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Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast
Lismore

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Using developmental theories and concepts of change, key aspects of nursing care and health across the lifespan are examined. In particular transitions and adaptations across the lifespan and the associated cultural, psycho-social and wellbeing factors are explored.

Unit content

  • Physical, psychological, social, emotional and cultural wellbeing
  • Transitions throughout life
  • Principles of adaptation and change
  • Developmental and cultural health responses
  • Family and family health assessment
  • The impact of the early years on health throughout life
  • Gender and health
  • Maternal and newborn health
  • Child and family health
  • Adolescent health
  • Concepts of parenthood
  • Immunisation
  • The middle years (including women’s and men’s health)
  • The older adult
  • Grief, mourning and loss
  • Mental health across the lifespan

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 define key concepts and responses related to cultural and psycho-social health adaptations and transitions throughout the lifespan
2 apply concepts of adaptation and change throughout the lifespan to provide person-centred nursing care
3 understand and apply developmental theories to inform nursing interventions and consumer health practices

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

  1. define key concepts and responses related to cultural and psycho-social health adaptations and transitions throughout the lifespan
  2. apply concepts of adaptation and change throughout the lifespan to provide person-centred nursing care
  3. understand and apply developmental theories to inform nursing interventions and consumer health practices

Prescribed texts

  • Also available as an Interactive E-text: Hoffnung, M, Hoffnung, R, Seifert, KL, Hine, A, Ward, L, Pausé, C, Swabey, K, Yates, K, & Burton Smith, R , 2019, Lifespan Development , 4th edn, Wiley, Australia.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.