Modern Experimental Design - Stat 514

Students will learn and discuss both the practical and theoretical issues regarding sampling design.  Sampling topics will include stratified, systematic, and cluster sampling, as well as resampling, population size estimation, and ratio estimators.  The class will conclude with a treatment of experimental design issues ranging from blocking to response surface analysis.  Emphasis will be placed on statistical literacy, through journal articles, as well as computational approaches to sampling design.

Read the Course Descriptions

Example Syllabus

Modern Experimental Design - Stat 514

Instructor: Scott Mcclintock

Office: Anderson 328

Email Address:

Office Telephone: 610-436-2893

Office Hours:  MWF 1-2, M 3:30-5:30  

Required Materials
  1. Elementary Survey Sampling, Sixth Edition, Scheaffer, Mendenhall, and Ott.(SMO)
  2. Fundamentals of Clinical Trials, Third Edition, Friedman, Furberg, and Demets.(FFD)
Optional Textbook
  1. Experimental Design and Data Analysis for the Life Sciences, Ruxton and Colegrave(RD)

Familiarity with design and statistical analysis issues that arise in practice.

Familiarity with terms from sampling, experimental designs, and clinical trials.

Confidence in review and discussion of journal articles on various topics of statistical analyses that arise in practice.

Confidence and experience in collaborative projects.



Your grade will be based on the following:

Assignment % of Grade
Exam One (tentatively scheduled for 3/24) 25%
Homework 25%
Projects/Presentations 25%
Final (tentatively scheduled for 5/5) 25%

Students will be using SAS 9.  Students should be comfortable in using SAS prior to taking this course.  The following skills are expected:

Reading and creating SAS data sets

Familiarity with basic stat procedures such as PROC REG and PROC GLM

Able to save output files, SAS code, and SAS logs

Comfortable in the SAS LAB.


Attendance is important and expected. Absence from a test is acceptable for illness/emergency/official University business. Please contact me ASAP by e-mail or phone. Written verification may be required.


Any instance of dishonesty will be dealt with according to University policy.


We at West Chester University wish to make accommodations for persons with disabilities. Please make your needs known by contacting me and/or the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at ext. 3217. Sufficient notice is needed in order to make the accommodations possible. The University desires to comply with the ADA of 1990.


Last day to withdraw is 3/21.


Back to top of page.