The module will discuss age-sex structures and relevant demographic measures, standardisation, the principles of the Lexis chart, period and cohort measures, life tables, uncertainty in demographic outcomes and measures, review of simple population estimation techniques, cohort-component projections, as well as analytical methods for measuring components of population change from censuses and vital registration data as well as surveys.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Demonstrate the capacity to undertake critical appraisals of different methods of population analysis and their outcomes.
- Calculate measures related to components of population change and population structures, including demographic models.
- Define and interpret key concepts in demography and measures of demographic processes
- Develop skills in calculating and interpreting demographic measures using real data
- Apply the concept of the Lexis diagram in age-period-cohort analyses
- Carry out independent research and effective management of assignment projects and study resources.
- Develop skills in the analysis and interpretation of data and especially the adoption of a critical approach to appraising population data
- Apply various methods of population analysis in diverse contexts and evaluate their potential strengths and limitations.
- Construct life tables and cohort-component projections, and interpret their results
- Appreciate the inherent uncertainty and limitations of population estimates and projections.
The syllabus focuses on age-sex structures and additional demographic measures, the Lexis chart, period and cohort measures, uncertainty in demography, review of simple population estimation techniques and evaluation measures, life tables and cohort-component projections, standardisation, as well as analytical methods for particular components of population change.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The module will be taught through interactive lectures and tutorials. There will also be computer workshops where needed.
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Text books, journal articles, online data and Microsoft Excel..
Reading List. Reading specific to particular topics will be given out in the relevant lectures. Below, however, is a list of books which are relevant to substantial sections of the module.
Rowland, D.T. (2003). Demographic methods and concepts. Oxford/New York.
Newell, C. (1988). Methods and models in demography. London.
Palmore, J.A. and Gardner, R.W. (1994). Measuring mortality, fertility and natural increase. Honolulu.
Preston, S., Heuveline, P. and Guillot, M. (2001). Demography: Measuring and modelling population processes. UK.
Pollard, A.H., Yusuf, F. and Pollard, G.N. (1990). Demographic techniques. Oxford.
Hinde, A. (1998). Demographic methods. London.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External