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Module NHS-2305:
Ageing and Well Being

Module Facts

Run by School of Health Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Edward Wright

Overall aims and purpose

This module will explore the subject of ageing from differing perspectives. Students will explore ageing from a biopsychosocial and the impact this has on the individual. The module also aims to explore the way in which notions of 'old age' have changed with increased longevity and improved health and the contribution made to society as equality legislation changes ideas of employability and wider social aspects of life.

Course content

The module will also allow students to explore how changes to family structures, social mobility impacts on the older adult and how national policy to supports health and well-being for an older ageing population and implications of an increasingly ageing society for health and social care services. The indicative content for this module includes:

1) Cultural dimensions of ageing and use of language 2) Dignity and respect 3) Demographic changes 4) Changing social structures and families 5) Social inclusion and social isolation 6) Equality legislation and policy related to the older adult 7) Exercise and physical and mental health 8) Supported decision making.

Assessment Criteria


A- to A+ Grade: To achieve an ‘excellent pass’ on the module, students will be required to demonstrate comprehensive understanding and ability to critically analyse key topics related to the health and well-being of an ageing population. This will need to be supported by a comprehensive range of appropriate literature.


B- to B+ Grade: To achieve a ‘ very good pass’ on the module, students will be required to demonstrate a broad understanding and ability to explore and analyse key topics related to the health and well-being of an ageing population.

C- to C+

C- to C+ Grade: To achieve a 'good pass’ on the module, students will be required to knowledge and undersanding of demonstrate and ability to provide some analysis of the key topics related to the health and well-being of an ageing population.


D- to D+ Grade: To achieve an ‘excellent pass’ on the module, students will be required to demonstrate some understanding and knowledge of key topics related to the health and well-being of an ageing population. A D- grade is needed to pass the module.

Learning outcomes

  1. Develop knowledge and understanding of the biopsycosocial factors relevant to the older adult.

  2. Analyse the different cultural persceptions of the contibutions the older adult makes to society and the impact this has on social inclusion or exclusion.

  3. Analyse international, national and local demongraphic trends in relation to ageing populations.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
REPORT Locality Report

Students are required to conduct a review of the demographics of the older adult in a chosen locality and how this compares to national statistics. Students will then prepare a written report about the services which support the biopsychological health and well-being for the older adult in this locality. These findings must be presented in a written report supported relevant literature and policy. Students will make recommendations about the services which are needed to improve the health and well-being of the older adult living in this locality

ORAL Group Presentation

Provide a group presentation which provides an exposition which rebuffs popular perceptions of old age in the UK. Students should select a case study of an older adult and present their findings using relevant literature and statistics to support their presentation.


Teaching and Learning Strategy


Group presentations for EBL - 6 hours over 1 day.


Lecture - 8 hours ( 2 per week over four weeks)

Group Project

Group project / EBL - 20 hours ( EBL student group activity)


Assessment workshop - 2 hours ( 1 x 1 hour assessment workshop and 1 x 1 hour supervision workshop for the written report).

Private study

Private study for reading and assessment completion


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in


Resource implications for students

1. Access to IT/Blackboard for discussion boards, MCQ, and module resources. 2. Access to on-line library catalogues

Reading list


Council of Europe (2006). Population and Ageing: Its Cahllenges to Social Policy. Strasburg: Council of Europe.

Dobhammer, G. (2010). Ageing, care needs and quality of life. London: Springer Publications.

Garibaldi, P., Joaquim, O.M., & Van Ours, J. (2010). Ageing, Health and Productivity: the Economics of Increased Life Expectancy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Victor, C.R. (2010). Ageing, Health and Care. Bristol: Policy Press.

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