Surveys and Experiments

Course code STAT3170Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Using data to support decision making is essential in many disciplines, but how do we collect appropriate data? This course covers the design and analysis of surveys and experiments. Development of data collection instruments, methods for drawing a sample and estimation procedures appropriate to each design are described. The course aims to foster a sound understanding of the basic concepts and application of sampling and the principles of experimental design. Assignments and exercises are based on real problems.

This course is open to students in the BMath program (including double degree programs) or to students in other programs who have received explicit permission from the Head of Discipline of Statistics.

This course is shared by the Universities of Newcastle, Western Sydney and Wollongong as part of the Applied Statistics Education and Research Collaboration (ASEARC). In some years, the course will be beamed live from one of the other institutional partners using the Access Grid Room rather than being taught face-to-face at Newcastle.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. gain familiarisation with the concepts and application of sampling and experimental design, and their use in modelling.
2. obtain practice with recognising and using key statistical skills.
3. develop skills in using the mathematical tools required to solve sampling and design problems.
4. develop skills and understanding of the collection and management of data.
5. develop skills and familiarity in identifying the statistical tools required to solve practical problems.
6. understand the principles of sampling, estimation and experimental design.
7. design and analyse surveys.
8. design and analyse experiments.
ContentTopics covered include:
. Design of surveys
. Design and estimation for a simple random sample
. Design and estimation for a stratified sample
. Design and estimation for a cluster sample
. Design and analysis of experiments including completely randomised designs, randomised block designs, incomplete block designs and factorial designs
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Transitionn/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeIntroductory statistics
Introductory calculus and algebra
Statistics package such as SAS, SPSS, Stata, Minitab
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Integrated Learning
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is open to students in the BMath program (including double degree programs) or to students in other programs who have received explicit permission from the Head of Discipline of Statistics.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for STAT3170