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DEMO1001 Introduction to Demographic Methods

Module Overview

This module focuses on the key measures and techniques used in studying population behaviour and change. A basic analytical foundation for the study of populations is provided, and the field of demography and population analysis is introduced. The course focuses on: • The mechanisms by which demographic change occurs • Analysis of demographic data and measures • The diversity of demographic trends found throughout the world

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module focuses on the key measures and techniques used in studying population behaviour and change. It provides a basic analytical foundation for the BSc in Populatiuon and Geography, and introduces the subject of demography and population analysis to those who are not (yet) doing the BSc in Population and Geography. Having successfully completed this module, therefore, you will understand the mechanisms by which demographic change occurs, you will be able to undertake basic analysis of demographic data and to calculate measures of population change, and you will appreciate the diversity of demographic trends found throughout the world.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • • Understand the processes that cause population change.
  • • Apply some basic methods and techniques to study population processes
  • • Interpret essential demographic measures
  • • Use basic techniques to analyse demographic data
  • • Describe and use the essential sources of demographic data and understand their limitations

Syllabus

• Sources of demographic data • Population accounting and growth • Age/sex structures • Concepts and measurement of mortality, fertility and migration • Standardisation • Period-cohort concepts • Life tables • Population distribution • World demographic indicators • Anthropometric measures • Future population prospects.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module is mainly taught through lectures, supplemented by tutorials and a computer workshop.

TypeHours
Teaching28
Independent Study122
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

D. Rowland (2003). Demographic Methods and Concepts. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Examination and online Quizzes

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Closed book Examination  (2 hours) 75%
Quizzes 25%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite for DEMO2014

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