DEME20002 - Supporting and Caring for People with Dementia

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will explore the different presentations of people who have dementia and how this may influence the care you plan and deliver. You will learn how to create comprehensive assessments, determine risk, and promote safety while advocating for an empowering and person-centred approach to care. You will have the opportunity to create therapeutic strategies and interventions and consider the impact of a person's cultural background and other key considerations that arise when working with older people who have diverse experiences and backgrounds. This unit will assist you to be a leader in the field of dementia care, providing many opportunities to consider individual, social and environmental elements to really make a difference to people who have dementia.


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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 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. Case Study 60%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
3. Portfolio 0%

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 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 23.08% 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: Enrolments and submission of assessments
Considering the high amount of students enrolling into the unit through the Master of Public Health CL 45 are international students with English as the second language, exploration of future assessment tasks is required.
The provision of formative assessment opportunities. To allow students to send a draft to the unit coordinator of written work before submitting the final task. This worked well with small unit numbers and was conducted by the unit coordinator in Term 2 with a good outcome. Student and unit coordinator discussed the written work - grammar, sentence structure, content, and referencing and suggestions for improvement. Submission of final assessment task saw significant improvement in student content, structure, and referencing. If student numbers increase and the course is moved to the Be Different platform with a larger cohort of students, the previously mentioned recommendation may not be viable, therefore, the approach of recorded or live zoom sessions could be offered to show essay design and requirements. Recommendation of the use of Grammarly to support student-written assessment. Recommendation of future assessment tasks to include a practical component, such as a short presentation or a quiz at the end of each module to assist in engagement, motivation, and another alternative other than written assessments - consisting of 1000-2000 words to apply knowledge. While written assessments allowed the student to demonstrate knowledge with the task, the task did require dedicated time with the students to explain the assessment and ensure student understanding of the requirements and explanation of how to write at an academic level.
Action Taken
Similar strategies were used to support students in 2021 with good outcomes. The Unit Coordinator worked closely with students to assist them with writing tasks, enabling the students to submit a draft prior to submitting written assessments. Students were provided two chances with quizzes.
Source: Student feedback to Coordinator
Students enjoyed a high level of support from the unit coordinator to progress through this unit.
Continue to provide a high level of support to students in the unit
Action Taken
Source: Student survey results and feedback from students
Students did not feel the assessment items were easy to complete.
Review assessments for clarity and provide additional instruction where necessary
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the diverse presentations of people with dementia and the impact this may have on their care
  2. Demonstrate the comprehensive assessment of people at risk of, or experiencing, dementia
  3. Devise therapeutic strategies and interventions for the care of people experiencing dementia
  4. Analyse the influence of historical factors on the psychological health and behaviour of person with dementia.

This unit is not linked to external accreditation 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Case Study
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - 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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Case Study
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Portfolio