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DCHA20001 - Ageing in Indigenous People

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will give you a detailed understanding of the influence of race and culture on ageing outcomes. The importance of Indigenous ways of knowing about health and how this relates to ageing will be addressed. You will learn and critically reflect on the historical and contemporary socio-political events and systems that impact the quality of life of older Indigenous people. Human rights and social justice issues will be discussed. This will include developing an informed understanding of colonisation processes and intergenerational trauma. You will research the key differences in health outcomes, including an appraisal of the ‘gap’, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous older people. You will learn about the delivery of culturally competent practice and working together with Indigenous people to promote value and respect for culture.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Term 2 - 2022 Profile

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).

Assessment Overview

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 10%
2. Written Assessment 50%
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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: DDLT and Dean SNMSS
This unit was offered for the first time in Term 1 2017 with one student enrolled. In term 2, 2018 there were no enrolments and interest was low. This unit (course) is now in teach-out mode.
To teach out course from 2018.
Action Taken
This unit has failed to attract students over the past two years. It may be because it is targeted to a specific area/setting in ageing and health and the current students who are enrolled have no interest or desire to complete this unit because it is not in their area of practice.
Source: Unit Coordinator
Despite numerous attempts to promote this unit for Term 1 2019, it has failed to attract students currently enrolled in the course. Some of the weekly learning content will be integrated into units within the new Master of Gerontology course that will be offered in 2020.
The learning content will be reviewed, modified and updated to reflect the current requirements of the new Master of Gerontology course.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the unique determinants that influence healthy ageing outcomes for Indigenous people.
  2. Explain Indigenous ways of knowing about health and ageing.
  3. Determine the potential efficacy of a current government strategy aims to address the healthy ageing needs of Indigenous people
  4. Evaluate the ability of services to meet the healthy ageing needs of Indigenous people.

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
Advanced Level
Professional 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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation