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Statistical Methods for Sample Surveys

3rd Term
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Class Time(s)
Monday, 3:30 - 5:20pm
Wednesday, 3:30 - 4:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Saifuddin Ahmed
Contact Email
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025

140.622, former 140.602, or 140.652

Presents construction of sampling frames, area sampling, methods of estimation, stratified sampling, subsampling, and sampling methods for surveys of human populations. Students use STATA or another comparable package to implement designs and analyses of survey data. (380.712 develops additional practical skills in sampling.)
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Design and implement surveys with the following sampling designs: simple random, systematic, stratified, cluster and multistage
  2. Estimate sample size for different sampling designs in order to estimate population level point estimates and testing null hypothesis
  3. Explain and apply intra-class correlation and design-effects (DEFF) for complex surveys
  4. Estimate design weights and adjust for non-response
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 50% Homework
  • 50% Final Project
Special Comments

Please note: This is the virtual/online section of a course that is also offered
onsite. Students will need to commit to the modality for which they register.