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Courses - Spring 2022
SURV
Survey Methodology Department Site
SURV410
Introduction to Probability Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH240, MATH341, or MATH461; and (MATH241 or MATH340).
Cross-listed with STAT410.
Credit only granted for: STAT410 or SURV410.
Probability and its properties. Random variables and distribution functions in one and several dimensions. Moments. Characteristic functions. Limit theorems.
SURV420
Theory and Methods of Statistics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SURV410 or STAT410.
Cross-listed with STAT420. Credit only granted for: STAT420 or SURV420.
Point estimation, sufficiency, completeness, Cramer-Rao inequality, maximum likelihood. Confidence intervals for parameters of normal distribution. Hypothesis testing, most powerful tests, likelihood ratio tests. Chi-square tests, analysis of variance, regression, correlation. Nonparametric methods.
SURV440
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: STAT401 or STAT420.
Credit only granted for: STAT440 or SURV440.
Simple random sampling, sampling for proportions, estimation of sample size, sampling with varying probabilities of selection, stratification, systematic selection, cluster sampling, double sampling, and sequential sampling.
It runs concurrently with the University of Michigan course.
SURV616
(Perm Req)
Statistical Modeling and Machine Learning II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: SURV615.
Build on material presented in Statistical Methods and Machine Learning I. Topics include: categorical data analysis, logistic regression, model selection for inference and prediction, classification using K-means and neural networks, survival analysis, principal components, and factor analysis.
It runs concurrently with the University of Michigan course.
SURV622
(Perm Req)
Fundamentals of Data Collection II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor required; or fundamentals of Data Collection I.
This is the second course in a two-semester sequence that provides a broad overview of the processes that generate data for use in social science research. Students will gain an understanding of different types of data and how they are created, as well as their relative strengths and weaknesses. A key distinction is drawn between data that are designed, primarily survey data, and those that are found, such as administrative records, remnants of online transactions, and social media content. The course combines lectures, supplemented with assigned readings, and practical exercises. The second semester builds on the discussion of survey mode during the first semester, considering the role played by interviewers in telephone and in-person surveys and their effects on the data collected. Students next are introduced to the methods for extracting and re purposing found data for social science research. Methods for the classification of text, with an emphasis on automated coding methods, are introduced and selected applications considered (e.g., coding of open-ended survey responses, classification of the sentiments expressed in social media posts). Issues in using survey data and administrative records to measure change over time (longitudinal comparisons) are explored. The term concludes with an examination of methods for evaluating the quality of both designed and found data.
It runs concurrently with the University of Michigan course.
SURV625
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed a course in statistics approved by department.
Practical aspects of sample design. Topics include: probability sampling (including simple random, systematic, stratified, clustered, multistage and two-phase sampling methods), sampling with probabilities proportional to size, area sampling, telephone sampling, ratio estimation, sampling error estimation, frame problems, nonresponse, and cost factors.
It runs concurrently with the University of Michigan course.
SURV630
Questionnaire Design and Evaluation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: SURV430 and SURV630.
The stages of questionnaire design; developmental interviewing, question writing, question evaluation, pretesting, and questionnaire ordering and formatting. Reviews of the literature on questionnaire construction, the experimental literature on question effects, and the psychological literature on information processing. Examination of the diverse challenges posed by self versus proxy reporting and special attention is paid to the relationship between mode of administration and questionnaire design.
It runs concurrently with the University of Michigan course.
SURV631
(Perm Req)
Questionnaire Design
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Joint Program in Survey Methodology department.
This course introduces students to the stages of questionnaire development. The course reviews the scientific literature on questionnaire construction, the experimental literature on question effects, and the psychological literature on information processing. It will also discuss the diverse challenges posed by self- versus proxy-reporting and special attention is paid to the relationship between mode of administration and questionnaire design. Students will also get hands-on experience in developing their own questionnaire.
SURV635
(Perm Req)
Usability Testing for Survey Research
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Recommended: Students should be familiar with the basics of questionnaire design. Experience with cognitive testing is a plus, but not a requirement.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the BSOS-Joint Program in Survey Methodology department; or permission of BSOS-Joint Program in Survey Methodology department.
Introduces the concepts of usability and usability testing and why they are needed for survey research. The course provides a theoretical model for understanding the respondent-survey interaction and then provides practical methods for incorporating iterative user-centered design and testing into the survey development process. The course provides techniques and examples for designing, planning, conducting and analyzing usability studies on web or mobile surveys
SURV636
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: SURV626 or equivalent.
Recommended: Some experience with the R statistical computing software. Repeatable to 1 credit.
Different applications of the methods and techniques covered in the Sampling I course. This is also an applied statistics methods course concerned almost exclusively with the design of data collection rather than data analysis. The course will concentrate on sampling applications to human populations, since this poses a number of particular problems not found in sampling of other types of units. The principles of sample selection, though, can be applied to many other types of populations.
