|Year of offer||2018|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
Term 4 - Online
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject looks at the ways in which recent technological advancements can revolutionise the experience, management and future of ageing. Innovations in how we age are explored from multiple perspectives, including how technology can support autonomy and independent living as well as social connectedness to minimise the isolation common in later life.
The subject offers an introduction to the aged care information technology industry and major products and services. Controversial improvements in assistive technologies are covered, such as robotics and sensors that monitor behaviour and health conditions. Lastly, this subject considers technologies for end-of-life support, for longevity and for regenerative medicine. This subject opens up challenges and possibilities for ageing that have implications for older adults, health practitioners, caregivers, service providers, policymakers and researchers.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an informed understanding of the challenges and opportunities that various technologies bring for the health and wellbeing of older people by critically discussing and analysing recent technological advances.
- Show a critical appreciation of older people’s differing perspectives on how technologies are empowering or disempowering in their social and economic lives based on exploration of real world cases.
- Critically evaluate existing or emerging technology products and services that are designed to be used specifically by older people, their care-givers or aged care providers.
Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:
- the ability to identify, analyse and evaluate relevant information
- high level written communication skills
- the ability to work collaboratively with team members
- advanced analytic, integration and problem-solving skills
Eligibility and requirements
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
A psychosocial analysis of older people’s experiences of emerging technologies:
Written critique posted to class discussion forum (500 words), due Week 2 (hurdle)
Peer review (500 words), due Week 3 (10%)
Written reflection (1500 words), due Weeks 4-5 (30%)
A sociotechnical evaluation of a technology based aged care product or service:
Narrated slide presentation posted to class discussion forum (equivalent to 500 words), due Weeks 5-6 (10%)
Peer review (500 words), due Week 7 (10%)
Written evaluation report (2000 words), due Week 8 (40%)
Dates & times
- Term 4 - Online
Principal coordinator Jenny Waycott Mode of delivery Online Contact hours 30 hours Total time commitment 170 hours Pre teaching start date 8 October 2018 Teaching period 15 October 2018 to 9 December 2018 Last self-enrol date 9 October 2018 Census date 2 November 2018 Last date to withdraw without fail 23 November 2018 Assessment period ends 16 December 2018
Term 4 contact information
Time commitment details
Students will have access to electronic copies of relevant readings.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Graduate Certificate in Ageing Course Master of Public Administration (Enhanced) Course Master of Public Administration Course Master of Ageing Course Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Digital Health Course Specialist Certificate in Ageing Course Graduate Diploma in Ageing Course Master of Public Health Informal specialisation Ageing Informal specialisation 100 Point Master of Public Policy and Management Informal specialisation 150 Point Master of Public Policy and Management Informal specialisation 200 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.