DEME20003 - Supporting People With Dementia

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Empowerment and the rights of people with dementia are central themes of this unit. You will examine models of care and best practice guidelines, to determine their capacity to meet the needs of people with dementia. Ethical and legal issues encountered by people with dementia and those caring for them will be identified. You will design strategies to support those living alongside and/or caring for a person with 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 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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%).

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: DDLT and Dean SNMSS
Due to low enrolments, this unit is currently under review for sustainability. The current curriculum and learning content will be modified to aid the development of the new undergraduate program in Healthy Ageing for the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).
The course and unit are currently under review for sustainability.
Action Taken
The current curriculum will be used to inform and guide units within the new Master of Gerontology course that will be offered in 2020. As there is negligible interest in this unit by current students in the Graduate and Diploma of Dementia Studies courses, it will be under review to be taught out in 2020.
Source: Unit Coordinator
There have been low student enrolments over the last three years in this unit. There are a number of Dementia Studies course available online in the post-graduate area.
This unit will not be taking new admissions. Some of the learning content will be integrated into the Master of Gerontology.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate models of care for people with dementia
  2. Analyse the ethical and legal consequences of living with dementia
  3. Determine best practice guidelines and recommendations to support people with dementia and justify their appropriateness for practice to support a qualify of life for those experiencing dementia symptoms
  4. Develop recommendations to support people caring for a person with dementia.

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