Collect and analyze data, and communicate results. Learn to collect quality data and conduct insightful data analysis in six courses.
This specialization covers the fundamentals of surveys as used in market research, evaluation research, social science and political research, official government statistics, and many other topic domains. In six courses, you will learn the basics of questionnaire design, data collection methods, sampling design, dealing with missing values, making estimates, combining data from different sources, and the analysis of survey data. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply the skills learned throughout the specialization by analyzing and comparing multiple data sources.
Faculty for this specialisation comes from the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology, a collaboration between the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, and the data collection firm Westat, founded by the National Science Foundation and the Interagency Consortium of Statistical Policy in the U.S. to educate the next generation of survey researchers, survey statisticians, and survey methodologists. In addition to this specialization we offer short courses, a summer school, certificates, master degrees as well as PhD programs.
No prior experience required.
No prior experience required.
The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 47 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The institution has a $1.8 billion operating budget, secures $500 million annually in external research funding and recently completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign.
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.
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Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.
Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
All courses are on demand and available all the time. So it really depends how much time you have on your hand. You can certainly comfortably move through the specialization thinking of taking one course per month.
What background knowledge is necessary?
Introductory statistics knowledge does help, for the later courses.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
The first course gives an overview over the topic and the framework with think in. But the courses can in principle be taken in any order. If you are looking for guidance we recommend to take at least the sampling Course (course 4) before the course on dealing with missing data (course 5).
Will I need to retake the Questionnaire Design course if I completed it previously
If you completed the Questionnaire Design course previously and earned a Verified Certificate, you will automatically receive credit toward the Specialization for that course. Additionally, if you received a Verified Certificate and would like enroll for the specialization, the specialization cost will be automatically discounted to accommodate for the previous payment.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
Learners who complete this specialization will know how to write questions, set-up good data collection, properly analyze survey data, draw samples, weight survey data and deal with missing values, and choose a proper survey mode. Completing the specialization will also help you prepare for a master's program and pivot your career to a rapidly evolving industry.
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