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STAT6101 Further Survey Estimation

Module Overview

This module will expose you to current theory in survey inference, focusing on methodology for survey based estimation for population totals and related quantities.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • understand the differences between design-based and model-based approaches to sample survey estimation;
  • apply the estimation methods in common use of survey sampling;
  • assess the advantages and disadvantages of an estimator with respective to the underlying model assumptions and the sampling design;
  • evaluate the uncertainty associated with an estimation method.


- Historical overview. - Design-based survey estimation. - Conceptual problems of design-based inference. - Model-assisted survey estimation (post-stratification, ratio estimation, regression estimation). - Model-based survey estimation. - Variance estimation.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of methods will be used including lectures and workshops/tutorials, mixed in a 5 day course designed for students on release from the workplace. Students are also expected to read wider than the lecture material as part of their individual study, and to critically appraise different approaches.

Independent Study75
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Chambers, R.L. and Clark, R.G. (2012). An Introduction to Model-Based Survey Sampling with Application. 

Valliant, R., Dorfman, A.H. and Royall, R.M. (2000). Finite Population Sampling and Inference. 

Cochran, W.G (1977). Sampling Techniques. 

Deville,J.-C. and Sarndal,C.-E (1992). Calibration Estimators in Survey Sampling.. Journal of the American Statistical Association. ,87, 376-382 .

Sarndal, C.-E., Swensson, B. and Wretman, J (1992). Model Assisted Survey Sampling. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: STAT6093 AND STAT6095


To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

STAT6093Survey Sampling


Costs associated with this module

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.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Approved Calculators

Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.


You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.


Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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