Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning


Ageing and Health (E-learning)

  • Module Leader: Mrs Alison Clapp
  • Lecturer: Dr Ellen Tullo
Module length: 12 weeks 
Starts: April (Semester 3) 
Credit value: 20
Study hours: 200


This module provides an insight into the cutting edge research into certain aspects of clinical age-related disease. The first half of the course is devoted to age-related diseases of the brain. These include dementia, older age depression, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, and ocular diseases. Alongside these the current evidence for the use of imaging in diagnosis and the pathology of neurodegenerative disorders is discussed. The second half provides an overview of disease of the body including those affecting the digestive tract, the musculoskeletal system and gerodontology.

Finally, an insight is given into how age-related diseases are considered in other societies, particularly in developing nations.


You will submit your work for assessment via Blackboard virtual learning environment and will receive feedback electronically.  You’ll practise critical appraisal, data interpretation and other scientific communication skills in online activities that will include:  

  • Guided independent study
  • Directed research and reading
  • Online lectures
  • Student-led group activity
  • Scheduled on-line contact time
  • Reflective learning activity
  • Discussion boards


  • Online assessment will be through a blend of:
  • Recorded presentation
  • Essay
  • Reflective journal
  • Self-assessment multiple choice tests


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