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HEA8102 Perspectives of Healthy Ageing

Semester 2, 2016 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 069999 - Health not elsewhere classifie

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Examiner: Anne-Marie Goes


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or PMHN or MNRS or MNSG or PDEV

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore normal and healthy ageing processes and builds on foundational content presented previously in this program. Future challenges and issues will be examined from the perspective of providing high quality of aged care.


The aim of this course is to expand the student's knowledge of the changes that occur with normal ageing, the pathophysiology of ageing and preventative and therapeutic measures to promote healthy ageing. The significance and processes associated with physical and mental assessment of the older adult person and strategies to maintain health status will be examined. This course will also explore the spiritual and psychosocial aspects of ageing and therapeutic approaches that may assist individuals to provide a higher level of care.


On successful completion of this course students will have: .

  1. critically analyse the structural and functional changes that occur with normal ageing
  2. evaluate pharmacodynamics associated with normal ageing
  3. examine considerations and processes for conducting a physical assessment
  4. critically analyse assessing mental health status, cognitive functioning and physical well-being for the older person
  5. analyse therapeutic approaches to providing spiritual and psychosocial support for older adults
  6. analyse factors which may enhance healthy ageing and quality of life.
  7. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing


Description Weighting(%)
1. Normal ageing, changes in tissues, organs and body systems 10.00
2. Pharmacodynamics of drugs commonly used by the older adult 20.00
3. Conducting advanced physical assessments on the older adult
  • Movement and balance
  • Vision and hearing
  • Skin integrity
4. Mental health and cognitive status 10.00
5. Health promotion and the older adult 10.00
6. Spirituality and therapeutic approaches relevant to the older adult
  • reminiscence, group therapy and counselling,
  • alternative practices: music therapy, art therapy, poetry,
  • life review, storytelling, the role of rituals
7. Lifestyle factors and therapies that help to enhance quality of life 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Hunter, S 2012, Miller?s nursing for wellness in older adults, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Garratt, S. & Nay, R 2014, Older people: Issues and innovations in care, 4th edn, Elsevier, Australia.
  • Johnson, A & Chang, E 2014, Caring for older people in Australia, Wiley, Milton, Queensland.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Directed Study 20.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Advanced Physical Case Study 50 50 08 Oct 2016
Health Promotion Project 50 50 04 Nov 2016

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the student's responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no exams for this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.