Courses & Units

Health and Social Care in Dementia 1 CAD501


This unit examines social, therapeutic and environmental factors influencing the health and wellbeing of people with dementia, and their carers. The impact of dementia on individuals, and provision for the rights and needs of people with dementia, are the focus of the curriculum. Students are assessed both online for the content modules, and in the form of a written MyContext assignment requiring the student to directly relate the course material to their individual professional and/or personal context.


Unit name Health and Social Care in Dementia 1
Unit code CAD501
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Discipline Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Coordinator Doctor Cassandra Thomson
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically explore the holistic impact of dementia on people living with the condition and families/supporters
  • Critically analyse therapeutic options for people living with dementia at different stages of the condition
  • Investigate interpersonal, social and environmental factors which impact on the quality of life and wellbeing of people with dementia in a variety of settings and global contexts
  • Describe and evaluate the use of holistic assessment processes in the care and support of people living with dementia
  • Critically analyse a range of strategies aimed at fostering enabling communities and maintaining civic engagement for people living with dementia

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern
Online Learning - approx. 10 hours per week.
AssessmentQuizzes (20%)|Short answer responses (20%)|MyContext assignment; Narrative Review (30%)|MyContext written assignment: Academic writing piece including reflection (30%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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