Module Identifier MA27510  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Mr D A Jones  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite MA26510  
Mutually Exclusive MX37510  
Course delivery Lecture   15 x 1hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 x 1hour example classes  
  Practical   4 x 2 hour practical classes  
Assessment Course work     40%  
  Survey report     60%  
  Resit assessment   2 Hours Survey report 50% 2 hour practical examination (during which candidates may consult their notes) 50%   100%  

General description
This module considers the theory of finite sampling along with related matters of survey and questionnaire design. A sample survey will be carried out (and its results analysed) by the members of the class.

This module considers the theory of drawing samples from finite populations, and gives students experience of practical sampling.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, a student should be able to:

1. INTRODUCTION: Census and sample survey design. Population, sample and unit; sample frame; pilot surveys; startification. Bias and non-sampling errors; non-response.
2. FINITE SAMPLING THEORY: Basic ideas and theory of simple random sampling. Finite population corrections. Comparison of sampling designs. Quota, cluster, systematic and multistage methods of sampling.
3. EXAMPLES: Social, agricultural and industrial censuses and surveys. Questionnaire design.
4. ANALYSIS OF SAMPLE SURVEYS: Estimation of means, variance, totals, proportions in samples from finite populations; theory of simple random sampling, extensions to stratified sampling; optimal sampling when total sample size or total cost is fixed; models for cost functions. Use of additional information; ratio and regression methods of adjustment.

Reading Lists
** Essential Reading
F R Jolliffe. Survey Design and Analysis. Ellis Horwood