HAGE11002 - Predictors of Healthy Ageing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will analyse the impact of chronic health conditions affecting the older person and the impact of these on society. Perceptions of ageing often embrace the adage ‘to be old is to be sick’, however many older people continue to live in the community functioning well, but at a high risk of disease and disability. An understanding of the normal processes of ageing along with an understanding of age-related changes to body systems will be the main focus of this unit. By considering the major causes of poor health and illness in older Australians, you will also identify and explore opportunities for prevention of illness and promotion of health. This will include dementia and cognitive decline as an area of focus as these are set to become a more prominent health issue of future ageing populations. You will also appraise the key differences in ageing and chronic disease and disability for marginalised groups of older people including Indigenous Australians.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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 1 - 2019

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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 Undergraduate 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. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Presentation 40%
3. Report 40%

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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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop an understanding of age-related changes to body systems with focus on functional capacity, disability and health
  2. Discuss the major causes of ill-health and co-morbidities amongst older Australians with an emphasis on dementia
  3. Appraise the differences in the major causes of ill-health and co-morbidities amongst older Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  4. Identify and discuss opportunities for prevention of illness and promotion of health
  5. Appraise strategies to promote health in an ageing population.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Presentation
3 - Report
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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2 - Presentation
3 - Report
1 - Online Quiz(zes)