DCHA20005 - Predictors of Healthy Ageing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will compare both the modifiable and non-modifiable predictors of ageing outcomes. You will evaluate the importance of the determinants of health in older people. You will develop an informed understanding of the risk factors for decreased functioning and common mental and physical illnesses. You will produce potential solutions that minimise the impact of risk factors and illness. How to empower and support older people to enable behavioural change will be addressed. This knowledge will be discussed in relation to its application to promote healthy ageing in policy, individual and practice contexts.


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 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2023

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. Written Assessment 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%).

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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: Course Reference Committee , Head of Course and Unit Coordinators.
Student enrolments over the three years this course (and unit) have been active demonstrate a need to promote and market it more strongly.
Consideration will be given to this, particularly in regards to the new undergraduate Healthy Ageing units that are being developed as part of the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).
Action Taken
This unit is no longer taking new admissions.
Source: AIMS
This unit has had low student enrolments.
Due to the low interest shown in this unit, it is no longer taking new admissions. Any relevant unit content will be integrated into the new Master of Gerontology.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compare and contrast modifiable and non-modifiable predictive factors of healthy ageing.
  2. Examine the utility of modifiable and non-modifiable predictive factors of healthy ageing.
  3. Analyse the impact of non-modifiable predictors of healthy ageing on health policy, social attitudes, and the individual.
  4. Construct an individual health promotion plan focussing on modifiable predictors of healthy ageing.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
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 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment