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Master of Gerontology

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
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CSU's Master of Gerontology is designed to provide an enhancement of knowledge and skills relevant to promoting the health and wellbeing of older people.

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  • Why study this course?

    This Master of Gerontology provides a pathway into postgraduate study for graduates of CSU as well as non-CSU graduates currently employed in health professions.

    It satisfies the educational needs of health professionals and of professionals in related fields by:

    • providing advanced theoretical foundations for professionals in developing health care sectors
    • encouraging the acquisition of skills and knowledge
    • promoting excellence in scholarship and research within the field of gerontology
      and
    • promoting the skills needed for high quality applied research in gerontology

    Assessment policy

    This course uses a variety of strategies to assess students. These include assignments, critical reviews, literature reviews, project proposals and, in some instances, a dissertation.

    Each subject is assessed according to guidelines set out in the subject outlines. Care is taken to ensure the relevance of assessment items for graduate performance. Industry-based projects, critical thinking, reflective exercises, and analysis form the basis of the assessment philosophy adopted in this course.

  • Credit and pathways

    Applicants with relevant post-graduate qualifications may be eligible for credit.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate
    GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds
    GER404 Ageing and Professional Practice
    GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication

    Graduate Diploma [exit  point]
    GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
    HLT502 Ageing Policy and Social Construction or WEL508 Social Policy Reading
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods or HLT505 Research Methods in Health Sciences A
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention

    Master Professional Practice Specialisation
    GER502 End of Life and Palliative Care
    Restricted elective
    GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice
    Restricted elective
    Restricted electives to be chosen from: HSM404 Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services, WEL424 Loss Grief and Palliative Care,  WEL418 Case Management, SOC401 Social Inequality, PAD591 Public Sector Management.

    Students with a RN qualification may also choose from the following list: NRS421 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 1, NRS422  Chronic and Complex Nursing  Practice 2, NRS423 Advanced Chronic Care Nursing, NRS544 Cultural Competence in Indigenous Health Care: Implications for Nursing Practice.

    Students may consult with the Course Director for other elective options.

    Master Research/Policy Specialisation
    HLT502 Aging Policy and Social Construction
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation
    GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation
    Note students doing the research stream must have done WEL508 and SWK504 or HLT505 at the diploma level
     

    Enrolment pattern

    Session 1 (30)
    GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds

    Session 2 (60)
    GER404 Ageing and Professional Practice
    GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication

    Students may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (32points)

    Session 3 (30)
    GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
    HLT502 Ageing Policy and Social Construction or WEL508 Social Policy Reading

    Session 4 (60)
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods or HLT505 Research Methods in Health Sciences A
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention

    Students may exit with the Graduate Diploma of Gerontology (64points)
    Students doing the research stream should do WEL508 and SWK504 or HLT505

    Professional Practice Specialisation (Master)

    Session 5 (30)
    GER502 End of Life and Palliative Care
    Restricted elective

    Session 6 (60)
    GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice
    Restricted elective

    Restricted electives to be chosen from: HSM404 Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services, WEL424 Loss Grief and Palliative Care,  WEL418 Case Management, SOC401 Social Inequality, PAD591 Public Sector Management.

    Students with a RN qualification may also choose from the following list: NRS421 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 1, NRS422  Chronic and Complex Nursing  Practice 2, NRS423 Advanced Chronic Care Nursing, NRS544 Cultural Competence in Indigenous Health Care: Implications for Nursing Practice.

    Students may consult with the Course Director for other elective options.

    Research/Policy Specialisation (Master)

    Session 5 (30)
    HLT502 Ageing Policy and Social Construction
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation

    Session 6 (60)
    GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation

    Students exit with the Master of Gerontology (96 points)

  • Admission information

    This course is available to applicants who are graduates from Bachelor level courses in disciplines such as nursing, allied health, community work, social work and welfare, health science, health administration, public health.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place
    2200*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about fee-paying places

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2500*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJAHH
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaFPPGYYNOAHH

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

    Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma upon completion of 64 points

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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