Design and Analysis of Surveys

From Wednesday 7 February to Friday 9 February 2018

surveying a person

This course covers the principles and practice of designing surveys, and the analysis of data from them. The following topics will be covered:

  • Samples and populations.
  • Survey methods: face-to-face interviews, mail questionnaires, phone interviews, on-line surveys.Other methods.
  • Questionnaire design: types of questions, wording and ordering; layout and length of questionnaire.Pilot testing.
  • Measurement: types of data, measurement scales, reliability.
  • Sources of error in surveys: random and systematic; sampling and non-sampling error.Sample size.
  • Sampling methods: simple random sampling, stratified sampling, systematic sampling, cluster sampling, multi-stage sampling, non-probability methods.
  • Non-response:
  • Sensitive questions, confidentiality.
  • Data entry, coding and checking.;Multiple responses, open questions and missing responses.
  • Estimation of population means, totals and proportions Standard errors and confidence intervals.
  • Cross-tabulations of categorical data.The chi-squared test and Fisher’s exact test.
  • Analysis of ordinal responses.
  • Analysis of data from combinations of questions.

Course presenter:

The presenter is Associate Professor Graham Hepworth, Consultant for the Statistical Consulting Centre and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. Graham has had extensive experience over two decades in the area of design and analysis of surveys, in fields such  as medicine, the social sciences, education and agriculture.

Course structure:

The four days are deliberately arranged so that there is a  weekend break during the course. Each day will consist of four approximately  equal-length sessions; the first session of the day will commence at 9:00 a.m.  and the final session will end at approximately 4.45 pm. The sessions will mix  lecture presentations with practical work; tutorial help will be available.

A certificate will be provided on completion.

All participants will have access to a PC. The statistical  package SPSS  will be used in the course.

The course is one of the specialised courses offered by the  Statistical Consulting Centre. Generally, the Centre offers the introductory  course "Statistics for Research Workers" at least twice, and at least  one additional, more specialised course.


Participants will need to have some understanding of  statistics at an introductory level. For example, participants should know  about hypothesis tests and confidence intervals. The course "Statistics  for Research Workers" would be suitable preparation.

Cost and enrolment details:

The cost of the course is $385 (incl. $35 GST).

We have a discounted rate for University of Melbourne postgraduate students of $242 (incl. $22 GST, GST does not apply if paying through your University school.)

$30 Cancellation fee applies

The fee includes a comprehensive set of notes, and morning and afternoon tea. Lunches are not provided.


Professor Ian Gordon
Dr Sue Finch


Giblin Eunson Library
111 Barry Street
Parkville campus


Parking around campus
PTV timetable
Wheelchair accessible


T: +61 3 8344 6995


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$30 cancellation fee applies