The Experience of Ageing

Course code NURS6250Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

In this course students will critically examine the various theories of ageing and common myths associated with growing old. The biological, sociological and psychological aspects of the normal ageing process will be explored. The experience of growing old, from the perspective of the older person, will be examined and will include an analysis of what constitutes successful ageing.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 3
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesDuring this course, students will:
1.Critically examine various experiences of older persons in relation to health, illness and their encounters with the health care system;
2.Critically reflect on personal assumptions underlying your own practice of older persons nursing;
3.Identify age related changes experienced by the individual and relate them to experiences of health and illness;
4.Integrate various forms of knowledge in the examination of ageing;
5.Explore ideas and current knowledge related to theories of ageing and apply these to experiences of ageing;
6.Develop insight and appreciation of the more common aged related health problems experienced by older persons;
7.Formulate and articulate a personal philosophy of ageing and older persons nursing.
ContentTheories of ageing.
Normal ageing process.
Myths and attitudes to ageing.
The experience of ageing.
Reflective practice.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeFoundations of nursing knowledge, nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgement, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualise practice. Demonstrated ANCI competencies.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay - Aged Care case study
Other: (please specify)6 online postings
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 7 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for NURS6250