GEOG 2154 - Applied Population Analysis
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 2154 Course Applied Population Analysis Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites At least 12 units of undergraduate study Course Description This course explores the way in which the detailed analysis of population data in the context of demographic theory and methods, can contribute to decision making in government and the private sector. Lectures and guided readings will be interspersed with workshops focussed on problems such as ageing of the population, changing household and family structures, population size and the environment, the planning of health, welfare and education services, and identifying changing consumer demand for products and services. Students will prepare a set of population projections in the workshops, undertaking an analysis of fertility, mortality and migration (the components of population growth), to establish the likely growth of future regional and local populations. Selected applications will be examined in relation to current and future population trends and how demography and its social applications can contribute to solving a problem, assembling the requisite data, arguments and insights in the form of a report.
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Course Learning Outcomes1. An understanding of demographic methods and concepts
2. An ability to analyse and interpret population data and have a working knowledge of appropriate population data sources and contemporary technologies for analysis and presentation
3. An understanding of changing consumer demands and the service needs of Australia’s ageing population
4. An understanding of the role of population projections and knowledge of how they are made and used.
5. An understanding of how mortality, fertility and migration analysis is vital in the production of assumptions for population projections and to forecast age structure change
6. To assess population policy at national, state and local levels which can impinge upon the population–environment relationship and the need for achieving sustainable populations and communities.
7. An ability to present population analysis with high quality written and verbal skills
8. To interpret demographic trends for future planning–solving skills
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 6,7,8 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 6,7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 8 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7,8 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-7
Required ResourcesAlthough there is no prescribed text for this course as there is no one book that deals with the methods taught which has tended to be a relatively neglected area of research. Methods, Data sources and literature have been compiled and are available on MyUni for easy student access. The Australian Bureau of Statistics provides important census data on Australia’s population and it distribution in the form of publications and online material.
Recommended ResourcesLecture and readings –integrated with specific workshop modules, access to data sources and computers
Online LearningMYUNI will be used for course –related announcements, emails to all students etc. information about weekly workshop assignments and readings –pdfs on Myuni also research topics, data and readings
The posting of Lecture material for all lectures in the course and recordings
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course lectures provide basic factual information and information on data and techniques of population analysis, measurement, sources of data, presentation and interpretation. The workshops are linked to the lectures and together with readings each week follow a sequence of modules. The first based on census data examines population and socio-economic trends using EXCEL to show social indicators, tables and graphs. The second is based on of fertliity, mortality and migration trends. The third focuses upon providing an overall research report and its presentation. Finally, the exam will assess the extent to which students have developed an understanding of key demographic and social data and techniques of analysis, presentation and interpretation. The course is very much skills based with the workshop modules and the final exam designed to evaluate the competence of students in the design and appropriate analysis of demographic data. The following workshops are linked to the lectures.
Analysis of population data -census
Analysis of population change
Analysis of population ageing
Population models - best practice
Analysis birth and death data
International migration flows
Analysis for project reports
Presentation of research reports
Presentation of research reports
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
· Structured learning (1 lecture and 1 (2hour)workshop ) 3 hours per week
· Background reading to workshop exercises: 4 hours per week
· Research report – team work on topic -research and preparation :3 hours per week (average)
· Exam revision: 2 hours per week averaged over course topics.
Learning Activities Summary
Lecture & Topic outline
Introduction to population analysis &data
Demographic concepts and Measures
Population composition measures and concepts
Population projections- how they are made
Practicalities of preparing projections for government and planning
Analysis of Mortality
Analyis of Fertility
Analysis of Migration-internal
Analysis of Migration -international
Population Analysis for Government and business/changing consumer demand
Analysis of Families and households
Exam summary and revision
Specific Course RequirementsCompulsory attendance at workshops and sit the exam
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Assessment SummaryWorkshop Participation (10 per cent) satisfactory completion of 2 workshop modules (30 per cent).
Research report and presentation - 2000 words (20 per cent) Due November 3
Exam-40 per cent (2 hours)
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Assessment Related RequirementsIt is important that students attend the lecture and the two hour workshop each week. It will be difficult to pick up the work readily after missing lectures or workshops.
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