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Qualitative Research in Aged and Dementia Care CAD305



This unit will identify and examine some of the principal qualitative methods used in dementia care and aged care research. Students will gain a critical awareness of the nature of qualitative evidence and its role in informing quality care for older people and people with dementia


Unit name Qualitative Research in Aged and Dementia Care
Unit code CAD305
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Discipline Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Coordinator Doctor Hoang Nguyen
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Advanced


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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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

  • Describe the role of qualitative research in expanding understandings of ageing, older age, and dementia.
  • Distinguish between various qualitative methodologies and their contributions to knowledge about ageing, older age, and dementia.
  • Compare the different types of knowledge and evidence obtained by using qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  • Discuss ethical and legal considerations relevant to the conduct of qualitative research with 'vulnerable' individuals or groups.
  • Reflect upon how qualitative research findings can be used to enhance the quality of life of older people and people living with dementia.
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

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Teaching Pattern

Online Learning - approx. 10 hours per week.

AssessmentQuiz (15%)|Presentation (35%)|Reflective essay (30%)|Discussion posts (20%)
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