Stat 422 - Sample Survey Methods

Instructor: Chris Williams, Room 414 Brink Hall Phone: 885-2802 (me) or 885-2929 (dept. office)

Meeting times: MWF 10:30-11:20 JEB 026

Prerequisites: Stat 251 or equivalent coursework.

Office Hours: MWF 9:30-10:20 or by appointment.


Texts: Elementary Survey Sampling by Scheaffer, Mendenhall, and Ott, 6th edition. The 7th edition is also now available, either version can be used as the two versions are quite similar.

The webpage will contain announcements, summaries of lectures, lists of assignments with due dates, and other information.

Objectives: To learn a variety of common sampling designs, and to understand elements of proper survey design.  Sampling methods to be studied include simple random sampling, stratified random sampling, systematic random sampling, one and two stage cluster sampling, variable probability sampling, and population size estimation.

Lecture Outline: We will cover most chapters in the text plus additional topics, to be detailed in the lecture schedule.

We will use the SAS computer package throughout the course.

Grading: Homework: 22%; Test 1 22%; Test 2 22%; Project 14%; Final 20% (Thursday, May 14 at 10 am). Several homework sets will be assigned, but not all will be handed in for a grade.  Scores on the team projects will be counted toward the homework score.

Disability Support Services Reasonable Accommodations Statement:  Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have a documented disability. Please notify your instructor(s) during the first week of class regarding accommodation(s) needed for the course. All accommodations must be approved through Disability Support Services located in the Idaho Commons Building, Room 306, Phone:885-6307, email at, website at .