Course Outline

NUR104 Contexts of Practice: The Older Person and Family

Course Coordinator:Julie Hanson ( School:School of Health - Nursing

2023Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

UniSC Caboolture

UniSC Fraser Coast

UniSC Gympie

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Health professionals promote, maintain and restore the health and wellbeing of the older person and their families in diverse health service settings which may include hospital, community and the home. You will explore biophysiological and psychosocial processes associated with ageing as well as consider how older people respond and adapt to health challenges. You will learn the principles for practice which support optimal health outcomes in ways which are responsive, evidence based, and which promote autonomy and agency using the frameworks of Social Justice and Person-Centred care. The importance of Aged Care Quality Standards in ensuring safe quality care in aged care facilities is emphasised.  

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online asynchronous learning and teaching recording. 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Ageing and healthy ageing. Agieng globally and in Australia.

Perspectives of ageing – cultural and diversity considerations. 

Engagement in activities in older people.

Meaning of ageing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

History of aged care in Australia. Aged Care Act. Aged Care Quality Standards.

Understanding the difference between ageing and disease.

Contexts of care – community care. Digital support for the elderly.

Nursing roles in RACFs. Aged care funding.

Discrimination, ageism and autonomy.

Mobility assessment and management of falls.

Introduction to dementia.

Legal and ethical considerations.

Nursing in aged care settings.

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
1 Understand biophysiological and psychosocial processes associated with ageing. Knowledgeable
1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.2, 3.7, 4, 5, 6, 7
2 Describe health challenges for older people. Knowledgeable
1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.2, 3.4, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1
3 Interpret and use evidence to plan care to support the health needs of the older person in diverse health settings. Creative and critical thinker
1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 3.7, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.5, 6, 6.1, 6.2
4 Use Social Justice principles to appraise contemporary issues related to quality, person-centred care for the older person. Creative and critical thinker
1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 5.2, 6.5, 6.6
5 Application of the principles and practices of academic communication


* Competencies by Professional Body

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
1 Standard 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice
1.1 The RN accesses, analyses, and uses the best available evidence, that includes research findings for safe quality practice
1.2 The RN develops practice through reflection on experiences, knowledge, actions, feelings and beliefs to identify how these shape practice
1.3 The RN 1.3 respects all cultures and experiences, which includes responding to the role of family and community that underpin the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people of other cultures
1.4 The RN complies with legislation, common law, policies, guidelines and other standards or requirements relevant to the context of practice when making decisions
1.5 The RN uses ethical frameworks when making decisions
1.6 The RN maintains accurate, comprehensive and timely documentation of assessments, planning, decision- making, actions and evaluations
2.2 The RN communicates effectively, and is respectful of a person’s dignity, culture, values, beliefs and rights
2.3 The RN recognises that people are the experts in the experience of their life
2.4 The RN provides support and directs people to resources to optimise health related decisions
2.5 The RN advocates on behalf of people in a manner that respects the person’s autonomy and legal capacity
2.6 The RN uses delegation, supervision, coordination, consultation and referrals in professional relationships to achieve improved health outcomes
2.7 The RN actively fosters a culture of safety and learning that includes engaging with health professionals and others, to share knowledge and practice that supports person-centred care
2.8 The RN participates in and/or leads collaborative practice
3.2 The RN provides the information and education required to enhance people’s control over health
3.4 The RN accepts accountability for decisions, actions, behaviours and responsibilities inherent in their role, and for the actions of others to whom they have delegated responsibilities
3.7 The RN identifies and promotes the integral role of nursing practice and the profession in influencing better health outcomes for people
4 Standard 4: Comprehensively conducts assessments
4.1 The RN conducts assessments that are holistic as well as culturally appropriate
4.2 The RN uses a range of assessment techniques to systematically collect relevant and accurate information and data to inform practice
4.3 The RN works in partnership to determine factors that affect, or potentially affect, the health and well being of people and populations to determine priorities for action and/or for referral
4.4 The RN assesses the resources available to inform planning
5 Standard 5: Develops a plan for nursing practice
5.1 The RN uses assessment data and best available evidence to develop a plan
5.2 The RN collaboratively constructs nursing practice plans until contingencies, options priorities, goals, actions, outcomes and timeframes are agreed with the relevant persons
5.4 The RN plans and negotiates how practice will be evaluated and the time frame of engagement
5.5 The RN coordinates resources effectively and efficiently for planned actions
6 Standard 6: Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice
6.1 The RN provides comprehensive safe, quality practice to achieve agreed goals and outcomes that are responsive to the nursing needs of people
6.2 The RN practises within their scope of practice
6.5 The RN practises in accordance with relevant nursing and health guidelines, standards, regulations and legislation
6.6 The RN uses the appropriate processes to identify and report potential and actual risk related system issues and where practice may be below the expected standards
7 Standard 7: Evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program SC391


Not applicable



Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

In the learning materials there are quizzes that are embedded in the content that allow you to understand your comprehension of key concepts. 
Formative versions of the assessment tasks using different case studies will be worked through in class 2-3 weeks prior to each task due date to allow opportunity for informal feedback. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Oral and Written Piece Individual 25%
Narrated presentation (3 minutes) with written transcript.
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Written Piece Individual 45%
1400 Words
Week 8 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Case Study Individual 30%
1000 Words
Week 12 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Oral presentation: contemporary health issue
The aim of this task is for you to explore a healthy ageing topic through current media portrayals of healthy ageing.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
You will explore a healthy ageing topic portrayed in a media presentation or article. You will prepare a 3 minute narrated presentation that will articulate your analysis of the experience of ageing portrayed and relate this to a theory of ageing.
You will submit a narrated presentation of 1 slide and  a written transcript of your presentation that will be referenced using the current APA referencing style.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Understanding of the processes associated with healthy ageing.
1 2
Application of relevant theory.
3 4
Presentation logic and credibility.
Application of the principles and practices of reflective and academic writing and referencing in the style appropriate to the discipline.
Ethical use of intellectual property
All - Assessment Task 2:Written assignment: Workbook
In this task you will demonstrate knowledge of processes associated with ageing and challenges to health in different health care contexts, supporting the older person to navigate health services to support, maintain and restore health
Product: Written Piece
The workbook will include a set of questions about ageing, health challenges and health care contexts for the older client for you to respond to. A workbook template is supplied on Canvas. You will use the current APA referencing style.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Use of evidence to analyse the biophysical, and psycho-social processes associated with ageing
Interpretation of health challenges for older people
Interpret and use evidence to plan care to support the health needs of the older person in diverse health settings
Appraisal of the principles of Social Justice
Application of the principles and practices of reflective and academic writing and referencing in the style appropriate to the discipline
Ethical use of intellectual property
All - Assessment Task 3:Written Assignment:Case Study
The aim of this task is for you to apply your learning to the assessment and person-centred care planning for older people in diverse health settings.
Product: Case Study
You will be provided with a case study. For the case study, you will:
Appraise the biophysical and psychosocial processes pertinent to the case.
Provide an evidence-based health needs assessment.
Provide a person-centred care plan based on your assessment.
Address the principles of Social Justice relevant to the case.
You will use the current APA referencing style.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Understanding of biophysical and psycho-social processes associated with ageing
Interpretation and use evidence to plan person-centred care.
Appraisal of the principles of Social Justice
Application of the principles and practices of reflective and academic writing and referencing in the style appropriate to the discipline
Ethical use of intellectual property

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Maree Bernoth 2022 Healthy Ageing and Aged Care 2e EB n/a n/a

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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