Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
The basic principles underlying survey design and estimation
Methods for designing and selecting a sample from a population
How to estimate finite population parameters, e.g. totals and means, for some standard sampling schemes
How to assess estimation errors
Transferable and Generic
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:
The ability to analyse and solve problems
The use of the statistical software STATA
The module takes a design-based approach to inference for survey populations. Topics include: survey estimation strategy, target populations and sampling frames, methods of sampling (probability vs non-probability sampling), simple random sampling, inclusion probabilities, unequal probability sampling, stratified sampling, ratio and regression estimation, systematic sampling, cluster sampling, two-stage sampling.
Resources and reading list
You will require access to the STATA software, which is available on the University's computer workstations. Note that this software is not currently available for download to your own computer for use with your studies.
One important text book which covers most of the syllabus is Lohr, S. (2010) Sampling: Design and Analysis (2nd edition), Brooks/Cole.
Indicative Reading List
- W. G. Cochran (1977). Sampling Techniques (3rd edition). New York: Wiley.
- L. C. Hamilton (2008). Statistics with Stata (Updated for Version 10). Brooks/Cole.
- S. Lohr (2010). Sampling: Design and Analysis (2nd edition). Brooks/Cole.
- C. E. Sarndal, B. Swensson, J. H. Wretman (1992). Model Assisted Survey Sampling. New York: Springer.
||% contribution to final mark
Referral Method: By examination
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential
textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory
reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic
requirements for each programme of study.
Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the
University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University
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