## Aims and objectives

### Aims

The aim is to provide an intuitive understanding of the properties of model stable populations, and an understanding of their age structures and growth rates.

### Objectives

After working through this module you should be able to:

- Understand the uses of stable population theory
- Generate model stable populations from a stationary (life table) population using an assumed growth rate
- Use a range of methods to calculate the intrinsic growth rate of a stable population, such as generation length, method of moments and iterative methods
- Recognise how different fertility and mortality schedules determine the age structure and growth rate of stable populations