Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Sampling 1

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Statistics and Operations Research

DESCRIPTION - The Sampling Problem and The Sample Survey.
- Simple Random Sampling.
- Element Sampling Designs:
    - More on Simple Random Sampling;
    - Bernoulli Sampling;
    - Poisson Sampling;
    - Systematic Sampling;
    - Proportional to Size Sampling;
    - The Ratio Estimator and its Properties;
    - Estimation through the use of Auxiliary Variables;
    - Stratification.
- Cluster Sampling:
    - Single-Stage Cluster Sampling;
    - Two-Stage Cluster Sampling;
    - The Design Effect.

Study-unit Aims:

The main aims of this study-unit are that of introducing the main concepts and methods of sampling and for our students to gain experience in conducting surveys.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Explain the need to resort to taking samples;
- Identify the target population, the sampling frame and the method of sampling that should be used in a study;
- Construct a questionnaire;
- Explain the roles that the inclusion probability, the Horvitz Thompson estimator and auxiliary information play in obtaining suitable total estimators;
- Apply the theoretical knowledge gained on different sampling strategies to practical situations;
- Select samples and perform statistical analysis based on different sampling designs using statistical software;
- Compare and contrast a number of sampling designs.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Set up and administer a questionnaire and perform the relevant tests on the gathered data;
- Estimate sample sizes under different sampling designs;
- Use the material learnt as a foundation to understand the theoretical and practical importance of sampling designs which have not been covered in this study-unit.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Cochran, W.G. (1977) Sampling Techniques, Wiley.
- Sarndal, C., Swensson, B., Wretman, J. (1993) Model Assisted Survey Sampling, Springer-Verlag.
- Hansen, M.H., Hurwitz, W.N., Madow, W.G. (1953) Sample Survey Methods, Vol I,II. Wiley.
- Kish, L. (1965) Survey Sampling, Wiley.
- Lohr, Sharon L. (1999) Sampling: Design and Analysis, Duxbury Press.
- Hox. J., De Leeuw E., Dillman D. (2008) International Handbook of Survey Methodology, First Edition, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc.


STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM2 No 10%
Project SEM2 No 20%
Computer-based Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Fiona Sammut

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