STAT 392 (2020) - Sample Surveys


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  • [24 April 2020] Details of lectures and tutorials have been posted in Blackboard. Also note that we will be using the free software iNZight for the rest of the course.

  • [8 April 2020] The revised lecture and assessment plan has now been approved - details are given on the Course Key Dates and Assignments pages.

  • [26 Mar 2020] Lots and lots of things have changed. Go to the Blackboard page for Announcements, lecture videos and a whole lot more.

  • [6 Mar 2020] The class rep has set up a facebook group for the class - details are in Blackboard. Feel free to join the group which is for discussion about STAT392/439. Respectful online behaviour is required.

  • [3 Mar 2020] The class representative is Lauren - please contact her if you would like to raise an issue but would prefer to do so indirectly. Her contact details are available in Blackboard.

  • Mandatory Course Requirements: To pass the course you must gain a final mark of 50% or more, and you must also gain 50% or more on the final survey proposal. You do not need to get more than 50% on any of the individual in term assessments as long as your total mark over all assessment items including the proposal adds to 50% or more.

General Information


The use of a scientific or graphics calculator, with statistical functions, is required in tutorials, assignments and in the two tests. All students should ensure they have a suitable calculator. The Casio fx-80 is a suitable scientific calculator, and the fx9750-Gii is a suitable graphics calculator. These are readily available in shops, and at Vicbooks.


Use will be made of Microsoft Excel and the free software iNZight. You can install iNZight, use its web version and there are user guides available.


Tutorials usually consist of exercises on the work covered in lectures. You will need to bring a calculator to each tutorial as well as paper and pens.

Computer tutorials will be given from time to time in one of the Cybercommons rooms. Details will be given in class.

There is no textbook, but the following books may be useful. Sharon Lohr's book in particular gives a good up to date treatment of sample surveys, and Groves et al. give a good overall discussion of most of the material in the course. Vicbooks has copies of both of these for sale.

On 3-Day Loan
  • Groves RM, Fowler FJ, Couper MP, Lepkowski JM Singer E, Tourangeau R, Survey Methodology, 2nd ed., Hoboken: Wiley, 2009 [HA31.2 S963][ISBN: 978-0-470-46546-2]
  • Lohr, S, Sampling: Design and Analysis, 2nd ed., Boston: Cengage, 2010 [HA31.2 L833 S][ISBN: 978-0495105275] (Also on Closed Reserve).

  • Lumley T, Complex Surveys: A Guide to Analysis Using R, Hoboken NJ: Wiley, 2010 [QA276.45.R3 .L86 2010][ISBN: 978-0470284308]

Elsewere in the Library
  • Cochran WG, Sampling Techniques, 3rd ed., New York: Wiley, 1977 [QA276.6 C663 S]
  • Barnett V, Sample Survey Principles and Methods, London: Edward Arnold, 1991 [QA276.6 B261 S]
  • Dillman, Don A., Mail and telephone surveys: the total design method, New York: Wiley, 1978 [HN29 D578 M]
  • Dillman, Don A., Mail and internet surveys : the tailored design method, 2000. 2nd ed. [HM538 D578 M]
  • Kalton G, Introduction to Survey Sampling, Beverly Hills: Sage Publications, 1983 [HA29 K14 I6]
  • Kish L, Survey Sampling, New York: Wiley, 1965 [HN29 K61 S]
  • Mendenhall W, Ott L, Scheaffer, RL. Elementary survey sampling, Belmont, Calif., Wadsworth Pub. Co., 1971 [HA31.2 M537 E]
  • Moser CA, Survey Methods in Social Investigations, London: Heinemann, 1967 [HN29 M899 S]
  • Raj D, The Design of Sample Surveys, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1972 [HA31.2 R161 D]
  • Salant, Priscilla., Dillman, Don A., How to conduct your own survey New York: Wiley, 1994 [H62 S161 H]
  • Sarndal C-E, Swensson B and Wretmann J, Model Assisted Survey Sampling, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1992 [QA276.6 S246]
  • Thompson SK, Sampling, New York: Wiley, 1992 [QA276.6 T476 S]

Useful websites

Collection of data from students during the course

Some of the exercises in STAT392+439 involve practice surveys during which information will be collected from class participants in teaching exercises and assignments. Since this is for the purposes of teaching rather than research, there is no requirement that you answer any question truthfully in these data collection practice exercises - so there is no need to reveal any information about yourself that you would rather keep private.

Approval for these in class activities was granted by the Victoria University of Wellington Human Ethics Committee (Application ID: 0000028348; Title: STAT393/439 Sample Surveys; Primary investigator: Richard Arnold; Approved 21 Feb 2020, Expires 20 Feb 2023).