Unit description

Increases students' knowledge and understanding of the physiological changes associated with ageing and describes some of the common conditions in this age group. It will examine the social and economic implications of these diseases; their impact on functional independence and quality of life; and outline some approaches to assessing these age-related health problems.

Unit content

• Unit introduction and overview
• The experience of ageing
• Health status of older people
• Physiological changes associated with ageing
• Common chronic health conditions
• Cognitive conditions
• Disability and health loss
• Reducing the risk for chronic disease
• Aged care services
• Healthy ageing

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Reflective writing15%
Case study40%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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