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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 an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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

  • 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.
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50 credit points of intermediate study


Teaching Pattern

Online Learning - approx. 10 hours per week.

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