CQUniversity Unit Profile
GEOG19029 Applied Demography
Applied Demography
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General Information

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: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 credit points

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2018

Distance

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

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

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

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 from self evaluation

Feedback

public health

Recommendation

Learning material of public health and health mapping will be added to the unit.

Unit Learning Outcomes
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 Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 30%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 30%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Demographic Methods and Concepts (2003)

Authors: Rowland, D.T.
Oxford University Press
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 13: 978-0198752639 (10: 0198752636)
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

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 a spreadsheet program such as Excel
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Jiaping Wu Unit Coordinator
j.wu@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Demographic transition theory

Chapter

Introduction (pp.1-9)

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

All Online Quizzes is available from Monday of week 1, but will be cut off in different weeks during the term. Please mark each of the closing dates in your calendar.

Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Accessing demographic data

Chapter

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

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Basic demographic measures

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Graphing demographic data

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 1 cuts off

Week 5 Begin Date: 02 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

The demography of health and health care

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 2 cuts off

Vacation Week Begin Date: 09 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 16 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

The changing families and characteristics of population

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quizzes 3 and 4 cut off

Week 7 Begin Date: 23 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

The Australian census of population and housing

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quizzes 4 and 5 cut off


Written Assessment Due: Week 7 Friday (27 Apr 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 30 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Population estimates and small area surveys

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 6 cuts off

Week 9 Begin Date: 07 May 2018

Module/Topic

Mapping demographic data

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 7 and 8 cut off

Week 10 Begin Date: 14 May 2018

Module/Topic

Patterns and trends in migration

Chapter

Chapter 11: Migration (pp. 384-426)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 9 and 10 cut off

Week 11 Begin Date: 21 May 2018

Module/Topic

Population projections

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 11 cuts off.

Week 12 Begin Date: 28 May 2018

Module/Topic

Towards sustainable populations

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 12 cuts off.

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 04 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Review/Exam Week Wednesday (6 June 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

Collecting data from Australian Bureau of Statistics and using that data to 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 unit.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Friday (27 Apr 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Friday (11 May 2018)

The papers will be marked and returned in two weeks after the due date or as soon as practicable.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment will be marked on the basis of

  • 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 unit.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Acquire demographic data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other providers, or from small-area sample surveys.
  • Explain some key demographic concepts and discuss their practical applications.
  • Describe major characteristics and trends in the demography of Australia's population (and/or that of the population of another defined area).
  • Communicate the data and analyses in cartographic, graphic, and written forms.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

This piece of assessment requires students to collect 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 and discusses the social demography of that defined population.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Wednesday (6 June 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

The marked assessment will be returned as soon as practicable.


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 unit's Moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
All submissions will be via a link on the Moodle site

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Acquire demographic data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other providers, or from small-area sample surveys.
  • Explain some key demographic concepts and discuss their practical applications.
  • 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/or that of the population of another defined area).
  • Communicate the data and analyses in cartographic, graphic, and written forms.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Literacy
  • 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 during the term. Each quiz must be completed before its cut-off 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.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
There will be a submission link placed on the Moodle website

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Carry out basic methods of demographic analysis, including the projection of populations (forecasting).
  • Communicate the data and analyses in cartographic, graphic, and written forms.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Technology Competence

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Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

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