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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Explores the association between lifestyle determinants, health and wellbeing of older Australians. It will study the health profile of older people and the relationship between age-related physiological changes and the morbidity associated with ageing. A critical analysis of the importance of nutrition and physical activity on the health and wellbeing of older people will be undertaken.

Unit content

  • Unit introduction and overview
  • The concept of healthy ageing
  • The health profile of older Australians
  • Physiological changes associated with ageing and impact on health and wellbeing
  • Common health conditions of ageing
  • Other causes of morbidly in the older age group
  • Nutrition and ageing
  • Nutrition and ageing - special issues
  • Physical activity and ageing.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe the health profile of older Australians and common health conditions in this age group
2 discuss the impact of age-related physiological changes on the health and wellbeing of older people
3 identify the main causes of morbidity in this age group
4 evaluate the importance of age-adjusted nutritional recommendations for older people
5 explain the benefits associated with a physically active lifestyle.
6 Apply skills in academic writing, critical thinking and analysis

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the health profile of older Australians and common health conditions in this age group
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. discuss the impact of age-related physiological changes on the health and wellbeing of older people
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. identify the main causes of morbidity in this age group
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. evaluate the importance of age-adjusted nutritional recommendations for older people
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. explain the benefits associated with a physically active lifestyle.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  6. Apply skills in academic writing, critical thinking and analysis
    • GA1:

Prescribed texts

  • Borowski, A, Encel, S & Ozanne, E (eds), 2007, Longevity and Social Change in Australia, UNSW Press, Sydney.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.