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Body of Ageing (POPH90257)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90257
Term 3 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject focuses on how the body and its systems are affected by ageing and explores the differences between the natural ageing process and physical changes that develop as a result of illness with older persons. Students will also examine the effects of the environment and lifestyle factors on musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological systems that contribute to the experience of ageing and to the individual’s capability to engage with their participation preferences. Understanding the common impairments and physiological changes behind them that occur as part of ageing process provides students with a fundamental base to critically analyse as well as develop strategies for healthy ageing and disease prevention.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Recognise the physiological changes that occur as part of the ageing process, and distinguish the signs and symptoms commonly associated with ageing from those associated with disease.
  • Recognise risk factors contributing to reduced function and participation in later life.
  • Select appropriate strategies to prevent and minimise the impact of risk factors on function and participation throughout the ageing process.
  • Evaluate current literature to select appropriate Referral/Resource to optimise care.
  • Develop critical reflection and self-evaluation of their own experience with ageing and, if relevant, in their professional practice and work setting.
  • Analyse, assess and develop strategies for healthy ageing and disease prevention.

Generic skills

Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:

  • Identify, critically analyse and evaluate relevant information.
  • High level written communication skills.
  • Apply research skills to make evidence-supported recommendations.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Contribution to online participation throughout the teaching period (10%)
  • One 1,000 word case study due in the middle of the teaching period (20%)
  • One 10 minute presentation at the end of the teaching period (20%)
  • One 2,500 word written assignment due at the end of the assessment period (50%)

Dates & times

  • Term 3 - Online
    Principal coordinatorLouisa Remedios
    Mode of deliveryOnline
    Contact hours30 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date16 July 2018
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 16 September 2018
    Last self-enrol date17 July 2018
    Census date10 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail31 August 2018
    Assessment period ends23 September 2018

    Term 3 contact information

    louisajr@unimelb.edu.au and d.virtue@unimelb.edu.au

    Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


    Currently enrolled students:

    Future Students:

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 29 November 2018