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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 Pre-requisite for DEMO2014

Aims and Objectives

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


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

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

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

Independent Study122
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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


Assessment Strategy

Examination and online Quizzes


MethodPercentage contribution
Class Test 10%
Closed book Examination  (2 hours) 75%
Quizzes 15%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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