|Year of offer||2019|
|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 coordinators Steven Baker and Kathleen Gray Mode of delivery Online Contact hours 30 hours Total time commitment 170 hours Pre teaching start date 7 October 2019 Pre teaching requirements During the pre-teaching period students are given the opportunity to get used to the online platform, meet the instructors/tutors and become familiar with how to access resources before the teaching period starts. Teaching period 14 October 2019 to 8 December 2019 Last self-enrol date 8 October 2019 Census date 1 November 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 22 November 2019 Assessment period ends 15 December 2019
Term 4 contact information
Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education
Further Information: MSPGH WebsitePhone: + 61 3 8344 0149 Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT. Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.
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 Master of Public Health Course Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Digital Health Course Graduate Certificate in Ageing Course Master of Ageing Course Graduate Diploma in Ageing Course Specialist Certificate in Ageing Course Master of Public Administration (Enhanced) Course Master of Public Administration Informal specialisation Ageing
- 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.