• Class Number 2274
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Collin Payne
    • Dr Collin Payne
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

The course covers the theoretical models and tools to examine the growth, age-sex structure and spatial distribution of populations. Also covered are the concepts and measures used to describe and compare levels and age patterns in demographic processes, including marriage, fertility, mortality and migration. Topics may include the sources of demographic data, the assessment of data quality, standardisation methods, demographic accounting, population pyramids, the Lexis diagram, cohort measures, life tables, and decomposition methods. The course focuses on understanding demographic concepts and measures, their application to data, and demographic interpretation.

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. calculate measures to analyse population growth and structure;
  2. calculate measures to analyse the demographic processes of marriage, fertility, mortality, and migration;
  3. locate appropriate demographic data, and judge their quality; and
  4. produce, interpret, and evaluate demographic reports.

Required Resources

Preston, S.H., Heuveline, P. and Guillot, M. (2001) Demography: Measuring and Modeling Population Processes. Oxford: Blackwell.

Rowland DT (2003) Demographic methods and concepts. Oxford University Press, Oxford. [CHIFLEY HB849.4 R685 2003]

Carmichael G (2016) Fundamentals of Demographic Analysis: Concepts, Measures, and Methods. New York: Springer.

An early version of this text is available as Carmichael G (2001) An Introduction to Demographic Analysis. The Australian National University, Canberra. Available on the course website.

Hinde A (1998) Demographic methods. Arnold, London. [CHIFLEY HB849.4 H56 1998]

Newell C (1988) Methods and models in demography. The Guilford Press, New York.

Palmore JA and Gardner RW (1994) Measuring mortality, fertility, and natural increase: A self-teaching guide to elementary measures. East-West Center, Honolulu. [CHIFLEY HB849.4 P34 1994]

Siegel JS and Swanson DA, Eds. (2004) The methods and materials of demography, 2nd Edition. Elsevier Academic Press, Amsterdam. [PRINT REPOSITORY large book HB881.S526 2004]

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Immediate results and correct answers to quizzes.
  • Written comments on assignments
  • Class and individual feedback during all computer-based learning activities in class and on take-home exercises
  • Class feedback via verbal comments

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction, demographic rates, person years Preparatory Reading Preston, Heuveline, and Guillot (2001). Chapter 1, Sec. 1.1-1.5 Supplementary Reading Hauser PM and Duncan OD, Eds. (1959) The Study of Population: An Inventory and Appraisal. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Xie Y (2000) Demography: Past present, and future. Journal of the American Statistical Association 95(450): 670-673.
2 Growth rates, age-specific rates and probabilities Assignment 1 open
3 Age standardization and decomposition, Lexis diagrams
4 The life table and single decrement processes
5 Applications and interpretations of the life table, decomposition
6 Extensions of the life table Assignment 1 close
7 Fertility concepts and measures Assignment 1 open
8 Family demography
9 Migration and spatial distribution
10 Population projection
11 Stable population model Assignment 2 close
12 Introduction to R for demographic analysis Final exam

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
In-class and online quizzes 20 % * * 1, 2
Analytical assignment 1 20 % 20/04/2020 04/05/2020 1, 2, 3, 4
Analytical assignment 2 20 % 25/05/2020 02/06/2020 1, 2, 3, 4
Final examination 40 % 15/06/2020 * 1, 2, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation is not assessable, but quizzes will be held regularly to assist student learning.


Exam with online submission covering the entire course

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

In-class and online quizzes

10 regular quizzes will be held using online methods, which can be completed in class or online. Each quiz will account for 2% of the total grade.

Value: 20%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 20/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 04/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Analytical assignment 1

A set of analytical problems and interpretive exercises on topics from the first half of the course: demographic rates, population growth, age standardization, and the life table.

Word limit: 1000, excluding tables and figures

Value: 20%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 25/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/06/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Analytical assignment 2

A set of analytical problems and interpretive exercises on topics from the second half of the course: fertility, family, migration, and population projection

Word limit: 1000, excluding tables and figures

Value: 20%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 15/06/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4

Final examination

Exam with online submission covering the entire course

Value: 40%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

Assignments are submitted via the course Wattle site. You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examination or weekly quizzes.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned with electronic comments.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Not allowed

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In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Collin Payne

Research Interests

Multistate demography, formal demography, ageing and well-being, health and disability, demographic forecasting, population ageing, mortality.

Dr Collin Payne

Tuesday 09:30 10:30
Wednesday 09:30 10:30
Dr Collin Payne

Research Interests

Dr Collin Payne

Tuesday 09:30 10:30
Wednesday 09:30 10:30

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