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MT4608   Sampling Theory

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 10.00 am Mon (odd weeks), Wed and Fri

The aims of this module are to introduce students to and interest them in the principles and methods of design-based inference, to convince them of the relevance and utility of the methods in a wide variety of real-world problems, and to give them experience in applying the principles and methods themselves. By the end of the module students should be able to recognise good and poor survey design and analysis, to decide upon and implement the main types of survey design in relatively straightforward settings, and analyse the resulting survey data appropriately. The syllabus includes fundamentals of design based vs model-based inference, simple random sampling, sampling with replacement, ratio and regression estimators, stratified sampling, cluster sampling and unequal probability sampling.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass MT2508

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2.5 lectures (weeks 1 - 10) and 8 tutorials over the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 33

Guided independent study hours: 117

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 85%, Coursework: Project = 15%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 85%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 15%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr J B Illian
Module teaching staff: Dr J Illian