HAGE20001 - Opportunities and Challenges of Healthy Ageing
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This foundation unit will introduce you to core concepts in the field of population ageing. These topics will be presented with personhood and the rights of older people as central themes. There is a specific focus on the strengths and vulnerabilities associated with ageing. The effects of age discrimination and stereotyping will be explored at both an individual and societal level. Healthy ageing theories, frameworks and models will be compared to determine their practical application across different contexts and populations. The suitability of physical, socioeconomic and political environments to meet the needs of older people will be explored.

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 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Presentation 40%

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

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Learning outcomes for this unit could be enhanced. Self-reflection, staff feedback, broader feedback Rewrite learning outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify covert and overt examples of ageism and determine their impact across all levels of society
  2. Demonstrate an informed understanding of key healthy ageing concepts and theories
  3. Assess specific environments against best practice principles for healthy ageing
  4. Examine the strengths and vulnerabilities associated with ageing.

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. Identifying ageism and associated impacts.

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 assessments. Details of the assessments are available on the Moodle site. You can begin preparing for the first 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. Key healthy ageing concepts, models and theories.

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

Week 5 03-04-2017

Module 2 continued as above.

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

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Use this time to continue working on the first and second assessments, this includes conducting relevant background research.

Week 6 17-04-2017

Module 2 continued as above.

Refer to the Moodle site and watch the lecture. Continue Module 2 workbook activities. Finalise your work on the first assessment and continue working on the second assessment.

Assessment 1 – Ageism Critical Analysis Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Module 3. The impact of the environment on healthy ageing outcomes.

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

Week 8 01-05-2017

Module 3 continued as above.

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

Week 9 08-05-2017

Module 3 continued as above.

Refer to the Moodle site and watch the lecture. Undertake Module 3 workbook activities. Finalise your work on the second assessment. Familiarise yourself with what is required for your third assessment. Details of this assessment are available on the Moodle site. You can begin preparing for this assessment.

Assessment 2 – Environmental Analysis Due Friday (12 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Module 4. The strengths and vulnerabilities associated with ageing.

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. Undertake Module 4 workbook activities. Continue working on the third assessment.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Module 4 continued as above.

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

Assessment 3 – Environmental Analysis 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 – Ageism Critical Analysis
Task Description

This task asks you to discuss ageism, including the impact it has on society. The assessment is designed to demonstrate your ability to identify ageism and show an understanding of the associated consequences.

The Task

You are writing an essay that is a critical analysis of how the mainstream media portrays older people, ageing and related issues.

Preparation

1. Read the attached articles.

2. Select one article to analyse critically and evaluate.

3. Identify an ageist assumption demonstrated in the article.

Writing

4. Write an introductory paragraph that defines ageism and why it is a problematic form of discrimination.

5. State which article you chose to critique.

6. Describe the ageist assumption you identified in the article.

7. Define how and why the assumption is ageist.

8. Explain the consequences of the ageist assumption for individuals, service providers and society in general.

9. Describe how the article could be rewritten to avoid using ageist assumptions.

10. Write a concluding paragraph that summarises your key findings.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
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. Identify covert and overt examples of ageism and determine their impact across all levels of society

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



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 2 – Environmental Analysis
Task Description

This task asks you to examine and analyse how compliant your work area or area of interest is with healthy ageing principles. That is, does your local environment promote healthy ageing? To do so you will need to demonstrate an understanding of healthy ageing models, theories and principles along with an ability to apply them in a real world context.

The Task

You are writing a persuasive essay to analyse the ability of your chosen environment to facilitate healthy ageing. You will also provide recommendations for environmental interventions to promote healthy ageing.

Preparation

1. Select a workplace or area of interest to critically analyse (e.g. your local community). You are encouraged to discuss your selection and approach to this task with your lecturer.

2. Select a healthy ageing framework (model/theory/principles) that you think is appropriate to apply to your chosen environment. You may like to select parts of different frameworks for inclusion if you feel you need to, but you will need to justify doing so.

3. Evaluate your chosen environment against the healthy ageing framework you have selected.

4. If you identify any environmental shortcomings, generate solutions to address issues. You may like to search for and select quality literature that provides evidence-based information to support your arguments.

Writing

1. Write an introductory paragraph that introduces the topic of healthy ageing, including determinants and risk factors.

2. Discuss the environment you have chosen to evaluate and why.

3. Introduce the healthy ageing framework you selected to apply to the environment.

4. Explain how the environment does or does not promote healthy ageing and the implications of this.

5. If necessary, provide recommendations for improving the environment to enable healthy ageing. If there are many recommendations, prioritise the most salient issues that will have the greatest impact. You may like to consider cost as a factor here.

6. Write a concluding paragraph that summarises your key findings.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-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

2. Demonstrate an informed understanding of key healthy ageing concepts and theories

3. Assess specific environments against best practice principles for healthy ageing

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



3 Presentation

Assessment Title Assessment 3 – Environmental Analysis
Task Description

This task asks you to examine and analyse how compliant your work area or area of interest is with healthy ageing principles. That is, does your local environment promote healthy ageing? To do so you will need to demonstrate an understanding of healthy ageing models, theories and principles along with an ability to apply them in a real world context.

You are creating an oral presentation that is designed to provide recommendations for environmental interventions to facilitate healthy ageing. You are presenting to local government representatives who have varying but a mostly basic understanding of healthy ageing. You must successfully transmit knowledge and solutions to justify your recommendations. The representatives have the capacity to implement the changes you are recommending and you need to convince them of their value.

Preparation

1. Select a workplace or area of interest to critically analyse (e.g. local community).

2. Select a healthy ageing framework (model/theory/principles) that you think is appropriate to apply to your chosen environment. You may like to select parts of different frameworks for inclusion if you feel you need to, but you will need to justify doing so.

3. Evaluate your chosen environment against the healthy ageing framework you have selected.

4. If you identify any environmental shortcomings, generate solutions to address issues.

Presentation

1. You are talking for 15 minutes, this roughly equates to 2000 words.

2. Develop a maximum of 15 slides.

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

4. Your presentation should include an introduction to the topic of healthy ageing, including determinants and risk factors.

5. Discuss the environment you have chosen to evaluate and why.

6. Introduce the healthy ageing framework you selected to apply to the environment.

7. Explain how the environment does or does not promote healthy ageing and the implications of this.

8. Provide recommendations for improving the environment, including a rough budget. If there are many recommendations, prioritise the most salient issues that will have the greatest impact. You may like to consider cost as a factor here.

9. Conclude with your key findings and the message you want to leave your audience with.

10. Please also develop a one page written list of the recommendations you are making as a handout to your audience.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Detailed marking criteria are available on the Moodle unit site.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submission will be a two part process: 1. You will film yourself presenting and upload your video to YouTube. We will provide you with detailed instructions on how to upload a video to YouTube. You will set the privacy settings so that only people provided with a copy of the hyperlink can view it. It is recommended you try to upload your video before the due date as issues with large files (video) can occur. You will provide a copy of the hyperlink with your assessment. You are encouraged to also share the link with your fellow students via the forum but this is your decision. 2. Please submit your list of changes (Microsoft Word format) and presentation slides (PowerPoint format) via the Moodle site. Do not submit in PDF or any other format.

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

4. Examine the strengths and vulnerabilities associated with ageing.

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




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