HAGE20003 - Policy and Practice Projections

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with specialised knowledge of Australian and international policy and practice relating to meeting the needs of our current and future ageing populations. This will involve research into the opportunities associated with population ageing. You will identify how policy informs practice and service delivery. You will critically appraise the adequacy and sustainability of contemporary policy and practice to promote life-long well-being and the rights of older people. The influence of actual and potential economic, cultural and social factors will be inspected in detail in both national and global contexts. The importance of the ethical and social issues associated with ageing and related responsibilities of practitioners and policy makers will be explored in depth. You will design evidence based recommendations for policy and practice to plan for the empowerment and well-being of our current and future ageing populations.


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 1 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 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. Presentation and 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: Course Reference Committee , Head of Course and Unit Coordinators.
Student enrolments over the three years this course (and unit) have been active demonstrate a need to promote and market it more strongly.
Consideration will be given to this, particularly in regards to the new undergraduate Healthy Ageing units that are being developed as part of the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).
Action Taken
The current learning content from this unit will be integrated into units within the Master of Gerontology course form 2020.
Source: Unit Coordinator
Feedback is difficult to comment on because of low student enrolments along with negligible student feedback via Moodle.
Despite numerous attempts to promote this unit in 2019 to current students, low interest has continuously occurred not only in 2019, but over the previous 2 years it has been offered. Reflection on components of this unit that are aligned with the Master of Gerontology course will occur. These will be integrated into Moodle content across the healthy ageing units within this new course.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explore the global impact of an ageing population on individuals and society
  2. Assess the ability of current policy to ensure quality of life for the future ageing population
  3. Examine social structures that may impede or facilitate quality of life in older age
  4. Identify specific economic, cultural and social changes and recommend policy that will be needed to address these changes
  5. Evaluate the ability of contemporary practice to ensure quality of life for the future ageing population.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and 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
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 - Presentation and Written Assessment