Survey Sampling - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments (40%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,600.00
Domestic continuing 2,472.00
International 2,850.00
International continuing 2,722.00

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This unit of study aims to give students an understanding of the main principles and methods of sampling required to collect and analyse social survey data. In particular it aims to introduce students to key concepts in sampling such as a sampling frame, non-response, variance, survey weights and design effects, and how to select samples using the main probability sampling methods (simple random sampling, systematic sampling, stratified sampling and cluster sampling). Students are shown how to perform estimation techniques for the various sampling methods and how to calculate sample sizes for surveys with different constraints.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to: 
  1. Argue the purpose and features of a sampling frame
  2. Choose a suitable sampling frame for a study
  3. Compare the basic probability sampling methods including, simple random sampling, systematic sampling, stratified sampling and cluster sampling
  4. Set up simple random samples, stratified samples and cluster samples from sampling frames using appropriate software
  5. Estimate population parameters from complex samples using appropriate software
  6. Evaluate the effect of small populations in the calculation of confidence intervals
  7. Estimate sample sizes for complex designs
  8. Appraise the effects of non-response bias
  9. Construct population weightings for sampled data.
  • Assignments (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quiz (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HMS786 — Survey Sampling

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Pre-Requisite: Admission to a postgraduate Applied Statistics program.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — You will be asked to sign and return an agreement form in order to obtain a free copy of SAS 9.2. Note: SAS will only run on a Windows platform.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Theory and practice of sampling methods for social surveys
2Introduction to SAS
3Probability sampling including
4Simple random sampling
5Systemic sampling
6Stratified sampling
7Cluster sampling
8Estimation methods for: Means, totals, proportions, ratios
9Confidence intervals of the estimators.
10Sample size calculations
11Non-response bias
12Weighting data
13Non-probability sampling methods

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

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  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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