ST205      Half Unit
Sample Surveys and Experiments

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Christopher Skinner COL.7.13


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Business Mathematics and Statistics. This course is available on the BSc in Management and BSc in Statistics with Finance. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

For students who have studied mathematics and statistics to the level of MA107/ST107 Quantitative Methods or SA201 Research Methods for Social Policy. Not to be taken with ST203 Statistics for Management Sciences (full unit).

Course content

Observational and experimental data. Data quality. Sampling from finite populations. Simple random sampling. Stratified random sampling. Cluster sampling. Survey design. Analysis of survey data.


20 hours of lectures, 9 hours of classes and 2 hours of workshops in the MT.

Formative coursework

Weekly exercises and group presentations.

Indicative reading

R L Scheaffer, W Mendenhall, R L Ott & K G Gerow, Survey Sampling 7th Edition (2012); F J Fowler Jr, Survey Research Methods (4th Edition, 2009).


Exam (80%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Coursework (20%) in the MT.

Key facts

Department: Statistics

Total students 2012/13: 26

Average class size 2012/13: 5

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills