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Major Project in Dementia Studies CAD700


This unit provides a framework for students to design a research project, potentially of direct relevance to their professional and/or personal context, under the guidance of a research-experienced mentor. The form and scope of the project will be negotiated between student and mentor, for example the construction of a policy, evidence-based recommendation, and/or a primary research project. In addition to a literature survey establishing the basis for their project, students will also undertake a “clear communication” exercise related to their project (e.g. narrated presentation, magazine article, client advice brochure) for an audience unfamiliar with the field.


Unit name Major Project in Dementia Studies
Unit code CAD700
Credit points 25
College/School College of Health and Medicine
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Discipline Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Coordinator Doctor Matthew Kirkcaldie
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


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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
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • To employ advanced perspectives from care, support, neurobiology, public health and/or health policy to identify knowledge gaps or the potential for evidence-based improvements in the student’s personal context
  • Use field-appropriate research methods to design an individual project related to dementia knowledge and/or practice, including an outcome evaluation.
  • Evaluate the relevant primary literature in a chosen domain of dementia research
  • Describe and specify an original research project in consultation with academic staff in a manner suitable for an ethical and/or strategic approval process.
  • Communicate in an effective and scholarly manner.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$2,075.00 $2,075.00 not applicable $3,150.00

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AssessmentProject pitch (25%)|Literature search and project proposal (25%)|Major Project report (50%)
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