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HEA8102 Perspectives of Healthy Ageing

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Perspectives of Healthy Ageing
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
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Natasha Reedy


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


Older people nationally and internationally are living longer, with personal goals of maintaining their independence and control over their life, to create the foundation for a quality life as they age. However, as the person ages, they begin to experience age related and physiological changes. These changes are known to increase the older persons’ level of vulnerability and risk for harm. This course provides postgraduate students advanced knowledge and skills in comprehensive assessment of the older person that aligns with contemporary evidenced based interdisciplinary approaches and to the National Quality Health Service Standards and associated health charters to promote the older persons’ safety and quality of life.


The aim of this course is to expand the postgraduate student's knowledge of the changes that occur with normal ageing, the pathophysiology of ageing and the preventative, and therapeutic measures to promote the older persons' safety and quality of life. Learning outcomes will address key concepts such as normal ageing, age related pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics changes associated with the use of medications and complementary therapies, comprehensive geriatric assessment, mental health and wellbeing, ethical and cultural considerations, risk assessment and health promotion. This course will contribute to the ongoing development of nurses' qualities as leaders, especially as change agents in their respective health practice contexts that improve the care experience and quality of life of older people.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the structural and functional changes that occur with normal ageing;
  2. Analyse and evaluate age related pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics changes and risk factors, associated with the use of medications and complimentary therapies;
  3. Select and discuss appropriate nursing and interdisciplinary assessments of older people in a range of environments;
  4. Critically analyse the assessment of mental health and well-being for the older person, including the ethical and cultural context considerations;
  5. Assess, manage and discuss the strategies needed to minimise risk for older people that will promote their overall safety;
  6. Select and discuss health promotion strategies for the older person designed to maintain and improve their functional capacity, self-care, sense of personal wellbeing and quality of life.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Normal ageing, changes in tissues, organs and body systems. 10.00
2. Age related pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics changes associated with the use of medications and complementary therapies. 20.00
3. Comprehensive assessment of the older person. 30.00
4. Mental health and wellbeing of the older person, and the ethical and cultural context considerations. 10.00
5. Risk assessment and the older person (principles of risk management; internal and external risk factors, ‘red flags’ indicating risk; health risk factors, cultural risks, elder abuse and neglect; pressure areas and falls) . 20.00
6. Health promotion and the older person. 10.00

Text and Materials

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Johnson, A., Chang, E (2017), Caring for older people in Australia: Principles for nursing practice, 2nd edn, Wiley.

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.
Johnson, A., & Chang, E., (2017), Caring for older people in Australia: Principles for nursing practice, 2nd edn, Wiley.

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 Objectives Assessed Notes
Academic Essay 50 50 23 Aug 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6
Case Study Report 50 50 18 Oct 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6

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. Engagement in online discussion forums forms part of the directed study component of this course.

  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:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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. Note that assignments may have to be accompanied by a 'Turnitin' Originality Report which the student has to download from the Turnitin website at after submitting their assignment to the Turnitin database online. Details will be provided with the assignment requirements. Failure to attach the Originality Report may result in loss of marks.

  4. American Psychological Association (APA) 7th edition is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

  1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Student evaluations will be compiled to evaluate the student experience, relevance of the course content and the effectiveness of course delivery. It is expected that students will complete the Student Evaluation, MyOpinion, when they have completed the course.

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.

Date printed 8 November 2021