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Description 

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.

Topics 

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

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollee's 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. Enrollees 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 enrollees 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.

Details 

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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