Courses & Units

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 dementia care.

This unit is available to students from other courses, subject to meeting any prerequisites.


Unit name Qualitative Research in Aged and Dementia Care
Unit code CAD305
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Discipline Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre

Dr Emma Lea

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, you will be able to:

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



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090507

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CAD203 and (CAD204 or CAD208)


Teaching Pattern


Discussion board posts/responses (1,000 words) (20%)

Reflective Essay (1,500 words) (30%)

Online quiz (15%)

Oral presentation (35%)

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