ST205      Half Unit
Sample Surveys and Experiments

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Irini Moustaki


This course is available on the BSc in Business Mathematics and Statistics, BSc in Management, BSc in Mathematics, Statistics, and Business, BSc in Statistics with Finance, International Exchange (1 Term) and International Exchange (Full Year). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.


Mathematics and statistics to the level of MA107/ST107 Quantitative Methods or SP201 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.


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

Week 6 is a reading week in which students will be asked to work on a group project. 

Formative coursework

Weekly exercises and group presentations.

Indicative reading

V. Barnett, Sample Survey Principles and Methods (2009)

F.J. Fowler Jr, Survey Research Methods (2008). 

S. Lohr, Sampling: Design and Analysis (2010)

R.L.Scheaffer et al, Elementary Survey Sampling (2005)


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

Student performance results

(2016/17 - 2018/19 combined)

Classification % of students
First 65.6
2:1 20.7
2:2 10.2
Third 2.2
Fail 1.2

Key facts

Department: Statistics

Total students 2018/19: 145

Average class size 2018/19: 18

Capped 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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