• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society and the Research School of Population Health and the School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences / ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Geography, Population Studies, Statistics, Demography, Public Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof James Raymer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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In order to understand societal change, one needs to examine the mix of location-specific contexts that occur across space. This course focuses on local population change and its interrelation with health and wellbeing by exploring the theory, tools and analytical frameworks for dealing with spatial population and health data. Students will investigate strategies for overcoming the additional complexity of working and mapping spatial population and health data using geographic information systems software. The course will cover topics such as demographic and health uses of spatial data, sources of geospatial data, managing and mapping spatial data in geographic information systems, spatial autocorrelation and scale and spatial statistics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Explain the theoretical and practical considerations required for conducting spatial analysis of population or public health data.
  2. Prepare, manipulate, display and analyse spatial population data.
  3. Understand the importance of spatial data for local population and health planning.
  4. Build and critically evaluate spatial analysis models.
  5. Conduct an independent research project that includes analysing and mapping spatial data.

Indicative Assessment

Seminar participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Short written assignment 1500 words (25%) Learning Outcomes 1-2
Research essay 4500 words (65%) Learning outcomes 1-5

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One three hour seminar per week for 13 weeks.  Students are expected to commit a further 7 hours of independent study each teaching week of the semester (total 130 hours).



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4695 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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