Survey Sampling - 2018

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Unit summary

STA70005

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments - 2 (40%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
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Domestic 2,830.00
Domestic continuing 2,620.00
International 3,080.00
International continuing 2,870.00

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This unit of study gives students an understanding of the main principles and methods of sampling required to collect and analyse social survey data. In particular, it introduces 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.

After successfully completing this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Choose a suitable sampling frame for a study
  2. Compare the basic probability sampling methods including, simple random sampling, systematic sampling, stratified sampling and cluster sampling
  3. Estimate population parameters from complex samples using appropriate software
  4. Evaluate the effect of small populations in the calculation of confidence intervals
  5. Estimate sample sizes for complex designs
  6. Appraise the effects of non-response bias
  7. Construct population weightings for sampled data.
  • Assignments — 2 (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quizzes — Online (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.

  • Other special requirement

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.

NumberTopic
1Diverse approaches to sampling
2Estimation methods for: Means, totals, proportions, ratios
3Intra-cluster correlations
4Bias
5Weighting data (compare results with and without weights)
6Simple hypothesis tests using weighting.

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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