Assessment of the Older Person
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This unit of study takes a case study approach to clinical assessment to promote a better understanding of the ageing process, theories of ageing and changes in physiology. It is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge that will be needed to effectively assess older people. This unit of study includes methods of clinical assessment for older people, evaluation of a variety of assessment tools and the interpretation and integration of assessment findings relevant to care. This unit of study encourages the student to look at the older person in their clinical setting by critically examining their practice and the assessment tools they currently use, reflecting on their current knowledge and skills related to the assessment of older people, and referring to current literature and best practice models to critically evaluate current clinical practice.

Assessment of the Older Person
Unit of study code 054
Availability Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite This unit has no pre-requisites and is suitable for ENs
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 2
Prescribed text Meiner, SE & Yeager, JJ (eds) 2019, Gerontologic Nursing, 6th edn., Elsevier, Inc., St. Louis Missouri.
Co-ordinated by Diva Madan
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Introduction to clinical assessment a) analyse and discuss normal ageing and the associated physiological changes that occur and apply this knowledge to the interpretation of clinical assessment findings Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 4, 8
Theme 2: Case study 1 b) differentiate normal ageing processes from abnormal pathology in the interpretation of clinical assessment findings Assessment 2: Essay 40% 6
Theme 3: Case study 2 c) analyse the current theories of ageing and discuss the implications of each of the major theories for the assessment and management of the older person Assessment 3: Case analysis 50% 10
Theme 4: Case study 3 d) describe methods of clinical assessment and apply them to clinical practice
Theme 5: Case study 4 e) critically analyse the use of clinical assessment tools in gathering data to make informed decision in relation to nursing care

f) critically reflect on EBP in relation to current literature and evidence in assessing and planning care for the older person

g) demonstrate ability to identify and analyse health risks and problems that require ongoing management from a comprehensive clinical assessment of an older person.

Assessment of the Older Person (054) is a Tier 2 unit.

Tiers2020 Non-member price2020 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,230.00$2,007.00
Tier 2$2,550.00$2,295.00
Tier 3$2,995.00$2,695.50
Tier 4$3,580.00$3,222.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.