« Data and Analysis/Demography

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Delivery Method

You have the option to participate in this micro-credential either in person at ANU Canberra, or online via Zoom. 


Dr Collin Payne and Dr James O’Donnell


Please note that dates are subject to change as is mode of delivery which may shift to online / hybrid depending on the specific health directions in the ACT.

Populations can be compared in many ways, for example, changing world and national populations across time, or differences between social groups or across geographies within a population. ‘Comparing populations’ introduces techniques that allow comparison of demographic, health, and social indicators in populations with different age/sex patterns. This short-form micro-credential is aimed at population analysts, policymakers and specialists for the health and social care professions. Participants will have hands-on experience accessing and analysing population data.


  1. Estimating exposure-time
  2. Calculating age-specific measures
  3. Direct and indirect standardization techniques
  4. Basic decomposition methods

Learning outcomes 

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

  1. Develop a comparative data analysis plan and have the ability to gather the appropriate data
  2. Understand demographic measurement of time and the estimation of age-specific measures
  3. Apply techniques that allow comparison of demographic indicators of population with different age/sex patterns

Indicative assessment 

Take home report-assignment (LO: 1-3): To be delivered a week after the micro-credential. Participants will select their topic from a list of possible themes on comparing populations, provided the day of the course. The report will consist of no more than 1000 words including: title, introduction, data, results, and discussion. It is expected that participants include some of the calculations studied in the course.

Assumed knowledge 

This micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

Micro-credential stack information 

This micro-credential is undertaken as a stand-alone course.


Course Code: DATA04

Workload: 21 hours 

  • Contact hours: 7 hours
  • Individual study and assessment: 14 hours

ANU unit value: 1 unit

AQF Level: 8

Contact: Brian Houle

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification.

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