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HAGE20001 - Opportunities and Challenges of Healthy Ageing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This foundation unit will introduce you to core concepts in the field of population ageing. These topics will be presented with personhood and the rights of older people as central themes. There is a specific focus on the strengths and vulnerabilities associated with ageing. The effects of age discrimination and stereotyping will be explored at both an individual and societal level. Healthy ageing theories, frameworks and models will be compared to determine their practical application across different contexts and populations. The suitability of physical, socioeconomic and political environments to meet the needs of older people will be explored.


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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 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 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 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Presentation 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%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 46.67% 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: Assessment feedback from students via unit coordinator
Assessment items lack clarity. The Unit Coordinator suggests aligning the the first half of the unit content with assessment one and the second half of the unit content with assessment two.
Review assessments to provide clarity in item. Review due dates and align with unit content.
Action Taken
Source: Unit content feedback from students via unit coordinator
"Personal lectures were really great. More please. I liked the specificity of each one and the perspective provided. More resources would be good too. Readings were great, would love more."
Continue regular zoom sessions. Suggest adding more reading materials to unit content in future units.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify covert and overt examples of ageism and determine their impact across all levels of society
  2. Demonstrate an informed understanding of key healthy ageing concepts and theories
  3. Assess specific environments against best practice principles for healthy ageing
  4. Examine the strengths and vulnerabilities associated with ageing.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation
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
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
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
3 - Presentation