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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 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 3 - 2019

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Term 2 - 2022 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. 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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 36.67% 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: 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
The recommendation in 2019 was written: "The 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. In 2020, 30 students enrolled in this unit. This is a result of the unit being an elective of the Master of Public Health CL45. The Unit content, resources, and assessment tasks were re-written and aligned with the unit learning outcomes for the unit. The Moodle was redesigned to be user friendly. The graduate certificate and diploma units are currently under review and recommendations and changes to the unit was proposed and passed at Course Committee in November 2020. The unit change proposal includes an update to assessments and unit structure, based on industry consultation.
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
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