This Module provides an introduction to the technical basis of demography. It focuses on concepts and methods underpinning demographic analysis and provides a practical introduction for those professionally engaged with demographic work (in government departments, for example) as well as for MSc and doctoral students in a wide range of cognate disciplines.
The module is numerical but not highly mathematical so that some prior familiarity with quantitative methods is an advantage but not required. Extensive use is made of Excel worksheets.
Pre-requisite for DEMO6016
One of the pre-requisites for DEMO6022
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Specify and calculate the principal demographic measures, and standardise these measures for comparison and interpretation.
- Identify principal sources of demographic data and assess their strengths and weaknesses.
- Apply the cohort-component method to compute your own population projection.
- On successful completion of this module, you will be able to discuss the demographic significance of age structures and the implications of variations in age structure.
- Define and interpret key concepts used in demographic methods.
- Describe the rationale for the use of demographic models and to be able to use such models for practical purposes.
- Identify the components of population change, including the effects of changing birth, death and migration rates, and demonstrate their influences on age structures.
- Construct and interpret single-decrement life tables.
Sources of demographic data, population size and growth, age-sex structures, principles of demographic measurement, key demographic rates and measures, direct and indirect standardisation,
life tables, current methods for making population estimates, period and cohort perspectives.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
It is probable that is module will be delivered over a period of three weeks using a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous online learning methods which may include lectures, workshop activities, exercises, and videos. A range of resources will also be provided for further self-directed study. ASSESSMENT: Online assessment / coursework 100%
|Total study time||100|
Resources & Reading list
Siegel, J.S. (2002). Applied Demography: applications to business, government, law and public policy. San Diego.
S Preston, S.H., Heuveline, P. and Guillot, M. (2001). Demography: Measuring and Modelling Population Processes. Oxford.
Rowland, D. (2003). Demographic Methods and Concepts. Oxford.
There will be opportunities to evaluate your progress through formative assessments and practical exercises with a summative assessment based on three online assignments.
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