per week.
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