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The total survey error (TSE) paradigm is a useful rubric for both designing surveys and understanding strengths and weaknesses of existing surveys. The aim of this micro-credential is to provide a thorough grounding in survey error for the evaluation of existing surveys and planning of survey data collection. Enrollees will develop their skills by reviewing survey errors for an existing survey.

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollee's will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand various sources of survey error
  2. Review and critique the methodology of existing surveys, grounded on the TSE paradigm
  3. Take survey error into consideration when undertaking or contracting for data collection

Indicative assessment 

Assignment 1 – Identification of existing survey for review (500 words, 20% of final mark)

Assignment 2 – Review and critique of existing survey (1,500 words, 80% of final mark)

Assumed knowledge 

This micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

Micro-credential stack information 

This micro-credential may be undertaken as a stand-alone course.


Course Code: DATA27

Workload: 21 hours 

  • Contact hours: 7 hours
  • Individual study and assessment: 14 hours

ANU unit value: 1 unit

AQF Level: 8

Contact: Associate Professor Benjamin Phillips

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification.

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