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The Global Challenge of Understanding Dementia CAD121



The swiftly rising prevalence of dementia is one of the most significant health, social and economic issues facing the world. The global challenge of dementia will require innovative solutions to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers. Dementia will also have substantial impacts in other areas of society, from how we construct our built environment and make our communities ‘dementia-inclusive’, through to service industries who increasingly have interactions with people with cognitive impairment.
The unit will involve access and participation in the Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This dementia MOOC is one of the most highly rated online courses internationally and brings together a global community of learners with a common interest in dementia. Through CAD121, you will hear from international leaders from the Wicking Centre and universities across Australia and internationally on dementia, and you will also develop insight into the lived experience and clinical dimensions of dementia from individuals with this condition, carers and related health professionals.


Unit name The Global Challenge of Understanding Dementia
Unit code CAD121
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Discipline Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Coordinator Professor Anna King
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain dementia in terms of its effects on the brain, the person, and associated care needs.
  • Analyse current understandings and representations of dementia.
  • Evaluate current approaches to meeting the needs for people with dementia and their carers.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
069900 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $1,260.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

Online Learning - approx. 10 hours per week.

AssessmentTest or quiz (15%)|Presentation (45%)|Critique (35%)|Discussion posts (online) (5%)
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