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Statistical Methods for Sample Surveys

East Baltimore
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Hybrid In-person and Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Monday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
  • Wednesday,  3:30 - 4:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Saifuddin Ahmed

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

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With:
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.