## SA481Half UnitPopulation Analysis: Methods and Models

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Arjan Gjonca OLDM2.25

Availability

This course is compulsory on the MSc in Social Research Methods. This course is available on the MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Health, Population and Society, MSc in Population and Development, MSc in Statistics and MSc in Statistics (Research). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Pre-requisites

Students should have basic numeracy, but the course does not require advanced mathematical knowledge.

Course content

This course is an introduction to the key concepts and methods of population analysis. It will introduce the fundamental components of population change: fertility, mortality and migration, and will discuss methods of data collection and population projections. Topics covered will also include population age-structure and growth; marriage and reproduction; an introduction to population projections; and the use of models in demography. Importance is placed on the understanding and interpretation of demographic data, as well as the methods of population analysis.

Teaching

15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT. 3 hours of lectures in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to complete exercises and write two essays during the term.

A detailed reading list will be provided at the start of the course. A useful text is Demographic Methods and Concepts by D Rowland, 2003; or, alternatively Methods and Models in Demography by C Newell, 1988 or Demographic Techniques by A H Pollard, F Yusuf & G N Pollard, 1990, A Demography: Measuring and Modeling Population Processes by S H Preston, P Heuveline and M Guillot, 2001.

Assessment

Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Student performance results

(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 25
Merit 28.1
Pass 34.4
Fail 12.5

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2012/13: 26

Average class size 2012/13: 13

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Course survey results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 77.2%

Question

Average
response

1.8

Materials (Q2.3)

1.5

Course satisfied (Q2.4)

1.6

Lectures (Q2.5)

1.4

Integration (Q2.6)

1.6

Contact (Q2.7)

1.7

Feedback (Q2.8)

1.8

Recommend (Q2.9)

 Yes 87.5% Maybe 12.5% No 0%