« 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 Vladimir Canudas-Romo


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.

Life expectancy is a commonly used summary measure to assess the health of a population, and it is calculated using life tables. ‘Life tables’ is a short-form micro-credential designed to introduce this demographic methodology standard. Upon successful completion, participants will be able to describe the components of a life table and apply its rules to derive life expectancy. The micro-credential is aimed at population analysts, policymakers, planners and specialists for the health and social care professions. Participantswill have hands-on experience accessing and analysing population data using the R software.


  1. How to build life tables
  2. Interpreting the components including life expectancy
  3. Examining population differences in mortality profiles

Learning outcomes 

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

  1. Apply rates in population analysis
  2. Explain why life tables are needed
  3. Apply basic rules of a life table to derive life expectancy and explain the components of the life table
  4. Evaluate population differences in mortality profiles

Indicative assessment 

Take home report-assignment (LO: 1-4) to be delivered a week after the micro-credential. Participants will select their topic from a list of possible themes on life tables, provided the day of the course. The report will consist of no more than 2000 words including: title, introduction, data & methods, results and discussion. It is expected that participants include some of the calculations studied in the life table 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 may be undertaken as a stand-alone course. 


Course Code: DATA10

Workload: 21 hours 

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

ANU unit value: 2 units

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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