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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

• Understand the processes that cause demographic change. • Be able to apply some basic methods and concepts to study population. • Know how to interpret essential demographic measures.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use some basic techniques to analyse demographic data
  • Summarise publicly available demographic data and to report the results to an audience who are not specialists in demography, but who have some knowledge of social science
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the essential sources of demographic data and their limitations
  • Analyse and interpret basic demographic measures


• 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.

Independent Study122
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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


Assessment Strategy

Examination and online Quizzes


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


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite for DEMO2014

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