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Survey Methodology



The purpose of this course is to provide students with a deeper understanding of a broad range of theoretical and practical aspects of survey methodology. Among the topics that will be discussed are setting up a survey, designing a questionnaire, selecting a sampling design, estimation procedures, modes of data collection, quality issues, the nonresponse problem, and correction for nonresponse. Special attention is paid to web surveys. The course consists of lectures, homework exercises and an analysis of a survey data set with SPSS.

Methods of Instruction

Homework exercises on a weekly basis.


The final assessment will be based on a two hour written examination on Friday 20 December, 13.00-15.00 hrs in 5B14
The retake is on Thursday 6 March 2014, 9.00-11.00 hrs in 1A24


Jelke Bethlehem (2009), Applied Survey Methods , A Statistical Perspective. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.


Thursday 31 October until 19 December, 13.00-15.00 hrs in 5A29

Entrance requirements

Knowledge of basic statistics (descriptive statistics, random variables, estimation).