STAT312-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Data Collection and Sampling Methods

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019


Data collection and sampling methods. Designs for surveys of populations.

STAT312 and STAT455 are courses in survey methods, concentrating mainly on sample designs. The course is designed to give students an understanding of how to select samples from various types of populations of varying characteristics and produce population estimates along with measures of uncertainties in those estimates. Also you will gain some insights in the practical applications of the design of survey collections.

Richard Penny, one of the lecturers for this course, has worked for many years designing samples and surveys for Statistics New Zealand.

Learning Outcomes

Being able to relate the inferences from the sample to the population and define and quantify quality measures on these inferences

  • understand simple random, stratified, cluster, pps and adaptive sample designs along with their strengths and weaknesses leading to good decision making as to which one to use in a particular circumstance
  • the design and testing of data collection instruments, mainly in terms of questionnaire design
  • gain an understanding of the practical difficulties of collecting data and possible methods to overcome deficiencies in the data collection
  • writing a technical report


15 points from STAT201, STAT202, STAT213, and, a further 15 points from STAT200 to STAT299.

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 A7 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 441 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 235 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Blair Robertson


Richard Penny


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignments (x3) 30%
Data collection project 30%
Final examination 40%

3 assignments, each worth 10%
A practical data collection project worth 30%
A final exam worth 40%

The project gives you practice in analysing data and presenting results in a written report. The assignments will use R for some parts.

The assignments and project involve time and effort, but are an opportunity for you to better understand sampling methods and data collection. The project will also assist you in developing your writing skills, an important skill for a future statistician.  We discuss how to write a report during lectures, and provide considerable support especially for students who have not had the chance to develop their scientific writing skills.


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

Recommended Reading:
Crawley, M.J. 2005. Statistics : an introduction using R. Wiley
Crawley, M.J. 2007. The R book. Wiley.
Särndal, C.E., Swensson, B. & Wretman, J. 1992, Model Assisted Survey Sampling. Springer
Schaeffer, R.L., Mendenhall, W., and Ott, L., 1996, Elementary Survey Sampling, 5rd ed., Duxbury.
Thompson, S.K. 1992. Sampling, Wiley

These are on reserve in the EPS Library.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $764.00

International fee $4,000.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Mathematics and Statistics.

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