DCHA20003 - Supporting Older People with Cognitive and Sensory Changes

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will have the opportunity to explore the loss of cognitive and sensory functions in and on the lives of older people. You will apply the four governing paradigms of nursing - nursing knowledge, law, ethics, and the profession - in the provision of best practice nursing care for the older person with sensory and cognitive loss. You will justify the nursing clinical decision-making – assessment, plan, intervention/s, evaluation - in the care of older people that aims to maintain or enhance the cognitive and sensory capabilities of older people.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
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 - 2023

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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. Presentation 40%
2. Portfolio 60%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 36.36% response rate.

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: Head of College Nursing advised of the changes in Gerontology courses.
In 2020 the Master of Gerontology Course was cancelled due to COVID 19 and subsequent staffing changes. This unit remained as an elective of the Graduate Certificate/Diploma of Gerontology
The unit changes were a result of unit development. Changes include unit update proposal with changes of title and unit outcomes.
Action Taken
The unit was reviewed and updated. The unit content was redeveloped as a result to changes to the unit outcomes.
Source: Assessment feedback from students via unit coordinator
The portfolio task confused some students. The Unit Coordinator suggests the use of an exemplar would support student understanding.
Add an examplar
Action Taken
An exemplar was added to the unit material.
Source: Student feedback in student evaluation
Changing staff in middle of course is inappropriate . No time to build relationship,
Suggest offering students a zoom to introduce themselves (new coordinator) at the commencement of the appointment, if this occurs in the future.
Action Taken
There was communication to students offered. This is an unusual situation, however may occur from time to time.
Source: Student feedback in student evaluation
"I loved the written assessment task. It was practical and interesting. The modules and Jen's videos were informative and engaging. Jen has done a great job with the videos as it created a better learning environment and not just reading off a slide"
Continue to use practical and interesting assessment tasks and use video recordings to explain tasks
Action Taken
The practical and interesting assessment task have continued. Students have responded well to relatable activities, tasks and assessments.
Source: Student feedback in student evaluation
" expand and explain your answers above.Quiz is the best aspect of this unit. Generally everyone makes mistake and learn from them. Initially I made mistakes and learned from it."
Students benefit from quizzes with two opportunities to submit. Students noted that it assisted learning.
Action Taken
The assessment modes are regularly reviewed.
Source: Feedback from Zoom meetings and discussions with students
The coordinator for this unit received feedback from students that the activities, tasks and assessment items were practical and useful.
Continue to include activities, tasks and assessment items that students can relate to.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Investigate the loss of cognitive and sensory functions in and on the lives of older people.
  2. Apply the four paradigms of nursing - nursing knowledge, law, ethics, and the profession - to the nursing care of the older person experiencing sensory and/or cognitive loss.
  3. Evaluate contemporary nursing care that aims to maintain or enhance the cognitive and sensory functions of older people.
  4. Justify the planned nursing care of older people experiencing sensory and/or cognitive loss, across the different contexts of care.

There is no external accreditation linked to this unit. 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation
2 - Portfolio
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
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8