ST205      Half Unit
Sample Surveys and Experiments

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Nicholas Cron


This course is available on the BSc in Business Mathematics and Statistics, BSc in Management, BSc in Mathematics, Statistics, and Business 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.

Course content

Sampling methods for social surveys. Survey design and estimation. Nonresponse and measurement error. Design of experiments and observational studies.


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

Formative coursework

Weekly exercises and group presentations.

Indicative reading

S L Lohr, Sampling: Design and Analysis. (2nd Ed. 2010)

F J Fowler, Survey Research Methods (4th Ed. 2009)


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

Student performance results

(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)

Classification % of students
First 75
2:1 15.4
2:2 5.7
Third 2.2
Fail 1.8

Key facts

Department: Statistics

Total students 2017/18: 114

Average class size 2017/18: 20

Capped 2017/18: No

Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (MT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

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