Courses & Units

Nutrition, Dysphagia and Dementia CAD205


This intermediate unit highlights the importance of adequate nutrition and hydration for people with dementia and the swallowing problems (dysphagia) that can be a factor in malnutrition and dehydration resulting in declining health, repeated hospitalisations, and decreased quality of life. Evidence-based approaches to optimising health and quality of life with regard to nutrition and swallowing will be explored.


Unit name Nutrition, Dysphagia and Dementia
Unit code CAD205
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Discipline Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Coordinator Associate Professor Lyn Goldberg
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Examine factors that affect the nutrition and swallowing of people living with dementia and how these may relate to quality of life, health, and wellbeing.
  • Discuss and examine the effectiveness of care strategies as therapeutic interventions used to support the nutrition and swallowing of people living with dementia.
  • Identify the role and value of services that provide nutritional and swallowing specialist care for the person with dementia.
  • Communicate contemporary nutritional and swallowing information and practices related to people with dementia to an intended audience, e.g., academics, peers, or the broader community.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
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CAD101 AND 12.5 Credit Points of units at Introductory level


Teaching Pattern Online Learning - approx. 10 hours per week.
AssessmentShort answer responses (30%)|Presentation (30%)|Discussion posts (10%)|Case study (30%)
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