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Technology and Ageing (POPH90263)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90263
Term 4 - Online
FeesSubject 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.

Generic skills

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





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



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 coordinatorsSteven Baker and Kathleen Gray
    Mode of deliveryOnline
    Contact hours30 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date 7 October 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsDuring 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 period14 October 2019 to 8 December 2019
    Last self-enrol date 8 October 2019
    Census date 1 November 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 November 2019
    Assessment period ends15 December 2019

    Term 4 contact information

    Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education

    Email: continuing-education@unimelb.edu.au

    Coordinators: steven.baker@unimelb.edu.au / kgray@unimelb.edu.au

    Further Information: MSPGH Website

    Phone: + 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

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 25 February 2019