DEME20002 - Psychosocial Changes in Dementia

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will explore the variations in psychosocial changes associated with dementia and their impact on the person with dementia and their significant others. Misperceptions about these changes and the cultural influence on dementia will also be explored. You will devise strategies to assist the person with dementia as they experience these changes and make recommendations for practical application for key stakeholders.


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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

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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. 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%).

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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
The current learning content will be reviewed, modified and integrated into units with the new Master of Gerontology course.
Source: Unit Coordinator
There have been low student enrolments over the last three years in this unit. It could be speculated that the course and therefore the unit are not a 'topic' of interest (e.g. Dementia) at this time in the post-graduate study area. There are many online courses in all aspects of Dementia studies offered on various platforms.
Where appropriate, 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. Analyse the utility of different psychosocial theories of ageing to determine the impact of dementia
  2. Consider the diversity and consequences of psychosocial changes associated with dementia
  3. Identify associated with psychosocial changes and analyse the impact of these misperceptions on the person with dementia and those caring for them
  4. Devise strategies to address the misperceptions of psychosocial changes associated with dementia
  5. Analyse the influence of culture on the experience of changes associated with dementia.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - 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 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment