In HHD5287 PBL students will develop specialised knowledge and skills in the area of gerontology in order to prepare them for professional practice in an increasingly ageing healthcare context. They will consider the interface between the clinical presentations of common and more specialised gerontological disorders; their medical management and musculoskeletal implications; and subsequent impact on osteopathic management. The patient will be considered within the holistic framework of ageing, social and familial support and inputs from other health care providers. Students will devise solutions (in terms of diagnosis and comprehensive osteopathic management) to a series of problem-based learning cases which require them to integrate knowledge and skills from previous and concurrent learning.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Elicit and interpret clinical signs and symptoms pertinent to conditions typically seen in gerontology;  
  2. Interpret clinical tests and special investigations commonly used in the diagnosis of conditions typically seen in gerontology and generate both a primary and differential diagnosis;  
  3. Critically review the medical management of various conditions in gerontology typically presenting in osteopathic practice and relate them to subsequent osteopathic management strategies; and  
  4. Recommend and defend comprehensive management plans in relation to a series of holistic 'problem based cases' which reflect the integration of both prior and concurrent learning.  


All summative assessment tasks are a hurdle requirement.
Assessment type Description Grade
Other Contribution to discussions and evidence of home preparatory work (Equivalent to 1500 words) 20%
Test Six 30 minute online quizzes throughout semester based on cases (equivalent to 2500 words) 30%
Presentation 30 minute group presentation recommending management approaches for a case (equivalent to 3000 words) 50%

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