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380.650.01 FUNDAMENTALS OF LIFE TABLES

Term: 3rd term
Credits: 4 credits
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:
Description:

Participants learn to analyze population phenomena using demographic methods. Focuses on international comparisons of mortality trends, but students also study fertility and population growth changes. Presents training in life tables (including single, multiple-decrement and multi-state life tables), providing students an opportunity to explore the relations among functions in the life table and its applications to key population processes. Emphasizes the theoretical concepts underlying this methodology, as well as the practice of estimating demographically meaningful results. R is the common computing language in demography and statistics, and students develop essential computing and quantitative data manipulation skills. Course materials are presented interactively, allowing students to gain hands-on experience in manipulating the principal functions of a life table and become familiar with the type of research that can be based on them.

Learning Objective(s):

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to - Calculate and interpret demographic measure, - Create and utilize lexis diagrams, - Construct, know assumptions behind and interpret single and multiple decrement life tables, as well as multi-state life tables, - Become familiar with demographic databases, how to access them and how to use them with basic programming in R


Methods of Assessment: Homework, Quizzes, and Final Exam
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 3:20
  • Thursday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 1
Enrollment Maximum: 30
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Prerequisite:

380.603 Demographic Methods in Public Health and 380.600 Principles of Population Change are both highly recommended.

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail