GEOG19029 - Applied Demography
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

The basic aims of this unit are to develop an ability to acquire and analyse demographic information and to communicate this in clear and concise forms. Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to: acquire demographic data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other providers, or from small-area sample surveys; carry out basic methods of demographic analysis, including the projection of populations (forecasting); describe major characteristics and trends in the demography of Australia's population; and communicate the data and analyses in cartographic, graphic, and written forms.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 credit points

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
public health self evaluation Learning material of public health and health mapping will be added to the unit.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Acquire demographic data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other providers, or from small-area sample surveys.
  2. Explain some key demographic concepts and discuss their practical applications.
  3. Carry out basic methods of demographic analysis, including the projection of populations (forecasting).
  4. Describe major characteristics and trends in the demography of Australia's population (and/or that of the population of another defined area).
  5. Communicate the data and analyses in cartographic, graphic, and written forms.
  6. Skills in learning how to find particular information that is contained in the online material, textbook or other study resources.
  7. Information literacy skills concerning the acquisition of demographic data from the ABS and other sources of population statistics.
  8. Skills in analysis of demographic information, and in the projection of trend.
  9. Skills in communicating demographic information in graphic, cartographic and written forms through oral presentations, slide show or web-based material, or written reports.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment          
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Online Quiz(zes)              

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1. Communication  
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking                  
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work                  
6. Information Technology Competence  
7. Cross Cultural Competence              
8. Ethical practice    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Online Quiz(zes)            

Prescribed Textbooks

Demographic methods and concepts
Author/s: Rowland, D.T. Year: 2003
Edition: 1 Publisher: Oxford University Press
City: Sydney State: NSW
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

A CD Rom comes with the book that requires the use of Microsoft Excel.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Access to the course CD Rom included in the text
  • Access to a spreadsheet program such as Excel
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorJiaping Wu (j.wu@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Demographic transition theory

Introduction (pp.1-9)

Chapter 1: Population Change (pp. 13-44)

All Online Quizzes open Monday in week 1 but cut off in different week.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Accessing demographic data

Chapter 2: Population Growth and Decline (pp. 45-75).

Chapter 3: Age-Sex Composition (pp. 76-115)

Week 3 20-03-2017

Basic demographic measures

Chapter 4: Comparing Populations (pp.119-143)

Week 4 27-03-2017

Graphing demographic data

Chapter 5: Demographic Writing (pp. 150-175)

Quiz 1 cuts off

Week 5 03-04-2017

The demography of health and health care

Chapter 6: Mortality and Health (pp. 179-219)

Quiz 2 cuts off

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

The changing families and characteristics of population

Chapter 7: Fertility and the Family (pp. 220-261)

Quizzes 3 and 4 cuts off

Week 7 24-04-2017

The Australian census of population and housing

Chapter 8: Life Tables (pp. 265-299)

Quizzes 4 and 5 cut off

Week 8 01-05-2017

Population estimates and small area surveys

Chapter 9: Stable and Stationary Models (pp.300-338)

Quiz 6 cut off; Assessment 1 due

Written Assessment Due Friday (05 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Mapping demographic data

Chapter 10: Population Distribution (pp. 342-382)

Quiz 7 and 8 cut off

Week 10 15-05-2017

Patterns and trends in migration

Chapter 11: Migration (pp. 384-426)

Quiz 9 and 10 cut off

Week 11 22-05-2017

Population projections

Chapter 12: Population Projections and Estimates (pp. 429-468)

Quiz 11

Week 12 29-05-2017

Towards sustainable populations

Chapter 13: Population Composition (pp. 469-503)

Quiz 12

Written Assessment Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Using ABS data, write a paper that:

(a) presents and discusses some basic demographic measures for defined populations; and

(b) presents and discusses age-gender pyramids for those populations.

Detailed information, guides and requirements for the paper will be provided in the Moodle site of the course.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students The papers will be marked and returned as soon as practicable after the due date.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The completeness and accuracy with which the required tasks have been completed.

The overall quality of the written communication, including the structure, style, format, citation and bibliography, English expression, and general appearance of your paper, including well-designed tables and other graphics (e.g., the population pyramids).

Detailed marking criteria will be provided the Moodle site of the course.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Acquire demographic data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other providers, or from small-area sample surveys.

2. Explain some key demographic concepts and discuss their practical applications.

4. Describe major characteristics and trends in the demography of Australia's population (and/or that of the population of another defined area).

5. Communicate the data and analyses in cartographic, graphic, and written forms.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

This piece of assessment requires students to access and use data of the Australian Bureau of Statistics and write a paper that:

(a) presents and discusses a choropleth map of population change for defined populations;

(b) presents and discusses population projections for a defined population; and

(c) describes the social demography of that defined population.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students The marked assessment will be returned as soon as practicable after the due date.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The papers will be evaluated on the basis of the quantity and quality of the research and analysis that has gone into the project, and on the effectiveness of the written communication of that research.

Detailed assessment criteria for the assessment will be provide in the Moodle site of this course.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

All submissions will be via a link on the Moodle site

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Acquire demographic data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other providers, or from small-area sample surveys.

2. Explain some key demographic concepts and discuss their practical applications.

3. Carry out basic methods of demographic analysis, including the projection of populations (forecasting).

4. Describe major characteristics and trends in the demography of Australia's population (and/or that of the population of another defined area).

5. Communicate the data and analyses in cartographic, graphic, and written forms.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz(zes)
Task Description

This assessment consists of 12 Online Workbook Activities ('online quizzes'). Each OWA (quiz) consists of 10 multiple-choice questions, and for each question, you need to select the best response.

Number of Quizzes 12
Frequency of Quizzes Weekly
Assessment Due Date All online quizzes will be available from Monday of the first week. Quizzes will be cut off in different week. Each quiz must be completed before its cutoff time.
Return Date to Students The online quiz will be marked automatically following submission.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Each question has just one best response. The question will be marked 'correct' if you chose the right answer. Scores are based on the number of correct answers only. There are no marks deducted for incorrect responses.

Submission Online

There will be a submission link placed on the Moodle website

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Carry out basic methods of demographic analysis, including the projection of populations (forecasting).

5. Communicate the data and analyses in cartographic, graphic, and written forms.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

6. Information Technology Competence




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