Term 2 - Online
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Demographic ageing is creating a shift in how to think and define homes, cities and public spaces. This subject explores feasible and sustainable approaches to keep the older segment of the population physically and socially active. Innovative changes in design can lead to significant advancements in service delivery, transportation models and homes that allow people to age in place. In addition, design principles for dementia and palliative care are a few of the many concepts that help minimise stress on people as they age and their families. Students will explore these topics and develop their own ideas about the way design can optimise the ageing process for comfort, security and overall well-being.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate an informed understanding of key principles in age-friendly design;
- critically analyse and assess the benefits and risks of design strategies that primarily are used to help older adults live independently for a longer period of time; and
- select and further develop or design a new approach to ageing in place that addresses housing, transportation or outdoor spaces.
Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:
- high level oral and written communication skills
- apply research skills to make evidence-supported recommendations
- advanced skills in reasoning, persuasion and effective argumentation
- demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with team members
Last updated: 2 December 2019