Bachelor of Dementia Care (M3S)

Overview  2015

ATAR

ATAR Clearly-In Rank

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.

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Duration

mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer school (early), Winter school (early), Spring school

Commonwealth Supported and Full Fee Paying places available (check your Letter of Offer for details)

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

This course focuses on understanding dementia at the individual, family and health services level with the goal to improve the quality of life for people with dementia. The course links neuropathology of dementing illnesses to symptomology, and also to care needs. You will learn about the different diseases and conditions that may cause dementia, and how these affect the nervous system at different stages of progression of the illness. You will also learn about the concepts of normal aging, dementia and associated behaviours and techniques and strategies for dealing with these, and the different ways of providing care and responding to challenging situations to help build your confidence, knowledge and skills. By learning how to adapt your approach to care, depending on the living environment of people with dementia and those in the final stages of life, you can further develop your communication skills and appreciation of the importance of evidence-based care in the health system.

In the BDemCare you learn to foster a commitment to life-long learning, critical reflective thinking and professional growth with the possibility of leading you to pathways of further education. In this regard, to support and prepare you for this course, training in tertiary education skills are provided.

In advanced units of the BDemCare, you will develop skills in research, and in the evaluation of the evidence, related to understanding dementia and ensuring high quality care.

Through this course, you will develop your understanding and skills in dementia care in a number of ways, for example, scenarios, case studies, sharing your own experiences and teamwork. As well, you enhance your problem solving skills in expected and unexpected situations. Progression through the course will also increase your understanding of the evidence base that underlies high quality care.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the BDemCare will advance the provision of quality care for people with dementia and have the opportunity to disseminate evidence-based knowledge that may inform practice, policy and engagement with issues related to dementia care. In a workforce set to expand significantly in the short-to-medium term future, graduates will have the opportunity to be involved in the changing scope of dementia care practice from the outset, both in terms of providing quality care and in directing policy on dementia care at a local, state and national level. The BDemCare offers the possibility to articulate with higher degree programs

Course structure

Foundation Units

This unit aims to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding of computers, as applied in a learning environment, with an introduction to specific software programs used to enable online and distance learning in later units. Modules will include an introduction…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will provide students with a wide variety of interpersonal communication skills including academic literacy, written, oral, aural and electronic forms relevant to health studies.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, CAD003 General Studies in Dementia Care, you will cover three key areas: writing for success in tertiary study, study skills and critical thinking skills. This unit will develop your self-motivation, time management, planning, organisation and literacy skills.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This foundation unit aims to build student capacity in information literacy using the brain as an example of a biological system. Students will learn how to access and interpret different forms of scientific literature, develop a scientific vocabulary that will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Year 1

This unit will provide an overview of the history and development of aged and dementia care policy and services in Australia…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an overview of the journey through dementia from the perspective of people with dementia and their carers, identifying and responding to their needs. The unit introduces students to evidence-based approaches to supportive care, with the goal of…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This introductory unit will explore the concepts of physical and mental health and wellbeing in adult hood and during the ageing process. The basic concepts of understanding the biology of the brain and dementia will be introduced (2015).…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit addresses issues concerning the health and well-being of older people in our society through developing students' capacity for critical insights into contemporary policy.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will examine the regulatory and legal frameworks in aged care with a focus on policy and ethical requirements. Students will explore and engage with the evidence that relates to aged care practice.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The student will register and complete all units of the Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) which is offered tri-annually as an 11 week fully online prior to enrolment in the Negotiated Study in Understanding Dementia elective. This elective…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will address how to build models of care, mapping progress through the health system, and explore options for facilitating care management and continuity.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit introduces students to the concepts of inter-professional education, learning, and practice to facilitate optimum care for persons with dementia and their families…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Practical interventions employing arts-based activities, including music, theatre and fine arts, are increasingly being employed nationally and internationally to improve mood and well-being, physical activity and cognitive processing for people with dementia. Arts-based programs have also been shown to have…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)
HobartSpring school (November)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Year 2

This unit provides an overview of contemporary palliative care principles relevant for dementia care service delivery. You will learn about the underpinnings of palliative care practices for people with dementia and the people close to them.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will address the importance and challenges of effective and positive communication for People with Dementia and their carers.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This intermediate unit will explore the specific pathology of diseases causing dementia and the current state of research in to the biological basis of dementia.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will examine pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to the prevention and management in the care for people with dementia. Students will be required to complete tasks translating knowledge into practice, understanding the underlying evidence for prevention and treatment of…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Year 3

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will examine the latest research related to neuroscience research, and related investigative approaches using experimental models, related to dementing illnesses. The unit will involve an analysis of the principle quantitative methods underlying neuroscience research. Students will have the…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will present a range of advanced topics presented by staff and students related to the pathology, aetiology and prevention of illnesses linked to dementia. The unit will explore national and international examples of high quality dementia care research…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will involve students selecting a topic on clinical neurosciences related to dementia for a major assignment and related presentation. The subject area will be negotiated with academic staff of the Wicking Centre, and will involve a substantial literature…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will involve students selecting a research topic related to dementia for a major assignment and related presentation. The subject area will be negotiated with the academic staff contributing to the unit, and will involve a literature review and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

It is acknowledged that interested students and current carers in the aged care and dementia workforce have highly variable backgrounds, many with vocational-level qualifications (eg in Australia, Certificate III/IV in aged care). All students will require assessment on an individual basis to determine pre-existing skill levels and whether there is scope for recognition of prior learning, particularly for Foundation units. As such, there will be no requirement for having successfully completed secondary school, but students may be required to submit a personal statement regarding interest in the course so that literacy, motivation and likelihood of successful completion may be evaluated before acceptance. Successful completion of the MOOC capstone unit (CAD110) may also be used as evidence of preparedness for tertiary study

It is not anticipated that the successful completion of any or all of the units required for the BDemCare will be transferable for direct entry into other degree programs offered at UTAS. There will be an exit point after completion of16 Units (AssocDegDemCare), see example schedules below. Successful completion of the BDemCare may lead to opportunities for a postgraduate health course or a research higher degree.

Students having completed Australian VET sector Certificate III or IV in Aged Care, who can demonstrate recognised prior learning in the areas of general studies and effective communication, may be eligible to apply for credit for Foundation units in the first year. Students having initiated study at UTAS or another Australian University, towards an incomplete degree, may apply for credit where students can demonstrate successful completion of equivalent units (in accordance with Rule 3, UTAS Act 1992)..

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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