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STAT2605 Introduction to demographic and socio-economic statistics (6 credits) Academic Year 2013
Offering Department Statistics & Actuarial Science Quota ---
Course Co-ordinator Ms L M S Kwan, Statistics & Actuarial Science < lucykwan@hku.hk >
Teachers Involved Ms L M S Kwan, Statistics & Actuarial Science
Course Objectives The course is an introduction to the basic methods for studying demographic and socio-economic statistics, which provide quantitative information on population size and structure, as well as major aspects of citizens' lives.   The course aims at providing students with 1) basic knowledge including the underlying principles of the pertinent methods and statistical indicators; and 2) skills in the statistical descriptions of a territory and their interpretation and application to planning, policy-making and commercial endeavours.
Course Contents & Topics Population structure, fertility, mortality, migration, life tables, population projections;
Social statistics on education, health, housing, labour, and other social characteristics;
Economic statistics on national accounts, price indices;
Sources, theory and methods of official statistics;
Examples would be especially drawn from Hong Kong, and  Mainland China.
Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Describe and interpret major official & other publicly disseminated socio-economic statistics of a territory.
2. Further appraise and analyse the socio-economic well-being of a territory with particular reference to Hong Kong and mainland China.
3. Predict a future situation by assimilating  and deriving from appropriate statistics.
4. Critically assess statistics reporting.
Pre-requisites
(and Co-requisites and
Impermissible combination)
(Level 2 or above in HKDSE Mathematics or Level 2 or above in HKDSE Mathematics Exended Module 1 or 2 or equvialent); and
Pass in or already enrolled in any of these courses: BIOL2102 Biostatistics, ECON1280 Analysis of economic data, STAT1601 Elementary statistical methods, STAT1602 Business statistics, STAT2601 Probability and statistics I, STAT1603 Introductory statistics, STAT2901 Probability and statistics: foundations of actuarial science
Offer in 2013 - 2014 Y        2nd sem    Examination May     
Offer in 2014 - 2015 Y
Course Grade A+ to F
Grade Descriptors
A Demonstrate thorough mastery at an advanced level of extensive knowledge and skills required for attaining all the course learning outcomes. Show strong analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, with evidence of original thought, and ability to apply knowledge to a wide range of complex, familiar and unfamiliar situations. Apply highly effective organizational and presentational skills.
B Demonstrate substantial command of a broad range of knowledge and skills required for attaining at least most of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, and ability to apply knowledge to familiar and some unfamiliar situations. Apply effective organizational and presentational skills.
C Demonstrate general but incomplete command of knowledge and skills required for attaining most of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of some analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, and ability to apply knowledge to most familiar situations. Apply moderately effective organizational and presentational skills.
D Demonstrate partial but limited command of knowledge and skills required for attaining some of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of some coherent and logical thinking, but with limited analytical and critical abilities. Show limited ability to apply knowledge to solve problems. Apply limited or barely effective organizational and presentational skills.
Fail Demonstrate little or no evidence of command of knowledge and skills required for attaining the course learning outcomes. Lack of analytical and critical abilities, logical and coherent thinking. Show very little or no ability to apply knowledge to solve problems. Organization and presentational skills are minimally effective or ineffective.
Course Type Lecture-based course
Course Teaching
& Learning Activities
Activities Details No. of Hours
Lectures 36
Tutorials 12
Reading / Self study 100
Assessment Methods
and Weighting
Methods Details Weighting in final
course grade (%)
Examination 75
Assignments Coursework (assignments, tutorials and a test) 25
Required/recommended reading
and online materials
Living with Statistics (Cenus & Statistics Department, HKSAR, 2012 edition)
Annual Digest of Statistics (Census & Statistics Department, Hong Kong SAR, latest issue)
Pollard A. H., Yusuf F., & Pollard G. N.: Demographic Techniques (Pergamon Press, 1990, 3rd edition)
Giovannini E.: Understanding Economic Statistics - an OECD Perspective (OECD, 2008)
Course Website moodle.hku.hk
Additional Course Information NIL
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