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BUS 828 – Population and Workforce Planning

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Lecturer
Nick Parr
Contact via Email
E4A626
Wednesday 11:05 –11:55 at Building E4A, 6th floor, room 626.
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
BUS651 or MKTG696
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit will cover topics such as: the sources of demographic, labour force and economic data; the age and sex distributions of populations and workforces; the uses of methods of standardisation in the analysis of mortality and labour force data; fertility patterns and their interrelationships with workforce participation patterns; migration patterns and their effects on populations and workforces; population and workforce projections; population ageing and its workforce planning implications; and a range of case studies of the use of demographics in workforce planning. Students will have hands-on experience accessing and analysing census data at national, state and local levels using major databases.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Demonstrating skills in accessing data and literature;
  2. 2. Demonstrating a knowledge of population and workforce trends both in Australia and in selected overseas countries;
  3. 3. Demonstrating an awareness of and critical appreciation of the interrelationships between population trends and workforce trends;
  4. 4. Demonstrating an ability to use quantitative methods to analyse population and workforce data and to prepare projections for workforce demand and supply;
  5. 5. Demonstrating an ability to make presentations and engage in group discussion on relevant population and workforce planning-related topics and to work as a group on preparing a presentation.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Assignment 35% Weeks 5, 8 and 10
Presentation 15% Weeks 12 and 13
Final Examination 50% University Examination Period

Assignment

Due: Weeks 5, 8 and 10
Weighting: 35%

In three parts A, B and C. Data analysis, interpretation, and discussion. 

All three parts of the assignment must be submitted electronically via Turnitin.

No extensions will be granted. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late (for example, 25 hours late in submission – 20% penalty). This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for disruption of studies is made and approved. No submission will be accepted after solutions have been posted.

 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 2. Demonstrating a knowledge of population and workforce trends both in Australia and in selected overseas countries;
  • 3. Demonstrating an awareness of and critical appreciation of the interrelationships between population trends and workforce trends;
  • 4. Demonstrating an ability to use quantitative methods to analyse population and workforce data and to prepare projections for workforce demand and supply;

Presentation

Due: Weeks 12 and 13
Weighting: 15%

Presentation. The assessment will have 3 subcomponents;

1) an assessment of the quality of each individual's contribution to the presentation (5%),

2) an assessment of the quality of the group presentation as a whole (5%),

3) an assessment of each individual's participation in class discussion over the unit (5%).

Thus 10% of the assessment will be individually-based and 5% group-based.

No extensions will be granted for presentations.

Students must present in class in the week allocated by the Convenor for their presentation. Students who do not present at the allotted time will be awarded a mark of 0, except in cases where an application for special consideration is made and approved.

 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Demonstrating skills in accessing data and literature;
  • 2. Demonstrating a knowledge of population and workforce trends both in Australia and in selected overseas countries;
  • 5. Demonstrating an ability to make presentations and engage in group discussion on relevant population and workforce planning-related topics and to work as a group on preparing a presentation.

Final Examination

Due: University Examination Period
Weighting: 50%

Students are required to present themselves for a final examination at the time and place specified in the university examination timetable.

Students will be allowed to bring non-programmable calculators to the final examination. No dictionaries will be allowed.

Students will also be allowed to bring one page of A4-sized notes (double-sided) (handwritten or typed) to the final examination.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 2. Demonstrating a knowledge of population and workforce trends both in Australia and in selected overseas countries;
  • 3. Demonstrating an awareness of and critical appreciation of the interrelationships between population trends and workforce trends;
  • 4. Demonstrating an ability to use quantitative methods to analyse population and workforce data and to prepare projections for workforce demand and supply;

Delivery and Resources

CLASSES

There will be 3 hours face-to-face teaching per week.

The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at:http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/  

If it is a requirement of this unit that students attend classes.

DELIVERY and RESOURCES

Course material is available on the learning management system (iLearn) http://ilearn.mq.edu.au

There is no required textbook for this unit.  The following text is recommended:

Yusuf, Farhat, Martins, J.M. and Swanson, D (2014). Methods of Demographic Analysis. Springer:

The recommended text is available as a e-book from the Macquarie University Library.

Students are advised that there is no one single text which is followed closely. Rather for each topic a list of additional background readings will be provided to students.

TECHNOLOGY USED AND REQUIRED

Access to a personal computer is required in order to complete tasks on iLearn. Students are advised to check their university email account at regular intervals as the Convenor will use this to convey information to students.

 

REQUIREMENTS TO COMPLETE THE UNIT

To complete the unit satisfactorily, you must achieve an overall score of 50 marks or more.

 

Learning and Teaching Activities

Weekly 3 hour class

This is a combined lecture and tutorial. It is expected that students will attend the weekly classes on a regular basis and will actively take notes during the classes. All students are encouraged to contribute to discussions in class facilitated by the Convenor and to respond to questions asked during classes. Participation is expected to be well considered and relevant to the topic in hand. Each student will have an opportunity to either make or contribute to one spoken presentation during the course of the unit. Copies of lecture slides for each topic will be provided via the iLearn online learning facility at http://learn.mq.edu.au. It is recommended that students print a copy of the slides beforehand and bring them to the lecture. The Echo360 recording on each topic will assist students’ revision of each lecture at their own pace.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Demonstrating skills in accessing data and literature;
  • 2. Demonstrating a knowledge of population and workforce trends both in Australia and in selected overseas countries;
  • 3. Demonstrating an awareness of and critical appreciation of the interrelationships between population trends and workforce trends;
  • 4. Demonstrating an ability to use quantitative methods to analyse population and workforce data and to prepare projections for workforce demand and supply;

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment
  • Presentation
  • Final Examination

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Demonstrating skills in accessing data and literature;
  • 3. Demonstrating an awareness of and critical appreciation of the interrelationships between population trends and workforce trends;
  • 4. Demonstrating an ability to use quantitative methods to analyse population and workforce data and to prepare projections for workforce demand and supply;

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment
  • Presentation
  • Final Examination

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 4. Demonstrating an ability to use quantitative methods to analyse population and workforce data and to prepare projections for workforce demand and supply;
  • 5. Demonstrating an ability to make presentations and engage in group discussion on relevant population and workforce planning-related topics and to work as a group on preparing a presentation.

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment
  • Presentation
  • Final Examination

Changes from Previous Offering

The coverage of population and workforce planning for countries other than Australia will be expanded and the number of case studies in workforce planning increased.  The data for Australia will be updated to incorporate new data from the 2016 census.

 

 

Changes since First Published

Date Description
01/08/2017 Minor change to wording. Words "and written reports" deleted from subsection on Presentations in section on Assessment Tasks