HAGE20001 - Contemporary Approaches to Gerontological Care

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will have the opportunity to explore, evaluate and apply nursing theories and models that are currently used in the care of older people in different care settings – acute, community, and residential aged care. You will investigate societal perceptions of older people, ageing and the impact these perceptions may have on the older person. You will plan changes to enhance the organisational culture of your clinical setting to provide an environment that is conducive to meeting the clinical, social and psychological needs of the older person and their families.


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

Students must be enrolled in CL22 Master of Clinical Nursing or CL16 Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing to undertake this unit.

Pre-requisite: DCHA2003.

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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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 40%
2. Case Study 60%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 40.00% 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: Students discussion with the unit coordinator.
The unit coordinator this term fed back that the students enjoyed the portfolio exercise and had found this rewarding.
To continue to provide innovative assessment items.
Action Taken
This unit was a newly written unit for term 2, 2023. The unit consisted of activities, tasks and assessments that were contemporary and related back to the student's care setting.
Source: Feedback from Zoom meetings and discussions with students
The coordinator for this unit received feedback from students that the activities, tasks and assessment items were practical and useful.
Continue to include activities, tasks and assessment items that students can relate to.
Action Taken
Source: Feedback from SUTE data
The coordinator for this unit received feedback from students that they appreciated her detailed feedback on their assessments. Feedback was useful, and assisted in improving their writing skills.
Continue to provide constructive, in-depth and useful feedback
Action Taken
Source: Feedback given after a student presented an oral presentation.
The coordinator for this unit received feedback from a student how the contemporary unit content assisted them in using examples of the unit content to assist in a professional interview that the student was successful in obtaining an educator position.
Continue to provide contemporary unit content that is relevant to student health care settings.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the application of nursing models of care pertinent to the holistic nursing care of the older adult and their families in your healthcare setting.
  2. Analyse the impact that societal values have on the older adult and their nursing care across diverse care settings.
  3. Critically discuss evidence-informed clinical, social, and psychosocial care needs of the older adult using contemporary evidence and national standards.
  4. Construct and justify strategies to enhance a competent, culturally inclusive, person-centred work culture that meets the needs of older adults and their families across diverse care settings.

This unit is not linked to external accreditation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Case Study
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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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
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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