SURV699
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Survey Methodology; Readings in Survey Methodology
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SURV699C
Special Topics in Survey Methodology; Big Data in Migration Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Students are expected to have taken at least one statistics course and have basic familiarity with a software program that can be used for statistical analysis (e.g., R, Python, SAS). This is a graduate-level course. Advanced undergraduate students are allowed to enroll upon approval from the instructors.

The growing complexity of human mobility and the integration of migrants into host societies has created an increased need for reliable and timely data to inform policy development and humanitarian assistance. This course is shared between UMD and the University of Mannheim, students from the two partnering universities will form international teams to collaboratively work on the collection and analysis of Big Data to answer migration-related research questions.
SURV699Y
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Survey Methodology; Modern Workflows in Data Science
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
SURV701
Analysis of Complex Sample Data
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: SURV625.
Analysis of data from complex sample designs covers: the development and handling of selection and other compensatory weights; methods for handling missing data; the effect of stratification and clustering on estimation and inference; alternative variance estimation procedures; methods for incorporating weights, stratification and clustering, and imputed values in estimation and inference procedures for complex sample survey data; and generalized design effects and variance functions. Computer software that takes account of complex sample design in estimation.
It runs concurrently with the University of Michigan course.
SURV721
(Perm Req)
Total Survey Error and Data Quality II
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: SURV720.
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: (SURV720 and SURV721) or SURV723.
Formerly: SURV723.
Second part of a review of total survey error structure of sample survey data. Reviewing current research findings on the magnitudes of different error sources. Students will continue work on an independent research project which provides empirical investigation of one or more error source. An analysis paper presenting findings of the project will be submitted at the end of the course.
It runs concurrently with the University of Michigan course.
SURV742
(Perm Req)
Inference from Complex Surveys
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: SURV440.
Inference from complex sample survey data covering the theoretical and empirical properties of various variance estimation strategies (e.g., Taylor series approximation, replicated methods, and bootstrap methods for complex sample designs). Incorporation of those methods into inference for complex sample survey data. Variance estimation procedures applied to descriptive estimators and to analysis of categorical data. Generalized variances and design effects presented. Methods of model-based inference for complex sample surveys examined, and results contrasted to the design-based type of inference used as the standard in the course. Real survey data illustrating the methods discussed. Students will learn the use of computer software that takes account of the sample design in estimation.
It runs concurrently with the University of Michigan course.
SURV745
Practical Tools for Sampling and Weighting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: SURV615, SURV616, and SURV625; or permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: SURV745 or SURV699E.
Formerly: SURV699E.
A statistical methods class appropriate for second year Master's students and PhD students. The course will be a combination of hands-on applications and general review of the theory behinddifferent approaches to sampling and weighting. Topics covered include sample size calculations using estimation targets based on relative standard error, margin of error, and power requirements. Use of mathematical programming to determine sample sizes needed to achieve estimation goals for a series of subgroups and analysis variables. Resources for designing area probability samples. Methods of sample allocation for multistage samples. Steps in weighting, including computation of base weights, non response adjustments, and uses of auxiliary data. Non response adjustment alternatives, including weighting cell adjustments, formation of cells using regression trees, and propensity score adjustments. Weighting via post stratification, raking, general regression estimation, and other types of calibration.
SURV751
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Big Data and Machine Learning
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Familiarity with the statistical software R.
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Joint Program in Survey Methodology department.
Additional information: Familiarity with model building and model selection as well as the R program is not required but could also be helpful. Students without prior knowledge in R should plan on using free online resources to make themselves familiar with the basics of this statistical programming language.
This is an introduction to the uses and methods of working with Big data. Students explore how Big Data concepts, processes and methods can be used within the context of Survey Research.
SURV752
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Data Visualization
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: Basic statistics understanding and bivariate linear regression.
Recommended: Experience in the use of statistical software package R.
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Joint Program in Survey Methodology department.
Data visualization is one of the most powerful tools to explore, understand and communicate patterns in quantitative information. At the same time, good data visualization is a surprisingly difficult task and demands three quite different skills: substantive knowledge, statistical skill, and artistic sense. The course is intended to introduce participants to a) key principles of analytic design and useful visualization techniques for the exploration and presentation of univariate and multivariate data. This course is highly applied in nature and emphasizes the practical aspects of data visualization in the social sciences. Students will learn how to evaluate data visualizations based on principles of analytic design, how to construct compelling visualizations using the free statistics software R, and how to explore and present their data with visual methods.
SURV772
Survey Design Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: (SURV770 and SURV771) or SURV772.
Formerly: SURV770 and SURV771.
Students present solutions to design issues presented to the seminar. Readings are selected from literatures not treated in other classes and practical consulting problems are addressed.
It runs concurrently with the University of Michigan course.
SURV829
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Research Seminar in Survey Methodology
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
It runs concurrently with the University of Michigan course.
SURV898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
SURV899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.