DEME20001 - Dementia and Its Complexities
Term 2 - 2017

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This unit will advance your knowledge of dementia, including the challenges associated with diagnoses and the effects it has on individuals, families and communities. You will develop a greater understanding of the different types of dementia and determine the effectiveness of public health strategies designed to prevent these conditions. You will gain insight into policy and practice intended to respond to the current needs and anticipate future requirements of people with dementia. Common assumptions and misperceptions within society associated with dementia will be examined in relation to their effect on individuals, policy and practice.


Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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Term 2 - 2017


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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation and Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Content was up to date, contemporary and followed logical flow. Student actively participated in unit . Course Coordinator These materials and structure would be used again if the unit was to run.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Comprehend the complexities associated with diagnosis and ongoing assessment of people with dementia
  2. Explain common trajectories of dementia and analyse associated impacts on the person with dementia and people supporting them
  3. Analyse public health approaches to preventing dementia and evaluate their effectiveness
  4. Identify common assumptions associated with dementia and analyse their impact on individuals, policy and practice
  5. Evaluate the ability of policy and practice to meet the current and future needs of people with dementia.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research
5. Self-management
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment  

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