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DEMO2014 Population Analysis

Module Overview

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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Define and interpret key concepts in demography and measures of demographic processes
  • Carry out independent research and effective management of assignment projects and study resources.
  • Apply the concept of the Lexis diagram in age-period-cohort analyses
  • Construct life tables and cohort-component projections, and interpret their results
  • Apply various methods of population analysis in diverse contexts and evaluate their potential strengths and limitations.
  • Appreciate the inherent uncertainty and limitations of population estimates and projections.
  • 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.
  • Develop skills in the analysis and interpretation of data and especially the adoption of a critical approach to appraising population data
  • Develop skills in calculating and interpreting demographic measures using real data


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

If full face-to-face teaching has not been resumed, teaching will be delivered by a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous online methods, which may include lectures, quizzes, discussion boards, workshop activities, computer workshops, exercises, and videos. A range of resources will also be provided for further self-directed study.

Independent Study122
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Rowland, D.T. (2003). Demographic methods and concepts. 

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.

Palmore, J.A. and Gardner, R.W. (1994). Measuring mortality, fertility and natural increase. 

Preston, S., Heuveline, P. and Guillot, M. (2001). Demography: Measuring and modelling population processes. 

Newell, C. (1988). Methods and models in demography. 

Pollard, A.H., Yusuf, F. and Pollard, G.N. (1990). Demographic techniques. 

Hinde, A. (1998). Demographic methods. 


Assessment Strategy

There will be opportunities to evaluate your progress through formative assessment, with summative assessment based on two online assignments.


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 30%
Assignment  (2 hours) 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: DEMO1001


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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