The Experience of Ageing

10 Units

In this course students will critically examine the various theories of ageing and common myths associated with growing old. The biological, sociological and psychological aspects of the normal ageing process will be explored. The experience of growing old, from the perspective of the older person, will be examined and will include an analysis of what constitutes successful ageing.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery
Availability Trimester 3 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

During this course, students will:

1.Critically examine various experiences of older persons in relation to health, illness and their encounters with the health care system; 2.Critically reflect on personal assumptions underlying your own practice of older persons nursing; 3.Identify age related changes experienced by the individual and relate them to experiences of health and illness; 4.Integrate various forms of knowledge in the examination of ageing; 5.Explore ideas and current knowledge related to theories of ageing and apply these to experiences of ageing; 6.Develop insight and appreciation of the more common aged related health problems experienced by older persons; 7.Formulate and articulate a personal philosophy of ageing and older persons nursing.


Theories of ageing. Normal ageing process. Myths and attitudes to ageing. The experience of ageing. Reflective practice.

Replacing Course(s) n/a
Transition n/a
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Foundations of nursing knowledge, nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgement, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualise practice. Demonstrated ANCI competencies.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay - Aged Care case study
  • Other: (please specify) - 6 online postings
Contact Hours
  • Email Discussion Group: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Self Directed Learning: for 7 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials
  • "Concept Development in Nursing Foundations and Techniques" &" Ebersole and Hess Gerontological Nursing and Healthy Aging"
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for NURS6250

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