GEOG19029 - Applied Demography

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 1 - 2022 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback
The prescribed textbook has been delayed for a few weeks to arrive and despatched to the students over the past two years.
The prescribed textbook will be removed and replaced with prescribed readings. All learning materials will be made available in the unit's moodle site.
Action Taken
The prescribed textbook was removed and replaced by selected readings.
Source: CQU Moodle Refresh
Weekly learning and teaching activities need a bit more clarity.
The weekly learning and teaching materials (reading guides, lecture notes, learning activities etc) will be reorganised and refreshed in accordance with requirements of the Moodle Refresh.
Action Taken
The weekly learning and teaching materials were updated and arranged in the new format of weekly topics in the new Moodle site.
Source: UC self assessment
Restructure the weekly learning notes
It is recommended that lecture notes and tutorial notes will be separately provided to each of the weekly topics. The lecture notes should focus on concepts and methods while the tutorial notes will concentrate on data and calculations.
Action Taken
Source: UC self assessment
Update the unit materials to include the 2021 Census information
As the teaching and learning of this unit has relied heavily on the census data, it is recommended that the UC will update the unit materials to include the 2021 Census data, when it is released.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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