6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Not offered in 2019
Must be enrolled in a PG course
This unit gives students a solid foundation in formal demography, where quantitative data and techniques are used to calculate demographic measures.
Topics include sources of demographic data and assessment of their quality; calculation and interpretation of basic measures of fertility, mortality and migration; population dynamics, growth and ageing; life tables; Indigenous demography; and population projections. Learning activities include hands-on calculation and interpretation of demographic measures using real-world data.
Students are expected to be familiar with Microsoft Excel.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Identify, locate and critically evaluate quality of different types of population data.
- Choose appropriate demographic methods to calculate demographic measures.
- Calculate and graphically present demographic measures. .
- Interpret demographic measures in the context of changing populations.
- Effectively communicate demographic measures and their interpretation in written, tabular and graphical form to a lay or policy audience.
- Mortality and the life table (structured assignment) (25%)
- Migration and family formation (structured assignment) (25%)
- Indigenous demography and models of population structure (structured assignment) (25%)
- Population projections (structured assignment) (25%)
6 hours of teacher directed learning activities and 6 hours of self-directed study per week.
12 hours of self-directed study per week + 2 block days.
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