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 - 2024

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2024

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

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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: 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
Students were offered opportunities to meet with the unit coordinator and to attend Zoom sessions throughout the term.
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
Assessments were reviewed for clarity and additional instructions were included.
Source: Zoom sessions
Students enjoyed Zoom sessions where they could discuss the content and apply this to the workplace
Discussions on Moodle content and its relationship to workplace should be encouraged in Zoom sessions.
Action Taken
Source: One to one session with student
Students enjoyed the assessment writing because of its relevance to their work.
Continue to consider assessments that relate to the workplace.
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