DCHA20003 - Cognitive and Sensory Changes and Age
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit explores how the human body changes as we age, including differentiating between normal ageing processes and those associated with disease. You will discover how ageing impacts individuals’ ability to communicate and participate socially and in service provision contexts. Having an understanding of the ageing process and the underlying physiological mechanisms will give you an essential foundation to work well with older people and create strategies to promote healthy ageing. This unit will encourage you to self-reflect on your own professional practice and generate evidence based solutions to enhance service provision.

Details

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

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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. Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 10%
3. Presentation 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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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
The learning outcomes for this unit can be enhanced. Self-reflection, staff feedback, broader feedback Rewrite learning outcomes.
The unit was engaging. Student feedback Ensure unit remains engaging.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Differentiate between cognitive and sensory changes associated with the normal ageing processes and those related to chronic and acute illnesses
  2. Examine the implications of sensory and cognitive changes on communication
  3. Critically appraise common strategies used to manage communication difficulties against best practice principles
  4. Develop communication strategies to enhance and promote respect and personhood.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

Due to the contemporary nature of this study journal articles will be the bulk of information. As a result there will be no prescribed text book, although some may be suggested for additional reading during the unit.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • YouTube
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorSusan Hunt - huntbs (s.hunt@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Module 1. Cognitive and sensory changes associated with the normal ageing processes and illnesses.

Refer to the Moodle site. Read introductory documentation and watch the lecture. Undertake Module 1 workbook activities. Familiarise yourself with what is required for your first assessment. Details of this assessment are available on the Moodle site. You can begin preparing for this assessment.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Module 1 continued as above.

Refer to the Moodle site and watch the lecture. Continue Module 1 workbook activities. Continue working on the first assessment.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Module 1 continued as above.

Refer to the Moodle site and watch the lecture. Continue Module 1 workbook activities. Continue working on the first assessment.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Module 2. Implications of sensory and cognitive changes on communication.

Refer to the Moodle site and watch the lecture. Undertake Module 2 workbook activities. Finalise your work on the first assessment.

Assessment 1 Due Friday (31 Mar 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

Module 2 continued as above.

Refer to the Moodle site and watch the lecture. Continue Module 2 workbook activities. Familiarise yourself with what is required for your second and third assessments. Details of these assessments are available on the Moodle site. You can begin preparing for these assessments.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Use this time to continue working on the second and third assessments.

Week 6 17-04-2017

Module 2 continued as above.

Refer to the Moodle site and watch the lecture. Continue Module 2 workbook activities.Continue working on the second and third assessments..

Week 7 24-04-2017

Module 3. Communication strategies.

Refer to the Moodle site and watch the lecture. Undertake Module 3 workbook activities. Finalise your work on the second assessment.

Assessment 2 Due Friday (28 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Module 3 continued as above.

Refer to the Moodle site and watch the lecture. Continue Module 3 workbook activities. Continue working on the third assessment.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Module 3 continued as above.

Refer to the Moodle site and watch the lecture. Continue Module 3 workbook activities. Continue working on the third assessment.

Week 10 15-05-2017

Module 4. Communication strategies to enhance and promote respect and personhood.

Refer to the Moodle site and watch the lecture. Undertake Module 4 workbook activities. Continue working on the third assessment.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Module 4 continued as above.

Refer to the Moodle site and watch the lecture. Continue Module 4 workbook activities.

Week 12 29-05-2017 Module 4 continued as above.

Refer to the Moodle site and watch the lecture. Continue Module 4 workbook activities.Finalise your work on the third assessment.

Assessment 3 Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Susan Hunt, the coordinator for this unit, is a researcher specialising in health, ageing, development and vulnerable populations.

Susan began her research career at the Murdoch Institute, and was then employed by the National Ageing Research Institute. Following this, she conducted research at Monash University into physical and mental health, and child protection issues. She also had an educational role at the Emerging Researchers in Ageing initiative based at Monash University.

Susan is experienced in the analysis of policy, research and grey literature, and providing evidence-based reviews and commentary.

She has contributed to the successful production of policy documents, government reports, grant proposals, ethics applications, service evaluations, education resources, workshops, presentations, and peer-reviewed journal publications.

