NURS6250

Ageing and Health

10 Units

In this course students will explore the global and national demographic, health and socioeconomic characteristics of older people, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse groups. Within this contextual knowledge the students will analyse and apply current perceptions, attitudes, evidence, theories, and models of care that impact on ageing and health.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery
Availability Trimester 3 - 2016 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and analyse the demographic, health and socioeconomic characteristics of older people nationally and globally including the health inequalities of different ethic older groups.
  2. Explain the relationship between ageing and health;
  3. Analyse the barriers to ageing well including ageism, myths, and attitudes toward ageing;
  4. Examine the current experiences of older persons in relation to health and illness;
  5. Analyse the current evidence about and theories of ageing and relate them to ageing and health;
  6. Discuss current models about health promotion and older people, and
  7. Apply knowledge about ageing and health to their practice/discipline to support the health of the older person.
Content
  • Global and national demographic, health and socioeconomic characteristics of older people.
  • Ageing and health.
  • Ageism, myths and attitudes about ageing.
  • Current evidence about normal ageing.
  • Theoretical perspectives on biological, sociocultural and psychological ageing.
  • Models about promoting health for older people.
  • Reflective practice.
Assumed Knowledge The assumed knowledge in this course requires an understanding of the following issues related to health care practice: Foundations of health and health breakdown theory; legal and ethical issues; fundamentals of research; human bioscience; psychology, and sociology. Students will also be expected to have a high standard of: academic reading and writing ability; ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources; skills in critical analysis, critical judgement, synthesis and evaluation; and the ability to reflect on their practice in their discipline.
Assessment Items
  • Online Learning Activity: Personal Blog *
  • Online Learning Activity: Online discussion & debate *
  • Written Assignment: Perception of Ageing and Ageing Well Assessment *
  • Written Assignment: Application of ageing well to practice/discipline *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool

Online Activity

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 7 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. 2. Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. 3. Online Learning Activity: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. 4. Online Learning Activity: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course.
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for NURS6250
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