The Experience of Ageing


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.


WebLearn GradSchool

  • Trimester 3 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Explore ideas and current knowledge related to theories of ageing and apply these to experiences of ageing;

2. Critically reflect on personal assumptions underlying their practice of older persons nursing;

3. Formulate and articulate a personal philosophy of ageing and older persons nursing;

4. Critically examine various experiences of older persons in relation to health, illness and their encounters with the health care system;

5. Identify age related changes experienced by the individual and relate them to experiences of health and illness;

6. Develop insight and appreciation of the more common aged related health problems experienced by older persons;

7. Integrate various forms of knowledge in the examination of ageing;

8. Apply frameworks for professional manuscript publication to a selected issue or concern;

9. Demonstrate academic literacy skills consistent with international standards for successful publications.


  • Theories of ageing.
  • Normal ageing process.
  • Myths and attitudes to ageing.
  • The experience of ageing.
  • Reflective practice.

Assumed Knowledge

Foundations 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.

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Personal Blog

Online Learning Activity: Online discussion & debate

Written Assignment: Draft abstract & keywords

Written Assignment: Final abstract, Summary statement & Keywords Concept analysis

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool

Online Activity

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 7 hour(s) per Week for Full Term