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140.640.01 Statistical Methods for Sample Surveys

3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
  • Wednesday,  3:30 - 4:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Saifuddin Ahmed
Course Instructor :

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:

Student evaluation based on homework and a final project.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With: