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Body of Ageing (POPH90257)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90257
Term 3 - Online
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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.

Last updated: 25 February 2019