HLTH28001 - Advanced Practice Gerontological Nursing 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with advanced knowledge of the possible metabolic, biophysical and cognitive effects of ageing on the efficiency of the body systems of older people and the consequential impact of these decreased efficiencies on the older person's health. You will explore the phenomena that commonly impact the health integrity of older people – polypharmacy, infections and falls. You will apply the Registered nurse standards of practice to the person centred nursing care of the older person at risk of these phenomena.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must be enrolled in CL22 Master of Clinical Nursing to undertake this 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 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. Poster Sessions 40%
2. Portfolio 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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 33.33% 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: Student phone calls leading up to assessments
Students commented that the assessments were easy to follow
To continue with this style of assessment item and to use practical examples in assessment areas.
Action Taken
Assessments continued to be relevant with practical examples provided in assessments.
Source: Feedback from a student following a Zoom education session.
Inviting an industry expert was a useful learning opportunity for a student.
Continue to provide opportunities to students that align theory to practice.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback.
Learning about the impact of medication on the body was a useful experience for students with an allied health background.
Continue to provide practical examples to assist students in their learning.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the metabolic, biophysical, and cognitive changes in the older person that are associated with health risks.
  2. Explore phenomena that impact the health integrity of older people, inclusive of polypharmacy, infection, and falls.
  3. Apply the Registered nurse standards of practice to the person centred nursing care of the older person to minimise health risks and optimise care outcomes.
  4. Critically review and enhance the planned nursing care of the older person to minimise common health risks.

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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2 - Portfolio
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2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
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