Susan has expertise in the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, and a strong interest in translation of research into policy and practice.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 1
Task Description

"There is no point in worrying about our mind and senses are they are all going to disappear as we get older anyway."

For this assessment you are required to:

1. Critically examine the above assumption and explore the changes that occur to a person’s cognitive and sensory abilities as part of the normal ageing process.

2. Compare and contrast cognition and sensory changes that occur as part of the normal ageing processes with the changes that occur due to chronic and acute illnesses.

3. Discuss the implications for the varying causes of changes identified in step 2 above in relation to preventing cognitive and sensory loss as people age.

4. Make recommendations for overcoming misperceptions about the consequence of the ageing process on cognitive and sensory processes.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Detailed marking criteria are available on the Moodle unit site.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Please submit your assessment via Moodle in Microsoft Word format only. Do not submit in PDF or any other format.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Differentiate between cognitive and sensory changes associated with the normal ageing processes and those related to chronic and acute illnesses

2. Examine the implications of sensory and cognitive changes on communication

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 2
Task Description

Assessment 2 and 3 are interlinked and are designed to assist you to prepare a presentation. The presentation which you submit in Assessment 3 will be designed to inform key stakeholders regarding the implications of sensory and cognitive changes on communication with a view to develop best practice communication strategies to enhance and promote respect and personhood in the older person. For example, you may wish to develop a PowerPoint presentation (no more than 12 slides) or a multimedia presentation. This is to be accompanied by a verbal presentation (15-20 minutes) that you will make via Zoom at an allocated time with the unit coordinator during week 12.

Assessment 2 is your proposal of your presentation, so that you can submit an overview and receive feedback prior to completing the presentation itself in Assessment 3.

Proposal for presentation

You are required to develop a proposal to submit for revision, and feedback will be provided prior to the completion of your third assessment.

This proposal will need to include:

An overview of your planned presentation including the type of presentation format you intend to use including justification for your choice.

An overview of sensory and cognitive changes due to ageing and their implications.

An overview of your chosen stakeholders including justification for your choice.

An overview of your key points you will present in your presentation including at least 3 references you will use to assist in creating your message in your presentation.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Detailed marking criteria are available on the Moodle unit site.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Please submit your written assessment component via Moodle in Microsoft Word format only. Do not submit in PDF or any other format, unless otherwise advised.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Critically appraise common strategies used to manage communication difficulties against best practice principles

4. Develop communication strategies to enhance and promote respect and personhood.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



3 Presentation

Assessment Title Assessment 3
Task Description

You are to develop a presentation to inform key stakeholders regarding the implications of sensory and cognitive changes on communication with a view to develop best practice communication strategies to enhance and promote respect and personhood in the older person.

Your choice of presentation mode will have been justified in your proposal in Assessment 2.

This is to be accompanied by a verbal presentation (15-20 minutes) that you will make via Zoom at an allocated time with the unit coordinator during week 12.

Your tasks to accomplish include:

- Identify sensory and cognitive changes that occur as a person ages.

- Critically analyse the implications of these changes on communication for an older person.

- Develop recommendations for best practice communication strategies to enhance and promote respect and personhood in the older person.

- Be sure to justify with quality evidence based literature.

- Your oral presentation will take 15-20 minutes which will be accompanied by your developed presentation.

- Information within your presentation should be referenced where appropriate. Provide a slide at the end of the presentation with the references listed.

- Be sure to conclude with your key findings and the message you want to leave your audience with.

- A copy of your presentation (PowerPoint or multimedia) is to be submitted after your Zoom session via Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Detailed marking criteria are available on the Moodle unit site.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

1. You will present live to your lecturer using Zoom, a videoconferencing program. Your lecturer will assist you in using Zoom and arrange a suitable time with you to present. Please submit your presentation component via Moodle in PowerPoint format only. Do not submit in PDF or any other format, unless otherwise advised. Contact your lecturer to discuss how to submit other formats if you have chosen to use a Multimedia format.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Critically appraise common strategies used to manage communication difficulties against best practice principles

4. Develop communication strategies to enhance and promote respect and personhood.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility




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