DEME20001 - Dementia and Its Complexities

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will advance your knowledge of dementia, including the challenges associated with diagnoses and the effects it has on individuals, families and communities. You will develop a greater understanding of the different types of dementia and determine the effectiveness of public health strategies designed to prevent these conditions. You will gain insight into policy and practice intended to respond to the current needs and anticipate future requirements of people with dementia. Common assumptions and misperceptions within society associated with dementia will be examined in relation to their effect on individuals, policy and practice.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution 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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2020

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 and Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

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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Previous Feedback

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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 of SNMWSS
This course is currently being considered for teach-out due to the low enrolment numbers of the past 3 years and its sustainability.
Limited feedback due to low interest along with poor marketing of the course (and unit) reflect upon the course and unit's sustainability
Action Taken
This unit is offered as part of the Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Dementia Studies. It has failed to attract any students who are currently enrolled in the course. The course is currently under review for sustainability and will not be taking new admissions from 2020.
Source: Unit Coordinator
There have been no students enrolled in 2019. This makes it difficult to comment on or provide any reflective thoughts on good practice in learning, teaching or assessments. As stated previously this unit will not be taking new admissions. The current learning content will be reviewed, modified and integrated into units with the new Master of Gerontology course.
Integration of the learning materials and content from this unit for the Master of Gerontology course will occur with reflection on components that are specifically aligned with the overall learning outcomes of the Gerontology course.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Comprehend the complexities associated with diagnosis and ongoing assessment of people with dementia
  2. Explain common trajectories of dementia and analyse associated impacts on the person with dementia and people supporting them
  3. Analyse public health approaches to preventing dementia and evaluate their effectiveness
  4. Identify common assumptions associated with dementia and analyse their impact on individuals, policy and practice
  5. Evaluate the ability of policy and practice to meet the current and future needs of people with dementia.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment