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C84DEM Dementia and Ageing
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc Mental Health Research, PGDip Mental Health Research, PGCert Mental Health Research

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module will consider contrasting research approaches to dementia and ageing, including population based studies of dementia and ageing; clinical studies of dementia and other mental disorders in later life; and social and psychological approaches to dementia and ageing. The underlying philosophy of the module views dementia as a disorder unfolding across several years of an individual’s life, with many areas for potential enquiry and research that require a range of different skills and approaches in order to improve our understanding of the condition and to be able to offer more help to people with the condition and their families. Topics will include: • Diagnosis and classification of dementia • Biological studies of dementia (imaging) • Clinical trials of treatment • Population based studies of aging and cognitive impairment • Psychological treatments • Social care and dementia research • Dementia and the arts • Care homes and end of life in dementia • Dementia and work • Older people and substance misuse

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks1 per week2 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100 A 3000-word essay selected from a choice of topics covered in the taught sessions 

Convenor: 
Professor A Griffiths

Education Aims:  This module will provide students with an overview of major clinical and social issues in older people’s mental health, and an understanding of current research developments. Students will learn about the different methods that are appropriate to different fields of enquiry, and will learn ways to appraise critically the research and policy literature around dementia and other mental health issues. Students will consider in detail a selected area with a view to researching a topic of their interest.

Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this module, students will have: a) Knowledge and Understanding • Acquired a working knowledge of models & approaches in dementia and ageing mental health research • Acquired an understanding of the controversies surrounding the diagnosis and treatment options of mental health disorders in dementia and ageing • Acquired a working knowledge of research methods in dementia and ageing • Acquired an appreciation of the cognitive and affective processes or mechanisms proposed to underlie mental health disorders in dementia and ageing b) Intellectual Skills • Developed an ability to critically appraise various research methodologies in the field of mental health in dementia and ageing • Developed an ability to critically appraise theoretical arguments and/ or applied research findings across a wide range of perspectives in the field of mental health in dementia and ageing c) Transferable (key) skills • Developed an ability to present in written format others’ research findings in the field of mental health in dementia and ageing • Developed scientific thinking skills to enable the appraisal of research in the field of mental health in dementia and ageing d) Professional Skills • Developed an ability to critically appraise theory, methods and results of research from a wide range of disciplines in the field of mental health in dementia and ageing • Acquired a working knowledge of ethics and research governance structures and processes relevant to the field of mental health in dementia and ageing

Offering School:  Medicine


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