Students are required to attend a 3-hour lecture per week beginning in Week 1, and a 1-hour tutorial class in computer laboratory beginning in Week 2.
Times and locations for all classes can be found on the University web site at: www.timetables.mq.edu.au. In the case of changing classes, time and/or location, you will be informed at the lecture and/or on the unit iLearn in advance.
Note: You are welcome to come to see the lecturer during staff consultation time with questions related to the unit. You could also contact the lecturer by e-mail or telephone. Only the Macquarie University student e-mail accounts may be used to communicate with staff.
Course materials, recommended text and other references
Weekly lecture notes will be made available on the unit iLearn (https://iLearn.mq.edu.au/) at least one day before the lecture. Students should print out and bring the relevant lecture notes into the lecture.
Kuehl, R.O. (2000 or newer). Statistical Principles of Research Design and Analysis, Second edition, Duxbury Press, for Experiment Design; Lohr, S.L. (2010). Sampling: Design and Analysis, Duxbury Press, for Survey Design. These are available from the Co-Op Bookshop and the University library.
Other useful references (available in library Reserve):
Lindman HR (1992). Analysis of Variance in Experimental Design.
Montgomery DC. Design and Analysis of Experiments, 5th or 4th Edition.
Neter J, Wasserman W and Kutner M. Applied Linear Statistical Models.
Scheaffer RL, Mendenhall W and Ott RL (1996). Elementary Survey Sampling, 5th (or newer) Edition.
Cochran WG (1977). Sampling Techniques.
Moser CA & Kalton G (1971). Survey Methods in Social Investigations.
Barnett V (1974). Elements of Sampling Theory.
Technology Used and Required
Software: Minitab is used in this unit. Information about Minitab can be found on its web site at http://www.minitab.com. This software is provided for free to Macquarie students, and can be downloaded from the student portal at http://students.mq.edu.au/home/ for home use. Students can also use Minitab online via iLab (https://wiki.mq.edu.au/display/iLab/About). Remember that any work or results produced via iLab in all computing labs on the University campus must be saved onto iLab desktop and then emailed to yourself.
Calculator: An electronic calculator is required throughout this unit. Only calculators with no text retrieval capacity are permitted to be used in the examination.
Unit Web Page and iLearn access: The unit web page is available on iLearn and can be accessed at: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au, under the ’STAT373 Design of Surveys and Experiments /STAT814_STAT714 Statistical Design’ link. Note that you should visit this web site regularly for course materials including lecture slides, lecture recordings, tutorials and assignments, and also possible announcements placed by the Lecturer.
The Discussion Forum on the unit iLearn can be used for online discussion with other students enrolled in STAT373 or STAT814_STAT714 on any problems or topics related to the unit. The lecturer will visit the Forum from time to time.
Learning and Teaching activities
Lectures: Lectures begin in Week 1. Students are required to attend a 3-hour lecture each week. Topic(s) for each week are set in the Unit Schedule in this unit guide. Students are encouraged to read the relevant chapter(s) recommended before coming to the lecture.
An iLecture will be recorded for each lecture when possible and made available on the unit iLearn (under echo360) soon after the lecture is completed.
Tutorials and Tutorial exercises: Students are required to attend a 1-hour tutorial per week from Week 2. A set of tutorial exercises will be made available each week for students to practice, which is usually presented on the last slide(s) of each lecture.Students are encouraged to complete relevant tutorial exercises before coming to their tutorial class where the solution to the tutorial exercises is discussed. The tutorial solution will be also made available on iLearn soon after the class.
Assignments: Three assignments are set in this unit for students to complete independently. To assist with further learning, solutions to the assignments (when possible) will be made available later on iLearn.